Blue Bloods doesn’t spend a lot of time on holiday episodes. Unlike shows like NCIS or Chicago Fire, who like to incorporate things like Halloween into their annual schedules, Blue Bloods is content to focus on family drama and tense, often perplexing criminal investigations. That said, there is a lone Blue Bloods episode that’s perfect viewing for the spooky season.
The episode in question is called “Nightmares” and it aired during season 3. The story consists of a couple different crimes that take place on Halloween: a man gets stabbed by someone dressed as the spirit of death, Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) investigates a voodoo community, and most adorable of all, Jack and Sean Reagan (Tony and Andrew Terraciano) go trick-or-treating with their parents.
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All three stories delve into different parts of the Halloween experience. The stabbing by the man dressed as death, and subsequent investigation into voodoo, explore the dark side of the holiday. There’s some unnerving moments sprinkled throughout the episode, like when Danny and Kate Lansing (Megan Ketch) visit a priest who performs exorcisms, or when the man who committed the stabbing is caught performing a voodoo ritual meant to release demons.
The surreal happening are placed in stark contrast to the practical, grounded perspective of a guy like Danny, which makes the episode especially fun to watch. Then, of course, there’s the lighter side of things with Jack and Sean’s trick-or-treating. Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) and Nicky Boyle-Reagan (Sami Gayle) watch over them, and it’s nice to see the family bonding given that Erin is usually busy making life-changing decisions on the job.
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Family has always been a huge part of Blue Bloods, and “Nightmares” is a perfect example of that. Moynahan told CBS This Morning that the scenes between siblings, or parents and children, are what have allowed the show to connect with viewers for a decade and a half.
“People get to see the characters as real humans and the most vulnerable because you’re with your family”, the actress stated. “But I also think it’s a moment that they reflect and think, ‘gosh, I wish we were able to do that’ or looking back on memories.” As far as family traditions go, we suggest you add “Nightmares” to your Halloween programming!
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