Even the strongest of families have their struggles, and in this week’s January 16 offering of “Blue Bloods,” “Home Sweet Home,” (Season 5 Episode 12), the Reagan family finds itself grappling with the same grinding struggles faced by every family. Jamie (Will Estes) has a hard time leaving his heart out of a case of an abandoned teen on the streets, and Pop feels disrespected in his own home. Meanwhile, how will Danny handle apartment living?
Jamie and Eddie (Vanessa Ray) arrive on the scene when a bank manager is disturbed by a bedded down “guest” in the lobby. They rouse the resting visitor, TJ, portrayed by Matthew Minierio, in his first professional acting credit. TJ is tossed by his drug addicted, unfit mother, and holds to his aunt, Christy (Kacie Sheik) as a lifeline, except that she is not much of an improvement, but he thinks she has been killed by her boyfriend. Frank (Tom Selleck) has a bum foot from a fall on the ice, keeping him home bound. Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is battling with another prosecutor, Evan Beck (David Starzyk) over a case that Robert (Holt McCallany) is doing his best to keep her from probing into, whatever it takes. Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is working double overtime shifts to pay for his son’s needed help in private school and with tutors, and he is considering apartment stays during the week, for rest and “safety,” but his boss, Lt. Carver (LaTanya Richardson Jackson) and his wife (Amy Carlson), are dubious to say the least.
Touched by TJ’s street tales of collecting cans, Jamie and Eddie find him a temporary shelter placement, where he soon falls into a role as a leader. He identifies a suspect, “Ghost” (Kevin McCormick) as a killer, but Jamie realizes he may need some informant help to find this ghost in New York City, so he calls in Danny and Maria (Marisa Ramirez) for help. An official meeting over department lawsuit settlements is called at Frank’s house due to his recovery, and Pop Henry (Len Cariou) can’t help but pop in with opinions. Frank playfully, but somewhat miffed, asks him to sit in as “Commissioner,” leaving his dad feeling mocked and disrespected. Robert takes Erin to a not too classy lunch spot, trying to cover his hind parts and even his whereabouts over the Kowalski case, not giving Erin any good news when he defends that another prosecutor might be best. Linda doesn’t go for Danny’s proposal of apartment life, citing that the family needs Dad even more than the extra dough. Erin knows something smells when Kowalski gets barely a slap on the wrist, and he insists that “justice has been served.” She decides to probe further in her own way, at her own risk. TJ is making progress in a safer shelter, but still wants to hold to the “family” of his aunt. An informant, Mel (Paulie Malignaggi) locates Ghost, but warns that he is definitely trouble. Erin’s investigator buddy, Alex (James Lesure) tells her to be careful, because folks are already dying over the Kowalski case. Frank asks Pop, “Who put a bug in your pants?” His elder is offended that he even asks.
Erin finds herself on the Kowalski case hit list when her car is broken into and her briefcase stolen. Frank wants answers from Erin, declaring that despite his distaste for Robert, her boyfriend is obliged to provide protection. Jamie offers to speak the blessing at the family dinner table, expressing thanks for family and home, resting in its peace, while things get heated between Danny and Linda. Over a drink with his dad, Danny learns it wasn’t all easy back in the childhood years that he recalls. “She put up with a lot, and I finally learned to shut up and listen,” is the patriarch’s sage wisdom.
Danny’s encounter with Ghost nearly does him in, but for a hammer hit from Maria to bring the bad dude down. Ghost wasn’t Christy’s killer, and sadly, leads only wind up in a seedy hotel room with the undressed aunt, who confesses that she just doesn’t want the responsibility of caretaker. Erin talks with the widow of an officer involved, who reveals that drug dealing between Kowalski and prisoners was the deep dark secret at the core of the cover-up, and her husband couldn’t take the pressure. More lawyer to lawyer than lover to lover, she has out with Robert over the reason for his secrecy, and it all stems from the involvement of the DOC with the dark side, and the fact that he happened to be his father’s best friend. Jamie and Eddie are dreading the news they have to break to TJ, but he already knows the truth, and has agreed to try the foster care system over the streets. After visiting the apartment with his boss, Danny decides he’d rather keep downtime at home instead of within a den of lust, and he and Linda put a weekend getaway on the books. Over a crossword puzzle and a Scotch, Pop reminds Frank that “one day you’ll appreciate that,” meaning the trusted input of a loved one, before the son offers Bianca Jagger as the correct solution, as father and son savor company before the fade to black.
Source: “Blue Bloods” broadcast, January 16, 2015 CBS Networks.