Jess is a girl who knows what she wants and she's ready to work hard to get it. Because her mother passed away, she's had to step up and help her dad, Virgil "Big Mary," raise her three younger brothers as well as manage the family business: Ray's BBQ. All of this on top of being a teenager, leader of the East Dillon Spirit Squad, and an avid football fan.
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.