Callie Cargill was a tough nut to crack. She was a pretty, quick-witted, driven woman who led a very complicated life. She was working as a nurse while attending medical school and was completely devoted to her studying and to her son, Jeff, who she had been raising alone after her husband Ray was sent to prison for armed robbery. She was amused and annoyed by Jim Longworth’s pursuit of her, but was also intrigued by him and maybe interested in a relationship, despite her general dislike of cops.
Callie was very protective of her son and always tried to do what she thought was best for him, such as not inviting Jim to the white coat after-party in Cassadaga and lying to Jeff about his father, having told him that his father was in the wrong place at the wrong time rather than having committed an actual crime, as is revealed in Marriage Is Murder.
At the beginning of season two, Ray was released from prison to become an informant, but he was soon forced into witness protection. Although happy that Ray seemed to be a changed man and great father to Jeff, Callie declined to follow him into witness protection and filed for divorce so she could continue growing the life and career she had made for herself in his absence. Meanwhile, Colleen Manus offered her the forensic nurse position at the FDLE, which Callie accepted, resulting in her working closely with Jim on several cases. Callie’s other job at the hospital was put in jeopardy when a former colleague informed her that Palm Glade Hospital would be shut down. However, he also offered her a higher position in Atlanta that would pay for her medical school. Though initially about to go accept the position, a hostage situation at the hospital made Callie reconsider her priorities, and she returned to Palm Glade to be with Jim.
In Cassadaga, it is revealed that Callie was born in Tamarac and raised in Coral Springs.
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