History Series / BlueBloods

12th Feb '17 11:13:03 AM StarSword
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* AlternateHistory:
** As far as the NYPD is concerned since 9/11 and the WarOnTerror still happened in the show's universe. The actual NYPD Police Commissioner during the first four seasons of the series was two time appointee Commissioner Raymond Kelly. In 2014, during the show's fifth season, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to the position[[note]]Bratton had been commissioner from 1994 to 1996; between his two tenures as NYPD Commissioner, he served as Chief of the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Police Department[[/note]]. Then in 2016, Bratton retired and his Chief of Department James P. O'Neill became the current Commissioner. Henry Reagan's tenure of office, stated to have been sometime in the 1970s, would most likely have occurred during the tenure of Commissioner Patrick V. Murphy.
** A newspaper clipping in "Re-Do" suggests that the mayoral history of New York City was the same through at least Rudy Giuliani. Frank Russo is implied to have taken office then, and held the office until Carter Poole was elected. A telling hint is in the season 3 finale when Danny is interrogating a Los Lordes gangbanger after Mayor Poole gets shot by a Bitterman kid on the gang's orders -- he calls Poole "the second black mayor in New York City," meaning that David Dinkins still became mayor in this timeline.
** Hurricane Sandy still happened in this timeline. A friend of Danny's who lived in the Rockaways is shown to have been impacted by the hurricane. In "Back in the Day," Erin finds that one of her investigators was killed because he was looking into a case of corruption related to Hurricane Sandy rebuilding contracts.


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* LikeRealityUnlessNoted:
** As far as the NYPD is concerned since 9/11 and the UsefulNotes/WarOnTerror still happened in the show's universe. The actual NYPD Police Commissioner during the first four seasons of the series was two time appointee Commissioner Raymond Kelly. In 2014, during the show's fifth season, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to the position[[note]]Bratton had been commissioner from 1994 to 1996; between his two tenures as NYPD Commissioner, he served as Chief of the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Police Department[[/note]]. Then in 2016, Bratton retired and his Chief of Department James P. O'Neill became the current Commissioner. Henry Reagan's tenure of office, stated to have been sometime in the 1970s, would most likely have occurred during the tenure of Commissioner Patrick V. Murphy.
** A newspaper clipping in "Re-Do" suggests that the mayoral history of New York City was the same through at least Rudy Giuliani. Frank Russo is implied to have taken office then, and held the office until Carter Poole was elected. A telling hint is in the season 3 finale when Danny is interrogating a Los Lordes gangbanger after Mayor Poole gets shot by a Bitterman kid on the gang's orders -- he calls Poole "the second black mayor in New York City," meaning that David Dinkins still became mayor in this timeline.
** Hurricane Sandy still happened in this timeline. A friend of Danny's who lived in the Rockaways is shown to have been impacted by the hurricane. In "Back in the Day," Erin finds that one of her investigators was killed because he was looking into a case of corruption related to Hurricane Sandy rebuilding contracts.
25th Jan '17 1:02:21 PM eroock
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* StopOrIShootMyself: In the Season One finale, Sonny Malevski, member of the Blue Templar and the guy who killed Joe, pulls this when Frank shows up to arrest the Blue Templar. Frank's response?
--> "We all die, Sonny, it's just a question of when."
* StrappedToABomb: In the season 3 premiere, Benjamin Walker, an ex-con Danny put away, takes Jackie hostage and ties her to a bomb in order to draw Danny out.



* StopOrIShootMyself: In the Season One finale, Sonny Malevski, member of the Blue Templar and the guy who killed Joe, pulls this when Frank shows up to arrest the Blue Templar. Frank's response?
--> "We all die, Sonny, it's just a question of when."
* StrappedToABomb: In the season 3 premiere, Benjamin Walker, an ex-con Danny put away, takes Jackie hostage and ties her to a bomb in order to draw Danny out.

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* StopOrIShootMyself: In StrippingSnag: Danny once got his suit jacket caught in a fleeing suspect's car door and frantically ran after the Season One finale, Sonny Malevski, member car while trying to get out of the Blue Templar and the guy who killed Joe, pulls this when Frank shows up to arrest the Blue Templar. Frank's response?
--> "We all die, Sonny, it's just a question of when."
* StrappedToABomb: In the season 3 premiere, Benjamin Walker, an ex-con Danny put away, takes Jackie hostage and ties her to a bomb in order to draw Danny out.
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20th Jan '17 9:26:02 PM Fireblood
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* DiplomaticImpunity: In "The One That Got Away" Danny and Reyes are frustrated at being unable to press charges against a Moroccan diplomat for abusing his son. Erin manages to get his son removed from him into foster care though. [[spoiler: Near the end, he is {{hoist by his own petard}} after his wife (who he also abused) guns him down in broad daylight. Since she also has diplomatic immunity, they have to let her go.]]
20th Jan '17 10:32:07 AM starjammer05
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* BadassFamily: Very much so. The best example of this is when Danny's wife is kidnapped by a drug lord: the family bands together and figures out where she is, allowing Danny and ESU to be BigDamnHeroes, and Erin finds the mole in the DA's office. Lampshaded when Danny's son asks fearfully if a burglar could target them.

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* BadassFamily: Very much so. The best example of this is when Danny's wife is kidnapped by a drug lord: the family bands together and figures out where she is, allowing Danny and ESU to be BigDamnHeroes, and Erin finds the mole in the DA's office. Also, they have their own private code for when someone is being held hostage to drop so someone else can shoot. ''They practice this.'' Lampshaded when Danny's son asks fearfully if a burglar could target them.
19th Jan '17 2:27:17 PM dmcreif
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* BaitAndSwitch: In "Excessive Force", after shooting his mouth off at a COMPSTAT hearing, Gormley receives word that he's being summoned to One Police Plaza and should bring his box with him. He goes there expecting Frank to fire him. Frank surprises him by instead [[{{Unishment}} promoting him to a new post on his staff]].



**In "Unberable Loss," Reverend Potter, one of Frank's biggest opponents and an outspoken activist, has to put aside his rivalry with the NYPD to get justice for his son.



** In "The Price of Justice", Jamie and Edie are on loan to the NYPD Movie and TV Unit[[note]]The NYPD has a dedicated unit that helps out with movie and television productions, from creating fake crime scenes to security and consultation for the actors[[/note]] for the filming of a ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' esque-cop show. A former cop is a special consultant hired to handle the "research", but it seems he does not grasp the reality of stuff (like having female cops in heels, a big no-no in a foot chase). The actresses ask Jamie and Eddie for advice on a scene. The consultant is outraged and threatens to report them to "their commanders", which confuses Eddie because in the NYPD, the terminology is "commanding officer." After a few more arguments where the man yells he's the expert, Jamie and Eddie get a detective to do some digging, and find that this "consultant" has never worked for the NYPD, and his only law enforcement experience is as a mall security guard in New Jersey. The consultant is fired in the end, though not for the fraud, but for sexual harassment.

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** In "The Price of Justice", Jamie and Edie are on loan to the NYPD Movie and TV Unit[[note]]The Unit[[note]]New York City is such a popular filming location that that NYPD has a dedicated unit that helps out with movie and television productions, from creating fake crime scenes to security and consultation for the actors[[/note]] for the filming of a ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' esque-cop show. A former cop is a special consultant hired to handle the "research", but it seems he does not grasp the reality of stuff (like having female cops in heels, a big no-no in a foot chase). The actresses ask Jamie and Eddie for advice on a scene. The consultant is outraged and threatens to report them to "their commanders", which confuses Eddie because in the NYPD, the terminology is "commanding officer." After a few more arguments where the man yells he's the expert, Jamie and Eddie get a detective to do some digging, and find that this "consultant" has never worked for the NYPD, and his only law enforcement experience is as a mall security guard in New Jersey. The consultant is fired in the end, though not for the fraud, but for sexual harassment.



* InsanityDefense: In "Open Secrets," Erin prosecutes a woman with bipolar disorder who ran down and killed the superintendent of her building with her car. It's a legitimate case of the defense since the woman has been in and out of mental institutions. Erin's only problem is that there's a very arrogant expert witness who as it turns out has gotten sloppy by failing to read the defendant's medical records and not doing a long enough session to get an accurate picture of her disorder.

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* InsanityDefense: In "Open Secrets," Erin prosecutes a woman with bipolar disorder who ran down and killed the superintendent of her building with her car. It's a This is an open-and-shut legitimate case of the defense since the woman has been in and out of mental institutions. Erin's only problem is that there's a very arrogant expert witness who as it turns out has gotten sloppy by failing to read properly analyze the defendant's medical records and not doing a long enough session to get an accurate picture of her disorder.



** In "Knockout Game," Frank and his chiefs are discussing how to deal with the recent spate of gangs giving haymakers to random pedestrians. Frank comments, "Look this kind of stupid, random brutality is giving regular street crime a bad name."

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** In "Knockout Game," Frank and his chiefs are discussing how to deal with the recent spate of gangs giving haymakers to random pedestrians. pedestrians after Danny catches the latest case, a pregnant woman who ended up miscarrying. For which Frank comments, "Look this kind of stupid, random brutality is giving regular street crime a bad name.name. Let's appeal to the sense of pride in the professional criminal."



* ItRunsInTheFamily: Nicky browbeating Erin into letting her stay out until 11:00 (Grandpa Henry: "[[WhenIWasYourAge I was out on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific]] at her age!"). Frank wryly observes that she "made a very convincing argument."

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* ItRunsInTheFamily: Nicky browbeating Erin into letting her stay out until 11:00 (Grandpa Henry: (to quote Henry, "[[WhenIWasYourAge I was out on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific]] at her age!"). Frank wryly observes that she "made a very convincing argument."



* MistakenForCheating: In "The Job," Garrett interprets Frank's strange absences (he's paying secret visits to a psychiatrist's office) for hiding a new girlfriend. He even offers to help cover for him! See also SureLetsGoWithThat below.

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* MistakenForCheating: In "The Job," Garrett interprets Frank's strange absences (he's paying Frank is ditching his detail to make secret visits to a psychiatrist's office) for office. Garrett thinks that Frank is hiding a new girlfriend. He even offers to help cover for him! See also SureLetsGoWithThat below.



** Played with in "Men in Black", when Jamie and Vinny arrest the previous mayor's daughter and her friend after catching them in the act of smoking pot on a park bench. When preparing to arrest them.

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** Played with in "Men in Black", when Jamie and Vinny arrest catch the previous mayor's daughter and her friend after catching them in the act of smoking pot on a park bench. When preparing to arrest them. them:



* StrawmanU: Much to Nicky's displeasure she finds out that Columbia falls under this this when radical left students protest Frank while he's trying to give speech, to the point he's driven off the stage after five minutes. Poor Nicky's in tears throughout the whole thing.

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* StrawmanU: Much to Nicky's displeasure she finds out that Columbia falls under this this when radical left students protest Frank while he's trying to give speech, to the point he's driven off the stage after five minutes. Poor Nicky's Nicky is in tears throughout the whole thing.
20th Nov '16 2:31:59 PM creader
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* ToBeLawfulOrToBeGood: There are occasions where the cast must face this sort of dilemma.

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* TurnInYourBadge: When cops use lethal force or are involved in a highly controversial incident, they are 'placed on modified assignment'. That is, they are relieved of their shield and on-duty gun, and are placed on desk duty. Of the regulars, Danny gets subjected to this the most when his actions get him in hot water, including a few PoliceBrutality cases (some legit, some false), and FriendlyFire incident in season 2. In the season 4 finale, he's placed on modified assignment so as to be kept from uncovering high-level corruption. It's lampshaded and subverted in the season 7 premiere, when Gormley is sent to inform Danny that a new inquiry has been opened into his shooting of serial killer Thomas Wilder. Danny immediately produces his shield and gun to Gormley, only for Gormley to inform that he's not being place on modified assignment this time around.
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* TurnInYourBadge: When cops use lethal force or are involved in a highly controversial incident, they are 'placed on modified assignment'. That is, they are relieved of their shield and on-duty gun, and are placed on desk duty. Of the regulars, Danny gets subjected to this the most when his actions get him in hot water, including a few PoliceBrutality cases (some legit, some false), and FriendlyFire incident in season 2. In the season 4 finale, he's placed on modified assignment so as to be kept from uncovering high-level corruption. It's lampshaded and subverted in the season 7 premiere, when Gormley is sent to inform Danny that a new inquiry has been opened into his shooting of serial killer Thomas Wilder. Danny immediately produces his shield and gun to Gormley, only for Gormley to inform that he's not being place on modified assignment this time around.


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19th Nov '16 4:56:15 PM creader
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* CaliforniaDoubling:
** Averted. The show is set and filmed on-location in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.
** The pilot had some interior scenes that were shot in Toronto, although exteriors used New York City proper.



* CastTheExpert: The show's police technical advisor, former NYPD Detective First Grade James Nuciforo, appears in several episodes as a fictionalized version of himself. In this case, as a bodyguard on Frank's protective detail.
14th Nov '16 9:32:11 AM dmcreif
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** Played with when Jamie and Vinny arrest the previous mayor's daughter and her friend after catching them in the act of smoking pot on a park bench. When preparing to arrest them.

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** Played with in "Men in Black", when Jamie and Vinny arrest the previous mayor's daughter and her friend after catching them in the act of smoking pot on a park bench. When preparing to arrest them.



--->'''Jamie Reagan:''' [''smirks''] I don't really care.
*** Of course, after a discussion with Erin her dad tells the judge:

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--->'''Jamie Reagan:''' [''smirks''] [[ThreatBackfire I don't really care.
care.]]
*** Of course, after a discussion with Erin Erin, her dad tells the judge:
12th Nov '16 1:20:36 PM StarSword
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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Jamie and Eddie once manage to get a witness to a shooting to talk after they take up a collection in their precinct to pay for the elderly, impoverished victim's funeral.
11th Nov '16 11:15:36 PM dmcreif
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** In "Loose Lips," Henry causes a scandal when a recording of one of his old war stories goes on YouTube: A cop was put under threat by a criminal gang and Henry ordered his men to lean on every crook in the city to get the word out that the cop was protected; it worked and the cop never knew. Frank calls Henry on this -- Henry reveals that the cop was Frank.

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** In "Loose Lips," Henry causes a scandal when a recording of one of his old war stories goes on YouTube: A cop was put under threat by a criminal gang and Henry ordered his men to lean on every crook in the city to get the word out that the cop was protected; it worked and the cop never knew. Frank calls Henry on this -- Henry reveals that Frank was that cop.
** In "Personal Business," an off-duty sergeant is shopping with his daughter at a bodega when armed gunmen rob
the cop place, fatally shoot the cashier, steal from the register, and flee. It's a stinker because the sergeant was Frank.busy shielding his daughter the whole time, when protocol is that he should have intervened as he had his off-duty gun on him.
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