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Blue Bloods - S02E22

Crime . Drama

Frank must race to stop a biological weapon attack on New York City, while keeping it a secret from his family during their most sentimental holiday, Mother’s Day. Meanwhile, a long-standing conflict between Danny and Jamie comes to a head.

Episode Title: Mother's Day
Airs: 2012-05-11 at 22:00
  • Tim Goodman

    It's a rote cop show, but in the last five minutes or so, it hints at something deeper.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    There's perhaps the coppiest cop show of the century so far, the soppy and self-satirizing CBS melodrama Blue Bloods, about an entire family--"the Reagans" yet!--involved in the crime biz.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Wahlberg, a favorite here, needs to avoid David Caruso Syndrome. There's a bit too much posturing with the furrowed brow and hand-on-the-hip that has made a caricature of that "CSI: Miami" star. Moynahan is solid as the assistant district attorney, but her character's lefty politics seem at odds with her occupation and her family.....But Selleck as the bad guy in his own show? It almost makes you want to dial 911.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Blue Bloods sounds good on paper. Yet despite its good cast and competent execution, this drama about a family of New York cops feels a bit perfunctory. There's nothing necessarily wrong with the drama, which is ably headed by Tom Selleck, but there's every chance that Blue Bloods will turn out to be just another cop show.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    The weekly cops-and-lawyers procedural aspect of the show was never going to hook me, but I found the pilot's core case, featuring an abducted girl, to be particularly manipulative and uninvolving. I was also irked by the contrivances that would allow Moynahan's character to be handling a case in which her brother was accused of malfeasance. I was much more interested in the multigenerational family stuff that played out.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Forgive the pun, but this brass needs polishing. The Green/Burgess team is one of TV's best and we hope they'll make this show as sharp and compelling as it should be.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    The first case they investigate is plenty sensational, but there's nothing special about the show, no connection to any of the characters.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Hearing the opening notes of "New York, New York" and seeing Tom Selleck at the start of the show may hurt some viewers like a retro kick in the gut. Yet by the end of the pilot a new, hip-hoppish version of that old tune cements Blue Bloods in the here and now, even if the here and now is a wee bit squaresville.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Lily Moayeri

    A solid cast with tangible family chemistry make Blue Blood a contender.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Blue Bloods showcases a surprising amount of character-driven storytelling. The potential police department conspiracy pushes Blue Bloods into more sudsy territory than necessary, but at least this show marks another attempt by CBS, following "The Good Wife" last year, to expand its offerings beyond paint-by-number crime dramas.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    There's nothing earthshaking happening here, but as someone whose extended family includes both lawyers and cops--and a lot of other argumentative types--I felt the family dinner-table conversation rang true, and so did the people. For people who like their family dramas mixed with crime and a bit of conspiracy, it's a solid choice to end the workweek.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    If not for the narrative clunkiness, Blue Bloods has the potential to be a juicy multigenerational family drama set in a moodily evoked New York, with Selleck's furrier-than-ever mustache as a bonus.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    What is there in the premiere of Blue Bloods is the aforementioned cast, which also includes Will Estes ("Reunion," "American Dreams") and Len Cariou ("Damages"), and some sharply written and acted scenes between the family members. Those more than make up for a pretty standard-issue case in the premiere.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Bloods isn't groundbreaking, but there are hints of a deeper scandal woven into the solid plot. Worth checking out. [25 Oct 2010, p.39]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    Blue Bloods has an old-fashioned appeal both as drama in the vein of a workingman's "Dynasty" and as splashy procedural.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    I know the whole thing sounds been-there-done-that dopey, but Wahlberg and Selleck are so charismatic that somehow, in their hand(cuffs), it all seems almost new. Yes, it's worth the watch.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The best thing about Bloods, aside from the return of Selleck to weekly TV, is that it breaks with the nearly 20-year tradition of dark, gritty cop shows ushered in by NYPD Blue. The weakest thing about Bloods is that it can't resist adding a conspiracy story line to its cases-of-the-week structure.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The plot is unlikely to interfere with the real draw of Bloods, which is watching a terrific, mature, extremely well-chosen cast interact.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    The solid acting performances and the family dynamics contained in Blue Bloods make for an absorbing hour of television.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Blue Bloods enters this rough neighborhood with the right personnel, and, living up to its name, a solid pedigree.

    Variety Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    A potent brew of family melodrama, crime-thriller tension and conspiratorial intrigue, Blue Bloods may actually bring some viewers back onto the sinking ship of Friday-night television.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The best new cop drama of a TV season that has more police than a presidential motorcade. Blue Bloods doesn't have the best time slot on TV, but it's got some of the strongest characters and performances.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Andy Bailey

    Blue Bloods excels through its high-tone production values--Sinatra and Alicia Keys on the soundtrack; urban texture memorably captured across multiple boroughs--and standout performances from Selleck and Wahlberg, whose moral ambiguity and thinly veiled powder-keg fury, passed down by lineage, promises to fuel the series through a gripping first season--provided audiences tune in.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This is a solid hour that feels perfectly attuned to the CBS lineup, although it's less formulaic than what you usually find on Fridays.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    If it pulls off what it seems capable of doing, Blue Bloods should be both a good cop show and an evocative family drama. So something for everyone, just like a good Sunday dinner.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review