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This is a burden, yes, but it's also gift
— Caitlin to Lauren and Andy

Caitlin Strucker (née Reynolds) is a main character on The Gifted. She is a human nurse skilled in mutant medicine.

She is the wife of Reed Strucker, and mother of Lauren and Andy Strucker, two mutant teens. Her world is shaken to its core following the discovery of her children's abilities, forcing her family on the run from Sentinel Services.

Character Description Edit

"A woman who is struggling with her separation from her husband, Reed, and her increasingly challenging teenage children. When her family situation takes a dark turn, she finds that she's stronger than she thinks.".[1]

Early Life Edit

Season 1Edit

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Caitlin and Reed at Andy's school

In eXposed, Caitlin and her husband, Reed arrived at Belleview Acres High School to address the bullying of their son, Andy. They met with Mr. Baird, who assured them that Belleview had zero tolerance for bullying. However, they noticed a recent change in Andy's behavior, which in return was negatively impacting his grades. Not to mention that he hadn't been sleeping. In situations such as this, Mr. Baird would recommend the C.A.R.E (communicate, adjust, reconcile, and empathize) system. Though Caitlin would rather more drastic measure be taken. The bullies were terrorizing her son, and they needed to be handled appropriately. Furthermore, should the school continue to neglect Andy's needs, Reed would sue them into oblivion. After Mr. Baird exited the office to retrieve someone more equipped for the task at hand, Caitlin commented on Reed's aggressive demeanor and scary glaring. Sadly, Reed had to leave soon thereafter as he was called in to interview a suspect at the Garland Detention Center. They exchanged I love you's before kissing him goodbye.

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Caitlin, Lauren. and Andy at the diner table

Caitlin and Andy returned home that evening, where they were joined at the dinner table by her daughter and Andy's sister, Lauren. Caitlin asked Lauren if she would still be attending the dance at school that night, offering to show her daughter some of her best moves, which Lauren respectfully declined. She then asked Andy about his day, to which he commented was bad, mostly because she was there. As for his classes, in social studies, they debated over a law to reinforce the testing of people with the X-gene and the right to monitor them. Andy mentioned how a student in the class freaked out because his cousin is a "mutie", forcing Lauren to address just how racist that sounded. Caitlin pointed out the fact that they were fighting over social studies of all things, She was hoping that they could have a normal conversation, but that seemed to be beyond reach.

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Caitlin learns that her children are mutants

Later that night, Caitlin learned that Andy was a mutant, and that he was responsible for bringing down the school's gym during another bullying incident. Andy tried to explain for his actions, which resulted in the destruction of the gym, but Caitlin was simply in disbelief. She questioned why there weren't any warnings, to which Lauren explained that that's how mutant powers manifest, in moments of great stress or danger. Reed talked about it constantly, though Caitlin was still confused by Lauren's sudden expertise in the subject. Lauren explained that she is a mutant as well, and that she's the reason that she and and Andy made it out safely. Lauren reminded Caitlin of an incident from three years ago, when they were coming back from a concert at church, and a truck narrowly missed them. She went on and on for weeks how it was a miracle that they didn't die, but in actuality, it was mutant intervention, Lauren's intervention to be more specific. After realizing that Lauren had been burdened with keeping that secret for the last three years, Caitlin asked her daughter why she never confided in her. Lauren said that she tried but it was difficult, especially with a father that imprisons her kind, though this wasn't entirely true. As Caitlin explained, Reed prosecuted criminals, but this doesn't mean that he is against mutants.

Caitlin then answered the knock at the front door. On the other side was Agent Turner and Agent Weeks of the Sentinel Services, coming to take Andy and Lauren into custody after the mutant related incident at their school, in which the gymnasium was destroyed. Caitlin refused to give her children up without a fight. She informed them that her husband is a prosecutor, which they are already aware of. Under the amended Patriot Act, it was their job to secure the safety of the community, meaning that Andy and Lauren would have to go with them for the time being, but Caitlin was reluctant in standing by, and just allowing them to take her kids, so she attempted to shut the door on the Agents, but failed as they bypassed her, and knocked her to the ground, which angered Andy, and caused the entire house to shake. As Andy grew angrier, the shaking intensified, forcing the Agents to draw their weapons. However, Lauren obstructed their path with her force fields, which in return bought Caitlin, Andy, and Lauren enough time to escape in the family's van.

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Andy comforts Caitlin

After their daring escape, Caitlin stopped at a payphone to inform Reed of recent developments. She told him that while the kids were safe, they weren't attacked by mutants, they are the mutants. In a diner on the outskirts of Atlanta, Caitlin, Andy, Lauren, and Reed discussed their next course of action. Reed asked if anyone was actually hurt and if they instigated the altercation with Andy. Caitlin reminded him that it wasn't a deposition, and that a legal understanding of the matter would do little to help against Sentinel Services. The only reason they got away is because Sentinel Services didn't have enough time to put a full team together. Soon, the pressure would be on. They needed to find some place safe. Caitlin suggested that they stay with her sister, Jenny in Phoenix, but Reed was thinking more along the lines of someplace with less strict mutant laws, like Mexico. As Reed promised to figure something out, Caitlin is pulled closed and comforted by Andy.

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Caitlin and Reed spot the Sentinel Services drone

The next morning, the Struckers awakened at the Caravan Motel. Caitlin joined Reed by the window, and joked that he may be a mutant as well, nut with a snoring ability. Later in the evening, Reed would be meeting with Eclipse, a powerful mutant and member of the Mutant Underground. Caitlin wondered how great their chances were in making it out. They don't have many options, Reed replied. Caitlin was aware that he was doing the best he could. She'd take one option over none. She then asked Reed if he knew how rough it was on the mutant fugitives who were constantly on the run from Sentinel Services. Reed knew it wasn't easy, but they both remembered how it was with the mutants fighting amongst each other, and innocent people getting hurt in the crossfire. Before long, it was time to move again as a Sentinel Services drone was circling the area. While it couldn't see them from inside the room, it knew the license plate of their vehicle. With that in mind, they woke the kids, and exited motel, stealing a truck in the process.

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Caitlin and Lauren watch Blink's portal close

With everything going as planned, the Strucker met up with Eclipse in an abandoned warehouse facility. From there, Eclipse would get them food, water, and blankets before heading down to the boarder, though Caitlin refused to go any further until she knows all of what he has planned for her family. Eclipse explained that he knew people down by the border with a specific set of skills, that'll allow them to get people under, over, or even through the wall. Once that is done, they'll get them new IDs. There were also churches of people who would help them. Unfortunately, it wasn't long before they were surrounded by Sentinel Services, and ordered to the ground. Luckily, Eclipse was not alone. Two of his fellow mutants, Thunderbird and Blink, came to their rescue. The Struckers and the mutants ran throughout the facility in search of an exit, all the while being pursued by Sentinel Services and the Sentinels. Despite their best efforts, they found themselves cornered by the Sentinels. With all hope seemingly lost, Caitlin grabbed Reeds hand as the mutants fended off the attacking robots. Much to their surprise, Blink's ability was teleporting via portals. She managed to create a portal, and hold it open long enough for Thunderbird, Lauren, Caitlin, Eclipse, and Andy to make it through. However, Blink's ability to maintain the portal was wearing thin, and with Reed being attacked on the other end, he ended up being left for capture.

In rX, as an aftermath of the portal closing, Caitlin and her kids, Andy and Lauren, started panicking about leaving Reed behind. John explained that they were in the Mutant Underground's headquarters. As much as John wanted to help the Struckers with going back to retrieve Reed, the chances of them being captured, or worse, killed, was greater. What was within their ability, however, was tending to Clarice, who had overexerted her power to save them from the Sentinel Services, and ended up collapsing, thus shutting the portal she created, forcing Reed to remain on the other side.

As they were moving an unwell Clarice out of the room, they didn't make it far as Clarice was barely able to stand on her own two feet. Marcos then placed her on a bench by the stairs. With the Struckers still panicking about going back for Reed, it didn't seem to be helping, as Marcos told Andy that his father was planning to help him get his girlfriend, Lorna, out of jail, but as much as he wanted Reed there, they couldn't think of that right now.

Later on, Clarice's condition didn't improve, it was only growing increasingly unstable. Lauren called Marcos and John back down as Caitlin informed them that Clarice was in respiratory distress and her temperature was spiking, which meant she needed medical attention that only a hospital could provide. The Long-distance leap and holding her portal open for such an extensive amount of time really took a lot of energy out of her. Caitlin was a nurse, so she examined Clarice noting that her heart rate was faster than normal. Clarice then began convulsing causing her powers to become unstable. As Clarice was going into shock, her powers started to uncontrollably manifest, causing her to involuntarily open a portal to stretch of road where a truck was headed straight for them. As the truck tried to avoid them, it skidded out of control, as half of the truck got sliced off and came careening into the headquarters, prompting everyone to take cover. Clarice didn't manage to move fast enough, so she held onto the handrail of the staircase, her head getting injured in the process.

After helping the others, John carried Clarice to a table in the back of the room by the vault. Marcos asked Caitlin that if she said that Clarice was over-exceeding her powers, how was she able to create a portal? Caitlin admitted that she wasn't an expert in that field. As Clarice started convulsing again, a new portal emerged, opening a path back to the same road as before. Civilians with loaded rifles stood on the other side of the portal looking in. Seeing this, Marcos was prepared for a fight. However, John grabbed his wrist and urged him to show restraint as they weren't to hurt innocent bystanders. Before Marcos could do anything else, Lauren walked in front of them and managed to close the portal using her force shields, thus preventing any possible altercation. This shut down Clarice's powers as she fell unconscious.

Marcos then asked Caitlin if she could help Clarice from Headquarters if they managed to obtain the medicine needed, however, Caitlin stressed that this type of medicine cannot be bought at a local supermarket, she'd have to get in the Pyxis machine from the hospital if they were to have any luck in saving Clarice. Marcos offered to take her to the hospital. He instructed Lauren to use her force shields if Clarice were to make another portal, however, Caitlin was afraid of leaving her daughter so close to the portal, in fear of the bystanders actually managing to shoot her the next time. Lauren reassured her that she could handle it.

At the South Region Hospital, Marcos and Caitlin arrived. As they looked inside the over-crowded urgent care facility, Cailtin noted that they need an emergency in order to enter the treatment area. Lucky for them, Marcos had a bullet wound from their escape, so Caitlin reopened the wound. They entered the hospital, Marcos holding onto his bullet wound that was dripping with no ordinary blood, his blood was bioluminescent. He used this to his advantage as he convinces the person admitting patients that he desperately needed help.

Personality Edit

Caitlin appears to be level-headed, caring and a loving mother and wife. Upon finding out about her kids, Lauren and Andy, being mutants, knowing her husband's work as a district attorney prosecuting mutants, she still uses her maternal instincts and protects them from the Sentinel Services.

Physical Appearance Edit

Caitlin is an attractive and slim middle-aged woman with brown eyes and long blond hair.

Skills and Abilities Edit

While Caitlin possesses no known mutant abilities, she does have a skill that many others lack; that being knowledge and experience in mutant medicine. [2]

Appearances Edit

Season 1
Episode Status
eXposed Appears
rX Appears
eXodus Appears
eXit Strategy N/A
boXed in N/A
got your siX N/A
quick fiX N/A
threat of eXtinction N/A
outfoX N/A
To Be Announced N/A


Trivia Edit

Gallery Edit

Promotional ImagesEdit

Screencaps Edit

VideosEdit

References Edit

  1. Amy Acker Set as Female Lead in Fox's Marvel Drama (Exclusive)
  2. Gifted Boss Assures Amy Acker Fans: Mom of Mutants Is a 'Badass Warrior'

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