"School of Hard Knocks" is the fourteenth episode of the eighth season of Blue Bloods.


When a student is shot by a rival gang member in his high school courtyard, Danny and Baez try to get a grasp on the situation to prevent a recurrence, but the principal, Darryl Ward, recklessly takes matters into his own hands.

Also, Erin tries to help her friend, Mickey, who is mixed up in an illegal gambling ring, and Governor Mendez tries to frame Frank after one of his top legislative aides is shot by an NYPD officer.


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Cast & Characters

Guest Starring

  • Ernie Hudson as Darryl Ward
  • Raphael Sbarge as Mickey Tate
  • Flor De Liz Perez as Anna Chavez
  • Terayle Hill as Jojo Reese
  • Shenell Edmonds as Theresa Jones
  • Jacinto Taras Riddick as Chief Edwards
  • David Zayas as Governor Martin Mendez


  • Antonio Ortiz as Hector Alou
  • Max Firestein as Young Banger
  • Cecilia Antoinette as Gail Carter
  • Casey Predovic as Uniform




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Notes & Trivia


Season 8 Episodes
"Cutting Losses" "Ghosts of the Past" "The Enemy of My Enemy" "Out of the Blue" "The Forgotten" "Brushed Off" "Common Ground" "Pick Your Poison" "Pain Killers" "Heavy is the Head" "Second Chances" "The Brave" "Erasing History" "School of Hard Knocks" "Legacy" "Tale of Two Cities" "Close Calls" "Friendship, Love, and Loyalty" "Risk Management" "Your Six" "The Devil You Know" "My Aim is True"
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