Jim Taggart (Eureka)
|Created by||Andrew Cosby
|Portrayed by||Matt Frewer|
|Title||Biological Containment Specialist|
Dr. Taggart is Eureka's veterinarian and "biological containment specialist", which means he catches whatever needs to be caught. If it walks, talks, eats, breathes, or bleeds, it falls within Taggart's domain. He is depicted as an Australian (with a farcical Australian accent) and often butts heads with the sheriff and townsfolk who refuse to appreciate the delicate and unique wildlife situation in Eureka. He appears to have an obsession with catching Lowjack, a dog who randomly appears all over town, and remarks that the dog is "evil incarnate" (though he lets him lick his face). Taggart hints that Lowjack isn't "really a dog".
Taggart appears to be quite fond of Jo Lupo; and dances with her briefly in ("Primal"). He is seen making out with Jo in "H.O.U.S.E. Rules", and the two are seen as a couple in the possible future shown in "Once in a Lifetime". In "Phoenix Rising", Jo expresses doubts about a possible relationship with him due to their age difference. At the end of Season 1 he was 45 years old.
He reappears at the end of the second season "A Night at Global Dynamics", where he, Carter and Stark are sent to GD, to investigate the bio hazard-outbreak. He later guides the rest of the employees in the building to the exit.
In the third season episode "Have an Ice Day", he is part of the Arctic ice core project. He seems to still have feelings for Jo.
His most recent and final appearance was in episode 05x13, the series finale, broadcast on July 16, 2012.
- Jim Taggart is also the name of the antagonist of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.
- Taggart has said in "Primal" that Lowjack has 130 IQ and was made from animal research.
- Taggart reappears in the Eureka Christmas special, where he is 'searching for Santa Claus'.
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