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Linda Reagan
Linda
Name: Linda Reagan
Date of Death: May 28, 2017
Cause of Death: Helicopter Crash
Profession: Nurse
Status: Deceased
Parents: Frank Reagan (father-in-law)
Mary Reagan (mother-in-law, deceased)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse(s): Danny Reagan
Sibling(s): Wendy Lightner
Jimmy
Children: Jack Reagan (older son)
Sean Reagan (younger son)
Grandparents: Henry Reagan (grandfather-in-law)
Betty Reagan (grandmother-in-law, deceased)
Other Relatives: Erin Reagan (sister-in-law)
Joe Reagan (brother-in-law, deceased)
Jamie Reagan (brother-in-law)
Nicky Reagan-Boyle (niece via Erin)
Played by: Amy Carlson
First appearance: Pilot
Latest appearance: The Thin Blue Line
Appearance Count: 155

Linda Reagan was the wife of Danny Reagan, and the mother of Jack and Sean Reagan. She is also an ER nurse at St. Victor's hospital in NYC. Linda died in a helicopter crash between seasons 7 and 8.

Biography

It is heavily implied that Linda grew up in Staten Island and lived there until her death[1][2]. Linda and Danny met in High School where she was the "pretty Italian girl" that every Irish guy fell in love with[3]. She graduated top of her class in nursing school and spent 10 years on the floor at King's General before taking time off to be a stay at home mother[4]. She eventually returned to work part-time at St. Victors when money became an issue for the family[5]. Linda has an opinion and is not afraid to share it, especially among family.

Although she loves Danny, sometimes his work is a source of tension between them, especially when she feels that he is putting more importance on the job than family. Although there are times she wishes he had stayed in construction, she knows he loves the job too much to try to make him quit. Once she returned to work, her job provided an extra source of information for the family, as well as a reliable medical contact. While she has helped with cases, she also stands by her role in the medical profession and will restrict access to a patient if necessary. Early on, her presence saved Henry's life when he had a heart attack while preparing Thanksgiving dinner.

One night, while working at the mobile clinic outside the Jefferson Houses, she got mugged at knife point. This prompted her to get a gun license, even though she dislikes guns[6]. When she heard it would take a few weeks, she used Frank's courtesy card to expedite the process, after which she went to buy a revolver. After spotting her mugger again, Linda wrestled with what to do before deciding to call the police and turn her gun over to Danny citing that it wasn't her.

While working at the hospital, one of her patients was a witness in the shooting of Deputy Chief Donald Kent. A coworker's son was coerced into carrying out a hit, ordered by the gang, and in the process Linda was shot twice. One of the bullets was removed but the location of the other made it impossible to be taken out without killing her. Afterwards Linda was seeing a therapist as the incident caused post-traumatic stress.

Linda and Danny were likely married some time in early fall of 1996. Although their relationship could be tense, they stayed married until her death in 2017, approximately 20 years and some months. When Jack starts dating[7], it is revealed that Danny and Linda's second date was at an ice rink and her favorite chocolates are Stork's Orange Cream's. Her exact age is unknown at this time.

Physical Characteristics

Appearance

Linda keeps her hair dyed blonde, although her eyebrows and roots hint at a darker color. After Season 1 she typically kept her hair shorter than her shoulders until Season 7. Her eyes are a light blue. She is 5'6" (167cm).

Vehicles

Linda started out driving a red Ford Freestar minivan, plates TNQ-8930. Later she has a blue minivan which has an electrical problem, causing it to catch fire on her way to work. They are then loaned Henry's old car which appears to be an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme which uses the same plates as the van.

References

  1. Season 1 Episode 1 "Pilot"
  2. Season 1 Episode 19 "Model Behavior"
  3. Season 3 Episode 19 "Loss of Faith"
  4. Season 1 Episode 19 "Model Behavior"
  5. Season 3 Episode 1 "Family Business"
  6. Season 2 Episode 12 "The Job"
  7. Season 5 Episode 13 "Love Stories"

Goofs

  • In Season 6, a wide shot of the house has the red minivan parked out front again, same plates as in early seasons
  • When Linda is driving the Oldsmobile it has the same plates as the minivan
  • In 2x14 Danny says they have been married 12 years, but in 3x04 they are celebrating their 16th Anniversary.

Facts and Trivia

  • Linda's death took place off-screen between Seasons 7 & 8, due to Amy Carlson deciding not to renew her contract. The only real mention of the circumstances of her death was when Danny was speaking to his therapist in Episode 1 of Season 8.

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