‘Blue Bloods’: Is Erin Reagan Right? Are Family Dinners Morbid?

In Blue Bloods Season 10, Episode 16, titled “The First 100 Days,” we see Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan)  go through a bit of a rough patch. An unexpected event prompts her to pause and re-evaluate her life. One part of her life she seems to take issue with is the Reagan family dinner. Her complaint is that the dinner conversations have become too focused on the negative and morbid parts of the job.

Erin Reagan is shaken up after her car accident

Bridget Moynahan on the set of Blue Bloods |  Patrick Harbron/CBS via Getty Images
Bridget Moynahan on the set of Blue Bloods | Patrick Harbron/CBS via Getty Images

During one of the opening scenes in episode 16, Erin gets a surprise phone call from her daughter, Nicky (Sami Gayle). Erin was shocked to hear from Nicky because it had been a week since they spoke. Erin and Nicky ended the conversation and before she knew it, a car came crashing into the side of the vehicle Erin was riding in.

The car accident caused Erin to question everything, past and present, in her life. One thing she began to question was Reagan family dinners. She said the topic of conversation was usually about unpleasant events. For example, at the beginning of dinner, Eddie spoke about stepping on an eyeball when she was called to a house. Erin cut in to ask everyone to stop the discussion.

“Can we stop?” asks Erin. Henry asks what she means, and she gives him a list of why she’s bothered by Reagan family dinner conversations. “This endless accounting of all the horrible, awful things that go on in the world,” says Erin. “It just seems like this is all we do at family dinners. Pass the potatoes and bad karma.”

When Danny asks Erin what she means about passing bad karma, she responds, “I don’t know, Danny. I guess I’m just not in the mood to hear about your double homicide in Harlem, or the 11-year-old that Jamie collared, or the eyeball that Eddie stepped on.” Erin then talks about the horrible things she has seen on the job, such as a young girl with cigarette burns that were possibly given to her by her mother.

Will Erin and Jack get back together?

Bridget Moynahan and Peter Hermann | Giovanni Rufino/CBS via Getty Images
Bridget Moynahan and Peter Hermann | Giovanni Rufino/CBS via Getty Images

Another part of her life Erin begins to question is her failed marriage to Jack Boyle (Younger’s Peter Hermann). Erin decides to drop by Jack’s office and tell him how she really feels about their relationship. She trekked all the way to his workplace to tell him that he hurt her. Jack responds by asking how she expects him to respond to that statement, and she simply says, “You don’t.”

In a later scene, Jack meets Erin for dinner. It appears the two have made up and are ready to move on. When Nicky looks at the menu and asks her parents what looks good, Erin responds, “This looks good,” while looking deeply into Jack’s eyes. Could the two be getting back together? It sure looks like it. We wouldn’t be surprise if they jump back into a romance now that the fence has been mended.

Fans love Reagan family dinners

Fans probably wouldn’t agree with Erin about family dinner. Many viewers go on social media to praise the producers for showing a family having dinner together. They enjoy seeing the Reagans debate and talk about topics of the day. It seems like Erin was just having a tough time after her car accident, and topics that wouldn’t normally bother her caused her to feel distressed. It’s safe to say fans wouldn’t change a thing about Reagan family dinners.

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