“Blue Bloods” Season 5 Episode 15 “Power Players” aired on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, Officer Edit “Eddie” Janko (Vanessa Ray) dealt with the emotional aftermath of shooting a person after a call from an overzealous volunteer Civilian Patrolmen led them to a scene with a drug dealer. Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) and District Attorney Investigator Alex McBride (James Lesure) pulled out all the stops in order to get a former mob boss to come back to New York to testify in her current case and later enlisted the help of Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) and Detective Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez) to protect him. Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Frank Regan (Tom Selleck) butt heads with Mayor Carter Poole (David Ramsey) over the increase of pension for retired cops and because the mayor indirectly wanted him to take care of a small case that would put his right hand woman in jeopardy. Read on only to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with Mayor Carter Poole (David Ramsey) asking Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) to take a look at a small case which would make his right hand woman, Deputy Mayor Sylvia Herrera, look bad as her lover had been arrested for disorderly conduct the other night, which would be bad for him as he was currently out on parole.
Meanwhile, Police Officer Jamie Reagan (Will Estes) and Police Officer Edit “Eddie” Janko (Vanessa Ray) responded to Andy Fisher (Max Adler), an overzealous volunteer Civilian Patrolman who had cornered his suspect, a 15-year-old girl who had stolen a box of lottery tickets from a local bodega.
At the District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) and District Attorney Investigator Alex McBride (James Lesure) discovered that their case against Victor Dano (Frank Liotti) would not be able to stick as their key witness, Thomas Conty, had been lying to them about the murders he had witnessed Dano commit as he had been in police custody that time. This meant that Alex and Erin had to figure out a way to get their original star witness, Vincent Rella, back to testify, as he was currently in the Witness Protection Program as he had testified and had helped the Federal Bureau of Investigations put away half of the mob bosses in New York. In order to do this, they decided to put in a call to the United States’ Attorney General.
Back at the precinct, Andy tailed Jamie and Eddie, and gave them all of his surveillance logs in a notebook and told them that he had been observing a small time drug dealer who was selling drugs outside an elementary school.
At the Attorney General’s office, US Marshall Vaughn Morgan (Mike Pniewski) refused to allow them to get Rella back to testify for Erin’s case. Because of this, in order to get Rella to voluntarily come to them, they decided to bring in his granddaughter Melissa (Caitlin McGee) to see if they could persuade her to give them her grandfather’s contact information.
At the Police Commissioner’s office, Special Assistant to the Commissioner Sergeant Sid Gormley (Robert Clohessy) couldn’t understand why Frank wouldn’t give in to the mayor’s favor as it meant that more than 30,000 retired cops would benefit from it. He then asked for all of the paperwork on Deputy Mayor Herrera’s boyfriend’s arrest.
Back at the District Attorney’s office, Erin and Alex managed to convince Melissa into giving them her grandfather’s number. Because of this, they were able to determine that he was currently in Iowa, and the tow prepared to go there to persuade him to testify against Dano.
Meanwhile, back in the city, Jamie and Eddie responded to Andy’s call. Andy told them that he had been made while he had been observing the drug dealer that he had told them about, which resulted into a shooting. They then told Andy to stay back while they went to check it out. The two had the drug dealer surrounded, but things quickly became more complicated when Andy decided to come out and help them, causing him to get shot in the leg. The dealer then pointed his gun at Eddie, which caused her to shoot him twice, causing him to die, much to her dismay.
Back at the precinct, she was told that she was off the hook as it had been a clean shooting, and she didn’t have a choice in the matter. However, even so, she claimed that she felt fine and that she just wanted to get things over so that she could get back on patrol. Jamie then told her that she could talk to him about it as he had undergone the same thing and the same emotional fallout, except in his case, he had shot a suicidal man who used him in order to die.
In Iowa, Rella was surprised that Erin and Alex had found him, but he refused to go back to New York as it would be crazy and suicidal for him to do so. After brainstorming at a local diner, they brought Melissa with them, who told her grandfather that she had come voluntarily, and begged him to testify so that he could finally do something good this time around. Because of this, Rella agreed to return with them on the condition that they protected him against all the gangs of New York and that they give him some genuine Italian pasta.
Back in New York, Frank informed the mayor that the arrest of Herrera’s lover, Ray McClane, had been a clean arrest as he had disrupted a funeral and had ignored Officer Glen Butler’s (Alex Cramner) warnings. The mayor then tried to talk about helping out in pushing along the increase in the pension for retired cops, which made Frank feel that the mayor was asking him to do him a favor in exchange for another one, which he didn’t like at all.
Erin, Alex and Rella then went over to the Federal Witness Apartment, but Morgan refused to let them have a room and told them that the marshals wouldn’t protect Rella while he was in New York. Because of this, Erin enlisted the help of Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) and Detective Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez) in order to protect Rella during the duration of his stay in New York. They also set him up in a safe house that they and their precinct had on standby.
Meanwhile, at the precinct, Eddie didn’t like the fact that she was being put up for a medal for her actions on that day as she felt that it wasn’t worth the cost of taking another human being’s life.
During lunch, at 1PP, or Police Headquarters, Frank and Detective Abigail Baker (Abigail Hawk) showed Gormley that it wasn’t wise to give in to the mayor’s wishes because that would mean that the mayor would be able to cash in favors all of the time.
That Sunday dinner, the moral debate on the table became a question of whether someone was justified in killing someone or not. The older ones then clarified to Danny’s boys that killing someone is bad, but police officers sometimes had no choice but to do so in situations like Eddie’s and countless other situations. They explained that that actually becomes an inevitable part of the job description, although no police officer wanted to do it.
The next day, at lunch, Eddie finally snapped at Andy, who, thankful for saving his life, had made sure that she wouldn’t have to pay her tax returns for three years. She felt that it was blood money as a reward for killing someone. Afterwards, she called in sick after discovering that she couldn’t hold her gun or put on her buttons as her hands were shaking.
At another precinct, Frank asked Officer Butler why he had reduced Ray McClane’s charges. Butler then told him that no one had influenced him to do that and that he had felt that a small thing like that shouldn’t be the reason why McClane had to go back to prison.
At the courthouse, Erin, Danny, Alex, Rella and Maria were showered with bullets after a car with mobsters drove by hoping to kill Rella. Danny then came up with an ingenious plan to get Rella to the airport. He and Maria went off in another car with a police escort with Morgan who dressed up like Rella. Rella, on the other hand, was dressed up like a prisoner and would be escorted in a prison transport with Alex and police officers and marshals dressed up as prisoners. Thankfully, the mobsters took the bait.
Frank then went to the mayor’s office and informed him that things had settled on its own accord and suggested to him that in gratitude to Glen Butler, and all the “Glen Butlers” of the force, that he should try to push for the increase in the pensions of retired cops.
Later that night, Jamie checked in on Eddie to see how she was doing, and she revealed that she couldn’t seem to cry over what had happened and asked Jamie why she didn’t feel good even if she had killed a bad guy. Jamie then told her that it was because she was a good guy and lent her his support by allowing her to cry on his shoulder.
And that was all for the recap on “Blue Bloods” Season 5 Episode 15 “Power Players.” For more news and updates, including spoilers and recaps, on “Blue Bloods” and other television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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