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The Saddest Moment In Blue Bloods Season 5

As a multigeneration family whose members often serve in law enforcement, the Reagans in CBS drama "Blue Bloods" have seen far more than their fair share of tragedy. Even before the show started, Joe Reagan had been murdered by a corrupt police officer, and each Reagan family member has suffered losses over the course of the show's 12 seasons.

Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) lost his wife, Linda (Amy Carlson), to a helicopter accident after Season 7, and Jamie Reagan (Will Estes) has lived with the trauma of killing someone in a "suicide by cop" incident. That's a big reason the Sunday dinners can be cathartic for the family: Each of them can get things off their chest and come together to support one another.

"Blue Bloods" has unleashed many devastating plotlines on unsuspecting viewers. It's hard to forget the Season 7 episode involving assisted suicide or Jamie trying to help the hostage-taker in Season 4. However, this Season 5 episode is easily the bleakest story of its season.

Jamie tries to help a homeless boy in Home Sweet Home

Season 5, Episode 12, "Home Sweet Home," really tugs at the heartstrings. The episode begins when Jamie and his partner, Eddie Janko (Vanessa Ray), encounter a homeless boy named T.J. (Matthew Miniero). After first trying to run from them, T.J. reveals that his mother is addicted to drugs, leaving him homeless after his aunt's suspected murder. Jamie hears his story and immediately wants to help him.

However, Danny and his partner, Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez), find his aunt alive and discover she doesn't want to take care of him. Instead, she spent the money her sister gave her on a hotel and drugs because she doesn't feel T.J. is her responsibility.

The episode ends happily for T.J. since he finds a family willing to foster him, but being abandoned repeatedly is still a crushing circumstance for a young boy. AsĀ TV Fanatic points out, "it must be difficult to look at a 13-year-old kid who has nobody and not feel the need to do something." Plenty of "Blue Bloods" viewers must have felt the same way.

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