‘Blue Bloods’: Frank Will Face a Familiar Nemesis in Upcoming Episode

by Joe Rutland
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Frank Reagan is going to find himself squaring up with a familiar nemesis in Archbishop Kevin Kearns as Blue Bloods gets ready to roll.

According to an article from Matt & Jess, actor Stacy Keach returns to the CBS police drama and plays Kearns.

Now the archbishop is a part of Frank’s life. Frank, of course, is played by Tom Selleck. Kearns has been in and around both the private and public life of the NYPD Commissioner.

Reagan is a man of faith, a devout believer. As such, the Blue Bloods star’s character he’s going to lean in and listen when the archbishop speaks.

‘Blue Bloods’ Episode Finds Frank In Tough Situation With Archbishop

Yet it does get sticky because Frank also knows Kearns has an influential voice in New York City. When Kearns or someone in his circle speaks out against NYPD, then problems arise.

CBS gives us a little inside scoop on this episode called “Good Intentions.”

The network synopsis states, “Frank goes head to head with Archbishop Kearns when a local priest calling for the NYPD to be defunded causes friction between the force and the church.”

Now a local priest can share his opinion, even with Frank disagreeing. Now, this also could be a story on Blue Bloods about community-building and Frank trying to show there is some value in the police force despite ever-increasing tension.

Well, this Friday night’s episode appears to have the CBS police drama do what it can in taking on current events. Blue Bloods isn’t a series that tends to hammer a point home a million times over. But they will take time and present an issue from all points before seeking a compromise.

Besides Selleck, others in the cast include Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Vanessa Ray, Len Cariou, and Marisa Ramirez. Catch this episode on Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, on CBS.

Vanessa Ray Played Many Roles Ahead Of Getting Her Spot on Police Drama

Before finding her way to Blue Bloods, Vanessa Ray started her acting career in the theater.

She talked about it in a 2010 interview with Broadway Buzz. Ray made stage appearances in Footloose and Finding Nemo: The Musical.

But she got a role as Chrissy in the 2009 revival of “Hair.”

Back in 2003, according to IMDb, she had a brief appearance in a 2003 comedy video, The Sparky Chronicles: The Map.

For Ray, her first real TV appearance was in The Battery’s Down. It was a 2008 musical comedy series where she appeared in three episodes. Ray got another role on Bored to Death in 2009.

Now you can see Ray among a lot of acting talent around the Reagan dinner table.