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BLUE BLOODS: Episode 12.20: “Silver Linings”

"Upholding the Rule of Law and Faith"

What You Need To Know:

“Silver Linings,” the 12th season finale of CBS-TV’s BLUE BLOODS, is another intense, superb drama about a family bringing justice to New York City. Police Sergeant Jamie Regan and his late brother’s son, Joe, a detective, work a case together to find an immigrant woman’s teenage daughter, who’s been sex trafficked. Jamie’s wife is upset when a knife-wielding thief she helped arrest is let go because of the DA’s new sentencing guidelines. Danny Regan and his partner fight to get justice for a woman in witness protection who was murdered. Police Commissioner Frank Regan and his daughter, Erin, criticize the DA’s new guidelines, which clearly put citizens and police in danger.

BLUE BLOODS: “Silver Linings” is exciting, heartfelt and uplifting. It has a strong Christian, moral, patriotic, conservative worldview. For example, it promotes faith in Jesus, prayer, thankfulness, courage, justice, and the rule of law. It does this in a confident, dramatic way that’s not shrill. It also contains pro-capitalist, biblical elements supporting private property and free enterprise. However, “Silver Linings” has some foul language and violent situations. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.

Content:

(CCC, BBB, PPP, CapCap, LL, VV, A, DD, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian, moral, patriotic worldview promotes faith in Jesus and the Triune God, prayer, family, thankfulness, courage, justice, adoption, and Pro-American, conservative, pro-life values regarding the rule of law, criminal justice, the proper sentencing and punishment of criminals engaged in violence and threats of violence, the right to life, and following the laws that elected legislatures, governors, presidents, and the state and federal courts have established, plus there are some pro-capitalist elements supporting private property and free enterprise when two police officers are shown stopping an armed thief from robbing two small stores

Foul Language:
13 obscenities (including two SOB obscenities) and three light profanities

Violence:
Some strong and light violence such as three police have to defuse a bomb strapped to a teenager girl, thief stabs a woman in a store and police officer shoots him in the shoulder, thief points a knife at a police officer, but she convinces him to put down his knife, police officer tackles thief and handcuffs him with his partner’s help, police raid an apartment being used for prostitution, and one of the females runs and then puts a gun to her head, but two cops convince her to put down the gun, and police discover a teenager girl’s murdered body in the trunk of a car (she has some blood on her and her clothes), and police find blood dripping down from the car’s trunk, which leads to them opening the trunk and finding the dead body

Sex:
No implied or depicted sex scenes, but the story involves human sex trafficking of teenage illegal immigrants with parents and without parents, plus there’s a light double entendre in one scene between a married couple

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking but there’s a light mention about a shipment of drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Kidnapping, attempted stealing gangsterism but strongly rebuked and punished.

More Detail:

“Silver Linings,” the 12th season finale of CBS-TV’s BLUE BLOODS, is an intense drama about bringing a human trafficker to justice, finding a woman’s kidnapped daughter and fighting the liberal establishment’s misguided, harmful efforts to let violent criminals go free. “Silver Linings” is another superb, exciting, heartfelt, and uplifting BLUE BLOODS episode and has a strong Christian, moral, patriotic worldview stressing faith in Jesus, prayer, thankfulness, courage, justice, and the rule of law, but it has some foul language and violent situations that warrant caution for older children and young teenagers.

The episode opens with Sergeant Jamie Reagan’s wife, Eddie, and her partner, Officer Badillo, encountering a thief with a knife in a small grocery story. She convinces the thief to lay down his knife, and Badillo tackles him for the arrest. However, District Attorney Kimberly Crawford’s new sentencing guidelines demand the thief be released back on the streets because he never actually used the knife against anyone.

Meanwhile, Detective Danny Reagan and his partner, Det. Maria Baez, get an urgent call from a pregnant woman in witness protection, who testified against the Mano Sangriento gang in another episode. The woman, Elena, returned to town to visit her sick elderly mother, but she says someone is trying now to enter her mother’s house. When Elena tries to open her door to talk to Danny, the door explodes. A video from a neighbor’s house across the street shows two masked thugs setting the explosive device on the door. Sadly, the surgeons are unable to save Elena, but they do manage to save her baby daughter.

At the same time, Jamie Regan and his late brother’s son, Joe, find themselves leading a raid on a sex trafficking house run by Mano Sangriento. During the raid, they come across an illegal immigrant woman named Margo, who says she joined the gang to find her missing daughter, Soli, who was taken by the coyote at the border. Soli managed to call Margo to tell her she and several other women were being driven to New York City. Jamie promises to help Margo find her daughter. He and Joe team up to find her.

During the commencement of the three cases, Jamie and Danny’s father, Police Commissioner Frank Regan, complains at his weekly press conference about DA Crawford’s new sentencing guidelines. Frank’s complaints put a target on his daughter, Assistant District Attorney Erin’s, back with her boss. Privately, Erin accuses Frank of putting her in the spotlight.

Danny and Maria’s case and Jamie and Joe’s case become linked together when they arrest a man driving the stolen car of the leader of the gang that Margo testified against. The car just happens to have a dead teenage girl’s body in the trunk. The dead girl’s body is not that of Margo’s missing daughter, Soli, but the body of another girl smuggled across the border. The detectives flip the driver, who says the gang’s leader, Arturo Muñoz, gave him the order to dump the woman’s body, after the detectives tell the driver that Muñoz reported the car stolen. They strike a deal with the driver if he tells them where the gang is holding Soli. He agrees, telling them the gang uses girls like Soli to process drugs for them in a special warehouse near the waterfront.

The information leads to a tense showdown outside the warehouse that puts all three of the Regan brothers’ lives in danger. Meanwhile, Eddie and her partner have another violent encounter with the thief, and the conflict between Frank and Erin comes to a surprising resolution.

“Silver Linings” is another superb, exciting, heartfelt, and uplifting BLUE BLOODS episode. It has a strong Christian, moral worldview stressing faith in Jesus, prayer, thankfulness, family, courage, and justice. The episode also has a positive scene about adoption. Finally, the script does a great job outlining the major differences between the DA’s liberal, leftist views of criminal justice and those of the police commissioner. Of course, the four stories in the episode and their tone ultimately side with the police commissioner and his conservative “broken windows” position. In an important scene between the DA and Erin Regan, Erin tells her boss that she follows “the rule of law” and believes that some of her mandates will result in “tragic circumstances.” The episode supports Pro-American, conservative, pro-life values regarding the rule of law, criminal justice, the proper sentencing and punishment of criminals engaged in violence and threats of violence, the right to life, and following the laws that elected legislatures, governors, presidents, and the state and federal courts have established. It also contains some pro-capitalist, biblical elements supporting private property and free enterprise when two police officers stop an armed thief from robbing two small stores.

The episode does have, however, some foul language and violent situations. There’s also a bloody image of the dead girl’s body in the car trunk. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for children and younger teenagers.