The dinner table scenes are some of the most memorable and iconic moments in Blue Bloods. Every week, it seems fitting that the production team find a new way to incorporate a meal into police procedural.
Sometimes the Reagans feast on a classic meat and potatoes dish. They can then discuss roast chicken and vegetables. For all the delicious food incorporated into Blue Bloods, there is at least one dish that the cast and crew avoid like a plate: salmon.
The reason, as Jim Lillis (who serves as prop master on Blue Bloods) says, is because “fish is delicate.” It’s true that when shooting a single scene for hours, there are certain types of food that are probably best avoided. In the past, Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg has emphasized how broccoli became unpopular at the dinner table because the food is high in fiber.
That’s why, after spending hours in the same room and with the same people, no one wants to be the first to pass gas. Consequently, Lillis noted that salmon is another food source that the cast and crew prefer to avoid, not so much because of the taste, but because the fish is difficult to preserve for hours of filming.
Reagan family dinners may be lacking in certain foods. However, the Sunday occasions rank among the show’s most memorable moments, even if the production team deceives in other ways.
For example, it is often reflected in Blue Bloods that these family dinners occur in the afternoon or evening. However, in reality, Lillis revealed that many of these scenes occur in the early morning, often starting around 9 a.m.
Therefore, the cast feasts more on breakfast than dinner. For this reason, not everyone in the cast is excited to eat potatoes first thing in the morning.
Still, the cast manages to digest it all and get by. There’s no doubt that Regean’s Sunday dinners bring the crowd to the table, and the show really wouldn’t be the same without them.
Interestingly, the actors rarely know what they are being served. For this reason, each week is a surprise, even though certain dishes are common.
Lillis, like much of the cast and crew, was raised Irish Catholic and likes to incorporate childhood favorites like stew and green vegetables.
Be that as it may, whatever the occasion, Lillis reminds audiences that they can almost always count on the Reagans being served dinner rolls.
We’ll work up an appetite the next time Frank, Erin, and Danny sit down for another dinner together.