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Dorothy Turner is a young mother who is married to Sean Turner. After an unspeakable tragedy, Dorothy hires a young nanny to help care for their newborn child. She is portrayed by Lauren Ambrose in the Apple TV+ series Servant.

Biography

Hiring Leanne

Dorothy Turner is a television reporter, working for 8 News in Philadelphia. She lives in an expansive brownstone with her husband, Sean. Sean is an experimental chef, famous for creating recipes and consulting with top restaurants. The couple have a son, Jericho.

Several months after the birth of Jericho, Dorothy decides it is time to return to work. Unwilling to leave Jericho, Dorothy hires a live-in nanny, Leanne Grayson. Leanne's duties revolve around caring for Jericho while Dorothy works. Although agreeing to the situation, Sean is not pleased to have Leanne living in their home.

Returning to work, Dorothy begins to rely on Leanne, which concerns Sean. She begins to take Leanne under her wing, ignoring Sean's efforts to remind her that she is just staff.

Conflict

When Dorothy returns home in a cab, she appears catatonic only for passing headlights to awaken her. When she enters the house, she finds Sean staring at the cot with a baby in it he can't believe to be Jericho.

Over dinner, Sean asks Dorothy where she found Leanne to which Dorothy responds this was as a result of a Twitter shout out. She didn't care where Leanne came from, claiming they got lucky either way. Sean would later confront Dorothy later about Jericho and Leanne but finds Dorothy again catatonic in front of the fridge light. She awakens after a short while and makes her way upstairs to see her son.

Getting to know each other

After Leanne fainted after seeing Sean and Tobe preparing live eels for a meal, Dorothy wanted to make sure Leanne was okay. She gave Leanne a cup of tea and together they decided to go on a shopping trip to get to know each other.

After returning, Dorothy convinced a reluctant Leanne to let her borrow her shoes. With this, Leanne borrowed Dorothy's lipstick and one of her rings.

Dorothy had planned to take Jericho with her to work and wanted Leanne to accompany her. This was to show off her son, but Sean was able to convince her not to do this as Dorothy didn't like her colleagues showing off their newborn babies either. With that, Dorothy went to work alone.

After seeing Sean out the house to take his flight, she returns to find a letter to Leanne and meets George, Leanne's uncle. When George tries to get Leanne to leave the house, Dorothy does her best to convince Leanne to stay which Leanne does, much to the dismay of George.

Movement

Dorothy has been receiving help from a kinesiologist in Natalie for her movement. Dorothy makes a decision she would like to let go of Natalie, who is also a family friend, in favour of biofeedback therapy. Dorothy invited Natalie to dinner to inform her of this decision.

The trauma

Julian tells Leanne everything about Jericho and Dorothy's past after a long night baby-sitting.

This trauma involved Dorothy leaving Jericho in a hot car all day and forgetting he was there into the night. A car alarm woke her from her sleep which irritated her. She went outside to find Jericho is still in the car and she brought him inside to put him in his crib. She thought she heard him weeping from the baby monitor, but upon inspecting his crib she found that Jericho was not moving and was indeed dead.

It was Natalie who suggested the idea of using a Reborn Doll to help Dorothy get over the loss of Jericho.

A revelation

During Jericho's baptism, Leanne's Aunt and Uncle enter and Dorothy recognises the Aunt. She discovers through looking through past recordings of her news reports that she recognises Aunt May from a siege she reported on involving The Church of the Lesser Saints. Dorothy notices Leanne is gone as well her baby, replaced with a Reborn Doll.

Aftermath

Dorothy frantically searches for Jericho in all rooms of the house, and asks Sean if he knows where Jericho or Leanne are. She phones the police, asking that they can arrive immediately as a matter of life and death.

The police arrive but don't believe Dorothy when she shows them a video of May Markham, telling them that she attended Jericho's baptism, despite being believed to be dead. She asks Sean to back her up to no avail. The officers later leave, thanks to the efforts of Sean, Julian, and Natalie.

She searches Leanne's room for any signs of clues, and finds a hidden camera in the wall. She believes this to be planted by those who follow The Church of the Lesser Saints, which Sean knows not to be true but follows through with the story. She continues her efforts to find clues as to Jericho's whereabouts, including creating flyers to be sent out to the community. However, both sets of these are put in the trash by Julian and Sean.

Later, Dorothy argues with Sean, saying that she thought he would be a better father and that she would go to the ends of the earth to save Jericho. After this, a letter arrives in the post which Dorothy opens - it includes a baby shoe and a note saying "Tell no one, baby lives" much to Dorothy's relief. She sees this as confirmation her son is alive.

A plea

Dorothy is asleep on the couch while videos play of her and Leanne cuddling Jericho. When Julian enters and Dorothy wakes up, she comments that Leanne does not love Jericho. With this, Dorothy is concerned about her stomach tightening which she thinks happens when Jericho is crying. While discussing this with Julian, the doorbell rings and Dorothy finds a package which she thinks has come from those who took Jericho. The package contains a baby spacesuit which is in fact something Julian ordered before the baptism.

Later, Dorothy is on the bed shocked, watching a video of the cult group kneeling around a person who is naked and whipping himself with May Markham watching on. Her phone rings, and she is called into work to be on the newsdesk as Melanie is off sick. She uses this opportunity to make a plea to public to find Leanne who has been missing for 5 days, and a plea to Leanne herself to come home.

Julian arrives home, thinking she likely will not be asked back to the newsdesk but notes that her stomach is no longer tight, thinking that Jericho is sleeping. While in the shower, the water turns off. She shouts to Sean for help, not knowing he is talking to Leanne.

Finding Leanne

Keen to investigate sightings of Leanne, Dorothy has a list she follows and she sends Sean and Julian out to investigate leads. She becomes curious by a lead Julian is following at a very large house that is heavily secured, but also receives takeaway and grocery deliveries, indicating there are a lot of mouths to feed.

She later discusses best plans to approach this with Sean, and eventually agrees that they cannot just go into the property and confront any residents while shouting. Having already seen that the house orders takeaways she, along with Sean and Julian, decide to start up a takeaway business in the hope the house will order from them thus giving them access. Dorothy is initially frustrated as they receive an order from a different address to the one they want, but then Dorothy herself answers the call she has been waiting for - an order that will give them access to the house.

While Tobe delivers the order, he has a secret camera that the Turners can use to see what he is seeing. She watches closely and is shocked to see Leanne standing right in front of Tobe and when Leanne walks away, she shouts at the screen for Tobe to follow. Growing frustrated, she runs outside in the hope to go to the house herself to confront Leanne, but Sean is able to convince her otherwise, stating a plan is needed such as them needing Leanne to bring the baby to then. Reluctantly agreeing with Sean, she goes back into the house.

After hearing the house has placed another order, showing Leanne is interested in seeing Tobe again, Dorothy volunteers to prepare the order. Once done, she watches the screen again as Tobe returns to the house and meets Leanne. Dorothy is distraught to hear Leanne call her mean, selfish, and cruel and cites jealousy as the reason for this. When Leanne finds out the Turners already know where she is, she collapses to the floor. Dorothy phones Tobe and reveals to the group that she drugged Leanne via the pizza and intends to phone the police on Tobe unless he brings her back to the Turner house. Dorothy has handled it.

Before the birth

While pregnant, Dorothy has a condition involving her placenta that causes her a lot of pain. The doctor confirms that she must stay off her feet otherwise she will go to hospital. Dorothy complies with this and lays in bed, until the smoke alarm goes off and she cannot reach Sean on the phone, and the fire brigade will not come. She decides she must stand up and walk down the stairs to put the fire out, but slips down the stairs and hurts herself. With this, she puts the fire out just as Sean walks in, and she confirms she has handled it.

2AM

With Leanne home, Dorothy takes food up to her and asks Leanne who has just regains consciousness where Jericho is. With Leanne not knowing, Dorothy reveals that Leanne will be staying until she remembers. While Sean disputes this method of gaining answers, Dorothy insists this is the right move due to her experiences being a journalist. She tells Sean never to go upstairs to Leanne due to him being easily manipulated. She goes to work to report on indoor skydiving for 8 News.

When she returns, she takes more food up to Leanne and tributes comments by Leanne claiming that the other family needed her, citing that Leanne had signed a contract for the Turners and has also made a commitment there. After finding no answers about Jericho, Dorothy leaves the room and again tells Sean that she is handling the situation with Leanne correctly at dinner that evening.

At 2AM, Dorothy awakens suddenly and goes to Leanne’s room, clutching her hand much to the horror of Leanne. Dorothy bends it and leaves Leanne in the room in pain. Breakfast is served to Leanne the next morning by Dorothy, and Leanne comments that she wants to talk to Sean. With this, Dorothy leaves the room noting that Leanne will never come between her and her husband. She leaves for work, reporting at Lincoln Fried Chicken where brawls are taking place due to the restaurant only allowing two chicken burgers to be solved per customer.

The next morning at 2AM, Dorothy drags Leanne of her bed by her hair, strangling her asking her where Jericho is. Leanne is left on the floor breathless as Dorothy leaves. Later that morning, Dorothy comments to Sean about feeling anxious at 2AM, and believes it is because of Jericho. Leanne notes to Dorothy that she used to pray for her but not anymore, for which Dorothy notes that Leanne can stop this situation whenever she wants to. Over dinner, Dorothy mulls over her thoughts about the situation to Julian and Sean, and later at 2am, assaults Leanne again.

Later the next day after arriving home from work and doing her exercises, Dorothy attempts to assault Leanne again at 2AM. This time, she finds Angela, the mannequin, in Leanne’s bed. Leanne hits Dorothy and runs away and Dorothy finds her by the front door. When Leanne reveals that they are keeping Jericho safe from Dorothy, Dorothy hits her and buries Leanne in the debris in the basement.

Dorothy goes back to bed at 2:15 that night, where 15 minutes prior at 2AM on the hot night Sean was out of town, she discovered Jericho dead in his cot.

A new approach

Dorothy is in the kitchen preparing food, and notices Leanne walk in after hearing the loud music. Dorothy wanted to give Leanne a change of scenery and allow her downstairs for breakfast, with extra locks added to the doors. She struggles to prepare part of the meal, and calls out for Sean to help. With Leanne seated, Tobe arrives as a surprise guest for breakfast to both Sean and Leanne. When Sean enters the kitchen, he beckons Dorothy out to discuss what Dorothy is doing, and she explains he should be praising her for trying a different approach.

Over breakfast, Dorothy deflects conversations that lead to suggestions that Leanne is being held captive. When Tobe asks where Jericho is, Dorothy notes that he is with grandpa. She leads Leanne up to her room, noting that she is abiding by the wishes she thinks Leanne left in the note - “Tell no one, baby lives”. Leanne refuses Dorothy when she offers treatment for her scratches on her arm.

Later, Dorothy receives a package with a small baby in it which puzzles her. Also in the package is a ransom demand asking the Turners to meet someone at the Franklinville Mall food court at 8pm the next day, bringing $200,000. With it decided that they will pay the ransom, Dorothy looks through her jewellery to find something valuable to sell. She’s very surprised to see Julian walking with a stash of money he had being keeping, and thanks him for this. She continues looking for ways to make money, and asks Sean to sell his coffee machine, much to his dismay. She packs some supplies for Jericho ready for the pickup that evening.

At the mall, Dorothy waits with Sean for whoever is coming with Jericho. They use a video call with Julian to keep him updated, and why are concerned that the person they are waiting for is late. At the advice of Julian, Dorothy stays with Sean at the mall until closing time. While being ushered out by staff at closing time, Dorothy is updating Julian on her plan to wait in the car park, but while this happens, George takes the camera off her, calling Julian’s name.

Dorothy and Sean make it home, accompanied by George.

A step closer

After walking in from the mall with George, Sean sits down with George while Dorothy goes up to speak to Leanne, to let her know that her uncle is downstairs. In response to Leanne not believing Dorothy, Dorothy says that she cannot be baited by Leanne and that as soon as Jericho is home Leanne can go back to her family. George searches the house for Leanne and Dorothy tells Sean to stop him, and in the end Dorothy lets Sean speak to George to get to the bottom of this. When Sean comes back out, he talks about issues surrounding divine punishment, which Dorothy flagrantly disagrees with and does not like to see Sean saying.

Later in the basement, Dorothy takes the $200,000 ransom money downstairs to George and offers him to give it to any disadvantaged people he wants. She cannot believe it when George tips it down the hole Leanne was buried in, and was shocked when George discovered a lock of Leanne’s hair. He begins to pray and Dorothy shouts him, refusing to pray for Leanne. With Julian joining them, George discovers what Dorothy had done to Leanne in the hole and she shouts at him again for quoting religious scripture. She says that nothing matters if she does have her son so does not care of the consequences George cites if Leanne does not leave the house.

When cockroaches emanate from the hole where the money was thrown, Dorothy runs out with Julian and enters the hallway leading to the front door, and watches the living room TV reporting a shooting at Mrs Moreno’s house.

Calling their bluff

With them all watching the news report on the shooting, George shuts down in the living room and Leanne leaves. Dorothy asks Sean to go and talk to Leanne while she works with George. Together with Julian, they tried to make George open up to no success as he is in a trance. She believes the cult are behind the attack and she believes George is faking this trance state. They have the upper hand and will use George and Leanne to get Jericho back.

Leaving Julian with George, she begins looking through her evidence surrounding the cult to see if they have done something like this before. She goes further as to phone 8 News to find out more where she discovers that it is a triple homicide at the Marino house.

Later, she reassures Julian that they have the upper hand but after this, a police car pulls up outside. Julian and Sean take George into the kitchen while Dorothy answers the door and it is Officer Reyes visiting. Dorothy asks if there is any news about Jericho and there is none - Dorothy allows her into the house. With this, Dorothy refuses to allow Reyes and Sean to talk alone, and insists that she can be involved too. Reyes talks about the situation with Leanne and the Marinos and insists the cult is not involved. It is there Reyes reveals she knows about the Cheesus Crust business the Turners set out to infiltrate the Marino house. Dorothy says this was necessary to gather evidence and the police had treated her like a mental patient beforehand - she is taking matters into her own hands.

Sean makes Reyes a drink at her request and she goes to follow, but Dorothy fakes a headache in order to delay her. She stays back long enough until Dorothy enters the bathroom. While in there, she sees Sean and Reyes go upstairs. Later, she sees Reyes out and hears the officer offer the chance for her to be an honest friend.

Dorothy sees George in the bathroom and attempts to make a deal to get Jericho back, slapping him in the process. They are interrupted by a package at the door. George comes into the room and takes it upstairs while Dorothy tells Sean and Julian to let him go. She holds a note, and says the Turners called their bluff.

Trying to move forward

Dorothy takes breakfast upstairs to George along with the note reading “Reunite them Christmas Eve”. Before this, she tries to call Julian with no response, and she assumes he struck out earlier that morning. She hands the tray to George along with the note, and also reveals she has ordered the Betamax player and is waiting for it to arrive. She takes George to the outside grill for a reason she does not know that wants to accommodate him, saying she has it under control.

Afterwards, there is a knock at the front door and Dorothy opens it to reveal Roscoe. They go to the outside sitting area, despite it being a snowy day, and Dorothy wants to know more about his relationship with Sean. Dorothy is appalled to learn that Roscoe is in fact a private investigator Sean and Julian hired to look into Leanne’s past. She asks for more information and is disappointed by the lack of information Roscoe is able to provide, beyond having been to Leanne’s house in Wisconsin. Dorothy comes over well and Roscoe goes to collect her some water. While he does this, Dorothy emphasises her disappointment to Sean that she was not told any of this.

As it is getting cold out, Dorothy wants to go inside the house but Roscoe prevents her from doing so, claiming he was told to do so by George. Dorothy pushes past him and meets George on the stairs and says the pair had a deal. She does however except Georges responds that preparation must be done alone and they will be reunited soon.

How far she will go

Dorothy vacuuming Jericho’s room, and after this takes some of his clothes, and knocks on George’s door. There is no answer and when she goes inside, there is nobody there. Afterwards, she goes to Leanne’s room to ask where George is, and she confirms that he left that night. Dorothy is hopeful that he will be back in time for lunch.

In the living room, while decorating the Christmas tree, she confirms to Sean that her father, Frank, is bringing a guest in the form of Kourtney to dinner. When Frank and his new partner enter the house, Dorothy notes how sweet she is. They begin to eat dinner, and Dorothy says to Sean that the prayer he said was good. Later, Julian’s phone rings repeatedly and Dorothy thinks she hears someone at the front door. She goes outside but there is nobody there, so she sits on the front steps. Sean comes outside to sit with her, and Dorothy wonders if she will get reunited with Jericho today. Sean says it is important not to think like that, and instead it is good to imagine what it will be like with Jericho in her arms. She says she can still smell Jericho’s head and she wants to sing to him.

They enter the house again, interrupting a game of charades between Frank, Kourtney, and Julian. Despite Julian needing a lot of guesses, Dorothy is able to guess the charade very quickly. Later, Dorothy enters the hallway after screams to find Julian on the floor unconscious, and not breathing. Dorothy is shocked to see Julian in this state. Later, in Jericho’s room, Leanne comes in to see Dorothy and asks her about the noose in the basement. Dorothy says it is for her, in the event Jericho is not returned.

Reunion

Dorothy rushes downstairs to meet Aunt Josephine who Sean lets into the house. Dorothy reluctantly agrees to sit with Josephine on the couch and is confused when Josephine hugs her, and when Josephine confirms everything that Dorothy is going through. When Josephine asked to speak with Leanne, Dorothy says no and that she wants Jericho in her arms first. After Josephine explains that this is the order it must be done in, Dorothy reluctantly agrees to give Josephine 15 minutes with Leanne, under the condition that it is Jericho in exchange for Leanne after that.

With this, as Josephine sees Leanne, Dorothy is in Jericho’s room staring at the reborn doll in Jericho’s crib. She is later interrupted by Josephine who gives her baby clothes, saying they tell the truth. Dorothy begins to examine the baby clothes, despite cries from Sean who is banging on the door to be let in. Later, with Sean locked in another room continuing to call Dorothy’s name, she begins to get the reborn doll dressed in the new baby clothes. After a period on the floor staring at the baby clothes and the crib, she gets up and examines the clothes again. After this, Dorothy falls to the floor in distress having smelt the clothes.

Later, Dorothy is sitting in front of Jericho’s crib tying a noose. Sean is eventually able to leave his room and bangs on Dorothy’s door, telling her not to end her life. She tells Sean she thinks Jericho is gone. Dorothy strongly believes that she needs to be with her son and that Sean doesn’t understand. She tells him that she hopes he can forgive him, and after he responds no - the door begins to open.

As Leanne is being stabbed by Josephine, Dorothy hits Josephine over the head with a shovel and knocks her out. Dorothy helps Leanne and tries to remedy her wounds and goes to get Sean. Before she does so, Leanne. Dorothy, telling her that Josephine wanted Dorothy to believe Jericho was gone when in fact Leanne can bring him back to her. She thanks Leanne and goes to get Sean. She gets him from the backyard, and they go down into the basement to find no sign of Leanne. Dorothy deduces that Leanne has gone to get Jericho. Back in the bedroom, Dorothy is getting the baby monitor ready and does not want to listen to Sean talk about last August. She then interrupts Sean when the baby monitor goes off, with someone singing a nursery rhyme to a baby. They go into Jericho’s room to find Leanne singing the nursery rhyme with a real baby in her arms. Dorothy cradles the baby, and later in her bedroom, she and Sean comfort it.

Interesting trivia

  • Dorothy records all of her television broadcasts and keeps them for posterity.
  • After the birth of Jericho, Dorothy suffers from mastitis, causing her a lot of pain.
  • What Sean thought was Dorothy's favorite meal is seared scallop, sweet potato, pesto, and Parmesan crisp.
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