Detective Reg Duffy|
Detective Reg Duffy has worked Manhattan East Homicide for four years. Before that he was in Robbery, partnered with his oldest and best friend with whom he grew up, Detective Jay Keating (whose tragic death in the pilot gave Jane her first case). Duffy has been divorced for a few years from a woman who has since remarried. They had no children, so Duffy pays neither alimony nor child support. He lives alone in a bachelor pad in a pretty hip neighborhood - the result of his parents buying an apartment building there decades ago, before regentrification. He's a Mets fan. He's a man of contradictions.
All things considered, before the arrival of Jane Timoney things were going pretty well for Duffy. He kept his whole paycheck after taxes for himself every week, and he had a ready-made family in Jay Keating and his wife and kids, with whom he spent every weekend like a favorite uncle. Although his presence in Manhattan East Homicide means he's among the best of the best when it comes to detectives, Duffy was content to play second fiddle to Keating, whom he considered the better detective and a natural leader of men. Now, however, Keating is gone, leaving a bitter Duffy at a loss across the board. As an Irish Catholic cop, unless he's literally forced to, he's never going to get therapy to help him tap into his unresolved issues of rage, anguish and loneliness. So instead he'll take them out on Jane, choosing to unfairly blame her appearance on the squad for the death of his friend and the sudden uprooting of his life...