Minor Character: New York
Name Reed Garrett
Gender Male
Birth Date 1984
Family Claire Taylor (biological mother; deceased)
Mac Taylor (stepfather)
Unknown biological father (Claire's high school boyfriend)
Mr. and Mrs. Garrett (adoptive parents)
City New York
Occupation Journalist
Status Alive
Portrayed By Kyle Gallner
First Appearance Consequences

Reed Garrett is the son of Claire Conrad Taylor, Mac's late wife.

Early Life[]

Claire had given birth to Reed when she was very young and had put him up for adoption long before she met Mac. At first, Reed had mistakenly believed that Stella Bonasera was Claire, having observed the close friendship between Mac and Stella.

After he learned the truth, Reed was reluctant to connect with Mac, because Mac was not his biological father, though Mac has since become a de facto father for him.

Season Three[]

Reed is first seen, wearing a yellow hooded jacket, eavesdropping on Danny Messer and Stella's conversation before Stella spotted him, causing Reed to run as Danny and Stella soon chase after him, but he escapes them by catching a bus.

Reed later eavesdrops on Mac and Stella's conversation before being spotted by Stella again and is caught by Mac. He asks Stella if she is Claire Conrad, which Mac realizes is his dead wife's name. (Consequences)

Mac visited Reed at his home for Thanksgiving, and gave him photos of Claire. Reed initially was reluctant to connect with him, but Mac made an effort after encountering a young man who had problems with his own step-father. Mac reminded Reed about how Claire connected them and would want them to get to know each other, and Reed agreed to go out for burgers with him. However, Mac got called away to a murder which Reed understood, and Mac left him pictures of his mother. (Sweet Sixteen)

Later Reed and Mac bonded further, when Reed's friend at college was murdered and Reed himself was assaulted (Some Buried Bones). Reed also learned from Mac that his mother's body was never recovered from the World Trade Center site.

Season Four[]

Reed is shown to have become interested in journalism, putting him at odds with Mac while trying to follow a case where a serial killer goes on the loose killing victims in a taxicab. (Like Water for Murder)

He unknowingly entered the killer's cab, but the driver doesn't kill him and instead gives him information on the "cabbie killer" to post on his blog (Personal Foul).

Reed reported on his blog confidential information regarding the cabbie killer case, provided by a secret source who turned out to be the serial killer himself (Taxi).

He inadvertently caused the murder of an innocent New Jersey cop who was moonlighting as a cabbie.

After the Cabbie Killer realized the reach of Reed's blog, he kidnapped Reed to help him get his "message" out to the public. When Mac discovered Reed's location, cops were sent immediately.

Later, Mac left the hospital with Reed; Mac called for a taxi.

Season Six[]

Reed's final appearance is when he asks Mac to meet him at Mac's favorite deli, where they talk about the victim, who was also Reed's friend and that the victim's partner called him for help. He also shows him the scar from when the Cabbie Killer slit his neck, saying it reminded himself every day of the price to be paid for not doing things properly. They later meet the victim's partner and when Mac asks him for the gun that killed his partner which he retrieved, he runs away, and Reed tells Mac that the killer was a cop.

Later, when the case was closed, Reed showed Mac the friend's blog, congratulating the NYPD on helping stop the gold scam.

Reed later offers Mac a drink and chat, but Mac asks for a raincheck. Reed then runs into the elevator before it closes ("Pot of Gold").


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 #
Season 3 - - - - - - - X - X - - - - X - - - - - - - - - N/A 3
Season 4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X - X X - N/A 3
Season 6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - X - - - - - - N/A 1
Total 7