Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jan. 18, 2004
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
Showtime TV Network

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The L Word

The L Word is the intimate story about the lives and loves of a group of lesbian friends living in Los Angeles.

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Jenny Schecter

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  Played by:
Mia KirshnerMia Kirshner
Kirshner found a talent agent at the age of 12, and was acting professionally by the age of 15. She made ...

Character Bio

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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.

SEASON ONE HIGHLIGHTS:
Moves to Los Angeles to be with her boyfriend, Tim Haspel.
Sees Shane McCutcheon having sex with a girl in Bette and Tina's pool next door and is shocked, fascinated and turned on by it.
Meets Tina Kennard and is invited to Bette and Tina's sperm donor party, where she is properly introduced to Shane McCutcheon and meets Marina Ferrer for the first time.
Has an on-and-off affair with Marina.
Marries Tim Haspel when her affair with Marina is discovered, but the marriage does nothing to repair the damage caused by Jenny's infidelity.

SEASON TWO HIGHLIGHTS:
Jenny's relationships with Gene and Robin both come to an end. Tim decides to move back to Ohio and allows Jenny to take over the lease.
Shane moves into Jenny's house as a roommate and the two of them become very close friends.
Becomes involved with Carmen de la Pica Morales, but eventually breaks things off when she sees a recording (fittingly named "Love Confession") of Shane and Carmen confessing their strong feelings toward each other.
Enrolls herself in a writing class and is challenged by the teacher, Charlotte Birch, to push herself when it comes to her writing.
Has an emotional breakdown after discovering that roommate Mark Wayland has hidden cameras throughout the house, which leads to flashbacks of violent sexual abuse Jenny suffered when she was very young. Starts self-injuring and is discovered by Shane, who promises that she will get Jenny the help she needs.

SEASON THREE HIGHLIGHTS:
Convinces Moira Sweeney to travel with her back home to Los Angeles after being in Skokie, Illinois to recover from her breakdown.
Writes book while in Illinois, entitled Some of Her Parts, detailing her history, the abuse she suffered as a child, her breakdown and eventual recovery.
Supports Moira emotionally and financially as she adjusts to life in the big city and encourages her to explore the more masculine side of her personality.
Receives a deal for her book from Simon & Schuster publishing house. The publishing company asks her to change the structure of the book from fiction to memoir, which leaves Jenny feeling vulnerable.
Assists in Max's transition from female to male, despite the strain it puts on her relationships with Shane and Carmen.

SEASON FOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
Encounters Marina when she returns from Europe; refuses to participate in a threesome with Claude and Marina.
Jenny's book Some of Her Parts is released and she does a book-signing tour.
Begins a serial novella that is printed in New Yorker magazine. The novella is entitled Lez Girls and is a fictionalized account of her life and the lives of her acquaintances.
Is courted by many movie studios for the rights to her novella. It is considered the hottest property in Hollywood.
Is betrayed by Tina Kennard and fired from the production of the movie based on her novella.

SEASON FIVE HIGHLIGHTS:
Returns to Los Angeles, with a rich fiancier who's only too eager to fund the Lez Girls film, with Jenny attached to direct.
Is welcomed home warmly by her best friend, Shane.
Meets actress Niki Stevens, who has been chosen by the producers of Lez Girls to play Jenny's on-screen alter-ego, Jesse.
Jenny doesn't want Niki to play her, but the producers hire her, anyway.
Jenny and Niki have an on-set affair and Niki's adolescent behavior holds up shooting and causes Jenny nothing but headaches.
Niki goes with Jenny on the Subaru Pink Ride and while they're staying overnight in a tent, they make a home-made sex videotape.
Jenny's assistant Adele steals the video tape and later shows it to the producers in order to convince them to fire Jenny from the movie.
Jenny leaves the set and the only person who agrees to go with her is her best friend, Shane. From that point on, Jenny says that Niki is 'dead to her' and says to Shane that she's not in love with Niki anymore.
Refusing to attend the Lez Girls wrap party, Jenny pleads with Shane and her other friends to go so they can represent her, but Jenny turns up at the party unexpectedly and makes a speech to the attending cast, crew, producers and friends. During the speech, Jenny confesses that she's 'madly in love with someone'.
Jenny goes in search of Niki to talk to her and finds Niki and Shane together, having sex. She's shocked and hurt and tells Shane that it's the ultimate betrayal and that Shane's broken her heart.



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