Played By: Mia Kirshner
Occupation: Writer; former waitress; former stripper, movie director.
Family: Mother: Sandy Ziskin; Step-father: Warren Ziskin.
Personality Type: Eccentric, but sweet; complex; determined; outspoken, brash.
L Word(s) That Best Describes Jenny: Liberated; Lovely; L'enfant Terrible.
Signature Look: Eclectic vintage pixie.
Endearing Trait(s): Loyalty to her best friend Shane; boldness.
Annoying Trait(s): Very emotionally fragile; tends to be a bit too honest; prone to fainting.
Strengths: Creative, brave; fluent in French; strong-minded; understanding.
Hangups: Having her privacy violated; deep-seated fear that she's just one of those people who doesn't deserve to be happy.
| | POSSIBLE MOTIVES FOR
| ▲ || Possible motive: Jenny's always been more than alittle self-centered and egotystical...even her fiction was always more non-fiction than anything else...a novelization of her own life...what better story then The Murder of Jenny Schecter starring herself as victim and her friends as the backstabbing treacherous lionesses?...I mean seriously...her movie casts her that way why shouldn't this be Jenny Schecter's final encore?|
Cause: well gee...we already know poor girls not exactly wrapped too tight...she might not even realize if she kills herself she WON'T wake up
| ▲ || Possible motive: Her self-destructive alter-ego|
Cause: She tried cutting (or hurting her self in any thinkable way) and things just went a little too far and finished up dead.
| ▲ || Possible motive:Overwhelmed with everything that has ever been dear to her, stolen. Her virginity as a child, her first female lover, her movie, and then finding Shane with Niki just pushes her over the edge.|
Cause:She drowns in the swimming pool and no one notices until it is too late.
| ▲ || Possible motive: Accidental.|
Cause: Jenny slips and falls.
| ▲ || Possible motive: Escape|
Cause: JENNY is tired & fed up with everyone around her, including her environment, and "sets up" her own death, to "start over" She is still alive. Kind of like Tupac, and Elvis.....
| ▲ || Possible motive:Of course, there is always a lot of drama when Jenny is involved. So, she may have set something up for everyone to feel sorry for her and it went sour. It could have been an accident on her way back to her house to find Shane.|
Cause: A big self-absorbed plot gone wrong. An accidental fall. Jenny made so many enemies, pissed a lot people off and everyone of the other members of the cast have threatened her in some way this season. It could be all of them in on it...
| ▲ || Possible motive:Broken Heart|
Cause:I believe the moment she saw Shane and Nikki she knew right there she was going to die. The moment the pain hit her she completely broke into pieces. Once she had a few days to figure out who she was again she planned just how she would get her revenge.
Nikki was easy, hurting someone like that is a matter of ego and pride. Hurt them where they have an inflated sense of well being.We all know when we're told we're not worth anything it hurts, but it especially hurts when you're someone everyone drools over and thrive on that energy.
Shane however is different, she doesn't have a false sense of
ego, her's is well deserved. She doesn't have the self esteem
Nikki does, in fact one might say Shane struggles with who
she was/is as a person. It may never be said but it can be seen in the way she dresses, talks, even walks. Regardless she is much different than Nikki, also means much more to Jenny.
Her efforts to show Jenny she cares and wont give up on the
friendship in the first two shows proves to Jenny she can get
away with anything and no one would be the wiser, at least Shane wouldn't see a 18 wheeler coming at her if Jenny was driving it.
I believe Jenny's planning on making Shane do the one thing
she's never done before, truly fall in love. Jenny will break
down all of Shane's walls and Shane will follow easily because
she wants so much to be "Okay" again. Then comes the revenge. Jenny after all the years of thoughts and trying to kill herself, she finally find a way to do it and in the first place
she ever saw Shane. Leaving Shane with the worst pain possible the loss of a loved one.
Its a twisted theory, but then again, so is Jenny.
ROMANTICALLY LINKED TO...
How/where they met: According to Jenny's friend Annette, Tim and Jenny were sweethearts in college.
About the relationship:Tim and Jenny's relationship was a case of opposites attracting, with athletically-minded Tim proving an interesting (if unlikely) match for the artistic and eccentric Jenny. With Tim being away constantly for his work coaching a university swim team, Jenny felt lost and unsure of what to do with herself in her new life in a sprawling metropolis like LA.
How/where they met: Jenny was introduced to Marina at Tina and Bette's sperm-donor party, not long after Jenny arrived in L.A.
About the relationship:Marina was the very first woman Jenny would ever sleep with, opting to cheat on her longtime boyfriend Tim with her. Jenny immediately regretted it and yet couldn't stop herself or the affair, no matter how horrible it made her feel, because the exhilaration and intimacy she had with Marina were impossible to resist. Marina toyed with Jenny and Jenny ultimately broke things off with her after Marina casually broke the news to Jenny that she'd been another woman's partner for five years.
How/where they met: They met during a party at the Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs.
About the relationship: When a very inebriated Jenny was encouraged to call Marina at a party, she soon lost her nerve and Robin came rushing to her rescue. Robin was a very down-to-earth trapeze artist with a kind heart and the two of them took to each other immediately. When Marina discovered Robin's identity, she set out to chase after Robin, herself, making Jenny's relationship with Robin all the more complicated. Robin wanted to have a more serious relationship with Jenny than Jenny was ready for and so Jenny did her best to let Robin down gently.
| Gene Feinberg|
How/where they met: They met at the manatee exhibit at the aquarium, where Jenny was doing research for a story.
About the relationship:Jenny's tryst with Gene was brief, but it lasted long enough for him to realize that she was just too gay to be his girlfriend. Try as he might, Gene just couldn't compete with Jenny's newfound fascination with and attraction to other women.
Carmen de la Pica Morales
How/where they met: Jenny meets Carmen for the first time when she comes over to visit Shane the same day Shane moves into Jenny's place.
About the relationship: This casual relationship first sparked when Carmen saw Shane kissing another woman onstage of a club. Carmen quite literally turned to Jenny and decided to share the beer that she had bought for Shane, with Jenny instead. They struck up a conversation and ended up sharing a kiss, which Shane witnessed and which left her crestfallen. Later, with some heavy-hearted matchmaking on Shane's part, Carmen and Jenny began a casual relationship. And although Jenny felt great affection toward her, Carmen always openly maintained an informal outlook on their relationship, even encouraging Jenny, at one point, to pursue her writing instructor.
The Jenny/Carmen relationship began to break down when Carmen noticed terrible changes in Shane. As time passed and she saw Carmen with Jenny, a heartbroken Shane fell into a life of sad, unfulfilling sex with faceless women and of drugs and alcohol. Carmen noticed that Shane's life was in a downward spiral and confronted Shane, asking her to be honest with her feelings and stop trying to run away from them, as it was tearing her life apart (interestingly enough, Jenny, Shane's "best friend," either did not pick up on the obvious signs of Shane's despondency, or she decided to ignore them). During one of those confrontations, Shane made it clear that she did have strong feelings for Carmen and Carmen did the same, an exchange that was recorded by hidden cameras.
The breaking point came when Jenny saw the video of Shane and Carmen's "Love Confession." She decided to end her relationship with Carmen relationship and push Carmen and Shane back together, because they were both happiest with each other.
| Moira Sweeney/Max Sweeney|
How/where they met: They met in Skokie, Illinois when Jenny was staying with her parents after an emotional breakdown. Moira drives with Jenny back to LA.
About the relationship: Jenny was immediately drawn to Moira's sweet nature and soft-spoken ways and at Jenny's insistence, agreed to join her on a cross-country trip to Los Angeles. Moira, who had been working as an IT technician, had been planning the move for quite some time, but meeting Jenny was the motivation she needed to make it a reality. During her time in LA, Moira would meet Billie Blake, a flamboyant emcee Kit Porter had hired as the new general manager of the Planet. Under Billie's influence, Moira considered transitioning from female to male and, without a doctor's supervision, she began taking testosterone. Jenny was a constant source of support for Moira and even Max, when the overdoses of testosterone caused violent mood swings and stirred up virulent jealousy in him. Jenny gradually lost interest in Max once he started becoming more concerned with passing as a straight man and expressing prejudice against lesbians.
| How/Where they met: Niki auditioned to play the part of Jesse in Jenny's Lez Girls movie. Jenny didn't like Niki, saying that she didn't look like a writer, but more like a model who belonged on the cover of Maxim magazine. Jenny fought for actress Luchi Santis to be cast in the role of Jesse, but the producers of the movie had already hired Niki because she had another film that was set to open in theaters and she had 'heat' behind her. |
Later in the episode, Niki runs into Jenny at SheBar and lets it slip that she's gay. She persuades Jenny to go somewhere more private so that they can talk. In a more secluded area of SheBar, Niki tells Jenny that she feels a connection to the character of Jesse, but Jenny tells Niki that she doesn't care if Niki is gay - that being gay isn't what is going to get her the role. Niki admits that she has already been cast in the role of Jesse by the producers, but that she would feel better about being cast if she knew that Jenny approved of her as Jesse.
About the relationship: Jenny wasn't immediately attracted to Niki -- in fact, Jenny disliked her, rolling her eyes and ignoring her on a few occasions. But Jenny slowly starts to warm up to the young actress, and in episode 505 they make love in Jenny's closet at the pot brownie party. Niki eventually tells Jenny that she loves her, which brings out the more vulnerable, sweet side of Jenny that was hidden behind her protective walls, characterized by her haughty, diva-like behavior.
Caught up in her relationship with Niki, Jenny is oblivious to her assistant Adele's machinations. Adele shows the producers and Niki's agents the sex tape that Niki and Jenny made together when they went on the Subaru Pink Ride together. As a result, Jenny loses her job as the director of Lez Girls. Jenny immediately hurries to the set and begs Niki to leave with her. Niki's agent reminds Niki that she's under contract and Niki, suitably cowed, stays behind.
In the finale episode, we discover that Jenny hasn't been answering or returning any of Niki's phone calls. Talking with Tina, Jenny tells her that she feels that she couldn't be with someone who hid who they were the way that Niki does. She says to Tina that she feels people like that are 'pathetic'. At the Lez Girls wrap party, Jenny declares that she is madly in love with someone, and runs out to look for Niki, only to discover Shane having sex with Niki against a railing outside the venue. Jenny tells Shane that she has committed the "ultimate betrayal" and that she has "broken her heart". Jenny doesn't say a word to Niki or even so much as look at her, which only strengthens the argument that Jenny was not looking for Niki to forgive her, but to break things off with her properly and for good, face to face.
How/where they met: Shane and Jenny 'met' for the first time when Jenny saw Shane through her next door neighbor's fence. Shane sneaked into the backyard to use the swimming pool, bringing a 'guest' along with her for some fun. Shane got naked and got busy and Jenny was shocked, but she liked what she saw... a whole lot more than she should have! Talking about it with her boyfriend Tim later that night, it seemed that Jenny was more turned on by what she saw Shane doing with that other girl than what Tim was doing with her! Jenny would meet Shane (officially, this time) at a party thrown by Shane's friends - none other than Jenny and Tim's next door neighbors. Jenny was new in town, new to the WeHo world and Shane was something new and shockingly different from what she was used to, but she couldn't help but feel irresistably drawn to Shane, the reserved loner of the close-knit group of friends.
About the relationship: Although from drastically different backgrounds, Shane and Jenny had far more in common than anyone could have imagined, and over the seasons, the two of them have formed a profoundly deep and unbreakable bond. Their relationship is unique to the show in that it has been almost perfectly harmonious since season two, when their friendship first began, and is arguably the longest and healthiest relationship either character has had over the course of the series.
After the events of the season five finale, Shane and Jenny's friendship teeters on a precipice. Can they overcome Shane's uncharacteristic betrayal and repair the friendship or is this a start to a new chapter of their relationship with one another? Only time will tell!
OTHER "LINKS" FROM THE CHART:
- Nick Barashkov (one of Jenny's former professors)
- Claude Mondrian (French-Canadian freelance journalist)