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‘Blue Bloods’ to Pay Tribute to Treat Williams in Upcoming Episode

‘Blue Bloods’ to Pay Tribute to Treat Williams in Upcoming Episode

In a Blue Bloods episode coming up this Friday, late actor Treat Williams will be honored during the show. Williams, who died after a motorcycle accident, appeared frequently during the show’s run as Lenny Ross. He’s a former partner of NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck), one whom Frank has a special place in his heart.

Williams showed up as Lenny Ross last season in Irish Exits, a touching episode where Frank learns that Lenny is dying of cancer. His illness is related to his being one of the first responders at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. One month after this Blue Bloods episode aired, Williams died on June 12 in a motorcycle accident, TVLine reports. He was 71 years old.

Treat Williams Made First ‘Blue Bloods’ Appearance In Season 6

Williams first showed up on the CBS police drama in its sixth season. Blue Bloods will honor Treat Williams’ memory in Fear No Evil. In this episode, Frank Reagan has to work through his feelings about Ross’ death. That coincides with Tess Ross, Lenny’s daughter played by Simone Policano, showing back up and landing in jail.

On June 12, 2023, a car cut Williams off while he was turning on his motorcycle. Ryan Koss, who was behind the wheel of the oncoming car, was charged with “grossly negligent operation with death resulting.” That is according to the Vermont State Police. Koss turned himself into authorities and pled not guilty.

It’s possible that Koss could get a deferred sentence. That’s because he switched his guilty plea into a misdemeanor. A judge has not made this decision yet and a hearing on it has been set for March. Should a judge rule in Koss’ favor, and he stays out of trouble for a year, then the charge would be expunged.

Meanwhile, in other storylines from this coming Friday’s Blue Bloods episode, Jaime Reagan (Will Estes) and Joe Hill (Will Hochman) hustle to get a trafficking victim back with her sister. Also, Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) and Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) get into it when Erin goes behind his back. She decides to use a criminal informant Danny has been working with for an investigation.

TV Show Appears Ready To Wrap Up Series

Blue Bloods fans are taking each episode this season and savoring it. Why? CBS has said that this will be the show’s last season on the air. Selleck has mentioned in interviews that he’s not ready to call it quits. He’s even encouraged people to take a “let’s wait and see what happens” attitude.

Wahlberg has been working the social media angle, too. He’s been on X (formerly Twitter) when there’s an original episode airing. This season, fans have been posting “#SaveBlueBloods” on Friday nights. Just last week, Wahlberg, along with other cast members, thanked fans for their ongoing support. What effect, if any, these comments or outreaches will have on Blue Bloods‘ future remains to be seen.

Also in the show’s cast are Marisa Ramirez, Vanessa Ray, Abigail Hawk, Len Cariou, Steve Schirripa, Gregory Jbara, and Robert Clohessy. Brothers Andrew and Tony Terraciano play Sean and Jack Reagan, respectively. Sami Gayle, once a show regular, might make a guest-starring appearance this season, too.

Over the years, Blue Bloods has been a ratings success for CBS. That’s especially true since the show airs on Friday nights, a night historically not too good for television shows. At times, there also has been some criticism of the show’s focus on action taken by police officers. Yet Blue Bloods has shown how Reagan family members react when things happen to their family members or fellow officers.

Right now, Blue Bloods is in reruns on different cable or streaming networks. Fans can download the PlutoTV app and watch Blue Bloods on its channel.