Blue Bloods

Season 1 Episode 22

The Blue Templar

4
Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 13, 2011 on CBS
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9.2
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5

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Episode Summary

In his attempt to expose the Blue Templar, Frank chooses to bypass Internal Affairs after a drug bust indicates dirty cops are involved.

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  • Man, I enjoyed that! I've just loved the whole season. With so many cop shows in the past decade, the idea of another sent me opening up a good book and switching off the tv. But the thought of seeing Tom Selleck on the screen again wouldn't let me....moreless

    10
    The pace of this season has been refreshing. I've always loved the concept of contained episodes, with a secondary storyline running in the background for the whole season. And the climax of this season's subject had me sitting excitedly in my seat from credits to credits.

    I loved the relief I was feeling that Jamie was finally sharing his burden with the family. I loved the secrecy of the operation, and most of all I loved Frank's involvement. My only disappointment this season has been that Frank's spent too much time behind his desk. When he strides into a room after his men have cleared it, the hairs stand up on the back of my neck - his presence is awesome. The tension of the bust was electric. My hatred for Malevski, when he began to sneer after Frank asked a second time who had killed his son, had my stomach churning. And the final scene at the cemetery was a tissue moment. The season finale crept up on this busy housewife. It's going to be a long season break!moreless
  • Best episode of the season!!! Some spoilers!!

    10
    This show started off a little slow at the beginning of the season. In fact, I wasn't sure I would enjoy the show. But I have completely changed my opinion now. And this final episode!!! Wow!!! The drama amazing! The suspense, great! And the ending left me in tears. The best scene was when the bad guys are finally arrested and Tom Selleck walks up and announces he only has one questions for the lot of scum bags..."Which one of you killed my son?" Of course, the nerve of the culprit--to smile before admitting that he did it and it was nothing personally! Wow!! Then the guy just has to off himself because he is such a scared little twit!!



    But wonderful, wonderful episode. Can't wait till next season!moreless
  • A surprisingly good show that touches emotional family values and puts the respect back in the profession.

    7.5
    Between all the forensic gadgets and cliche crimes-of-the-week it's easy to forget there's more to the profession than solving murders. Blue Bloods is a decent portrayal of a family of cops that work to make a change, not cash. Played by some of my personal favorites it's almost unbelievable to me that I only check into the show now.

    The plot works on several levels. The story of the youngest son of the family being send to patrol a girl who is threatened to be kidnapped is touching as the two grow closer in just the span of a couple of scenes. The resolution isn't all that great (even predictable as it was the first question that arose) but the story itself works well. For long term fans the conclusion of who killed the other son must be rewarding because for me it was a little too vague. Luckily that's what season finales are for.

    There's a definite sense of family and a good story that is being unfolded within the hour.moreless
  • Finishes freshman season strong

    10
    The CBS police drama "Blue Bloods" was the best new show on television this season and the finale proved to be one of the best episodes, if not the best, of the season. "Blue Bloods" is all about the Reagan family of cops in New York City. There is the patriarch of the family and retired Police Commissioner Henry (played by Len Cariou), current Police Commissioner Frank (played by Tom Selleck), detective Danny (played by Donnie Wahlberg), rookie cop Jamie (played by Will Estes) and assistant district attorney Erin (played by Bridget Moynahan). The finale titled "The Blue Templar" was entirely focused on wrapping up the season long arc of figuring out who killed Frank's son and Danny, Erin and Jamie's brother, Joe, who was murdered before we began season one. The arc was so good that it's honestly a little sad to see it go, but I'm sure the series will have more great things in store for the fans in season two, which CBS just announced they had picked the series up for on Wednesday (May 18). If there's one thing that we've learned from watching the freshman season of "Blue Bloods" it's that the Reagan's are family first. It's this key plot point that has reminded me many times throughout the season of the Corleones in "The Godfather," except the Reagans are on the right side of the law. It should also be noted that the creators of "Blue Bloods," who CBS likely made a big mistake in firing recently, created the immensely popular HBO mob family hit "The Sopranos."



    It's this family first relationship the Reagans have that really makes the finale such a great episode as they all band together to bring down The Blue Templar, the batch of dirty cops that the they find out in the finale killed Joe. The episode culminates in the great scene at the end where Frank walks into the room full of the captured dirty cops and demands an answer as to which one of them pulled the trigger to the gun that killed his son. The true highlight of "Blue Bloods" during its first season was the acting of both Selleck as Frank and Wahlberg as Danny. Both have, at least in my mind, instantly shot up the ladder of great TV badasses in just one season. Wahlberg portrays the stop-at-nothing-to-solve-a-case attitude of Danny with such force that sometimes you can't help but wonder if he isn't the main focus of the series. Selleck is such an easy going actor that it doesn't even seem like he's acting most of the time and that is a trait I think you find in many great actors.moreless
  • Season finale. Recap & Thoughts

    9.5
    Recap

    [Main Plot feat. Blue Templar]

    The episode starts with Jamie telling Frank what he knows about Joe's murder and the involvement of the Blue Templar.

    At the same time four men enter the appartment of - most likely drug dealing - criminals, and after telling them to stand down (by announcing that they are cops) they shoot them all, take their money and take off. What they didn't know is that one of the criminals was a confidential DEA informant in business with Det. Malevski which leads Danny's investigation right toward him and the other bad cops.

    Frank & Danny manage to find the dirty cops and interrupt their meeting where they intended to split up the money before leaving town. Malevski admits to Frank that he was the one who killed Joe before he kills himself.



    [Minor Plot]

    Jamie is working his normal shift. He sees a woman running through traffic screaming for help and after taking her to the precinct (where she is calm again) she tells him that someone tried to abduct her, probably because she is Laura Peck, daughter of a CEO who basically screwed his company and made a profit when everybody else lost their money.

    Jamie figures out that her gay friend Billy is actually involved in the abduction and arrests him and his co-conspirators when they try to snatch her again.

    And somewhere in between they have a very sweet moment and kiss.



    [Thoughts]

    All together a good season finale, BUT (there always has to be a but) it was too neat. They not only got Joes killer, they got all the dirty cops and I can't help but feel as if it all went too smooth in the end and the fact that this plotline is over robs the show of the possibility to spin in further in the next season. So what do we have in store for season 2? Nothing yet. I hope they find a new season-long story they spin in the background because that's what I loved about Blue Bloods. It wasn't just a procedural cop show, it had depth, it made you think. And that's what made it so interesting to me.moreless
Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Frank Reagan, New York City Police Commissioner

Donnie Wahlberg

Donnie Wahlberg

Danny Reagan

Bridget Moynahan

Bridget Moynahan

ADA Erin Reagan-Boyle

Will Estes

Will Estes

Jamie Reagan

Len Cariou

Len Cariou

Henry Reagan

Jennifer Esposito

Jennifer Esposito

Jackie Curatola

Ezra Knight

Ezra Knight

Don Sperling

Guest Star

Natalie Knepp

Natalie Knepp

Laura Peck

Guest Star

Mike Colter

Mike Colter

Cliff Reacher

Guest Star

Amy Carlson

Amy Carlson

Linda Reagan

Recurring Role

Sami Gayle

Sami Gayle

Nicky Reagan-Boyle

Recurring Role

Tony Terranciano

Tony Terranciano

Jack Reagan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (at Joe's grave site)
      Frank Reagan: Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.
      Henry Reagan: Raymond Chandler?
      Frank Reagan: (nods) His definition of a hero. He could have been talking about Joe. I'd like to think he was with us last night. I know he is always with me.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Modrý Templá (The Blue Templar)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada - May 13, 2011 on CTV
      United Kingdom - June 28, 2011 on Sky ATLANTIC/Sky ATLANTIC HD
      Czech Republic - February 26, 2012 on Universal Channel

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Danny tells Jackie that he wants her to question an officer at the "two-seven" (i.e., the 27th precinct). The NYPD does not have a 27th Precinct; however, there is a fictional one on the long-running cop show Law & Order.

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