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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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“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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A BRIEF REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF MY ARTISTIC INTERPRETATION OF THE MAIN MEMBERS OF NEW YORK’S FIRST FAMILY OF CRIME FIGHTING

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“If I find a twenty dollar bill on the sidewalk, it feels good, but I’m not going to plan on it paying my bills”

-Commissioner Frank Reagan

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ARTISTIC INTERPRETATIONS OF CHARACTERS AND SCENES FROM THE GREATEST TELEVISION SHOW THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN

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My work, utilizing the CBS police procedural drama series, ‘Blue Bloods’ ( Starring Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan, the New York Police Commissioner, and patriarch of the Reagan clan, a multigenerational family of cops) explores the relationship between postmodern discourse and law enforcement.

With influences as diverse as Munch and Andy Warhol, new insights are crafted from both explicit and implicit textures.

Ever since I spent most of the 1980s watching ‘Hill Street Blues’ I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of the human condition. What starts out as triumph soon becomes manipulated into a dialectic of lust, leaving only a sense of failing and the chance of a new reality.

As intermittent derivatives become clarified through frantic and diverse practice, the viewer is left with a clue to the darkness of our future.

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Fixing his tie in the reflection of the glass covering a photograph of Teddy Roosevelt, Commissioner Frank Reagan contemplates what is to come while his trusted advisor and Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, Garrett Moore stands at the ready

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Commissioner Frank Reagan makes one last face before he heads out to give a speech to a mob of braying college students drunk on their fanatical belief in a utopia yet to come.

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