The "Blue Bloods" episode "Black and Blue" is aptly named as an African-American activist and preacher takes on the police department to get publicity. Ato Essandoh does an excellent job as Reverend Darnell Potter, a minister with clear political aspirations and shady ties to drug dealers.
A 911 call is made about a robbery occurring at Potter's church and Sgt. Renzulli and Jamie Reagan are first on the scene. They try to enter the church to look for a man with a gun. Members of the church try to stop them and end up throwing the two cops down a flight of stairs, putting Renzulli in the hospital with a concussion. Police arrive and block off the church as Potter shows up, and then the Mayor arrives. Potter and the Mayor confer as Frank Reagan watches. The Mayor comes over and asks Reagan to negotiate for the names of the men who assaulted his officers. Frank responds by sending in a SWAT team to clear the building, but they do not figure out who tossed the cops down the stairs. Meanwhile, Potter is firing up the crowd with anti-police rhetoric, implying that the cops are all racist.
Danny Reagan decides to get down to the bottom of things regarding the 911 call that started the whole mess. He quickly finds the call was a fake and figures out it came from the special needs nephew of a drug dealer. Frank is under some race-related pressure and has a meeting with the mayor and Potter, which leads nowhere. Later, the mayor indicates he distanced himself from Potter in the past and does not cave into the pressure to fire Frank.
Danny ties the drug dealer to Potter, and Erin Reagan accepts a deal from another druggie, getting Potter's friend in trouble. Danny puts a wire on Potter's drug dealer friend who records Potter admitting to setting up the 911 call. The press turns on Potter and he goes away.
"Black and Blue" was a pretty good episode of "Blue Bloods." It had lots of tension and emotional acting. Will Estes, who plays Jamie Reagan, was particularly good in this episode in the scenes with his injured partner.
- Ato Essandoh