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* PolarOppositeTwins: Danny and Baez deal with a pair in "Identity". Steven is the extroverted face of the company and Seth is basically a shy ExtremeDoormat. When Steven's DNA is found on a murder weapon, Seth insists that Steve has an alibi.


** "Privilege". Bad guy has DiplomaticImpunity? Then just [[Film/LethalWeapon2 revoke]] it! But not so fast -- his government can still deny you the authority to do so.

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** "Privilege". "Privilege." Bad guy has DiplomaticImpunity? Then just [[Film/LethalWeapon2 revoke]] it! But not so fast -- his fast... His government can still deny you the authority to do so.



* VigilanteMan: Episodes like "Samaritan" and "Old Wounds" have [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]] killing KarmaHoudini criminals.

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* VigilanteMan: Episodes like such as "Samaritan" and "Old Wounds" have feature [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]] killing (formerly) KarmaHoudini criminals.



* 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.]]

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The killer in "Under the Gun"'s killer is [[spoiler: Gun" turns out to be a CrusadingWidower [[spoiler:CrusadingWidower who finally snapped after losing both his wife to medical malpractice and malpractice, then losing his resulting consequent lawsuit via MiscarriageOfJustice.]]

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** In "Flags of Our Fathers", anti-war activists want to burn an American flag at a public memorial, causing a near-riot to erupt during the first attempt at the demonstration. Frank doesn't want the flag burning to happen, and no one on the force wants to protect flag-burning activists, but Frank can't allow himself to violate the first amendment either...so he suggests moving the demonstration to another public memorial: [[BatmanGambit the cemetery where the group leader's veteran father is buried]]. The activist leader can't bring himself to do it on his father's grave, so they call off the demonstration.

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** SerialKiller Thomas Wilder threatens Danny's family. He rushes home to protect Linda and the boys and is relieved but confused to find them safe. However, when the FBI agent he's working with reminds him of Wilder's preferred demographic of college-aged females, he realizes that ''Nicky'' is his target.


* ThePerfectCrime: In "Lost Souls" The kills stabs his victim in a rainstorm while carrying an umbrella to hide from cameras and wearing clothing so generic that the camera that caught the murder tells the detectives nothing useful. The only slip-up was the killer using his own credit card to pay for his subway card. Even then, there isn't really any evidence. To top it all off, its a SympatheticMurderer as well, to the point that ''Danny makes sure to get the guy a good lawyer''-before arresting the guy!

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* ThePerfectCrime: In "Lost Souls" The kills the killer stabs his victim in a rainstorm while carrying an umbrella to hide from cameras and wearing clothing so generic that the camera that caught the murder tells the detectives nothing useful. The only slip-up was the killer using his own credit card to pay for his subway card. Even then, there isn't really any evidence. To top it all off, its a SympatheticMurderer as well, to the point that ''Danny makes sure to get the guy a good lawyer''-before arresting the guy!

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* ThePerfectCrime: In "Lost Souls" The kills stabs his victim in a rainstorm while carrying an umbrella to hide from cameras and wearing clothing so generic that the camera that caught the murder tells the detectives nothing useful. The only slip-up was the killer using his own credit card to pay for his subway card. Even then, there isn't really any evidence. To top it all off, its a SympatheticMurderer as well, to the point that ''Danny makes sure to get the guy a good lawyer''-before arresting the guy!


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* SympatheticMurderer: In Season 7's "Lost Souls", Danny and Baez investigate the murder of a man who tuned out to have killed two people while driving drunk years ago. They're relatively sure the husband did it, but the murder was as close to ThePerfectCrime as possible and there were no leads and Danny is seriously considering letting the case die. When they finally bring in the suspected killer, Danny makes sure to ''get him a lawyer first''-the same lawyer who got the victim off for DUI.

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Nicky discovers that the Reagan family is full of bad drivers[[note]] Erin has nasty road rage, Danny is a maniac, Henry's failing eyesight makes him a danger, and Frank has gotten used to being chauffered around[[/note]] she begins practicing to get her own license. Jamie is the one exception to this, as his calmer personality translates into more patience on the road.


* JustFollowingOrders: In "Blackout," one of Frank's chiefs gets in hot water because during a blackout for leaving a high-crime housing project with no police officers servicing it. The chief's defense is that he was just following orders from the Mayor's office (that bypassed Frank), but Frank doesn't see it as a good excuse and has the chief terminated. Gormley finds such a punishment to be too extreme for a chief who was caught in a very tough bind, and is later able to persuade Frank to just have the chief demoted.

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* JustFollowingOrders: In "Blackout," one of Frank's chiefs gets in hot water because during a blackout for leaving he had left a high-crime housing project with no police officers servicing it. The chief's defense is that he was just following orders from the Mayor's office (that bypassed Frank), but Frank doesn't see it as a good excuse and has the chief terminated. Gormley finds such a punishment to be too extreme for a chief who was caught in a very tough bind, and is later able to persuade Frank to just have the chief demoted.


* JustFollowingOrders: In "Blackout," one of Frank's chiefs gets in hot water because during a blackout for leaving a high-crime housing project with no police officers servicing it. The chief's defense is that he was just following orders from the Mayor's office (that bypassed Frank), but Frank doesn't see it as a good excuse and has the chief terminated. Gormley finds such a punishment to be too extreme for a chief who was caught in a very tough bind, and is later able to persuade Frank to just have the chief demoted.



** Jamie's girlfriend left him because she couldn't stand loving a cop with ChronicHeroSyndrome.

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** Jamie's first girlfriend left him because she couldn't stand loving a cop with ChronicHeroSyndrome.



**Frank's office politics plotlines usually see him personally meddling in things that would realistically be handled by the NYPD's Chief of Personnel and HR departments.



** In "Through the Looking Glass", a group of gangbangers in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn set a homeless guy named Benjamin Wilson on fire. Reporter Anne Farrell uses the incident to criticize the NYPD's patrolling of neighborhoods like Brownsville. Things get complicated when Farrell scores an interview with the murder suspect, who says (with face and voice altered) that the murder was part of a gang initiation, and that she can be certain it will happen again. Frank tries to get Farrell to give up the name of the killer, but she claims First Amendment protection. Erin gets a judge to compel Farrell to give up the information in order to prevent a future violent crime from being committed. Farrell refuses to testify and goes to jail for contempt of court, where Frank visits her. He says he has nothing to do with her being in jail, then convinces her that while she may not agree with Frank about the policing in Brownsville, they both know that Benjamin Wilson's killer belongs in prison, not out on the streets.

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** In "Through the Looking Glass", a group of gangbangers in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn set a homeless guy named Benjamin Wilson on fire. Reporter Anne Farrell uses the incident to criticize the NYPD's patrolling of neighborhoods like Brownsville. Brownsville, considered one of the city's highest crime neighborhoods. Things get complicated when Farrell scores an interview with the murder suspect, who says (with face and voice altered) disguised) that the murder was part of a gang initiation, and that she can be certain it will happen again. Frank tries to get Farrell to give up the name of the killer, but she claims First Amendment protection. Erin gets a judge to compel Farrell to give up the information in order to prevent a future violent crime from being committed. Farrell refuses to testify and goes to jail for contempt of court, where Frank visits her. He says he has nothing to do with her being in jail, then convinces her that while she may not agree with Frank about the policing in Brownsville, they both know that Benjamin Wilson's killer belongs in prison, not out on the streets.



* RankUp:
**Sid Gormley begins the show as the sergeant in charge of Danny's squad. He starts there until early in season 5, whereupon he gets promoted to a post on Frank's team of advisors as 'Special Assistant to the Commissioner'. A few episodes after that, he gets a rank promotion to Lieutenant.
**At the beginning of Season 9, Jamie gets promoted to Sergeant after spending eight years as a patrol officer.



** "Friendship, Love, and Loyalty": Edie is wounded and another officer killed in an ambush by a guy seeking to get initiated into a gang. During a press conference, Mayor Dutton earns the wrath of the NYPD rank and file for suggesting that the shooter may have been afraid of the police, and the cops subsequently turn their backs on her when she shows up at the officer's funeral. This is designed to echo the NYPD rank and file's means of protesting de Blasio when he spoke at the funerals for Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Lu[[note]]The president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, Patrick J. Lynch, had blamed de Blasio and the protesters of the grand jury acquittal in the Eric Garner case for inciting the hostility towards the NYPD that contributed to Ramos and Lu's deaths[[/note]].

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** "Friendship, Love, and Loyalty": Edie is wounded and another officer killed in an ambush by a guy seeking to get initiated into a gang. During a press conference, Mayor Dutton earns the wrath of the NYPD rank and file for suggesting that the shooter may have been afraid of the police, and the cops subsequently turn protest this by turning their backs on her when she shows up at the officer's funeral. This is designed to echo the NYPD rank and file's means of protesting de Blasio when he spoke at the funerals for Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Lu[[note]]The president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, Patrick J. Lynch, had blamed de Blasio and the protesters of the grand jury acquittal in the Eric Garner case for inciting the hostility towards the NYPD that contributed to Ramos and Lu's deaths[[/note]].



*** This is openly defied in another episode where Danny is arrested when drugs are found in his car. When the rest of the family finds out about it, Linda freaks out and tries to demand that Frank or Henry pull strings and try to get him out of there. They both refuse as it would only make the situation worse. Doesn't stop Henry from at least getting him a decent lawyer with the caveat that he doesn't reveal who sent him.

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*** This is openly defied in another episode where Danny is arrested when drugs are found in his car. When the rest of the family finds out about it, Linda freaks out and tries to demand that Frank or Henry pull strings and try to get him out of there. They both refuse as it would only make the situation worse. Doesn't stop Henry from at least getting him a decent lawyer pulling strings to have Erin's ex-husband represent Danny, with the caveat that he doesn't reveal who sent him.



** In season 6, an officer named Thomas Scully is up for promotion to Sergeant. However Frank has reservations about the promotion because Scully was one of four officers tried and acquitted 14 years earlier for the death of an unarmed Muslim teen who was shot ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill sixty-one times]]'' in a dark apartment. Such a promotion could be bad as far as public relations are concerned, given the current climate. Frank talks with Jamie, who says that Scully was one of his instructors at the Academy. When he brought up the shooting, he said that at the time, his precinct was on edge, given it was just after 9/11, there was a tip that someone of Arab ethnicity was stockpiling weaponry, and a cop in their precinct had been shot in a housing project just days before the incident. This caused a perfect storm of circumstances that caused them to gun down the teen when in reality he was just reaching for his wallet.

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** In season 6, an officer named Thomas Scully is up for promotion to Sergeant. However Frank has reservations about the promotion because Scully was one of four officers tried and acquitted 14 years earlier for the death of an unarmed Muslim teen who was shot ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill sixty-one times]]'' in a dark apartment. Such a promotion could be bad as far as public relations are concerned, given the current climate. Frank talks with Jamie, who says that Scully was one of his instructors at the Academy. When he brought up the shooting, he said that at the time, his precinct was on edge, given it was just after 9/11, there was a tip that someone of Arab ethnicity was stockpiling weaponry, and a cop in their precinct had been shot in a housing project just days before the incident. This caused a perfect storm of circumstances that caused them to gun down the teen when in reality he was just reaching for his wallet.[[note]]The entire incident is based on the Amadou Diallo shooting incident of 1999[[/note]]



* SureLetsGoWithThat: When Frank returns from his secret trip to the psychiatrist, Garrett tries to figure out where Frank's been, and after several vague answers to Garrett's questions, arrives at the conclusion that Frank is dating someone secretly. Frank sees no reason to correct him on this point, since Reagans don't go to psychiatrists. See also MistakenForCheating above.

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* SureLetsGoWithThat: When In one season 2 episode, where Frank returns from his is having secret trip visits to the a psychiatrist, Garrett tries to figure out where Frank's been, and after several vague answers to Garrett's questions, arrives at the conclusion that Frank is dating someone secretly. Frank sees no reason to correct him on this point, since Reagans don't go to psychiatrists. See also MistakenForCheating above.



** In "Inside Jobs," New York City is about to receive a visit from Curtis Swint, a [[PompousPoliticalPundit white supremacist radio host]] who has been the source of major controversy.[[note]]He had done a previous live show from Chicago, which resulted in riots that culminated in several million dollars of property damage and a couple dozen people being arrested for assault.[[/note]] He's scheduled to do a live broadcast from a midtown theater. Frank is faced with two options: honor Swint's rights to assembly and free speech and risk a riot breaking out, or fall in line with Mayor Carter Poole and Reverend Potter and cancel the show completely. Frank decides to guarantee that the show can technically go on, but notes that Swint's contract dictates that he have a police security detail during the broadcast. Frank plants the detail ''inside'' the theater and staffs it entirely with non-white officers under the command of a [[ScaryBlackMan large black sergeant]].

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** In "Inside Jobs," New York City is about to receive a visit from Curtis Swint, a [[PompousPoliticalPundit white supremacist radio host]] who has been the source of major controversy.[[note]]He had done a previous live show from Chicago, which resulted in riots that culminated in several million dollars of property damage and a couple dozen people being arrested for assault.[[/note]] He's scheduled to do a live broadcast from a midtown theater. Frank is faced with two options: honor Swint's rights to assembly and free speech and risk a riot breaking out, or fall in line with Mayor Carter Poole and Reverend Potter and cancel the show completely. Frank decides to guarantee that the show can technically go on, but notes that while exploiting a loophole in Swint's contract that dictates that he have a police security detail during the broadcast. Frank plants the detail ''inside'' the theater and staffs it entirely with non-white officers under the command of a [[ScaryBlackMan large black sergeant]].



*** Officer Peter Grasso, while off-duty, stops an armed robbery in progress. At first he is an hero, but then gets caught receiving breath mints from Jamie to cover up the fact he'd been drinking. So he now is in trouble for pulling his gun after drinking and failing a breathalyzer test, which could mean termination (even though he didn't fire a single shot). Frank is advised to stay out of it. Instead [[spoiler: he calls a press conference and announces that Grasso will face a month-long suspension plus a year of probation, but he gets to keep his job. He also makes it clear he's punishing the officer only because the regulations require it and that he'd work the streets with him any day of the week.]]

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*** Officer Peter Grasso, while off-duty, stops an armed robbery in progress. At first he is an hero, Everyone sees his actions as heroic...but then he gets caught receiving breath mints from Jamie to cover up the fact he'd been drinking. So he now is in trouble for pulling his gun after drinking and failing a breathalyzer test, which could mean termination (even though he didn't fire a single shot). Frank is advised to stay out of it. Instead [[spoiler: he calls a press conference and announces that Grasso will face a month-long suspension plus a year of probation, but he gets to keep his job. He also makes it clear he's punishing the officer only because the regulations require it and that he'd work the streets with him any day of the week.]]


* ActingUnnatural: In season 1, the Reagans are about to move against the Blue Templar, having linked a recent hit on a drug stash house to the Templar. Frank, however, orders Jamie to step aside and not participate. This is because Frank knows the Templar has eyes everywhere. Therefore, Jamie is to go about his day like it's any other day.

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* ActingUnnatural: Averted. In season 1, the Reagans are about to make their move against the Blue Templar, having linked a recent hit on a drug stash house to the Templar. Frank, however, orders Jamie to step aside and not participate. This is because Frank knows the Templar has eyes everywhere. Therefore, He tells Jamie is to go about his day tour like it's any other day.just another day on the job, which means Jamie spends the day protecting a girl who was subject to an attempted kidnapping.



* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Jamie operates out of the 12th precinct (itself a fictitious precinct due to the NYPD not allowing real precinct numbers to be used in works of fiction). However, it seems like the 12th precinct has a pretty large service area, including Manhattan, as well as parts of Brooklyn and Queens. In reality, if it existed, the 12th precinct's service area would be limited to a part of Lower Manhattan.

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Jamie operates out of the 12th precinct (itself a fictitious precinct due to the NYPD not allowing real requiring works of fiction to use nonexistent precinct numbers to be used in works of fiction).numbers). However, it seems like the 12th precinct has a pretty large service area, including Manhattan, as well as parts of Brooklyn and Queens. In reality, if it existed, the 12th precinct's service area would be limited to a part of Lower Manhattan.Manhattan around Washington Square Park. Same goes for Danny's job, where cases take him all over the city, when as a precinct detective, he really should only be catching cases that happen within his precinct's service area.



** Disturbingly, Henry believes in such behavior saying "cops shouldn't go against other cops" and he was commissioner during the time of the Knapp Commission -- aka when the department was it's most crooked (this is the period where renowned NYPD whistleblower Frank Film/{{Serpico}} comes from).

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** Disturbingly, Henry believes in such behavior saying "cops shouldn't go against other cops" and he was commissioner during the time of the Knapp Commission -- aka when the department was it's its most crooked (this is the period where renowned NYPD whistleblower Frank Film/{{Serpico}} comes from).



** In "Above and Beyond," the trope is used in an unusual way. Steve Tomlin, a detective from Danny's precinct, is killed by the leader of a drug organization that he'd been trying to infiltrate after apparently getting outed. In typical fashion Frank firmly promises the widow to bring the killer to justice. They catch the killer at roughly the twenty-minute mark, however, and then the plot turns into a bit of a lurid look at the double life this detective was leading (due to the discovery that someone had emptied Tomlin's locker after his death without authorization). Turned out Tomlin's cover was blown when his wife drunk-dialed a number on the detective's contacts list, thinking it belonged to the other woman, when in fact it was a member of the drug cartel her husband was investigating.

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** In "Above and Beyond," the trope is used in an unusual way. Steve Tomlin, a detective from Danny's precinct, is killed by the leader of a drug organization that he'd been trying to infiltrate after apparently getting outed. In typical fashion Frank firmly promises the widow to bring the killer to justice. They catch the killer at roughly the twenty-minute mark, however, and then the plot turns into a bit of a lurid look at the double life this detective was leading (due to the discovery that someone had emptied Tomlin's locker after his death without authorization). Turned It turns out Tomlin's that Steve Tomlin had an extramarital affair and a second family with another woman. His wife suspect the affair's existence. And she blew his cover was blown when his wife she drunk-dialed a number on the detective's contacts list, thinking it belonged to the other woman, when in fact it was a member of the drug cartel her husband was investigating.



** "Fresh Start" has Erin dealing with the guilt after a criminal she put into the "Fresh Start" program is accused of killing a cop. Some detective work eventually exonerates him, sorta: his rock-solid alibi for the cop's murder is an armed robbery he was committing nearby.

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** "Fresh Start" has Erin dealing with the guilt after a criminal she put into the "Fresh Start" program is accused of killing a cop. Some detective work eventually exonerates him, sorta: his it turns out that the man's rock-solid alibi for the cop's murder is an armed robbery he was committing nearby.



** Sgt. Sidney Gormley functions as one as Danny's supervisor at the 54th Precinct Detective Squad. He is later promoted by Frank to the position of 'Special Assistant to the Commissioner', assuming the duties of the Chief of Department.

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** Sgt. Sidney Sid Gormley functions as one as Danny's supervisor at the 54th Precinct Detective Squad. He is later Squad until early in season 5. At that point, he gets promoted by Frank to the position of 'Special Assistant to the Commissioner', assuming the duties of the Chief of Department.



** In "Working Girls," Danny and Jackie are assigned to protect a witness scheduled to testify against a Russian mobster who killed an associate's wife, due to Erin's previous star witness (said associate) being killed off by the mobster's henchmen. They hide her in a hotel room, but the room is compromised when Danny realizes that the repairman sent to fix a broken air conditioner is actually a hitman. Danny realizes that there's a leak from the task force. He has Jackie stash the witness at her apartment, while he goes over the files of everyone on the task force to look for the mole. With nothing turning up, he and Gormley hatch a plan: they leak a false address out to the task force, hoping that the mole will react accordingly. Sure enough, he sends two hitmen to the address, and break into an empty apartment occupied by an ESU team. The hitmen quickly rat out the DEA agent who fed them the information.

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** In "Working Girls," Danny and Jackie are assigned to protect a witness scheduled to testify against a Russian mobster who killed an associate's wife, due to Erin's previous star witness (said associate) being killed off by the mobster's henchmen. They hide her in a hotel room, but the room is compromised when Danny realizes that the repairman sent to fix a broken air conditioner is actually a hitman. Danny realizes that there's a leak from the task force. He has Jackie stash the witness at her apartment, while he goes over the files of everyone on the task force to look for the mole. With nothing turning up, he and Gormley hatch a plan: they leak a false address out to the task force, hoping that the mole will react accordingly. Sure enough, he sends two hitmen to the address, and break into an empty apartment occupied by an ESU team. The hitmen quickly rat out give up the DEA agent mole who fed them the information.



* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: {{Invoked|Trope}}. In "This Way Out" some of the Los Lordes gangbangers trick a mentally challenged kid from the Bitterman Projects into shooting Mayor Carter Poole at a townhall meeting by telling the kid it'll be a hilarious joke.

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* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: {{Invoked|Trope}}. In "This Way Out" the season 3 finale, some of the Los Lordes gangbangers trick a mentally challenged kid from the Bitterman Projects into shooting Mayor Carter Poole at a townhall meeting by telling the kid it'll be a hilarious joke.



** In "Knockout Game," Frank and his chiefs are discussing how to deal with the recent spate of gangs giving haymakers to random 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. Let's appeal to the sense of pride in the professional criminal."

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



** In "Baggage", a group of former Army veterans rob a bank [[spoiler:to pay for treatments for a comrade of theirs who lost his legs to an IED and suffers from traumatic brain injuries]].
* 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 30,000]]'' cops in New York City and now ''[[AwakenTheSleepingGiant all]]'' of them will be [[ParanoiaFuel watching him.]]

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** In "Baggage", a group of former Army veterans rob a bank [[spoiler:to pay for treatments for a comrade of theirs who lost his legs to an IED and suffers from traumatic brain injuries]].
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* KarmaHoudini: One episode in season 7 7, "The Price of Justice", 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 30,000]]'' cops in New York City and now ''[[AwakenTheSleepingGiant all]]'' of them will be [[ParanoiaFuel watching him.]]]] A few episodes later, in "Personal Business", said ex-girlfriend kills the abuser, believing he'll repeat his behavior with his new girlfriend, and Erin has to bring in the abuser's lawyer to represent the ex-grilfriend and claim self-defense.



** 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. Coincidentally, in both of Bratton's NYPD Commissioner tenures, he succeeded Raymond Kelly[[/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.

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** 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. Coincidentally, in both of Bratton's NYPD Commissioner tenures, he succeeded Raymond Kelly[[/note]]. Then in 2016, Bratton retired and his Chief of Department Department, James P. O'Neill 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.



* NoSuchThingAsHR: A lot of internal personnel issues which Frank deals with personally should, by rights, be handled by the NYPD's Chief of Personnel. Justified by Frank's micro-manager tendencies when his officers' ethical lapses are concerned, and by Garrett constantly bringing such issues to Frank's office so they can quell any existing or potential scandal.

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* NoSuchThingAsHR: A lot of the internal personnel issues which Frank deals with personally are things that should, by rights, be handled by the NYPD's Chief of Personnel. Justified by Frank's micro-manager tendencies when his officers' ethical lapses are concerned, and by Garrett constantly bringing such issues to Frank's office so they can quell any existing or incidents that have the potential scandal.to cause scandal within the press.



** 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.

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** In "Loose Lips," Henry causes a scandal when a recording of he's secretly filmed regaling one of his old war stories to a friend, and the footage goes viral 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.



** "Blast from the Past" concerns that an officer named Thomas Scully is up for promotion to Sergeant. But 14 years earlier he was one of four officers who [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill shot an unarmed Muslim teen 61 times]] [[ShootHimHeHasAWallet while he was reaching for his wallet]]. The descriptions of what happened echo the February 4, 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo, where four NYPD officers fired a total of 41 rounds at a pedestrian whom they thought was pulling out a gun that turned out to be his wallet. It was for a time the poster-child incident of the ongoing debate over police conduct and brutality in the United States. Also, considering that Diallo was a black man, there was also suspicion of racism.

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** "Blast from the Past" concerns that an officer named Thomas Scully is up for promotion to Sergeant. But 14 years earlier he was one of four officers who [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill shot an unarmed Muslim teen 61 times]] [[ShootHimHeHasAWallet while he was reaching for his wallet]]. The descriptions of what happened echo the February 4, 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo, where four NYPD officers fired a total of 41 rounds at a pedestrian whom they thought was pulling out a gun that turned out to be his wallet. It was for a time the poster-child incident of the ongoing debate over police conduct and brutality in the United States. Also, considering that because Diallo was a black man, there was also suspicion of racism.



** "Friendship, Love, and Loyalty": Edie is wounded and another officer killed in an ambush by a guy seeking to get initiated into a gang. During a press conference, Mayor Dutton earns the wrath of the NYPD rank and file for suggesting that the shooter may have been afraid of the police, and the cops subsequently turn their backs on her when she shows up at the officer's funeral. This is designed to echo how hundreds of officers turned their backs on Bill de Blasio when he spoke at the funerals for Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Lu[[note]]The president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, Patrick J. Lynch, had blamed de Blasio and the protesters of the grand jury acquittal in the Eric Garner case for inciting the hostility towards the NYPD that contributed to Ramos and Lu's deaths[[/note]].

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** "Friendship, Love, and Loyalty": Edie is wounded and another officer killed in an ambush by a guy seeking to get initiated into a gang. During a press conference, Mayor Dutton earns the wrath of the NYPD rank and file for suggesting that the shooter may have been afraid of the police, and the cops subsequently turn their backs on her when she shows up at the officer's funeral. This is designed to echo how hundreds the NYPD rank and file's means of officers turned their backs on Bill protesting de Blasio when he spoke at the funerals for Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Lu[[note]]The president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, Patrick J. Lynch, had blamed de Blasio and the protesters of the grand jury acquittal in the Eric Garner case for inciting the hostility towards the NYPD that contributed to Ramos and Lu's deaths[[/note]].



** The season 8 finale concerns a series of revenge murders committed by the Prospect Park Six, who are clearly supposed to be a repeat of the Central Park Five (a group of people wrongly convicted for a gang rape they never committed).

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** The season 8 finale concerns a series of revenge murders committed by the Prospect Park Six, who are clearly supposed to be a repeat of the Central Park Five (a group of people wrongly convicted for a gang rape they never committed). Unlike the Prospect Park Six, the Central Park Five never went to exacting vigilante retaliation on the people whose judgment lapses led to their wrongful convictions.



** In "In the Box," Garrett's stepson has been arrested for scoring oxycodone during an observational buy. Garrett wants to have him released into rehab. However, Frank is suspicious of the circumstances, and has Baker investigate, discovering that Garrett has used his pull at 1PP to keep Sam out of prison on several prior occasions. Frank confronts Garrett and gets him to see that he's enabling his stepson's drug habit and not helping him.
** In "Dedications," Frank brings up having to use Henry's influence to squash a commendation, when a botched attempt to arrest the head of a Westies gang faction led to the death of the guy's wife and grandson.

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** In "In the Box," Garrett's stepson has been arrested by undercover cops for scoring oxycodone during an observational buy. Garrett wants to have him released into rehab. However, Frank is suspicious of the circumstances, and has Baker investigate, discovering that Garrett has used his pull at 1PP to keep Sam out of prison on several prior occasions. Frank confronts Garrett and gets him to see that he's enabling his stepson's drug habit and not helping him.
** In "Dedications," Frank brings up having to use Henry's influence to squash a planned commendation, when after a botched attempt to arrest the head of a Westies gang faction led to a shootout that caused the death of the guy's wife and grandson.



** In "Loss of Faith," Jamie's precinct is on high alert due to the news that an ex-cop who worked there is coming to New York City to exact revenge on the officers who played a role in his expulsion. When Frank is debriefing the officers, among things he tells them to do is wear the "color of the day" on full display. The "color of the day" is a policy used by the NYPD that allows plainclothes and undercover officers to identify themselves to uniformed officers so as to avoid a friendly fire incident, through a prominent article of clothing in that color. Why this system is necessary is shown in the same episode when, while on plainclothes patrol, Vinny forgets to wear the color of the day and almost gets himself shot by an officer who mistakes him for the ex-cop they're looking for.

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** In "Loss of Faith," Jamie's precinct is on high alert due to the news that an ex-cop who worked there is coming to New York City to exact revenge on the officers who played a role in his expulsion. When Frank is debriefing the officers, among things precautions he tells them to do is for the plainclothes cops to wear the "color of the day" on full display. The "color of the day" is a an NYPD policy used by the NYPD that allows designed to allow plainclothes and undercover officers to quickly identify themselves to uniformed officers so as to avoid a friendly fire incident, through a prominent article of clothing in that color.color, like shirts and/or hats. Why this system is necessary is shown in the same episode when, while on plainclothes patrol, Vinny forgets to wear the color of the day and almost gets himself shot by an officer who mistakes him for the ex-cop they're looking for.



* SuspiciousSpending: In "The Poor Door," the ''New York Daily News'' catches Louis Weems, a veteran Narcotics detective (and former drinking buddy of Gormley's) from Brooklyn North driving a brand-new red Ferrari that costs about the equivalent of three years' detective salary before taxes. Frank has to act because the fact that the press will take the fact that Weems seizes piles of drugs and drug money for a living and driving a car he shouldn't be able to afford, and conclude he is corrupt. As it turns out, he's been engaging in some shady real-estate investments, by flipping buildings that he conducts drug raids on.

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* SuspiciousSpending: In "The Poor Door," the ''New York Daily News'' catches Louis Weems, a veteran Narcotics detective (and former drinking buddy of Gormley's) from Brooklyn North driving a brand-new red Ferrari that costs about the equivalent of three years' detective salary before taxes. Frank has to act because the fact that the press will take the fact that Weems seizes piles of drugs and drug money for a living and driving a car he shouldn't be able to afford, and conclude he is corrupt. As it turns out, he's been engaging in some shady real-estate investments, by flipping buildings that he conducts drug raids on.



** "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.

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** "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 but puts on him on notice by warning him that he won't be so lucky if he's caught cutting corners again.


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** The season 8 finale sees the Reagans all dealing with the Prospect Park Six revenge-killings, but all from different angles.


** In "The Truth About Lying," Danny deals with a homeless man suspected of pushing a woman in front of a subway train (said woman turns out to have been committing suicide). The man is known as "the Hulk", ostensibly named after The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, because of his mental problems and how he acts when he has an outburst. Ostensibly, Danny's never watched ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]'' or he'd comment on how Sgt. Gormley (Robert Clohessy) looks a lot like one of the police officers Steve Rogers gave commands to in the climax. Not to mention that Gormley's replacement at the 54th, Lieutenant Carver, is played by [=LaTanya=] Richardson Jackson, the wife of Nick Fury actor Creator/SamuelLJackson.

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** In "The Truth About Lying," Danny deals with a homeless man suspected of pushing a woman in front of a subway train (said woman turns out to have been committing suicide). The man is known as "the Hulk", ostensibly named after The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, because of his mental problems and how he acts when he has an outburst. Ostensibly, Danny's never watched ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]'' or he'd comment on how Sgt. Gormley (Robert Clohessy) looks a lot like one of the police officers Steve Rogers gave commands to in the climax. Not to mention that Gormley's replacement at the 54th, Lieutenant Carver, is played by [=LaTanya=] Richardson Jackson, the wife of Nick Fury actor Creator/SamuelLJackson. And if the Marvel Cinematic Universe exists in the ''Blue Bloods'' universe, there might be complications since several of the Netflix Marvel shows' actors have had appearances on ''Blue Bloods''.



*** To go with the above, in "To Tell the Truth", Danny's wife is kidnapped in order to make him withdraw his testimony before the grand jury indicts a drug lord. Indeed, Danny's state of mind continues to deteriorate as the case drags on and his methods become increasingly volatile, to the point he threatens to punch a hole in a possible lead using a blowtorch if he doesn't give up the location where his wife is being held hostage.

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*** To go with the above, in "To Tell the Truth", Danny's wife is kidnapped in order to make him withdraw his testimony before the grand jury indicts a drug lord.lord who Danny witnessed commit a walk-by shooting. Indeed, Danny's state of mind continues to deteriorate as the case drags on and his methods become increasingly volatile, to the point he threatens to punch a hole in a possible lead using a blowtorch if he doesn't give up the location where his wife is being held hostage.



* PompousPoliticalPundit: In "Inside Jobs," there's Curtis Swint, the borderline white-supremacist radio host who wants to make a live broadcast from a New York theater. Upon getting word of the potential risks, Frank must face the [[ToBeLawfulOrGood dilemma]] of protecting Swint's constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of speech and assembly, in spite of his own disdain for Swint's message, not to mention the absolute disgust of those who want to shut down the show, like a Latino congressman, Mayor Poole, and [[MalcolmXerox Reverend Potter]]. [[spoiler:He ends up foiling Mayor Poole's attempt at BotheringByTheBook to shut down the theater (due to the discovery that the theatre's boiler is overdue for an inspection), then places Swint's police protection ''inside'' the theater, and arranges for it to be comprised entirely of non-white officers led by a [[ScaryBlackMan large black sergeant]][[note]]who, by "coincidence", used to be a blindside tackle on Swint's home Kansas State Wildcats[[/note]].]]

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* PompousPoliticalPundit: In "Inside Jobs," there's Curtis Swint, the borderline white-supremacist radio host who wants to make a live broadcast from a New York theater. Upon getting word of the potential risks, Frank must face the [[ToBeLawfulOrGood dilemma]] of protecting Swint's constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of speech and assembly, in spite of his own disdain for Swint's message, not to mention the absolute disgust backlash of those the non-white politicians who want to shut down the show, like a Latino congressman, Mayor Poole, and [[MalcolmXerox Reverend Potter]]. [[spoiler:He ends up foiling Mayor Poole's attempt at BotheringByTheBook to shut down the theater (due to the discovery that the theatre's boiler is overdue for an inspection), then places Swint's police protection ''inside'' the theater, and arranges for it to be comprised entirely of non-white officers led by a [[ScaryBlackMan large black sergeant]][[note]]who, by "coincidence", used to be a blindside tackle on Swint's home Kansas State Wildcats[[/note]].]]



* ReassignedToAntarctica: Staten Island is considered the dumping ground for NYPD cops who screw up on the job. The fear of getting transferred there is mentioned repeatedly:

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* ReassignedToAntarctica: Staten Island is considered the dumping ground for NYPD cops who screw up on the job. [[note]]Staten Island is only connected to the rest of New York City via the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge, making it very isolated and removed from the other boroughs[[/note]] The fear of getting transferred there is mentioned repeatedly:



** Danny Reagan is {{red|Oni}} to his partner Jackie's (fairly subtle) {{blue|Oni}}. GoodCopBadCop also applies, in reverse order.

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** Danny Reagan is {{red|Oni}} to his first partner Jackie's (fairly subtle) {{blue|Oni}}. GoodCopBadCop also applies, in reverse order.

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** So does that of Frank and Henry's house.


* ContinuitySnarl: Multiple snarls, mostly involving the pre-pilot biographies of Frank Reagan and his 4 children.

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* ContinuitySnarl: Multiple snarls, mostly involving the ages and pre-pilot biographies of Frank Reagan and his 4 children.



*** Thus she was 17 when Sleepless In Seattle came out in 1993. Considering her established wild child years, it's a stretch to believe that that's her 'first date' as Danny states it was in "Innocence".

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*** Thus she was 17 when Sleepless In Seattle came out in 1993. Considering her established wild child years, it's a stretch to believe that that's her 'first date' as Danny states it was in "Innocence". (Although this would match up better if Erin had an earlier 40th birthday, making her a few years older.)

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*** Apparently had two 40th birthdays. One takes place prior to season 3's "Protest too much" (Frank and Whitney reference that they first met there) and the second was in season 6's "The Bullitt Mustang".

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