Fern (Amy Gavin)
Fern was introduced when she discovered that Jason Costello (born Jasmine) was transgender, and they bonded, with Fern revealing she was a lesbian. However, after Jason said he still liked boys and rejected a kiss from her, Fern started bullying him in school, threatening to reveal the secret to his family. Fern started blackmailing Jason and accidentally stabbed Bart McQueen, Jason’s love interest, during a fight and framed ‘Jason’.
Jason’s brother Seth Costello asked Fern to go with him as his date to the school disco, to annoy Jason. She did, and Fern provoked Jason further and tried to blackmail him by threatening to reveal his secret, yet again, on the sound system. Jason and Bart reported her to the police, and Jason cut his hair short, came out as transgender and changed his name from Jasmine to Jason.
Fern appeared a few weeks later, when she apologized and told Bart and Jason that she would plead guilty at her trial but only if they testify that Bart’s stabbing was an accident. After a heart-to-heart with Fern, Jason told her she should come out as lesbian.
- 8 episodes.
No female love interests
Relationship story arc with a woman: No
Male love interests:
- Jason Costello (Victoria Atkin, regular, 134 episodes)
Relationship story arc with a man: Yes
Male love interest after being identified as a lesbian? Yes
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.