Many police shows have tried to address tension between black citizens and cops in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, but the one I was looking forward to the most was Blue Bloods.
Blue Bloods tends to be more conservative than many other shows, offering the perspective of a lifelong cop and family man. So I was curious how it would deal with the problem.
Blue Bloods Season 11, Episode 1 jumped in immediately and let Frank talk to Regina Thomas about the subject, and it didn’t disappoint.
Some viewers may agree more with Regina’s perspective than Frank’s, but either way, his bigger point was the important one: no change could happen without both sides listening to each other.
Frank: The fact is that this city divides into two camps that just scream at each other. Regina: You have to get your side to de-escalate. Frank: I think it goes both ways.
Plus, Regina’s feeling that Frank wouldn’t listen if she didn’t yell, an interesting parallel with the black woman who tried to help Eddie and who the police accused of deliberately losing her father’s body.
By juxtaposing these two very different stories of black women dealing with the police, Blue Bloods quietly made an important point about the frustration many non-whites experience day in and day out in dealing with racism.
If Frank was right that both sides were dealing with a communication error, Regina was right that it is starting to address that frustration.
How can there be meaningful dialogue when one side feels that their complaints will not be taken seriously if they are not raised?. But then are they punished for not being peaceful enough?
Eddie’s partner’s reaction to Anita was a prime example of the problems black citizens often have with the police.
It wasn’t the physical blow someone claimed happened during Regina’s talk show appearance, but it wasn’t the right way to deal with the situation, and Anita was even more convinced that the police hated them for her was.
Witten’s immediate response to Anita’s anger was to order her to leave or be arrested and then try to arrest her when Anita continued to rant.
I’m not saying that Witten necessarily reacted that way because of Anita’s skin color, but it was understandable that Anita thought she did.
Witten treated her like a criminal because she was frustrated not to have found her father’s body so she could pay her final respects, and Anita already believed that the cops had lost the body on purpose and that her father’s life was for her didn’t matter.
It didn’t help to be harshly treated by a cop in addition to the original problem, and it took a lot of patience on Eddie’s side before Anita believed Eddie was on her side too.
It was a shame Anita couldn’t work with Regina. I think it might have been a fruitful area to talk about incidents that are not as overtly racist as police beatings and the like, but affect black lives, to start a dialogue with Frank.
However, I also found it interesting that both Anita and Erin mentioned that the last time they saw someone they loved they argued with them.
That goes well with the communication and family orientation of Blue Bloods.
With a serial killer on the loose and Danny and Baez nearly becoming extinct in this basement, gratitude for the family could be a recurring theme at 11th floor. Season of Blue Bloods.
Speaking of which, it’s exciting to have an ongoing story like this one. It’s been a while since Blue Bloods had a multi-episode mystery, and I wonder if the search for the serial killer will take the whole season.
Of course, the main reason Danny and Baez were stuck in that basement was so they could get closer.
In days of our lives I’m used to characters locked together in storerooms or basements often having sex before they are rescued. Fortunately THAT didn’t happen, but there were many intimate conversations.
Baez’s appearance at the family dinner on Sunday and Danny’s joke about Eddie and Jamie taking their partnership to the next level seemed a harbinger.
I hope so anyway! I prefer Danny with Baez to everyone (except of course a magically resurrected Linda. )
Joe seemed jealous when Danny and Jamie hugged after the rescue and quickly fled to his unit. The Reagan family has welcomed him with open arms, but he doesn’t seem comfortable with them.
Part of it, of course, is that he didn’t grow up with them and didn’t know his father, who is universally revered in the family. Hopefully he’ll warm up to the Reagans as the season progresses.
The family won’t give him up – it would be pointless to include him on the show if they would – but hopefully they don’t scare him any more by being overly enthusiastic.
What did you think, Blue Blood fanatic? Has the premiere of the 11. Season and the way Frank dealt with the conflict with Regina met your expectations?
Jack Ori is a senior writer for TV Fanatic. His debut young adult novel, Reinventing Hannah, is available on Amazon. Follow him on Twitter.
Baker: The mayor says he knows you’re busy and don’t have to go to his meeting tonight. Frank: Don’t you want to or shouldn’t you? Baker: I don’t know. Frank: If you only knew? Baker: I feel like the mayor is keeping the police business at bay.
Danny: Looks like Madeline had a hell of a fight. Baez: She was 25 years old. When I was her age, I lived in Alphabet City with a man named Dario.
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