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Blue Bloods/Blue skies

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I’ll admit, I have had my doubts. Yes, I have had doubts about many things, but, the doubts that have plagued me as of late concern this current project. The project I am calling my ‘Blue Bloods Period’. But, do not worry. I’m fine.

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JACK HORRORCHILD’S BLUE BLOODS PERIOD

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There’s really no good reason not to start remembering fondly what is happening right now.

-Jack Horrorchild

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 Alone in his studio, the artist, Jack Horrorchild, a mere conduit for the creative energy that permeates all of this universe, and the universes beyond (mentioned only obscurely in ancient texts), stands poised to execute the next stroke of the brush that will bring life to what is now only a static 2 dimensional image (of New York’s First Family of Crime Fighting)

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“YOU KNOW, I CAME BACK FROM NAM, MAN, HAD A COUPLE SHAKY YEARS… I NEVER HIT THE STREET… LET ME TELL YA, THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD”

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The summary below is copied and pasted here exactly as it appears on the CBS.com/BlueBloods website. If you choose, and it is your choice, to read the summary below then I want you to understand that I am simply presenting it here as a service with no assumption that anyone really gives a good God damn enough to waste one moment of their precious and fleeting time on this planet to reading some garbage typed up by a drunk, and or stoned, corporate lackey who most likely doesn’t even watch the show they are describing.

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“­After leaving a club late night, three privileged guys senselessly beat up and ultimately murder a homeless man in the alley behind the club. Danny and Jackie find out the victim is a former Marine and war hero and Danny finds himself determined to find the killer having been a marine himself. We learn from Kimberly, the victim’s former girlfriend, that a friend’s death during combat tormented Michael, causing drug and alcohol addiction which were responsible for his homelessness. Security cameras reveal one of the three suspects who comes clean and confesses that his boss Cassidy actually committed the murder with a baseball bat. Cassidy, a high profile real estate developer, is very cocky and has paid off the other suspect so no one can corroborate the story. In the end, Danny finds another homeless girl who was a witness and crucial evidence allowing him to convict Cassidy. Michael has a proper military funeral and is buried with his Silver Star which Cassidy had stolen. Meanwhile there is continued conflict between the Mayor and Frank; the Mayor leaking erroneous information that Frank is planning to run against him in order to get attention from the press. ­”

-CBS.com ‘Blue Bloods’ season 6, episode 17 summary

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Upon entering the alley, where they eventually mercilessly beat to death a homeless Marine, one of the “three privileged guys” says to his pals, “I’d jump into the Hudson river to get away from those cows. How’d we lose all the hot chicks?” Then, once discovering the homeless Marine inside his makeshift shelter, another of the “privileged guys” asks the troubled veteran, in a faux posh accent, “Yo, are you pimping your crib?”. Sensing trouble the Marine stands up nervously as one of the “privileged guys” asks, “Hey, what’s the best part about dating the homeless?…hey, I’m asking you..you can drop them off wherever you want” to which the once proud Marine responds, “I don’t want any problems”. Unfortunately, his request was denied.

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“PRAY TO WHAT GOD, FOR WHAT? JUST CUT THE CRAP. JUST STOP KIDDING OURSELVES. ADMIT THAT IT’S A LOSING BATTLE”

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If you haven’t yet watched season 3, episode 23 of ‘Blue Bloods’ I advise you not to read the summary provided below as it really contains way too much information. What is with the drunks down at CBS.com who write these anyway? One day the summary is something like “The Reagans have a little bit of trouble, eat dinner, and say a prayer”, and then the next day it’s as if they’re getting paid by the word. Jesus, how hard can it be, aren’t these people ‘professionals’? Well, regardless of the incompetence of those fools down at CBS.com this episode kicks ass. Not only does Officer Jamie Reagan (the youngest of the Reagans to join the NYPD, and a Harvard trained Lawyer to boot) suffer a crisis of faith, as we all have at one time or another, right? right?, he also receives some words of wisdom from Grandpa Henry Reagan who responds to Jamie’s questioning of whether or not God can hear us with the following:

“He can always hear you, but you have to listen very carefully for his response.”

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“As Danny continues his investigation into the Los Lordes gang, he and Baez initially come up empty on leads until they track gang leader Santana’s car. After getting a warrant to search the vehicle, they find drugs concealed inside and arrest Santana’s girlfriend Nona behind the wheel. Santana refuses to turn himself in in exchange for her release, and after Santana orders a hit on her in jail, he and Baez are able to convince Nona to testify against him. Meanwhile, when a mentally challenged teenager fires shots at Frank and Mayor Poole during a town hall meeting, the mayor is left critically injured. Jamie suspects the teen was put up to the assassination attempt and coaxes him into identifying the Los Lordes gang member who tricked him into the task. With Hector’s testimony and Nona’s corroboration, Frank is able to take down Santana and the majority of the Los Lordes gang.”

– CBS.com ‘Blue Bloods’ season 3, episode 23 summary

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After Hector, the mentally challenged teenager, has been taken into custody (for shooting beloved Mayor Carter Poole) Officer Jamie Reagan (following up on a tip) visits him and notices he has some fresh bruises on his face. Turning to one of the Detectives, Jamie asks,  “What happened to him?” to which the Detective replies, “Looks like he fell down.”

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STILL WORKING ON THE PORTRAIT OF DETECTIVE ANTHONY ABETEMARCO DUE TO NOT BEING ABLE TO FIND ANYONE ELSE TO DO IT FOR ME

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There is, if any, little recognition for the effort one must put forth in crafting a decent likeness of, arguably, the Manhattan District Attorney’s best Detective. Nevertheless, it must be striven for if not ultimately accomplished, and so, I persevere.

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Detail from ‘The Portrait of Detective Anthony Abetemarco’

 

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“IT IS NOT A FEUD. IT IS A TRADITION IN WHICH WE RUN ROUGHSHOD OVER THOSE HOSE DRAGGING HYDRANT SUCKERS TILL THEY CRY LIKE LITTLE GIRLS”

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Get a load of this episode’s summary. Damn, hardly even need to actually watch the show after reading this epic. However, even with this over the top explanation, unsurprisingly, they leave the most important aspect of the story for the end, and cover it with one measly sentence.  You see, the rivalry between the two families (the Reagans and the Bonniellos) is about much more than who emerges victorious at the annual soap box derby. It is also about the long, and well established, history of disputes between the NYPD (the Reagans) and the NYFD (the Bonniellos), as well as, in Grandpa Henry Reagan’s mind,  personal revenge for a decades old school yard fight between himself and Sal Bonniello that left Henry with a chipped tooth and grounding for a week.

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“When two drug deals involving Wall Street brokers turn into homicides, Danny and Baez look to a wounded accomplice to ID the dealer behind the shootings, but Linda hinders the investigation by postponing questioning due to hospital policy. After the accomplice dies during surgery, Danny finds himself fighting with Linda about her medical decision versus his judgment as a detective. Just as the case looks to have gone cold, Baez locates the accomplice’s sister who matches the description of the shooter’s girlfriend and they take down the perpetrator hiding at her apartment. Meanwhile, Erin struggles with ambition clouding her judgment when she discovers that the bureau chief who gave her a promotion purposely overlooked a piece of evidence in a past case. Frank and Jamie help Sean build a derby car for his race and stop Henry from rigging the car in order to beat a rival family.”

-CBS.com ‘Blue Bloods’ season 3, episode 20 summary

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After Sean Reagan has his ass handed to him by a girl the family goes out for hot chocolate as  Grandpa Henry Reagan bemoans “Another family tradition shot to hell”

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“THIS IS THE DAY I DREAD EVERY DAY I’M ON THE JOB”

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Don’t get me wrong, I think young people are swell, and have all kinds of interesting ideas and opinions on things that we should pretend to give a damn about. But, if, as I suspect, CBS.com has handed over the episode summary writing to some wet behind the ears, zit cream applying teenybopper heads are in need of rolling. I mean it. It’s unacceptable, and I know they know it. Enough said.

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“Frank goes on high alert when a threat to New York City may be imminent following a terrorist attack in the Middle East”

-CBS.com ‘Blue Bloods’ season6, episode 1 summary

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Later, while in a meeting with Assistant District Attorney for Manhattan (who is also his daughter), Erin Reagan the following conversation regarding a suspected terrorist hideout takes place:

Commissioner Reagan: I think it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission on this one.

Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan: Dad, you are moving on one man’s uncorroborated story. What if you raid that apartment, kill three Muslims, and don’t find a single bomb on site? That’s a lot of backfire that you’re standing in front of.

Commissioner Reagan: When I consider the alternative, I’ll take that risk.

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“OH, YOU MISSED BAND PRACTICE, HUH? WHAT A TRAGEDY”

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While the following is an about average attempt at a summary, it, perhaps purposely, leaves out a terrifying event that takes place at the end of the episode which will shake the Reagan family to its core.

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“When NYPD Deputy Chief Donald Kent, a commanding officer of the gang division, and his wife are gunned down in an apparent gang hit, Frank orders all hands on deck to catch his friend’s killer. Working the case, Danny and Baez go see Mario Hunt, a well-known member of a deadly gang.”

-CBS.com ‘Blue Bloods’ season 5, episode 21 summary

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Detective Reagan, frustrated at having to go “by the book” while tracking down the scumbags who viciously shot to death Deputy Chief Donald Kent and his wife on their 30th wedding anniversary, responds to Trent’s, “Chill, dude, I just did” with

“How ’bout YOU chill, DUDE”

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“YOU PEOPLE DESERVE THIS, YOU ALL DESERVE THIS”

The following description of ‘Blue Bloods’ Season 5, Episode 17, found at CBS.com, is disappointingly inadequate, and I present it here with the reminder to you people that I AM IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR IT.

 

“Erin is rattled when an unknown assailant breaks into her apartment and also attacks her co-worker. Meanwhile, Jamie and Eddie discover a pipe bomb* in an elderly woman’s apartment, and Frank looks into a charity that is soliciting money for the NYPD”

-CBS.Com ‘Blue Bloods’ season 5, episode 17 summary

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*The pipe bomb, discovered by Officers Reagan and Janko, belonged to John Johanssen (a flatmate of the elderly woman) who is described by another flatmate (Maria, the junkie) as follows:

“…a jerk, another middle age white dude bitching about minorities taking his job. With a big chip on his shoulder. One time he talked about blowing up whoever it was who fired him, but, I just thought he was talking out his ass.”

 

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After running some ‘calculations’ in conjunction with a ‘meticulous review’ of individual frames of the scene from the episode in question I have determined that Officer Jamie Reagan, through what I’m sure would be described as a feat accomplished only by an expert marksman, was able to place a round from his ‘Glock 19’ (standard issue of the NYPD) squarely in the madman’s forehead (and subsequently save the lives of countless innocent individuals) at a distance of approximately 26 feet.(see illustration below)

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“COME ON, RUSSELL, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN IF YOU LIKE MEN, OR WOMEN, OR CREAM FILLED DONUTS, OKAY?”

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“Russell Stark*, a famous Hollywood action movie star, is shadowing Danny as part of his research for his next big movie role playing a New York detective. Linda, Erin, Nicky, and even Danny’s partner, Detective Baez, are all excited, but Danny thinks he is a big distraction and calls the whole shadowing thing off. Danny gets an urgent call from Russell late at night to help him as he’s been a victim of a mugging and has been stabbed. When Danny shows up, it’s clear that Russell was attacked while cruising for a gay date, but because of his celebrity status as a straight leading man, he is adamant that Danny cannot tell anyone.”

-CBS.Com ‘Blue Bloods’ season 4, episode 2 summary

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*The characters name is actually ‘Russell Berke’. That CBS.com got this wrong is, I must say, a little unnerving.

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After making the face, portrayed above, Detective Danny Reagan explains to Sgt. Sid Gormley that people visiting New York should feel safe when cruising for a gay date.

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