Tess Doerner

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Tess Doerner
The 4400 character
First appearance "Wake Up Call"
Last appearance "Tiny Machines"
Portrayed by Summer Glau
Spouse(s) Kevin Burhoff
Abilities Mind control

Tess Doerner is a fictional character on the USA Network science fiction television series The 4400, played by Summer Glau. She disappeared April 3, 1955.


Season Two[edit]

Tess is first seen in the second season premiere episode "Wake Up Call". She is a paranoid schizophrenic living in a psychiatric hospital. She has mentally taken control of the patients and staff at the hospital to undertake a task of building an unknown structure. Once completed, an attempt at powering up this unknown device seems to fail, until Tess's friend and protector Kevin Burkhoff speaks for the first time in many years; he has been "woken up" by the device and is revealed to be the probable "father" of 4400 technology.

Season Three[edit]

Tess is later seen in the episode "The Ballad of Kevin and Tess", when Tom Baldwin and Diana Skouris are looking for Kevin. Tess claims not to have seen him; however, secretly she is keeping Kevin at her house, as he has mutated due to his promicin experiments. Tess has also been instructing Diana to come to her house using her abilities so that Kevin could inject her with promicin. After the events that follow, Kevin and Tess run off.

In the episode "Terrible Swift Sword", Jordan Collier receives help from 4400s with the ability to trace people to track Kevin and Tess and discovers where they are hiding; he then goes to visit them and enlists them in his plan to steal Dennis Ryland's stores of promicin.

She uses her ability to prevent Richard Tyler from destroying the entire supply of stolen promicin in the third season finale "Fifty–Fifty".

Season Four[edit]

In the fourth season premiere, Tess suffers a relapse into schizophrenia and begins "seeing" dead people. In the episode "Daddy's Little Girl," Tess's schizophrenia is finally cured by Shawn Farrell.

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