Cases confronting the Reagan family and those in the Commissioner’s inner circle become very personal in the October 23 offering, “Back Stabbers” on “Blue Bloods. It’s the fifth episode of Season 6, and once again, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is running interference, this time, for an escaped felon whom he feels was wrongly convicted. Meanwhile, Frank ( Tom Selleck) is stuck in the middle of messy marital accusations involving one of his closest staff. Nicky (Sami Gayle) learns that loyalty can take some pretty hard knocks.
A department go-getter, Sgt. Trey Delgado, is doing a presentation on a new initiative that he has developed, called “JUVISTAT,” designed to meet needs with neighborhood youth early, and instill confidence in the police force. Esai Morales makes a welcome return to television in this role, portraying a cheater with a target on his back, and he doesn’t even know it. Frank and Garrett (Gregory Jbara) are impressed with the presentation, and more with Delgado’s initiative, but Gormley (Robert Clohessy) is strangely silent and stewing. Nicky is raising funds for her college’s defense fund for the protection and rights of women and/or underrepresented minorities. Campus police confront one of her friends, Chrissie (Naian Gonzalez Norvind) about her reports of threats made against her. The officer informs her that no action can be taken against threats alone, and she cries foul all the more. When news comes that there’s been an escape from prison by Rose Butler (Jenna Stern) and Trina Hamilton (Donnamarie Recco), Danny determines to step in and protect the woman he feels that he wrongfully sent to prison, as well as defend her son. The US marshals swoop in with a different idea, particularly that “the locals don’t screw up,” headed by Morgan (Mike Pniewski). As always, Danny goes “off the grid” in his own way.
Concern grows when Garrett tells Frank that Sgt. Gormley is “bunking” at work at night for the past three days, beyond his squirmy response to the presentation. Nicky introduces her uncle Jamie to Chrissie, who balks at her having a family of police officers. Nicky reiterates that it’s just for support and that the police force is there to help. Chrissie gives the name of “Keller” to Jamie, and he makes a promise to screen. Danny tries to make contact with Rose’s son, Eric, with whom he has lost touch. Trina is thought to be out scouting locations for a smack lab. Danny defends Rose, and his actions on her behalf. When Frank meets with Gormley, he asserts that Delgado “doesn’t need a bigger head,” and confides that there is trouble at home– he thinks Sheila is cheating with Delgado. Gormley almost blows a gasket, and Frank warns him to be careful about ultimatums. Surveillance on the escapees show some ugly activity at a gas station. Danny wants information about Eric’s address to be kept marshals. Jamie finds no tags on Keller, but there are plenty of threats. Chrissie finds all manner of slur on her dormitory door.
A drop-in on Eric pries no information out of him, but there is evidence that there has been a Chinese dinner for three. Danny takes him in. Eric’s words to Danny are “go to hell.” Rose calls Danny . He tells her to get away from Trina, as they make a car switch. Erin (Bridget Moynahan) shows her daughter that it was Chrissie who posted threats, and it’s all on camera. Now, she will have to face her own music. Good people and good dinner rolls feature in the discussion around the Reagan Sunday dinner table. Despite all the disheartening findings, Frank insists that “good people always try and help.” Danny is still determined to protect Eric from any prison environment. Word is out that Rose and Trina are headed for Yonkers. Danny tells Eric that if he cannot cooperate, this situation “may end in bullets” the longer it plays out. Trina Hamilton is rumored to feel safe a local rifle dealer. Garrett reports to Frank that Sheila Gormley is cheating, with a cop outside their district. It’s nonetheless painful, but it takes the situation out of Frank’s hands, so to speak. Going to site of the “house” where Rose and Trina are said to be located, the Marshall orders that Danny and Baez “watch and learn,” and they learn lots of wrong ways. Danny fires, and Trina is shot in the head, dead.
Sammy goes to Chrissie’s dorm room, demanding an answer. When there is no answer, ‘she opens the door to find Chrissie overdosed on pills. She visits her at the hospital, and Sammy makes sure that her friend knows “you don’t have to be perfect.” Another call comes from Rose, telling Danny “I got away from her” as he discerns her location. Danny goes to Astoria Park, and talks to her long enough to get the gun safely away, and give a brief embrace with her son. Gormley described his time at 3-1, when Frank and Garrett both present to him that this Delgado “is not him. Before the customary “Blue Bloods” fade to black, Frank suggests that they “get some dinner” of their own, and drop the Sergeant off at his place, if he’s up to it.
There is a lot of season left, and let’s hope the show producers and runners allow all the cast to stretch their proverbial acting wings, and not always throw the main stories Danny’s way. There is always so much life “behind the beat.”