History Series / BlueBloods

9th Feb '16 7:28:40 PM dmcreif
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** Several episodes, most notably "Rush to Judgment", highlight levels of distrust between the police and the black communities, and were produced around the same time that the "Black Lives Matter" movement - started in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner - took off.
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** Several episodes, most notably "Rush to Judgment", highlight Any episode with Reverend Potter in it highlights the levels of distrust between the police and the black communities, and were produced around the same time that the "Black Lives Matter" movement - started in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner - took off.

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** Several episodes, most notably "Rush to Judgment", highlight levels "Loss of distrust between Faith" has the police and NYPD dealing with the black communities, and were produced around possibility of retaliation from a rogue ex-cop who was terminated from their ranks. The story does seem to have parallels to the same time that case of Christopher Dorner, who went on a shooting rampage against the "Black Lives Matter" movement - started in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner - took off.Los Angeles Police Department after he thought he was wrongly terminated.
9th Feb '16 9:25:31 AM dmcreif
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* RealityEnsues: In the pilot, Danny [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique beats the shit out of a]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil child molester]] to find a kidnapped girl. The child molester slides because his lawyer successfully argues that his confession admitted under duress be thrown out, forcing Danny to find other evidence to put him away.
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* RealityEnsues: In RealityEnsues: **In the pilot, Danny [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique beats the shit out of a]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil child molester]] to find a kidnapped girl. The child molester slides because his lawyer successfully argues that his confession admitted under duress be thrown out, forcing Danny to find other evidence to put him away.away. **"Re-Do" - Corruption and cutbacks in government spending can ultimately endanger public lives, as shown when a foul-up of DNA evidence caused by an overworked technician causes a pedophile and a serial rapist-murderer to be released. The latter ends up continuing his terror by intimidating his surviving victim at every turn, and even tries to go after Erin, only to be shot dead by Frank.
8th Feb '16 10:33:29 PM dmcreif
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* JurisdictionFriction: The [[InterserviceRivalry FBI/NYPD rivalry]] so often seen in NewYorkCityCops series. "Protest Too Much" has Danny grumping that the FBI is involved in his latest case due to the murder happening in the course of a bank heist ([[HollywoodLaw in Real Life]] it would be FBI jurisdiction automatically, as banks are federally insured, including all crimes committed during a bank robbery; the NYPD though could liaise through their Central Robbery Division).
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* JurisdictionFriction: The JurisdictionFriction: **The [[InterserviceRivalry FBI/NYPD rivalry]] so often seen in NewYorkCityCops series. "Protest Too Much" has Danny grumping that the FBI is involved in his latest case due to the murder happening in the course of a bank heist ([[HollywoodLaw in Real Life]] it would be FBI jurisdiction automatically, as banks are federally insured, including all crimes committed during a bank robbery; the NYPD though could liaise through their Central Robbery Division).Division). **The episode "With Friends Like These" has Frank dealing with one between the FDNY and NYPD. It starts when a group of Emergency Service Unit officers and firefighters being treated in Linda's emergency room get into an outright brawl after throwing insults at each other. Things get to a head later on when an officer gets shot and wounded in a gunfight caused by a botched drug raid, the result of firefighters wanting to engage a blaze that the police believed was set by the drug dealers to torch evidence that they were trying to obtain.
8th Feb '16 7:57:42 PM dmcreif
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* OutOfFocus: In general, [[FourLinesNoWaiting there will be three or four plots going on]], typically an A-plot involving Danny solving a typical murder case, a B-plot involving Jamie and his partner on a typical day of patrol, and a C-plot involving either Erin prosecuting a case or Frank dealing with NYPD politics. **Example: there is the occasional episode that doesn't have a plot for Danny (although Danny will still show as part of the OnceAnEpisode family dinner conference). These episodes include cases like "With Friends Like These" (which splits time between Erin going back through an unsolved murder case and Frank dealing with tensions between the NYPD and FDNY), "Hold Outs" (which involves Erin dealing with a murder case that had a mistrial while Jamie and Edie work as part of a task force dealing with some street gang issues), and "Custody Battle", where there are two plotlines that both involve Jamie - the A-plot of a death-in-custody involving an illegal chokehold, and the B-plot of Jamie convincing Edie to visit her incarcerated father.

** Henry causes a public stink when a recording of one of his old war stories goes viral: 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 but Henry reveals that the cop was Frank.
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** **In "Loose Lips," Henry causes a public stink when a recording of one of his old war stories goes viral: 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 but Henry reveals that the cop was Frank.

** Several episodes highlight levels of distrust between the police and the black communities, and were produced around the same time that the "Black Lives Matter" movement - started in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner - took off.
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** Several episodes episodes, most notably "Rush to Judgment", highlight levels of distrust between the police and the black communities, and were produced around the same time that the "Black Lives Matter" movement - started in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner - took off.

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

* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: More like "The Main Characters All Do the Same Thing". Generally speaking all the cases on the show are found by Jamie and his partner, investigated by Danny and his partner, and prosecuted by Erin and her party.
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* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: More like "The Main Characters All Do the Same Thing". Generally speaking all the many cases on the show are found by Jamie and his partner, investigated by Danny and his partner, and prosecuted by Erin and her party.

** Unrepentant serial rapist Dick Reed [[spoiler:attacks Erin, who is not only a DA but has four cops in her immediately family. Two of said cops being the police commissioner and one of the best detectives in the entire department]]. Why he thought this would end well for him is anyone's guess.
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** Unrepentant serial rapist Dick Reed [[spoiler:attacks [[spoiler:decides, upon release, to go after Erin, who is not only a DA but has four cops in her immediately immediate family. Two of said cops being the police commissioner and one of the best detectives in the entire department]]. Why he thought this would end well for him is anyone's guess.guess, when Frank shows up and shoots him.
8th Feb '16 4:55:40 PM dmcreif
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** In "Critical Condition", Jamie and his new partner, Sosa, stake out a park bench and wait for someone to take a bag of stolen goods left there as bait. Jamie squirms over what he views as "borderline entrapment." It would only qualify as borderline entrapment ''if'' they convinced someone to take the bag--just leaving it out there is completely legal. To be fair, this is Jamie's personal opinion that we're talking about: it's legal but it may or may not be strictly ''nice''.
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** In "Critical Condition", Jamie and his new partner, Sosa, stake out a park bench and wait for someone to take a bag of stolen goods left there as bait. Jamie squirms over what he views as "borderline entrapment." It would only qualify as borderline entrapment ''if'' they convinced someone to take the bag--just leaving it out there is completely legal. To be fair, this is Jamie's personal opinion that we're talking about: it's it may be legal but it may or may not be strictly ''nice''.

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** * MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: In "Critical Condition", Jamie and his new partner, Sosa, stake out a park bench and wait for someone to take a bag of stolen goods left there as bait. Jamie squirms over what he views as "borderline entrapment." It would only qualify as borderline entrapment ''if'' they convinced someone to take the bag--just leaving it out there is completely legal. To be fair, this is Jamie's personal opinion that we're talking about: it's legal but it may or may not be strictly ''nice''.season 4 finale, the suicide of a brothel madam -> a blackmail scheme in the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
8th Feb '16 3:15:42 PM dmcreif
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** In "All the News That's Fit to Click", an anti-cop criminal shoots Lorenzo Colt, a reporter who happens to be dressed in an NYPD-issue windbreaker. When the reporter is brought in to identify the suspect in a lineup, he refuses to identify the suspect and is let go, as is the suspect. In reality, if a victim refuses to cooperate such as refusing to identify a suspect, the state can still prosecute a suspected offender based upon other evidence. There was enough evidence already to throw the book at Michael Hicks, since voice recognition had proven that he was the one who made the 911 call that lured Colt and the officers he was riding with into an ambush. *** From the same episode, Frank surmises (and Danny and others buy into) the suspect thought they were shooting a police officer due to the NYPD windbreaker that Lorenzo Colt was wearing when he was shot (at the time, Colt was in ridealong with Jamie and Janko). However, as it turns out, the individual they ultimately arrest for the crime has a beef with cops. In real life, unless Michael Hicks is dumb, he presumably would know police officers do not sit in the back of patrol cars. Frank and Danny use the term "cop killer" even though no one had been killed (yet). Based upon the known evidence at the time, it should have been apparent and assumed that the reporter was the target - since if the shooter wanted to shoot the actual officers he would have shot them while they were still on the street and distracted by the reporter. Erin was the only one to properly assess the situation in that no one was killed and it was not a cop involved but a reporter. ** In "Occupational Hazards": *** Frank tells the woman running a fraudulent charity that's wrongly using the NYPD emblem, that other cities have arrest warrants for her and that New York would have to wait. In reality, upon taking her into custody, the state of New York would have the choice of trying her there first or allowing her to be extradited. The latter usually only happens when there are more serious charges in the other jurisdiction. *** Twice do characters break police protocol. For instance, when Erin was being followed by the bikers, protocol would be to call for a Radio Mobile Patrol (RMP) car to assist, rather than drive to Danny's precinct. Likewise, when the bomb suspect was at the union meeting, protocol would be to have the sector RMP car respond to assist as they would be far closer. ** In "Drawing Dead," when discussing the 14-year-old who was shot by a police officer, Erin informs a companion from the DA's office that he has a juvenile record. The companion asks, "Aren't those usually sealed?" to which Erin replies by implying that she got them by calling in a favor. In reality, juvenile records are sealed to the public but remain available to prosecutors, and any expungment of a juvenile record (the only means by which the record would be permanently unavailable even to prosecutors) is unlikely to occur until the person reaches age 18, and certainly not within two years after the original delinquency charge.
8th Feb '16 11:40:06 AM dmcreif
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** In "Framed," Danny is investigating a bookie who's assaulted several people who have refused to pay him up. One night, just as Danny's about to get a warrant to raid the bookie's house in search of a book that will reveal a list of all the clients who owe him money, he's pulled over and busted for drug possession. Danny insists the drugs were planted. As the investigation turns out, an Internal Affairs captain was among those who owed money to the bookie and the discovery of the black book would have outed him for such, so he framed up Danny to get him out of the way; even breaking into and stealing Danny's off-duty weapon to kill the bookie.
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** In "Framed," Danny is investigating a bookie who's assaulted several people who have refused to pay him up. One night, just as Danny's about to get a warrant to raid the bookie's house in search of a book that will reveal a list of all the clients who owe him money, he's pulled over and busted for drug possession. Danny insists the drugs were planted. Furthermore, Jamie finds that a baker Danny stopped at right beforehand seems to have been intimidated into lying about Danny's whereabouts. As the investigation turns out, an Internal Affairs captain was among those who owed would have been outed as owing money to the bookie and the discovery of when the black book would have outed him for such, turned up, so he framed up Danny to get him out of the way; even breaking into Danny's house and stealing using Danny's off-duty weapon to kill the bookie.
8th Feb '16 11:36:31 AM dmcreif
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** In "The Bitter End" Jamie Reagan and his partner Vinny Cruz are lured into a housing project by a Latino gang with a beef against the NYPD. It's an ambush, [[spoiler:and Vinny is fatally shot]]. End of the next episode, what seems like half the NYPD storms the place and makes over 40 arrests on various charges, including [[spoiler:Vinny's murder]].
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** In "The Bitter End" Jamie Reagan and his partner Vinny Cruz are lured into a housing project by a Latino gang with a beef against the NYPD. It's an ambush, [[spoiler:and Vinny is fatally shot]]. End of the next episode, what seems like half the NYPD storms carries out a massive raid that results in the place and makes arrests of over 40 arrests people on various charges, including [[spoiler:Vinny's murder]].murder]] and an assassination attempt on Mayor Poole.

* DirtyCop: Danny discovers that one of the would-be bank robbers is an ex-cop, Billy Flood.
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* DirtyCop: DirtyCop: **In "Critical Condition," Danny discovers that one of the would-be bank robbers is an ex-cop, Billy Flood.Flood. **In "Framed," Danny is investigating a bookie who's assaulted several people who have refused to pay him up. One night, just as Danny's about to get a warrant to raid the bookie's house in search of a book that will reveal a list of all the clients who owe him money, he's pulled over and busted for drug possession. Danny insists the drugs were planted. As the investigation turns out, an Internal Affairs captain was among those who owed money to the bookie and the discovery of the black book would have outed him for such, so he framed up Danny to get him out of the way; even breaking into and stealing Danny's off-duty weapon to kill the bookie.
8th Feb '16 11:31:30 AM dmcreif
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* TheCasanova: Jamie and Edie's training officer in "Stomping Grounds" has a habit of hitting on female officers under his command. Jamie doesn't like this, since feels obligated to protect his partner and her career. Jamie sees the TO as a predator who uses his position to make unwanted advances on fellow officers who were at a distinct disadvantage; at the end, he confronts the TO and suggests he put in a transfer to Staten Island.
7th Feb '16 5:21:35 PM dmcreif
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** Danny Reagan is known to have hotheaded tendencies to the point that he's gotten in trouble for roughing up suspects. In real life, he would not be allowed to work with the public because of these tendencies. Even with his father being the active commissioner, Danny could easily become a liability for the NYPD if someone sues him for emotional distress/police brutality/whatever.
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** Danny Reagan is known to have hotheaded tendencies to the point that he's gotten in trouble for roughing up suspects. In real life, he would not be allowed to work with the public because of these tendencies. public. Even with his father being the active commissioner, Danny could easily become a liability for the NYPD if someone sues him for emotional distress/police brutality/whatever.brutality/whatever. ** "Backstabbers" sees JursidictionFriction going on between the NYPD and United States Marshals Service over the manhunt for two prison escapees. While it's never said whether the prison the two escapees broke out of was a federal prison, it's also never said if the prison in question was a state correctional facility. If the latter, the Marshals would have no involvement in the case because they work for the federal government; the US Marshals Service has no responsibility or authority over escapees from state prisons, unless the escapee crossed state lines, which the two escapees haven't.
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