Danny’s spe­cial­ity is vi­o­lence against sus­pects, but this hasn’t held him back

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WE’VE got a job about to go down in the first episode of Blue Bloods this week. Di­a­monds. It’s all planned. Not very well, as it hap­pens – not enough peo­ple, if you ask me.

It’s build­ing slowly. It takes six and a half min­utes for it to get un­der way, which is kind of leisurely for these things. But it’s all go­ing to pick up pace fairly rapidly, I pre­dict, now that a cop’s been shot.

‘‘ She was real po­lice,’’ some other cop says about the dead one. Yep, The Wire has a bit to an­swer for, not all of it good.

There’s no crime so heinous in Amer­i­can main­stream cul­ture as killing a cop. A cop’s life is worth more than other peo­ple’s, seems to be the attitude. It gets out of hand here, but it’s a pro-po­lice kind of en­vi­ron­ment this show in­hab­its. Do you re­ally think it’s an ac­ci­dent the fam­ily’s called Rea­gan?

The Rea­gan sis­ters-in-law, who didn’t ac­tu­ally know the dead of­fi­cer, meet up in a cafe soon af­ter to change their so­cial calendar on ac­count of this event. Linda: ‘‘ I can’t be­lieve an­other cop has been killed.’’ Syd­ney: ‘‘ I guess this is no night to go to Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream.’’ Linda: ‘‘ Yeah, I know. Shake­speare can wait.’’

But as Tom Sel­leck – Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Frank Rea­gan – tells his daugh­ter later, any­time a cop dies it’s like los­ing a fam­ily mem­ber.

The fam­ily’s hav­ing trou­ble crack­ing this cop shoot­ing, though. ‘‘ We’ve talked to ev­ery known as­so­ciate of Ricky Vin­tano’s and so far we’ve got squat,’’ says Danny Rea­gan, baf­fled. Imag­ine. Blue Bloods Chan­nel 10, Wed­nes­day, 9pm Sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion mob­sters not im­me­di­ately fold­ing when fronted by a bul­ly­ing de­tec­tive.

Danny’s spe­cial­ity is vi­o­lence against sus­pects, but this hasn’t held him back at work. Au con­traire. He is praised at the high­est lev­els for his ‘‘ in­ter­ro­ga­tion’’ tech­niques. I sup­pose it helps that his fa­ther is the com­mis­sioner.

Ricky Vin­tano, who Danny likes for killing the cop/keep­ing him awake nights, is the son of Happy Jack Vin­tano, who was a good bad guy, his grand­fa­ther ex­plains in a touch­ing, some­what ad­dled those-were-the-days scene.

Happy Jack is played with ease by Do­minic Chi­anese, who was both Johnny Ola in The God­fa­ther II and Ju­nior So­prano in The So­pra­nos.

Chan­nel 10 is run­ning dou­ble episodes this week, and the sec­ond one man­ages to seem both se­ri­ous and triv­ial.

It in­volves a car bomb and a Mus­lim. Mus­lim-Amer­i­can, which is how Com­mis­sioner Rea­gan is only find­ing out about this per­son now – US cit­i­zen. It isn’t a dirty bomb, but it’s ugly – fer­tiliser, ace­tone, per­ox­ide and a lot of 10cm-long nails.

And of course it all ends in a fam­ily din­ner.

Tom Sel­leck as Frank Rea­gan in

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