Blue Bloods Shadow of a Doubt – During the last episode of Blue Bloods, a superstar rapper comes back to New York City writing a check for the Youth Services Center which turned his life around. It’s a case of mistaken identity when NYPD grabs him and slaps the handcuffs on. The inevitable lawsuit shows that even an outstanding cop like Frank Reagan has skeletons in his closet. In the same episode, Nicky gets a lesson in real life when she sees first-hand how cases of domestic abuse are difficult to handle. And Danny’s wife Linda has a loser brother who gets in deep with some local neighborhood mob guys and pays for it dearly.
Review and recap Blue Bloods Shadow of a Doubt
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In the new episode, Erin finds that a man she put in prison years ago is innocent. Matthew Kindler was prosecuted for arson/homicide ten years ago, and accepted a plea deal. He’s done ten years in prison and is up for release.
Will Monica’s office and Erin Reagan stand in his way? There is both a criminal problem and an ethical one in that Kindler, in spite of his innocence of the crime, has been diagnosed as a dangerous schizophrenic.
Erin and Monica are split on the issue, with Monica siding with the psychiatrists who want to keep him in prison. Erin faces criticism for her insistence keeping with the letter of the law. All the forces are against her, and for keeping the man in prison, but Erin pays a price for standing on principle. In the end, Erin’s sense of justice prevails as the prisoner is released. Kindler apears to be far less threatening than everyone imagined when he approaches Erin on the street to thank her for doing the right thing. His gratitude almost cost him his life when Erin draws her gun thinking she was in harm’s way.
Jamie’s still working the beat with Eddie Janko when they get a call about a woman lying near death at her home after injecting herself with an Epi-Pen. The dose level turns out to be too high and she dies in the hospital from cardiac arrest. Too much epinephrine will do that. The hitch is that it was her husband, a fireman/EMT, who supplied her with the medication.
Overdoses on Epi-Pens are almost unheard of so even mild-mannered Jamie gets suspicious. Janko thinks Jamie’s gone over the edge when he interrogates the woman’s grieving husband.
Is Jamie morphing into a detective? He says he’s not, that he’s comfortable ‘in the bag’ (cop talk for uniform). But Jamie follows his nose until he gets the truth – with help from brother Danny and sister-in-law Linda.
Owen’s in the hot seat and confesses that, yes, he is having an affair with his partner Michelle. Michelle’s even told the cops that Owen joked about getting rid of his wife. They’re about to make the collar when Owen blurts out that Michelle is the person who gave him the Epi-Pen for his wife. Bingo! Michelle tries to run Danny down with her car when he approaches but Jamie’s out to protect big brother, jamming his own foot down on the accelerator and crashing Michelle’s car first.
Gregory Jbara plays a big part in this episode as Garrett Moore, a man you don’t exactly hate but don’t exactly love either. I’d like to meet him in real life just to make sure he’s a different person than the one he portrays in “Blue Bloods.” Such attitude! And he thinks he knows everything, always telling Frank he should do this and do that. If he’s so always worried about ‘the optics,’ then why does he advertise what a cool guy he is hanging out with the New York City hoi polloi like Billy Joel and political fat cats who pay for expensive dinners and give him hot game tickets? He does all this as if he’s entitled! And now his excesses are on the front page of the New York Daily News – embarrassing to Frank who is more than a little angry at Garrett’s lack of self-discipline.
“How could you spend $500 at a fancy sushi bar and let someone else pick up the tab?”
Frank is disgusted and angry, wants Garrett to go before the press, show some humility and promise to pay from his own packet every gratuity he pocketed in his role as Chief Steward at the “Favor of the Month Club.” That’s how the New York Daily News reporter described him, anyway. Garrett is stubborn though, and supercilious, unwilling to make things right until Frank bluntly threatens to fire him.
All in all, a very strong and award winning (my own) episode which displayed the show’s reliability in its seventh season. The producers must have drank lots of coffee because the script was tight and the dialogue full of fresh and funny quips.
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Characters and cast of Blue Bloods Shadow of a Doubt s7e17 include:
Danny Reagan – Donnie Wahlberg (The Sixth Sense, Saw II, Fuller House, Righteous Kill, Band of Brothers, Ransom)
Erin Reagan – Bridget Moynahan (Lord of War, I Robot, The Recruit, John Wick, Six Degrees, Noise)
Jamie Reagan – Will Estes (The Dark Knight Rises, Santa Barbara, U-571, 7th Heaven, Boy Meets World)
Henry Reagan – Len Cariou (Prisoners, Secret Window, About Schmidt, Spotlight, Brotherhood, Murder She Wrote)
Linda Reagan – Amy Carlson (Third Watch, Too Big to Fail, Green Lantern)
Nicky Reagan-Boyle – Sami Gayle (Noah, Detachment, Stolen)
Maria Baez – Marisa Ramirez (Body of Proof, Against the Wall, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Mental)
Frank Reagan – Tom Selleck (Magnum P.I., Jesse Stone: No Remorse, Las Vegas, Friends, 3 Men and a Baby)
Sid Gormley – Robert Clohessy (The Avengers, The Wolf of Wall Street, Man on a Ledge, A Most Violent Year, The Place Beyond the Pines, Oz)
Garrett Moore – Gregory Jbara (In & Out, A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Eddie Janko – Vanessa Ray (Devil’s Due, Frances Ha, Suits, Pretty Little Liars)
Owen Sarni – Robert Eli (The OA, House of Cards, Chicago Med, Blindspot)
Lawyer – Jabari Gray (Billions, Shades of Blue, Blindspot, Indelible, The Slap)
Anthony Abetemarco – Steve Schirripa (Jersey Boys, The Sopranos, The Secret Life of the American Teenager)
Michelle Adler – Samantha Steinmetz (Wild Girl Waltz, Nocturnal)