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31st Jul '17 7:31:33 PM creader
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* BothSidesHaveAPoint: In "Friends in Need" both Danny and Jamie get into an argument regarding a reckless rookie -- Jamie is right that the patrol guide was meant to keep the police in line and the public safe, and that the rookie's actions got a child hurt; Danny is right about how action is sometimes the best option because waiting too long will get someone killed.
28th Jul '17 3:45:41 PM Eagal
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* {{Expy}}: Rev. Potter is essentially a Baptist Louis Farrakhan.


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Rev. Potter is essentially a Baptist Louis Farrakhan.
30th May '17 7:02:30 AM Fireblood
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* BrokenAesop: While one of theme of the show is taking responsibility for one's action, Danny doesn't face any comeuppance for his borderline DirtyCop actions that abuse a person's rights. And when someone brings this up, [[NeverMyFault he refuses to see the error of his ways and blame it on either the perp or the D.A.]]

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* BrokenAesop: While one of theme of the show is taking responsibility for one's action, actions, Danny doesn't face any comeuppance for his borderline DirtyCop actions that abuse a person's rights. And when someone brings this up, [[NeverMyFault he refuses to see the error of his ways and blame blames it on either the perp or the D.A.DA.]]



** In "The Road to Hell", Danny is trying to talk a distraught Martina from jumping off a ledge. He recounts to her a similar incident with an army vet with PTSD, who ultimately took his own life because he couldn't live with what he had done[[note]] He attacked his wife and took their son with him, taking him to the ledge of a building. Seemingly unable to forgive himself, he gives a salute and jumps[[/note]]. Danny tells Martina that it's not worth it[[note]] She killed Pablo Gonzalez, the man who manipulated her[[/note]].

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** In "The Road to Hell", Danny is trying to talk a distraught Martina from jumping off a ledge. He recounts to her a similar incident with an army vet with PTSD, who ultimately took his own life because he couldn't live with what he had done[[note]] He done.[[note]]He attacked his wife and took their son with him, taking him to the ledge of a building. Seemingly unable to forgive himself, he gives a salute and jumps[[/note]]. jumps.[[/note]] Danny tells Martina that it's not worth it[[note]] She it.[[note]]She killed Pablo Gonzalez, the man who manipulated her[[/note]].her.[[/note]]
29th May '17 9:56:58 PM creader
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* BrokenAesop: While one of theme of the show is taking responsibility for one's action, Danny doesn't face any comeuppance for his borderline DirtyCop actions that abuse a person's rights. And when someone brings this up, [[NeverMyFault he refuses to see the error of his ways and blame it on either the perp or the D.A.]]
29th May '17 9:19:06 PM bweb
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** A friend of Nikki's posts fake comments to her website and writes threatening graffiti on her own dorm room to try to draw attention to her social justice causes. When she's caught on camera, she attempts suicide.
26th Apr '17 11:48:03 PM Maddoxsort
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* KarmaHoudini: One episode in season 7 features a very smug pretty boy who gets off on beating his girlfriend and claims she wanted to play rough, when he actually handcuffed her to the bed and subjected her to torture for his own pleasure, not knowing he was a depraved and predatory sex fiend. Danny can't get him convicted for assault and sexual abuse because the man lawyers up and his lawyer tries to pin the blame on the girlfriend [[LoopholeAbuse because she consented to him having his way with her.]] The man and his lawyer also know that the woman's name will be dragged through the mud in court over this debacle, and this alone is enough to give her cold feet and make her drop the charges. Worse, when Danny and Baez try to set him up to make him beat his girlfriend on camera, the man is too sly to fool and mocks them openly for trying this. Danny, however, refuses to let the man get off so easily and publicly outs him as a woman-beater, warning him that even though ''he'' failed to bring him to justice, there are ''[[HolyShitQuotient 35,000]]'' cops in New York City and now ''[[AwakenTheSleepingGiant all]]'' of them will be [[ParanoiaFuel watching him.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: One episode in season 7 features a very smug pretty boy who gets off on beating his girlfriend and claims she wanted to play rough, when he actually handcuffed her to the bed and subjected her to torture for his own pleasure, not knowing he was a depraved and predatory sex fiend. Danny can't get him convicted for assault and sexual abuse because the man lawyers up and his lawyer tries to pin the blame on the girlfriend [[LoopholeAbuse because she consented to him having his way with her.]] The man and his lawyer also know that the woman's name will be dragged through the mud in court over this debacle, and this alone is enough to give her cold feet and make her drop the charges. Worse, when Danny and Baez try to set him up to make him beat his girlfriend on camera, the man is too sly to fool and mocks them openly for trying this. Danny, however, refuses to let the man get off so easily and publicly outs him as a woman-beater, warning him that even though ''he'' failed to bring him to justice, there are ''[[HolyShitQuotient 35,000]]'' 30,000]]'' cops in New York City and now ''[[AwakenTheSleepingGiant all]]'' of them will be [[ParanoiaFuel watching him.]]
26th Apr '17 1:36:30 AM Fireblood
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* MercyKill: It turns out that a woman died due to this in "Love Lost". She had an incurable illness, wanted to die on her own terms, and her husband euthanized her peacefully. Danny doesn't like it, but he still has to arrest him over it.

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* MercyKill: It turns out that a woman died due to this in "Love Lost". She had an incurable illness, wanted to die on her own terms, and her husband euthanized her peacefully. Danny doesn't like it, but he still has to arrest him over it.this.
22nd Apr '17 4:57:25 PM Sharlee
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* FriendlyRivalry: Occasional lighthearted taunting goes on between the NYPD Reagans and a neighboring family of FDNY firefighters. Made more amusing in that Sean's best friend is one of the latter.
14th Apr '17 8:36:22 PM Maddoxsort
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* TakeThat: One episode sees Jamie and Edie working security on the set of a cop show due to the NYPD TV and Film Unit being stretched. The show is apparently called ''Dempsey & Kaine'', and based on Edie's description of it as a cop show with two female detective leads, with decent actors but terr

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* TakeThat: One episode sees Jamie and Edie working security on the set of a cop show due to the NYPD TV and Film Unit being stretched. The show is apparently called ''Dempsey & Kaine'', and based on Edie's description of it as a cop show with two female detective leads, with decent actors but terrterrible writing, is probably meant to be a jab at ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles''.
* TapOnTheHead: Oh, right -- Danny doesn't appreciate people pointing guns at Jackie, either.
-->'''Perp:''' I give up.\\
'''Danny''': Too late. [''punches his lights out'']
* ThatWasTheLastEntry: While listening to Joe's old [=iPod=], Jamie uncovers a recording of his late brother preparing to infiltrate the Blue Templar.
* TherapyIsForTheWeak: Frank sourly tells his shrink that Reagan men don't go for prescription drugs. Or shrinks, for that matter.
* ThirdPersonPerson: In "Knockout Game", Danny and Baez seek out information about who might be behind the most recent incident -- an attack on a pregnant woman whose fetus subsequently died -- from a confidential informant he calls "Third Person Thorpe", who [[VerbalTic speaks just like his nickname suggests]].
* ThreeSuccessfulGenerations: Jamie, Danny and Frank embody this for different "generations" of police work: rookie patrol, experienced detective, and veteran brass. Add Henry, and you've got a fourth generation added on with "retired brass".
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: There are occasions where the cast must face this sort of dilemma.
** "The Poor Door" sees a notable case: Louis Weems, a former drinking buddy and partner of Gormley's, has been found to be engaging in shady real estate investments. When Frank informs Gormley that he is the one who gets to decide whether to retain or terminate Weems, Gormley ultimately decides to let Weems keep his job, with the agreement that he won't be so lucky if he's caught cutting corners again.
* TooDumbToLive: More then one nemesis. For example, unrepentant serial rapist Dick Reed [[spoiler:decides, upon release, to go after Erin, who is not only a DA but has four cops in her 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, when Frank shows up and shoots him.
* ToyotaTripwire:
** A perp decides to rabbit and escapes on a scooter. He nearly mows down Danny, but doesn't quite clear Jackie's front bumper. Ouch.
** Reused in "Occupational Hazard" when a motorcycle gangster and his girlfriend who vandalized Erin's apartment and attacked one of her colleagues (which they were trying to frame a rival gang for) try to flee from an ESU raid, driving along the sidewalk and through traffic. Danny and Maria cut around the block and the gangsters run into the passenger side tire and go flying.
** An actor doing a ride-along with Danny stops a fleeing suspect with the car door and nearly gets shot in the process. However, once he's in custody the suspect thinks it's cool he got stopped by a famous actor.
* TranquilFury: Frank. ANY time Frank gets pissed, he doesn't really act any different, but all of a sudden, Danny isn't the scariest Reagan in the show anymore.
* 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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* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: Frank has one in "The Job" when he's paying a secret visit to a psychiatrist.
* VigilanteMan: Episodes like "Samaritan" and "Old Wounds" have [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]] killing KarmaHoudini criminals.
* VowOfCelibacy: When the Reagans' deceased longtime priest comes up for canonization, Frank discovers that Father Bill had a long-term romantic relationship with a woman, but as far as anyone can tell it was never actually consummated in deference to priestly vows. Frank compares this favorably to a saint of a previous century who took part in what would be considered genocide in the present day, and concludes that "the Catholic church could do a lot worse than 'Saint Bill from Brooklyn'."
* TheWarOnStraw: The show does not take a romanticized view of the NYPD Commissioner or his office. Frank has butted heads with protesters and union reps. [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] in "Leap of Faith", which seems to portray the archdiocese as a standard CorruptChurch shielding a [[SinisterMinister anarchist priest]]. Though Frank initially opposes his nomination for sainthood, after performing his own investigation, he decides things weren't so black and white in the Vietnam days. He even comes to the priest's defense when the archbishops show signs of buyer's remorse.
* TheWarOnTerror:
** Mentioned from time to time. Frank was a 9/11 first responder and saw the towers go down; he suffers from SurvivorsGuilt as a result. He also has a [[BerserkButton peeve]] about people exploiting the tragedy to further their careers. Danny was a Marine who fought in Fallujah.
** In one early episode, the NYPD is put on high alert for a bomb threat by ''homegrown'' Islamic terrorists.
** In "Hall of Mirrors" an undercover cop who infiltrated a terrorist cell is shot in a drive-by. It turns out to have not been related at all to the cell infiltration but to a love triangle.
** In "Moonlighting", Frank broods over a quote from Donald Rumsfeld regarding the Iraq War ("the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_are_known_knowns known unknowns]]").
** In "Friends in Need," Frank acknowledges the issues that come up with intelligence gathering while hosting a number of top British police officials, bringing up the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks in doing so.
* WeUsedToBeFriends:
** In "Family Ties," it turns out that Jackie and her high school friend, Anna, ended up on opposite sides of the law. Jackie became an NYPD detective, and Anna got knocked up by a Russian mobster at age 16.
-->'''Jackie:''' What happened to you?\\
'''Anna:''' [''icily''] I grew up.
** In "Ties That Bind," Danny's childhood friend Mickey Patrick pays him a visit. At one point, while Mickey and his wife are bonding with Danny and Linda, Danny sees a surveillance truck outside seemingly taking photographs of the house. The next day, he learns from an OCCB investigator from that Mickey is under investigation as a suspected mob associate. Danny ends up being torn between his obligations to enforce the law and loyalty to Mickey. Once he gets Mickey arrested, he must move to keep him from being targeted for retaliation from the mobsters he works with.
* WhamEpisode: The last two episodes of Season 3, featuring a plot revolving around the Bitterman Housing Projects '''definitely''' count as this trope, as they prove to be a game-changer for the series. Much later, the characters refer to the Bitterman Housing projects again in the context of continuing to make life better there.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: An in-universe example. One weekend, while watching Danny's sons, Henry and Frank have tickets to a Broadway play. It's about Christianity and bringing it to Africa, or so Henry heard. ... The play is ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'', by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Nicky pushes this trope hard.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: "Under the Gun"'s killer is [[spoiler: a CrusadingWidower who finally snapped after losing both his wife to medical malpractice and his resulting lawsuit via MiscarriageOfJustice.]]
* WorkingTheSameCase: Occasionally shows up.
** In "Inside Jobs," some rats are set loose at a society gathering that Erin is attending, hosted by a socialite who calls herself "Goddess". That same night, Danny is called in on a man who was beaten up then tossed out of a car, with a dead rat in his pocket. As it turns out, the two incidents are linked as the beating victim was the one who set loose the rats at the reception.
** "Rush to Judgment" does a variant: the cases are not the same, but they both originate from the same event. At an anti-NYPD protest led by Reverend Potter and civil rights attorney Jerry Guerrero, Jamie is working security, and attempts to protect a mother and child from an inattentive biker, causing the biker to crash and get injured. Conflicting accounts, as well as Potter's smear campaign, forces Frank to hand the case over to Internal Affairs. At the same time, a woman and crowd supporter claims that Guerrero raped her; he denies this. Thus Danny and Baez are assigned to investigate that matter. They uncover that she faked the claim so as to get revenge for a previous problem the attorney was involved with. To fix things, Frank visits Potter and offers to help exonerate Guerrero if the police are given access to witnesses that clear Jamie of his own problem.
** "Worst Case Scenario" has Frank convinced that terrorists might be coming to New York City to launch an attack. His claims seem confirmed when Jamie and Edie take a report from a waitress at a club who claims that she heard a regular customer speaking terrorist-like language. Coincidentally, an Arabic-speaking man runs into Danny and Baez on the street, frantically claiming that his neighbors possess bombs. Danny's lead and Jamie's lead are the same case.
* YouAreNotAlone: Frank reminds Danny of this at the end of "Silver Star," when Danny muses on how he could have ended up just like the victim, a homeless vet.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: The wife of a slain informant discovers that Erin was the one pulling his strings. "So because ''you'' suck at your job, ''I'm'' a widow, and my kids don't have a father." [[spoiler: Of course, this is rendered moot when it turns out, the wife was cheating on her man with someone he was investigating, who was the ''actual'' killer, and that it was ''the wife'' who blew his cover, if unintentionally, not Erin.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: In "Whistler Blower," Erin's informant is murdered, while spying on a white collar criminal -- the same criminal who is [[spoiler: sleeping with the informant's wife.]] So much for wearing a wire.
-->[[spoiler: Mrs. Milo]]: [To Erin] "I don't know what fancy place you come from, but from where I come from, there is ''nothing'' worse than a [[TheInformant rat!]]"
* YourDoorWasOpen: In "Occupational Hazards," Erin is dealing with intruders who have been rearranging things in her apartment. Danny, not happy that she chose to call 911 instead of just calling him to look into the matter, spooks her by hiding behind her open door when she comes into her office.
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14th Apr '17 8:33:50 PM Maddoxsort
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* KarmaHoudini: One episode in season 7 features a very smug pretty boy who gets off on beating his girlfriend and claims she wanted to play rough, when he actually handcuffed her to the bed and subjected her to torture for his own pleasure, not knowing he was a depraved and predatory sex fiend. Danny can't get him convicted for assault and sexual abuse because the man lawyers up and his lawyer tries to pin the blame on the girlfriend [[LoopholeAbuse because she consented to him having his way with her.]] The man and his lawyer also know that the woman's name will be dragged through the mud in court over this debacle, and this alone is enough to give her cold feet and make her drop the charges. Worse, when Danny and Baez try to set him up to make him beat his girlfriend on camera, the man is too sly to fool and mocks them openly for trying this. Danny, however, refuses to let the man get off so easily and publicly outs him as a woman-beater, warning him that even though ''he'' failed to bring him to justice, there are ''30,000'' cops in New York City and now ''[[AwakenTheSleepingGiant all]]'' of them will be [[ParanoiaFuel watching him.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: One episode in season 7 features a very smug pretty boy who gets off on beating his girlfriend and claims she wanted to play rough, when he actually handcuffed her to the bed and subjected her to torture for his own pleasure, not knowing he was a depraved and predatory sex fiend. Danny can't get him convicted for assault and sexual abuse because the man lawyers up and his lawyer tries to pin the blame on the girlfriend [[LoopholeAbuse because she consented to him having his way with her.]] The man and his lawyer also know that the woman's name will be dragged through the mud in court over this debacle, and this alone is enough to give her cold feet and make her drop the charges. Worse, when Danny and Baez try to set him up to make him beat his girlfriend on camera, the man is too sly to fool and mocks them openly for trying this. Danny, however, refuses to let the man get off so easily and publicly outs him as a woman-beater, warning him that even though ''he'' failed to bring him to justice, there are ''30,000'' ''[[HolyShitQuotient 35,000]]'' cops in New York City and now ''[[AwakenTheSleepingGiant all]]'' of them will be [[ParanoiaFuel watching him.]]



* TakeThat: One episode sees Jamie and Edie working security on the set of a cop show due to the NYPD TV and Film Unit being stretched. The show is apparently called ''Dempsey & Kaine'', and based on Edie's description of it as a cop show with two female detective leads, with decent actors but terrible writing, is probably meant to be a jab at ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles''.
* TapOnTheHead: Oh, right -- Danny doesn't appreciate people pointing guns at Jackie, either.
-->'''Perp:''' I give up.\\
'''Danny''': Too late. [''punches his lights out'']
* ThatWasTheLastEntry: While listening to Joe's old [=iPod=], Jamie uncovers a recording of his late brother preparing to infiltrate the Blue Templar.
* TherapyIsForTheWeak: Frank sourly tells his shrink that Reagan men don't go for prescription drugs. Or shrinks, for that matter.
* ThirdPersonPerson: In "Knockout Game", Danny and Baez seek out information about who might be behind the most recent incident -- an attack on a pregnant woman whose fetus subsequently died -- from a confidential informant he calls "Third Person Thorpe", who [[VerbalTic speaks just like his nickname suggests]].
* ThreeSuccessfulGenerations: Jamie, Danny and Frank embody this for different "generations" of police work: rookie patrol, experienced detective, and veteran brass. Add Henry, and you've got a fourth generation added on with "retired brass".
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: There are occasions where the cast must face this sort of dilemma.
** "The Poor Door" sees a notable case: Louis Weems, a former drinking buddy and partner of Gormley's, has been found to be engaging in shady real estate investments. When Frank informs Gormley that he is the one who gets to decide whether to retain or terminate Weems, Gormley ultimately decides to let Weems keep his job, with the agreement that he won't be so lucky if he's caught cutting corners again.
* TooDumbToLive: More then one nemesis. For example, unrepentant serial rapist Dick Reed [[spoiler:decides, upon release, to go after Erin, who is not only a DA but has four cops in her 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, when Frank shows up and shoots him.
* ToyotaTripwire:
** A perp decides to rabbit and escapes on a scooter. He nearly mows down Danny, but doesn't quite clear Jackie's front bumper. Ouch.
** Reused in "Occupational Hazard" when a motorcycle gangster and his girlfriend who vandalized Erin's apartment and attacked one of her colleagues (which they were trying to frame a rival gang for) try to flee from an ESU raid, driving along the sidewalk and through traffic. Danny and Maria cut around the block and the gangsters run into the passenger side tire and go flying.
** An actor doing a ride-along with Danny stops a fleeing suspect with the car door and nearly gets shot in the process. However, once he's in custody the suspect thinks it's cool he got stopped by a famous actor.
* TranquilFury: Frank. ANY time Frank gets pissed, he doesn't really act any different, but all of a sudden, Danny isn't the scariest Reagan in the show anymore.
* 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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* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: Frank has one in "The Job" when he's paying a secret visit to a psychiatrist.
* VigilanteMan: Episodes like "Samaritan" and "Old Wounds" have [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]] killing KarmaHoudini criminals.
* VowOfCelibacy: When the Reagans' deceased longtime priest comes up for canonization, Frank discovers that Father Bill had a long-term romantic relationship with a woman, but as far as anyone can tell it was never actually consummated in deference to priestly vows. Frank compares this favorably to a saint of a previous century who took part in what would be considered genocide in the present day, and concludes that "the Catholic church could do a lot worse than 'Saint Bill from Brooklyn'."
* TheWarOnStraw: The show does not take a romanticized view of the NYPD Commissioner or his office. Frank has butted heads with protesters and union reps. [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] in "Leap of Faith", which seems to portray the archdiocese as a standard CorruptChurch shielding a [[SinisterMinister anarchist priest]]. Though Frank initially opposes his nomination for sainthood, after performing his own investigation, he decides things weren't so black and white in the Vietnam days. He even comes to the priest's defense when the archbishops show signs of buyer's remorse.
* TheWarOnTerror:
** Mentioned from time to time. Frank was a 9/11 first responder and saw the towers go down; he suffers from SurvivorsGuilt as a result. He also has a [[BerserkButton peeve]] about people exploiting the tragedy to further their careers. Danny was a Marine who fought in Fallujah.
** In one early episode, the NYPD is put on high alert for a bomb threat by ''homegrown'' Islamic terrorists.
** In "Hall of Mirrors" an undercover cop who infiltrated a terrorist cell is shot in a drive-by. It turns out to have not been related at all to the cell infiltration but to a love triangle.
** In "Moonlighting", Frank broods over a quote from Donald Rumsfeld regarding the Iraq War ("the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_are_known_knowns known unknowns]]").
** In "Friends in Need," Frank acknowledges the issues that come up with intelligence gathering while hosting a number of top British police officials, bringing up the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks in doing so.
* WeUsedToBeFriends:
** In "Family Ties," it turns out that Jackie and her high school friend, Anna, ended up on opposite sides of the law. Jackie became an NYPD detective, and Anna got knocked up by a Russian mobster at age 16.
-->'''Jackie:''' What happened to you?\\
'''Anna:''' [''icily''] I grew up.
** In "Ties That Bind," Danny's childhood friend Mickey Patrick pays him a visit. At one point, while Mickey and his wife are bonding with Danny and Linda, Danny sees a surveillance truck outside seemingly taking photographs of the house. The next day, he learns from an OCCB investigator from that Mickey is under investigation as a suspected mob associate. Danny ends up being torn between his obligations to enforce the law and loyalty to Mickey. Once he gets Mickey arrested, he must move to keep him from being targeted for retaliation from the mobsters he works with.
* WhamEpisode: The last two episodes of Season 3, featuring a plot revolving around the Bitterman Housing Projects '''definitely''' count as this trope, as they prove to be a game-changer for the series. Much later, the characters refer to the Bitterman Housing projects again in the context of continuing to make life better there.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: An in-universe example. One weekend, while watching Danny's sons, Henry and Frank have tickets to a Broadway play. It's about Christianity and bringing it to Africa, or so Henry heard. ... The play is ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'', by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Nicky pushes this trope hard.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: "Under the Gun"'s killer is [[spoiler: a CrusadingWidower who finally snapped after losing both his wife to medical malpractice and his resulting lawsuit via MiscarriageOfJustice.]]
* WorkingTheSameCase: Occasionally shows up.
** In "Inside Jobs," some rats are set loose at a society gathering that Erin is attending, hosted by a socialite who calls herself "Goddess". That same night, Danny is called in on a man who was beaten up then tossed out of a car, with a dead rat in his pocket. As it turns out, the two incidents are linked as the beating victim was the one who set loose the rats at the reception.
** "Rush to Judgment" does a variant: the cases are not the same, but they both originate from the same event. At an anti-NYPD protest led by Reverend Potter and civil rights attorney Jerry Guerrero, Jamie is working security, and attempts to protect a mother and child from an inattentive biker, causing the biker to crash and get injured. Conflicting accounts, as well as Potter's smear campaign, forces Frank to hand the case over to Internal Affairs. At the same time, a woman and crowd supporter claims that Guerrero raped her; he denies this. Thus Danny and Baez are assigned to investigate that matter. They uncover that she faked the claim so as to get revenge for a previous problem the attorney was involved with. To fix things, Frank visits Potter and offers to help exonerate Guerrero if the police are given access to witnesses that clear Jamie of his own problem.
** "Worst Case Scenario" has Frank convinced that terrorists might be coming to New York City to launch an attack. His claims seem confirmed when Jamie and Edie take a report from a waitress at a club who claims that she heard a regular customer speaking terrorist-like language. Coincidentally, an Arabic-speaking man runs into Danny and Baez on the street, frantically claiming that his neighbors possess bombs. Danny's lead and Jamie's lead are the same case.
* YouAreNotAlone: Frank reminds Danny of this at the end of "Silver Star," when Danny muses on how he could have ended up just like the victim, a homeless vet.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: The wife of a slain informant discovers that Erin was the one pulling his strings. "So because ''you'' suck at your job, ''I'm'' a widow, and my kids don't have a father." [[spoiler: Of course, this is rendered moot when it turns out, the wife was cheating on her man with someone he was investigating, who was the ''actual'' killer, and that it was ''the wife'' who blew his cover, if unintentionally, not Erin.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: In "Whistler Blower," Erin's informant is murdered, while spying on a white collar criminal -- the same criminal who is [[spoiler: sleeping with the informant's wife.]] So much for wearing a wire.
-->[[spoiler: Mrs. Milo]]: [To Erin] "I don't know what fancy place you come from, but from where I come from, there is ''nothing'' worse than a [[TheInformant rat!]]"
* YourDoorWasOpen: In "Occupational Hazards," Erin is dealing with intruders who have been rearranging things in her apartment. Danny, not happy that she chose to call 911 instead of just calling him to look into the matter, spooks her by hiding behind her open door when she comes into her office.
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* TakeThat: One episode sees Jamie and Edie working security on the set of a cop show due to the NYPD TV and Film Unit being stretched. The show is apparently called ''Dempsey & Kaine'', and based on Edie's description of it as a cop show with two female detective leads, with decent actors but terrible writing, is probably meant to be a jab at ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles''.
* TapOnTheHead: Oh, right -- Danny doesn't appreciate people pointing guns at Jackie, either.
-->'''Perp:''' I give up.\\
'''Danny''': Too late. [''punches his lights out'']
* ThatWasTheLastEntry: While listening to Joe's old [=iPod=], Jamie uncovers a recording of his late brother preparing to infiltrate the Blue Templar.
* TherapyIsForTheWeak: Frank sourly tells his shrink that Reagan men don't go for prescription drugs. Or shrinks, for that matter.
* ThirdPersonPerson: In "Knockout Game", Danny and Baez seek out information about who might be behind the most recent incident -- an attack on a pregnant woman whose fetus subsequently died -- from a confidential informant he calls "Third Person Thorpe", who [[VerbalTic speaks just like his nickname suggests]].
* ThreeSuccessfulGenerations: Jamie, Danny and Frank embody this for different "generations" of police work: rookie patrol, experienced detective, and veteran brass. Add Henry, and you've got a fourth generation added on with "retired brass".
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: There are occasions where the cast must face this sort of dilemma.
** "The Poor Door" sees a notable case: Louis Weems, a former drinking buddy and partner of Gormley's, has been found to be engaging in shady real estate investments. When Frank informs Gormley that he is the one who gets to decide whether to retain or terminate Weems, Gormley ultimately decides to let Weems keep his job, with the agreement that he won't be so lucky if he's caught cutting corners again.
* TooDumbToLive: More then one nemesis. For example, unrepentant serial rapist Dick Reed [[spoiler:decides, upon release, to go after Erin, who is not only a DA but has four cops in her 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, when Frank shows up and shoots him.
* ToyotaTripwire:
** A perp decides to rabbit and escapes on a scooter. He nearly mows down Danny, but doesn't quite clear Jackie's front bumper. Ouch.
** Reused in "Occupational Hazard" when a motorcycle gangster and his girlfriend who vandalized Erin's apartment and attacked one of her colleagues (which they were trying to frame a rival gang for) try to flee from an ESU raid, driving along the sidewalk and through traffic. Danny and Maria cut around the block and the gangsters run into the passenger side tire and go flying.
** An actor doing a ride-along with Danny stops a fleeing suspect with the car door and nearly gets shot in the process. However, once he's in custody the suspect thinks it's cool he got stopped by a famous actor.
* TranquilFury: Frank. ANY time Frank gets pissed, he doesn't really act any different, but all of a sudden, Danny isn't the scariest Reagan in the show anymore.
* 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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* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: Frank has one in "The Job" when he's paying a secret visit to a psychiatrist.
* VigilanteMan: Episodes like "Samaritan" and "Old Wounds" have [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]] killing KarmaHoudini criminals.
* VowOfCelibacy: When the Reagans' deceased longtime priest comes up for canonization, Frank discovers that Father Bill had a long-term romantic relationship with a woman, but as far as anyone can tell it was never actually consummated in deference to priestly vows. Frank compares this favorably to a saint of a previous century who took part in what would be considered genocide in the present day, and concludes that "the Catholic church could do a lot worse than 'Saint Bill from Brooklyn'."
* TheWarOnStraw: The show does not take a romanticized view of the NYPD Commissioner or his office. Frank has butted heads with protesters and union reps. [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] in "Leap of Faith", which seems to portray the archdiocese as a standard CorruptChurch shielding a [[SinisterMinister anarchist priest]]. Though Frank initially opposes his nomination for sainthood, after performing his own investigation, he decides things weren't so black and white in the Vietnam days. He even comes to the priest's defense when the archbishops show signs of buyer's remorse.
* TheWarOnTerror:
** Mentioned from time to time. Frank was a 9/11 first responder and saw the towers go down; he suffers from SurvivorsGuilt as a result. He also has a [[BerserkButton peeve]] about people exploiting the tragedy to further their careers. Danny was a Marine who fought in Fallujah.
** In one early episode, the NYPD is put on high alert for a bomb threat by ''homegrown'' Islamic terrorists.
** In "Hall of Mirrors" an undercover cop who infiltrated a terrorist cell is shot in a drive-by. It turns out to have not been related at all to the cell infiltration but to a love triangle.
** In "Moonlighting", Frank broods over a quote from Donald Rumsfeld regarding the Iraq War ("the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_are_known_knowns known unknowns]]").
** In "Friends in Need," Frank acknowledges the issues that come up with intelligence gathering while hosting a number of top British police officials, bringing up the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks in doing so.
* WeUsedToBeFriends:
** In "Family Ties," it turns out that Jackie and her high school friend, Anna, ended up on opposite sides of the law. Jackie became an NYPD detective, and Anna got knocked up by a Russian mobster at age 16.
-->'''Jackie:''' What happened to you?\\
'''Anna:''' [''icily''] I grew up.
** In "Ties That Bind," Danny's childhood friend Mickey Patrick pays him a visit. At one point, while Mickey and his wife are bonding with Danny and Linda, Danny sees a surveillance truck outside seemingly taking photographs of the house. The next day, he learns from an OCCB investigator from that Mickey is under investigation as a suspected mob associate. Danny ends up being torn between his obligations to enforce the law and loyalty to Mickey. Once he gets Mickey arrested, he must move to keep him from being targeted for retaliation from the mobsters he works with.
* WhamEpisode: The last two episodes of Season 3, featuring a plot revolving around the Bitterman Housing Projects '''definitely''' count as this trope, as they prove to be a game-changer for the series. Much later, the characters refer to the Bitterman Housing projects again in the context of continuing to make life better there.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: An in-universe example. One weekend, while watching Danny's sons, Henry and Frank have tickets to a Broadway play. It's about Christianity and bringing it to Africa, or so Henry heard. ... The play is ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'', by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Nicky pushes this trope hard.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: "Under the Gun"'s killer is [[spoiler: a CrusadingWidower who finally snapped after losing both his wife to medical malpractice and his resulting lawsuit via MiscarriageOfJustice.]]
* WorkingTheSameCase: Occasionally shows up.
** In "Inside Jobs," some rats are set loose at a society gathering that Erin is attending, hosted by a socialite who calls herself "Goddess". That same night, Danny is called in on a man who was beaten up then tossed out of a car, with a dead rat in his pocket. As it turns out, the two incidents are linked as the beating victim was the one who set loose the rats at the reception.
** "Rush to Judgment" does a variant: the cases are not the same, but they both originate from the same event. At an anti-NYPD protest led by Reverend Potter and civil rights attorney Jerry Guerrero, Jamie is working security, and attempts to protect a mother and child from an inattentive biker, causing the biker to crash and get injured. Conflicting accounts, as well as Potter's smear campaign, forces Frank to hand the case over to Internal Affairs. At the same time, a woman and crowd supporter claims that Guerrero raped her; he denies this. Thus Danny and Baez are assigned to investigate that matter. They uncover that she faked the claim so as to get revenge for a previous problem the attorney was involved with. To fix things, Frank visits Potter and offers to help exonerate Guerrero if the police are given access to witnesses that clear Jamie of his own problem.
** "Worst Case Scenario" has Frank convinced that terrorists might be coming to New York City to launch an attack. His claims seem confirmed when Jamie and Edie take a report from a waitress at a club who claims that she heard a regular customer speaking terrorist-like language. Coincidentally, an Arabic-speaking man runs into Danny and Baez on the street, frantically claiming that his neighbors possess bombs. Danny's lead and Jamie's lead are the same case.
* YouAreNotAlone: Frank reminds Danny of this at the end of "Silver Star," when Danny muses on how he could have ended up just like the victim, a homeless vet.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: The wife of a slain informant discovers that Erin was the one pulling his strings. "So because ''you'' suck at your job, ''I'm'' a widow, and my kids don't have a father." [[spoiler: Of course, this is rendered moot when it turns out, the wife was cheating on her man with someone he was investigating, who was the ''actual'' killer, and that it was ''the wife'' who blew his cover, if unintentionally, not Erin.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: In "Whistler Blower," Erin's informant is murdered, while spying on a white collar criminal -- the same criminal who is [[spoiler: sleeping with the informant's wife.]] So much for wearing a wire.
-->[[spoiler: Mrs. Milo]]: [To Erin] "I don't know what fancy place you come from, but from where I come from, there is ''nothing'' worse than a [[TheInformant rat!]]"
* YourDoorWasOpen: In "Occupational Hazards," Erin is dealing with intruders who have been rearranging things in her apartment. Danny, not happy that she chose to call 911 instead of just calling him to look into the matter, spooks her by hiding behind her open door when she comes into her office.
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