Many Blue Bloods fans have probably been biting their nails while biding time awaiting the return of the police family drama, and “The Bogeyman” is an episode full of big issues, and no easy answers. When a new strain of deadly heroin takes over the streets, the Commissioner (Tom Selleck) and his team take to new ways to win the war. Erin (Bridget Moynahan) tries to avoid war with her daughter, Nicky (Sami Gayle) as the time for college draws closer.
Carmen (Sasha Allen) draws Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) to her jail cell with her beautiful singing of “Ave Maria,” and swears she’s clean and ready to help him any way she can as a solid informant again. There’s a new plague on the streets, known as “The Bogeyman,” a killer kind of heroin leaving strings of casualties, and filling up hospitals. Even Nicky is not immune from the effects. She stays away from doing shots at a party with a friend, as she makes her exit, she sees two unresponsive guests, and a cleanup of the going on. She summons help, but gives “Jane Doe” as her name. Under considerable resistance from staff, Frank contends that expecting “to get high, not to die,” should call for the fullest response by his forces. Nicky tells Danny about the party, and he thanks her for gathering evidence to lead to “the bogeyman,” but also tells her that she has to tell her mother herself about everything that happened. Danny gets a call from a hospital ER that Carmen has died from overdose. Meanwhile, Jamie (Will Estes) and Eddie (Vanessa Ray) literally have a run in with a purse snatcher (Julia Goldani Telles) whose mark is determined to prosecute fully. Frank pays a visit to Kelly Peterson (Bebe Neuwirth) , pleading for her help to get her high-end city official connections to buy into a plan to buy up the deadly drugs. Eddie offers Morgan, the purse perpetrator, a chance at redemption before she’s taken to central booking. Home life, as Morgan describes, is a choice of dealing with “the bastard or the bitch,” and her smart mouth shoots too many times to stop her processing. Parents of Lacey, one of the party guests, are in disbelief of their daughter’s involvement.
Nicky completely nixes the parochial path to her higher education, and confesses regarding the party. When she pleads with her mother to do away with “the party stack” of schools (so named), mom recuses herself from the process, leaving the room, and leaving choices to Nicky. On a lead, Danny and Maria (Marisa Ramirez) go to a dealer’s warehouse, to find him dead by several days already, with him, the smell to prove it. When a phone rings with a call from Jimmy (Erik Jensen), they set him up to come there for the cutting and repackaging of batches. Sure enough, there’s nothing like a dead body to scare a person into the right decision. He goes with Danny and Maria to intercept his higher dealing connections. At a press conference, Frank is furious at questions about a “buy back” program in process, knowing that there has been a leak. He confronts Kelly, who gives him fury right back, with “you SOB” to his allegations. Dealers do business by the numbers, and numbers of casualties apparently don’t count, as Maria and Danny are under siege in a vicious shootout. Maria always gets her mark,though, and takes down a main target. An announcement comes that the police and DEA team have been successful in a major arrest and confiscation. Frank declines being at the press conference, instead saying simply, “Good work, Dino (John Ventimiglia).”
Eddie tells Morgan she’s been able to give her a ride home instead of to another cell. Still , smart mouthed, but accepting the offer, Morgan asks for a potty stop, and while Eddie glows about how gratifying it feels to help those like Morgan, whom she herself was like, Jamie prompts that she should “check on her” before saying that Morgan has already made her way into a car and taken off with two
“dudes,” a reminder of his earlier warning that you “can’t save every puppy in the pound.” That gratification will have to come later. Dinner table discussion revolves around that yearning that every young adult has for independence, and Nicky’s choices for “away” colleges, requiring plane rides. Frank assures Erin she’s “got a good kid,” while Danny relates that his “away” choice led to Afghanistan.
Frank knocks on Kelly’s door, offering understanding that he knew her decision revolved around her son being killed by more than a car crash, and she relating how being high on heroin made his fate near certain. He relates his son’s death by bad cops. They realize they again were on the same side, but with very different motivations. Frank offers a bottle of good wine for drizzly night, and Kelly asks him to come in for the third quarter of the Celtics game. He accepts, letting his detail know he will be detained for one hour. Blue Bloods concludes with meaning, and a touch of melancholy, again.