On Blue Bloods, the Reagan clan doesn’t quibble much when it comes to values, but even they have to “color outside the lines” to find answers sometimes. “Mistaken Identity ” (Season 4, Episode 10) proves that even police officers fall prey to impulsive emotions, and even if something is worth dying for, it still doesn’t make death a right answer.
Frank (Tom Selleck) is standing firm in resisting Garrett (Gregory Jbara), refusing to attend the CDL awards dinner, dubbing them a left-wing political action committee guised as a socially proactive charity. Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Maria (Marisa Ramirez) become embroiled in the case of a mosque bombing, and it becomes clear that someone is intent on taking this holy site down, because it has been targeted so many times in the same year. A white supremacist group seems to fit, but that is just too easy. Maria can’t help but flirt back a little with the initial investigating officer, until Danny reminds her that he’s married. The attacks to deface the mosque have been nasty and purposeful, and Danny and Maria know they are not dealing with a random, stupid perpetrator. An initial interview goes wrong for the member of the supremacist WN group, when he remarks that “Chiquita” Maria get her mop and clean. She gives him a clean blow to an area he will remember. When Officer Kamins (Andrew Stewart-Jones) attempts to restrain a suspect who turns out to be an esteemed Sikh doctor, he gets a broken nose in retaliation. The likenesses on paper leave discernment a difficult matter. Danny has a difficult task in convincing Mustafa (AK Sioud) that he is on the same side of the man he once accused of killing his girlfriend, but a later attack on Mustafa’s own hookah bar persuades him that an alliance is best.
Eddie (Vanessa Ray) doesn’t know quite what to make of Jamie’s law school “friend,” Dana (Laura Breckenridge), but both ladies seem to be part of a mutual admiration society, no matter how much Jamie insists that “personal stuff” just gets in the way of doing his job. Jamie (Will Estes) and Dana go to an obligatory legal symposium together, and are ribbed at the bar afterwards, but Eddie turns out to be their table guest, and the mutual matchmaking continues. Jamie and Dana spend the night together, but she reminds him that they never promised exclusivity. He can’t get Eddie off his mind. Erin is in disbelief that her father wants to “go easy” on the suspect who assaulted Officer Kamins. He feels that “two wrongs cancel each other out.” Danny finds out that the name of Baahir Zaki (Piter Marik) is turning up on a lot more extremist Muslim websites than any other name, and he and Maria zone in on him, and Maria talks alone with his wife in the park one day, and she can’t deny that his employment problems provoked a change.
Dinner table talk turns to holy matters, and all the death and destruction that history has recorded all in the name of God. Linda (Amy Carlson) delivers a wonderful line that so many times, wars come down to “I’m taking your house, and God said it was okay.” Eddie confides in Jamie about her father serving time for Madoff-like investment fraud, and that she feels “not good enough” to be with anyone. Maria and Danny feel out Zaki, and get tipped that a Muslim pride parade may be a perfect target for destruction. Seeing his daughter does the trick to push Zaki to spill the truth, and give the location of a huge bomb, that becomes disarmed. Mustafa drops by with a gift of an inscription about finding friends in unexpected places for Danny. Frank arranges for the good Dr. Parmar Hameed to meet for tea, and Officer Kamins just happens to be the server. Myths are dispelled as questions are answered, and the two shake hands on common ground. Articles and awareness of faith are very different things, and understanding their meaning takes empathy. Blue Bloods may not be a “ripped from the headlines” drama, but its lessons are even more lasting.