If getting branded by Rip is how you know you’ve officially joined the Yellowstone family, then getting invited to the Reagan family dinner table is the Blue Bloods equivalent. It’s a high honor reserved for only the most trusted people in the Reagan’s lives. We’re now on Season 12 of the hit CBS police drama. It’s as good a time as ever to answer the question—who’s been invited to family dinner over the years?
You’d think that 11 years would have seen a handful of guests attend the weekly event. But the dinner is so exclusive that only two non-family members have ever graced the table. And both of the guests fall into the same category.
Both Lenny (Treat Williams) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) were and are partners to Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) and Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg). In a way, even one of the now-family members fits that mold too.
Eddie Janko (Vanessa Ray) was Jamie Reagan’s (Will Estes) partner before they fell in love and got married. Ray’s character is now a staple at the Reagan family dinner table. Beyond Eddie, only Jack (Peter Hermann), Erin’s ex-husband, has sat at Sunday meal. And that’s it—only four over the course of nearly 250 episodes. The Reagan family likes to keep their circle small.
Donnie Wahlberg Spoke On the Dinner Being the First ‘Blue Bloods’ Scene Ever Shot
The Reagan family dinner was the first scene shot when the cast showed up on set. What better way to set the tone for the whole series than by getting to work on perhaps its most beloved aspect?
Of course, they couldn’t have known how popular the scenes would be. But they knew that the dinner was the heart and soul of Blue Bloods as a whole. And Donnie Wahlberg, for one, felt that weight.
“It was sort of traumatizing for me to sit there and have to come in on my first day of shooting the series and just basically take over the dinner table. But I knew if I didn’t do it successfully, the show wouldn’t have a chance to thrive. We had to be able to speak our own voices and stand up for our characters’ points of view on the show, or it wouldn’t work,” Wahlberg told TV Insider in 2019.
And it wasn’t just Wahlberg. Frank Reagan actor Tom Selleck knew full well how important the dinner scene was. When he read the pilot script, the family dynamic around the table motivated him to sign onto the show in the first place.
“[After, Selleck] gave me the biggest smile and pat on the back after. He said, ‘That’s what’s going to make this show magic,'” Wahlberg continued.