Tami Taylor is a fictional character on the television series Friday Night Lights. She the wife of Eric Taylor and mother of Julie Taylor and Gracie Belle Taylor. Tami is portrayed as kind, understanding, and loving.
Season 1[edit | edit source]
With the promotion of her husband to head coach of the Dillon High football team, Tami and her family are now included in the "social elite" of Dillon. Not content with being a trophy wife and attending "book clubs", she accepts the guidance counselor position at the school. As guidance counselor, she deals with student problems from academic ineligibility to the insecurities of a rally girl and her "responsibilities" to her Panther. Through it all, Tami remained a devoted wife and mother. She is also her husband's sounding board for difficult decisions; and as the team prepares for State, she is the anchor and stabilizer of the team's anchor and stabilizer.
With the state championship game fast approaching, Tami received news that she is expecting. This brought up a serious question for her and her husband, as they had to reconsider separating their family as they had originally decided.
Season 2[edit | edit source]
As the baby gets closer and closer to being due, Eric's absence took an increasing toll on Tami, who got little help from adrift daughter Julie. After the birth of Gracie Belle, Eric decides to resign from his position at TMU and return to Dillon. With their family together again, Tami looked towards returning to work, but had issues with separation from Gracie Belle. This led to an overextended visit from her sister Shelley Hayes.
3 weeks before the playoffs began, Tami's ex-boyfriend Mo McArnold arrives in Dillon for real estate business and a hospital opening. This leads to a drunken stand-off between Eric and Mo over some bad history, with Eric justifying to Julie as, "I was defending your momma's honor."
Season 3[edit | edit source]
Tami began the 2008-2009 school year as principal of Dillon High. She was immediately bombarded with budgeting issues, issues that extend throughout the school year. She did an admirable job changing the "football first" attitude at Dillon, much to the chagrin of the boosters and Buddy Garrity, but earned the respect of her colleagues, even earning Dillon High recognition as a "National Blue Ribbon School." Tami was also an integral part of Tyra Collete's acceptance into UT as well as rectifying the division between Buddy and his daughter Lyla Garrity and helping her attend Vanderbilt.
Upset with the boosters for shelling out money for a gratuitous Jumbo-Tron when school facilities need desperate financial help, Tami redirects the funds for the Jumbo-Tron to academics. This does not go over well the boosters or Mayor Rodell.
Season 4[edit | edit source]
Tami is forced to redistrict the students of Dillon to their proper schools, including star Panthers running back Luke Cafferty after it is discovered that he had been using a phony address to attend West Dillon High. This makes her extremely unpopular with Panthers fans, as it is perceived that she gave Eric a gift over at East Dillon. She is asked by <nowiki><nowiki>[[Tim Riggins]] to counsel [[Becky Sproles]]</nowiki></nowiki> when Becky gets pregnant. This leads to Luke Cafferty's mom becoming infuriated when Becky chooses to get an abortion and ends up getting Tami to resign as West Dillon principal to become East Dillon counselor.
Season 5[edit | edit source]
Tami becomes the counselor for East Dillon High. At first, she is not well-received by her co-workers as they see her as pushy. However, she begins to make connections with her peers. She learns of a troublemaker named Epyck Sanders and seeks to turn her life around, just as she did with Tyra. However, Epyck constantly gets into trouble, lies to Tami repeatedly, and accidentally slams Tami's head against a window. Epyck is arrested and transfered to Kilroy, leaving Tami distraught. Eric comforts her, saying that "You did all you could for her", subtly implying that you can't help a person who doesn't want to be helped. Tami gets an interview with Braemore College in Philadelphia for assistant Dean of Admissions, the Head Dean disagrees with her Philosophies, but the College loves her and fires him and want her to take his place as the Head Dean. This leads to conflict with Eric who wants to stay in Texas to coach the new Panthers super team. Tami decides to give up her dream for Eric, but Eric returns the favor and tells Tami that he turned down the offer to coach the Panthers. 8 months after East Dillon wins State, Tami is seen at Braemore College and is speaking with a few students, and then shows up after Eric's practice and walks off the field with him as the final lights shut off.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Tami Taylor prides herself on her ability to listen and connect to the children she works with. What she has done both as a principal and counselor is a testament to her amazing compassion and open-heartedness. She occasionally makes emotionally impulsive decisions, but is always first to admit her mistakes. Tami often acts as a sounding board for her husband and provides an ear and thoughtful advice for many of the young women in Dillon, especially Tyra, Lyla, and her daughter Julie.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Katie McCoy (Friend)[edit | edit source]
Tami was very close with JD's mother, who helped her out with hosting the annual BBQ and giving her advice on her Jumbo-Tron dilemma. Their friendship ended when Tami called Child Protective Services on the McCoy's after a fight with JD and his father.
Eric Taylor (Husband)[edit | edit source]
They have a strong relationship, and while they get into fights, they always find a way to resolved them. It is stated they married in their early twenties, and that he was the reason that she got back on track in school.
Julie Taylor (Daughter)[edit | edit source]
She did not approve of her daughter's friendship with the rebellious, older Tyra Collette at first, but began to accept it when she felt guilty for treating Tyra so badly. Tami also became a surprise mentor to Tyra, giving her confidence to succeed in life and go on to college.
As for her daughter's relationship with Matt Saracen, Tami was a lot more reasonable than her better half, who coaches Saracen (the quarterback) on the field. But she, too, expressed great disapproval at the thought of her daughter starting a sexual relationship so young.
Both mother and daughter struggled to deal with each other when Gracie was born, as Julie didn't want anything to do with her new baby sister or help her mother out.
Gracie Belle Taylor (Daughter)[edit | edit source]
Gracie Belle was born in summer 2007. Tami often calls her "sweet girl."
Quotes[edit | edit source]
Funny[edit | edit source]
"His and hers closets, baby." (S1: Pilot)
"Watch the curb... Whoever you are!" (S1:10 It's Different For Girls)
Heartfelt[edit | edit source]
"But seriously y'all. Eric Taylor is a kind and decent man. And he's strong, he has vision, and he's passionate. And he's real good at imparting that passion into the hearts of the people around him. And he loves y'all kids. Every single one of y'all. I just wanted to tell you how much y'all have touched us. How important y'all are to us. How much we care about you. So thank you, from our whole family, thank you." (S1:5 Best Laid Plans)
"There's no weakness in forgiveness."
"You're going to win, or you're going to lose. Either way, the sun's going to come up tomorrow."
"It's my turn baby. I have loved you and you have loved me and we have compromised, both of us...for your job. And now it's time to talk about doing that for my job." (S13: Always)