As the patriarch of the Reagan family, Henry takes his duty to his family responsibly, and tries to bring them constantly together around the dinner table to eat together, discuss what is going on in their life and relevant issue, and to above all, bond as a family unit. He is warm, outreaching, easily emotionally available to his female family members, and concerned with the mental health of his son. Where Frank makes decisions based on pragmatism and logic, his father looks at the social repercussions and argues that they should make exceptions for “good people” and/or family members. He is heavily involved in local social programs, including fundraising for the various departments now that he is retired. He’s quick to speak of his feelings, to assert how much he misses his wife, and to complain when he does not like a decision made within the family. But he also takes time to ponder things, and has to admit that Frank can sometimes be right, even if his logic is more rigid than Henry’s. “When I was a cop…” “In my day…” “Back in the old days…” Henry seems always to be referencing his own life story, his own experiences, and what he saw “on the beat.” From the flappers they used to smack punks around to the “justice” melted out on the streets. Henry abided by the unspoken laws of the city, which were to meet in private with gangsters and “let them take care of” cop killers. He doesn’t always understand or appreciate how times have changed, in favor of how it used to be, but also thinks it’s important to make use of what is available in front of them—the various social media outlets, for example. Tradition is important to him, and he does what he can to maintain it. He will theorize on different possible reasons for people’s behaviors, and has a good ability to sense when someone in his family is hiding the truth from him. He’s not always willing to face his limitations or accept that he cannot have his way; for example, family Thanksgiving is more important than healing in the hospital from a heart attack.

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Where Frank operates off his gut morality, Henry prefers to use his head and think problems through logically. He also often ‘writes his own narrative’ in anticipating the worst and preparing for it. When his son gets shot, he shows up to the hospital wearing a gun despite his retirement and angles his chair in the waiting area so he can guard the corridor. He cautions his family members to be careful, and is not too keen on Jamie’s undercover work. He is suspicious and often tells others not to trust too easily or to assume everything is normal. Being a cop is learning to be careful, in his mind. But he also is not afraid to bend or break the rules. He had an up and down relationship with authority when he sat as Police Commissioner. Frank has a warm personality and a good sense of humor. He often makes self-deprecating jokes to appeal to his family members, and is too modest to take a job that would require him to dress up and “seem important.”