Life on “Blue Bloods” is about choices, whether for the Reagan family, or for the people they encounter on the beat. Just as in real life, the choices made are not always the right ones, or the ones best for a fulfilling life. Old loves and old habits die hard, and the time comes for some very hard choices for Frank (Tom Selleck) regarding one of his force up for promotion in the April 8 19th episode for Season 6, “Blast From the Past.” Other choices can never be taken back, and consequences are felt forever. Weighing decisions weighs a ton on the soul, and a broken heart can hurt worse than any bullet.
Danny and Maria (Donnie Wahlberg and Marisa Ramirez) catch a case involving a robbery crew, and it just so happens to fall within the Brooklyn jurisdiction, bringing in Detective Jimmy Mosley (Johnathon Schaech) with more than just the basic on–the-job back story with Baez. Danny already doesn’t like what he sees, but it’s a refreshing change to see his character back off from being the hero this time, and just be a good partner. Jamie and Eddie (Will Estes and Vanessa Ray) are called on the street by two tourist young ladies from Mexico (Paulina Singer and Jackie Cruz), who just happen to be hot and gorgeous, and claim to be victims of a snatcher of their bags, one of which contains a sister’s wedding ring created by famous Mexican designer, Peralta. Putting all their femininity to full use, they beseech Jamie to find this valuable “family heirloom,” and make their lives whole again. Frank feels stuck between a rock and a hard place in consideration of one name on the promotion list, Thomas Sculley (Warren Kole, a native Texan actor), who has kept his nose clean since putting 61 rounds into a Muslim teenager years back, but that kind of choice is one that no one can forget, especially within that faith community. Garrett (Gregory Jbara) urges Frank to adopt a stance that none of the atrocity happened on his watch, while Lt. Gormley adheres to the “did his job, just give the promotion” line. Jamie pledges to do his best on this case that normally would not get that much attention, and Eddie playfully teases him about his reasons for these particular ladies.
Moseley presses Maria for a meet-up, while she discovers that it is the same woman in black mask at several of the scenes, connecting them. Questioning a shooting victim in the hospital, who insists that “the girl set me up,” going straight for his watch and diamond jewelry. Sculley arrives at his appointment with Frank, bringing his union rep (Dan Butler), who proclaims him “a hero” in tow. Frank lets them know in no uncertain terms that if he had been Commissioner at the time, Sculley would have “followed suit,” resigning with the other officers involved. Sculley feigns that he has been serving in the slain teen’s honor, but that doesn’t wash with Frank, who sees the salary increases at full pay every year. When he still persists that “I can hold my head up high,” Frank has just two words, “Leave now.” Tracing a lead to a limo parking garage, Danny and Maria find a bloody scene, along with Mosley. Blood fingerprints in front, the driver in the trunk. Frank gets at odds even with Pop Henry (Len Cariou) who wishes that his son would play the Conners card, passing the buck to the past Commissioner, but Frank can’t operate that way. Danny is still distressed over Maria’s involvement with Mosley again, especially after hearing that they had dinner, and Maria still defined it as “nice,” despite having to keep on “the bullet-proof vest” that protects a woman involved with a married man from all those things in the world that she doesn’t want to handle. There’s no John Bell, their suspect, as the garage, either. They interrogate the girlfriend at his last address, and she insists that she was “never that girl,” to pull robberies off.
Ellis Island and the undying dream of coming to America were fodder for family dinner discussion, as Sean Reagan (Andrew Terraciano) explains that he is doing a project about his own family’s roots, and grandpa staunchly defends that nobody Reagan ever “snuck” into this land, but Nicky (Sami Gayle) feels otherwise. Jamie articulates that that dream of life in America never dies. After dinner, Jamie talks with his dad about how Thomas Sculley provided valuable wisdom during his officer training, being the “best” of all the officers who spoke, because he “owned up to everything” and made those hard choices or reality. Eddie and Jamie they contact with an informant at a diner regarding the purse, and he says it will help, but some camera video at a high-end jeweler tells the real story, that Maribel took the ring, so Eddie and Jamie move to take her in. The jeweler’s estimate of the ring being worth $80,000 did the trick, and of course, he did not know it was stolen.
A little snip of video lets Danny and Maria know that Audra Kenney may be there girl. Bell has never been home all the times that he’s been under investigation, even after nine arrests. As they suit up to take their new suspect, Danny reminds Mosley “I do got her back,” referring to his partner, as a stern reminder. Mosley is hit by a bullet through a shootout at an office complex, and Maria is inconsolable, but Mosley makes a full recovery, very soon. Maribel, the dishonest tourist, simply wanted to stay in America, and “needed money.” Eddie reminds her that she will get her wish, staying in America now, just under different accommodations. When Maria and Danny get to the hospital, she wants to check on Mosley, but sees through the window that he is already under affectionate care with another officer. Her eyes well up with tears. This may be what it takes to leave his hunting memory behind for her. Danny listens, and reminds her that Jimmy did take “a bullet for you.” She decides that “we’re even,” and that with him, she was never able to take that vest off. Jamie gets propositioned to bring the wedding ring in person to the wedding. He retreats from that invitation, keeping his professionalism.
As with so many “Blue Bloods” big decisions, Frank and Sculley meet “off the books” for coffee, where the Commissioner reminds his man that the hero story “won’t fly,” and that he’s more worried for the fellow officers working with him and his tragic record being in danger than for his promotion. He has made arrangements for him to make transfer to California, or he can stay and serve dead-end duty on the Erie Peninsula. Sculley exits, finally, offering a hesitant salute, as credits roll.
It’s back on next week between Danny and the forever haunting, and hunting serial killer.