“Blue Bloods” fans are staying busy while they wait for Season 12 to launch. They have been scouring the show for overlooked details and debating characters and plot developments to pass the time.
On Reddit, one fan pointed out a little-noticed decorative touch in NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan’s (Tom Selleck) office. It’s a helmet that could be a nod to Selleck’s previous hit TV show, “Magnum P.I.”
“Magnum P.I.” followed Thomas Magnum (Selleck), a special ops veteran and private investigator in Hawaii who had a nose for serious crimes. It lasted from 1980 to 1988, and Selleck has said he is proud of his work on that show.
‘Blue Bloods’ Fan Notices Detail in Frank Reagan’s Office Decor
One particularly eagle-eyed “Blue Bloods” fan noticed an interesting helmet resting behind Reagan’s desk. It appears to be of an older vintage, and bears the letters “KFD.”
“Possible easter egg?” the user posted to Reddit. “The helmet behind Frank’s desk says KFD and is an old metal style we haven’t used since the 60 or 70’s googled KFD and came up as possibly Kauai Fire. Maybe a Magnum PI gift?”
“Maybe it’s the Knoxville Fire Department,” another fan suggested. “This was a thread from about 8 months ago and no one had any theories then either.”
Selleck Said He’s Very Proud of ‘Magnum P.I.’
“Magnum P.I.” was so successful as a TV show that CBS eventually launched a reboot. And Selleck was at peace with that, he told Parade in 2018, because he was happy with his work on the original show.
“They said, ‘We won’t do this if you really have a problem with it,’” Selleck recalled. “I said, ‘I did my own show and I’m very proud of it. I wish you well.’”
As for “Blue Bloods,” Selleck acknowledged that it’s “pretty consuming” and takes up a great deal of his time and energy. He said he puts a lot of himself into Reagan, but also strives to make the character complex and fallible in his own ways.
“I’ve worked very hard to make him flawed because he’s not easy to work for,” Selleck told Parade. “He takes things out on his people and his family sometimes, and yet people like him. That’s the best kind of character to play. He tries to do the right thing. There aren’t a lot of good, strong, examples of patriarchs trying to do the right thing on television.”
And the character has clearly resonated with audiences, with “Blue Bloods” lasting for 12 seasons so far and still going strong.