‘Blue Bloods’ Fans Are Worried About Len Cariou’s ‘Pop’ in Episode 9 Preview

by Joe Rutland

Things are heating up on Blue Bloods with Len Cariou’s character right in the crosshairs of an episode that worries some fans.

Cariou has played Retired NYPD Commissioner Henry Reagan ever since the CBS police drama hit the air. Henry always offers some wise counsel at the dinner table or meets up with Frank for a nightcap.

Frank, of course, is NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan, played by Tom Selleck.

A Reddit thread focuses on the upcoming Blue Bloods episode and lets some fans air their thoughts.

Let’s take a look at this quick preview for this Friday’s episode titled Firewall.

In the scene, Jamie Reagan, played by Will Estes, runs into the kitchen. Henry follows him and the voiceover from the dinner table scene is Jamie expressing his thoughts.

‘Blue Bloods’ Fans Observe That Cariou Is Just 6 Years Older Than Tom Selleck

Let’s now turn to some Redditors and their concerns.

FreeganKing writes, “You know Len Cariou ‘Pop’ is only 6 years older than Tom Selleck…”

Then pinelogr says, “Are they FINALLY going to address the fact that pop is close to 100 by now?” But DaveOJ12 replies, “He’s only 82.”

Cariou is, indeed, 82 and has quite a resume of work from Broadway and beyond. And checking up on Selleck’s age, yep, he’s 76.

Saddle up, Blue Bloods fans. This episode looks like it will get Frank, Henry, Jamie, and others talking about the future of “Pop” Henry. Tune in this Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, on CBS.

Henry Reagan Actor Viewed Role on TV Series Years Before It Actually Happened

Outsiders, what if you learned that Len Cariou actually had some idea that he’d join the CBS drama years before it happened?

You might think he’s nuts. No, just very observant. When Cariou told his agents that he’d be part of a big TV show upon reaching 70 years old, they had quite a reaction.

Cariou talks about this in a story he shared with The Stratford Festival in 2020. He said that when he was a young guy, he’d go to Los Angeles for pilot season. Well, the actor said that he “couldn’t get arrested.”

“So, after I’d done that for about four years I said to my agents, ‘I said okay guys I’m gonna have a career in the theater and when I’m 70 I’ll do a television series, and you can get your money from me then’,” Cariou said. “And they all went ‘no, no, no, no, don’t be ridiculous.’ And I said sorry, but that’s what I’m gonna do.”

Voila. Just after his 70th birthday — as he predicted years before — his agent sent him the script for the Blue Bloods pilot.