Jess Merriweather is a fictional character on the television show Friday Night Lights. She is the daughter of Virgil "Big Mary" Merriweather. She attends East Dillon High. She is confident, hardworking, and an avid football fan.

Season 4[edit | edit source]

Because her mother passed away, Jess helps her dad raise her three younger brothers and manage Ray's BBQ, the family business. She is the leader of the East Dillon Spirit Squad and is a part of Academic Smackdown.

She becomes romantically involved with Landry Clarke, but ends the relationship at the end of the season because she has feelings for Vince Howard.

Season 5[edit | edit source]

Jess starts dating Vince and and struggles to control her three younger brothers, especially once her father extends his work trip. Jess also becomes the equipment manager for the East Dillon Lions which proves an area for conflict between her and Vince.

As the season progresses she shows an increasing interest in coaching and asks Coach Eric Taylor if she can shadow him. Initially, he ignores her but Jesse is persistent and shows him an article about the first female football coach. He eventually agrees and Jesse is with all the coaches when the East Dillon Lions win the state championship. When the school board announces the dissolution of the East Dillon Lions Jesse is distraught, wondering whether she'll be allowed to learn about coaching in the new team.

In the last episode, her father announces that he is moving the family to Dallas, where he is opening a second franchise of Ray's BBQ. When Jesse shares this news with Coach Eric Taylor, he asks her if she wants him to call the coach in Dallas who he knows. In the final montage we can see Jesse in Dallas wearing the assistant coach's uniform helping the team there.

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