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Main Character: Miami
Tara
Name Tara Price
Gender Female
City Miami
Job Former Medical Examiner
Status Incarcerated
Portrayed By Megalyn Echikunwoke
First Appearance Won't Get Fueled Again

Tara Price was the Medical Examiner who replaced Alexx Woods in season seven of CSI: Miami.

Season Seven[]

Won't Get Fueled Again[]

Tara first appeared as the replacement for murdered coroner Shannon Higgins (the original replacement for the departed Alexx Woods). Tara's first job was to examine the body of a burnt man on a beach. Eric later met her in the lab and thought she was cute, which he discussed with Horatio.

Cheating Death[]

Eric and Ryan switched out the body of a victim for a fake dummy, and attach it to a wire. When Tara walked in, Eric lifts the body up through a remote in the observation deck. Not seeing Eric, she thinks the body is moving on its own and freaks out. She yells at Eric when he reveals the prank and later snaps at Ryan when she takes their crime scene photos to recreate the body's original position to determine the weapon used.

Calleigh helps Tara recreate the body position and reassures her that it's not personal; they just like to play a prank on the newbie. She informs Tara of when Ryan was new and Calleigh and Eric sent him to his first autopsy, only to find a headless body.

Divorce Party[]

Tara joined the team to investigate a homicide where the victim was hung from a gazebo. While working the crime scene, the architecture collapsed causing her to injure her shoulder. Later that day, Horatio convinced Tara to hire his son, Kyle as an intern in the morgue to protect him from the erratic behavior of his mother, Julia Winston.

A bottle of oxycodone subsequently went missing from a car accident victim. Julia was instantly suspected of stealing them, even by Kyle, after she visited him on his first day, giving her the apparent opportunity to take them. At the end of the episode, Tara was seen putting the pills into her pocket.

In a later episode, Kyle witnesses her popping a pill into her mouth while examining a body. When he confronts her about it, Tara defensively replies, "I don't have to explain myself to you, Kyle."

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Collateral Damage[]

When a bomb goes off during an autopsy, Tara frantically tries to pick up the scattered pills which had fallen out of her pocket and onto the floor as a result of the blast. Ryan notices this and suspects she's hooked. He tells her to "kick it" because he "won't be able to cover for her next time."

However, Tara wasn't able to "kick it" and as such, eventually destroyed her own career as an M.E while also getting herself arrested.

Dissolved[]

Ryan caught Tara imbibing pills while working. Again, he urged her to come forward and seek help; however, Tara refused and Ryan reminded her of his warning about what would happen if he caught her again. After more false assurances by Tara, she went back to work while Ryan called Horatio to inform him that she (and consequently, they) had a serious problem.

Horatio and Ryan got a search warrant for Tara's workplace locker where they discovered a bag of pill bottles containing multiple prescriptions for oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, buprenorphine and possibly other opioids stolen from morgue intake. Ryan went to the morgue and matched the prescription bottles' names to the corpses' tags. Tara saw him do this and their eyes locked. Before either of them could say anything, Julia Winston (suffering a psychotic break) fired a shot and demanded her son leave with her.

Later, after the shooting was resolved with no casualties due to Horatio's intervention, Ryan tells Tara in the autopsy room that they are wanted by Internal Affairs, supposedly to get their depositions after the incident in the morgue involving the dangerously unmedicated Winston. However, both of them knew that it was in reference to Tara directly although neither of them acknowledged this.

As she left the morgue, Tara turned and looked back into the room, knowing that she would never be back. Meeting with IAB Sgt. Rick Stetler, she was told what they knew, including the framing of Julia Winston and the consequent precipitation of the chain of events that ended with the shooting in the morgue. Tara was arrested for felony theft, burglary and tampering with evidence.

As she got up to be handcuffed, Tara said Ryan's name, desperate for help. In both regret and resignation, he replied, "I gave you every opportunity, Tara." As the police took her into custody in her blue scrubs, Eric Delko and Wolfe watched her go.

As she was led into the elevator, Tara looked at them in both a final plea for help and shame, alternately making and avoiding eye contact as the elevator door closed.

She is then replaced by Tom Loman.

Appearances[]

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