Look around, Elena. I failed you.

The relationship between Jenna Sommers and Elena Gilbert. Jenna was Elena's adoptive aunt and legal guardian until she was killed by Klaus.

Early History

Jenna was Elena's aunt. After Elena and Jeremy's parents died in a car crash, she became their legal guardian somewhat reluctantly, not believing she was ready to be a parent.

Season One


Jenna has trouble taking care of Elena and Jeremy. She had a friendship with Elena whilst she had to be the scolding parent to Jeremy. Jenna approved of Elena's relationship with Stefan. Elena also supported Jenna when she broke up with Logan and when she began dating Alaric. Jenna later reveals to Elena that Logan had returned. Jenna begins to worry when Elena doesn't come home and yells at her. However, Elena asks Jenna if she's adopted and gets mad at her for not telling her. Jenna helps her search for her birth mother, Isobel, and tells her all that she knows about her. Elena gives Jenna vervain perfume to protect her. Jenna later tells Elena that Alaric's wife was called Isobel and she died. Jenna gives Elena Trudie's address.


Jenna styles Elena hair

Jenna helps Elena get ready for Miss Mystic Falls by doing her hair. They talk about her mother and Jenna tells Elena she's proud of her. Jenna witnesses Elena dancing with Damon and asks Alaric why she's not dancing with Stefan, but he doesn't know. Jenna helped Elena get into her corset for the Founder's Day Parade. That night, Katherine returned to town and posed as Elena to Damon who kissed her. Jenna interrupted their kiss and was outraged that Elena was cheating on Stefan.

Season Two

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Jenna confronts Elena about kissing Damon

Jenna and Elena meet again at the hospital and Elena's confused when Jenna says she told her where she was going. Damon then realises that Katherine is back. Jenna doesn't like seeing Elena talking to Damon. Elena later attends Jenna's barbeque with Caroline.

Katherine compelled Jenna to stab herself to get back at Elena. Fearing for everyone's safety around her, Elena broke up with Stefan. Elena, Matt, and Alaric helped her recover. Elena later discovers that Jenna has invited Elijah inside. When Isobel returned, Jenna was heartbroken that Elena had known she wasn't dead but hadn't told her. Jenna refused to listen to Elena and Alaric and left town temporarily.


Elena tells Jenna that she is a vampire

Whilst talking to Elijah, Elena received a call from Stefan, telling her that Jenna was back and knew about vampires. She arrived at the house to talk to Jenna and revealed it was all true. Jenna was scared of her, but let her hug her for comfort. Jenna later received a call from Elena, but it was really Katherine. Jenna left the house to find Elena but was captured by Klaus. Greta lead Elena to where Jenna's body was and revealed she was on the way to becoming a vampire. Elena begged Jenna not to drink Greta's blood, but she did so, completing her transition. Jenna apologised to Elena for failing her, but Elena said that she had failed her instead. Elena tried to convince Klaus to release Jenna and then refused to choose between Jenna and Stefan. Jenna comforted Elena and attacked Greta, but Klaus killed her, horrifying Elena, who cried until Klaus killed her, too.

Elena later attended Jenna and John's funeral, crying, and laid a rose on Jenna's grave.

Season Three

Esther tells Elena that Jenna isn't returning as a ghost because she found peace.


  • Elena and Jenna are the first main characters to have a conversation in the series.


Season One

Jenna: "Do I look adult? As in, respectfully parental?"
Elena: "Depends where you're going."
Jenna: "Jeremy's parent-teacher conference. Hair up or down?"
Elena: "Sexy stewardess. Boozy housewife."
Jenna: "Up it is. You're fiesty today..."
-- The Night of the Comet

Jenna: "Him. The news guy, also known as Logan "Scum" Fell. Did your mom ever tell you why I moved away from Mystic Falls?"
Elena: "Oh, no way. You and him? He's cute."
Jenna: "He is not cute. There's nothing cute about him. What are you doing with that?"
-- Family Ties

Jenna: "You and Stefan? Update?"
Elena: "He knows how I feel and where I stand and I know where he stands but it doesn’t matter. He’s leaving, moving away."
-- The Turning Point

Jenna: "Not so excited that we have another month of these Founder’s Day events."
Elena: "Don’t tell me about it."
-- Under Control

Elena: "Thanks for helping me."
Jenna: "Don’t thank me until you’re sure your hair isn’t gonna burn off."
Elena: "You know I remember when my mom and I were first planning for this, she was so excited."
Jenna: "So were you, if I recall."
-- Miss Mystic Falls

Elena: "Ouch, this dress hurts."
Jenna: "Suck it in, baby."
-- Founder's Day

Season Two

Jenna: "Elena, I came as soon as I get your message. How is John?"
Elena: "Where have you been?"
Jenna: "At the fire department, I deferred a report. I told you earlier."
-- The Return

Jenna: "Hey, stop fussing, I'm fine."
Elena: "The doctors said that you have to take it easy."
-- Masquerade

Elena: "I think so."
Jenna: "If I go to bed right now, there's a chance I'll wake up hangover-free."
-- The House Guest

Jenna: "You knew she was still alive? Ric? John? Did they know?"
Elena: "I can explain everything, Jenna."
Jenna: "No."
Elena: "No. Jenna, please."
-- Know Thy Enemy

Elena: "I'm so sorry. I will tell you everything!"
Jenna: "No, Elena... I am the one who's supposed to be protecting you... and Jeremy."
-- Klaus

Jenna: "The day that the lawyers called to tell me that I was going to become your guardian, you know what my first thought was? Isn't there someone else who can do this?"
Elena: "Jenna, there was no one else who could have gotten me and Jeremy through all of that."
Jenna: "It's just the thought that I almost passed up taking care of you."
Elena: "But you didn't. You put your entire life on hold to help us."
Jenna: "Look around, Elena. I failed you."
Elena: "No. Jenna. I failed you."
-- The Sun Also Rises


See also

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