This Friday evening at Blue bloodThe two-hour season finale, Joe Hill (as reported long ago by my Inside Line column) has resurfaced in a big way. But in doing so, did he turn out to be a “black sheep” in the Reagan family? Or just his father’s son?
Shortly after the opening time of the final, we – along with Danny! – realized that during all those months of AWOL, Joe had actually been sent undercover with gun racers, working on behalf of the ATF. The point is, while Danny was clearly oblivious (and as a result, nearly shot his own nephew upon stumbling upon a gun sale), Frank and Jamie, who was Joe’s NYPD manager, knew about it. both. And it created understandable friction among men.
Adding to the tension, Joe’s operation dovetailed with the brutal murder of an entire family, by a gun affiliated with Joe’s “boss”, Kenny. Worse yet, said hitman Max Fagan was brought in to replenish the ranks after two of the gunrunners got caught in Danny and Baez’s previous pullout. With Max Squirrel breathing down the necks of Joe and his Tyce cohort, Joe was unwilling or unable to check in with his handlers as needed, although he was able / when he could, he just left enough information (via coded messages, signaling to surveillance cameras) for Danny and Jamie, who now work together, to stay on his trail.
Frank, meanwhile, has repeatedly locked the horns with ATF Special Agent Weber (played by IS alum Gloria Reuben), who questioned her intense interest in Joe Hill’s mission – and who nearly blew a joint when the commish informed her that Joe would only report to Jamie now.
The first hour ended with a heartbreaking scene, where it appeared that anxious Max, after throwing Joe’s cell out the window, stopped and set the car on fire with Joe inside; but it turned out that the charred corpse was in fact Max himself. Joe managed to get the jump on him, after which he and Tyce went on the run. But rather than let Danny and Jamie catch up to him to get him in, Joe gave them more breadcrumbs to follow, all the way to New Hampshire, where Joe learned that a massive ammo sale was going to collapse, in the service of an assault on a courthouse.
As if all that wasn’t enough, while on the run, a dirty ATF agent found Joe and Tyce at the motel they were locked in, determined to take down whoever was the undercover cop. The agent “deduced” that Tyce was the cop and went to shoot him, but Joe pulled out a hidden side piece and pulled the guy’s knee pads. (Like John Reese!) Joe for some reason announced that he was in fact a cop, which led to a difficult discussion between him and Tyce, who had some ideas on where to sell ‘Big Bang’ guns. unfolded. (That’s when Joe used a gas station card to signal a surveillance camera where they were heading.)
Danny and Jamie caught up with Joe and Tyce, just like Kenny and his minions did. A tense gunfight ensued, although luckily the good guys had some of the heaviest artillery on hand. One by one Danny, Jamie, Joe and Tyce took out Kenny’s men, but at one point one of them nearly ran into Joe … but Tyce pulled out some guns to save his cop friend, but at the sacrifice of his own life, while Joe took a non-fatal bullet in the chest.
In the wake, during the family dinner (of course), the Reagans reflected on Joe’s perilous undercover gig, and if his risk-taking ways made him the “new black sheep of the family”, the one who will always have them worried. Frank, however, argued that any of them on any given day can be a black sheep. But Joe is “something special”, being “really his father’s son.” “
“And it’s a good thing…?” Joe asked.
“There is nothing better,” Frank assured his grandson.