Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 20 Review: No Retreat No Surrender

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The Blue Bloods season finale may not air until May 5th but there was little doubt that Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 20 was laying the foundation for an epic showdown.

Perhaps even the end of Frank Reagan’s tenure as Police Commissioner of the NYPD. 

Frank Is Happy - Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 20

I knew things weren’t going to go well when Frank and Garrett were left waiting for the Mayor for over 20 minutes. 

Did the man literally sneak out the back door just so he didn’t have to face Frank, or was his second in command, Carlton, really that inept?

Then, Mr. Mayor, what the hell were you thinking when you personally called the presiding judge at seven fourteen this morning on the Jasper case and got bail squashed?


Was the mayor being naive or arrogant in thinking he could interfere in the case of a felony assault of a police officer and not have anyone notice or take action? 

Then again, even Sid and Garrett thought that they could hide the incident from Frank.

Sid: Should we tell the Boss?
Garrett: We?
Sid: Well, now that you know the particulars, yeah.
Garrett: Crafy, two minutes ago I was blissfully ignorant.

I think Garrett’s idea about sharing the information with the press had some merit.

There are times when the press and the court of public opinion can help handle issues like these, but Frank had other ideas. 

Frank: Either way, AG or the press, we end up looking like weasels, and by we I mean me.
Garrett: So we sit on our hands.
Frank: Not saying that, but I don’t want to make some kind of clever move that backfires and ends up washing the Mayor's hands for him either.

I was happy to see Frank sit with the officer who was actually assaulted. Frank was right, his job is to have the backs of the 35,000 NYPD officers. If they don’t have confidence in him, what good is he?

Of course, he’s not much good to them if he loses his job either.


Jamie: You take a shot at the king, you better not miss.
Frank: My aim is true.
Erin: He's got the heavy artillery.
Henry: You can't fire him but he can fire you.

The move Frank made was, in effect, the first shot of a war between him and the mayor.

I know they’ve had their ups and downs, but I can’t imagine that Mayor Poole won’t seek some form of retaliation for Frank taking this to the Attorney General. 

The Consequences of Action - Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 20

Elsewhere, a year after being Erin’s lone witness willing to testify in a murder case, Reggie Wilson turned up in her office looking for help.

Erin: I get it, and I want to help you, but I’m a Manhattan ADA and you live in the Bronx.
Reggie: Didn't stop me from helping you.

There was no doubt that the dealers would retaliate against Reggie, I’m just relieved they didn’t kill his six-year-old boy. 

I enjoyed having ADA Smith back for this case. I always appreciated that he didn’t completely roll over for Erin or the Reagan name when Nicky was arrested. That girl could use a reality check. 

As much as I agree with this Blue Bloods quote

You don't ask one man to do what's right, you ask the whole block.

ADA Smith

...the entire case felt as though it wrapped up a little too neatly at the end.

Danny and Baez investigated the suicide that wasn’t neatly wrapped up. I had to laugh when the medical examiner referred to it as a “suicide, sort of.” 

Suicide or Homicide - Blue Bloods

In her defense, I don’t think anyone should be working triple shifts in any job, never mind one that literally has people’s lives and futures on the line if they get it wrong. 

When they finally tracked down Kevin Keith and he went all super ninja out that window, I assumed that he was our killer. 

I was wrong, and thanks to Baez's gut instinct and detective skills, she uncovered the mother’s history of abuse. The internet history of searching for ways to make a murder look like a suicide was just the cherry on top. 

So TV Fanatics, do you think Frank is being overconfident? Will his job be on the line by the end of Blue Bloods season 7

Check back in two weeks for my review of Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 21.

If you’re already missing the Reagan family, you can watch Blue Bloods online here at TV Fanatic.

No Retreat No Surrender Review

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Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 20 Quotes

Look I have Sunday dinner with the former P.C., a detective, a beat cop, and an ADA. Did you really think all my intel flowed through you two?


Sid: Should we tell the Boss?
Garrett: We?
Sid: Well, now that you know the particulars, yeah.
Garrett: Crafy, two minutes ago I was blissfully ignorant.