I liked the Garrett story. They worked real-life into his total makeover.
I love Jamie and Eddie but the producers or writers always seem to shy away from romance for them. Jamie threw all the love languages against the wall to see which one would stick. It's like he didn't truly put much thought into it. They never kiss. Maybe the actors don't want to? And not just now, pre-Covid too.
I loved it while I was watching. It was intense and I loved seeing Danny and Jamie teaming up to save their nephew and how it all tied back to their brother Joe. The emotional part was great. What I didn't like in retrospect was the violence. It was the most violent episode of Blue Bloods ever. Usually we see the aftermath of a murder, but we don't see it happen. That opening scene was extremely disturbing and I still don't know why he massacred the family.
I didn't like Joe shooting willy-nilly at people.
And the Western-style shootout toward the end was over-the-top violent, like the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. Way too much gun violence.
Haven't read your write-up yet heroicmuse, but I'm looking forward to it!
heroicmuse, did you watch Blue Bloods Friday? It was a rerun of Fallen Heroes, but I think it may be my favorite episode or close to it. That last scene at the shelter is definitely my favorite. So emotional and it brought together so many elements that are at Blue Bloods' core.