‘Blue Bloods’ Season 11 Episode 3 Spoilers: Frank worries about the family now that the world knows about Joe

Nevertheless, we will see the Reagans make more of an effort to bring Joe into the family fold

                            ‘Blue Bloods’ Season 11 Episode 3 Spoilers: Frank worries about the family now that the world knows about Joe

Spoilers for ‘Blue Bloods’ Season 11 Episode 3 ‘Atonement’

Episode 2 of ‘Blue Bloods’ Season 11 was a rather heavy one. Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) and Jamie Reagan (Will Estes) combined forces and convicted a notorious drug lord. Erin (Bridget Moynahan) nervously awaited the Governor’s selection for the new District Attorney and was ultimately disappointed. And Commissioner Francis ‘Frank’ Xavier Reagan (Tom Selleck) and Joe Hill (Will Hochman) had an uncomfortable talk about their relationship.

Joe came into the spotlight after saving a young girl from getting kidnapped. All of a sudden, he became a hero and turned into the poster boy for the NYPD. Neither Frank nor Joe’s mom Paula Hill (Bonnie Sommerville) were excited. After all, they were concerned about the secret.

The end of Season 10 revealed that Joe was Joe Reagan's unknown illegitimate son with Paula. The Reagan family only found out about him accidentally. As the episode progressed, we found that even Joe did not want this to come out. Joe came up to Frank later to tell him that he did not want to be NYPD’s poster boy. Journalists had started digging into his background and it would seem that he did not want his Reagan connection to come out at all. But ultimately, things didn't work out at all. A journalist found Joe's birth certificate and the news was going to be out, later that night. 

So, what will happen next?

The new episode, ‘Atonement’, will see Frank struggling from a distance, after Joe’s lineage as a Reagan is revealed, especially because his grandson wants to fight his own battles. The episode, per the synopsis, will also see Erin and Anthony receive gift-wrapped evidence, as they carefully weigh their options to either take down a long-time mafia leader or stifle an ambitious mob up-and-comer. Also, Danny’s opposition to authority clashes with Jamie’s adherence to the rules, as both brothers work to solve a murder.

In a promo for the episode, we see Frank and Erin discuss Joe’s situation. Franks says that the Reagans have always dealt with their demons in private. As Erin tells Frank that she could see him struggling, Frank says that as a family they all knew each other’s tells. But they did not know Joe’s.

Frank then tells Erin that what bothers him most is the fact that they don’t know what kind of heat the family would face -- the kind of danger they would be in -- because of Joe’s connection to the family. After all, in the show’s universe, the Reagans are practically law enforcement royalty. 


Frank says that he hasn’t spoken to Joe since the dinner when they told the latter that the news had gotten out. But there is a photo of the upcoming episode that shows the Reagan patriarch and all the other Reagan men sitting at the table with drinks and cards. So, one can only assume that they will try to be more inclusive of their newest family member.

‘Blue Bloods’ Season 11 premiered on December 4, 2020, and more episodes will air every Friday. Catch the third episode ‘Atonement’ at 10 pm ET/9 pm CT on CBS Network December 18, 2020.

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