The Reagan family is a close-knit clan of career law and order kin. Like all families, they have some unwritten rules for the dinner table. These guides will ensure you are a welcome viewing dinner guest.
1. Death is the only excuse from attendance. No matter how many children Danny rescues, how many bomb threats Frank’s careful planning subverts to protect all the citizens of NYC, or how deep Jamie sinks into deep cover to probe the Blue Templar, no one is excused from dinner! They will talk about dis and dat for a few minutes while a weapon is properly stored for good company, but you better show up!
2. All the juicy stuff happens in the kitchen. It may be news about Frank’s sellout reporter girlfriend, a subtle moment of reflection to brother Joe or Mom, or a heated debate about how far to bend a case before something breaks, but regardless of the topic, the best talk goes on in the kitchen. Every cop show has its own place for heavy talk. For “NYPD Blue”, it was always the head, for “Law and Order” its an office or by the water fountain in that hallway. For the Reagan’s, it’s the kitchen.
3. Pre-dining cop games are mandatory. Pre-table festivities may entail proper techniques in use of a billy club, shining up a police issue belt, a look across the wall of Reagan family meritorious citations, or even ironing a shirt, but there’s always officer related fun offered, participation highly suggested!
4. Reagan women see but don’t speak of travail. Regardless of the siege their husbands, brothers, or just intended may be under, Reagan women are strong and quite skillful at stealthy stare interpretations. Just because Danny warded off a terrorist threat that came within seconds of devastation to his own family and the city, that doesn’t mean it’s proper dinner conversation. Better save that for the bedroom later, or the kitchen.
5. Pop and the kids get by with anything, but no one else. The Reagans give proper deference to the old and the young. Pop can burn the duck, and the kids can ask for ketchup because it’s black, but nobody else better try that. Eat your dinner, listen to his stories, and laugh at his jokes. No exceptions-Frank’s orders.
6. What’s past is past. Jamie may turn down his brother’s offer of a well-used “slapper”, and Danny inevitably will push the limits of the law just up to, but not past breaking, but Frank sees to it that the line between then and now exists, and can be respected, even if family disagreement persists.
7. Baggage stays in the closet. Whatever their views, the Reagan family keeps past issues properly stowed at mealtimes. The meaningful pats on the back and knowing looks say everything at the table. Don’t you wish the same thing could happen at your family Thanksgiving?
8. The Reagan’s know memories are made from moments. One of the best things about the show is that the everyday events come into treasured focus.
9. Potatoes must appear, but never be eaten. This must be the most taboo unwritten Reagan law, but at every meal, mounds of potatoes sit in bowls at the table, but are never served. I thought the Reagans were Irish, too!
10. Fast food, are you kidding? Even in the event of nuclear Holocaust, the Reagan family would find a way to cook pot roast from the fondue pot in the attic before they would hit the drive-through for burgers!
Regular viewing of “Blue Bloods” CBS-TV.