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Oh, fuck off, Mark. It's not my job to make you a better man, and I don't give a shit if I've made you a better man. It's not a fucking woman's job to be consumed and invaded and spat out so that some fucking man can evolve.

Jenny, "Loud & Proud"

Jennifer Diane "Jenny" Schecter[1] is a main character in The L Word. She is portrayed by Mia Kirshner and debuts in the series premiere.

A sensitive and introspective soul, Jenny channels her trauma and experiences into her creative writing. She often gets stuck in her own head and loses herself in vivid fantasies. Her tendency to wallow in her own "darkness"[13] can sometimes end up hurting her and those around her. To others, Jenny comes across as "weird"[14] and "complicated"[4], while Jenny in turn feels isolated and misunderstood even by those closest to her.

Initially a fish-out-of-water from the Midwest, Jenny quickly embraces the Los Angeles lesbian community. She eventually flourishes into a successful author after numerous setbacks. However, her Lez Girls novel, based on the private lives of her friends, coupled with her delusions of grandeur and increasingly manipulative behavior, drives a wedge in her friendships. Yet, even in her worst moments, her best friend Shane McCutcheon continues to stand by her.

Background[]

Early life and family[]

Jenny was raised in Skokie, Illinois, by her mother, Sandy Ziskin, and her stepfather, Warren Ziskin. An only child, she comes from an Orthodox Jewish family that regularly attends shul and observes Shabbat.[3] Jenny herself is able to speak Hebrew.[15][2]

Sandy and Warren believe that homosexuality is a sickness. They have a very traditional Jewish family and desire the same for Jenny. However, Jenny does not seem to consider Warren her father, only calling him by his name and correcting her mother when Sandy refers to him as Jenny's father. In Jenny's eyes, her mother is a subservient "silent slave" to a man who disrespects her, and Jenny refuses to follow the same path.[3]

Jenny's grandmother was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust, and during her time there, a Nazi Unterscharführer branded her arm with a tattoo.[12] Jenny's zayde (Yiddish for "grandfather") was committed into a mental health facility around the time that he was transcribing the Torah by hand; Jenny is unsure if him losing his mind caused him to try to transcribe the Torah by hand, or if trying to transcribe the Torah by hand caused him to lose his mind.[12]

Childhood rape[]

As a little girl, Jenny was gang raped by three older teenage boys in Skokie.[2][16] Jenny was so traumatized by the event that she tried to repress it from her memory, and as she got older, the memories became "blurry" and she could no longer differentiate the truth from her vivid imagination.[16] One of the boys who raped Jenny was wearing a t-shirt with a clown face on it[16] and as a result, many of Jenny's nightmares subconsciously feature a sinister carnival theme.[17] Even with the memories repressed, the trauma subconsciously made Jenny distrustful of people as an adult.[16]

While the rape was occurring, Sandy and Warren were nearby revelling with their friends, who were presumably the parents of the three boys.[15] Sandy and Warren found out about the rape afterwards and were devastated.[18] However, instead of helping Jenny overcome it, they refuse to talk about, or even acknowledge, it.[3][18] While Jenny still loves her parents,[18] she has a lot of resentment towards them, particularly her mother who she feels should have protected or comforted her at the time.[3] Jenny believes that because her trauma was not addressed when she was a child, it festered into a "pathology" that made her a "dysfunctional liar" for most of her young adult life.[18]

When Jenny was in third grade, one of her classmates Miriam ended up in the hospital for three weeks after eating a wild mushroom, and Jenny has been scared of eating mushrooms ever since.[19] Jenny lost her virginity at the age of 13 (discounting her rape which was repressed from her memory) to a boy named Andrew, while they were in the back seat of a car with their friends Todd and Amy.[20]

Becoming a writer[]

Jenny is an avid reader and cites Anne Carson's The Autobiography of Red and Eros the Bittersweet as books that practically changed her life.[7] She also considers The Gift of the Magi to be one of the most perfect stories ever written.[21]

Jenny started writing her own works of fiction at a young age. She created a literary alter ego named Sarah Schuster who she writes short stories about.[7] One of Jenny's short stories, Thus Spoke Sarah Schuster (a reference to Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche), won her a major literary prize for Best First Fiction.[7] Upon Jenny's introduction in the series premiere, Thus Spoke Sarah Schuster was set to be published in the next edition of Best American Short Stories.[7]

College and dating Tim[]

As a college undergraduate, Jenny had a literature professor named Nick Barashkov whom she once gave a blowjob to.[22] Although Jenny thinks that Nick is a "pretentious asshole", she values his literary opinion immensely and remained on good terms with him after graduation.[22] According to her college roommate Annette Bishop, Jenny knew how to use her good looks to attract the attention of their male professors back then.[23] Four years prior to The L Word,[24] Jenny began dating Tim Haspel while still in college, much to the annoyance of Annette who had to listen to them have sex while she was trying to sleep in the same room.[23]

Jenny and Tim were living together in Chicago, Illinois, when Tim moved to Los Angeles, California.[7] Meanwhile, Jenny was completing her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Iowa Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa, and after six months apart, Jenny is about to join him in Los Angeles to start their new life.[7]

The L Word[]

In season one, Jenny arrives to stay with her boyfriend Tim. On her very first night in Los Angeles, Jenny attends a party with her neighbors Tina and Bette where she meets Marina. They start an affair, showing Jenny fighting her feelings and questioning her sexuality. Jenny begins to outright lie to Tim and everyone else about her infidelity. When Tim finds out about the affair, he forces Jenny to marry him. She later goes back to Marina, goes on a date with Dana Fairbanks (Erin Daniels) and briefly dates Robin (Anne Ramsay).

In season two, Tim decides to move out and leave town - his faith and trust in Jenny - and humanity in general - destroyed by her infidelity and outright deception. Jenny becomes best friends with Shane, and invites her to move in. She begins a relationship with Shane's ex-girlfriend Carmen de la Pica Morales (Sarah Shahi), but Carmen later goes back to Shane. Jenny starts having flashbacks of her childhood in which it is revealed she was sexually abused. Jenny starts writing another book and taking a college writing class to improve her fiction skills. Jenny's teacher accuses her of being a non-fiction writer because of her prose resembling Jenny's past. Mark Wayland (Eric Lively), a filmmaker who moves into the house to help pay their rent, starts spying on Jenny, Carmen and Shane, with hidden cameras. Jenny is hurt when the truth is revealed because she trusted him. Jenny becomes depressed and in the series finale she self-harms by cutting herself with razor blades.

In season three, Jenny is sent away to a clinic in Illinois home town. There she meets Moira Sweeney (Daniela Sea), who is transitioning into a man. They begin a relationship and return home. Max begins to take the first steps of his transition. Max's hormone blockers result in his temper flaring; he starts being slightly abusive to Jenny. Jenny later decides to end their relationship. She then writes a story about all her friends for The New Yorker.

In season four, the story later gets turned into a stage play, then a film titled Lez Girls. Marina briefly returns during the play, portraying Jenny's character. Jenny realizes she is over Marina after being propositioned by her. Jenny becomes more mentally unbalanced when she adopts a dog to get close to a female veterinarian. The vet is a girlfriend of a columnist who gave Jenny's story a bad review. Pretending to be distraught, Jenny has the dog put down. Jenny begins secretly dating the woman as part of her plan to ruin her girlfriend's career. When Jenny is found out, she accused of being manipulative and evil.

In season five, while filming Lez Girls, she is promoted as the director. Jenny hires Adele Channing (Malaya Rivera Drew) as her personal assistant. Jenny then starts a relationship with the film's biggest star, Niki Stevens (Kate French). While on a camping trip, Jenny and Niki make a private sex tape. Adele then steals the tape and makes numerous copies. Niki, who is a closeted lesbian and needs to stay in the closet for the sake of her career, is shocked when Adele reveals her plans to send the tapes to the media if Jenny doesn't hand the director's job to her. She stands down and asks Niki to join her; they split up when she doesn't join her. Shane later sleeps with Niki, leaving Jenny heartbroken.

In season six, it is revealed that Jenny is dead. The series then reverts three months before the incident, picking up from the previous series finale. Shane's ex-girlfriend Molly Kroll (Clementine Ford) gives Jenny a letter of apology addressed to Shane. Jenny hides the letter so Shane will not find it. Tina defends Jenny after the original film reels of Lez Girls are stolen, preventing the film from being released. Jenny later starts a relationship with Shane. Jenny steals Alice Pieszecki's (Leisha Hailey) ideas for a play which sparks a feud between the pair. Alice tries to convince everyone that the ideas were hers. Jenny keeps up the pretense and convinces everyone it is an original idea. Alice tries to break Shane and Jenny up to no avail. Jenny then reveals to Dylan Moreland (Alexandra Hedison) that Helena Peabody (Rachel Shelley) and the rest of their friends are setting her up to find out if she is in love with Helena or her money. Jenny starts teasing Max by buying him feminine gifts for his pregnancy. This alienates Shane and is worsened by her trust issues involving Shane's fidelity. Shane sleeps with Niki once more and their relationship reaches a breaking point. Helena later finds out that Jenny revealed the truth to Dylan. This makes Helena desperate for revenge on her old friend. Tina and Shane later find Molly's letter in the loft. Tina then finds the stolen originals of Lez Girls and she goes to confront Jenny.

Jenny spends her final days putting together a film of memories for Bette and Tina. The film contains friends past and present sharing their best moments. During the going-away party held for Bette and Tina, who are planning on moving to New York, they watch the film and Jenny is found dead in the swimming pool in the back yard. It is assumed that she either fell or was pushed from the landing above the back steps, which is unfinished and lacks a proper railing. Because so many people have been offended, betrayed and hurt by Jenny, there are many suspects. They are interrogated. Bette later says she died by suicide.[25]

Personality[]

Relationships[]

Notable relationships[]

Full list[]

The table below shows the complete known history of Jenny's romantic relationships.

No. Series Name Type Episodes
1 TLW Shane McCutcheon Girlfriend TLW: 6x026x08
  • Main article: Jenny and Shane.
  • Jenny and Shane are in a relationship in season six of The L Word.
2 TLW Niki Stevens Girlfriend TLW: 5x075x12
  • Main article: Jenny and Niki.
  • Jenny and Niki are in a relationship in season five of The L Word.
3 TLW Claude Mondrian Girlfriend TLW: 4x01 – post 4x01
  • Jenny and Claude are in a relationship in season four of The L Word.
4 TLW Max Sweeney Partner TLW: pre 3x01 – post 3x12
  • Main article: Jenny and Max.
  • Jenny and Max are in a relationship in season three of The L Word, before Max comes out as a trans man.
5 TLW Carmen de la Pica Morales Girlfriend TLW: 2x052x10
  • Main article: Carmen and Jenny.
  • Jenny and Carmen are in a relationship in season two of The L Word.
6 TLW Robin Girlfriend TLW: 1x112x02
  • Jenny is in an open relationship with Robin in seasons one and two of The L Word.
7 TLW Gene Feinberg Boyfriend TLW: 1x122x01
  • Jenny is in an open relationship with Gene in seasons one and two of The L Word.
8 TLW Dana Fairbanks Fling TLW: 1x10
  • Jenny and Dana attempt to have sex but give up halfway in the episode "Liberally" in season one of The L Word.
9 TLW Marina Ferrer Affair TLW: 1x011x05
TLW: 1x07
  • Main article: Jenny and Marina.
  • Jenny and Marina have an affair in season one of The L Word, while Jenny is in a relationship with Tim Haspel and Marina is in a relationship with Francesca Wolff.
10 TLW Tim Haspel Husband, boyfriend TLW: pre 1x011x07
TLW: 1x09
  • Main article: Jenny and Tim.
  • Jenny and Tim are in a relationship in season one of The L Word.
  • They get married in the episode "Lawfully".
11 Pre-TLW Nick Barashkov Fling TLW: pre 1x01
  • Jenny once gave her college professor a blowjob.[22]
12 Pre-TLW Andrew Boyfriend TLW: pre 1x01
  • Jenny lost her virginity at the age of 13 to a boy named Andrew[20]

Episode appearances[]

The L Word, season 1
Episode Appearance Status
"Pilot"Appears
"Let's Do It"Appears
"Longing"Appears
"Lies, Lies, Lies"Appears
"Lawfully"Appears
"Losing It"Appears
"L'Ennui"Appears
"Listen Up"Appears
"Luck, Next Time"Appears
"Liberally"Appears
"Looking Back"Appears
"Locked Up"Appears
"Limb from Limb"Appears
The L Word, season 2
Episode Appearance Status
"Life, Loss, Leaving"Appears
"Lap Dance"Appears
"Loneliest Number"Appears
"Lynch Pin"Appears
"Labyrinth"Appears
"Lagrimas de Oro"Appears
"Luminous"Appears
"Loyal"Appears
"Late, Later, Latent"Appears
"Land Ahoy"Appears
"Loud & Proud"Appears
"L'Chaim"Appears
"Lacuna"Appears
The L Word, season 3
Episode Appearance Status
"Labia Majora"Appears
"Lost Weekend"Appears
"Lobsters"Appears
"Light My Fire"Appears
"Lifeline"Appears
"Lifesize"Appears
"Lone Star"Appears
"Latecomer"Appears
"Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way"Appears
"Losing the Light"Appears
"Last Dance"Appears
"Left Hand of the Goddess"Appears
The L Word, season 4
Episode Appearance Status
"Legend in the Making"Appears
"Livin' La Vida Loca"Appears
"Lassoed"Appears
"Layup"Appears
"Lez Girls"Appears
"Luck Be a Lady"Appears
"Lesson Number One"Appears
"Lexington and Concord"Appears
"Lacy Lilting Lyrics"Appears
"Little Boy Blue"Appears
"Literary License to Kill"Appears
"Long Time Coming"Appears
The L Word, season 5
Episode Appearance Status
"LGB Tease"Appears
"Look Out, Here They Come!"Appears
"Lady of the Lake"Appears
"Let's Get This Party Started"Appears
"Lookin' at You, Kid"Appears
"Lights! Camera! Action!"Appears
"Lesbians Gone Wild"Appears
"Lay Down the Law"Appears
"Liquid Heat"Appears
"Lifecycle"Appears
"Lunar Cycle"Appears
"Loyal and True"Appears
The L Word, season 6
Episode Appearance Status
"Long Night's Journey Into Day"Appears
"Least Likely"Appears
"LMFAO"Appears
"Leaving Los Angeles"Appears
"Litmus Test"Appears
"Lactose Intolerant"Appears
"Last Couple Standing"Appears
"Last Word"Appears
The L Word, Interrogation Tapes
Episode Appearance Status
"Bette"Absent
"Alice"Mentioned
"Tina"Mentioned
"Shane"Mentioned
"Helena"Absent
"Max"Mentioned
"Niki"Mentioned
Generation Q, season 1
Episode Appearance Status
"Let's Do It Again"Absent
"Less Is More"Mentioned
"Lost Love"Absent
"LA Times"Absent
"Labels"Absent
"Loose Ends"Absent
"Lose It All"Absent
"Lapse in Judgement"Absent

Quotes[]

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The L Word, 1x13: "Limb from Limb".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The L Word, 2x12: "L'Chaim".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The L Word, 3x01: "Labia Majora".
  4. 4.0 4.1 The L Word, 4x01: "Legend in the Making".
  5. The L Word: Interrogation Tapes.
  6. Generation Q, 1x02: "Less Is More".
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 The L Word, 1x01: "Pilot".
  8. 8.0 8.1 The L Word, 4x04: "Layup".
  9. The L Word, 4x05: "Lez Girls".
  10. 10.0 10.1 The L Word, 4x06: "Luck Be a Lady".
  11. The L Word, 4x07: "Lesson Number One".
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 The L Word, 2x10: "Land Ahoy".
  13. See "Lap Dance" (TLW 2x02), "Late, Later, Latent" (TLW 2x09), "Legend in the Making" (TLW 4x01), and "Livin' La Vida Loca" (TLW 4x02).
  14. The L Word, 2x05: "Labyrinth".
  15. 15.0 15.1 The L Word, 2x11: "Loud & Proud".
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 The L Word, 2x13: "Lacuna".
  17. See "Lap Dance" (TLW 2x02), "Loneliest Number" (TLW 2x03), "Lynch Pin" (TLW 2x04), "Loud & Proud" (TLW 2x11), and "Lacuna" (TLW 2x13).
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 The L Word, 4x02: "Livin' La Vida Loca".
  19. The L Word, 2x01: "Life, Loss, Leaving".
  20. 20.0 20.1 The L Word, 1x12: "Locked Up".
  21. The L Word, 1x09: "Luck, Next Time".
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 The L Word, 1x04: "Lies, Lies, Lies".
  23. 23.0 23.1 The L Word, 1x08: "Listen Up".
  24. The L Word, 1x07: "L'Ennui".
  25. Generation Q, 1x01: "Let's Do It Again"

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