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"There should be a heart behind that shield. You've got a good one."
—Owen Strand to Carlos Reyes[src]

Carlos Reyes is a character on FOX's 9-1-1: Lone Star who works as a police officer in the Austin Police Department. He debuts in the first episode of the first season and is portrayed by starring cast member Rafael Silva.

History

Early Life

Carlos came out to his parents when he was seventeen. They were shocked but they hugged him and told him they loved him. Still, they never mentioned his coming out the next morning or ever since. He knew Iris and Michelle before the show started.

Helping Michelle

Carlos is first seen on the show, arresting Michelle for violating the restraining order Dustin (her sister's ex boyfriend) has against her. Carlos is helping her trying to find out what happened to her sister, Iris, three years ago. After finding some evidences, he accompanies her showing them to the detective in charge of the case. He's present to support her when they found the track Iris was in when it crashed before she disappeared.

Getting Suspended

In "Bad Call", Carlos stops a man who has just robbed a bank but when the suspect told him about the men that grabbed him, put a bomb on him and forced him to rob the bank. Carlos trusts his instincts and let the man go, under the disapprobation of his partner. Once he gets back to the police station, his chief took his badge and gun and asked him to stay in the interrogation room to wait for the investigator; who turned out to be his father, Gabriel. Gabriel started to ask him questions on what exactly happened and Carlos realises that his father doesn't believe him either. At the end of the interrogation, Gabriel tells Carlos that he should not be leaving town and when Carlos comes closer to his father telling that "he trusted his instincts like [Gabriel] always taught him", his father replied with how he should have the right instincts. Then, looking for comfort Carlos goes to the firehouse for TK but since he's out on a call, Owen tells him to wait in the firehouse for him and offers him a smoothie. Carlos tells Owen about his suspension and how from now on, he will only go by the books because he's not sure he can trust his instincts anymore. Owen tells him that maybe the books aren't always right and that it's your instincts that you take out there with you. Owen asks him if his dad can't do anything to help him and Carlos answers that the case is his. Owen mentions how uncomfortable the situation between them must be, Carlos tells him that the situation have been uncomfortable between them for a while, since he came out and joined APD. That his father thought Carlos was too soft for the job. Owen tells him that "there should be a heart behind that shield, you've got a good one."

Later that day, Carlos is called to the station once again because the suspect he let go before came to the station and told them what happened, showing that Carlos didn't lie about anything and was right to follow his instincts. Carlos is waiting for his father to tells him that he was right and that his instincts were good but Gabriel answers that he can't comment on "an ongoing investigation", Carlos is annoyed by that answer and leaves the office after telling Gabriel to let him know when his chief tells him what to think of him. When Carlos is waiting for TK to shows up for dinner, he realises something is wrong and goes to the Strands house to see if he's there. Owen tells him that he's not there and that they thought he was at Carlos'. They start thinking about the possibility that TK relapsed after hearing the news of Gwyn moving back but Owen decides to call Tommy, which goes straight to voicemail, showing that they're still on a call and then decides to call the captain on duty who tells him that TK, Tommy and Nancy haven't given any signs of life for hours. Owen lies to Gwyn about TK's disappearance and tells her that he and Carlos will go pick TK up at the firehouse. Owen decides to call Grace so she can tells them where they are but Grace tells them that they just have disappeared off the map. Carlos and Owen go to the parking garage where they were last seen and find TK's sobriety chip and the brown panel van that was used by the robbers earlier. Carlos quickly understand that Tommy must have led them to Charles' restaurant because it's a safe space with a quick access to it. Carlos and Owen arrive just in time and Owen shots the man who was going to hurt Tommy while Carlos runs to TK and takes him in his arms. While Carlos is waiting by TK's side before he gets in the ambulance we hear Owen telling Gabriel that his son is "an impressive guy". Gabriel walks up to him and says to Carlos that he trusted his instincts and then, that he's proud of him. Few seconds later, Gabriel reveals to Carlos that he knew TK was his boyfriend since the day they met at the farmer market and that he expects a proper introduction next time, Carlos tells him that his dad is going to really like TK and Gabriel answers that he already does because his son got great instincts in people. Finally, Carlos joins TK in the ambulance ride to the hospital and is present in the hospital room with Gwyn and Owen.

Arson Case

In "The Big Heat", Carlos comes by the firehouse to tell TK that Owen was arrested for arson, and TK tells him that Carlos needs to call his dad to clear everything up. Carlos tells him that the Texas Rangers were the ones who arrested Owen and that Gabriel was the arresting officer. TK tells him that Gabriel is out of his mind if he thinks that Owen is an arsonist and Carlos says that they don't have all the facts yet and that his father wouldn't make an arrest without good reasons while TK retorts that his father isn't a criminal. Carlos tells him that he never said he was while TK replies that his father does and it sounds like Carlos is defending him. TK asks how can Gabriel thinks Owen is the arsonist when they spent three hours together the other night making Carlos answers that it was actually an hour, because Owen was late and that he checked and that Carlos check on Owen's story to find that he was lying. TK shoves Carlos away three times by pushing his chest while asking him if he thinks that his dad is a criminal. Carlos catches him from behind and tells him to calm down while TK repeatedly tells Carlos that he needs to leave him alone. Judd intervenes and says that Carlos needs to go. Carlos leaves and we see TK with tears in his eyes.

TK comes back home to Carlos preparing dinner for both of them after the firehouse blew up. TK starts talking about the other "blow up" at the firehouse - meaning their fight - but Carlos stops him and tells him that they agreed that no apologies were needed. At night, TK is struggling with the alarm that doesn't seem to be working and Carlos tells him that it's been acting up all day and that the company will come tomorrow but that they should go to bed. Once they're in the bedroom, they start making out but stop when TK starts smelling smoke from the fire downstairs. They both discover the fire and soon, the fire starts in the bedroom to and the only way out is by jumping out of the window. Carlos breaks the window with a chair and TK tells him to go first and that he'll be right behind him. Before leaving, Carlos turns to TK and starts stuttering and TK cuts him off saying that he loves him too. Right before they jump, Owen kicks down the door and gives them shirts to put on their noses and mouths before making them leave the house safely with the help of Billy and Judd. Once they're out of the house, TK asks Carlos how he's doing and Carlos says that he's good. He adds that he didn't think they were going to make it out of the house, Carlos starts apologising about not having a fire extinguisher in the room before starting to cry. TK hugs him and tells him in repeat that it's okay and that they're okay while kissing his faces multiple times.

Ice Storm

In "The Big Chill", Carlos arrives at the firehouse where Marjan handcuffed herself and arrests her. In the way to the precinct, Carlos tells her that she has to stop, Marjan replies that she won't. Carlos tells her that everyone's devasted by the demolition of the 126 but they all have accepted it, brutal as it is. Marjan asks him if he's talking about the firehouse or about himself and a certain paramedic. Carlos tells her that it's important to know when a thing's over and when it's time to move on. Marjan says that it's more like giving up and that they used to be a family, Carlos says that they're now a slightly estranged family.

Later he's sent on a call at a furniture store about a possible break-in. Carlos goes in and finds a Major who's in a wheelchair and a Sergeant in the store, trying to hide from the ice storm. He asks them to leave but they won't budge and tells him that he'll have to arrest them. Carlos brings both men to a shelter and let a volunteer find them a spot before turning away to leave, he's stopped when a tree is thrown against a window and break it. Carlos puts the tree away with the help of the leader of the shelter. At the shelter, the Major Carlos brought starts getting distressed because he doesn't like wall, the Sergeant tells Carlos that the Major was a Prisoner of War for two years and that he doesn't like closed spaces. Carlos comes closer to the Major and starts reassuring him by telling him that he can't go outside right now because it's not safe and that he and the Sergeant are safer here with a roof over their heads. Seconds after, the roof starts to collapse because of the snow, Carlos tells everyone to leave the building right now before he picks up the Major in his arms and helps him leave the building before it collapses on them.

The 122 arrives at the shelter that collapsed that is on fire when it hit a gaz line when it dropped. Carlos tells Captain Andrews that they managed to get everyone out but they need to get the people to another shelter. Judd intervenes and says that he called the warming centers and they're all filled up and the shelter isn't open for another 4 hours. Carlos tells them that he might know a place that's open now. He brings the people to the furniture store that the boss accepts to spare as a shelter. Carlos is surprised when Tommy, TK and Nancy arrive at the furniture store because he called for cuts and bruises and didn't expect dispatch to send an ambulance for a private company there. TK tells him that the city is spread thin today. Carlos starts stuttering when he tries to offer them a spot where they can stay. The owner of the store cuts him off and tells him that they can set up in the dining room display. Tommy asks Carlos how many people are there, and he tells that there's 25 area residents and 3 church volunteers. Nancy asks him if he's thinking they're all green tag but Carlos is realising that someone's missing. He tells the paramedics as much and leaves under TK's worried gaze. Carlos runs to Judd, Paul and Mateo to tell them that someone is still stuck inside, a teenager volunteer named Lindsey. Paul tells him that they had a list and Carlos replies that she was the one in charge of the list so she didn't count herself. Later, he brings Lindsey's parents to the 122 and 129 where they thank the firefighters to help save their daughter.

In "Thin Ice", Nancy asks Carlos to come down here and when he scoffes about "typical TK" telling him he wants to talk only when he's in the ICU after not having spoke to Carlos in months, she tells him that TK didn't actually ask to radio Carlos today. Carlos tells her that she said he wanted him here and Nancy replies that it was a lie. Carlos starts to ask her why she would lie about that but they're interrupted by the boy's - Abe - mother who asks Nancy if she's one of the paramedics who save her son. Nancy says that she is and the mother tells her that she's a hero. Nancy replies that she isn't, the hero is "her friend TK" who went into the pond to save her son. Nancy asks the mother how is Abe doing and she replies that he'll make a full recovery and that she wants them to know how grateful she is for them and that they're all praying for TK. Once she's gone, Carlos asks Nancy how serious it is and Nancy replies that it's not good and that Tommy is with the doctor right now, getting the latest news. Tommy comes out of TK's room and when Nancy asks her what the doctor say, Tommy replies that they have to find Owen, implying that TK's condition is not good at all.

In "Shock and Thaw", Carlos is sitting at TK's bedside when TK's monitor starts beeping before standing up when a doctor and nurse come in. The doctor tells the nurse to starts pushing Epi and to get a crash cart in the room. Carlos asks her what's going on and the doctor tells him that TK's heart rate is too slow and that he's severely bradycardic. Carlos asks her if TK is going to be okay and the doctor pushes him out of the room so they can do their job. A nurse pushes Carlos out of the way while he's too focused on TK.

Later, Dr Patel - TK's doctor - tells Carlos, Tommy and Nancy that they manage to get TK's heart back into rhythm. Nancy asks if that's good news and the doctor tells them that his body is still not compensating. Carlos asks compensating for what and Tommy explains to him that it means his vital signs haven't returned to normal, at least yet. Dr Patel tells them that he's been through a major trauma and that she's afraid is on the verge of multi-system organ failure. Carlos asks her about how they stop that from happening and she replies that unfortunately there isn't much they can do other than keep him sedated, to give his body a chance to recover without additional stress. Carlos asks if that usually works for someone in his condition, Dr Patel replies that it can and then Carlos asks what they're looking at here, realistically speaking. The doctor replies that they're looking closely at his labs, but if they continue trending down, she stops herself and Carlos realises that they could lose him. She apologises for not having better news and leaves them once a nurse comes to her. Tommy tells Carlos to relax and that they're going to keep praying. Tommy and Nancy both grab Carlos' hands, Nancy telling them that if they know one thing about TK is that he doesn't know how to stay down. Tommy agreeing with her. Carlos suddenly stands up, saying that he needs fresh air, Nancy asks him if he wants someone to come with him but Carlos refuses, telling her he needs to be alone for a minute.

In "Push", Carlos is in TK's hospital room when the nurses start talking about how they shouldn't have saved TK from his cardiac arrest in the snow because now, his coma is just torturing his friends and family. Outside of TK's room, Carlos is sitting with Nancy and asks her if he's the "world biggest schmuck" because he's holding vigil for a man who doesn't even want him in his life before asking again if that doesn't scream schmuck, Nancy replies that it doesn't at all because TK loves him, then she asks her where did he pick up "schmuck", Carlos replied that he picked it from TK. Then, Carlos asks Nancy why did she say that, that TK loves him, Nancy only replying that she said it because it's true. Carlos asks her that since she's been by TK's side the whole time, if he has ever talked about Carlos, saying that he didn't think so when Nancy tells him that TK doesn't talk about him much. Nancy continues by saying that TK does bite her head off when she brings up Carlos' name. Carlos sarcastically replies that it makes him feels so much better. Nancy tells him that it should because TK doesn't wanna hear about him because it's too painful for him, which means he still has it bad for Carlos. Then, Carlos asks her that if TK loves him that much then why did he break his heart.

Later, Carlos is back in TK's room, staring at him before being interrupted by a knock on the door. He turns his head and sees Andrea at the door. They hug and Carlos asks her what she is doing here because he told her to not go out in that storm. Andrea asks him if he really thinks a few snowflakes will stop her from going to see her son who is hurting. Carlos asks her if Gabriel knows she's here and Andrea asks him what could Gabriel possibly say. Carlos says that he appreciates her being here and Andrea kisses his cheek. They both sat at TK's bedside and Andrea asks Carlos what did the doctor said. Carlos replies that they said TK is heading in the wrong direction, Andrea tells him that the doctor doesn't know everything and that TK is a fighter and that he has something to fight for; the love of his life who's sitting right here and waiting for him. Carlos confesses to his mother that he and TK broke up a few months ago. Andrea asks him why he didn't say anything, Carlos said that he wanted to but it was amazing how her and Gabriel were so supportive of them and he didn't want to let them down. Andrea replies that there is nothing Carlos could do that would let them down and that her and Gabriel are so proud of the man he is. Carlos thanks her and Andrea tells him that they love TK too but than when he wakes up, she's going to have a little conversation with him. Carlos asks her a conversation about what and Andrea tells him about how why TK thought he could break Carlos' heart and get away with it, making Carlos laugh when she added "Mama's not happy.".

While they're still at his bedside, it looks like TK is trying to wake up. Andrea pointing out that it looks like TK is trying to tell them something but Carlos tells her that the nurse said it's just muscle spasms, that they don't mean anything but Andrea isn't convinced. She tells Carlos that he has to talk to TK, Carlos refuses and when Andrea asks why Carlos responds that he wouldn't know what to say. Andrea tells him that he should tell him what's on his heart and Carlos replies that if he told him what was on his heart, it wouldn't be very nice, because he's angry. Andrea says that he should tell him anyway, because TK needs to hear it and Carlos needs to say it. Especially if this might be his last chance to say something to TK. She tells him that she'll be outside, kisses Carlos' cheek and leaves the room.

Later, Carlos brings his chair closer to TK's bed before starting talking to him. He tells him that he's been there for a while now and that he doesn't even know if TK wants him there but he's in no position to walk out this time. He continues by saying that Andrea was right and that he needs to tell him that he's still really mad at TK right now and that the worst part about this whole thing is that if this is goodbye, he can't even hold TK's hand, runs his fingers through his hair or kiss his head because he feels like it would be some kind of a violation. Then, Carlos appears in TK's coma dreams as he is talking to an unconscious TK and TK tells Gwyn that Carlos looks really mad. Gwyn confirms that he doesn't look particularly happy before asking TK what he did to "that poor boy". TK asks her why she immediately assumes it's his fault because there was blame on both sides. Gwyn reprimands him using his full name before saying that he didn't actually go with that line before telling him that whatever happened, he just has to own it. TK asks her why does he even have to tell her what happened because she already know, considering she's just a figment of his imagination. Gwyn replies that figment or not she's still his mother. TK agrees and starts telling about how after the fire, they moved in with Owen but we're still looking for a new place to live in and Carlos found a loft downtown with polished concrete floors, great light and in walking distance to amazing nightlife. When Gwyn tells him that it sounds fantastic, TK agrees and says that he was in love with it but they didn't want to lease it and that they were looking for buyers not renters. Gwyn finishes that they couldn't come up with the down payment because TK didn't have a good credit because of bad choices he made in the past so then they had to deal with their crushing disappointment - mostly TK's because Carlos said he didn't care where they lived as long as they were together - so they agreed to keep looking. Carlos, then, told him that he had found something, takes TK back to the exact same place and tells him that he went back, made an offer and bought it. Gwyn replies that it's so romantic and TK tells her that it was a power move, Gwyn continues saying that it also could be an unbelievable sweet gesture which TK agrees, it could be both, like a really sweet power move. TK says that Carlos didn't want him to feel like he was living in his space again so he put his name on the deed, making him half owner, even though he knew TK didn't have the money. Gwyn understands then that TK panicked because things were too good, that everything was perfect so he blew it up. TK tells Gwyn that he hurt Carlos so bad and he asks her what if Carlos doesn't take him back. Gwyn tells him there's only way to find out, he needs to wake up.

Carlos is sitting at TK's bedside when he wakes up. He calls out for the nurses to come quickly. When TK tries to get rid off the ventilator on his mouth, Carlos grabs his hands to try to stop him before he's pushing out of the room by the nurses as they call for Dr. Patel. The doctor waves Carlos inside the room again where TK whispers a "hey baby" to Carlos before telling him to breathe when he saw how tense Carlos is. Then, he hold out his hand for Carlos to hold it, letting it fall when he notices Carlos doesn't move but Carlos reacts and takes TK's hand in his, following TK's movement when he put their linked hands on his chest, above his heart. Carlos starts caressing TK's hair before kissing his cheek, TK grabbing his shirt and then softly collapsing on TK while the other man hugs him back.

Return of the 126

Weeks later, after they get back together during his hospital stay, Carlos brings TK from the hospital to the place he bought for them months ago when they broke up. Carlos covers TK's eyes asking to not peek. TK asks him if it's really necessary because he already saw the place and Carlos tells him that he hasn't seen finished. TK jokes about Carlos being a control freak before Carlos put his hand away, waiting a second and telling TK to open his eyes. TK smiles looking around their apartment, saying that it's so much nicer than he remembers it, then he notices his exercise bike and his throw blanket, jokingly asking if he break into his house and move him in while he was at the hospital. Carlos laughs and tells him that Mateo let him in. TK tells him that Carlos moved him in, Carlos agreeing to it before welcoming TK in their new home. They kiss and TK teases Carlos about being the world biggest control freak which Carlos replies to by saying that TK loves it, TK agrees and they kiss one more time before falling onto the couch.

Later, Carlos is present at the opening ceremony of the 126, standing beside Grace, Charlie, Evie and Isabella as they watch Owen talk. At the party, Carlos is sitting next to TK talking to Marjan and Cole. Then, while TK is filling their glasses with punch, Owen joins them and asks them if the firehouse is still homey and that he didn't go too far in the remodal. TK replies that the firehouse looks exactly the same before Owen asks him, offended, if he's out of his mind. Carlos asks Owen if the subway tile on the backslpash is new and Owen thanks him for noticing and that he always wanted to get rid of it, almost making this whole thing worth it. When they're about to walk somewhere else, TK stops and freezes when he sees Gwyn coming in the firehouse with Jonah in her arms, asking Owen if she's really here. Owen tells him that she's late but she's here while Gwyn apologises for missing the ceremony. TK asks her why she didn't tell them she was coming and Gwyn replies that it's because Owen and her wanted it to be a surprise. Gwyn kisses Owen's cheek and hugs Carlos before hugging TK, telling to be careful to not squish his brother. Owen jokes about Jonah being a heartbreaker in the future before asking if he doesn't kind of look like him. Gwyn replying that he's crazy. Then, he's seen dancing with Marjan and TK and Jonah, holding his boyfriend with one arm.

Becoming a detective

In "Child Care", after an house is set on fire and a little girl is missing. Carlos goes canvassing the neighborhood to see if anyone saw anything suspicious the night of the fire. After he asks questions to one of the neighbours, coming up empty, he sees a doorbell camera and realises that there might be footage taken across the street on it. He brings all that to Detective Washington and shows her a camera footage from Katie's - the missing girl - house just after the fire. Washington tells him that they already know she started the fire since the point of origin was in her bedroom but Carlos tells her that this isn't the most interesting part, he shows her that Katie wasn't running from the house, she was running to someone or something. Washington tells him that Katie couldn't drive herself out of the neighborough so she asks him if he thinks Katie knew her abductor. Carlos replies that yes he does and that person convinced her to set the fire. Washington says that it's an interesting theory and Carlos replies that he'd be interested in start running checks on family and friends, see if anybody comes up suspicious. Washington replies that she appreciates the initiative but she's going to do it and to leaves his canvassing notes before he leaves.

Later in the week, Carlos goes back to Detective Washington's office with files but finds out that she's not there. While she isn't, Carlos tries to find the files from the missing girl case. Washington comes back quickly and asks him what he's doing when she sees him looking through her files. He awkwardly replies that he was straightening the clutter and Washington tells him that there's no clutter, it's her system. He apologises and tells her that he was just leaving the traffic cam within two miles of Katie's house, since he's been running plates and got through a third of them. Washington tells Carlos that it must have taken hours and Carlos replies that he's been doing it on his own time and that there's a note in the files explaining everything. When he's about to leave, she stops him and tells him to come take a seat. She tells him she's been doing some digging in that theory he has that Katie knew her abductor, Carlos asks her if she agrees and she replies that she does and she doesn't. Washington continues by telling him that Katie had a nanny cam in her bedroom, it was destroyed in the fire but they managed to pull footages of it from the cloud. They watch the footages and see Katie talking to Mr Whispers, a voice in the nanny cam. Then, Carlos and Detective Washington go to the hospital to see Katie's parents. The mother tells them she thought Mr Whispers was Katie's imaginary friend and Washington tells them that someone probably hacked into their nanny cam before asking them if they recognise the voice. Both parents say they don't and that they never heard it in their lives. The mother asks them whoever this is took their daughter and Washington tells her that it's likely yes, before asking them if they share their Wi-Fi passwords with anyone: friends, workers or neighbors. The father replies that they did before the mother tells him they have the password written on the rounter and that they have parties so anyone could've seen it. Washington asks them to write every names they remember before Carlos jumps into the conversation, asking them when did Katie start talking about her imaginary friend. The mother replies that she doesn't know exactly but probably months.

At night, Carlos is watching the footages of the nanny cam in his and TK's living room, startling when TK softly touches his shoulder after being so focused on the nanny cam. TK apologises for scaring him and Carlos tells him that he isn't the scary one. TK tells him that it's three in the morning and he should come back to bed. Carlos replies that he doesn't even know if he could sleep if he came back to bed because the nanny cam footages is kind of terrifying. TK tells him to scoot over before he goes on the couch and starts laying between Carlos and the back of the couch, asking him what they're looking for and Carlos tells him that they're looking for anything who could help them identify who's behind the abduction. TK asks him how does he know it's not just Russian hackers and Carlos tells him that they don't usually kidnap children especially without a ransom demand. While watching one video, TK tells him that it's so messed up and Carlos adds that the person is grooming Katie. Later, TK fell asleep on Carlos and Carlos spends the whole night trying to figure out who Mr Whispers is and managing to when the sun rises.

The next day, Carlos shows what he discovered to Detective Washington, showing her a footage of Katie with her former nanny, Danica Hendry. Washington tells him that the Conrad's said she had moved out of state to be with her family during the pandemic. Carlos said that yes she did until she rented an apartment in Austin two months age, the same time a voice appeared on the nanny cam and Danica is the only person who calls Katie "Katie-cat" before adding that the accomplice must have picked it up from her, Washington asks that there's an accomplice now and Carlos said that the voice in the nanny cam is the voice of a man. Washington tells him that it's actually not and that Forensic just sent her proof that the abductor was using an audio filter who can change voices. Carlos says that the voice is Danica's and Washington tells him that she'll see what Forensic says, Carlos tells her that he wouldn't wait for that. Washington tells him that she's going to need more than an audio of a nanny cam for a judge to issue a warrant. Then, Carlos shows her the traffic cam he pulled up of a picture of Danica's car leaving Katie's neighborhood two minutes after the fire started. Then, the Austin PD with Carlos and Washington go to Danica's apartment only to find it empty, before Carlos notices Katie's rabbit plush on an armchair. Washington says they'll put two unmarked cars in front of the house and put an Amber Alert on Danica's jeep.

Later, Owen enters a pursuit with Danica after recognising her car on the Amber Alert and he manages to stops her, waiting for Austin PD to arrest her. When they get there, Carlos is confused about why Owen is here and when Washington asks him if he knows him, he tells her that he's the Captain of the 126 and his father in law, more or less. Then, he tells Owen and Catherine that Detective Washington will ask them to come by the station tomorrow so they can give their statements. After that, Carlos brings Katie to the hospital so she can reunites with her parents. When they leave, Washington tells him that Carlos did a good work but she asks if anyone ever told him he was a pushy bastard and Carlos replies that his boyfriend thinks he's a control freak. Washington tells him that he's not wrong before asking Carlos if he ever thinks about taking the detective exam, Carlos asks her if she really means it and she replies that they could use a few more pushy bastards.

In "Prince Albert in a Can", Carlos is sent on a call with the SWAT and is outside while the 126 and the SWAT are inspecting the inside of the house. There he found a man crawling out of the house and engages pursuit. He stops the man and tries to get him to talk until he realises that he has a knife in his hand. Carlos asks him to put the knife down and put back his gun before grabbing his taser. When Mark - the man - gets too close to Carlos, he tases him and Mark falls on the ground. Carlos informs dispatch of what happened before trying to make Mark stands up before he realises that the man stabbed himself in the neck when he fell. Carlos asks Grace to send paramedics and Tommy and TK soon join him on the scene, trying to save Mark but ultimately failing to. When Marjan and Judd join them, Carlos asks them if they found the woman and the baby who initially started the call but they tell him that no one was in that house and it looks like it was a prank call.

The next day, Carlos is at his and TK's loft working out by using their punching bag. TK asks him to calm down with his "rage punching" and Carlos replies that he isn't doing that. Soon, they're interrupted by the doorbell and Carlos goes to open the door, finding Grace outside the loft. She comes in and Carlos asks her if something happened, Grace tells him that she's angry they got played during the latest call and Carlos replies that he's frustrated too. Grace continues by saying she isn't frustrated, she's pissed off about what happened and TK tells her that Carlos is pissed off too. Grace asks Carlos if he knows what happened isn't his fault and Carlos replies that it's what he's trying to tell himself. Grace adds that this death isn't on her or on him and when Carlos asks why it feels like it is, she tells him that it's because someone took away their power and that they have to take it back. Grace tells him that they have to investigate on their own but Carlos replies that he's on mandatory leave while the Department investigates and that Austin PD is already working the case. Grace tells him that they probably already tons of cases and Carlos replies that he's a police officer, not a detective. TK intervenes, reminding Carlos that he's the one who solved the kidnapping case when detectives couldn't. Grace finishes by saying that Carlos got skills and rage which will be two things that will help them solve this case, together.

Later, Carlos and Grace are at the Ryder's house to work on the case. They try to investigate the drug angle but can't find anything and then, with Judd's help, they realise there's a gaming angle to the case. While looking at a lot of streaming videos, they eventually find Mark's biggest rival and when they realise he lives in Los Angeles and not Austin, they call LAPD and Athena is the one making the arrest there. Once the arrest is made, they're on Facetime with Athena and she mistakes Carlos for a detective, he tells her that he's simply a patrol officer and she replies that there's "no such thing as simply a patrol officer".

In "Negative Space", Owen brings Sadie to his and TK's loft so she can stay safe there while they're looking for Griffin. Owen asks him where TK is and Carlos replies that he went to grab dinner for all of them because they weren't ready for hosting anyone. Owen starts to leave to go watch Griffin and Catherine joins him. Later, TK comes back from picking up take out and while they're watching security footages, TK leaves for a moment, getting too hot because of the spice in the pho. Once Carlos is done with his bowl, Sadie offers to get him more tea and Carlos starts to reply that he'd like that before stopping himself and staring at the screen, then at Sadie. Carlos asks Sadie to sit down and she asks him what did he find, he shows her a video of her leaving the mail office of the Capitol before he asks her what she was doing there. Sadie talks to him about destiny and how she can see that he and TK are made for each other and it's the same for her and Owen. Carlos asks her how she broke into Owen's house and she said that she watched the young girl who take Buttercup on walks pick up the key under the planter on the front porch. Carlos continues saying that she set the fire at the gallery but she could've died and Sadie says that no she wouldn't, she knew Owen would find her. Finally, Carlos asks her where TK is, she replies that she doesn't know and Carlos stands up, dizzy and asks her what she did, Sadie replies that she put 70mg of oxy in their soup but she doesn't think it'll be enough to kill them. Before passing out, Carlos sees TK on the ground in their bedroom. Later, they're found by Gabriel and Owen after they discover that Sadie is the stalker.

Personality

Carlos is nice, gentle, sweet, and kind. He is very caring towards the people he loves, specially his friends, fiancé, and family. He takes his job as a police officer very seriously, even going so far to do whatever it takes to save people, despite the risk. He has shown signs of anxiety and keep a lot of his bad feelings to himself, potentially due to the moment he came out to his parents and they didn't say anything about it for years. He's described as a "control freak" multiples times too by himself, or not.

Relationships

TK Strand

Season one

Carlos and TK first meet during a car accident where both the Austin PD and Austin FD are needed. Later, we see Carlos asking TK to dance whilst they are all at the bar at the end of their first shift. In Yee-Haw, it is shown that the relationship has evolved a bit further as they are seen hooking up. Carlos seems more into the relationship than TK does, calling for TK to text him before TK leaves his place for a shift. Later that episode, TK goes back to Carlos's place where the police officer has set up a dinner for them to share. TK freaks out at this due to what happened with Alex back in New York as he isn't ready for this. The pair argue and TK storms off. They are next seen together in Texas Proud after TK is arrested for a bar fight after an altercation with Judd. TK talks about his past to Carlos. Carlos and Michelle shared a scene where they talked about TK and Carlos said that TK is "a 10" and that "he can't get him out of his head". Michelle encouraged him to ask TK on a date. The pair are later seen at the bar together playing darts, but it is never specified if this is a date or not.

After Paul had a sad altercation with Josie, TK decided to cheer him up and waited for him outside the station to go to club, along with Carlos. In "Monster Inside", a call go wrong when the 126 enter a house to help a man who suffered from cardiac arrest from stress of his house being invaded by a man suffering from dementia. TK used the battering ram on the door after they announced themselves but, by fear, the little boy in the room with his grandparents shot TK in the chest with his grandfather's gun. At the hospital, Carlos came to see TK when Owen was in the room and told TK's father he didn't want to impose when the man noticed him but Owen assured him that TK would appreciate Carlos coming to see him. Carlos sat next to TK's bed, caressing TK's arm with one hand while the other is caressing his hair.

After TK recovered from his coma, we see the two of them at a juice bar where they talk about their relationship and how Carlos felt strong feelings when he wasn't sure if TK would wake up or not and TK answered that he still have to figure out if he wants to stay in that career and state before figuring out if he wants a relationship with Carlos. Carlos reluctantly agrees and when they start leaving, a bus accident happens right in front of their eyes. TK went to help the woman stuck in the bus with her two legs broken while Carlos took care of the people around the scene, waiting for the 126 to come and help them. TK ripped his stitches out after too much effort and Owen sent him to the hospital to have a look at that. After TK came back from the hospital, he tells the firecrew he made his decision and decided to stay in the 126 and after a talk with his father, he saw Carlos waiting for him at the entrance of the station where they share a hug. Later in the day, TK and Carlos are laying on the car's hood watching the aurora borealis due to the solar storm where Carlos asked TK what he's thinking of and TK answered that he thinks they make a "pretty good team" together, Carlos agreed and TK took Carlos' hand in his as they share a look.

Season two

As of season two, the pair have been dating for four months, Carlos grew closer to TK and some members of the 126: Paul, Marjan and Mateo, as we see them all hanging out together at Carlos' house. Later in "Back in the Saddle", we see the couple flirt after TK and the rest of the 126 took down the person who was firing at Owen and Tommy. In "2100°", Carlos is seen at the firehouse with the 126 and their loved ones to celebrate Owen's remission. Later on, he and TK talk about Gwyn staying permanently at the Strand's house and TK says that Owen and Gwyn are in their "honeymoon period", Carlos answering that "those can last a while.". Then, TK asks Carlos when is he going to meet Carlos' parents but Carlos dodges the question and asks TK if he wants more punch. Later in the episode, after Tim's death, TK goes to Carlos' house and Carlos is waiting for him on his stairs, TK walks up to him and falls in Carlos' arms for comfort.

Carlos doesn't appear during the crossover episode with 9-1-1 but TK mentions him to Buck when he tells him that he already has a boyfriend and that their relationship is pretty serious. In "Friends With Benefits", we see TK and Carlos along with Paul and Mateo observing Marjan during a roller derby game. When TK goes to get drinks for them, the bartender flirts with him and Carlos interrupts him by saying that he's TK's boyfriend and that he's a cop and he says to TK that he likes people to know that TK is his. Later in the episode, while being at the farmer market, they run into Carlos' parents and Carlos introduces TK as his friend. The couple go back to Carlos' house and fight about what just happened, TK angry that even though Carlos is out to his parents, he still didn't introduce him as his boyfriend. Carlos tells him that it's more complicated then that and that his parents are more traditional than TK's and that he doesn't like to "rub their noses in it". TK is pissed that Carlos wouldn't want to "rub their noses in the fact that he [Carlos] have someone who loves him and who he supposedly loves back" and he leaves the house. After a discussion with his parents in the morning, TK goes back to Carlos' house and sit down to talk about their fight, then Carlos tells him that he came out to his parents when he was seventeen but that while they took it well, they never talked about it ever since. TK tells him then that he'll happily be Carlos' "friend, colleague or personal shopper" for as long as Carlos needs.

In "Difficult Conversations", the couple is seen at Carlos' house with Paul, Marjan and Mateo where they share a smile while Mateo and Paul are talking. In "Displaced", TK and Carlos are cuddling on the couch, TK telling him what happened with Tommy and Nancy at work and asking Carlos if he thinks TK made a really bad mistake by becoming a paramedic and that maybe he should've stayed a firefighter because there "nobody hates his guts", Carlo kisses he head and tells that nobody hates his guts. TK tells Carlos about how she refered to him as a "cool kid" and how life is high school while Carlos agrees, TK tells him it's not the case at the firehouse because they're all part of the same family. Carlos then asks him how many times they have invited Nancy or even Tim since some members of the 126 started hanging out at their place. When TK realised that they never did, he cursed himself and the rest of their friends and Carlos playfully tells him that's it's not his fault because the cool kids rarely see their mistakes and kisses his cheek before he snuggles into TK's arms. In "Bad Call", TK says that this past year, he has found an incredible man who showed him that it's okay to open his heart again while he and Carlos are smiling at each other and they share a hug in the background, before Carlos kisses his temple. After TK is saved by Owen and Carlos after being kidnapped with the rest of his crew, Carlos runs to him and let a concussed TK fall in his arms in relief, blurting a "hi baby" the second Carlos is close enough.

They moved in together in "A Little Help From My Friends". In "Slow Burn", he and TK invite Marjan, Paul, Mateo and Nancy for a board games night to cheer up Marjan after what happened on the call. TK, then, tells Carlos to not bring up the accident and to not give her his "Carlos cow eyes" that he uses when he gets "lovey and concerned with soulful, big brown eyes that absolutely wrecks people". Paul refers to them as "Tarlos" during the game; as they're usually beating everyone in these types of games. One night during the week, TK and Carlos are hosting dinner for themselves and Gabriel, Andrea and Owen. When they come inside, Andrea hugs TK and she apologises for calling him "TJ" the first time they met but TK brushed it off, saying that it was a common mistake. Later, Carlos realises that he forgot the limes for the margaritas and TK calls Owen to asks him to pick up some once he's done with what he was doing.

In "The Big Heat", Carlos comes by the firehouse to tell TK that Owen was arrested for arson, and TK tells him that Carlos needs to call his dad to clear everything up. Carlos tells him that the Texas Rangers were the ones who arrested Owen and that Gabriel was the arresting officer. TK tells him that Gabriel is out of his mind if he thinks that Owen is an arsonist and Carlos says that they don't have all the facts yet and that his father wouldn't make an arrest without good reasons while TK retorts that his father isn't a criminal. Carlos tells him that he never said he was while TK replies that his father does and it sounds like Carlos is defending him. TK asks how can Gabriel thinks Owen is the arsonist when they spent three hours together the other night making Carlos answers that it was actually an hour, because Owen was late and that he checked and that Carlos check on Owen's story to find that he was lying. TK shoves Carlos away three times by pushing his chest while asking him if he thinks that his dad is a criminal. Carlos catches him from behind and tells him to calm down while TK repeatedly tells Carlos that he needs to leave him alone. Judd intervenes and says that Carlos needs to go. Carlos leaves and we see TK with tears in his eyes.

TK comes back home to Carlos preparing dinner for both of them after the firehouse blew up. TK starts talking about the other "blow up" at the firehouse - meaning their fight - but Carlos stops him and tells him that they agreed that no apologies were needed. At night, TK is struggling with the alarm that doesn't seem to be working and Carlos tells him that it's been acting up all day and that the company will come tomorrow but that they should go to bed. Once they're in the bedroom, they start making out but stop when TK starts smelling smoke from the fire downstairs. They both discover the fire and soon, the fire starts in the bedroom to and the only way out is by jumping out of the window. Carlos breaks the window with a chair and TK tells him to go first and that he'll be right behind him. Before leaving, Carlos turns to TK and starts stuttering and TK cuts him off saying that he loves him too. Right before they jump, Owen kicks down the door and gives them shirts to put on their noses and mouths before making them leave the house safely with the help of Billy and Judd. Once they're out of the house, TK asks Carlos how he's doing and Carlos says that he's good. He adds that he didn't think they were going to make it out of the house, Carlos starts apologising about not having a fire extinguisher in the room before starting to cry. TK hugs him and tells him in repeat that it's okay and that they're okay while kissing his faces multiple times. In "One Day", TK is seen comforting Carlos at the end of the episode by caressing his back after Marjan mentioned the fire at their house. In "Dust to Dust", TK and Carlos share a smile when Carlos is taking care of Tommy's daughters.

Season three

As of "The Big Chill", Carlos and TK are broken up. They first see each other in a furniture store after Carlos called in for cuts and bruises. Carlos stutters while trying to find a spot for them to work on while TK looks annoyed by the situation. When Carlos realises someone is missing from the shelter, he runs outside under TK's worried gaze. After TK is admitted at the hospital for severe hypothermia, Nancy calls Carlos saying TK wants to speak to him and once he's there, Carlos says that it's "typical of TK" to not talk to him for months but to call him the minute is in the ICU. Nancy tells him that it isn't exactly what happened and Carlos learns that TK is unconscious and on a ventilator. In "Shock and Thaw", Carlos is sitting at TK's bedside when TK's monitor starts beeping before standing up when a doctor and nurse come in. The doctor tells the nurse to starts pushing Epi and to get a crash cart in the room. Carlos asks her what's going on and the doctor tells him that TK's heart rate is too slow and that he's severely bradycardic. Carlos asks her if TK is going to be okay and the doctor pushes him out of the room so they can do their job. A nurse pushes Carlos out of the way while he's too focused on TK. Later, Dr Patel - TK's doctor - tells Carlos, Tommy and Nancy that they manage to get TK's heart back into rhythm. Nancy asks if that's good news and the doctor tells them that his body is still not compensating. Carlos asks compensating for what and Tommy explains to him that it means his vital signs haven't returned to normal, at least yet. Dr Patel tells them that he's been through a major trauma and that she's afraid is on the verge of multi-system organ failure. Carlos asks her about how they stop that from happening and she replies that unfortunately there isn't much they can do other than keep him sedated, to give his body a chance to recover without additional stress. Carlos asks if that usually works for someone in his condition, Dr Patel replies that it can and then Carlos asks what they're looking at here, realistically speaking. The doctor replies that they're looking closely at his labs, but if they continue trending down, she stops herself and Carlos realises that they could lose him.

In "Push", Carlos is in TK's hospital room when the nurses start talking about how they shouldn't have saved TK from his cardiac arrest in the snow because now, his coma is just torturing his friends and family. Later, Carlos brings his chair closer to TK's bed before starting talking to him. He tells him that he's been there for a while now and that he doesn't even know if TK wants him there but he's in no position to walk out this time. He continues by saying that Andrea was right and that he needs to tell him that he's still really mad at TK right now and that the worst part about this whole thing is that if this is goodbye, he can't even hold TK's hand, runs his fingers through his hair or kiss his head because he feels like it would be some kind of a violation. Then, Carlos appears in TK's coma dreams as he is talking to an unconscious TK and TK tells Gwyn that Carlos looks really mad. Gwyn confirms that he doesn't look particularly happy before asking TK what he did to "that poor boy". TK asks her why she immediately assumes it's his fault because there was blame on both sides. Gwyn reprimands him using his full name before saying that he didn't actually go with that line before telling him that whatever happened, he just has to own it. TK asks her why does he even have to tell her what happened because she already know, considering she's just a figment of his imagination. Gwyn replies that figment or not she's still his mother. TK agrees and starts telling about how after the fire, they moved in with Owen but we're still looking for a new place to live in and Carlos found a loft downtown with polished concrete floors, great light and in walking distance to amazing nightlife. When Gwyn tells him that it sounds fantastic, TK agrees and says that he was in love with it but they didn't want to lease it and that they were looking for buyers not renters. Gwyn finishes that they couldn't come up with the down payment because TK didn't have a good credit because of bad choices he made in the past so then they had to deal with their crushing disappointment - mostly TK's because Carlos said he didn't care where they lived as long as they were together - so they agreed to keep looking. Carlos, then, told him that he had found something, takes TK back to the exact same place and tells him that he went back, made an offer and bought it. Gwyn replies that it's so romantic and TK tells her that it was a power move, Gwyn continues saying that it also could be an unbelievable sweet gesture which TK agrees, it could be both, like a really sweet power move. TK says that Carlos didn't want him to feel like he was living in his space again so he put his name on the deed, making him half owner, even though he knew TK didn't have the money. Gwyn understands then that TK panicked because things were too good, that everything was perfect so he blew it up. TK tells Gwyn that he hurt Carlos so bad and he asks her what if Carlos doesn't take him back. Gwyn tells him there's only way to find out, he needs to wake up. Carlos is sitting at TK's bedside when he wakes up. He calls out for the nurses to come quickly. When TK tries to get rid off the ventilator on his mouth, Carlos grabs his hands to try to stop him before he's pushing out of the room by the nurses as they call for Dr. Patel. The doctor waves Carlos inside the room again where TK whispers a "hey baby" to Carlos before telling him to breathe when he saw how tense Carlos is. Then, he hold out his hand for Carlos to hold it, letting it fall when he notices Carlos doesn't move but Carlos reacts and takes TK's hand in his, following TK's movement when he put their linked hands on his chest, above his heart. Carlos starts caressing TK's hair before kissing his cheek, TK grabbing his shirt and then softly collapsing on TK while the other man hugs him back.

Weeks later, after they get back together during his hospital stay, Carlos brings TK from the hospital to the place he bought for them months ago when they broke up. Carlos covers TK's eyes asking to not peek. TK asks him if it's really necessary because he already saw the place and Carlos tells him that he hasn't seen finished. TK jokes about Carlos being a control freak before Carlos put his hand away, waiting a second and telling TK to open his eyes. TK smiles looking around their apartment, saying that it's so much nicer than he remembers it, then he notices his exercise bike and his throw blanket, jokingly asking if he break into his house and move him in while he was at the hospital. Carlos laughs and tells him that Mateo let him in. TK tells him that Carlos moved him in, Carlos agreeing to it before welcoming TK in their new home. They kiss and TK teases Carlos about being the world biggest control freak which Carlos replies to by saying that TK loves it, TK agrees and they kiss one more time before falling onto the couch. Later, Carlos is present at the opening ceremony of the 126, standing beside Grace, Charlie, Evie and Isabella as they watch Owen talk. At the party, Carlos is sitting next to TK talking to Marjan and Cole. Then, while TK is filling their glasses with punch, Owen joins them and asks them if the firehouse is still homey and that he didn't go too far in the remodal. TK replies that the firehouse looks exactly the same before Owen asks him, offended, if he's out of his mind. Carlos asks Owen if the subway tile on the backslpash is new and Owen thanks him for noticing and that he always wanted to get rid of it, almost making this whole thing worth it. Then, he's seen dancing with Marjan and TK and Jonah, holding his boyfriend with one arm.

In "Child Care", Carlos is watching the footages of the nanny cam while working an abduction case in his and TK's living room, startling when TK softly touches his shoulder after being so focused on the nanny cam. TK apologises for scaring him and Carlos tells him that he isn't the scary one. TK tells him that it's three in the morning and he should come back to bed. Carlos replies that he doesn't even know if he could sleep if he came back to bed because the nanny cam footages is kind of terrifying. TK tells him to scoot over before he goes on the couch and starts laying between Carlos and the back of the couch, asking him what they're looking for and Carlos tells him that they're looking for anything who could help them identify who's behind the abduction. TK asks him how does he know it's not just Russian hackers and Carlos tells him that they don't usually kidnap children especially without a ransom demand. While watching one video, TK tells him that it's so messed up and Carlos adds that the person is grooming Katie. Later, TK fell asleep on Carlos and Carlos spends the whole night trying to figure out who Mr Whispers is and managing to when the sun rises.

Michelle Blake

Carlos and Michelle are very close friends. Carlos is helping her trying to find her sister, Iris, after she disappeared three years prior the beginning of the show. They also spend time together outside of their work places as we can see them in Carlos' apartment and at a food truck. Carlos comes to visit Michelle at the hospital when she's in an accident, bringing clothes, some Harry Potter and peanut butter M&Ms.

Carlos is the one who found most evidences to help with the case and he accompanies Michelle in every steps; showing it first to the detective in charge and then, comforts her when they found the truck Iris was in. He's also there with her when she has to come identifies the objects they found inside the truck.

Paul Strickland

Paul and Carlos are friends. They spent time together with TK when the three of them went to a club together after a bad date. In "Monster Inside", Paul comforts Carlos who's at TK's side at the hospital by putting his hand on Carlos' shoulder because he's the only one who knows about their relationship. Carlos is seen hanging out with Paul along with Marjan and Mateo (and later Nancy too) at Carlos' house and they're also seen talking during a call in "Back in the Saddle".

Owen Strand

Carlos and Owen share a professional relationship with respect for each other. Other than that it is clear from the beginning that he sees Carlos as a good match for TK. When TK is hurt on a call and is in a coma at the hospital, Owen asks Carlos if he wants to spend time with him and tells him that TK would probably appreciate that. It is said that Carlos has seen Owen and Gwyn around each other so it's possible that they have share time all together at the Strand house. When TK and Carlos has a fight in "Friends With Benefits", it is Owen who defends Carlos' actions. He also comments that his son and Carlos are "more than (friends with benefits)". Owen and Carlos share a hug in "2100°".

In "Bad Call", Carlos comes by the firehouse to speak to TK but as he is out on a call, Owen tells him to wait for him there and offers Carlos a smoothie. They go in the firehouse's kitchen and Carlos tells Owen about his suspension and after Carlos tells him about how his father thinks he's too soft to be a cop, Owen tells him that "there should be a heart behind that shield" and that Carlos "got a good one." Then, they work together to find TK, Tommy and Nancy after they were kidnapped by robbers and when they do, Owen has a talk with Carlos' father where he tells him that they only succeeded to find them because of Carlos and that "he's an impressive guy.". Carlos has a hard time calling Owen by his name which the latter insists, but by the end of episode "A Little Help From My Friends", we see Carlos managing to call him "Owen". In episode "The Big Heat" Owen officially meets Carlos's parents and compliments them for raising a "fantastic son". Later in the episode Owen agrees with Gabriel when the latter states that he loves that his son is with TK. In "Push", Owen hugs Carlos when TK is in a coma and on the verge of death. In Child Care, Carlos introduces Owen as his "father-in-law, more or less" to detective Washington.

Trivia

  • Prior to the arson, he lived at 540 Lynnwood Avenue, Austin. ("The Big Heat")

Appearances

Season One
"Pilot (9-1-1: Lone Star)" "Yee-Haw" "Texas Proud" "Act of God" "Studs"
"Friends Like These" "Bum Steer" "Monster Inside" "Awakening" "Austin, We Have a Problem"
Season Two
"Back in the Saddle" "2100°" "Hold the Line" "Friends With Benefits" "Difficult Conversations"
"Everyone and Their Brother" "Displaced" "Bad Call" "Saving Grace" "A Little Help From My Friends"
"Slow Burn" "The Big Heat" "One Day" "Dust to Dust"
Season Three
"The Big Chill" "Thin Ice" "Shock and Thaw" "Push" "Child Care"
"The ATX-Files" "Red vs. Blue" "In the Unlikely Event of an Emergency" "The Bird" "Parental Guidance"
"Prince Albert in a Can" "Negative Space" "Riddle of the Sphynx" "Impulse Control" "Down To Clown"
"Shift-Less" "Spring Cleaning" "A Bright and Cloudless Morning"

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