List of Drop Dead Diva characters
This article lists the cast and characters in the American fantasy legal television series Drop Dead Diva, which debuted on Lifetime July 12, 2009.
- 1 Cast
- 2 Jane Bingum's household
- 3 Harrison & Parker employees
- 4 Other legal professionals
- 5 Jane's family
- 6 Other supporting characters
- 7 Celebrity Guest Stars
- 8 References
|Brooke Elliott||Jane Bingum||Main|
|Margaret Cho||Teri Lee||Main|
|April Bowlby||Stacy Barrett||Main|
|Kate Levering||Kim Kaswell||Main|
|Jackson Hurst||Grayson Kent||Main|
|Josh Stamberg||Jay Parker||Main|
|Lex Medlin||Owen French||Recurring||Main|
|Carter MacIntyre||Luke Daniels||Main||Guest Star|
Jane Bingum's household
Jane Bingum/Deb Dobkins
Jane Bingum, portrayed by Brooke Elliott. A former model now stuck in the body of a size 16 brunette lawyer, Deb wrestles with this new life. She has Jane's legal smarts but not her memories and brushes off odd behavior as aftereffects of Jane being shot. Her lack of Jane's memories does hurt at times such as when she sues a diet guru unaware until the trial that Jane did a commercial endorsing the product. In addition, Deb learned at Jane's Class of 1994 reunion that Jane was very unnoticed at high school and her prom date was gay. Deb also handles the sudden urge for treats and snacks she denied herself before as well as realizing how self-absorbed she used to be. When her mother comes to the firm to get a divorce, Deb assumes that it's because of her death but soon discovers her parents were unhappy for years and just staying together for Deb's sake. She handles that but is later jarred when her birthday comes along and she discovers Jane is eight years older. At Jane's birthday party, Deb is pleasantly surprised to find that while she had been tone-deaf, Jane has a great singing voice.
Deb wanted to tell Grayson who she actually was, but was devastated when he falls for fellow lawyer Kim Kasswell. Deb would later come to accept what had happened and told Grayson that she saw no problem about the two kissing, although Kim had decided already to tell Grayson that she did not want to start a relationship with him. She also was the one who warned her guardian angel Fred about falling for her best friend Stacy that would lead to memories of his existence being erased. Though he came back later. When Jane's mother came to town to visit, Deb did her best to handle it, realizing the distance the mother and daughter had and deciding that if she couldn't be with her own mother again, she could at least have Jane's. Sparks also seem to fly between Jane and another lawyer, Tony as they embark on a relationship.
In the first season finale, Deb/Jane helped a ballplayer win a lawsuit against a doctor who botched an operation on his arm but then discovered that the two had been in cahoots to rip off the insurance company. Warned that telling anyone would put her career in jeopardy, as she later learned that Jane could lose her license and be disbarred, Deb went ahead and filed evidence to the district attorney while also resigning from the firm. She was beginning to believe Grayson was interested in her as Jane but was jarred when a man named Ethan arrived at her home claiming to be Jane's husband. It was later learned in the second season that Jane only married Ethan so he could get insurance for cancer treatments only for him to leave a month after they were married and Deb channeled Jane's reactions upon learning she wanted the divorce because he was a jerk for leaving her. This turn of events have Deb starting to act more like Jane as she starts to take on Jane's emotions and feelings. Meanwhile, Parker, with secret help from Grayson, also saved Jane's job after Tony, who was upset upon learning that she was married, refused to represent her after initially agreeing to do it. Deb/Jane would later learn from Fred that Kim did sleep with Grayson, resulting in Kim's pregnancy scare, devastating Deb for a moment until Fred told her the results came back negative.
She also resumed her relationship with Tony after their brief break-up. When things finally seem to be going great in their relationship, Tony informs her that he has received a new job in Washington D.C. He then asks Jane to move with him but she sadly informs him that her life belongs with the firm and Stacey. After Tony moved away, Jane seemed to resume her romantic feelings for Grayson again. When she heard that Grayson broke up with Vanessa in the season finale, and then he asked her to dinner consecutively she thought he may finally be reciprocating those feelings. She then made up her mind to tell him the truth about her being Deb. Fred warned her not to go to the dinner as something bad would happen but she ignored him as her mind was set. At dinner, Grayson told Jane that he did not want to lose a second opportunity to have a great woman in his life and that he was going to propose to Vanessa that night. He also asked Jane to be his best man. This upset her tremendously and she stomped out of the restaurant angrily passing Vanessa on the way. Grayson completely baffled by her behaviour ran out of the restaurant and called out to her in the street but then he got hit by a van. Jane screamed as he flew in the air, Vanessa came out and witnessed the horrific scene while Fred looked on gravely. Jane then screamed at Fred, ran to Grayson now lying in a pool of blood and he smiled at her and said "Deb" before closing his eyes.
In the third season premiere, Grayson is revealed to have survived with minor injuries and Jane is determined to let him know she is really Deb against Fred's advice. While he is unconscious, Jane begs him to wake up only for him to not recognize her. The doctor then informs her that Grayson is suffering from short term memory loss temporarily. Eventually when he does recover his memory, he only remembers what happened before he met Jane at the restaurant and asks her to be his best man again. Jane agrees afraid of the consequences that would happen if she declined. Jane is dating Grayson's neurosurgeon Ben, which would be short lived.
By the end of season three she found a new flame in Judge Owen French, who would follow her to Italy and eventually ask to marry, but because she is a secondary partner in the law firm, she was bought back to Los Angeles in the fourth season to help Kim out due to financial difficulties, putting those wedding plans on hold. She also said good bye to Fred after he found a new woman and confessed to Stacy about everything, once again erasing Stacy's memories. She also got a guardian angel replacement, who told Jane to it was time to be free of Deb and become Jane, even though she reminds Luke that every time that happens, strange things tragically occurs, like Grayson's hit and run accident. However, because Stacy told Grayson who Jane was, this series of events could impact Jane's future with Owen. Luke had to deflect Grayson from finding out about Jane being Deb by trying to nudge Owen to show up at a bar to meet Jane, who after talking to Luke agreed not to let Grayson know that she is Deb. Jane is taken aback when Owen's sister, Olivia, has a hostile reaction to her. It turns out that back in high school, Jane crushed Olivia in a debate and stole her boyfriend only to cheat on the boy. Deb/Jane apologizes to try and mend fences with Olivia. Defending an elderly client, Jane is thrown when the woman claims to have inherited the soul of her sister, making Jane wonder that she's not alone. She's hurt to later find the woman simply suffered brain damage in a car accident with Jane confessing to Luke how she still sometimes feel like a freak but Luke tells her it just makes her more special. Jane is jarred when Owen says he doesn't believe in marriage but he later proposes to her and Jane accepts, unaware that Grayson was about to tell her he is in love with her. After Owen left to visit a friend who was in the hospital, Jane begins to plan her wedding only to find out from Teri that Owen lied to her about his friend and instead appears to have left her. Grayson comforts Jane after she unwittingly walks into a waiting surprise engagement party waiting outside her office. Jane tries to move on when Owen suddenly returns and reveals he had been in a coma following a heart attack and emergency surgery. He wants to end their engagement, not wanting Jane hurt by him dying but Jane insists on staying together and they become engaged once more.
In the fourth season finale, Jane is annoyed when her mother comes to help with the wedding plans. She reveals to Luke that as Deb, she had planned her wedding for years and is annoyed that she can't have her real mother helping. Luke convinces her to make up with Jane's mom to be at the wedding. Meanwhile, it is revealed that the spirit of the real Jane has spent the last four years in Heaven watching in dismay as Deb uses her body and life and declares her intention to get her old life back. In her apartment, Jane reconciles with Elaine, asks for her help with the wedding and even wants her to walk her down the aisle. She successfully convinces her longtime friend, Hannah, to get the surgery and remove the tumor from her brain when she reaveals the doctor's plans for her autopsy. On the day of her wedding, Jane's veil gets stuck on a nail and asks for help. At her wedding, Grayson met with her to finally confess he was in love with her just as she was about to walk down the aisle. Overcome, Deb kissed him just as Owen came across them. He suffered a heart attack and dies. This worries Deb because she never got a chance to tell Owen the truth about her inhibiting Jane's body. Meanwhile in Heaven, the real Jane outmaneuvered Fred and pushed the return button, sending her back to Earth, where her spirit was thought to have had inhabit Owen's body, but it was later discovered that his body was never taken over by the old Jane. The two would later break up.
Deborah "Deb" Dobkins (Played in the pilot and flashbacks by Brooke D'Orsay). Deb was a self-centered diva who died in a car accident while doing her make-up and talking to Stacy on her cell phone via bluetooth. She was a typical size two blonde with the intentions of being a model on The Price is Right. In heaven, she pressed the return button on Fred's keyboard returning her to Earth. Unfortunately for her, she returned as Jane. Deb's image has shown up, spooking Jane in the second season to remind her of Deb's birthday and showing up as ghost in front of Grayson while he was investigating a haunted house during a court case he was representing. Jane later learned that a photo of her former life was photoshopped as an internet hoax by a professor's assistant while Jane represented the professor in a trial.
The "Old" Jane Bingham now inhabits the body of a recently deceased blonde model named Brittney (played by Natalie Hall), who shows up at the doorstep to tell Deb that she has returned to reclaim her life. But after seeing how Deb has made changes in her former body, even helping her solve a murder case after four years which helped clear a man on death row (as it turned out, a case that Old Jane had before she was shot), the Old Jane decided to forgive Deb and leave for Paris. This decision also came after Old Jane was told by her guardian angel (who looked very strict) that she must stay away from the current Jane and start her new life as Brittney.
In the fifth season finale, Jane's mother Elaine arrives in Los Angeles, having fallen ill. Deb/Jane learns the woman is dying of a brain tumor. Before dying, Elaine reveals she's known for a long time that Deb wasn't really Jane, but still considered her to be her daughter. Deb/Jane is met by Grayson, the two ready to kiss, before the real Jane (in Brittney's body) arrives in anger because she couldn't say goodbye to her mother. When Grayson is confused by the conversation, "Brittney" tells him that "Jane" isn't who she says she is, then leaves.
Stacy Barrett, portrayed by April Bowlby, is Deb's best friend who learns the truth about her now in Jane's body. Another aspiring blonde model/actress, she was at first hoping to get Jane to lose weight to be more like Deb. Eventually she confessed her fear that the smarter Jane will leave the less intelligent Stacy behind. Stacy is actually smarter than she appears, helping Jane in several cases by noticing things Jane had not. She also helped Jane win a case by posing as a shipping client to expose the illegal practices of a trucking company. Her favorite television show is Project Runway. Stacy is also a novice inventor, claiming to have created "The Armvelope," a sleeve-like accessory that can be used to prevent uneven arm tanning during driving, until she received a cease and desist order from a Japanese company that had patented a similar product. She also did a commercial for Jane's law firm, and wrote a successful fashion blog that led to her being hired by a clothing designer. The company later sued Stacy when she was too honest in blogging about some of their products, but the matter was resolved by the law firm.
Fred quickly becomes romantically interested in Stacy after beginning his tenure on earth. She is oblivious to Fred's feelings at first, but begins to return them when he asks her out on a date. It is obvious that she likes him a lot, and misses his attention at times as seen when he pretends to be indifferent to her (using advice from a book). But then he revealed he could not act like that any longer, and the two start a relationship.
She finally gets an acting job on a TV cop comedy show, becoming more egotistical and breaking up with Fred so she can date her co-star. Jane attempts an "intervention" that turns into an argument between the friends. Stacy soon discovers that not only is her new boyfriend cheating on her with her assistant, but he also took a commercial he convinced Stacy to turn down. She slaps him on set and is arrested as he presses charges for assault, landing Stacy in jail with neither Jane nor Fred accepting her phone calls. Grayson defends her and they share an impromptu kiss that Jane sees. The two both realize it was a mistake, with Grayson stating that Stacy just reminded him so much of Deb. Stacy then told Grayson that she's not Deb, but "Jane is." Since that event, Stacy learned that after she hinted the truth that Grayson has started to have feelings for Jane, but was too late to convince him that she was "making up" the whole story. She also had her memories wiped away of Fred after he told her everything about what happened, and he had to return to heaven. Meeting a woman named Nikki, Stacy was encouraged to go into business with Nikki opening a unique bakery, after Stacy accidentally crossed a pie recipe with a cake recipe. Jane was suspicious of Nikki after finding a history of her repeatedly being accused of fraud, but Stacy didn't believe her. Nikki turns out to be a con artist who rips off Stacy's money and leaves town (but eventually gets caught), but Jane enourages Stacy to continue her dream of opening a "pakery."
Stacy would later find trouble in Picks and Pakes, when a "Patent Troll" named Jonah Pierce claimed that she stole his ideas for the pake and sued her in court. However, Grayson was able to save Stacy when he suggested a "pake-off" between both of them, which Judge Lyford (Star Jones) supported. During the taste test, it exposes Pierce's scam when she saw his pake crumble and it becomes clear that he had never baked a pake in his life. This was evident when Stacy pointed out that his pake was raw in the middle and overbaked at the bottom. She proved the pake was her idea when she told everyone that a cake and pie crust bake at different temperatures, even admitting it took three tries for her to figure it out. Judge Lyford rules in Stacy's favor and gives her the patent for the pake.
Stacy would later sell the business and concentrate on a risky decision, which is to have a child via artificial insemination. After narrowing down a list of donors, she settled on the one person that fit the description of the perfect father -- to the shock of Jane after she asked her -- Owen.
Fred, portrayed by Ben Feldman, is the angel who was in charge of Deb's case when she was alive. After she died, he was demoted to being her guardian angel and works as a mail clerk in the firm. Still getting used to being among humans, he's struck by the attraction he feels toward Stacy. He ends up kissing her and they seem to go out together, but the next day Stacy claims to have no idea who he is. He leaves a note to Deb/Jane explaining that he ended up breaking rules with the kiss, and was thus reassigned with all memories of him erased, except from Deb's mind. He returns a few episodes later, revealing he couldn't maintain his job because of his feelings for Stacy, and thus gave up being an angel and took human form to remain on Earth. He realized he was too focused on Stacy, and told Deb/Jane he was leaving to learn more about being human. Unfortunately, Fred can still be recalled to Heaven even if he is human because he still has to keep an eye on Deb/Jane. He returned, claiming to have been traveling the world but later admitted he'd never left Los Angeles as he's been assigned back to looking over Deb/Jane. He soon gets a new job as Kim's assistant, although his desk is actually facing Jane's office so he can keep an eye on her.
Eventually, he and Stacy become a couple. While Stacy knows about Deb/Jane, she continues to have no knowledge of who Fred really is, and Jane is strictly forbidden from revealing this secret. Fred often has to go to great lengths to keep his true identity from Stacy, as seen when Stacy demanded to know more about Fred's family and Fred had to hire an actress to play his mother. Stacy breaks up with Fred to date her TV series co-star. When that situation ends badly, Fred intends to forgive Stacy and propose to her. But when he hears from Jane that Stacy kissed Grayson, he is heartbroken. Jane encourages him to go on his own and enjoy the world. In the fourth season, Fred found another woman after they met at the airport, and introduced her to Stacy. He then realizes he still loves Stacy—enough to tell her who he really is, and that he knew about the kiss she gave Grayson. This causes Stacy's memories of Fred to be wiped away again, as Fred goes back to Heaven and is relieved of his duties as Deb/Jane's guardian angel. He returns in the fourth season finale when the spirit of the true Jane goes to him and tricks him to reveal how to get back to her old body.
Harrison & Parker employees
Kim Kaswell, portrayed by Kate Levering. Kim is a hot-shot lawyer at the firm who has always looked down on Jane due to her being overweight. When Deb is reborn in Jane, she recognizes that Kim is jealous of Jane's success and smarts. Kim is interested in Grayson, and they eventually kiss, only to have Kim end it there because she believes that Grayson wasn't ready to start a relationship. In the second season Kim became Jane's rival at the firm and proved it by testifying against her at the disbarment hearing, only to be stunned when Jane was allowed to continue practice law. She has become much closer to Parker as the two have begun working with each other on various cases and have been dealing with her own issues, such as a possibility of her being pregnant, of which Fred later tells Deb/Jane that she actually slept with Grayson, but later came back negative. When Kim was reluctantly given a case that Jane was working on, this friction between the two would spillover when Jane found out from Fred about her and Parker. At the end of season two, Kim was fired by Harrison and Jane told Kim about the kiss between Harrison and Parker. Kim responded by ending her relationship with Parker and leaving the firm. In the third season, Kim is shown to be working from a coffee shop. She is approached by Parker but rebuffs his apologies. She is then met by a former divorced client who wants to sue her ex-husband for tricking her into a one night stand claiming he was a changed man. The husband is represented by Parker but they lose the case to Kim and the wife. Kim is made partner by Parker after she threatened to quit and take her clients with her. In the fourth season Kim is forced to take Jane on as her secondary partner because of a financial difficulty with Parker away, thanks to Teri's threatening demands. She later returns the other half of the law firm back to Jay after he returns to resume his job. Kim would later become a possible romantic interest for Luke, but later learned that this relationship might not happen because she might be pregnant again, and as it turned out she was indeed pregnant and revealed to Parker that he is the father. However since then Kim has become concerned over why Parker has not returned to the firm since leaving to see his son in Toronto. He finally tells her that he is staying to get back with his ex, leaving her heartbroken and worried over her future as a mother-to-be as well as the new head of the firm. Kim's water breaks during a trial, her insisting on finishing her summation via video even during labor and gives birth to a girl. While recovering at the hospital, she's informed that Parker wants to sell the firm.
Jay Parker, portrayed by Josh Stamberg. He is the firm's boss whose dalliance with another man's wife led to Jane being shot. Deb uses the guilt of that to get him to go along with her plans. Despite his dislike for her actions, Parker does save Jane's job after she was threatened with disbarrment. He is also a fan of a men's magazine article, which is where he get most of his fashion style and tips on seducing a woman, as evidenced by an attempt to charm a client (played by Ricki Lake), who was the writer of the article under the fictitious male persona she created for the magazine. Parker and Kim have also started working more closely during the second season. When the coowner of the firm, Harrison returned she and Parker kissed which was eventually found out by Kim. Kim broke up with Parker and left the firm after she was fired by Harrison. Parker then informed Harrison that he wanted her resignation when he found out she had used the firm to commit fraud. He is still apologizing to Kim in the third season but she ignores him. He then takes on a case with Kim representing the other client but Kim ultimately wins. He eventually talks her into coming back to the firm and they restart their romance. When a former girlfriend of Parker's, Elisa, comes to the firm for help, Parker helps her win her case and hires her on as a secretary. Kim is worried about her presence, igniting an argument between them. Parker soon discovers that Elisa had a son by him and is angry. When she quits and moves away, Parker tells Kim he is leaving the firm to find her, but after coming up empty handed, he returns to take back his share of the law firm from Kim. He then later learns from Kim that she is pregnant with his child, but after that surprise news he left for Toronto to make up for lost time with his son and Elisa, leaving Kim disappointed again.
Claire Harrison is portrayed by Natasha Henstridge. At the end of season two, Claire is the co-owner and 50% equity partner in the law firm. She was absent from work after she ended her romance with Parker several years ago. Claire returned to the firm after suing her husband for divorce. Claire broke up Kim and Parker's developing romance by kissing Parker. Parker later demanded Clarie's resignation after Fred found and Kim presented Parker with evidence that Claire committed fraud to overturn a prenuptial agreement with her husband.
Grayson Kent, by Jackson Hurst. Grayson was Deb's boyfriend until her death. He was still mourning her, unaware he now worked with her as Jane. He was aware of Kim's attraction to him but ignored it as he still pined for Deb. Although he eventually kissed Kim and they had a short-lived fling. During the course of their dating, he admitted to Deb/Jane that he saw something of Deb in Kim. But Kim later ended it because she felt he wasn't ready to start a relationship with her, despite Deb/Jane's approval. He was unaware that Kim might be carrying his unborn child until Deb/Jane congratulated him on being a father, but he later learned from Kim that it was a false alarm. He also seemed to have great respect for Jane's abilities in court and he cared about her to some extent as he begged Parker to represent her at her disbarment hearing when Tony refused. However, it is unclear whether he has any romantic feelings for her. Grayson began dating another lawyer Vanessa when they had great chemistry working on a case together. Jane became jealous of Vanessa but continued to hide her feelings from Grayson. They became serious as Vanessa decided that she wanted her parents to meet him. Her parents made him very nervous as they talked about marriage and children and he was unsure whether he wanted to settle down again. He then broke up with Vanessa because he felt he was not ready to marry her. At the same time, he asked Jane to dinner where he informed her that he was going to propose to Vanessa that night because he did not want to lose another great woman and he asked Jane to be his best man. Jane became very upset and stomped out of the restaurant passing Vanessa angrily as she was now entering. As she crossed the street and made it to the other side, Grayson ran after her, confused about her behavior, and got struck by a van in the middle of the road. Jane then ran to him as he lay in a puddle of blood and he smiled at her and said "Deb" before closing his eyes. In the third season, Grayson has been unconscious for several days but is frequently visited by Jane and Vanessa. Jane holds his hand at one point telling him she is Deb and begging him to wake up. He does wake up but then does not recognize her. The doctor then tells her he has lost his memory for a short while but would gain it back soon. Jane visits him again but it is revealed that he only remembers what happened before the dinner, his memory of what happened between him and Jane was gone. He tells Jane that he and Vanessa are getting married in a month's time and asks her to be his best man again to which she agrees. Grayson seems to prefer skinny blonde women as shown by his relationships with Deb and Vanessa and his brief fling with Kim. He defends Stacy when she's arrested for assault and after getting her free, they share a kiss, which Jane sees. Stacy tells him she's not Deb but Jane is. Grayson races to the airport but is unable to stop Jane from getting on a plane to Italy. It revealed in the fourth season that thanks to Stacy telling him the truth (sort of), Grayson begins to start having feelings for Jane even though she is dating Owen, as Stacy later tells Jane that he figured it out that he knew that Jane was Deb on his own. After a case, Grayson realizes he wants to tell Jane he loves her but Luke delays him long enough for Jane to be proposed to by Owen. However in Jane's Getting Married, he helps her get her veil loose. Grayson finally admitted that he was in love with Jane because she had helped him cope with the loss of Deb and she was the only that made him feel real love.
Teri Lee, portrayed by Margaret Cho. Teri is Jane's assistant who helps her with her confusion while curious about her behavior. She makes sure that Jane doesn't steer off by focusing on the assignments that she hands over to Jane. Teri is very quirky and wears outrageous outfits that match her flamboyant personality. She knows all the gossip around the firm. Teri has a sharp tongue and is never hesitant to antagonize Kim, Fred or Stacy. She is also very attached to Jane as she was very upset when Parker tried to replace her thinking that it was Jane who wanted a new assistant. She has a mother and brother who Jane saved from the law at some point in the series. She also tracks Jane through a GPS that she had installed in Jane's cellphone, which came in handy after Teri tracked her down in Italy to bring her back to Los Angeles to help Kim at the law firm. She is also an aspiring musician and singer, and she performed at the grand opening of Stacy's pakery. It was recently revealed that Teri holds a bitter grudge against Gina when she was working as an assistant for another firm. She gave her boss a mental breakdown that lead to her firing. Teri and Kim teamed up to get rid of Gina by finding crucial evidence against Marty and her.
Played by Carter MacIntyre. Luke is a guardian angel sent to replace Fred to oversee Jane, and to convince her that she has to let go of Deb's soul that has lived in Jane's mortal body. Luke is an investor in Kasswell & Parker. He is seen as trying to prevent Jane and Grayson from being together, even as going far as using Jane's phone number to text Owen to have him meet Jane at the same restaurant that Jane and Grayson were at because Luke warned Jane the consequences of what would happen it she told Grayson. He also bought the house where Jane and Stacy lives so he can keep an eye on Jane. Jane is annoyed at how Luke seems to be going out of his way to make her be more like Jane than Deb. When Grayson prepares to tell Jane he loves her, Luke intentionally delays him so Grayson won't stop Jane from accepting Owen's marriage proposal. Luke would become interested in Kim, only to learn after a date that she might be pregnant. In the wake of failing to prevent Deb/Jane and Grayson from falling for each other and allowing the "Old Jane" to return to earth, Luke tells Deb/Jane that he has been called back to heaven, and after they say their goodbyes, he disappears after she turned around for a second.
Played by Lex Medlin. A no-nonsense, but offbeat judge, Owen would end up being the one who would persistently woo Jane after he first met her when he was presiding over a case she was handling in the third season. But because there were some conflicts due to cases that would have gone to his bench while they started dating, the two have divert it to others in later episodes as the relationship between the two began to develop. The relationship grew until Owen asked Jane to spend a year with him in New Zealand at the end of the third season. Jane declined his offer but was inspired to take a trip of her own to Italy. Owen surprised her by joining her on her trip to Italy. However, because of the financial difficulties at Jane's law firm, the two had to cut the vacation short. Prior to being a judge, Owen was also a lawyer, and was able to assist Jane on a case that the two would later learn was set up by Jane's friend to avoid jail time. Owen has a sister named Olivia, who had a past with Jane. Jane (before being taken over by Deb) broke of heart of Olivia's best friend in high school. Initially Olivia disliked Jane and believed she would hurt Owen, but Jane won her over with her love for Owen.
In season 4, episode 5 Owen proposed to Jane, despite Owen admitting to Jane that he did not believe in marriage since he was married before and had seen it fail too many times. The proposal went off, but not without interference from Luke, who made sure that Grayson did not interrupt and make his feelings known to Jane. After proposing to Jane, Owen left to go visit a friend who was supposed to be in the hospital due to a motorcycle accident. However, Teri found out later that the friend was not actually in the hospital, and in reality Owen appears to have second thoughts about marrying again, and has simply left Jane. In season 4, episode 9, Owen returned, explaining he had been in a coma after a heart attack and surgery. He withdrew his marriage proposal, not wanting to cause Jane pain by dying. However, Jane came to his office and said she wants to stay with him no matter, offering a marriage proposal of her own, on the condition that he would 'at least send a text' if he went into a coma again.
At their wedding, Owen found Jane kissing Grayson after Grayson admitted to Jane that he loved her, and she was the only one who made him feel like he was recovered from grieving his late girlfriend Deb. Owen subsequently suffered a heart attack, and the wedding was called off. The season 4 finale left ambiguity as to whether Owen had died and been inhabited by the spirit of the old Jane.
In season 5, it was revealed that 'old Jane' did indeed return to Earth, but that she never entered Owen's body - he survived the heart attack and checked out of the hospital against doctor's orders. Owen was heartbroken by the kiss and unwilling to forgive Jane. Kim approached Owen about becoming a partner in Harrison-Parker and he agreed, becoming Jane and Grayson's boss. He assigned Jane a case of a woman suing her fiancé who jilted her. Jane apologized to Owen multiple times, but Owen refused to reconcile. In season 5, episode 6, Owen apologized to Jane for treating her poorly at work.
In season 5, episode 6 Stacy informed Jane that she would be asking Owen to donate spem to her so that she could start a family of her own. In season 5, episode 7, Jane asked Owen to decline Stacy's offer if there was any hope for them to reconcile, but if there wasn't, to accept her offer and donate to her. Owen accepted Stacy's offer, agreeing to be the biological father to her child. Stacy became pregnant with Owen's child near the end of season 5.
Other legal professionals
Hank, portrayed by David Berman. Old Jane dated Hank before she was shot. Later in the first season, Hank tried to restart their relationship; however, new Jane was not interested. During the second season, Jane and Stacey invite Hank to have dinner at their house as a guise for a date. However, Hank brings his new girlfriend to the dinner leading to an awkward evening of conversation. Hank later described it as the best night of his life. In the fifth episode of Season 3, "Prom", he went to Teri and asked her if she could get Jane to help him with a legal case involving his current wife, Irina, leaving him after two months being married. Teri suggested that Hank ask Grayson to help him instead because he's dealing with a similar heartbreak from his previous bride, Vanessa, leaving him at the altar. After telling his story on how he met Irina and despite Kim's warning, Grayson agrees to take the case. After winning his case, Hank begins dating Teri at an alternate prom hosted by Jane and Stacy.
Vanessa Hemmings, portrayed by Jaime Ray Newman. Vanessa is a lawyer at Dewey and Pearce. She met Grayson and Jane while defending Confetti from murder charges. Grayson and Vanessa hit it off quickly romantically. Jane, who still harbors intense romantic feelings for Grayson, was very envious of their relationship. At the end of season two, Grayson proposed marriage to Vanessa who accepted. Within the show's universe, Vanessa's father is a judge sitting on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Vanessa left Grayson at the altar because she felt he could never love her the way he had loved Deb. Vanessa returned to represent a couple in a case against a client that Kim was representing (which Vanessa would lose), and later apologize to Grayson for dumping him at the altar.
Tony Nicastro, portrayed by David Denman. Tony first appears as a hunky lawyer who works for Bogart and Markov. He seems to be very interested in Jane, and, although she still harbours feelings for Grayson, Deb/Jane agrees to move on and accepts Tony's request to go out. Their relationship starts off well with Tony asking Jane to spend some time at a Bed & Breakfast with him after a few dates. Deb/Jane, at first, is wary about being intimate with a man in her new body but accepts his invitation anyway. Tony is also eager to represent Jane at her disbarrement hearing but later turns her down when he learns she was married to Ethan during the course of their relationship then he tells her that they need to take things slow. Jane is very hurt about him not returning her calls and later storms in on Tony having lunch with a slim, blonde woman, believing them to be on a date. Later, Tony angrily informs her that that was a job interview and she probably ruined his chances at getting the job. He then breaks up with her for good. The two then enter a very heated battle in court when Tony represents a man being sued for having two wives at the same time while Jane represents the women but in the end Jane wins the case. They then make up and their relationship heats up again only to be ended when Tony tells her that he got the job in Washington D.C. and asks her to move with him but she declines.
Judge Madeline Summers
Madeline Summers, portrayed by Rosie O'Donnell. Summers is a no nonsense judge who employed Jane as her law clerk after Jane graduated from law school. Despite their professional relationship, Jane and Madeline are personal friends. They have a running Scrabble competition, and Jane encouraged Madeline to buy an online personals subscription.
Judge Rita Mayson
Rita Mayson, portrayed by Vickie Eng. Mayson appears in several episodes as a fair judge in several Harrison Parker cases. She has appeared in a total of 10 episodes so far.
Judge Warren Libby
Warren Libby, portrayed by Gregory Alan Williams, is another judge who frequently presides over Harrison Parker cases, having appeared in 15 episodes to date.
Ethan is portrayed by Devon Gummersall. Unknown to New Jane, he is Old Jane's husband. Old Jane married him when he was unemployed and suffering with leukemia, because she knew it was the only way to provide him with insurance coverage. New Jane met him when he came back to ask for a divorce.
Henry and Elaine Bingum
Henry Bingum, portrayed by Kurt Fuller, and Elaine Bingum, portrayed by Faith Prince. They are old Jane's biological parents. They divorced after Elaine's bipolar disorder caused her to behave erratically. Jane has a close relationship with her mother but lost contact with her father until Elaine was arrested for disorderly conduct. She has also shown to be helpful at times in important cases, evident in Season 4's Crushed when she asked Jane to help out with a case involving a former babysitting charge being accused of murder. When Jane learned there was more than meets the eye, she asked Elaine for help in what happened to Chloe's dad that led to Peg barring her from seeing both her daughters again. When she told Jane about it, Elaine learns the truth of Mr. Surnow's real fate when she notified the police to search the backyard of the Surnow's home. In the season five finale, Elaine comes to Los Angeles, falling ill and it turns out she has a terminal brain tumor. On her hospital bed, she reveals she's always known Deb wasn't really Jane but is still proud of her as her daughter before dying.
Joe and Bobbie Dobkins
Joe Dobkins, portrayed by Mark Moses, and Bobbie Dobkins, portrayed by Sharon Lawrence. They are Deb's biological parents. They sought representation at Harrison and Parker when they chose to divorce. Jane eventually discovered the truth from Grayson that they stayed married for Deb's benefit, despite their mutually unsatisfying marriage.
Jane has represented Bobbie in several cases involving her run-in with the law and also lead her to remember more of her own past life as Deb. One of the most important was in "Lady Parts", when she was sued by a mother whose daughter, Kiera (Maddie Zeigler), is a student at her dance school. Jane learns about a 911 call that was made outside Bobbie's dance studio and Kiera makes a tearful confession that she never shared her mother's passion for dance. She wanted to skateboard with her friends and asks her to drop the charges against Bobbie. Later on, Stacy manages to procure a tape which Jane watches with Bobbie and they learned that despite falling down, Deb was able to complete her dance routine.
Samantha "Sam" Colby, portrayed by Leelee Sobieski. Sam is Bobbie's daughter and Deb's half-sister. Sam developed "Rainbow Nailpolish," which changes color under high-intensity light. Bobbie arranged for Jane to intervene when Sam was accused of stealing computer equipment from her employer.
Other supporting characters
Dr. Bill Kendall
Portrayed by Ben Shenkman, Dr. Kendall is a neurologist that tended to Grayson after he was hit by a car. The Doctor and Jane share a fleeting moment of attraction and date a few times. But the relationship ends when Dr. Kendall reveals that Jane is one of several women he's dating.
Played by Brandy. Elisa Shayne was a registered nurse who originally hired Parker to represent her in a case against a company that was withholding money to help pay for her father's medical bills. It also turned out that she also had an affair with Parker eight years earlier, so he had Jane represent her in the case, which she later won. However, Elisa also had to turn in her license to practice nursing because she illegally went to Canada to buy prescription pills for her father, and is awaiting a decision from the medical board to see if she will continue nursing. Seeing that she needs a job until that matter is settled, Parker decides to hire her as an assistant, thus making Kim totally jealous. When Parker learns that Kim had Elisa stay late at the office, he put his foot down and told Kim that Elisa will only answer to him. But this may have revealed that Parker hasn't gotten over his feelings for Elisa.
Further complicating things, Elisa has a son, Eric, who has yet to know who his father is. When Jane asked Elisa how old the boy was, Jane knew it was Parker's, but Elisa wanted to keep the child a secret from Parker and asked Jane to do the same, knowing the consequences of what would happen if Parker found out. Unfortunately, Parker later learned the truth after he went to the hospital to see Elisa, and he became angry with her for hiding this secret from him. This prompted her to abruptly quit the firm and move back to Chicago with her son. Kim eventually convinced Parker to go after her and their son, leading Parker to make her partner so that she could take charge while he was away. (Kim had also threatened to quit and take her clients with her unless Parker made her a partner.) Elisa returned in season four when Eric disobeyed her orders and went to the firm to see Parker, telling her he wanted to be a lawyer.
Played by Jaden Harmon. Eric Shayne is the son of Elisa and Parker, which Parker discovered eight years after Eric's birth.
Played by Kim Kardashian, is a so-called "love guru" whom Stacy befriends when asking for advice about Fred coming back with another love interest in Season 4. Nikki becomes fast friends with Stacy, and goes as far as convincing Stacy to start a business venture selling her "pake" creations. This so-called "friendship" was viewed with suspicion from Jane when Nikki asked both Jane and Stacy to invest $10,000 into this deal. However, as they were about to go over the deal, Grayson discovered that Nikki had fled two previous residences in a seeming rush, leading him and Jane to believe that Nikki was a con artist who was scamming Stacy. Nikki made up a story that she had left her last home because of an abusive boyfriend, which resulted in Stacy turning on Jane for not believing in her dream. But the partnership abruptly ends when Nikki turns out to truly be a scam artist, taking Stacy's money and leaving town. She would eventually get caught and ends up in jail after she used Stacy's identity, which was later traced back with a record of traffic violations that Stacy had forgot to pay.
Celebrity Guest Stars
Many celebrities will be making guest appearances on the show.
|Paula Abdul||herself||several||She appears in some of Jane's dream sequences.|
|Candice Accola||Jessica Orlando||2x06||Sister of Tina Orlando; see Mackenzie Mauzy. Member of fictional band Confetti accused of murdering their agent. She made a deal with the ADA to plead guilty in exchange for testifing against her sister. Jessica was represented by Vanessa Hemmings.|
|Clay Aiken||Tyler Callahan||3x05||One of Irina's ex-husbands whom was involved with her to rip off Hank from his money. Though he claimed he was unemployed, Grayson was able to prove his guilt|
|Louis Van Amstel||???||???|
|Diedrich Bader||Wallace Haft||1x04|
|Amanda Bearse||Judge Jodi Corliss||3x05 3x09||Judge Corliss presided over two cases. One of which involved a mail order bride scam to rip off Hank "see Tyler Callahan".|
|Delta Burke||Tessa Wells||1x10||One of two sisters in a legal dispute over the inheritance of their dead father. Both sisters work a psychics and are stuck in a bitter sibling rivalry. Garyson resolves the issue by encouraging the sisters to use their "powers" contact their father. See Liza Minnelli (Lily Wells).|
|Jorja Fox||Marianne Neely||1x06|
|Elliott Gould||Larry Baxter||1x06|
|Kathy Griffin||Jenna Kaswell-Bailey||3x08||Kim's Sister|
|Tim Gunn||himself||1x06||Gunn appeared in a dream sequence where Jane practiced telling Grayson her true identity.|
|Jasmine Guy||Judge Nona Daniels||2x09||Judge Daniels supervised the sexual harassment trial of Charlotte Perkins. See Lauren Stamile|
|Gregory Harrison||Brandon Tharpe||1x08|
|Star Jones||Judge Grace Lyford||4x12||Judge Lyford supervised the patent case for the pake between Stacy and Mr. Pierce see Jonah Pierce. After giving Stacy the patent for the pake, she tells Pierce off that no one likes a "Patent Troll" and will have him charged for fraud, even review his patent claims.|
|Ricki Lake||Susan Semler||2x02||Selmer wrote an advice column for young adult professional men under the pen name Jonathan Noble. Parker personally defended Semler when she sued to protect her intellectual property. After Parker used "Noble's advice" to woo Semler, she killed off the character and began writing under her own name.|
|Chad Lowe||Daniel Porter||2x02||Porter suffered a psychogenic fugue after a plane crash and emerged from it just before a judge declared him dead. When Daniel attempted to reunite with his wife, she sued him for divorce. He pressed for custody of their son until he discovered that it was his second fugue state. Daniel then withdrew his contest and lets his wife have full custody of their son. Before leaving, he and his mother explained to Jane that it was for the better that he withdraws now than to abandon his son again. Once they return to Seattle, Daniel and his mother intends to visit a specialist dealing with his condition so he would have a better understanding of it.|
|Cameron Mathison||Jonah Pierce||4x12||Jonah Pierce is a "patent troll" who took Stacy to court and sued her for the patent on the pake, claiming he invented it. He was later exposed for his scam during the taste test of his pake that allowed Stacy to have the patent for the pake. see Judge Lyford.|
|MacKenzie Mauzy||Tina Orlando||2x06||Sister of Jessica Orlando; see Candice Accola. Member of fictional band Confetti accused of murdering their agent. Jane cleared Tina's name by tying a rival singer to a CD found in the murdered man's boom-box.|
|Liza Minnelli||Lily Wells||1x10||See Delta Burke (Tessa Wells)|
|Kathy Najimy||Claire Porter||1x07|
|Teri Polo||Jillian Ford||1x07|
|John Ratzenberger||Larry Kaswell||4x02||Kim's Dad|
|LeAnn Rimes||Lana Kline||3x01||See Nick Zano (Tim Kline)|
|Jeff Rose||Doug Resnick||2x02 2x06 2x08 2x13||Resnick has served as opposing council against lawyers from Harrison and Parker in four cases.|
|Cybill Shepherd,||Ellie Tannen||2x08||Tannen is a high-end fashion designer who is famous for her reputation as a "total monster." She sues a former assistant who wrote a book that would have disclosed Tannen's degerative eye disorder.|
|Lauren Stamile||Charlotte Perkins||2x09||Perkins is a pharmaceutical sales representative who was demoted to customer service. Perkins sued for sexual harassment. Jane and Kim alleged that Perkins’ company maintained a workplace that encouraged female sales reps to dress provocatively and flirt with doctors, which Perkins refused to do. Perkins won a multi-million dollar settlement.|
|Wanda Sykes||Judge Yvonne Wright||3x05|
|Gina Torres||Diana Hall||1x10|
|Steve Valentine||Henri Malik||1x09|
|Nia Vardalos||Lisa Shane||1x11|
|Chuck Woolery||himself||1x03||He appears in one of Jane's dreams as a gameshow host.|
|Nick Zano||Tim Kline||3x01||Appears a famous actor accused of a hit and run that leaves a child dead. His wife plays a key witness in his case. See LeAnn Rimes (Lana Kline)|
Christian Beadtles claimed to be Grayson in season 1 episode 1