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Clary, I don't know what I'd do if anything happened to him. Rebecca and Simon, they're all I have.

–Elaine, Bad Blood

Elaine Lewis is the widowed mother of Simon and Rebecca.

Biography

History

At one point, Elaine's husband—Simon and Rebecca's father—died, leaving Elaine to raise their children as a single mother.[2] For a while, Elaine became an alcoholic and went on a drinking bender after his death. She eventually stopped and has been sober since.[3]

Her son, Simon, became friends with a girl named Clary Fray, and their friendship has only strengthened since. Because of this closeness, their families have also formed a sort of band, and the Frays, consisting only of Clary and her mother, Jocelyn, have become somewhat honorary members of the family and have even had sears at their annual seder since preschool.[4]

Elaine told Simon that she wanted him, her only son, to become a CPA. When he graduated high school, Simon agreed and decided to pursue a major in accounting.[5] Though because this wasn't his passion, Simon eventually shifted to music but minored in accounting for her.[6]

Some time in 2015, her identity was stolen.[7]

Concern for Simon

When Simon did not come home one evening in 2016, Elaine worried but simply assumed that he had spent the night with his best friend, Clary Fray. When he came home, she calmly told him to at least call the next time he decides to do that again, reminding him that, though he is 18, she still worries about him and should know better.[8]

Simon's friend Maureen suspected that Simon was on drugs and told Rebecca, who then told Elaine. She and Rebecca talked to him together, but before Simon could open up to them, Elaine jumped to conclusions and thought that Simon believed he had an STD, to which Elaine tried to console him by saying that it's normal as she once experimented in law school herself. Rebecca tried to stop her and the two ended up arguing, flustering Simon and causing him to break him computer desk with his newfound strength. When she and Rebecca came back to give Simon his dinner later that night, Simon was gone; his room had been trashed and the window was open, making the two assume the worst.[9]

The next day, after Clary found out that Simon had been bitten and killed by a vampire, she paid the very worried Elaine a visit, intending to tell her that Simon had been in an accident and won't be returning. She found herself unable to lie to Elaine and was about to tell her the truth when Jace distracted her by dropping one of the three wise monkey figurines Simon had gotten her for Mother's Day,[2] after which Clary ended up going against her plan and assuring Elaine that he was fine,[7] convincing herself even further to revive Simon, even as a vampire.

After Simon was reawakened as a vampire, he ran home immediately. Elaine found him in his room and hugged him, not knowing that Simon was bloodthirsty. Simon was unable to control his new instincts and was about to bite her when Clary arrived. Elaine became suspicious of the way the two were acting and tried to stop him from leaving with Clary. Knowing that he would be putting his family at risk if he stayed, Simon left. Elaine asked Clary to look after Simon, and when Simon told her that he'll see her later, Elaine took it to heart and said they will have a serious conversation about his problem when he returns. Elaine, as if sensing that Simon will indeed not be coming back, watched them go in tears. True enough, Simon was moved into the Hotel Dumort after this.[7]

To not worry her, Simon told her that he was going to try to live in his school dorm. However, when Simon began calling less, Elaine grew concerned and started drinking again. She eventually called his resident assistant and found out that Simon hasn't been seen in weeks. Eventually, Elaine met Raphael Santiago, who introduced himself as Simon's band manager, and was told that Simon had simply gone on tour with his band, but Simon assured her that they put the tour on hold and would only be doing local shows next, and that he would move back in soon.[3]

Getting Simon back

Simon: "Mom, listen. I know I'm back, but I... I can't have you freak out if I'm out all night or if I sleep all day. The band does a lot of late-night gigging."
Elaine: "You don't have to explain yourself to me, Simon. I'm just glad you're home."
―Simon setting up his excuses, Dust and Shadows

When Rebecca was coming home one weekend, she called Simon and requested that he have dinner with them the night after. Simon tried to get out of it with several excuses, and ultimately wasn't able to make it.[10] The death of Clary's mom, however, put things into perspective for Simon, making him want to make the most of his days left with his own mother, and so he moved back in the next evening.

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Simon acted strangely during his time at home, however, as he hid in his room during the day, afraid to even step out in the sunlight. Shortly after, Simon's blood supply was thrown out by Rebecca, and he finally told Elaine that he was a vampire. She feigned understanding, to Simon's relief, but she in fact called their doctor to get Simon medical help. She then walked in on him feeding on a rat out of thirst, leaving Elaine stunned.[11] Simon immediately called Raphael and made her forget what she had just seen with an encanto, and Simon went back to living away, as if he never moved back.[12]

For the Yom Kippur dinner that year, they were joined by her mother Helen and Maia Roberts, who introduced herself as Simon's girlfriend. The family found themselves charmed by Maia, and when Rebecca took it upon herself to embarrass Simon, Elaine stopped her and her mother to initiate their family tradition, started by her late husband 13 years prior, of sharing what they wanted to be atoned for that year. To encourage the others, Elaine started and told them that she was atoning for her relapse in drinking and apologized to them for having given them a hard time then.[13]

Losing him for good

You get away from her! Don't you touch her! You hurt her again and it will be the last thing you ever do, I swear to God! You stay away from her! You stay away from this family! I swear to God, I will kill you! You are not my son! You're a monster. Get out! Get out!

–Elaine to Simon, Familia Ante Omnia

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Weeks after Elaine last saw Simon, a woman, named Heidi McKenzie, claiming to know Simon invaded their home and tied them down in the dining room. Heidi called Simon, blackmailing him into coming. When Simon arrived, Heidi told them that she and Simon were both vampires, which Simon confirmed. Elaine and Rebecca both remained dubious, and scared.

When Elaine started throwing legal jargon at Heidi, saying she'd help get her out of trouble by talking to the district attorney if she let Rebecca and Simon go, Heidi recognized that, as a lawyer, she needed proof to believe something. Heidi cut Rebecca's neck, letting her bleed to entice the hungry Simon and even released her so Rebecca to approach him herself. Unable to hold back any longer, Simon fed on Rebecca until she lost enough blood to lose consciousness, and Heidi left. Two more people arrived, this time releasing Elaine and stopping Simon. Elaine then ran over with a knife to keep Simon away from Rebecca, calling him a monster and threatening to kill him if he ever came back.[14]

Rebecca was rushed to the hospital after, and she tried to report the events to the cops but the one taking her statement wouldn't believe her story about a vampire. The cop took her to buy coffee, giving Simon a chance to see Rebecca before she came back. Elaine spent some time praying at the hospital's chapel, where Simon later found her. Though she reacted in fear, Simon calmed her enough to encanto her. To prevent her from telling anyone else that he was a vampire and be thought of as crazy, he made her forget about him being a vampire. He told her that it was just her way of coping with his accidental death but let her know his parting words to ease her pain.[15]

Appearances

Season One appearances: 4/13
The Mortal Cup:
Absent
The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy:
Mentioned only
Dead Man's Party:
Absent
Raising Hell:
Appears
Moo Shu to Go:
Absent
Of Men and Angels:
Absent
Major Arcana:
Appears
Bad Blood:
Appears
Rise Up:
Appears
This World Inverted:
Absent
Blood Calls To Blood:
Absent
Malec:
Absent
Morning Star:
Absent
Season Two appearances: 5/20
This Guilty Blood:
Mentioned only
A Door Into the Dark:
Absent
Parabatai Lost:
Appears
Day of Wrath:
Appears
Dust and Shadows:
Appears
Iron Sisters:
Appears
How Are Thou Fallen:
Absent
Love is a Devil:
Absent
Bound By Blood:
Absent
By the Light of Dawn:
Absent
Mea Maxima Culpa:
Mentioned only
You Are Not Your Own:
Mentioned only
Those of Demon Blood:
Absent
The Fair Folk:
Absent
A Problem of Memory:
Absent
Day of Atonement:
Appears
A Dark Reflection:
Absent
Awake, Arise, or...:
Mentioned only
Hail and Farewell:
Mentioned only
Beside Still Water:
Absent
Season Three (3A) appearances: 2/10
On Infernal Ground:
Absent
The Powers That Be:
Absent
What Lies Beneath:
Absent
Thy Soul Instructed:
Mentioned only
Stronger Than Heaven:
Absent
A Window Into an...:
Mentioned only
Salt in the Wound:
Absent
A Heart of Darkness:
Absent
Familia Ante Omnia:
Appears
Erchomai:
Appears

Trivia

  • Her casting side describes her as a smart, sexy lawyer in her 40s.[1]
  • According to Simon, Elaine still had a liquor cabinet when he and Clary were in 10th grade,[16] and that she'd been sober since her bender and "there hadn't been alcohol in [their] house for years."[3] By this count, by 2016, Elaine has been sober for at least three years before she relapsed.[3][13]

References