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I made a lot of mistakes, man. Sometimes I feel like that's all life is. It's just all the mistakes you make and all the shit you gotta do to set it right.
— Justin, to Charlie St. George after admitting his drug addition, in "Let the Dead Bury the Dead"

Justin Foley was one of the main characters in 13 Reasons Why. He served as the secondary antagonist of the first season and one of the main protagonists of the second, third and fourth season. He was portrayed by Brandon Flynn.

Justin was the son of Amber Foley, the adoptive son of Matt Jensen and Lainie Jensen, the adoptive brother of Clay Jensen, the boyfriend of Jessica Davis and ex-boyfriend of Kat. He was a student at Liberty High School. He also appeared on two separate tapes, as the first and ninth reasons that Hannah Baker committed suicide.

In the first season, as Clay Jensen listened to the tapes, he tried to keep Clay from revealing the truth to Jessica, even threatening him; Jessica was raped by Bryce Walker and Justin knew this but lied to Jessica telling her that he and Jessica had sex and she was just drunk. His relationship with Jessica was rocky from time to time. He constantly battled between his relationship with Jessica and his loyalty and friendship with Bryce. Justin became mad at Jessica for hanging out with Bryce and ultimately told her the truth and she cut ties with Bryce and broke up with Justin. Justin also cut ties with Bryce. Having no one to stay with or stick around for, he left town.

In the second season, a trial between Hannah's parents and Liberty High began, Clay attempted to find Justin as he was the only one who could testify against Bryce in court; Jessica was reluctant to speak up about her rape as she was not yet ready. Clay found Justin homeless, and brought him back to his house, unknown to Clay's parents. Clay, Tony, and Sheri helped detox Justin. Justin later came back to Liberty High, but Jess wanted nothing to do with him. Clay and Justin started to form a brotherly relationship. He helped Clay and Sheri find the Polaroids. Jess and Justin slowly build back up their friendship and Justin testified against Bryce about Jessica's rape and got arrested for accessory to sexual assault as he didn't call the police or tell anyone. He was released to attend Hannah's wake and Clay told Justin that Clay's parents wanted to adopt him.

In the third season, Justin was released from Juvie and lived permanently with Clay and his parents, he came back to Liberty High and was back on the football team. He helped Clay with helping Tyler Down recover after he attempted a school shooting. Justin found out Bryce was dead and became a suspect to Clay and Ani Achola (a new girl) in his murder. They believed that Justin had killed Bryce after Clay found drugs that were prescribed to Bryce. Justin revealed that Bryce had helped Justin out with dealing with Seth Massey. He and Bryce talked about Justin's drug addiction at Monet's, Bryce then gave Justin Bryce's own prescribed Oxycodone Hydrochloride—an opioid medication used for treatment of moderate to severe pain—to help Justin stay away from heroin and have more control over his addiction.

In the fourth season, Justin struggled further with his addiction following relapsing and a break-up with Jessica. After collapsing at prom, he was diagnosed with AIDS from his drug use and prostitution while homeless. Having been diagnosed too late for treatment, Justin developed a fatal infection that tragically cuts his life short before graduation much to the grief of everyone that knew him. A funeral was held following his death, which many attended.

Early Life

Justin was shown to have a tumultuous home life. His mother became a neglectful drug addict with a rotating set of dangerous and violent boyfriends, including Seth, who strangled Justin on screen and was implied to have abused him in the past. While talking about his absence, his basketball coach mentions that he suspects Justin has been abused, thus his long stays at Bryce's pool house. When he was eight years old, Bryce stood up for him and became his best friend. Due to his poor financial status, Bryce often helped him afford necessities for school and sportswear, such as when he bought him a pair of new trainers. Justin has never met his father. When he was five years old, he was molested by one of his mother's boyfriends.

Throughout the Series

Season 1

Justin first met Hannah at her party. During this time, he was still dating her friend Kat. The two begin a relationship after Kat moved away, culminating in Hannah's first kiss. Justin eventually spreads lies and begins the downfall of Hannah's reputation and school life. They met at the playground. He took pictures as Hannah slid down the "rocket" (what she called the slide), aware of the fact that she was wearing a skirt. They made out at the bottom of the rocket, with Justin taking racy pictures of her.

The next day, Justin showed his friends the pictures, but then Bryce forwards the picture to the entire school. This caused rumors to go around about Hannah.[1]

Hannah talked about the party where she and Clay shared their kiss. Justin and Jessica (although Jessica isn't named) entered the room to have sex, however, Justin gives up because Jessica was too drunk to have sex. Hannah was forced to hide in the closet when there was no way for her to leave the bedroom. Outside the bedroom, Bryce forced Justin to let him into Jess's room. Bryce managed to enter the room and began raping a sleepy and drunk Jessica. Justin opened the door and tried to pull Bryce off of Jessica, but Bryce threw him out of the room. Drunk and feeling he couldn't confront Bryce, Justin cried over his lack of control over what was happening to his girlfriend. Hannah stated that she carried just as much blame as Justin did, as she couldn't stop Jessica's rape but because she was too paralyzed and scared to move.[2]

After Hannah's death, Justin was seen confronting Clay and claiming that Clay isn't innocent.[1] After getting asked by Kevin Porter about Hannah, he skipped school and stayed over at Bryce's pool house, drinking and smoking. Here Jessica confronted him for skipping the assembly and for hiding something from her. Justin denied this, but stayed silent after Jessica asked "If Hannah was lying, why are you here?"[3]

Bryce asked Justin about when he's going back home and Justin explained that it's because his mom's boyfriend Seth is back. After Bryce had left, Justin wandered around the Walker Mansion and got emotional looking at Bryce's family pictures and awards. Jessica arrived and he cried in her arms.[4]

Jessica convinced Justin to take part in the school's Halloween costume contest. They dressed up as Sid, member of punkrockband Sex Pistols and his girlfriend, Nancy. Justin wasn't excited as he hated his outfit. They won the contest and received $200.[5]

Justin and Jessica discussed what Clay was doing and going to do while listening to the tapes. Jessica was scared that Clay would tell people about the ninth tape and believe him, but Justin reassured her that he’d make sure that doesn’t happen and Clay won’t hurt her. Zach, Alex and Justin decided to try and scare Clay by forcing him in Alex’s car and interrogate him while Alex pushes the car to 120 mph. They were stopped by a cop, who turned out to be Alex's dad. Justin told Clay that he can't mess with them and took Clay's bike with him.[6]

Justin in the car when Monty nearly ran Alex over and got into a fight. After the fight, Justin threatened Clay to beat him up, but Clay wasn't scared. At his house, he got into a fight with Jessica because he was annoyed by her being worried for Alex and he pushed her off him when he didn't want to have sex with her.[7]

Justin and Jessica kept fighting and growing apart as Justin was still lying to Jessica about her being raped and Jessica drinking a lot as the result of getting raped. Justin also kept trying to find ways to keep Clay quiet, even proposing to kill him at some point. Clay confronted Justin at his house about why he's protecting Bryce. Justin claimed that he wasn't protecting Bryce, but protecting Jessica. He also told Clay that Hannah was a "drama queen" who killed herself for attention.[2]

At home, Justin got into an argument with Seth and left the house. After Zach didn't answer his phone, Justin stayed over at Alex's house. He found out that Jessica was with Bryce and he and Alex drove to Bryce’s and Justin told her to leave the place. When Jessica started sitting on Bryce’s lap and threw cards at Justin, Justin got mad and dragged Jessica outside while telling her that he doesn't ever want her to be at Bryce's house again. Jessica started asking why he cares if she hangs out with Bryce; Justin screamed that Bryce had raped her. Jessica slapped him and the face, telling him "I hate you" before running off. Bryce stayed calm and asked Justin what he just did, before leaving too.[8]

Justin snuck through Jessica's window to try and talk with her. He tried to explain his actions by saying he thought it'd be better if she didn't know and he was scared. Jessica didn't appreciate his excuses and told him to leave.

When Justin arrived home, Seth confronted him about the subpoena he received. When Justin talked back, Seth choked Justin and told him to go live with his "rich buddy". An upset Justin asked for his mom, but she left the room instead. Justin packed his stuff and left.[9]

Justin tried to talk to Jessica again at a parking lot. He told her that he can’t stop thinking about her and offered to kill Bryce. Jessica told him that she never wants to see him again in her life, leaving Justin in tears. Justin then met up with Bryce and told him about the tapes. He then told Bryce that he doesn't think he'll see him again and walked away.[10]

Season 2

At the start of the second season, it was still not known where Justin is. Later, Clay decided that Justin was the only known person that is alive–Hannah killed herself–who could testify as a witness for Jessica if she decided to testify against Bryce. So Clay enlisted Tony's help to find him. They found him on the streets and when he saw Clay he ran as fast as he could down an alleyway, but Clay caught up. Clay landed on him and an old man came out yelling at them to leave, they heard a police siren and Tony arrived around the opposite side, telling them that if they don't get in, he would leave them behind. Clay and Justin raced to get in his car and Tony drove off.

They came to a pit stop, Tony went to get something, leaving Justin and Clay talking. Clay called Skye and left a message, Justin then told him that "A girl who doesn't call you back is a girl who doesn't want to talk to you." and then said Skye is also "a piece of work" and "fucked up". Clay told Justin that he should stop talking for the foreseeable future. Tony came back out, threw Justin a drink and asked if his mom still lived in the same place. Justin revealed that he took money from her boyfriend before he left, and if he found out he was living there again he would kill him. Tony and Clay became unsure of what to do, as taking him home was their plan. Clay decided to sneak Justin into his house, which he managed to keep hidden. Justin got taken care of by Sheri, Justin, and Tony. They were the only ones except for Alex and Jessica (Clay told Jessica and Jess told Alex) who knew that Justin had been back for a long time.[11]

One night, Justin snuck out of the house and showed up at school to see Jessica, and where she told him that she wants nothing to do with him. Bryce watched this, and when Justin turned to him he became angry and collapsed. He collapsed due to being sick and having been outside the whole night, and Clay and Tony brought him back to the house. Later that day, someone broke into the Jensen's home, and took the gun Justin had been hiding in his duffle bag. This caused Clay's Dad to find Justin, and after telling about his home situation they let him stay.[12]

Justin returned to school on the day Hannah's tapes had been leaked. After a confrontation with Bryce, he bought heroin from another student and got high in Clay's room. Alex found him passed out, but managed to turn him over before he choked on his throw-up. Later, Justin overheard Clay's parents fighting over him so he head back to his Mom's house.[13]

At home, Justin tried to convince him Mom to leave Seth. After she refused, Justin stole more money from Seth and tried to run away again. He missed the bus and while waiting for another one to come along, he received a bunch of text messages from Clay telling him that he needs him. Justin called Clay, who picked him up.[14]

Justin and Clay approached Sheri with their plan to get into the Clubhouse by using bolt cutters to cut the lock on the door. She suggested instead that she'd go in and report back to them. When Sheri found out how to get in the Clubhouse, Justin and Clay broke in and got a box of Polaroids from Zach.[15]

During Justin's testimony, Justin revealed more about his and Hannah's relationship and why he sent the picture of Hannah, and called out Bryce for being a rapist. After his testimony, he and Jessica went to the police station to report Bryce, even though Mrs. Jensen had told him he could get arrested if he did so. Justin and Bryce both get arrested.[16]

Justin was sentenced to six months probation and had to spend time in juvenile detention due to not having a guardian bail him out, until Mrs. Jensen filled for emergency custody. During Hannah Baker’s wake, Justin arrived and was happily greeted upon by everyone. When Clay and Justin had a moment alone to talk, Clay revealed that because of the issues he will face with not finishing high school, becoming a ward of the state and both his parents being no shows, his parents had offered to adopt Justin as they now see him as one of the family. Despite Clay being initially reluctant he understood that Justin needs a real family, to which a speechless and emotional Justin accepted. Back at the Jensen's house, it's revealed that Justin is still addicted to heroin and keeping it a secret.[17]

Season 3

After Tyler's attempted school shooting, Justin and the rest of the group covered up for Tyler, claiming it was a prank. He agreed to hang out with Tyler to keep an eye on him and get better.[18] He rekindled his relationship with Jessica, but kept it a secret due to people judging them for it. He also started working at Monet's.[19]

After Seth's released from jail, he made Justin sell drugs for him to pay back the money he stole. When finding out that Justin had taken some of the drugs he was supposed to sell himself, Seth demanded Justin to pay him the next day or he'd go "ask his new rich family". Justin got arrested for misdemeanor and called Bryce to bail him out, to which he explained his situation with Seth. Bryce paid Seth back the money Justin stole, plus some money to leave Justin alone. Bryce also started giving Justin his Oxy prescription to get him to stay away from heroin.

Zach convinced Justin to play football in his senior year. However, he had trouble keeping up with the other players due to his drug addiction. During a football game, he admitted to Zach that he had been using, who switched his drug test to prevent Justin getting in trouble.[20]

At the Homecoming game, Justin led a fight with the Hillcrest football players after one of them grabbed Jessica's breasts. He stopped Clay from attacking Bryce, telling him that he's going to get crushed and helped Zach off the field after Bryce attacked him. After the game, Justin went to the docks to buy drugs and get high.[21]

Justin mourned Bryce after his death because of their previous close bond, and attended his funeral. At the wake, Justin stole Bryce's watch and traded it for drugs.[22]

Clay found out that Justin had Bryce's Oxy prescription, and confronted him about it. At first Justin lied and claimed it was a one time thing. He showed Clay and Ani a text that insinuated Seth had killed Bryce and went to his place to find proof, where he was exposed by Seth for trading the watch for drugs. Justin admitted everything to Clay, who then gave him his own Oxy prescription, saying he would do anything for him.[20]

Meanwhile Justin and Jessica's relationship was exposed by Alex, and they decided to not care anymore and make their relationship public. Shortly afterwards, Justin started thinking she deserves better than him because of his drug addiction and broke up with her, claiming he cheated. They got back together after Clay told Jessica the reason Justin thinks she's better off without him.

After finding out who murdered Bryce and about Monty's death, Justin and Ani came up with a plan to blame the murder on Monty and he, with the help of the others, set up proof for the lie Ani told the police.

At the Thanksgiving dinner, Justin admitted to the Jensens that he's not clean and asked for help, which Mrs. Jensen then promised to get him.[23]

Season 4

Justin appeared in Clay's dream. During the dream, Justin woke up Clay and claimed Monty is still alive. After he got dressed, they visited Monty in jail, where it then became apparent that it’s just a dream. Monty raged at the fact that they set him up for murder. The dream sequence ended with Monty attacking Clay, and him waking up in a sweaty body.

It is revealed that Justin had been at rehab getting help for his drug addiction. He was finally returning home after several weeks. Upon his return, he was greeted by Clay, Jessica, Ani, Zach, Alex, Tyler, Tony, and Charlie all of whom had thrown a welcome home party for him. The group had got together for the first time since Bryce's murder case. After the party, the mood shifted as they discussed the guns upon Tyler’s leave. Doubt spread over the group, the question being, can they trust Tyler? To dampen the mood further, Justin broke up with Jessica his reasoning being that he needed to prioritize his sobriety.

It was Christmas morning and the Jensens were opening presents. Clay had one of his anxiety attacks but shrugged it off upon Justin’s concern.

At Liberty High, the students wre in for a surprise. Metal detectors had been placed at the entrance of the school building accompanied by school resource officers (SROs). Jessica was far from happy about this, especially when she walked through the metal detector and her bra set it off making one of the male SROs tell her she needed a pat-down. Justin, Ani, and Clay watched as Jessica refused and stormed off towards the principal’s office.

At Future Fair, Liberty students gathered to check out the club and institution representatives. Justin approached Clay at the Robotics Club stand. He told Clay that there's an admission officer at Occidental that's interested in him, according to Dr. Singh. Clay didn't seem as excited about the news, though he tried to reassure him otherwise.

Later, Justin observed from a distance as football team forced Estela to wear “De la Cruz” jersey to honor her brother Monty. Charlie, then later Clay, confront them. After Diego Torres claimed he’s innocent in Bryce’s death, the two engaged in a fistfight. It ended up with only Diego getting detention as SROs think he started it.

At Jensen residence, Justin told Clay’s parents that he got into a fight. This angered Clay and he got up and stormed off. In the morning, Clay woke up to Justin who told him he’d been talking and screaming in his sleep all night. Justin asked if Clay was tried of having those nightmares, like when enough is enough. And what are you trying to be? Clay asked. Alive, not insane, he replied.[24]

After collapsing at prom, Justin was hospitalized and allowed his doctor to reveal that he had been diagnosed with AIDS stemming from his drug use and prostitution while homeless. Having never been tested or diagnosed before, Justin's illness had progressed quite far before it was caught and he developed AIDS-related pneumonia and a fungal meningitis brain infection. As his friends struggled with Justin's illness, he grew worse to the point that he was put on a ventilator and it became clear that Justin would never recover.

At the doctor's suggestion, with Justin's brain infection advancing rapidly, he was removed from the ventilator so he could speak with his family and friends one last time. Jessica told Justin that he taught her how to love, while Clay thanked Justin for saving his life more times than Justin would know. The two affirmed their brotherly love for each other and Clay promised to hold Justin's hand until he's gone. A while later, with the waiting room full of his classmates and the Jensen's at his side, Justin died with Clay still holding his hand as he promised. Having previously signed a DNR, Justin was allowed to pass without any attempts at reviving him.

At Justin's funeral, only Zach could bring himself to talk. Clay later imagined himself talking to both Justin and Hannah Baker at his graduation. Later, before leaving with Tony, Clay imagined another conversation between himself and Justin as he reads Justin's college admissions essay. In the essay, Justin listed Clay, his brother, as the one positive influence he had in his life.[25]

Justin's Mistakes

Reason #1

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Justin is Hannah's first reason of why she committed suicide.

Justin first meets Hannah while he’s still dating Hannah’s best friend, Kat. After Kat moves away, Hannah and Justin spark an interest with each other. When Hannah wants confirmation from Kat to date him, she expresses permission for Hannah to go for it. After a flirtatious game of cat-and-mouse, Hannah eventually meets up with Justin in the park. Their sweet date in the playground ends in a kiss, and Hannah is really into him. However, during their date, Justin sneaks a photograph with a flash of Hannah's underwear as she's coming down the slide. After the date ends, Justin shows the photograph to Bryce and other friends, Bryce takes the phone from Justin and sends it to the school; causing rumors of Hannah being a 'slut'. This rumor that she is a 'slut' continues throughout all 13 episodes and is the very start of the downfall of Hannah Baker.

Reason #9

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Justin is also Hannah's ninth reason of why she committed suicide and one of the reasons Jessica was raped.

Hannah is hiding in the closet because a couple came in while she was in the room and she hid, after this, she was going to come out but Justin and Jessica enter the room, Justin leaves Jessica -drunk and sleeping- and comes out, to meet Bryce, from here Hannah overhears Justin and Bryce have an argument which leads to Bryce pushing Justin out the door, closing the door, and raping Jessica, who is unconsciously drunk, during the incident she becomes a little bit conscious, but not being able to fight back and tries to mumble. After Justin tries to stop this and fails, he goes downstairs and feels guilty and disgusted at what Bryce could be doing to his girlfriend. On the other hand, Hannah is hearing and somewhat witnessing what Bryce is doing to Jessica as she hasn't come out of the closet, being too scared to move. After Bryce leaves, Hannah removes herself from the closet, throws up in the nearest bin, and puts a cover on Jessica whilst distraught at what she just witnessed happen to her friend. Hannah blames both herself, for not being able to stop Bryce and Justin, for not pushing Bryce back and defending Jessica. But she heavily blames Bryce more than anything.


Season 1

Justin, despite his mistakes, is shown to care about those he loves. He shows how much he cares about Jessica throughout and regrets the mistakes he made. He even shows concern for his troubled mother and seems to want her to be free of her abusive boyfriend, though she in return does not show much care or loyalty towards Justin.

Justin is also quite irrational and short-tempered and is shown to be extremely arrogant and cruel when he wants to be. He does not appear to show much remorse for what he did to Hannah and insults her numerous times after her death, claiming she was a crazy drama queen and a liar who just "killed herself for attention". Like a majority of the others on Hannah's list he is shown to be willing to resort to extreme measures to hide the tapes and even at one point suggests they kill Clay and stage it as a suicide in order to prevent him from revealing the tapes and also intimidates him alongside Alex and Zach and threatens that he will physically assault him if he has to. Justin is even shown to be angered at Clay for the simple reason that he is the only person on Hannah's list who is not considered one of the reasons why she killed herself but just part of her story. He even tries to convince him that he is not as innocent as Hannah claims, though this is completely false as Hannah makes it clear Clay's name does not belong on her list, unlike Justin and the others who are guilty of horrible things and are responsible for Hannah's suicide. This is evident that Justin is afraid of the potential consequences of his actions and is desperate to protect himself and the others he cares about on the list from having their lives destroyed.

It is possible however that his primary motivation for hiding the tapes is simply so that Jessica can be spared the pain of truly learning that she was raped by Bryce and that he allowed it to happen but when the truth comes out to Jessica at the end, he shows his softer side and meets breaking point. He regrets lying to Jessica about Bryce raping her but genuinely felt as though he was doing the best thing to protect her. When Bryce sends the photo of Hannah around the school he does try to stop him, although he laughs it off and does nothing to help Hannah escape the humiliation she suffered as a result of the photo. He depended a lot on Bryce in the beginning, so he goes along with many of the things he does, whether he is sure of it or not, and says, as not to seem ungrateful. It is because of his gratitude and appreciation of/to Bryce that Justin allows Bryce to control him as seen when Justin allows Bryce to rape Jessica in which Bryce reminds him; "What's mine is yours, right?" to which Justin simply allows him to enter the bedroom. After letting him in, he tries to pull him off but Bryce pushes him out the door. And before letting him in the guards the door to protect Jessica.

After revealing to Jessica that Bryce did rape her, after consistently convincingly lying to her, Jessica is angry at him, telling him "I hate you" after slapping him. Justin is shown to be completely broken-hearted after Jessica breaks up with him and even more so after she tells him that she never wants to see him again even after he offers to kill Bryce with his hands and face the consequences of murder. At the end of the season, it is not known where Justin is, he doesn't choose to stay at his mother's, and since he has nowhere known to stay–usually he stays at Bryce's house but he despises Bryce now and wants nothing to do with him–he seems to be homeless.

Season 2

When Clay and Tony find Justin, Justin is still quite rude and irritational, especially towards Clay. When he sees Clay, he immediately runs away and keeps telling Clay "fuck you". As Clay tells him that Jessica wants him back, he doesn't believe him. He also gets mad and wants to leave when Clay tells him that they might have to detox him.

Justin is shown to still be very much in love with Jessica. In the first half of the season, Justin only wants to come back, stay and detox because of Jessica, who, at first unbeknown to him, don't want to see him. Whenever Clay brings up Jessica, he seems to become quiet and emotional. One day he shows up at the school, where he tells Jessica that he came back for her and will go if she wants him to. He tells her that he tried to forget her, but can't stop thinking about her. Eventually, he and Jessica go to the police, while he knows that he would likely get arrested. Justin is in juvie for a month and gets six months probation, while Bryce gets three months probation. However; Justin isn't mad about the difference as it doesn't surprise him.

Justin is also very emotional this season. He cries or seems emotional during his detoxing, when talking to or about Jessica, after passing out at school, during his testimony, when Clay asks him if he wants him to be adopted and various other scenes. In "Bye", after he sees Jessica kissing Alex, he goes to sit alone brooding in the locker rooms. He also claims to be happy when asks him if he's okay but seems to lie about that as he uses heroin a few minutes later and doesn't seem to be very happy at the Spring Fling the next day.

Justin is addicted to drugs, and detoxes and relapses twice. He seems to use drugs to deal with the bad things happening in his life; after a confrontation with Bryce and seeing Jessica walk away when she sees him, he shoots up heroin in Clay's room and uses it after being released from juvie.

Through the season, Justin becomes nice and caring towards Clay. In the first season and the beginning of the second season, Justin hates Clay. As Justin stays in Clay's room, they talk and are around each other a lot. He defends and lies for Clay to Matt and Lainie. When going to school or somewhere else, he often stays around Clay. Justin comforts Clay when he finds him curled up on the bed and when Clay almost shoots himself. He also seems to be a lot nicer towards other people; in the first season, he could also be mean to most people around him, which you never really see in the second season.

Besides that, Justin lies a lot to everyone, even when he has no reason to. He's also still a little short-tempered, as he started a school fight after Bryce lied in court. However, in the first season, he seemed to easily get mad at his friends, but in the second season, he stays calm even when people are rude to him.

Justin's personality notably changed a lot in the second season. He said himself that he is done doing "fucked up" things and that he wants to get away from who he was. This shows that he regrets his former behavior and wants to change. He also calls himself "really fucked up" at the end of the season.

Physical Appearance

Justin has brown hair, blue eyes, and wears a Liberty High Tigers Basketball jersey jacket in most episodes of the first and third season. He also has been seen wearing some simple white t-shirts and blue flannel shirts. In the second and third season, he often wears button-up shirts and sweaters.


Hannah Baker

Hannah was Justin's former love interest.

Justin and Hannah met a party at Hannah’s house. Kat, his girlfriend at the time, introduced them. Hannah saw Justin play fighting with Zach, getting wet and taking off his shirt. They smiled at each other, and Hannah mentioned it all starting with “that damn smile”.

When Hannah started at Liberty, Justin approached her and talked about the party and Kat. Hannah called Kat and got her permission to date Justin instead of Zach, who Kat wanted her to hook-up with. Hannah printed Justin’s class schedule so she could run into him. She even attended Justin’s basketball game.

Justin offered Hannah a ride home, which she rejected and entered the bus instead. Justin followed Hannah onto the school bus, asking if the seat next to her was taken. He asked her for her number, which she put in his phone. Hannah left the bus and yelled at Justin that she doesn’t take the bus and to call her.

Justin texted and called Hannah when she was at home, and they decided to meet up at the Eisenhower Park. They played on the different equipment, and Hannah ended up taking the slide. Justin took a photo while she sled down the slide, which showed her underwear. At the end of the slide, Justin caught her and they kissed. This was Hannah’s first kiss, which she described as “wonderful”.

The next day, Justin showed his friends the picture of Hannah, implying they had sex. Bryce took Justin’s phone and sent the picture around, which started rumors that Hannah is a slut. This was Hannah’s first reason to commit suicide.

Hannah told Jessica and Alex about what Justin did. She warned Jessica about him when she said she liked Justin, saying he’s not a good person. She also wasn’t happy about Jessica dating Justin because of what he did to her. When Jessica got raped by Bryce and Justin didn’t stop it, Hannah blames both Justin and herself for what happened, not understanding how Justin could live with this. This is the ninth reason she committed suicide and makes Justin the only person who Hannah gave two tapes.

After Hannah’s suicide, Justin would describe Hannah as a “crazy drama queen” who lied on the tapes. He used this argument to convince Jessica and others that Bryce didn’t rape her. He stopped denying that Hannah told the truth after revealing to Jessica that she did get raped.


Justin and Hannah in Hannah's bedroom in "The Box of Polaroids"

During Ryan’s testimony, it was revealed that Hannah and Justin kept in touch. Justin texted her multiple apologies and they kept texting. Hannah started writing poems about Justin, describing him as a “forbidden fruit” she doesn’t miss but still wants a bite of. Justin went to meet up with Hannah at Monet’s, but Hannah didn’t seem to appreciate him being there. Justin didn’t want any of his friends to see him talking to her because of their “tags” at Liberty. Justin apologized again and left when Ryan Shaver showed up.

In Justin’s testimony, he described Hannah as a kind and funny girl who he liked from the moment he saw her. Justin revealed that after their date, he got in a fight at home and texted Hannah. Hannah let him come over, took care of his injuries and let him sleep on her bed while she slept on the floor. The next morning, Justin kissed her before sneaking out. Bryce noticed him coming from another direction, and bothered him about who he had slept with that night; Justin mentioned that he showed Bryce the picture to make him stop asking.

Jessica Davis

Jessica is Justin's girlfriend. They dated in the first season and broke up at the end, hooked up in the second season and got back together in the third season.


Jessica and Justin dancing at the Winter Formal in "Tape 3, Side A"

Justin and Jessica first interacted at the Winter Formal, where Justin came up to her, apologized for Bryce’s behaviour and told her she looked amazing. Jessica was flattered by the compliment and they danced the rest of dance together. Jessica got drunk and Hannah took her away from Justin, which seemingly frustrated him. Jessica told Hannah she really liked Justin and that he’s nice, and Hannah warned her that he’s not.[26] Justin and Jessica started dating on July 9th, 2017; they hit off in summer school.

Justin and Jessica taking a selfie at the party in "Tape 5, Side A"

At Jessica’s back-to-school party, Justin showed up with roses as it was their two-month anniversary. Jessica told Justin he's "such a girl" and they took selfies together. Hannah questioned Jessica on why she’s dating Justin after what he did, but Jessica defended his actions by saying Bryce was the one sending the photo. Justin and Jessica were all over each other at the party and drank a lot. At some point they went upstairs to Jessica’s bedroom, with the intention of having sex. Jessica passed out on her bed, Justin asked her if she didn't want to mess around a bit but left upon realizing she was too drunk. Bryce came upstairs and asked Justin if he could take a look. Justin told him that she's his girlfriend, but Bryce called her his hook-up and told him “What’s mine is yours, right?”. Justin let him in the room, but entered the room seconds later to try and stop Bryce. Bryce pushed and locked him out of the room, Justin started crying and later went downstairs. Bryce raped Jessica, Jessica shortly woke up and asked where Justin was, and passed out again.[2]

Justin didn't show up at school; Jessica asked Marcus and Zach if they knew where he is as he didn't answer his phone and she needed to talk to him. Jessica was Justin’s cheer escort at an assembly, but Justin didn’t show up there either. This was much to Jessica’s frustration and she tried to call Justin, asking how he could do that to her. Later that day, Jessica confronted Justin at Bryce’s poolhouse. She started pushing him, calling him an asshole and believed he told Mr. Porter something about her. Jessica accused him of not telling her something, and Justin asked her "What would I not be telling you?". They started talking about how Clay has the tapes and is going to mess everything up, and Justin said they'll make sure he doesn't. Jessica questioned Justin on why he’d be at the poolhouse if Hannah was lying on the tapes, but Justin didn’t answer.[27]


Jessica and Justin at Bryce's house in "Tape 2, Side A"

Jessica went to Bryce’s house looking for Justin; Justin opened the door crying and Jessica kissed him and pulled him into a hug. They went shopping for Halloween costumes for a contest at school. Justin tried to scare Jessica with a mask, which made her laugh. Jessica asked Justin in a serious tone if she should be scared; Justin told her “never” and pulled her in for a hug and kiss, before getting interrupted by Coach Patrick.[28] Justin and Jessica dressed up as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen for the school’s Halloween costume contest. Justin thought his outfit looked "gay", but Jessica told him he looked hot and they got confirmation from Clay that he could recognize who they were dressed up as. They won the contest and received $200.[29]

At Justin’s house, they discussed what Clay was doing and going to do while listening to the tapes. Jessica was scared that Clay would tell people about the ninth tape and believe him, but Justin reassured her that he’d make sure that doesn’t happen and Clay won’t hurt her.[26]

Jessica went to visit Justin at his house to talk, and Justin told her to be quiet as his Mom was going through a break-up. Jessica was worried about everything that was going on regarding the tapes and Justin got frustrated with her for worrying about Alex. Jessica tried to initiate sex and take off Justin’s pants, but Justin didn’t want to and pushed her off. This angered Jessica and she left, taking a bottle of vodka with her.[30]


Justin and Jessica talking in Justin's room in "Tape 3, Side B"

During a basketball game, Jessica and Bryce were flirtatious with each other, which Justin witnessed. Jessica had left the game early with Bryce and Justin confronted her about it while they were driving. Jessica thought he was being hypocritical because he barely answers his texts and hangs out with Bryce but gets mad when she does the same.[31]

Justin and Jessica had sex on the couch, but Justin stopped because he didn’t want to. This led Jessica to believe that he isn’t attracted to her anymore, but Justin told her that this isn’t true and she’s beautiful. Jessica questioned what was happening to them, Justin told her that everything would be fine. She wanted to get high, and Justin mentioned that she doesn't smoke, but Jessica said she does now.[32]


Jessica trying to push Justin out of the classroom in "Tape 5, Side A"

At school, Jessica brought vodka and Justin asked her since when she drinks that. Clay confronted Jessica about tape nine, and Jessica told him she had hooked up with Justin and they passed out. Justin told Clay to stay away from his girlfriend, while Jessica tried to get him to leave with her. Jessica talked with Courtney if maybe Hannah was telling the truth about her rape, but Courtney told her that Hannah was jealous because she’s dating her ex. Clay confronted Justin about the rape, and said that he needs to be the one to tell Jessica because she won’t believe it from anyone else. Justin told him that Jessica just needs everything to be done with, he’s protecting her and he cares more about her than about anybody else.[2]

Justin entered Jessica’s room through her window, and told her they probably needed to talk. Jessica started crying in his arms. They laid in her bed and talked about how it was the first time at her place since the party and he doesn’t come over much because her Dad hates him. Justin had to leave, but Jessica wanted him to stay for more cuddles because he always keeps her warm. Jessica called him the best boyfriend ever as they recalled him winning a bear for her she had named “Little Justin”. Justin denied being the best boyfriend ever, but Jessica told him that he is because he takes care of her. Before leaving, Justin noticed a bottle of vodka laying under her bed.


Justin and Jessica arguing in the auditorium in "Tape 5, Side B"

At school, Jessica told Justin she had a surprise and he had to come with her. Jessica took Justin to the auditorium to have sex. They were making out until Justin wanted to leave because the drama class students could enter any minute, but Jessica came up with the idea to turn off the light so they wouldn’t get caught. She started throwing things at the light bulb to break it, which caused an argument between the two. Justin thought Jessica was immature and Jessica thought Justin was being a "pussy". Justin ended up leaving and Jessica went to hang out with Bryce.[33]
Later that day, Jessica called Justin and Justin apologized for how he acted. When realizing Jessica was with Bryce, Justin and Alex drove to Bryce’s and Justin told her to leave the place. They were playing poker, the situation between Justin and Jessica was tense. Jessica started sitting on Bryce’s lap and threw cards at Justin, which made Justin get up and drag Jessica outside while saying he doesn't ever want her to be at Bryce's house again.

Justin telling Jessica that Bryce raped her in "Tape 6, Side A"

Jessica started yelling at Justin to not touch her like that and to tell her why he cares if she hangs out with Bryce. Justin yelled that Bryce had raped her in front of everyone. Jessica was in shock, said that she hates him and slapped him in the face.[34]

Justin snuck through her window to talk to her while Jessica wasn't in her room. Jessica found him and said that she was going to scream or call the police. He claimed that he was trying to protect her, and he thought that it was better if she didn’t know and they’d be together forever. Justin tried to explain his actions by saying he was scared and by listing the things Bryce had done for him. Jessica questioned if he was making excuses, but Justin told her that he just wants her to understand. Jessica pointed out that she wants him to understand what it’s like to be raped, but hopes he never will.[35]


Jessica breaking up with Justin in "Tape 7, Side A"

Justin tried to talk to Jessica again at a parking lot. He told her that he wanted to commit suicide but couldn’t because he can’t stop thinking about her; Jessica told him to try harder. She said that she never wants to see him again in her life, leaving Justin in tears.[36]


Clay holding Justin's postcard to Jessica in "The Drunk Slut"

After Jessica’s testimony, Clay and Jessica talked in her room about how she wasn’t able to testify against Bryce. Clay wondered if Justin could testify and Jessica told Clay that Justin might be dead. When Clay asked if she heard from Justin since he ran away, she glanced over at a postcard in her room. When Jessica wasn’t looking, Clay read the postcard; the graphic on the front said “Greetings from Oakland” and the message on the back said “Nancy, I’ll always love you, Sid.” Clay knew the card was sent by Justin because he and Jessica had dressed up as Sid and Nancy for a Halloween contest at school.

Thanks to the postcard, Clay and Tony found Justin in Oakland. Justin immediately ran away when he saw Clay, Clay ran after and tackled him. A man came out of a building and yelled that he was going to call the police, and they both ran away. Clay informed him that Jessica wants him back, but Justin didn’t believe it and stated that Jessica hates him. Clay managed to convince Justin that she doesn’t hate him and wants him back, and took Justin back to Evergreen.


Jessica and Justin kissing in a flashback in "The Drunk Slut"

A flashback showed Hannah trying to talk to Jessica about the party while at school. Jessica thought she was trying to ruin her relationship with Justin as she believed Hannah had also ruined her relationship with Alex. Justin sat next to Jessica and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He started talking about Jeff’s accident, Hannah got up and was about to leave. Justin mentioned that he and Jessica had a good night and they kissed. Hannah was appalled as Justin acted like nothing had happened the night before, and Jessica told her to let her and Justin be happy and not be a “bitch”.[11]

When Clay found out about Justin’s heroin addiction, he wanted to detox him. This angered Justin and made him want to leave. Clay asked Justin what had happened to him and if Jessica would want to see him like this, to which Justin replied “no” and didn’t leave.


Clay telling Jessica he found Justin in "The Second Polaroid"

Clay told Jessica that he brought Justin back and Justin wants to help by testifying when he’s not sick anymore. Jessica questioned what Clay meant by “sick”, but he didn’t tell her about the heroin. Clay asked if she wants to see him, but she said she doesn’t and also doesn’t want him to tell her story.

When Jessica was hanging out with Alex, they kissed and she freaked out. Jessica revealed that Justin is back and she doesn’t want him to help her. When asked what she’s going to do, Jessica said she never wants to see Justin again in her life. Alex later told Zach he believes that Jessica still isn’t over Justin.[37]

Tony told Justin that not everyone is happy to have him back and Justin mentioned that the only thing that matters is that Jessica wants him back. Tony started indicating that this isn’t true and Jessica doesn’t want him back.

Mr. Porter asked Jessica if the reason she quit cheerleading was because Justin had returned to town. Jessica told him that she didn’t care that he’s back. Mr. Porter wanted to know where he was staying and stated that he also needs help. When she left, Jessica told Mr. Porter that Justin never met his Dad and lives with his Mom and a drug dealer.

Justin confronted Clay about not telling him that Jessica doesn’t want him to be here. Clay said that Jessica does want him here, she just doesn’t realize it yet and will change her mind. Justin wanted to leave, but Clay told him about the postcard. He asked Justin why she would keep the postcard. Justin mentioned that he really did love her, and Clay convinced him to stay.[38]


Justin and Jessica talking in "The Smile at the End of the Dock"

Justin left Clay’s house at night and showed up at the school cafeteria the next day. Justin walked up to Jessica, who stood up. He told her that he had missed her and wanted to go somewhere else to talk, but Jessica refused. He told her that she’s the only reason he came back and that if she wants to he’ll stay for good and if she doesn’t, he’ll go forever. Jessica pointed out that he had said that before, and Justin said he tried to go away and forget her, but can’t stop thinking about her. Jessica told him she thinks about him too, and wished he was dead. Justin apologizes and says that he didn’t mean to hurt her more. When leaving and seeing Bryce, he collapses. Jessica screams out his name while Clay and Tony rush to his side. With tears in her eyes she watches Clay and Tony help Justin get up and leave, and she walks away.

At group therapy, Jessica told the other women about her rape and what Justin did. She declared hating that she still worries about him even though he’s the reason she’s going through all of this.[12]

Jessica drove to the Jensen residence and watched Justin having a good time with Clay’s parents through the window, which made her smile.[39]


Jessica watching Justin from her car in "The Third Polaroid"

When Justin was officially back at school, they saw each other in the hallway. Jessica walked away, which seemingly upset Justin as he goes to a drug dealer. A flashback showed Justin calling Jessica the morning after the party. He lies to her that he’s at home and left early because his Mom had called. He asked her if she was okay because they were both out of it last night. He lied that they had sex and must’ve passed out after.

Justin nearly died after shooting up heroin, but Alex saved him from choking on his own puke. Alex asked Justin “You are still in love with Jessica, aren’t you?”, to which Justin replied that it doesn’t matter. Alex pointed out that you can see that it clearly does matter to Justin.

Jessica visited Olivia Baker and they talked about Andrew Baker. Olivia mentioned that Jessica must think she’s an idiot for wanting to protect him when he doesn’t deserve it, but Jessica told her that she gets it. She recognized loving someone even though they badly hurt you, referring to Justin.[13]


Justin looking at Jessica after her Dad confronted him in "Smile, Bitches"

Jessica’s Dad drove Jessica to school and noticed Clay and Justin arriving. He questioned what Justin was doing here and that Jessica had told him he was gone. He stepped out of the car and demanded that Justin explains himself. Jessica stopped him and asked who he thinks he’s hurting by doing this. She told him that Justin didn’t do “it” and to please get back into the car. Greg told Justin to be very careful of himself and left. Jessica and Justin stared at each other until Justin walked away.

Jessica asked Nina about her boyfriend and criticized her for starting out with another guy because she assumed her boyfriend wouldn’t understand her. When Jessica pointed out that maybe Nina hasn’t dealt with what happened to her, Nina said that Jessica should deal with looking at Justin like she’s still in love.[15]

Clay and Justin showed Jessica the Polaroids of Chlöe and wanted her to convince Chlöe to testify against Bryce. Jessica didn’t want to because she didn’t wish her the same experience in court as she had herself. They also showed her Nina’s Polaroid and mentioned that Jessica wasn’t alone. This made Jessica frustrated at Clay and Justin as being raped isn’t “some sort of club” and the evidence doesn’t belong to them.


Justin trying to convince Jessica to let him testify in "Bryce and Chloe"

Justin and Jessica talked at Monet’s about Chlöe. Jessica defended Chlöe, saying that she wasn’t ready because her whole world could come crashing down. Justin asked her if her world hasn’t come crashing down. He told her that he wishes he could fix this and would do anything to take everything she’s been through and put in on him. Jessica mentioned that he can’t, Justin confirmed this but told her that she could let him testify. Jessica approved this.[40]

In court, Justin described what happened on the night Jessica was raped. He mentioned being afraid of losing his best friend, his girlfriend and his entire life and that he’ll regret this forever. Jessica didn’t attend the testimony. At home, she read a blog about the trial and took offense when they called Justin a drug addict and went on about things that weren’t the point. Her Mom told her that she knows she had high expectations of Justin, but he’s a troubled kid. Jessica responded by saying they’re all troubled kids.

With the support of Clay, Alex, Zach, Ryan and Courtney, Jessica and Justin go the Sheriff’s Department to fill a report. Afterwards, Jessica’s Dad started talking to Justin and Jessica told him to be nice. He told Justin that he never liked him and could never forgive him, but thanks him for his courage. Jessica and Justin smiled at each other.


Jessica watching Justin getting arrested in "The Box of Polaroids"

When everyone was standing outside the Courthouse after the jury decided that the school won the case against the Baker’s, Justin got arrested for being an accessory to sexual assault. Jessica ran after him, but Justin told her it’s okay. Jessica cried in Olivia’s arms, asking what they’re going to do. Olivia told her they’re going to keep fighting.[16]

Jessica and Clay waited for Justin when Lainie was trying to get him released, but he wasn’t let go until the next day during Hannah’s wake. At the wake, Justin and Jessica didn’t greet each other but exchanged looks.

Jessica attended to the Spring Fling dance with Alex, who she was now dating and Justin went with Clay and Tony. They awkwardly greeted each other and Justin was trying to move his eyes from Jessica. He told Alex and Jessica they looked good. At the dance floor, Justin noticed Jessica and Alex kissing which visibly upset him. He later left the room; Jessica worriedly watched him while dancing with Alex. Jessica went looking for him, and found him in the locker rooms. She asked what he’s doing alone in the dark, Justin responded that he’s not alone anymore. They talked about the wrestling team and Jessica mentioned being a shitty cheerleader. Justin agreed on this and Jessica took offense, but laughed when Justin pointed out that she said it herself. Justin told her that she looks beautiful, but said sorry a few seconds later.

Jessica and Justin kissing in the locker room in "Bye"

Jessica asked if he apologized for calling her beautiful, which Justin confirmed. They sat together and discussed Justin getting adopted by the Jensens. When Justin said he doesn’t understand why anyone wants to adopt him, Jessica said she does. They talked about how they would never want to commit suicide after everything that happened when Hannah did. They kissed and Jessica started sitting on his lap while taking off her dress. It is implied that they have sex. Justin came back to the dance floor, and got asked if he’s seen Jessica. Justin lied and denied seeing her, so Clay told him to find Jessica, lock the doors and stay inside. When Clay was trying to stop Tyler from entering the dance, Justin and Jessica ran outside, seeing Tyler with a gun. Tyler pointed the gun at them and Clay yelled to go inside, which they did. When Tyler was gone, they ran to Clay and asked if he’s okay and what they’re going to do.[17]


Justin giving Jessica his "puppy dog eyes" in a flashback in "Yeah. I'm the New Girl"

After the Spring Fling dance, Clay, Justin and Jessica met up at Monet’s to discuss what happened at the dance after Tony drove away Tyler. Once Clay had left, Justin smiled at Jessica and said that it was good to see her. Jessica got annoyed at him and told him that their hook-up was a one-time thing and will never happen again. Justin apologized and looked at her with sad eyes. Jessica told him that she didn’t need his apology, to stop giving her puppy dog eyes and that it never worked on her. Justin apologized again, which frustrated Jessica even more and made her tell him that if he apologized again, she would cut him. Alex joined them and asked why she would be cutting him and Jessica awkwardly laughed and told him “because he’s evil”. They kissed and Jessica complimented him, which made Justin wend his head and look disappointed.[18]

During a meeting with the group to discuss how they were going to help Tyler, Jessica asked for how long they would have to keep it up. Justin responded that they would until Tyler gets better, but Jessica pointed out that he would never get better. Justin told her that people do get better, referring to himself, which made Jessica slightly smile.[41]

Jessica revealed to Ani that she and Alex were having bad sex, which made Ani introduce her to masturbating to find out what she likes. When doing this, Jessica found herself thinking about Justin and told Ani that she started thinking about someone “really bad” for her. Ani told her that it’s just a fantasy and maybe it’s a way to get them out of her system.

Bryce asked Justin to meet up with him, the reason being that it was important and about Jessica. Justin didn’t want to sit down with him, but only hear what he had to say about Jessica. Bryce told Justin that Jessica came to see him, which Justin didn’t believe. He said that she seemed to be doing great; Justin told him that if she was coming to see him she isn’t doing great. He threatened him that if he ever comes near Jessica he’ll kill him. Bryce later told Jessica about this when attempting to apologize to her.


Jessica and Justin kissing at school in a flashback in "The Good Person is Indistinguishable from the Bad"

Jessica saw Justin at school and confronted him. She told him that she doesn’t need him to protect her and can take care of herself. When Justin was confused as to what she was talking about, Jessica clarified that Bryce had told her that he had threatened him. Justin told her that he was just telling Jessica went on about not needing protection and why people mess with people they shouldn’t mess with, and pushed Justin against a door. She started kissing him. When she stopped, she told him to never talk about or to her. Justin was seemingly confused as she walked away.

Jessica broke up with Alex after having sex because their relationship wasn’t working for her. Jessica went to Monet’s while Justin was working. Justin greeted her and asked how he can help her, to which Jessica replied that no one at Monet’s says that. She told him that she needed to talk to him, and Justin answered that he would have a break soon. Jessica pulled him towards her and repeated what she said, adding and emphasizing the word “now”. They went to a back room of Monet’s and had sex.


Justin and Jessica hooking up in a flashback in "The Good Person is Indistinguishable from the Bad"

Justin and Jessica started repeatedly hooking up and were dating again. They kept their relationship a secret, as they knew they’d get a lot of judgement and criticism for it. At some point they started trying out BDSM and having rough sex as Jessica liked being in control. Jessica tied Justin’s hands to a cupboard next to her bed and covered his eyes. Jessica told him that they were exploring and asked if he was good with this; Justin responded that he’s “totally good” with it. They also hooked up in the Outhouse on Clay’s bed. It was rough as Jessica would push Justin and choke him. Suddenly Clay began to unlock the door and they both got up to hide. Jessica pointed out that Justin doesn’t have to hide as he lived there and Justin got back in bed, pretending as if he was masturbating which made Clay leave.[19]

Justin visited Jessica at the Crestmont, where she was working, while Alex was also there to pick up Tyler. He brought two drinks from Monet’s with him. When seeing Justin, Alex told Jessica “you’re fucking kidding me”, but Jessica said that he was probably there to watch a movie. Justin confirmed this as he came standing next to them and Alex questioned him on the movie. Justin was clearly lying as he couldn’t explain what kind of movie he was going to watch; Alex got annoyed and left.[42]


Alex seeing Justin helping Jessica in a flashback in "Nobody's Clean"

Justin served Jessica when she was buying a drink at Monet’s. Jessica noticed Alex and they started talking. Alex joked that their friendship had survived dumping him for Justin before. When Alex questioned why she chose Justin over him, she mentioned not being able to explain why you want to be with someone over someone else. When asked to at least try, Jessica explained that her body was attracted to Justin and made her feel safe. This angered Alex, as “how can the guy who let you get raped make you feel safe”. Standing up to leave, he accidentally spilled a drink on Jessica and went to get something to clean it up. Meanwhile, Justin rushed to her side to help clean it up and ask if she’s okay, angering Alex as he went outside and slammed his stick against a pole.[43]

As the Student Body President, Jessica revealed to the athletes that they are going to cut their funding. After Zach explained that football is a lifeline for some people, Jessica questioned for who. Justin spoke up and told her that football had made him feel like himself again in a really long time. Jessica didn’t say anything after that.[20]


Justin and Jessica talking in a flashback in "There Are a Few Things I Haven't Told You"

A few days before the homecoming football game, Justin and Jessica were making out in a room at school. Justin asked her if she’d come see him at the game, but Jessica questioned why he always wanted to talk and continued kissing him. Justin mentioned it being a serious question and that he’d really appreciate it if she came. Jessica told him she’ll be at the game but not to watch and she can’t tell him what she’s going to do. Justin jokingly asked if she was going to bomb the game, but got worried when she didn’t respond. She denied this but revealed that they did have something planned that was bigger than her, and he needed to respect that.

When Jessica and her HO group ran onto the field and interrupted the homecoming football game to protest, Monty told Justin to get “his bitch” off the field, to which Justin told him to shut up. He got annoyed at Charlie for worrying that it’s too cold for the girls to be naked, asking if that’s what he’s focused on right now. A Hillcrest football player, Dean Holbrook, groped Jessica by her breasts which infuriated Justin. He yelled “What the fuck?!” and started running onto the field, starting a huge fight. Jessica kicked Dean and Justin took over, repeatedly punching the Hillcrest player.[21]

After the game, Jessica called Justin several times to ask him to come to the pier with him and meet up with Bryce. Justin didn’t pick up and was left messages saying that she’s worried and needs him. She gave up and called Alex instead. That night, Bryce was murdered by Alex with Jessica as bystander.[23]


Jessica and Justin meeting up in a motel in "The Good Person is Indistinguishable from the Bad"

Jessica picked up Justin at Monet’s after his shift. They drove to a motel and were followed by Ani and Clay, who suspected them of having something to do with Bryce’s murder. At the motel, Jessica mentioned that everyone is asking questions and it’s freaking her out. Justin asked Jessica if it was a bad idea to get together that night. Jessica told him that she needs him to “keep his shit together”, as she can’t have him falling apart on her. Clay and Ani then knocked on the door and Justin and Jessica told them to come in. They started going on about how they knew Justin murdered Bryce because Jessica had slept with him and that they would take care of it to keep him out of prison. Justin started laughing at their theory, but Jessica shoved him a bit so he would stop, as she was offended that they thought she had slept with her rapist. They told Clay and Ani that their theory is wrong and Justin didn’t kill Bryce. They all sat together outside and discussed what actually happened; Bryce had contacted them to talk about what he did and Jessica and Justin were the ones sleeping together.

Ani and Jessica talked about her relationship with Justin. She asked if sleeping with Justin wasn’t bad enough already, but Ani told her that she could do what she wants with her body. She wondered what people would think if they knew she was hooking up with the guy who let her get raped. Ani told her that’s her business and no one has to know. Jessica told Ani that it was hard not talking about it with her. Jessica told her that once she started thinking about Justin, she couldn’t stop. She said that for the first time since awhile sex wasn’t just a thing where she just went through the motions anymore and that it started to get a bit kinky.[19]

Justin got annoyed when he saw the posters announcing the HO protest at Bryce’s funeral, telling Jessica it’s fucked up. Jessica ripped off the poster and told him that she wasn’t involved. Alex walked by and warned them about the locker search. When Alex told Justin he was lucky that he had nothing to hide, Justin wondered why Alex cared so much about the locker search.[43]


Jessica comforting Justin at the Crestmont in "You Can Tell the Heart of a Man by How He Grieves"

After Bryce’s funeral, Justin went to talk with Jessica at the Crestmont. He asked Charlie if he could give the two of them a minute. Justin mentioned that he’s well-trained (Jessica trained him) and a good kid. Jessica noticed something was wrong and asked Justin what’s up. Justin explained that Tony was arrested and they made a connection with Bryce. They wondered if he could’ve killed Bryce and talked about Alex taking steroids. Justin mentioned that he first thought it was ridiculous that Ani and Clay thought one of them murdered Bryce, but now realized that it could very well have been someone they know. Justin started talking about HO breaking up the funeral Jessica immediately said that she didn’t want them to do that and Justin told her he knows this. He told her that at that moment he felt like wanting standing up for Bryce and hates himself for feeling this way. Jessica comforted him and told him that she gets it, to not hate himself and that he isn’t an asshole. Justin was crying and Jessica held him in her arms, telling him that Bryce didn’t deserved to die.[22]

When Ani and Jessica were talking about Clay, Ani asked Jessica if she knew if Clay went home with Justin on homecoming night. Jessica lied and told Ani that Justin was with her (she later said she lied to protect Justin). When Alex heard about this, he confronted Jessica and screamed at her, asking how far she would go for Justin. In front of several students, Alex loudly said that she can keep lying so she can keep having sex with Justin.

Jessica arrived at the HO clubhouse and confronted Casey about protesting at Bryce’s funeral. Casey told her she doesn’t get it because if she did, she wouldn’t be back with Justin. Jessica told her that she doesn’t have to explain her choices and her personal life has nothing to do with it. Casey told her that her personal life has everything to do with it and going back to the guy who let her get raped is not okay. Jessica told her things are way more complicated, but Casey responded that this one was simple.

Justin entered the locker rooms and got cheered on by the other jocks. Justin asked what was going on and Charlie told him he was his hero because Jessica is “scary as shit but so hot”. Monty told Justin that he’d been holding out on them and the reason Jessica wants to cancel boy sports is so he’d have more time to have sex with her. Most of the team left the locker room and Justin told Zach he doesn’t want to hear “it”, likely expecting criticism for his relationship with Jessica. Zach asked Justin if he loved her, to which Justin nodded, and said that he then shouldn’t listen to what anyone says and take care of her. Justin said that he will.[44]

Justin argued with Alex about Jessica. Justin told Alex that he was messing things up because he’s still in love with Jessica. He pointed out that Jessica is scared of Alex and Alex questioned if she had sent him to fight for her. Justin called Alex a monster who needed to take a breath, and Alex asked him if Jessica even knew Justin was on drugs. Justin told him to move on and leave her alone, to which Alex asked if he’d let her get raped again. They started fighting before Clay broke them up.[45]


Justin and Jessica kissing in the hallways in "Always Waiting for the Next Bad News"

Justin and Jessica bumped into each other in the school hallways. Jessica stated that she sucks for avoiding him since their relationship got exposed. Justin mentioned that he doesn’t blame her and he and Alex really messed things up for her. Jessica told him it’s not his fault, but Justin replied that it does feel like it as all he does is mess up her life. Jessica said that she’s the one being a hypocrite. Justin didn’t want their relationship to be over and Jessica didn’t either. Justin proposed to tone things down a bit until everything would settle. Jessica disagreed, as she’s supposed to be living her truth and her truth is that she loves his “lame ass”. They both laughed. Justin warned that people were going to talk about them, but Jessica responded that people always do. They both said “fuck them”, meaning they don’t care that people talk about them, and started kissing in the middle of the hallway.

In the boys’ restroom, Alex told Justin that he needs to tell Jessica about his drug use. Justin asked Alex if Clay told him this, to which Alex told him Clay didn’t but he did know he was using. Justin questioned why it matters to him and if he was trying to ruin Jessica’s and his relationship. Alex told him that he thinks Justin’s worthless and doesn’t deserve Jessica, but for some reason Jessica loved him. Justin asked if he can’t deal with that and Alex pointed out that he’d been dealing with it for two years already while he has been destroying her life. Justin asked when he’s going to quit; Alex returned the question and told him that Jessica deserves the truth.


Justin breaking up with Jessica in "Always Waiting for the Next Bad News"

When seeing Justin, Jessica started hugging him from behind. Justin acted annoyed and told her to not do that. Jessica pointed out that it was fine as they were public now, but Justin accused her of making a show out of it. Jessica wanted to know what he meant as he tried to walk away from her. Justin accused her of making their relationship about herself and using him to make a point. Jessica denied this and told him that the only point she was making is that she loves him and that’s all that matters. Justin told him she shouldn’t love him because he’s bad for her. Jessica was confused as to all the things he was saying and wanted to know what’s going on with him. Justin lied and said that he had cheated on her on homecoming night, which is the reason he didn’t pick up his phone. Jessica didn’t believe him and asked who he cheated with, Justin told her that it doesn’t matter, she shouldn’t be with him and their relationship is over. Jessica was trying to hold back tears as Justin left.[20]

After having a conversation about Mrs. Baker, Clay asked Jessica if she could tell Justin he’ll be home late. Jessica revealed that they’re not talking because they broke up. Clay was confused asking “What?”. Jessica explained that Justin told her he has cheated, which she doesn’t believe, and that he’s better off without her, which she doesn’t get. Clay realized what the real reason behind the break-up is and told her about Justin’s drug addiction. Justin later told Clay that he was thankful for this, as he couldn’t tell her himself.


Justin and Jessica getting back together in "The World Closing In"

While Justin is working at Monet’s, Jessica came to see him. Justin asked what she was doing here and Jessica told him that she was there to tell him she’s “rejecting his break-up request”. Justin pointed out that he had cheated, but Jessica explained that she knew he didn’t because Clay told her about his drug addiction. Justin got angry about Clay telling her this, but Jessica pointed out that Clay cared about him and neither she or Clay would give up on him. Justin started going on about how bad he was for her, but Jessica told him to stop. She said that she loved him and would help him get through his troubles. Justin repeated that she was better off without him and tried to leave, but Jessica stopped him. She asked to look at her and say that he doesn’t love her. He told her that she knows he loves her, but he’s going down a dark hole and doesn’t want to take her down with him. Jessica gently kissed him and said that she goes where he goes. They folded their hands and put their foreheads together.[46]


Justin and Jessica talking at school in "There Are a Few Things I Haven't Told You"

Jessica and Justin met up in a room at school; Justin didn’t understand why as they’re not a secret anymore. Jessica told him that she’s been thinking about her activism and what she has been putting him through and that it’s a bad time to draw attention to herself. Justin questioned why it was a bad time for her. Jessica revealed that she told Ani they were together after homecoming to protect him. Justin pointed out that he didn’t ask her to do that, but Jessica explained that she had panicked. She told him to get his alibi straight as it could be bad for him when they would ask her questions. Justin still didn’t understand why she’d lie about being with him, Jessica told him there are a lot of things going on and she’s just trying to help him. Jessica left the room and Justin called her name, but she didn’t respond. Justin told Clay about what Jessica said, but that he had several missed calls from her that told him to call her back because she needs something.

Jessica spoke at an assembly to apologize to Hillcrest about the protest and fight during the homecoming game, which Justin attended. Jessica gave a speech about sexual assault survivors and encouraged students to stand up and reveal that they’re survivors. Justin also stood up and said that he’s a survivor, to which Jessica was shocked and confused. After the assembly, she asked if it was real and Justin confirmed this, but she couldn’t ask further as Clay got arrested. When Justin tried to follow Clay and the cops, Jessica pulled him back and held him by his arm.


Jessica and Justin at the Sheriff's Department in "And Then the Hurricane Hit"

The two of them went to the Sheriff’s Department to wait for Clay, who was getting interrogated by the cops. Jessica asked Justin if he was okay and would tell her if he wasn’t as she clearly doesn’t always know. Justin revealed that he was molested as a child and sexually assaulted when doing sex work on the streets, which made them both cry. Jessica told him she was sorry and felt bad for preaching about recovery to him. Justin held her hands and told her that she had needed time for herself and deserves that. He told her that he badly wants to be there for her and didn’t want “his shit to get in the way of her shit”, to which Jessica stated that his “shit” is her “shit” and Justin that “they share shit”. They busted out laughing when Jessica remarked that the conversation was getting weird. They hugged, cried and said they love each other.[47]

Justin and Jessica supported Tyler at the Sheriff’s Department when he reported Monty. After Jessica revealed to Ani who had killed Bryce, Justin met up with them at Monet’s. Justin worked on covering up the murder and framing Monty to prevent Alex and Jessica from getting arrested. In her bedroom, Jessica picked up and read the card Justin had sent her when he was homeless that said he’ll always love her.


Justin assuring Jessica everything will be okay in "Let the Dead Bury the Dead"

In a room at school, Jessica gave Justin the tape that Bryce had given her right before his death. She started kissing him and told him to not talk, but Justin said that this time he is talking and there’s no time to mess around. Jessica told him that she loves him, doesn’t want anything to happen to him and that she’s scared. Justin put his hand in her hair, told her to not be scared and asked if she believed in him. Jessica told him that she of course does; Justin told her that then it’s going to be okay before kissing her and leaving.

After everyone listened to Bryce’s tape and left the Outhouse, Jessica asked Justin what will happen to them now. Justin told her that nothing has to happen and he loves her. Jessica asked how he could love her; Justin replied that it’s the only way he knows. Jessica then asked how he could look at her and not see somebody different, as she was involved in a murder. Justin asked her if she could look at him and not see the boy who let Bryce rape her; Jessica stated she couldn’t. Justin told her “So…”, seemingly meaning to say that he can still love her besides her actions as she can still love him besides his actions. Jessica then told Justin that she’s afraid and Justin said that he knows. They kissed and cuddled on his bed.


Jessica and Justin kissing in the Outhouse in "Let the Dead Bury the Dead"

When Clay and Justin were having a conversation at Monet’s, Jessica joined them on the couch. Justin explained that life is going through hard times and making it out alive. Jessica pointed out that she wants more than that and they deserve some happiness. Clay and Justin agreed. Justin told Clay and Jessica in a cheesy voice that he loved them, Jessica laughed and said he ruined the moment, but in Justin’s opinion he was embracing the moment. Jessica asked if he could get her more coffee and Justin told her he would in a minute because the couch was comfy. Jessica cuddled up against him and Justin gave her a kiss on the head.[23]

Bryce Walker

Bryce was Justin's former best friend.

I've known him since I was eight. He was the first person that gave a shit about me, the first person to look after me, man. He was my fucking brother.
— Justin to Clay about Bryce[src]

Justin confronts Bryce in "Bryce and Chloe"

Bryce was Justin's best friend since childhood, when he stood up for Justin when he was getting bullied. Justin enjoyed his friendship and was loyal to him. He mentioned that one of the reasons he didn't call the police during Jessica's rape was because he was afraid to lose his best friend. Bryce, on the other hand, made sure that he used this loyalty and friendship for his benefit. He used and manipulated Justin on almost every possible occasion. Justin later starts to hate him for raping Jessica, and finds it important that Bryce gets what he deserves. Eventually Justin reports him to the police besides knowing he'd risk getting arrested himself. After Justin is released from juvie, Bryce attempts to make things right between them, but Justin doesn't want to. At some point Justin got arrested for drug use, and called Bryce. Bryce bailed him out and paid Seth, who was threatening Justin, to leave Justin alone. He started giving Justin his own drug prescription so Justin wouldn't take heroin. Bryce's death srongly upset Justin, as he mentioned Bryce was his brother for a long time and the first person to care about him.

Clay Jensen

Clay is Justin's brother-like figure.


Justin and Clay in "The Box of Polaroids"

In the first season, Justin hates Clay and is ready to do everything to "shut him up" about the tapes. Justin threatens him, steals his bike and even suggests to kill him. In the second season, Clay saves Justin from the streets so he can testify about Jessica's rape. He hides Justin in his room and detoxes him with the help of Sheri. Justin starts being nice towards Clay and sees him as a friend. At first, Clay still doesn't trust him and thinks he's a bad person, but still helps and seems to care about him. He also gets jealous when he sees Justin spending time with his parents. After Justin relapses and the Jensens get in a fight, Justin leaves the house. Clay first doesn't care, but later starts sending Justin a lot of worried texts, wanting to know if he's okay. When Justin receives a text saying "I need you. Please", Justin calls Clay. A few days later, Clay goes to Bryce's house to shoot Bryce. Justin stops him, but Clay then puts the gun to his head. Justin tries to talk him out of it and later manages to take the gun from him and lead him to the car. From that moment, they became a lot closer. After Justin was released from juvie thanks to Clay's mom, Clay asks Justin if he wants his parents to adopt him. The two started having a close relationship now Justin lives with the Jensens. Justin would continually defend Clay when he was suspected of murder. It's stated that their bond is stronger than blood and they would do anything for each other.

Before Justin dies, the two reaffirm their brotherly love for each other and Clay holds Justin's hand at his request as he dies. As revealed by Justin's college admissions essay, he considered Clay his brother, the one positive influence in his whole life and the reason he was alive as long as he was. Though Clay was aware of Justin's drug use, Justin never told him about his prostitution while living on the street.

Amber Foley

Amber is Justin's biological mother.

Amber is Justin's drug-addicted mother. Kevin Porter mentioned that she's had a series of boyfriends. It is implied that most of these men were abusive towards Amber and Justin and/or were addicts. Justin occasionally ran away from home.


Amber talking to Jessica in "Tape 2, Side A"

When Jessica went to Amber's apartment to ask for Justin, Amber mentioned that she hadn't seen him in days. Her drug-dealer boyfriend Seth Massey told Jessica to tell Justin that his mom has been worried sick and if he didn't call her, he couldn't come home. It's unclear if Amber was actually worried, as she didn't act like this towards Jessica.[28]

When Jessica went to Justin's apartment and asked why he immediately left after basketball practice, Justin explained to her that Amber had called him to come home because she and her boyfriend had broke up and was "all fucked". He told her to be quiet as Amber was going through one of her things.[30]

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Amber leaving Justin behind after getting choked in "Tape 6, Side B"

Justin returned home after receiving a subpoena, which Seth confronted him for as it brings his "business" in danger. When Seth ended up choking Justin, Amber begged him to stop and tried to convince him by saying that the neighbours will call the police. Seth eventually stopped and left. As Amber wanted to leave to, Justin asked "Mom?" while sobbing, but Amber left anyway. Justin took money and a gun from Seth, and ran away.[35]

After Clay and Tony found Justin on the streets and brought him back to Evergreen, Justin told them that he couldn’t go back to his mother as he stole money from her boyfriend and doesn’t know where she moved. He went stayed over at the Jensens instead.[11]


Mr. Porter asking Amber for Justin in "The Chalk Machine"

Mr. Porter went to Amber’s house to ask about Justin’s whereabouts. Amber told him that Justin ran away. When asked if she doesn’t want to know if he’s okay, Amber said Justin can take care of himself and always has. Justin later also told Mr. Porter that he’s used to being on his own.[38]

When the Jensens discovered Justin’s drug use, Justin went back to his mother’s house. Amber seemed happy to have him back. She offered to make him lunch, but Justin told her it’s too late for lunch and they don’t have much groceries left. Amber told him that he was taller and that he was still her “big, tall, handsome boy”. They both said that they missed each other. Amber noticed Justin’s wounds from injecting heroin, and told him she never wanted this life for him and he doesn’t deserve that life. Justin proposed to leave and find a new place together, but Amber told him she can’t. Amber told him she needs him to here and made him promise to stay.


Amber stopping Justin in "The Missing Page"

When finding Seth’s money, Justin got caught by Amber. Amber got angry and told him that he’ll never get away from who he is and that Seth will kill her when he finds out about the stolen money. Right before leaving, Justin left some money behind for Amber and told her to leave too. Amber was emotional as Justin left.[14]

A flashback to Justin and Hannah showed Justin in his room listening to Amber and Seth fighting, and joining to fight Seth after he heard glass break. He fled to Hannah's house with a bloody nose and head pain.[16]

At the end of the season, it’s revealed that Amber is nowhere to be found which ended up with the Jensens wanting to adopt Justin.[17]

Zach Dempsey

Zach is Justin's friend.

Zach and Justin were first seen in a flashback at Hannah’s party. Kat introduced Hannah to the guys when they were play-fighting together. They were introduced to Hannah by Kat; Kat told Hannah that Justin was her boyfriend and she could date Zach. Kat then told the guys that they should leave because they were all wet.

Zach was about to drive Justin and two other jocks back to their homes, when Justin asked Hannah if they could give her a ride. When Hannah went to take the bus instead, Justin decided to go after her. Zach asked if he was serious about taking the bus; Justin pointed out that he’d rather be in a “bus with a hot girl than a car with idiots.”

In present time, Zach and Justin are seen talking about Mr. Porter wanting to see Justin about Hannah. Zach told him that it’s probably because of the Baker’s lawsuit. In another flashback, Justin showed Bryce, Zach and some other jocks an upskirt picture of Hannah to make it seem like they had sex. Zach and the other jocks pushed Justin back so Bryce could send the picture around. Later in class, Zach showed Justin something on his phone (having to do with the picture) to which Justin got annoyed and slapped Zach’s hand away.

Back in present time, Jessica asked Zach about where Justin was. Zach told her that he didn’t know but that he was at basketball practice the night before. Jessica asked Zach to tell Justin that she needs to talk to him.


Marcus and Zach finding Justin in Bryce's pool house in "Tape 1, Side B"

Zach and Marcus went to Bryce’s house because they guessed that Justin was there. When finding Justin in the poolhouse, Zach asked if he was okay. Justin got annoyed, asking if he was “his bitch” now. Marcus and Zach asked him if he could calm down Jessica before she causes trouble. They spend some time at the poolhouse playing games, while Justin was smoking and drinking. When an angry Jessica arrived, Zach told Justin that he had to handle it himself.

Zach and Justin hung out with Bryce, Alex and Monty outside Blue Spot Liquer, when they brought Clay over for a drinking contest with Alex. Clay won, but also got drunk. Justin and Zach later talked about it while playing video games. Justin made fun of Clay for getting drunk after one beer; Zach defended him and said Clay could get them in a lot of trouble. Justin then told Zach that they would shut him down.

Justin, Zach and Alex decided to kidnap Clay in Alex’s car to scare him off. They stopped him while he’s riding his bike; Zach took the bike and Justin forced Clay to get in the car. Alex drove and kept speeding up even after Zach and Justin started to get scared. Alex stopped when the police drove behind them, and the boys found out that Alex’s Dad his a cop. This made Justin and Zach burst out laughing and tell Clay that he can’t do them any harm.


Justin and Zach as Clay introduces them to the exchange students in "Tape 4, Side A"

In a flashback, Justin and his friends witnessed Zach get rejected by Hannah. Justin asked him why he even attempted to ask Hannah out. Zach got annoyed by the guys’ reactions and left.

Clay was giving a tour to some exchange students and saw Justin and Zach in the hallway. Clay called them the star players of Liberty High and asked where his bike is. The guys got visibly annoyed and watched as Clay started freaking out and saying that the truth will come out.

Justin, Zach, Courtney, Marcus, Alex and Jessica met up to talk about what they’re going to do about Clay. Justin called Tony a “dick, prick and a cock”, Zach pointed out that they’re the same thing and denied Tony was any of those. When Justin came up with the idea to kill Clay, Zach told him to grow up. Justin asked if he’s really the one to tell him to grow up since he’s a “mama’s boy”, to which Zach replied “Yeah, I am.”.

Zach and Justin were having lunch at school and watched Marcus confront Clay. When seeing Alex arrive, Justin went to talk to Alex about Clay. This led to an argument as Alex didn’t think they should do anything to Clay while Justin thought Alex should help them. When they started pushing each other, Zach quickly ran to stop them. Alex left and Zach, Justin and Marcus continued to have a conversation about Clay.


Zach stopping Alex and Justin from fighting in "Tape 5, Side A"

Zach was having dinner with his family when his Mom said that she didn’t understand why Justin is the basketball captain when Zach’s the best player. Zach defended Justin by saying that captains aren’t chosen based on who plays better and that Justin is going through some stuff. Zach then received several messages from Justin if Zach could please text him back as he needed a place to sleep. Zach ignored the messages.

Zach was hanging out at Bryce’s pool house along with Bryce, Jessica, Monty and some other friends when Justin and Alex arrived. They were playing poker and things started to get tense between Justin and Jessica, which led to Justin dragging Jessica outside. As they were arguing, Zach told them that this did not need to happen. Justin told Jessica that Bryce had raped her and started trying to fight Bryce. Zach told him to stop and held Justin back, who started screaming to let him go.

The next day, Zach told the other tape subjects that Justin had revealed that Bryce did rape Jessica and everything Hannah said was true. When Alex pointed out that Justin was probably going to jail for what he did, Zach said that Justin is his best friend but right now Justin doesn’t care about him. Justin later tried to call Zach when he got kicked out of his house by Seth, but Zach declined the call.

Justin was brought back to Evergreen by Clay and Tony, which Alex told Zach about. Zach asked if Alex knew where Justin was living or why he’s back. Alex got annoyed because he felt like everything was always about Justin, so they changed the subject.

A flashback showed Zach and Justin hanging out in Bryce’s pool. Zach asked advice about having sex as he and Hannah wanted to lose their virginities to each other. He didn’t tell Justin that it was with Hannah, but with a girl from another school. Justin’s advice to Zach was to find out what the girl likes.


Zach confronting Clay and Justin in "Smile, Bitches"

Clay and Justin broke into the Clubhouse and were caught by Zach, who just left the baseball field in the middle of a game. Zach got angry, which made Justin tell him to back off. Zach commented “Or what, Justin? You’re gonna come at me? I wasn’t scared off you even before you fell apart.” When Clay told Zach to do what he wants because he had already been beaten up this week, he warned Clay and Justin that it’s going to keep happening. Zach gave them the box of Polaroids and revealed that he’s the one who gave Clay the other Polaroids, before leaving the Clubhouse.

During a school fight in the hallways, Zach charged at Bryce when he saw him fighting with Justin.

After Justin was released from juvenile detention, he and Mrs. Jensen arrived at Monet’s for Hannah’s memorial. Zach excitedly ran towards Justin and hugged him. Justin laughed and told Zach that he was crushing him. Zach told Justin that they had to get him on a program as he had lost weight. Zach asked Justin if he wasn’t mad that Bryce only got three months probation and Justin six, but Justin mentioned that he just wasn’t surprised.


Zach welcoming Justin back in "Bye"

At the Spring Fling dance, Justin told Zach that he would’ve been good for Hannah. Zach replied that he would if he didn’t mess it up like he messes up everything else. Justin joked that he didn’t want to have that contest with him. He then said he was sorry that Zach wasn’t able to talk to him. Clay then told Justin and Zach to come to the dance floor as, which they did after Clay threw a pillow at them.

Zach would often look after Justin, as he convinced him to rejoin the football team because it would be good for him, and helped him keep his drug use a secret.

Matt and Lainie Jensen

Matt and Lainie are Justin's parent-like figures.


Matt finding Justin in Clay's bedroom in "The Smile at the End of the Dock"

After finding Justin on the streets, Clay hid him in his room from Matt and Lainie as Justin didn't have a place to stay and Clay wanted him to testify. One day, someone broke into Clay's bedroom while Justin hid in the closet. Matt came upstairs while holding a bat, seemingly expecting to find a burglar. He found Justin, and asked who he was. While waiting for Clay, Justin lied to Matt and Lainie that he was the one that broke in after accidentally getting locked out. Matt and Lainie were angry, Lainie for having a someone who's in contempt in the house of a lawyer and Matt for lying and hiding someone. Justin defended Clay by telling them that his mom is a drug addict and her boyfriend a dealer who wouldn't want to take him back. Matt and Lainie were shocked but sympathetic, and told him that he was allowed to stay as long as he needed. Lainie however stated that she had to report him to the authorities, which Justin said he understood and thanked them.[12]

The next morning, Justin had breakfast with Matt and Lainie. Later that day, when Clay came back home, Justin was watching tv with Matt and Lainie and seemingly enjoying his time with them. This even made Clay jealous, as he sarcastically said "That's great. This is perfect.", and walked away.[39]


Justin listening to the Jensens arguing in "The Little Girl"

The Jensens found out about Justin’s drug addiction, which caused a huge argument between the three of them. Matt suggested calling social services on him, which Lainie disagreed with as then he wouldn’t be able to testify. Justin was listening to the argument while sitting on the stairs, and decided to leave as he didn’t want to tear the family apart.[13] The next morning Matt revealed to Clay that Lainie left to stay with her sister. He suggested calling Justin, as Lainie had given Justin a phone, to which Clay replied “of course she did” and said Justin clearly didn’t want they gave him as he left, thus it was better to just let him go.[14]

A few days later, both Lainie and Justin returned. Lainie came back as soon as she heard Justin was going to testify, and wanted to prepare him. She apologized for making an argument have such an impact on the family and Justin. Justin mentioned feeling like he messed up the family apart, which everyone immediately denied. Lainie warned Justin about the risk of getting arrested if he testified about Jessica’s rape.[16]


Lainie trying to convince the judge to release Justin in "Bye"

Justin got arrested for being an accessory to sexual assault, and Lainie promised to help him. With the help of Dennis Vasquez, Lainie tried to get Justin released from juvie by looking for his mother for a month. After not being able to find Amber Foley or convince the judge, Lainie filled for emergency custody. Matt and Lainie discussed adopting Justin as he’d otherwise be placed in a group home and would have to go to another school. Clay, who was hesitant to the idea at first but later agreed, asked Justin about it. Justin started crying and told Clay he’d like to be adopted.[17]


Lainie and Justin having breakfast in "Yeah. I'm the New Girl"

Now Justin is living with the Jensens, Matt proposed to clear out the workshop and change it into a bedroom. Lainie questioned this as she thought Matt meant immediately moving Justin out of the house, but he clarified that the bedroom was going to be for both Clay and Justin. They didn’t build a shower in the bedroom so Clay and Justin would still have to come to the house every day.[18]

As Justin’s social worker came to visit, Matt and Lainie were decorating the house to make a good impression. Lainie stated that it’s very important to show that they’re providing Justin with a happy and healthy home environment. The social worker told Justin that Matt and Lainie are happy to have him, and Justin told her that all three Jensens saved his life.[42]


The Jensens attending Bryce's funeral in "You Can Tell the Heart of a Man by How He Grieves"

The Jensens attended Bryce’s funeral for Justin. Lainie asked Justin how he’s holding up, Justin said he was fine and thanked them for coming with him.[22]

After the footage of Clay pointing a gun at Bryce was discovered, Matt and Lainie talked with Justin about it. Justin told them what happened that night, but wouldn’t tell them who gave Clay the gun and if Clay was having nightmares again. Lainie said to him that she knows he cares about Clay and wants to keep his secrets, but the time for secrets is past. Justin explained that he doesn’t tell Clay’s secrets because he used to be one of his secrets.[44]

As the suspicion of Clay’s involvement in Bryce’s murder, Lainie told Clay and Justin that if Clay gets convicted of a felony, the adoption will be denied. Justin was clearly bothered by this, so Lainie told him "You’ll always have a home here, no matter what.".[20]


Lainie and Justin talking to Clay in "Let the Dead Bury the Dead"

Justin and Lainie were talking to Clay about his tracking device. Lainie started confronting Justin about meeting up with Seth, to which Justin told her that he thought Seth could help. Lainie revealed that detectives are tailing him and he should watch his back.

At Thanksgiving dinner, Justin said he was thankful to have a family at all. He then revealed that he hasn’t stayed clean, and asked for help. Matt looked shocked at his reveal, but Lainie was calm and told him that she promises to get him all the help he needs, after which Justin smiled at her.[23]

Seth Massey

Seth is Justin's mother's boyfriend and abuser.

Seth is the abusive boyfriend of Justin’s mother. When Justin was staying over with Bryce, he explained that he didn’t go home because Seth was back and he can’t deal with him. When Jessica visited the Foley apartment, Seth told her to tell “that punk” that his mother is worried and he if he doesn’t call her, he can’t come home.


Seth choking Justin in "Tape 6, Side B"

When Justin was back home, Justin got mad at Seth for putting his feet on his books. To piss Justin off, Seth rubbed his feet over the books. They started arguing and Justin told his mother that either Seth goes, or he does. Amber didn’t answer but went to get Seth a beer instead. Seth told Justin to not "fuck" with him, and Justin left.

After receiving a subpoena for Justin about Hannah’s suicide, Seth confronted him because he doesn’t appreciate cops at the door as he’s a drug dealer. Justin yelled at him that it’s not his door, and Seth slammed Justin against the wall while choking him. Seth told him that he’s no good to anybody and to go live with Bryce. Justin ran away and took money and a gun from Seth with him.


Seth watching Justin from his car in "Bye"

When Mr. Porter came to the Foley Residence to ask about Justin, Seth mentioned that Justin owed him a 1000 dollars and if he wasn’t going to give it to him, he could leave.

Justin stole money from Seth for a second time when he went to see his mother. He planned to use the money to run away again.

When Justin was at Hannah’s memorial at Monet’s, Seth stares at him outside the café from his car, likely due to wanting his money back from Justin.


Seth threatening Justin with a gun in "Always Waiting for the Next Bad News"

After spending four months in jail, Seth went to Monet’s while Justin was working. He told Justin that he either pays him, or he works. Justin told Seth he didn’t owe him anything and wasn’t going to work, but Seth threatened him with his gun. Justin started selling drugs at Monet’s for Seth, but skimmed off the tops to use himself. Seth found out and put a gun against Justin’s head. He told Justin he had to pay him the next day or he’s going to “ask” Justin’s new family.

Justin asked Bryce for help, who paid Seth the money Justin owed, including money to make sure Seth would leave Justin alone. Justin was clearly uncomfortable being around Seth, and wanted to get over it quickly.


Bryce paying Seth Justin's debt in "Always Waiting for the Next Bad News"

Seth did not leave alone, as he’s seen stalking Justin on the side of Liberty High’s sport fields and in front of the Jensen house. Seth told him they needed to talk, which Justin didn’t want to do there. When Justin told Seth that he’d kill him if he came to the house again, Seth replied “just like you killed your rich buddy?”

After Bryce’s body was found, Seth sent Justin a text saying “I’m coming for you next”. This made Clay, Ani and Justin suspect Seth of Bryce’s murder. The investigated Seth’s den and found Bryce’s watch. Seth entered the place and revealed that Justin gave it in exchange for drugs. Seth told Justin that besides living in a fancy house, he was still a junkie just like his “whore mama”. This caused Justin to get angry and push Seth, and Seth pulled out a gun. Before being able to shoot, Ani threw a bag at his arm and the teens ran away.


Ani, Clay, Justin and Seth at Seth's den in "Always Waiting for the Next Bad News"

When Clay was suspected for Bryce’s murder, Justin approached Seth with an offer to deal drugs for him if Seth “got rid” the dealer he was with on homecoming night. However, Seth is arrested and incarcerated shortly after for parole violations.


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I'm not protecting Bryce, you little fuck! God, I'm protecting Jessica! I care more about Jessica than I do about Hannah, than I do about you, than I do about anybody else.
— Justin revealing why he is hiding Jessica's rape.[src]
She lied about it on those tapes because she's a crazy fucking drama queen who just killed herself for attention!
— Justin to Clay about Hannah[src]
Jessica: "Tell me why you care."
Justin: "Come on, let's go."
Jessica: "Tell me why you fucking care!"
Justin: "Because he fucking raped you!"
―  Justin admitting what Bryce did to Jessica
Last night, I walked every street in this shitty-ass town. And I ended up by the water, by the docks. I climbed up this crane, all the way up there, and I could see the whole city. And I was gonna jump. Or shoot myself. But I couldn't. Because I couldn't stop thinking about you. I can't stop.
— Justin to Jessica[src]
Bryce: "You know the real story, right? You know what's true."
Justin: "I do now."
Bryce: "So I'll see you around?"
Justin: "Nah, I don't think you will."
―  Justin and Bryce before Justin leaves town[src]

Justin: "I came back for you. It's the only reason why I'm here. If you want me to stay, I promise you I'm here for good. Look, if you want me to go, I'll go. Forever, this time."
Jessica: "You said that before."
Justin: "I… I tried to go away. I tried to forget about you. I... I tried so fucking hard. But I can't stop thinking about you."
Jessica: "Yeah, I think about you, too. And I wish you were dead."
Justin: "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you more."
―  Justin and Jessica's conversation in the school cafeteria[src]
I had nowhere to go. My mom is a junkie and her boyfriend a dealer, and not a very nice guy. Clay and Tony found me, and saved me.
— Justin to Mrs. and Mrs. Jensen[src]

Amber: "Honey, you can run as far as you want, you will never get away from who you are."
Justin: "That's fine. Just as long as I can get away from who I was."
―  Justin to his mom when he runs away for the second time.[src]

I'll find a job, find a place. I'm used to being on my own, okay?
— Justin about his longterm plans[src]

Bryce, I've got nothing left to lose. That makes me the dangerous one.
— Justin to Bryce[src]

...and friendship is complicated, you find yourself doing things you never thought you'd do.
— Justin Foley[src]

Dennis: "Did you think of calling the police or calling for help?"
Justin: "I did. I- But I was afraid."
Dennis: "Afraid of what?"
Justin: "I don't know. Afraid of losing my best friend. My girlfriend. My entire life. Which I guess I already lost. I'll regret this forever."
―  Justin testifying about Jessica's rape.[src]

Clay: "Hey. Are you okay?"
Justin: "No, man. No, I'm not. I'm fucking sad."
Clay: "You are"
Justin: "Yeah, I've known him since I was eight."
Clay: "He was the first person that gave a shit about me, the first person to look after me, man. He was my fucking brother."
Clay: "I feel like he didn't look out for you, though."
Justin: "Dude, you don't know what you're talking about. Okay, Clay? You don't know everything. You think you have this idea that- You knew what you knew. He was a fucking person, Clay. A human being. Now he's fucking dead."
―  Justin and Clay after finding out about Bryce's death[src]
Justin: "And if you're fucking lying to me-"
Bryce: "I've never lied to you."
Justin: "You have, though. Every time you called me brother."
―  Bryce and Justin[src]
Justin: "You seem awfully dark tonight."
Clay: "How are you not?"
Justin: "I guess I am. But I'm alive, so I figure I'm ahead of the game."
―  Justin to Clay[src]
My name is Justin Foley, and I'm a survivor
— Justin Foley[src]
When I was five my mom had this boyfriend. This fucked-up guy who would just get high with her. When she'd pass out, he would just come to my bed. At first, he would just put his hands on me. Then he started making me put my hands on his- And he would be hard. He'd put his fingers in my mouth and start to jerk off. He only lived with us for a couple of years. On and off. When I was on the streets and I needed money I would do stuff to guys. Sometimes, they would do stuff that we didn't talk about. But that I didn't want to do. I just felt like I was five again, and it was all my fault.
— Justin telling Jessica about his experience with sexual assult[src]
I made a lot of mistakes, man. Sometimes I feel like that's all life is. It's just all the mistakes you make and all the shit you gotta do to set it right.
— Justin to Charlie after admitting to his drug addiction[src]
I'm thankful to have family, at all. ...And I haven't stayed clean, all this time. I'm sorry for lying to you guys. And I... I probably need more help.
— Justin admitting he's not clean at Thanksgiving dinner[src]
Clay: "Nothing can just be easy, can it?"
Justin: "Isn't that kinda the point?"
Clay: "I mean, how is it the point?"
Justin: "For some people, it's easy. Like Bryce, I always thought it was easy for him. Life was easy."
Jessica: "Look how that ended up."
Justin: "Yeah. See? It's not supposed to be easy for people like us. We're meant to go through shit and make it out alive."
―  Clay, Justin and Jessica about life[src]

Clay: "What are you trying to be?"
Justin: "Alive. Not insane."
―  Clay and Justin[src]
Clay: "This is the guy who once said colleges are for people who couldn't get a job."
Justin: "I didn't think that I was good enough. I didn't think I deserved a future before."
Clay: "YOU never thought you were good enough? You were always such an arrogant asshole."
Justin: "Yeah, those are probably related."
―  Clay and Justin after Justin said that he was interested in going to Sanderson University[src]
Jessica: "I don't recognize this. I don't know who this is."
Justin: "It's me. It's me trying... trying to get better."
―  Justin and Jessica after Justin said that he didn't worry about their secrets coming out[src]
Hi, I'm Justin... and I'm an addict.
— Justin introducing himself at an AA meeting[src]
Just feels like... like no one believes in me. Like no one trusts me.
— Justin to Coach Kerba after the Jensens drug tested him.[src]
Justin: "Sorry, my... my circumstances?"
Interviewer: "Your essay indicated that you've faced down a number of personal challenges. Talk to me about that."
Justin: "I was addicted to heroin. And I had sex with men for money."
Interviewer: "Uh... Your mother has also struggled with addiction?"
Justin: "She, um... Yeah, she has."
Interviewer: "You have shown such fortitude. That will serve you well in college."
Justin: "Or did I just get really lucky? That I got out? She never did. No one ever gave her a fucking chance. Maybe "fortitude..." has fuck-all to do with it, and it really is all about circumstances."
―  Justin's college interview after he heard that his mother passed away.[src]
I don't fucking want anything! OK? I don't need some bullshit service so that you all can feel better about some broke junkie being dead! Fuck! (silence) Sorry. I just... I've been to enough funerals in my life.
— Justin yelling at the Jensens after they proposed to have a service for his mother.[src]
Jessica: "I'm sorry... for whatever you think I did with Diego. But you pushed me away. You wouldn't let me help you, then you gave up on yourself again and again. You're the one who left."
Justin: "I was trying to make my way back to you."
Jessica: "But you were so angry with me."
Justin: "You broke my fucking heart!"
Jessica: "I think your heart was broken way before you met me."
―  Jessica and Justin.[src]
Clay: "Dude, I'm worried about you."
Justin: "Yeah, I'm worried about me too."
―  Clay and Justin worrying about Justin not feeling well.[src]
Justin: "I love you more than life."
Jessica: "Don't love anything more than life."
―  Justin and Jessica at prom.[src]
Justin: "Jess. Don't cry."
Jessica: "I'm so sorry. I'm so... I thought I could be strong. I..."
Justin: "Come here. Come here. You're... so strong."
Jessica: "You're the best thing that ever happened to me."
Justin: "You're out of your mind. I ruined your fucking life."
Jessica: "No. You taught me what love is."
Justin: "Yeah?"
Jessica: "Yeah."
Justin: "Okay. You always have that. Okay?"
Jessica: "Okay."
―  Justin and Jessica's last conversation[src]
Clay: "I'm... I'm so sorry, Justin. I don't know how to do this."
Justin: "Hey. You're doing... You're doing it great."
Clay: "Thank you for saving my life. Like, more times than you know. I love you."
Justin: "I love... I love... love you... you too, man."
Clay: "I'm sorry. Are you afraid?"
Justin: "Yeah. I am. Will you hold... Will you hold my hand... bro?"
Clay: "Yeah."
―  Clay and Justin's last conversation.[src]
You know, you can love people who did bad shit. You can forgive people. Even the people who hurt you worst. (...) When you forgive someone, it's more for you than them.
— Justin's hallucination to Clay[src]
I really didn’t grow with much positivity in my life and if I had the influence around me, they were definitely bad. My mother was a drug addict. Her revolving door of boyfriends, mostly drug addicts too. I had a best friend I used to look up to, but then he hurt people close to me and now he’s dead. There was a time in my life I truly had nothing but the clothes on my back and the regret of the people I’d hurt. And then a person came into my life. A person named Clay Jensen. Even when I was puking all over his room, he was there. He’s always been there which is why even though I’ve never had a proper family, I know what it feels like to have one because Clay gave that to me. Because he’s my brother, he’s my positive influence, he’s the reason I am alive and able to write this college essay in the first place‬.
— Justin's college essay about a positive influence in his life[src]


  • Justin has stated that he loves Jessica way more than Hannah, more than anything and anyone in the world.
  • Justin is the only person on Hannah's list to be the subject of two tapes Tape 1 ("Tape 1, Side A") and Tape 5 ("Tape 5, Side A"). Bryce and Jessica are mentioned on more than one tape though they are single subjects on only one tape each. Bryce is also the main focus of the B side of Tape 7 ("Tape 7, Side B") however since this tape was not created by Hannah and it's just a confession to the reason Hannah killed herself, this does not make him the subject of two separate tapes. Therefore Justin is the most recurring reason for why Hannah chose to end her life, but Bryce does become the main.
  • Justin lived on the streets for five months after running away from home. Here he became addicted to heroin.
    • When he needed money, he'd prostitute himself to guys. Some of the guys would sexually assault him by doing things he didn't agree to.
  • He stole money from his mother's drug dealer boyfriend, Seth, twice. In Season 1 he stole a thousand dollars, it is unknown how much money he took in Season 2.
  • In Season 3, Justin revealed that he's a victim of child sexual abuse, which started at the age of 5 by a boyfriend of his Mom.
    • Although the reveal was unexpected to many, it might've been lightly referred to in earlier episodes, such as when Coach Patrick suspected that Justin has been abused at home in the past.
    • Some fans think the reason Justin was too scared to stop Bryce from raping Jessica as it reminded him of his own experience.
  • Justin was sentenced to six months probation for being an accessory to sexual assault. He had to stay in juvenile detention for a month because there was no guardian to release him to before Lainie Jensen got him released into emergency custody.
  • Justin has several tattoos on his arms and one on his chest.
    • The tattoos on his right arm and the left wrist are also Brandon Flynn's real tattoos. The wire around his left bicep and the chest tattoo are only Justin's tattoos.
    • Justin's chest tattoo says Vires et Honestas, which is Latin for strength and honesty.
  • He's on the Basketball team and on the Football team.
  • Justin's Father lives in Sacramento.[38]
  • Justin and Jessica dressed up as Sid and Nancy for a Halloween contest and Justin sent Jessica a postcard that referred to the two of them as Sid and Nancy. This might have been done on purpose; Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen were a real-life couple; Nancy was murdered and Sid was the suspected murderer, and Sid was a heroin addict who died from an overdose. This may refer to Justin "murdering" Jessica by letting her get raped and to Justin becoming a heroin addict, who at one point nearly overdosed.
  • Throughout the series, it appears to be a common theme that Justin rarely answers his texts or phone calls. This is seen in the first season when he doesn’t call or text Jessica or Bryce back, the second season when Clay had to send Justin several messages through the day before he answered and in the third season when Jessica repeatedly called him on Homecoming night but doesn’t answer any of them.
  • Before his passing, he got accepted into Occidental College.[48]

See Also


See also: Category:Images of Justin Foley

"Tape 1, Side A"

"Tape 1, Side B"

"Tape 2, Side A"

"Tape 2, Side B"

"Tape 3, Side A"

"Tape 3, Side B"

"Tape 4, Side A"

"Tape 4, Side B"

"Tape 5, Side A"

"Tape 5, Side B"

"Tape 6, Side A"

"Tape 6, Side B"

"Tape 7, Side A"

"The First Polaroid"

"The Drunk Slut"

"The Second Polaroid"

"The Chalk Machine"

"The Smile at the End of the Dock"

"The Third Polaroid"

"The Little Girl"

"The Missing Page"

"Smile, Bitches"

"Bryce and Chloe"

"The Box of Polaroids"