Blue Bloods No Retreat No Surrender Season 7 Episode 20 Recap – In the previous episode of “Blue Bloods,” Officers Jamie Reagan and Patinkin come to a mutual understanding of each other. Patinkin is not the precinct IAB ‘rat’ everyone believed she was. Erin Reagan got a shock when her ex-husband turned up as defense attorney in the case of a doctor she was prosecuting on a murder charge. Danny and Baez catch the case of a husband who euthanized his wife to alleviate her suffering from end stage cancer. And Frank Reagan had to do some community healing when the mother of a murdered sixteen year old accuses the NYPD of indifference to gang violence in their neighborhood.
Blue Bloods No Retreat No Surrender Season 7 Episode 20 Recap
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In Episode 20, a neighborhood housing project is taken over by drug and gun dealers, terrorizing law-abiding residents into silence. This plot line gets in early when Reggie Wilson comes in to ask a favor of Erin Reagan.
The Reggie Wilson character helped the District Attorney’s office in a major prosecution some years back. Now Reggie wants Erin’s help in clearing out the all-night drug store headquartered in the hallways of the housing project where he lives with his family.
Bensonhurst born Steve Schirripa livened up this script when, in a calculated move against the drug dealers, he goes into the apartment complex disguised as a plumber. Anthony plays it just right, and so do the gangsta’ types hanging around selling dope. The thugs bust on Anthony with ethno-racial remarks — calling him ‘Casper the Friendly Ghost.’ Anthony talks his way in with smooth street-smart style just the way a real Brooklyn guy not wanting to get busted up would play it.
Thanks to Anthony, the housing project apartments are fitted with tiny video cameras in the peep-holes. There are unending film clips of drug dealing and gun violence in the hallways.
Reggie Wilson’s seven year old Trevor gets beat up to terrorize Wilson and the other law-abiding apartment dwellers into not snitching to police. Erin takes a personal position and leans on the Bronx ADA to get involved. When the apartment dwellers realize they’ve got the full support of police and public officials, they show en masse to show their disdain for the gangsters who are being led away by S.W.A.T.
A bit of political intrigue is kicked off in the police commissioner’s office when Sid and Garrett hear about a NYPD cop being injured while trying to break up a bar fight. The guy who broke the cop’s nose is the son of Mayor Jasper’s biggest political bundlers.
Justice begins to stink when someone from the mayor’s office nudges and winks at a judge who gives the cop’s assailant the get-out-of-jail-for-free card. This is not equal treatment under the law. When Frank hears about what happened, he becomes angry and gives his two staffers a dressing down for begin silent about the miscarriage of justice.
Frank takes things into his own hands, going to bat for the injured police officer, and reaching out to the state Attorney General in Albany. This is bound to create heat waves of political retaliation but this is Frank Reagan we’re dealing with. Not a guy who will back down from a fight where the integrity of the NYPD is concerned. The issue was not resolved, a good carryover for the next episode.
Some “Blue Bloods” fans were likely asking themselves what happened with Danny. He seemed to have come down with a case of ‘nice guy’ syndrome. This episode, ‘No Retreat No Surrender’ has the recording reversed and Danny too. Donnie Wahlberg brings Danny Reagan back to his former miserable self, barking at everyone within hearing distance and bogarting the precinct fax/scanner machine.
He and Baez are working on the apparent suicide of a young man who fell in with a bad crowd. Somewhat predictably, the two detectives find out that the suicide is really a murder. After chasing around some likely suspects, Danny finds that the ‘bad crowd’ the victim fell in with included his angry mother.
The mom strangled her son, then researched on the internet how to make it look like a suicide. An ‘I found my son dead and hanging in the closet’ kind of thing.
“Blue Bloods” is often formulaic. Most episodes have the family together at dinner discussing ethical and personal issues with candor and charm. This may be slow walking but it’s just one of the engaging bits that make the show popular.
Another staple of “Blue Blood” plots is the suicide or other crime that is not what it looked like when first discovered. Too, there is always Frank Reagan providing the kind of leadership and moral judgment that the country so desperately needs.
I doubt any of this would work with another cast. But the characters in “Blue Bloods” are so familiar and easy to like that you don’t mind predictability. Strong writing, sprinklings of humor, and a sense of irony round out the formula.
Other episodes of Blue Bloods reviewed on TV Eskimo include:
Blue Bloods No Retreat No Surrender Season 7 Episode 20 Recap Characters and cast 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)
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)
Jack Boyle – Peter Hermann (Philomena, Our Idiot Brother, United 93, Trouble with the Curve, Younger)
Mandy Acosta – Ginna Le Vine
Sid Gormley – Robert Clohessy (The Avengers, A Most Violent Year, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Place Beyond the Pines)
Bitterman – Adam Feingold (Vinyl, Feed the Beast, Iron Fist)
Angie Miller – Kathy-Ann Hart
Garrett Moore – Gregory Jbarra
Jonas Evans – Ralph Adriel Johnson
Carleton – Mark Linn-Baker (Red Oaks, The Leftovers, Perfect Strangers, The Good Fight, My Favorite Year)
Officer Mahoney – Michael Masini (Modern Family, Rebel, Fifty Pills)
Anthony – Steve Schirripa (Kill the Irishman, The Sopranos, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Jersey Boys)