Danny Desai, a charismatic 16-year-old with a troubled past, returns to his hometown after spending five years in juvenile detention. Immediately branded an outcast, Danny attempts to reconnect with his two childhood best friends, Jo and Lacey, and to smooth over tensions with his mother.
Instantly everyone looks at Karen as the mother of a monster and she has trouble going in public, resulting to alcohol like her husband's former problem was. She wants to believe Danny is innocent and she wants to be a better mother than she was before, but he makes it hard when he starts keeping secrets and more evidence comes up. No matter what, Karen swears to stay by her son and assist him. She has revealed that she is glad Danny has Jo Masterson. Karen is rivals/enemies with formerly close friend Kyle Masterson and Regina's mother Gloria Crane over the town's murder case.
Karen was supposedly a "perfect and most popular mother" and is shown to have been somewhat focused on her "perfect and popular" reputation in town when Danny was younger, possibly neglecting him and likely the reason he somewhat initially resented her in the start of the series. However, despite this, she is shown to have very much loved her son and husband. It is implied that she does not know the true reason as to why Danny killed his aunt Tara, often asking why he no longer kept pictures of her.
It is revealed in episode four of season one that in an effort to get Danny acquitted during his trial, she had asked Jo's parents for their daughter to give a character witness for Danny, which they refused. They insisted that Jo was in too fragile a state to do such a thing and were protecting her by declining Karen's offer. However, Karen thought that they just simply didn't believe in Danny, making her furious years later, believing that if Jo had given a witness then it may have prevented Danny from being sent off to juvie. She mourned the five years she lost with her son and is bitter over the fact that she can never get them back.
It was her decision to bring Danny home, much to Danny's disdain, refusing to give into the town whispering about her son and being driven out of their hometown. Karen is also willing to do whatever it takes to put Danny's life back together, flirting with the school principal to have him put back into the student body. When Danny questions whether or not she truly believes in his innocence regarding Regina's murder, she firmly states that she knows he is not guilty.
In recent episodes, Karen has undergone public pressures due to the town believing Danny is Regina's killer despite no evidence whatsoever supporting it. When she tries to go shopping, also running into Jo's mother Tess, several ladies and store workers publicly stare and gossip about her. Also when she is invited to a town banquet by Tess, she reluctantly agrees to come along. However, things take a turn when Regina's mother, Gloria, shows up unexpectedly. When Karen attempts to give her condolences about her daughter's death, Gloria bluntly states her determination to have Danny kicked out of high school, sent to prison for life and to more or less make her and her son's life a living hell for what he (supposedly) did to her daughter. This causing Karen to flee from the banquet and back home, only to have Kyle show up with a search warrent to search her house. This resulting in the town police trashing her house to seach for incriminating evidence against Danny, only to find nothing. Later on, while drinking her sorrows away with a glass of wine, Tess shows up to tell Karen she thought Gloria wasn't going to show up at the banquet and the two end up chatting. Once Tess leaves, Karen sits in her husband's old recliner seat and realizes that the cupholder in the right armrest is removable. Once taking it out, she finds Regina's necklace hidden inside the armest. The next episode she throws it in the lake unknown she is being watched by Rico.
At the end of the last episode, she reveals to Kyle that she was the one that killed Regina.
She has blue eyes and long, blonde hair, which she usually wears down in loose curls. She generally uses natural makeup. Her style is classy and elegant, she likes to wear shirts and blouses with a skirt or trousers, and most of the time, she wears high heels. She is very attractive for her age.
Vik was Karen's late husband whom she clearly loved very much. They were friends in high school, dated in college, but when they married and began their family they had a very angry and complicated relationship. Karen misses him now that he is presumed deceased and often times finds herself talking about him without thinking but he is revealed to be alive in the mid-season finale "Out With The In-Crowd" after a phone conversation between him and Tess Masterson.
Karen and her son have a complicated relationship but she loves him completely and would do anything to assist him.
Karen and Tess Masterson are friends. Tess really feels sorry for Karen. Tess has always been there for Karen and they know each other so well because in "The Truth Will Out" Tess knew she wasn't a killer and she was right.
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