Blue Bloods boss shuts down popular Frank Reagan fan theory: ‘Think I would know’

The 13th season of Blue Bloods is set to kick off this Friday, and some fans have noticed a peculiar recurring phrase which will undoubtedly make more appearances over the coming weeks. However, the CBS drama’s showrunner Kevin Wade has since confirmed one of the series’ longest-running in-jokes wasn’t actually intentional, after all.

Showrunner Kevin has confirmed the Blue Bloods writers have not been slipping running gags into the scripts despite pervading fan theories.

Many fans have come to realise the word “forthwith” has been uttered in almost every episode of the police family drama so far.

Much of the audience has assumed the word’s usage was a joke due to it sounding rather archaic and out-of-place.

However, the producer has now confirmed the scripts were inspired by real-life police lingo, and the use of “forthwith” is not actually a joke on the writers’ part.


Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan

Blue Bloods boss shuts down popular Frank Reagan fan theory: ‘Think we would know’ (Image: CBS)

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Kevin shut down the theory when it was posed to him by TV Line’s Matt Webb Mitovich.

“As much as I love a highly specific Inside Line question, the people I bring them to tend to love them even more,” he explained.

“Take Blue Bloods boss Kevin Wade, who let out the heartiest of laughs when I relayed your theory, before saying it is ‘absolutely not’ any sort of joke within the writers’ room.”

Whether it’s from Frank Reagan (played by Tom Selleck) or any one of his family or colleagues, the word was often used in earlier seasons of Blue Bloods.

Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan

Blue Bloods: The showrunner has shut down a popular theory (Image: CBS)

Bridget Moynahan as Erin Reagan

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While Kevin loved the idea of a long-running in-joke, he maintained the writers’ use of “forthwith” has definitely lessened with recent outings.

“We used to use [forthwith] a lot in the early, early seasons because it’s an incredibly arcane NYPD thing that’s actually still used,” he recalled.

“We were always like, ‘Nooo, some guy on the street with a cup of coffee and a donut is saying, ‘Yeah, do that forthwith?’

“We use it occasionally, but this reader is perhaps thinking we use it more than we do.”

“I think I would know because it always bumps a little for me when I hear it, then I go, ‘Alright, it’s authentic — leave it.”

“Forthwith” may make an appearance here and there, but the writers are far more well-versed in New York cop jargon than they may have been when the show first started in 2010.

Blue Bloods enthusiasts may not notice its usage very much in the upcoming season, but it will certainly get a laugh from some viewers now the writers have been made aware of the theory.

Following some tumultuous developments for the Reagans last time, the 13th season is finally gearing up to bring the family back to screens this Friday.

In the season premiere, Keeping the Faith, “Eddie (Vanessa Ray) and Jamie (Will Estes) deal with a domestic violence case associated with an investigation led by Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez).

“Frank and his friend go on a mission to avail themselves to an unfiltered look at the city; Erin (Bridget Moynahan) is presented with a surprising offer,” the synopsis reads.

Erin’s campaign for District Attorney will be the biggest focal point in the weeks ahead, but there’ll be plenty more surprises in store for the Reagans this season.

Blue Bloods season 13 premieres Friday, October 7 on CBS in the USA. A UK release date is yet to be announced.

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