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Matt Jensen is a recurring character in 13 Reasons Why. He is the father of Clay Jensen and the husband of Lainie Jensen. He is portrayed by Josh Hamilton.

Early Life

Matt had a hard time in high school, he got bullied. He was on chess club and took part in Knowledge Bowl.[1]

Throughout the Series

Season 1

Clay arrives home and asks Matt if he can use his boombox to listen to the recently received tapes. He asks Clay how he is doing and to keep in touch, because the school had sent out an email about Hannah that day.[2]

At first Matt keeps reassuring Lainie that everything's fine with Clay and he's just going through normal teen problems, but through the season he starts to believe there's something going on. He tries to help Clay by having a few talks with him, but Clay still doesn't open up to him or Lainie.

Season 2

Matt makes his first appearance in the second season when Clay comes home and finds him cooking with Clay's girlfriend Skye.[3]

When someone breaks into the house by breaking the glass, Matt carefully goes after him with a bat, and finds Justin in Clay's room.[4]

Matt goes to court with Clay for his testimony, where he finds out Clay did drugs with some friends. They have a talk afterwards; Matt isn't angry with him, but doesn't understand why Clay didn't tell Lainie and him about it.[5]

Personality

Matt is shown to be very family oriented, as he showed about how much he cares about his family on multiple occasions.

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Physical Appearance

Matt has longer dark hair with a beard and has blue eyes. At the beginning of the second season, his hair is short; it grows longer again through the season. He often wears a button up shirt with a sweater on top of it. He is also seen in suit several times.

Relationships

Clay Jensen

Matt and Clay aren't so emotionally close and have their differences like a typical Dad-son relation. Which sooner or later seems to repair as the series progresses.

Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Trivia

  • He taught Skye Miller, Clay's ex-girlfriend, how to make hand-made pasta.[6]
  • He thinks Lainie's brother is an asshole.[7]
  • He has a PhD in Literature.[8]
  • He mentioned that he teaches potheads.[9]

Quotes

Look, I hated high school. I couldn't wait to get out. It was hell for me. I was a target more than once. (...) But I survived. And look at me now. I'm a paragon of manhood. With a fucking beautiful family.
— Matt to Clay about his time in high school in "Tape 4, Side A"

Why is it kids don't tell their parents anything, ever? Is it shame? Or fear? It can't be fear of punishment. No one's punished for anything anymore. Are you afraid we won't understand?
— Matt asking Clay why he keeps secrets from them after Clay's testimony in "The Third Polaroid"

Gallery

See also: Category:Images of Matt Jensen

"Tape 1, Side A"

"Two Girls Kissing"

"The Drunk Slut"

"The Missing Page"

"The Box of Polaroids"

References

  1. Benjamin, Elizabeth (writer) & Araki, Gregg (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 4, Side A". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 7. Netflix.
  2. Yorkey, Brian (writer) & McCarthy, Tom (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 1, Side A". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 1. Netflix.
  3. Higgins, Thomas (writer) & Araki, Gregg (director) (May 18, 2018). "Two Girls Kissing". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 2.
  4. Bicknell, Julia (writer) & Hitman, Eliza (director) (May 18, 2018). "The Smile at the End of the Dock". '13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 6.
  5. Yorkey, Brian & Moore, Kirk (writers) & Morris, Michael (director) (May 18, 2018). "The Third Polaroid". '13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 7.
  6. Higgins, Thomas (writer) & Araki, Gregg (director) (May 18, 2018). "Two Girls Kissing". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 2.
  7. Higgins, Thomas (writer) & Shaver, Helen (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 2, Side B". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 4. Netflix.
  8. Benjamin, Elizabeth (writer) & Araki, Gregg (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 4, Side A". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 7. Netflix.
  9. Tyler, Hayley (writer) & Franklin, Carl (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 5, Side A". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 9. Netflix.
Characters of 13 Reasons Why
Season 1
Clay JensenHannah BakerTony PadillaZach DempseyJessica DavisJustin FoleyOlivia BakerBryce WalkerAlex StandallTyler DownLainie JensenKevin PorterAndrew BakerMontgomery de la CruzMatt JensenCourtney CrimsenSheri HollandMarcus ColeRyan ShaverGreg DavisDennis VasquezGary BolanSkye MillerDeputy Bill StandallKaren DempseyMrs. BradleyJeff AtkinsMr. DownAmber Foley
Minor Characters
PrattersMrs. AntillyJane ChildsMr. CantrellMrs. CantrellLauraJamie GarrisonTodd and Steve CrimsenSethRobert WellsTracy PorterMason PorterHarris AtkinsMrs. AtkinsJaven ReynoldsNora WalkerNoelle DavisPeter StandallMrs. Down
Season 2
Characters who joined in this season are linked in bold font
Clay JensenHallucination HannahTony PadillaZach DempseyJessica DavisJustin FoleyOlivia BakerBryce WalkerAlex StandallTyler DownLainie JensenKevin PorterAndrew BakerMontgomery de la CruzMatt JensenCourtney CrimsenSheri HollandMarcus ColeRyan ShaverGreg DavisDennis VasquezChlöe RiceGary BolanSonya StruhlNina JonesCyrusSkye MillerBill StandallJackieScott ReedCalebKaren DempseyMackenzieNora WalkerMrs. BradleyJeff AtkinsMr. DownRick WlodimierzAmber FoleyNoelle DavisMrs. DownBarry Walker
Minor Characters
Peter StandallThe PriestJudge Franklin PurdyErica CharlesTommy ShusterSethHipster ArtistChad Moore