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Flesh and Blood 

Elias is finally ready to eliminate the dons and become the leader of the underground.



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Gianni Moretti Jr.
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The machine dispenses five numbers belonging to the five biggest Italian mafia bosses in the city, including Moretti's son and Elias' half brother, Gianni Moretti, Jr. Reese and Finch surmise that their numbers can only mean that Elias is targeting the five, he planning to consolidate their operations under his leadership. Because Elias is involved, they want to inform Carter, but she still is not taking their calls. Meanwhile, Carter learns that a bank account they are tracking that is believed to belong to Elias has just been drained of all its money - $4 million - with the transfers made to several unknown sources. She too surmises that the five mafia kingpins are being targeted by Elias, with the money going to Elias' associates for their parts in taking out the kingpins. Carter plans on taking the five into protective custody whether they like it or not. The race becomes who can get to the five first. Through the process, Carter learns that her job is made all the more difficult ... Written by Huggo

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5 April 2012 (USA)  »

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This cast features 9 former Sopranos actors, and most of all the actors cast in this episode either appeared in Law & Order, or The Good Wife See more »


Detective Joss Carter: Why do you need the bosses dead, Elias? You've already shown how powerful you are.
Carl Elias: You don't understand the evil you're protecting, do you? Let me tell you something about Zambrano. He earns his living by selling heroin to schoolchildren. Grifoni sells guns to the highest bidder. My esteemed half-brother, a man who not only imports drugs, but young girls. These are the men that you are protecting.
Detective Joss Carter: Things would be much better under your watch, huh?
Carl Elias: I run an efficient enterprise. There's no ...
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Henson delivers as Detective Carter
14 June 2016 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

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Excellent episode, aptly named. Taraji Henson should get an award for her portrayal of determination and hopeful-yet-fearful trust. As Detective Joss Carter, she bit off much more than expected when offering protection to the five dons of organized crime. Emerging new crime boss Carl Elias plans to end them all and unite the territories. Reese shrugs it off, "Let the trash take out the trash" but Finch is worried about collateral damage to innocent bystanders.

Tension is high throughout the hour, as Carter quickly realizes Elias is supported by a cabal of corrupt cops known as HR. She feels pretty much alone, trying to protect the dons. The police have apparently abandoned her. Detective Lionel Fusco ("You gotta trust someone. Elias doesn't own every cop in the city") is her partner, but can she really trust him? There are moles everywhere. And ever since Reese reluctantly gave up the location of Moretti's safe-house (Baby Blue), she won't take his calls.

If that weren't enough, Elias sends his man Scarface (Anthony) to school. Why? To kidnap Carter's son Taylor, to force her to give up the gang bosses. Scarface shoots a school official dead on the sidewalk — just one more innocent life. Elias might seem likable as portrayed by Colantoni, but he can never become heroic to me.

Lots of good quotes and quips. Finch has an interesting little coffee-house chat with Officer Simmons, the HR leader within NYPD. Reese goes berserker-mode. "Bad-ass!" Carter gets a new gun — a big one. And of course, a car bomb.

Best musical piece: "Ne Me Quitte Pas" (Don't Leave Me) by Nina Simone.

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