‘Blue Bloods’: What’s Going on With Joe Hill? Why Is He Pushing the Reagans Away?

A new season of Blue Bloods is back with more drama than ever. Part of that drama involves Joe Hill (Will Hochman), Frank’s long-lost grandson. Season 10 ended with the family on good terms, but now it looks like there might be trouble at home.

The following article contains spoilers for Blue Bloods Season 11, Episode 1, titled “Triumph Over Trauma.”

Joe Hill offers to help search for Danny Reagan

Abigail Hawk and Will Hochman on the set of Blue Bloods |  John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images
Abigail Hawk and Will Hochman on the set of Blue Bloods | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

Danny Reagan (Donny Wahlberg) and his partner Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez) go missing after searching for a woman’s killer. What they don’t know before looking for him is that he’s a serial killer. When they unknowingly knock on his door, a woman answers and lets them inside so they can look around. A few minutes later, they’re locked in the basement after someone pushes Baez down the stairs.

Baez and Danny don’t answer their phones, so Jamie has a team go out to look for them. Joe Hill offers to join the search team. Meanwhile, Baez panics while Danny bangs on the basement doors and screams for help. The killer doesn’t come downstairs, but he does send a little love note that says, “You’re Next!” Thankfully, Danny and Baez are found just in time, and they escape from the clutches of the serial killer.

Joe Hill is acting very strange

Will Estes and Will Hochman | Patrick Harbron/CBS via Getty Images
Will Estes and Will Hochman | Patrick Harbron/CBS via Getty Images

Jamie tries to get to know Joe better, but he gives him the cold shoulder. Joe treats him more like a stranger than a family member. When Jamie attempts to make an introduction, Joe says he’s a “family friend” instead of saying Jamie is his uncle.  

Then, at the end of the episode, when Jamie asks Joe if he will be over for family dinner, he declines, saying he has plans. You would think after the Reagans welcomed Joe into their home last season that he would be a little more grateful. Instead, once Danny is located, Joe can’t get out of there fast enough.

Why Joe Hill might be distancing himself

Will Hochman and Tom Selleck on the set of Blue Bloods | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images
Will Hochman and Tom Selleck on the set of Blue Bloods | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

It looks like Joe’s mother, Paula Hill, got to him. During season 10, episode 19 (titled “Family Secrets”), Paula said she didn’t want her family anywhere near the Reagans after Frank denied Joe’s transfer to a less active unit (he’s currently in the firearms unit).

Although Joe seemed like he was getting close to them, we’re thinking he’s siding with his mother now. His attitude seemed to change overnight. Perhaps Joe is having second thoughts about interacting with the Reagans.

Joe’s mother didn’t give him the last name Reagan and she didn’t tell him about his family connection because she wanted him to be his own man. She didn’t want him to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps just because he felt that’s what he was supposed to do.

Paula also didn’t want Joe to rely on the Reagan name so that he could advance up the ranks. She wanted him to make a name for himself on his own. But it seems like Joe is taking his mother’s view on things to the extreme. Hopefully, Joe will come around and embrace his family.

Follow Sheiresa Ngo on Twitter.