When you ask a parent who their favorite child is, of course, they say they love all of them equally. Well, when CBS asked Tom Selleck what his favorite episode of Blue Bloods is, he had the same answer. In the hit crime drama, Selleck portrays the patriarch of the Reagans, a multigenerational family of law enforcement officers. His character, Frank Reagan, is the Police Commissioner for the NYPD. His children are officers of various rankings, and his daughter is the assistant district attorney for the district of Manhattan.
Needless to say, the show features a healthy mixture of dramatic and holistic moments between the crime scenes and family dinners.
Perhaps that’s why it is so difficult for Selleck to choose his favorite episode of Blue Bloods. In the virtual interview, Selleck tells CBS, “I don’t really have a favorite episode. I’m so fond of so many, and in that sense we’re blessed.”
The Blue Bloods star, ever passionate about his show, set his video background to the dining room set of the Reagan household.
Although he can’t choose his “favorite,” he does say one episode was extra special to him.
“A special episode for me was being able to shoot at the 9/11 memorial. We were the first film company to ever be able to do that.”
‘Blue Bloods’ Star Remembers 9/11 Episode
In the twelfth episode of Blue Bloods’ second season, the show focused on how the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 affected the Reagan family—Frank in particular. Actor Tom Selleck remembers the filming for that episode fondly.
“It was a very important show—a very emotional show for Frank. I’m very proud of that,” Selleck said, adding that he’s proud of all the episodes the show has done.
In the episode, Frank Reagan attends the funeral of his old partner who died from related illnesses of the terror attacks. Throughout the storyline, the police commissioner reflects on the guilt he feels for having survived without any complications. He visits the Ground Zero memorial to pay his respects and collect his thoughts.
Back in 2012, when the episode originally aired, Selleck spoke to CBS about how much of a privilege it was to be able to shoot at the memorial site.
“It was all built with the intention of having a final scene here where Frank the Commissioner could come down here alone, after hours and reflect on these, on these pools and you know, all the men and women who were lost that day,” the Blue Bloods patriarch explained.
“There’s a very positive aspect to this. The Freedom Tower is going up. You can almost, when you’re in New York like I am now, you can almost watch it go up,” Selleck shared. “It’s a tribute to the country and the people behind it that we can rebuild and move on. We think its going to make a fine episode and one we’re proud of special place and time for us.”