“Blue Bloods” returned to rule in its comfortable 10 PM ET time slot for Season 6 on September 25, but the Reagan family, and most of their “city of America,” are hardly taking it easy while they welcome their loyal fans back for Friday appointment TV in “Worst Case Scenario.” Frank (Tom Selleck) stares into the TV screen in his dark living room, dreading all he sees, but determined not to let any such emblazoned terrorist attacks reach the shores or the streets of New York. The reality of 9/11 has been poignantly marked on the drama, and the Commissioner calls all resources to assure that “credible and coordinated threats” have no chance of being fulfilled on his watch. Beyond the televised “body counts” broadcast for Tel Aviv and other target cities, the patriarch realizes the victory seen by terrorists in “getting inside our heads” and little by little, stealing a way of life. Are his forces and family ready to stand the test?
When a strip club girl phones in her concerns after a worrisome sort of regular “Stas” (Mark Badacrewski) shows up with hundreds instead of single dollars to woo her to dance, the mechanism shifts to overdrive, as the family sets up operations to prevent horror rather than handle it. Simultaneously, Danny and Maria (Donnie Wahlberg and Marisa Ramirez) overhear a situation with a cabbie, Naseem (Yair Ben Dar), threatening that things will go “Boom!” very soon, so they pounce into action, even hiring a professor to act as translator for the obscure dialect. Naseem pledges love for America, and agrees to help, however much Danny distrusts. The bomb plot is planned to be carried out that day. Fortunately, despite the fact that no stripper generally likes herself to be on film, the strip club owner had a camera installed near the cash register.
Naseem relates that the cohorts were angry over jobs and not getting dates with American girls, and that there were three bombs planned, one with timer, others with toggle switches. He also identifies Stas. Baker, played by the beautiful and always abreast of the situation, Abigail Hawk, interrupts a meeting to announce that further attacks have come in London and Bangladesh. Frank affirms that “not here” will any attacks come. Danny and Maria set up a sting cover in a motorcycle shop, and meanwhile, Frank tells his ADA daughter, Erin (Bridget Moynahan), to set up getting access to suspected apartments, because in this situation, “it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission,” and she washes her hands from interfering. On the lookout for his partner, Danny admonishes Maria to “light ‘em up” if a strange move happens. Inside the apartment, devout prayers are being offered between “brothers,” and bombs are also ticking, but only two of them. One is still on the loose. Firing ensues, and one of the suspects expires before Danny can get any information. The other is taken to the hospital, but very fragile, and requiring machines before he can speak further. He calmly tells Danny “it’s too late” to stop any attacks now, and that it’s the will of God. Danny doesn’t care what it costs, he wants truth, and protecting life. He threatens to take his ICU talker off of life support, and he’s serious. Frank asks Jamie to “take another crack” at the informant waitress, now that she’s had some while to think. She is an easy bribe for gum, just like Jamie remembers of his mother from his childhood.
Pressing the coveted dance girl again, she submits that Stas always offered to take her to “Sopriani” describing how beautiful it was, but that quickly translated to “Cipriani” when investigation revealed that that was Stas. Danny and Maria arrive on that property to be told by the manager that Stas pretty much had access to any area he wanted, within reason. Finding the maintenance manager dead in a boiler room, Danny goes after Stas, and tension is certain to have been tremendous in living rooms, too, as the sound of a ticking timer filled the quiet of hallways. Stas emerges, and the depths of the duel between him and Danny are absolutely epic, including biting, hair pulling, and every other unimaginable means to subdue a wrongdoer. Both raced for weapons, but it was Danny who reached one first, and fired fatal shots into his adversary.
The unrelated but equally unsettling and frightening experiences in terror are resolved, and Frank credits Garrett and Sgt. Gormley (Gregory Jbara and Robert Clohessy) for their engaging writing of the report, but in no way wants anything to sound like “a victory lap.” He only wants to assuage a public that has been on edge for far too long. The Commissioner assures the press that the events are unrelated and now resolved, before assuring those in other besieged nations that “we are with you in sorrows,” just before the scene segues to the Reagan family dinner table, and talk of Nicky (Sami Gayle) going gluten-free. After some time transpires about the days’ events, Frank nods that there are times when ignorance is bliss, even on “Blue Bloods.”
Frank has protected his New York streets again, but no one can ever really sit back and feel safe again.