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EDITOR'S NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EDIT JUSTIN FOLEY TO BE MATT JENSEN'S ADOPTIVE SON, AS IT HAS NOT BEEN MADE OFFICIAL!

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 Edit

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

Throughout the Series Edit

Season 1 Edit

Clay arrived home and asked Matt if he could use his boombox to listen to the recently received tapes. He asked 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 kept 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 tried to help Clay by having a few talks with him, but Clay still didn't open up to him or his wife.

Season 2 Edit

Matt made his first appearance in the second season when Clay came home and found him cooking pasta with Clay's girlfriend Skye.[3]

When someone broke into the house by breaking glass, Matt headed upstairs with a bat, and found Justin in Clay's room. He and Lainie let Justin stay at their house after hearing about his home situation.[4]

Matt went to court with Clay for his testimony, where he found out Clay did drugs with some friends. They had a talk afterwards; Matt wasn't angry with him, but didn't understand why Clay didn't tell Lainie and him about it because Clay couldn't do anything that would make them stop loving him.[5]

Matt and his family got into an argument about Justin and Lainie helping the school with Hannah's case. He suggested to call social services, which Lainie disagreed to. He called Lainie and Clay out for acting like children and told Lainie they needed to act like parents, and sent Clay to his room.[6]

The next morning, Matt suggested to call Justin after Clay told him that he was gone. Clay interrupted him, asking why he cared and they should just let him go. Matt mentioned how he thought Justin testifying was important to Clay. After he told Clay that Lainie was staying at her sister because of the argument, Clay proposed to move together and start over. Matt responded him that this was their family and they could fix it.[7]

Matt and Lainie attended Hannah's funeral and wake. They decided that they want to adopt Justin.[8]

Personality Edit

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 Edit

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.

RelationshipsEdit

Clay JensenEdit

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Matt hugging Clay in "Tape 4, Side B"

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.

AppearancesEdit

Season 1 Edit

Season 2 Edit

Trivia Edit

  • He taught Skye Miller, Clay's ex-girlfriend, how to make hand-made pasta.[9]
  • He thinks Lainie's brother is an asshole.[10]
  • He has a PhD in Literature.[11]
  • He mentioned that he teaches potheads.[12]

Quotes Edit

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"

GalleryEdit

See also: Category:Images of Matt Jensen

"Tape 1, Side A"

"Tape 1, Side B"

"Tape 2, Side A"

"Tape 2, Side B"

"Tape 3, Side A"

"Tape 4, Side A"

"Tape 4, Side B"

"Tape 5, Side A"

"Tape 6, Side B"

"Tape 7, Side A"


"Two Girls Kissing"

"The Drunk Slut"

"The Chalk Machine"

"The Smile at the End of the Dock"

"The Third Polaroid"

"The Little Girl"

"The Missing Page"

"The Box of Polaroids"

ReferencesEdit

  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. Marye, Felischa (writer) & Morris, Michael (director) (May 18, 2018). "The Little Girl". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 8.
  7. Kumar, Rohit (writer) & Candler, Kat (director). (May 18, 2018). "The Missing Page". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 9.
  8. Tyler, Hayley (writer) & Yu, Jessica (director). (May 18, 2018). "Bye". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 13.
  9. Higgins, Thomas (writer) & Araki, Gregg (director) (May 18, 2018). "Two Girls Kissing". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 2.
  10. Higgins, Thomas (writer) & Shaver, Helen (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 2, Side B". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 4. Netflix.
  11. Benjamin, Elizabeth (writer) & Araki, Gregg (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 4, Side A". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 7. Netflix.
  12. 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

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