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Why Benita From Blue Bloods Looks So Familiar

In the very first season of the crime drama show "Blue Bloods," there were many unexpected twists and turns present that can still be seen today. One of which was the sweet nurse Benita Ginn in Season 1 Episode "After Hours", who was bereaved of her boyfriend and the father of her unborn child. While she is at first painted as being an unfortunate victim left in the aftermath, Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) and his then-partner Jackie Curatola (Jennifer Esposito) later realized it was Benita who was the villain all along after questioning another suspect.

After discovering her boyfriend Richard King (Manley Pope) is having an affair with another woman named Sabrina (Gloria Votsis), Benita, in a fit of rage, tries to kill Sabrina. This attack failed as the bullet ricocheted and accidentally killed Richard instead. Benita attempted to paint drug dealer Lemon (Richard Short) as the perpetrator behind Richard's murder.  While audiences and the detectives felt pity for her for losing the father of her child, Benita ended up behind bars after she admitted the crime.

Benita Ginn was portrayed by actress Caitlin FitzGerald, who has become a familiar face since her single appearance on "Blue Bloods." Here are the other places you can see FitzGerald steal the show.

She played Libby Masters on Masters of Sex

Shortly after her "Blue Bloods" episode, Caitlin FitzGerald joined the Showtime drama "Masters of Sex" as the wife of the titular character Bill Masters (Michael Sheen). The TV show was based on a novel of the same name that follows two sexologists studying human sexuality in the late '50s to the '90s.

Throughout the four seasons of the show, Libby Masters is one of the main characters that audiences saw develop as the storyline went on. First starting out meek and feeling guilty for being unable to give her husband a baby (audiences were aware it was Bill who was actually infertile), she becomes a strong character willing to go after whatever will make her happy. This includes partaking in a few different affairs, but since her husband had been having one for 10 years, audiences excuse it. Libby often is torn between wanting to be happy and feeling the need to be loyal to her husband, even in a marriage that is quickly sinking. 

FitzGerald expressed disappointment when the show ended but reflected on the experience fondly in an interview with Vulture. "Certainly for my character I had a very satisfying send-off," she said, also underscoring the importance of the series and its message. "So many women are still struggling with how to define herself, for herself, and not just in a relationship to a man." "Masters of Sex" hopefully helped some women discover how to do just that. 

She was fellow waitress and confidant to Tess on Sweetbitter

Following her time on "Masters of Sex," Caitlin FitzGerald found herself on "Sweetbitter," which was an American drama series based on a novel written by Stephanie Danler. The novel is inspired by Danler's true-life experience of moving to New York City and getting a job waitressing while getting acquainted with this new stage in her life post-college. Nothing is what it seems for Tess, the main character, but that's true to real life. 

FitzGerald starred as Simone, but all the while saw herself as the main star Tess (Ella Purnell). In an interview with TV insider, FitzGerald remarked on how eerily similar she felt when she read Danler's novel: "I read it and I was Tess. In 2006, I was 22, in New York City having just graduated college and waiting tables, trying to make my dreams happen."

While she didn't get to play Tess, FitzGerald's character Simone is someone who inspires Tess to dream of the future, and what she can one day accomplish. She's put together and works hard and is trying to make it in life and doing so, quite brilliantly. She's also wine-wise, which is something FitzGerald had to pick up through studying wine literature and attending wine tastings. "My character in particular really believes in the nobility of this work and has elevated it to an art form, which it really is," FitzGerald said on Simone's aspirations. 

She was on Succession as Roman's girlfriend

In 2018 Caitlin FitzGerald was on HBO's "Succession" for the first two seasons as Tabitha Hayes, the girlfriend of Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin). Audiences might remember her first appearance on the show as attending the bachelor party for Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), the future husband of Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook), Roman's younger sister. How she and Tom get acquainted and then how she dates Roman one month later was a source of discomfort because of the sexual circumstances of her first meeting with Roman's now-brother-in-law. Roman stays in the dark, even as Tabitha teases Tom at a later double date with everyone together.

The relationship wasn't meant to last, regardless of Tabitha's odd meeting with Tom. Tabitha goes on to reject Roman's marriage proposal, claiming their relationship isn't real because they haven't had sex. Their first sexual encounter ends very awkwardly and reveals a rather disturbing fetish of Roman's that sends Tabitha packing her bags. 

Despite their doomed relationship, Tabitha is funny and sassy; surely someone's cup of tea, even if she isn't Roman's. Well, he wasn't hers, we should say. 

She played Mags on Inventing Anna

Most recently, audiences who binged the Netflix crime-drama series "Inventing Anna" will recall Caitlin FitzGerald's face as Mags, the wife of Anna Sorokin's lawyer, Todd Spodek (Arian Moayed). Todd desperately tried to understand her motivations and twisted thinking while simultaneously defending her from the justice system.

"Inventing Anna" is based on the real-life story of Anna Sorokin who swindled several people, banks, and hotels from 2013 to 2017. Masquerading as a wealthy heiress named Anna Delvey, she convinced endless organizations to donate money to fund her art night club aspiration. With fake documents and faux credit cards, Sorokin's plan was working until she was caught by police after her former friend Rachel DeLoache Williams sold her out. We probably would, too, if our "friend" stole $57,000 from us. "Inventing Anna" blew up, leaving audiences concerned about how Anna's story ends. 

FitzGerald starred alongside Moayed, who as Anna's lawyer, argues that Anna was an underdog who was trying to fake it till she made it — a situation everyone can find themselves in from time to time. His sympathy for the criminal isn't the only thing that leaves a bad taste in Mags' mouth. Though she's proud of her husband's profession, Mags finds it increasingly frustrating for him to blow off family time over and over to help Anna outside of working hours.