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Julian Pearce is Dorothy's younger brother, and the brother-in-law of Sean Turner. He is a constant presence in the couple's life, sharing interests with Sean and being close to his sister. He is portrayed by Rupert Grint. He appears in every episode except the second season finale.

Biography

Investigation

After learning that Dorothy and Sean hired a live-in nanny, Leanne, to care for Jericho, Julian is interested in meeting her and even jokes to Sean that he was being respectful by waiting until the weekend to visit the house.

As Leanne ingratiates herself with Dorothy and Jericho, Sean becomes suspicious of her and enlists Julian's help in finding out more about her. Julian turns to a friend of his, a private investigator named Roscoe, to help dig up information on Leanne.

Julian, alongside Roscoe, visit Wisconsin to find the grave of Leanne Grayson and her house burned down which adds any suspicions they already had. Julian passed to this information on to Sean and he kept investigating the issue and reporting back to Sean.

Confronting Leanne

Julian cares a lot about his sister, Dorothy, and wants to do all he can to protect her. One night he confronted Leanne and said she would have to go through him if she wanted to harm the Turner household. She then asked him if he was there on the night of Jericho's death.

He tried many ways to remove Leanne from the household, through suggesting to Sean that he play practical jokes on her to drive her out. He also paid Wanda to go to the Turner house to convince Leanne to leave.

When Leanne's uncle, George, arrives at the Turner house, Julian arrives in order to protect his sister and brother-in-law. He asks George who he really is and decides to sleep on the couch at the house as he does not trust George. Waking Dorothy during the night, they attempt to find George as he was not in his room, only to find Jericho out of his crib, on the floor, and George assuming his place his the baby's crib.

Defending Dorothy

When Natalie arrives at the house and discovers the 'real' baby, Julian comes to dinner with her and the Turner family to try to protect Dorothy's name. With this, Julian works with Sean to try to deflect Natalie's attempts to tell Dorothy the truth.

after an incident with a stray dog, Natalie joins Julian outside for a smoke where he reveals to her he's struggling mentally with this situation. Natalie says she can help and the two make love in the cellar, and leave together that evening.

Babysitting

While Sean and Dorothy leave the house for the evening, Julian is asked to babysit Jericho. When he arrives at the house and checks on the baby, he finds a doll in the crib instead of an actual baby. This panics him and when his and Dorothy's father arrives at the house and sees the doll, Julian has to deflect an idea of his to replace the doll with a real baby as this seems to have already happened.

Paranoid by this, he tells Leanne everything that happened to Jericho and the Turner family. Dorothy and Sean return home to find the real baby in the crib, much to Julian's confusion.

The trauma

Julian had discovered what had happened with Jericho when he had arrived at the Turner house to discover a slab of meat on the kitchen surface that had attracted flies. He then entered Jericho's room after this.

Unwanted guests

After Aunt May and Uncle George come uninvited to the baptism of Jericho, Julian asks Roscoe to kill the uncle which Rosco refuses, but he does agree to keep an eye on the house.

Covering up

Julian and Natalie arrive at the Turner house to see the police there, and Leanne and Jericho gone. While Natalie goes upstairs to delay the police officer, Julian discusses with Sean that they need to cover up the situation so they can have plausible deniability. They can convince the police the baby did not vanish use the following story: Dorothy is rejecting the doll and is taking her first steps towards healing. Julian is able to convince the officer to leave.

In the living room, Julian is unconvinced that they should search for May Markham, leader of The Church of the Lesser Saints and thinks they should just move on which Natalie agrees with. Despite this, Julian is still asked questions by Sean about the cult and Julian states that the cult disbanded after the siege Dorothy reported at and there is no trail after that.

Julian goes into Jericho's room to search for clues and puts a baby shoe in his pocket. Dorothy asks Julian to distribute more flyers, but he instead puts them and the Reborn Doll in the trash.

A new lead

Julian awakes in the Turner house to see a hole in the wall and the bath running. After turning this off, he goes to speak to Dorothy who he finds watching videos of her and Leanne cuddling Jericho. Dorothy comments she can feel her stomach tightening which she says only happens when Jericho cries. Julian dismisses this, which Dorothy believes is because he is an atheist. The doorbell rings, and it is a package which Dorothy thinks came from the people who took Jericho, but it is in fact a spacesuit Julian had bought for the baby. Dorothy does not like this gift, and after Dorothy leaves, Julian dresses the Reborn doll in the suit.

Julian sits with Sean while he cooks breakfast, and suggests they make a ransom demand in order to give Dorothy something to focus on - Sean disagrees with this. Later, he helps Dorothy get ready to leave the house and upon asking why, he disputes why she is going into work. With this, he asks for Sean for help who lets Dorothy go, instead showing Julian who is in the basement - Roscoe.

While watching Roscoe eat, Julian becomes confused as to where Roscoe had been since the baptism party. When Roscoe explains that he believes today is the day after the party, Monday, Julian corrects him stating it is actually Friday. He becomes impatient with Roscoe and threatens to hurt him as Roscoe continues to plead that he knows nothing of where he has been. Julian disagrees with Sean about bringing Natalie in to hypnotize Roscoe which eventually happens anyway.

With Natalie hypnotizing Roscoe, Julian doesn't believe what Roscoe is saying and says as much to Sean and Natalie afterwards. Later, Julian talks to Natalie alone and he notes the reason he is searching for Jericho is because of Dorothy, but Natalie is able to draw out that it is due to something else which reminds Julian that he always wanted to go into space.

A new business

Julian is helping Sean and Dorothy chase up sightings of Leanne in their local area. He checks out a house that is very large, and receives takeaway deliveries and groceries indicating there are a lot of mouths to feed. This causes great suspicion thus the Turners want access inside.

The plan to get inside involves setting up a takeaway service which that house will hopefully order from. Julian helps formulate this plan and suggests the name "Cheesus Crust" for the business which the group decides to go with. He drops off a flyer at the house, and the family await the order. Having finally received an order from the house, Julian arrives at the Turner house having just be at the opera. This means he is not dressed for the role of delivering the pizza, which means Tobe has to do it. He watches on the screen, using the hidden camera on Tobe, as the young chef enters the house and meets Leanne.

At sight of this, Dorothy wants to rush out of the house to confront Leanne and Julian asks Sean to stop her, citing the need for a plan. An iPad in the house chimes, and Julian checks it which confirms that the house has made another order, meaning Leanne wants to meet Tobe again. While Dorothy prepares the pizza, Julian chats with Sean and gets frustrated with his brother-in-law that he keeps mentioning Natalie.

Julian watches Tobe go back to the house to meet Leanne and is shocked to see Leanne has been drugged by Dorothy via the pizza, and sees her fall to the floor.

Pay the ransom

Julian arrives at the Turner house to discuss with sure whether they should pay off the $200,000 ransom money to retrieve Jericho. Julian has to confirm to Sean that he did not send the ransom note we Sean initially suspects, and tells his brother-in-law that they should pay the ransom.

In order to gather the funds together, Julian and Sean gathered their stash of money they kept in the basement to help with this. Julian shows this to Dorothy who is looking for jewellery to sell and she is very appreciative of this.

Sean and Dorothy get ready to leave to go and retrieve Jericho, and Julian stays behind to watch Leanne and Tobe as they prepare a King cake. While doing so, he dials Roscoe who is also at the Franklinville Mall along with Sean and Dorothy to keep an eye on proceedings. After conversations with the Turners telling them to wait until closing time if need be for the person to arrive, he goes into the kitchen again to check on Leanne. He asks her where Tobe is and she responds that he left, locking the door from the outside. Ensuring she goes upstairs, she asks Julian if he will take the cake out of the oven and then glaze it when it is cool.

With Leanne upstairs, Julian speaks with Sean alone, discussing how a small plastic baby could have been ordered through Sean’s account. After accessing Sean’s computer, Julian finds the baby in Sean’s search history and runs upstairs to Leanne’s room. He finds Tobe in there, who he orders to leave, and then confronts Leanne, asking Leanne why she would do this to Dorothy given how much preparation Dorothy had put in for collecting Jericho. He leaves Leanne’s room and moves into the kitchen to glaze the cake. After this he tries to phone Sean but gets no response.

He hears a car lock and he goes to the front door to see Sean and Dorothy walk-in, accompanied by George, who asks where Leanne is.

Preparing to fight

After they all watch the news report on the TV, Sean follows Leanne when she goes to her room while Julian and Dorothy stay with George. When George goes catatonic, both Julian and Dorothy are puzzled. Dorothy leaves Julian with George and Julian tries to get through to Leanne’s uncle, by trying to startle him. He gets close to him and George makes a groaning noise, startling Julian. When Dorothy re-enters, Julian is concerned about the shooting and what fate awaits the Turners. He listens to Dorothy’s attempted reassurances that they have the upper hand, with leverage from having George and Leanne.

The police arrive soon after and after some reluctance, Julian agrees to move George with Sean’s help into the kitchen to get him out of the eyesight of the police. Once in the kitchen, Julian stays with George in the kitchen while Sean goes with Dorothy to meet Officer Reyes. He has to cover George’s mouth occasionally when he starts making noises. He also has to move George around the counter by the time Sean and Reyes enter the kitchen. When they leave to look around the house, Dorothy enters and shuts both George and Julian in the downstairs bathroom.

In the bathroom, Julian tries to stop more noises by stuffing George’s mouth with toilet paper, but is quickly interrupted by Sean who says that Reyes has left. Later, when a box arrives containing a Betamax tape, and George takes it upstairs, Julian and Sean are told by Dorothy to not go after George, as she wields a note saying the Turners called their bluff.

His mistake

Asleep in a chair, Julian wakes up and begins searching on a laptop for details on Leanne’s past. He finds a news article that shows a picture of Leanne with her parents, cradled by her mother. He ignores the phone call by Dorothy and keeps searching. He prints off these articles and goes to Leanne’s door, telling her that he had been to her old house and that if she ever wanted to talk, he is available. After this, he goes to Leanne’s old bedroom in the Turner house and finds the box that had arrived the previous day. He opens it, along with the secret compartment and examines the contents, taking out a lighter and placing it into his pocket. He then hears music and sees Leanne’s door is set ajar. He ascends the staircase.

He tells Leanne that he sees through the story of her lowering him up there, and is happy to sit and talk with her as she requested. He hears how Angela reminds her of her mother and later Julian hear’s how George and May Markham are Leanne’s chosen family, not blood relatives to her or her mother. Julian shows Leanne a picture of her as a baby in the arms of her mother and hears Leanne remark that it looks like her mother is about to drop her. Julian disputes Leanne’s claim that she thought Dorothy would be better than her mother and was mistaken. Julian claims that Jericho’s death was a mistake and adds that he may be to blame for it, not Dorothy. He plays a voicemail clip that shows Dorothy pleaded for Julian to come over when she was struggling to care for Jericho but he did not. He says to Leanne he did not go over as his dealer had got a hold of a good score.

Later, Julian and Leanne begin to kiss and this escalates into more intimacy. As they do this, Julian begins to cry and is comforted by Leanne. He lays beside her asleep later as George enters, unaware of what is happening.

Pressure

Julian is outside in his car along with Frank and Kourtney, going over the plan about Jericho and how he may be returned. He gets angry with his father for his negative reaction to the situation, and with Kourtney the her lack of understanding and knowledge. They get out of the car and go into the Turner house for Christmas Eve dinner.

They enter the house and get ready for dinner. At the table, Julian breaks the silence by pouring a drink for everyone. Julian is shocked to see Sean say a prayer at the table and starts to confront Sean about this, as well as his father. After this, Julian’s phone continues to go off which he ignores. When Leanne asks Julian to pass her the potatoes, Julian leaves the table to snort drugs in the bathroom and sees missed calls from Natalie. Going into the kitchen, he prepares himself a drink and is interrupted by Leanne. She asks him about events the previous night and he says it was a mistake he made and he apologises. She does not apologise and begins to approach Julian again, before he walks away.

He is playing charades with Frank and Kourtney, pacing in front of the fireplace. His frustration grows when he cannot guess the charade Kourtney is performing, and begins to shout. Dorothy and Sean and enter and Julian’s sister gets the charade straight away. He leaves the room to go to the bathroom. He begins to snort drugs while listening to voicemail messages from Natalie. While doing so, he becomes disoriented and collapses in the bathroom, not breathing. Kourtney opens the bathroom door worried about him, and he collapses to the floor on the hallway. Despite efforts by Sean to resuscitate him, he does not. Leanne eventually is able to do so and Julian stares at her, breathing heavily, across the hallway. He says he saw him, and believes he is doing okay.

Julian is loaded into the ambulance and taken to hospital.

Rehab

Julian is at the Turner house, watching on as they feed Jericho baby food for the first time. As Leanne worries about the cult coming to the Turners again, Julian comments that they would be easy to distinguish. Later, he is exercising in the living room and is asked by Sean if Vera - Julian’s partner who he met in rehab - would be coming to the shore which Julian confirms is the case. Natalie has separated with Julian while he was in rehab. He is also asked by Sean if he can take Leanne and Jericho on their walk to the park which is reluctantly has to agree to as Sean leaves to run his errands.

As they walk down the street, Julian addresses his physical relationship with Leanne and tells her that he wants to stop that due to it being strange and - according to Leanne - him wanting to be a better person. He listens as Leanne expresses her dismay for Julian pretending to be something he is not. They carry on walking and Julian sees Leanne go across the road and forcibly turns old man around so she can see his identity. Julian is shocked at this and pays the old man, and goes after Leanne who is on her way home. As he approaches the steps to the Turner house, part of the house collapses just in front of him, narrowly missing him. Before he goes in, a van with gym equipment arrives and he uses an exercise bike while watching TV. He tells a shocked Sean how this bike could help the family, and informs him they didn’t make it even close to the park.

The next day, Julian and Vera arrive at the Turner house ready for their trip to the shore. He sings a song with Dorothy which is a Turner family tradition before a holiday. As Leanne doesn’t want to go on the trip, Julian concedes it would be a tight squeeze in the car if she did go and the traffic is building up every second they wait. He goes with the Turners to the shore and while there he is attacked by seagulls, where he receives facial injuries. He returns home with Turners after Leanne reports the house being burgled.

Surveillance

After the Turners have a new surveillance system fitted in their house, Julian goes over the house with Vera to help monitor the system while Dorothy has guests over for the comfort of Leanne. During this, a parent that visited Dorothy goes into Leanne’s bedroom. Julian and Vera confront them, where they say they needed some privacy to be with their child. Julian beckons the parent downstairs to avoid further confrontation. Later, after a wasp nest collapses in the chimney setting wasps loose in the house, Julian wonders if Leanne caused this due to not wanting to see Dorothy with Leanne’s baby.

Finding the truth

Julian arrives at the Turner house, having a flashback of the day he arrived there on a rainy day, finding his infant nephew deceased and Dorothy on the floor. Snapping out of this, he chats with Vera about the possibility of Jericho not being Dorothy’s baby and that Leanne may not be happy with another woman having her baby. Julian thinks about this, and eventually says to Sean in the kitchen before his walk with Leanne that he thinks they should do a test to see whose baby Jericho is and to give the Turners some legal standing. Sean disagrees and Leanne interrupts the conversation leaving Julia to think about it more.

Having thought about it longer, Julian still believes testing is a good idea and meets with Roscoe to discuss it. They meet at an outdoor gym and Roscoe is initially unsure why he is there. Julian poses to him his plan, to which Roscoe initially is unsure but reluctantly agrees. Julian has to accept the terms that he has to get the samples from Leanne and Jericho and give them to Roscoe who has a friend who can analyse them. Before going into the house to do so, he has a final conversation with Roscoe about the plan and has a flashback to the day he found Jericho deceased and where he phoned his father. Moving into the building, he sneaks into Jericho’s room while Leanne is out and takes some of the baby’s hair. He then searches the bathroom and then Leanne’s bedroom for hair from Leanne, but can’t find any. Leanne catches him in her room, and Julian has to come up with the story of how he wants to get back with her. While embracing, he yanks some of Leanne’s hair with the intent of pulling some out, but none does and Leanne pulls away. He is asked to leave by Leanne, but on the way downstairs has a chat with Vera where they consider getting some of Dorothy’s hair to at least prove the baby is not Dorothy’s. Getting some hair from a hairbrush on the table, Julian gives the two hair samples to Roscoe.

While at the Turners watching a report Dorothy filmed with Sean about homelessness in the area, Julian hears something at the front door and retrieves an envelope which contains the test results. Reading them, he discovers that Jericho is not Dorothy’s baby and tearfully says as much to Dorothy later. He is frustrated that Dorothy doesn’t believe him, and they are interrupted by a mother at the front door who collects a diaper bag from the Turners as well as a hair brush. Julian deduces that is the hair sample he tested from the mother, not from Dorothy, and the test results are thus null and void.

Growing misgivings

At the block party held by his elder sister and brother-in-law, he continues to express his misgivings about Leanne's motives and the true identity of the baby boy he is sure is not his nephew. When Dorothy decides to give Jericho his very first television debut, Julian tries to dissuade her from leaving it alone but fails. He has no luck trying to tell Sean what a bad idea showing Baby Jericho on national television, sure that May Markhem was watching.

Attending dinner

Julian attends the Turners’ dinner with Nancy and arrives promptly, eating food Sean is preparing much to his brother-in-law’s dismay. Julian also sees a text message pop-up on Sean’s device from Taylor from Gourmet Gauntlet. Julian tells Sean that it would be a bad idea to attend the TV show, citing that this may wake Dorothy up as she does not remember Sean’s first appearance on the show. He cites he found out about this opportunity for Sean from Dorothy. Before dinner starts, he asks that Dorothy break away from her conversation with Leanne to come downstairs to keep him company with Nancy.

Over dinner, Julian joins in with the conversation around the table and when Nancy raises Sean’s appearance on the last season of Gourmet Gauntlet - which Dorothy does not recall - Julian interjects that Dorothy has a bad memory and has forgotten a few Birthdays. After Nancy leaves after a heated conversation with Leanne, Julian finds Leanne in the backyard, asking her how she knew so much about Nancy and also confirms Leanne’s recollection of events from an online post. Julian obliges when Leanne asks him to teach her how to smoke marijuana.

Break-up

Along with Sean and Dorothy, Julian watches Sean’s appearance on Gourmet Gauntlet Philadelphia and is less enthusiastic than others on it. Out in the backyard, Julian talks with Dorothy where he is told to stop sleeping with Leanne and to stay away from her. He says to Dorothy that the relationship is over with Leanne. Later, as Leanne is getting ready to leave, Julian arrives at the Turner house with Vera. He says to Dorothy that this is a bad idea to send Leanne away, further asking Dorothy if Leanne had a choice in this and if her opinion was asked. While he debates this with Dorothy, Vera takes Jericho out of the living room, allowing Leanne to say goodbye to him. During this debate, Julian makes derogatory comments about Vera and she walks into the living room, confronting Julian about those comments. As she is about to leave, Dorothy screams from the kitchen, after going in there to check on Jericho, where she is holding a reborn doll where Jericho had once been. Julian joins the Turners in searching for Jericho and checks the security cameras. As he wakes his way upstairs, he has an argument with Vera about their relationship and the problems she is facing. Julian tells her to protect herself far away from him. Later, after Vera leaves and Leanne returns revealing Jericho is in the nursery, Julian and Leanne talk about the relationship with Vera ending, where Leanne tells Julian he does not need to be fixed.

Keeping watch

Julian is in the kitchen with Sean, Leanne, and Jericho having breakfast. Dorothy enters and Julian quickly scrambles - alongside Leanne and Sean - to get Dorothy anything she needs. Alongside Sean, Julian also says that Frank will not be welcome in the house so long as Dorothy wants that. Julian watches as Dorothy apologizes to Leanne for her behavior, and discusses this with Sean later, where the pair agree to keep an eye on Dorothy to see if she is planning something as an apology is unexpected. Later, Leanne is in the bath with Julian and they discuss whether they feel Dorothy is telling the truth. Julian tells the story from Dorothy’s past which indicates that Dorothy rarely apologizes, and Leanne responds that it is time to put the past behind them. The next day, Julian is cycling on an exercise bike and goes to look out the window where he sees Dorothy and Leanne walking to the park where the homeless encampment is located.

One night soon after, Julian dresses up for a special dinner Dorothy wants to host for the household, where she is cooking a meal that Sean cooked for the family when they first moved in. At the table, Dorothy wants to open a wine bottle that belongs to her and Julian’s mother which Julian is against doing as he feels it is not a special occasion, citing it is just a Tuesday. Nonetheless, Dorothy is able to convince him and he is also assured by Leanne that he will not be allowed to relapse. When he drinks out of the wine, he says he tastes violence which was his mum’s favorite. That night, Julian is awoken by screaming which is Leanne and Dorothy at the top of the stairs. Julian and Sean tried to convince Dorothy to get her to hand over Jericho to them but she refuses. Julian watches on as the banister Dorothy is leaning against fails and she falls to the ground floor.

Pouring milk

Julian is at the Turner house at a time where Sean is trying to make amends with Dorothy after allowing Leanne to stay in the house. Julian watches Sean hang up a picture which is one of Dorothy’s favourites and as he prepares to help Sean with something else, he sees Leanne downstairs and meets her in the kitchen. He is asked to pour some milk and when he pours the glass three quarters full, Leanne asks him to carry on until the top. As he does so, Leanne puts her hand on heats and the milk begins to overflow onto the floor. Seeing Dorothy walking and walk out again after seeing this, Julian says he should go. As Leanne walks out saying he should go if that’s what he truly wants, he finishes the glass of milk. Later, Leanne go upstairs past Julian, saying she will be in her room. Julian reluctantly follows her and emerges later with her downstairs for a celebration dinner with his dad, Frank, Kourtney, and the Turners. As he watches Sean’s episode of Gourmet Gauntlet, Dorothy turns it over to a news report Isabelle is presenting. During this, the family - including Julian - witness Isabelle being shot in the head. Julian asks if they just saw her die.

Trivia

  • Julian and his brother-in-law Sean share a taste for fine wines.
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