"A 'whatever, bitch' and a 180 back to study hall, and we could have had something."
Siren /Si"ren/ n. An enticing, dangerous woman.
Fresh off the plane from New York, Jackie arrives in the oceanside town of Neptune to make her own waves. When she's not antagonizing her strained relationship with her father, Terrence, she's insulting the people who prepare her food. Smart move? Not so much.
She catches Wallace's eye on her first day at Neptune High, and he uses his newly developed detective skills to help her discover who hit her father's Porsche. She's not a Jane Austen fan, but her inflated sense of self gives her the pride to brag about her exciting life in Manhattan and a prejudice against certain personality traits like not toying with the feelings of a guy who's totally into her.
But give the girl credit for having the heart to one-up Veronica. Jackie arranges for her to get punk'd on national, er, local cable-access television. And she TiVos episodes of Cupid, so she can't be all bad. Never mind her penchant for fake psychics and mood-altering drugs that make her come on to Logan.
She redeems herself by helping Wallace take down the men who tried to take him down, hoping it will put her back in his good graces. Wallace lets her know she never really left, even though he supposedly moved on and started dating Jane. But Jackie's too smart and too proud to become the other woman in his love triangle. She agrees to date Wallace again only after he breaks up with Jane and convinces Jackie not to let fears about her reputation
cock-block keep them from being together. The fact that he stalked her all Duncan-like during her waitressing shifts at the Hut didn't hurt either. Jackie and Wallace get their bowm-chicka-bowm on at the Alterna-Prom; too bad her sudden departure for the Sorbonne in Paris means Wallace only got some for a matter of weeks.
Jackie's diva-tude has gone to the wayside given her father's alleged connection to the bus crash. His recent gunshot wounds nearly cause her to join Neptune's ever-growing club of rich but orphaned 09ers. His frozen financial assets make her a poor and orphaned 09er. And at school, she's so unpopular that she makes Veronica look like Homecoming Queen. Jackie's tragic outcast status causes a slow thaw between the two enemies — she and Veronica just might be on their way to becoming friends.
While Terrence recovers in the hospital, he and Jackie develop the close, father-daughter relationship they never had. An invalid does make for a very captive audience. However, once he recovers and the murder charges surrounding the bus crash are dropped, Terrence is sent home only to become the indentured servant of the casino owner who provided his alibi. Terrence urges Jackie to go to Paris, and she views this as another personal rejection. In a classic case of misplaced revenge, she rejects Wallace by leaving for Paris without saying goodbye. Never mind that he was the only nice guy ever to win her heart. Oh, yeah. And that he risked his life to save hers from being shot by a homicidal janitor. Jackie still has a lot to learn about the selflessness of friendship. Let's hope it's not too late.
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Tessa Thompson plays Jackie Cook.