This is an attempt to give as much info as possible about the
characters in as little space as possible. It's meant to give the
non-viewer a feel for these characters, but will probably be old news
to regular viewers or Old Timers. Be forewarned: any extraneous stuff
considered interesting is included.
- 15-year-old adolescent in search of her True Identity. Used to
be close with her parents, especially with her father Graham.
Former best friend to Sharon, who has known her all her life and
was a fellow Girl Scout. Currently hangs with Rickie and Rayanne,
occasionally Jordan. Prone to daydreaming about Jordan. Kissed
four times in her life. Hates fondue, worships Anne Frank. Writes
poems about greenery for English class. Likes Porno for Pyros,
Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots,
Billie Holliday, R.E.M., Crowded House, The Frozen Embryos, Neneh
Cherry, and The Bicycle Thief. Often referred to as "the girl with
the red hair." Also known as Angeleka, Angelfood, Chase-face. Was
seeing Jordan for a while, but broke up over, er, philosophical
differences. Got back together after Jordan gave her The
Letter. Currently a sophomore at Liberty High.
PATRICIA (PATTY) WOOD CHASE
- Mother of Angela and Danielle, wife and former employer of
Graham, daughter of Vivian, and best friend of Camille. A
baby-boomer in search of her True Identity. Adopted by Vivian and
Chuck Wood. Once tried to find her natural parents. Still has
abandonment issues left from it. Went to high school with Camille
and Graham, never met him there. Queen of her class, a popular
pretty girl who hung out with all the right people. The prom was
postponed when she had her appendix out, according to Graham. Had
a roommate in college who died of a drug overdose. Formerly
involved with bad boy hog-riding Tony Poole, but chose Graham to
make a life with. Currently runs Wood and Jones printing, which
she took over after Chuck took ill.
- 40-year-old Baby Boomer in search of his Place in Life. Father
of Danielle and Angela, husband and former employee of Patty,
older brother of Neil. His mother is dead. A Deadhead, aspiring
chef, near-adultere, wallpaper expert, and constantly-befuddled
"In-touch-with-his-emotions" Dad. Was tight with Angela before her
breasts came between them. Still outdistanced by his wife's
intelligence. Fired from Wood and Jones Printing for his own good.
Missed Angela's birth because he was stuck at the airport. Was
unemployed or semi-retired for a while, then taught an
intermediate cooking class for continuing education. Currently
risking it all to open a restaurant with that Hallie Lowenthal
- Perpetually unnoticed 10-year-old Chase daughter. A Girl Scout
in search of someone to buy her cookies. Once had a crush on
Brian, and apparently still does. Does a great impression of
Angela. Excels in gymnastics, talking without people hearing, and
generally being invisible. Most likely to be kicked out of the
room for no reason. May actually have a love life at school, with
some kid named Ryan. Currently a student in a school
- Perpetually perky wearer of pink. The school good girl.
Daughter of Camille and Andy, ex-girlfriend of Kyle, and former
best friend of Angela. Has known Angela all her life, surviving
Girl Scouts and her tonsillectomy together. Oboe player, yearbook
staffer, World Happiness Dance organizer, Teen Hotline volunteer,
after-school tutor. Voted Best Hooters in the sophomore class.
"Miss Perfect," she even flosses after meals. Made up with Angela
after Andy's heart attack. Friends with Rayanne, though neither
wanted to admit it. Likes Buffalo Tom. REALLY likes Brad Pitt.
Lost her virginity to Kyle. Currently a sophomore at Liberty
RAYANNE MARIE GRAFF
- Daughter of Amber, best friend of Angela and Rickie. Her
father split when she was very young, but occasionally writes to
her, mostly to send $$$. Can't take care of herself but watches
out for Rickie and Angela. Shows up for classes she's not in.
Voted Most Slut Potential in the sophomore class. Weakness for
scumbags, security guards, and guys who generally make us cringe.
Afraid of the dark. Takes to liquor like Virany to Skittles, but
won't remember a thing the next day. Had her stomach pumped after
near OD; lived clean and sober for more than 33 days, then fell
off the wagon after disastrous attempt at singing lead vocals for
Frozen Embryos/Between Names. Won the lead role in "Our Town" but
lost Angela's friendship when she and Jordan got sloshed and
ummed... in his car. Likes Sesame Street and the Grateful Dead.
Currently a sophomore at Liberty High, until someone starts taking
- Resident school genius and likely future-valedictorian.
Surprisingly perceptive, but a complete dufus in all-important
extracurricular matters of the heart. Jewish. Behavioral
psychologist mother (Berniece) and Freudian psychiatrist father
(Bob). Older sister is married and lives in Denver. Yearbook
photographer, school band's flute and sax player. Social outcast,
and not-so-secret admirer of neighbor and long time acquaintance
Angela. Has known the Chases' since he was 5. Left-handed. Doesn't
know where the Pleasure Center is. Only person who seems to do the
assignments. Bonded with fellow outcast Rickie, spent a night (so
to speak) with Rayanne, and blew a good thing with Delia. Tutoring
Jordan in English, and in return being tutored in the art of
getting girls' phone numbers. Ghost-wrote The
Letter Jordan used as an apology to Angela. Currently a
sophomore at Liberty High taking calculus and a triple minor.
ENRIQUE (RICKIE) VASQUEZ
- Resident homosexual romantic. Best friend of Angela and
Rayanne, good friend of Brian. Once had a crush on Jordan, and is
still somewhat interested in Cory. Half Hispanic and half Black.
Tries to protect Rayanne from self-destructing. So sensitive it
hurts (and so do we). Knows a lot about sewing. Used to live with
an abusive uncle he considered his father. Has a tendency to get
beaten up but won't talk about it. Devout Catholic, great dancer,
southpaw, and drama club member. Loses his voice when really
nervous. Spent Christmas temporarily homeless, then with the
Chases after his uncle kicked him out. Family moved away without
telling him or leaving a forwarding address. Admitted his
homosexuality for the first time to Delia. Found his home at Mr.
Katimski's apartment. Currently a sophomore at Liberty High.
- Resident enigmatic loner. Left back two years, probably due to
his difficulty reading. Part Italian. Interested in Angela.
Ditches virtually every class but PE and shop, and now English.
Sings, plays guitar, and writes songs for The Frozen Embryos,
which -- now Tino-less -- is known as Residue. Really loves his
car. Can get you a fake ID. Smokes, leans, and blinks with the
best of them. Used to get a beating from his father before he
fought back and threw a chair at him. Tutee to Brian "Brain"
Krakow. A "rudimentary reader with low literacy skills." Has an
extremely hard time expressing himself, especially to Angela. Lost
Angela when he ummed... Rayanne, but (temporarily?) won her back
Letter written by Brain, er, Brian. Currently a junior at
*** Recurring/Important Characters ***
- Mother of Sharon, wife of Andy, best friend of Patty. Has
known Patty forever. Close to Sharon, even did that
Mother-Daughter fashion show thing together. Into handcuffs and
sex videos. Doesn't trust that Hallie Lowenthal person.
- Free-spirited, appetizer-loving, ex-hippie mother of Rayanne
Graff. Reads Tarot cards and didn't lose any sleep over Rayanne's
"casual" drinking and drugging before the near-OD. A Deadhead and
one-time wharf rat. May have given up a baby in a past life. Once
served a BLT to Bob Dylan. Secretly dreamed of having a daughter
in the school play. Currently working as an X-ray technician and
dating Rusty, a fellow Earth tone and Vietnam vet.
- Football jock and ex-boyfriend of Sharon. Dates girls for
their smiles, not their hooters. Recently admitted his love for
- Ne'er-do-well younger brother of Graham. Unmarried, and by the
looks of things, is bound to stay that way. Relationship with
Marla has been on-again/off-again for 6 years. Gives Danielle
- Father of Patty, husband of Vivian. Quit Wood and Jones
Printing when he had a stroke in 1992. Ran the business for 30
years. Currently "retired" and dodging the IRS.
- Mother of Patty, a.k.a. "The Empress". Doesn't like to fly,
but likes oregano.
- Student in Graham's cooking class. Completely uninhibited and
free-speaking. Formerly engaged to rich guy Brad, who suggested
she take classes because she can't cook worth a damn. Incapable of
parking legally, speaking quietly, or arriving on time. Sells
advertising time, but about to get a restaurant (among other
things) started with Graham.
- New student at Liberty. Friend of Sharon's. Yearbook staffer.
Had a crush on Brian before he dumped her for a chance with
Angela. Currently has a crush on Rickie, even though she knows
- a.k.a. Mr. Katimski, the new English teacher and moderator of
the drama club. Master of... strange pauses mid.......sentence.
Gay, and afraid to risk his job and reputation by coming out. Gave
up coffee as his New Year's resolution. Admittedly dorky.
- a.k.a. Miss Crazy-nowski. Guidance counselor. Also, Rayanne's
drug counselor and one-time English class substitute. Tried to
help Rickie find a home.
THE CHASE FAMILY CAT
- Of the variety Felis invisibilus, the cat has been
mentioned but never actually seen. Currently living somewhere in
the Chase residence.
- The Guy to Know at Liberty High.
May or may not be a student. Throws big parties. Friend of Jordan.
Has yet to be seen in an episode, though his presence is always
felt. Recently quit post as lead singer of The Frozen Embryos.
According to Rayanne, not a dependable guy. Currently somewhere,
doing something, with someone.
** The Other Liberty High Teachers **
MS. RENEE LERNER
- Angela's geometry teacher, who subbed for English until Mr.
Katimski was hired. Dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi for Halloween
(though nobody got the joke). Was interested in Mr. Katimski. (Was
"Mrs. Lerner" until 1.9 when she was listed as "Ms. Lerner.")
- Principal of Liberty High. Not a man to be trifled with.
Discipline is his middle name, yes sir!
- Social studies teacher. Teaches U.S. History. According to
Angela, he's incredibly boring. He looks like it.
MS. MARIAN CHAVATAL
- The biology teacher. She's the one in the lab coat, explaining
how to cut open your heart.
- Spanish teacher who substituted for English class in "The Zit"
[1.5]. Read Kafka's The Metamorphosis to the class.
- The English teacher and yearbook moderator seen only in the
pilot. She quits her job sometime after that, and the havoc this
causes is seen in later episodes.