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‘Blue Bloods’: What to Expect on Upcoming ‘Reality Check’ Episode

by John Jamison
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Brace yourselves, Outsiders. There will be no Blue Bloods Friday next week. We repeat, there will be no new episode of the CBS police drama following Thanksgiving. With that out of the way, we can turn our attention toward the following week’s Season 12 offering, “Reality Check.”

It is Black Friday, after all. So we suppose it’s reasonable of Blue Bloods to wait for December 3 before dropping some new Reagan family action on us. And we’re afraid there isn’t a whole lot to tell about the details of the eighth episode. We have a title, and beyond “Reality Check,” there is no further description. What we do know, however, is that a promo video should be on the way.

We should have a good 30-second teaser trailer telling us everything we need to know about the upcoming episode within the next few days. Will we see Erin Reagan finally make the decision to run for District Attorney? She was wrestling with the idea at the close of Friday’s episode, “USA Today.” It seems likely that we’ll get a decision from her either way in “Reality Check.”

What about beyond December 3? The good news is we won’t have another week off for a while. At least, that’s the way things look right now. The December 10 episode is set with the title “Rekindled.”

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Will Estes Went Through the Ringer En Route to Landing Jamie Reagan Role

Will Estes has been playing Jamie Reagan on Blue Bloods for more than 10 years now. But back in 2010, before the first episode of the show ever hit the air, Estes was faced with the tall task of landing the role in the first place.

To paint the picture, we first need to understand Will Estes’ mindset at the time. During a 2019 interview with CBS Watch!, he revealed something he never had before—he was broke when auditioning for the Jamie Reagan role.

Then, on the day he was scheduled to audition, an elevator mishap led to the whole thing getting rescheduled. The way he tells it, that’s terrible news for an actor who has spent days getting into the proper headspace.

And when it finally came time for him to audition, the process was seemingly neverending. He kept getting invited back, which was reassuring, but it took four separate performances for the Blue Bloods producers to decide on him.

“I auditioned for what felt like 11 times, but it was actually just four. I remember the script was my favorite thing I’d read all year,” said Estes. “After reading with Leonard [Goldberg, Blue Bloods’ executive producer], I remember he said, “I believed you.” That was an endearing vote of confidence.”