Tess Vargas is an NYPD police homicide detective and the partner and best friend of Catherine Chandler. She knows the secret of Cat's boyfriend, Vincent. Although she wasn't always on board with Cat's choice in dating a beast, she now supports her and helps in any way she can. 

Tess dated the former police chief, and now works with Gabe Lowen on special projects relating to the beast with the help of Vincent's friend J.T. Like Vincent's best friend, J.T., Tess is sarcastic and funny and will do anything for those she cares about. 

Tess Vargas Quotes

Tess: I'm sorry. I'm still not clear as to why it's bad that he only has two missions.
Gabe: Because if I'm right, the last mission could very well be Vincent.

Tess: Oh and uh, by the way, if you want to have a shot with Cat, you might not want to go mano y mano with a beast. No, spare me your mock shock. Your feelings for her are pretty obvious.
Gabe: Ha. Ah. To Catherine to?
Tess: I don't know. Maybe.

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Beauty and the Beast Quotes

Vargas:This is where he lives? A chemical plant?
Cat: He's a researcher, maybe he works from home?
Vargas: Or maybe it's a meth lab.
Cat: Just my type.

Everyone told me it was just a coyote or a bear. This thing I thought I had seen was just a result of my concussion or post traumatic stress. No, the men who killed my mother were beasts. I believed them. Until now.