Last night’s October 24 “Blue Bloods” installment, “Loose Lips,” has a little something to teach everyone—lessons that are known, but need never to be forgotten. First, privacy is an illusion in the instant media surroundings of today, and second, love still covers the multitude of sins that can be created by the tongue. Both Nicky (Sami Gayle) and Pop Henry (Len Cariou) discover the price of letting the words rip.
The story opens as Jamie (Will Estes) is taking his morning jog, and notices a young woman, later to be learned as Tina McDermott, powerfully portrayed by Chelsea Lopez, who was covered in bruises and clearly a captive of fear. Before he can secure a squad car to take her to the station, she vanishes, sure to face another beating. Pop’s biggest issue for the moment is finding his bowtie for the retired officers banquet, while Erin (Bridget Moynahan) runs into the Rutgers official, Tom Pincus (John Bolton) , who had the pleasure of conducting the entrance interview with Nicky, but the displeasure of discovering her unflattering social media message about one of her teachers, Ms. Wilson. Tina loses her battle for life, but not before revealing that another officer before Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Maria (Marisa Ramirez) had tried to help her, and Jamie Reagan’s card is revealed. Danny warns Jamie that his well intended intervention has resulted in him being placed on the same list as Tina by the vengeful assailant, but Jamie declines his plea for “playing house” a few days, insisting, “I’m on duty,” and he has Eddie (Vanessa Ray) watching his back. Meanwhile, when Danny and Maria go to see Tina’s current boyfriend, Little G (Hunter Emery), who reveals that it was the love before him who leveled all the pain on Tina, and she wouldn’t ever speak his name. Danny does all he can to keep Jamie safe.
Frank’s newly appointed Special Assistant, Gormley (Robert Clohessy) is astonished that his boss is not pulling his son into forced desk duty, but succinctly gets reminded that he is “listening, but not hearing,” yet still needn’t worry about not knowing the “Commissioner’s code” yet. Erin has a hard talk with Nicky about the wages of wayward postings in cyberspace, pointing out the difference in h her old “slam book” seen by a handful of friends versus the Twitter world, where every word hits millions in minutes. Pop loves being in the lap of old friend, Joanie’s (Colleen Zenk) appreciation, and soon settles into “shop talk” about the job in the old days, and what he would do if he was still Commissioner. Little does he know that his old-school philosophies are being captured on a new wave cell phone by a waiter, and soon shared across all media. Little G gives up what he knows about the ex boyfriend, but not before a Molotov cocktail gets thrown at Jamie and Eddie’s car, nearly setting them blazing, and nearly costing Jamie’s life. While Linda (Amy Carlson) dresses Jamie’s burns at the hospital, he agrees to abide by desk duty and “stay away from the green Jell-O.” Henry’s off hand talk has the whole family in hot water, and Nicky makes apologies to Mrs. Wilson (Leslie Hendrix), who expects apologies from mom, too, as well as every person in history who has ever brought offense to another. “You’re not kidding,” she agrees with Nicky as they leave.
Garrett (Gregory Jbara) summons Henry for a meeting on the street, and reads him the riot act about his remarks, not holding back on his own name-calling, and a final admonition to “try and keep up” regarding the times. Eddie drops by Jamie’s with lunch, and he assures her that the department has taken every measure to keep him protected, but she insists the place needs “a woman’s touch,” and him joking “don’t we all.” Danny and Maria track down Russell Price (James Carpinello) at his car seller and service business, which basically serves as a cover for his brutal acts. He does his best to play them, but his fingerprint on Jamie’s card does the job. In class, Ms. Wilson makes further fodder at Nicky’s expense, singling her out, but Nicky keeps her fingers still this time. Eddie goes at Price for what he did to her partner, and Pop still maintains that “being out of line doesn’t mean wrong.” Real-life CBS legal correspondent, Rikki Klieman, plays the judge who makes a social media push against the whole Reagan family from her bench, and lets Price walk. This salmon gets good reviews at dinner, as talk becomes a shouting match of shooting opinions, ended by the truth of Frank’s (Tom Selleck) final words of feeling, “I love you, Pop.”
When Danny gets concerned about a call between Jamie and Eddie that gets cut off while she’s at the cleaners, sensing that she’s been grabbed by Price, he and Jamie team up for their own grab at his car shop, rescuing Eddie just in time, freeing her gagged mouth, and this time, getting their marked man for sure.
Additional source: “Blue Bloods” broadcast, October 24, 2014 CBS Networks.