Bridget Moynahan has been busy all over network TV lately, sharing recipes roasted root vegetables from her “Blue Bloods” cookbook, but on this week’s November 20 ninth episode for Season 6, “Hold Outs,” she has her hands full as Erin Reagan, taking over a case that’s in hot water over a hung jury. She and her faithful inspector, embodied by the considerable sass and supreme acting talents of Steve Schirripa of “The Sopranos,” who hasn’t been seen enough on network TV recently, find a slew of loose ends not tied up by ADA Kelly Blake, portrayed by another “Law and Order”and “NCIS” pro, Diane Neal. Frank (Tom Selleck) is put on pause regarding his position, and miffed because the Mayor won’t schedule a formal meeting for a formal offer to renew his service. Expediency can come at an exorbitant cost—patience can pay off.
The story opens with Jamie and Eddie (Will Estes and Vanessa Ray) trying to bust a robbery ring in a very targeted neighborhood, posing as an elderly couple, to lure the ringleader with a gun. Erin is celebrating “crushing it” in court, and can’t wait for vacation to began, when the call comes to take over a case of her “arms length” colleague, ADA Blake, who seems to have blown a solid case. Frank performs a personal ceremony welcoming Manny Francisco (Andres Munar) to the force, witnessed by his expectant wife (Coral Pena). Frank rescued the inductee from a dumpster as a baby, so this moment of “paying it forward” is particularly moving. Instead of the induction being the story, Frank is assailed with questions over whether he will remain Police Commissioner, to which he responds that he has no information yet. Angel Granderson (Dwayne Alister Thomas) seems a perfect fit for the murder of Victor Kendrick, with a long history of using guns and carjacking. Both Blake and Mrs. Kendrick see juror, Elliott North (Mike Hodge) as the problem, when his name should not even be public. Mrs. Kendrick (Ana Reeder) is furious over a second trial, and says nothing but venomous comments about North, putting the whole failure on him. Eddie notices that all the crimes are happening on just one block, not even an entire neighborhood, so that reeks fishy. Mr. North won’t entertain Erin, but he concedes to 5 minutes. He is convinced that Granderson did not do the killing, and wonders aloud why a white witness was never questioned. Erin wonders the same thing as she combs through the file, and asks her investigator, Anthony, to do some digging, literally.
Frank is relentlessly pressed by the press for an answer regarding his staying as Commissioner, and his answer is “I don’t know.” Erin becomes more and more frustrated, trying to understand Blake’s reasoning for not doing due diligence. No answer adds up, and when Kelly asks where she is going, Erin replies, “To do your job! Garrett (Gregory Jbara) left Frank now that the Mayor doesn’t want to make an offer of his position without a guarantee of acceptance. Frank still feels disrespected. Granderson is not very forthcoming from his cell during Erin’s visit, until she starts to leave and says, “Enjoy your stay,…” He then states that he is not guilty, and that he never used a loaded gun. It confesses to carjacking , but says, “no way I could ever blast somebody,” relating his younger brother’s shooting on the steps. Erin begins to believe him. Anthony finds the prostitute, Robin Dunn, shot in the head. He asks, “now you writing Lifetime movies? of Erin, with his story being as tough as anyone’s. Baker (Abigail Hawk) is even worried about having to box up all her things. The family vows not to pressure their patriarch at dinner, reiterating Linda’s admonition, “it’s none of our business,” a phone call turned out to be from Col. Brennan, offering spiritual guidance to Frank. The call is appreciated, but Frank has to look up Scriptures for days, not having memorized those he knew as a boy!
Mrs. Kendrick keeps looking more and more involved in her husband murder. She switches her story about which hand fired the shots on a whim. She’s fuzzy on facts, and more so on details. “I don’t even know what I know she tells Erin. Trailing Kendrick in the car, they see that she has made a purchase of a lot of ice. They follow her to the home of Richard Hart, and observe that it’s much more than casual. “That’s our guy!” exclaims Erin. Mrs. Kendrick pays Erin another visit, switching back to the left-hand for the perpetrator. Point blank, Erin asks “Who is Richard Hart?” presenting the phone records. The look of cornered is all over her face, and she wants to ask for a lawyer. “Probably a good idea,” Erin retorts. The landlord was supporting the robberies on Jamie and Eddie’s watch, wanting to drive out “the old people” from his buildings. Frank pays a visit to Manny and Olivia at the hospital, and hears that they plan to name the boy “Francis.” Frank responds with “if your gonna do that, you better teach him how to throw a left hook!” Getting onto the elevator closes this “Blue Bloods,” with Garrett telling Frank that the mayor is making time for a meeting with him. The Commissioner responds that he is “staying until the Mayor gets his head out of his ass,” which translates indefinitely, as both men share familiar smiles.
No new episode next week, so look forward to December.