"Blue Bloods" showrunner Kevin Wade denies the existence of a running in-joke with the term "forthwith" in the police procedural series. Fans noticed the frequent usage of the word and speculated that it was a hidden joke. However, Wade revealed that it actually stemmed from actual police lingo. Although he has started cutting down on its usage due to fan response, he explained that there are instances where the term is necessary for the narrative. It remains to be seen if the real NYPD will alter the term to avoid similar backlash.