you're reading...

Episode 72: Jenny

Season 5, Episode 12


Age: 32
Location: Twin Falls, Idaho
Addiction:  Heroin, Meth

(Guest Post by Stefan) What’s Memorable: This episode illustrated the concept of Patriarchal Blessing in the Mormon Church, which was something I was unfamiliar with. It was a breath of fresh air to have such a religious family be as supportive/understanding of an addicted family member as Jenny’s was (it’s something I feel like isn’t so common on this show). Also, her shooting up and nodding off while giving a haircut was disturbing.

Official Synopsis:  Jenny, 32, is a talented hairstylist from a close-knit Mormon family. When a diagnosis of endometriosis crushes her dreams of having a family, she turns to prescription drugs. Her addiction quickly escalates to IV heroin and meth use.

Date Aired: September 2008
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Candy, Heroin, Meth, Religious Family, Season 5


27 Responses to “Episode 72: Jenny”

  1. If I’m not mistaken, Jenny was from Twin Falls, Idaho, not Utah.

    Posted by Janelle | August 7, 2018, 8:15 am
  2. Wow I’ve never heard any references or anyone talk about this episode before. That’s cool we found it.

    Posted by Andy | August 7, 2018, 8:51 am
  3. Dizzy, it you could please change the date aired from March 2005 to September 2008 that would be great. Thanks!

    Posted by Stefan | August 8, 2018, 11:11 am
  4. How’s her kid? I heard she had a baby after the show? Is she doing okay too?

    Posted by Andy | August 9, 2018, 9:08 pm
  5. I was wondering for the longest time why Jenny’s episode wasn’t on here. I’ve been wondering about her for the longest time. Any updates on her? I know she got pregnant not long after treatment….

    Posted by Holly | August 25, 2018, 3:59 pm
  6. Hey there. Maybe I missed something, but ya Dizzy ok?

    Posted by April | August 28, 2018, 11:00 am
  7. Jenny’s (shared with Mike) episode is on Youtube! I hope this means the user has and will upload the Betsy episode soon, as it’s been missing for several years as well. Dizzy, feel free to watch and switch out my comments for your own if you want:


    Posted by Stefan | August 28, 2018, 9:48 pm
  8. The episode was in Utah. I’m from southern Idaho and the landscape is inaccurate. If you don’t believe me watch the episode a relative literally says about Jenny “there is a lot of pressure to do those things in Utah” referring to having a family and kids. Utah episode.

    Posted by BobbyB | August 29, 2018, 2:16 am
  9. I just watched her episode today. I remember when she had to stop doing her friends hair and the friend goes “it’s so hard to find someone who can cut hair.” Anyways I hope she’s doing well. Any updates on her or her kid?

    Oh and Dizzy this episode was filmed in Utah. At the beginning her dad mentions that it wasn’t easy living in Utah because of the expectations.

    Posted by Andy | September 7, 2018, 12:10 am
  10. Idaho back then had that kind of a drug problem? Montana is all stimulant abuse, they hardly have any opiates. Surprised to hear she was in Twin Falls, Idaho not somewhere near the Salt Lake area of Utah, where I know cartels have a HUGE foothold.

    Posted by Wil | December 2, 2018, 4:41 pm
  11. You can watch her episode (along with Mike) on Dailymotion:


    Posted by Stefan | September 6, 2020, 3:03 pm
  12. Her disease was, in my opinion, one of the most progressive and of such severe exponential growth addictions on record.

    Six months. Already to that level. It affects everyone differently. I do not want to bring religion/patriarchal values into this, as I realize it’s a hot button issue, but it’s such a shame what an impact her inability to have children had on her. And what a fucked up ‘blessing’. I truly believe religion is at the core of many issues in this world but we’ll leave it at that…

    She has already made her peace w being “useless” because she cannot breed. That is so sad. I do give her credit for pursuing the creative outlet that is hairstyling.

    Posted by Xlio | September 7, 2020, 1:51 am
    • I agree with everything you say and more. Mormonism especially is quite dangerous in this regard as it pressures its members to be perfect, or at least put on that appearance.

      Posted by Stefan | September 7, 2020, 8:28 am

Leave a Reply