You put me in a corner, Tapp. I just did what I had to do.
— Jennings tries to justify his crimes[src]

Jennings Foster is a fictional character from the Saw franchise. He serves as a supporting character in Saw: The Video Game and Saw II: Flesh & Blood.

He was voiced by Troy Lund.

Biography

The Accident

Jennings Foster was a crime scene investigator who worked for the Metropolitan Police Department. One day, Jennings hit a homeless man with his car while intoxicated. However, instead of helping him, Jennings fled the scene. When one of his colleagues, Detective David Tapp, learned about the accident, he insisted on investigating the case despite Jennings' protests. Afraid that Tapp might find out the truth, Jennings manipulated the evidence and framed an innocent man, who was therefore sent to prison. (Saw: The Video Game)

Cecil Adams' Death

As his role in the accident remained a secret, Jennings continued to work for the police. At some point in his career, Jennings got involved in the investigation of a serial killer case. The first victim was a drug addict named Cecil Adams, who died of blood loss after falling into a cage filled with razor wire. He had eight parallel cuts on his face, and a jigsaw piece had been cut from his shoulder, leading to the killer being nicknamed "Jigsaw" by Chief Henry Jacobs. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Mitsuka Ito's and Ronnie Navarro's Deaths

Soon afterward, the remains of two other victims were found - Mitsuka Ito, a member of the local Yakuza, and Ronnie Navarro, a drug dealer and member of the Blood Eye Gang. The two of them were put in a trap, which consisted of a pulley system and several large barrels filled with sulfuric acid. Those were propped up above the victims, whose hands were strapped to ropes attached to the pulley system. If both of the victims pulled simultaneously, the pulley would've given them enough slack to reach the exit door. However, Detective Tapp assumed that something prevented them from working together. Eventually, both of them died when their bodies were spilled with the sulfuric acid. While the acid hadn't left much of their corpses, the jigsaw pieces cut from their bodies suggested that the murder was, indeed, another crime committed by Jigsaw. Assuming that the killings would go on, Chief Jacobs assigned Jennings to a task force along with Detective David Tapp, Detective Steven Sing, Detective Mark Hoffman, and Detective Allison Kerry. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Paul Leahy's Death

The next victim that was found was a drug addict named Paul Leahy. Jigsaw had chosen him to participate in one of his gruesome games because Paul had sliced his wrists earlier, not because of depression but rather to attract attention. Therefore, Jigsaw had taken him to a cellar. The back part of the basement area was fenced-in and, thereby, basically turned into a cage. This cage was almost entirely filled with razor wire. Upon examining the crime scene, the investigators found an audiotape, which Jigsaw had left for Paul. According to the tape, Paul was supposed to crawl through the razor wire to reach the exit door and save his life. However, the wounds he received in the process were so severe that he ultimately died of blood loss. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Mark Wilson's Death

Shortly afterward, the detectives were called to another crime scene. The victim, a man named Mark Wilson, had been trapped inside a dark room with the only light source being a single candle. Furthermore, he was injected with a slow-acting poison and was informed by an audiotape that the only antidote was inside a safe. To save himself, Mark had to find the correct combination among hundreds of numbers written all over the walls. However, Mark's entire body was slathered with self-made napalm. When walking around the room with the candle, Mark accidentally ignited the napalm, causing him to suffer a heart attack due to the thermal shock. While investigating the crime scene, the detectives found a penlight and immediately sent it to the forensic lab. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Amanda Young's Survival

Soon after Mark's body had been found, Amanda Young, a drug addict, came to the police station after escaping one of Jigsaw's games. After a doctor examined her wounds, she was interrogated by Detective Tapp. Amanda told him how she had woken up at an unknown location and found herself strapped to a chair. While she was unconscious, Jigsaw had put a mechanical device on her head, which was hooked into Amanda's upper and lower jaw. Amanda had received her instructions from a mechanical ventriloquist puppet, which spoke to her via a video recording. The doll described the device on her head as a "reverse bear trap," which would rip her mouth open if she didn't manage to free herself within 60 seconds. Therefore, she had to cut the key to the device from the stomach of her supposedly dead cellmate, Donald Greco. When the tape ended, Amanda was able to free herself from the chair and ultimately obtained the key by disemboweling her fellow prisoner, who was, in fact, still alive at that point. Upon securing the crime scene, the police found the trap, while Donald Greco's body was missing. However, they positively identified him by investigating the blood evidence found at the place of his death. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Jigsaw's Hideout

Sometime later, Detective Tapp seemingly achieved a breakthrough in the investigation. By further examining the video found at the scene of Amanda Young's game, he spotted a graffito on a wall behind Jigsaw's puppet. This graffito was associated with K2K, a small gang from 118th street. Besides that, Tapp heard a fire alarm in the background and, therefore, checked the recent fire reports for the area. With Sing's assistance, he ultimately found out about a fire in a rear house that was close to an abandoned industrial building. Although they didn't expect to get a warrant, the detectives left the police station and went to the location. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Steven Sing's Death

Minutes later, Tapp and Sing arrived and entered the building. Upon examining the location, they found the K2K graffito and recognized it as the same one from the video. When they searched the hideout, they suddenly caught a sound and discovered a man named Jeff Ridenhour, strapped to a mechanical chair by Jigsaw. However, when they heard a nearby elevator, they went into hiding and observed Jigsaw as he approached Jeff and told him that he wanted to use him to test a bigger project. At this moment, the detectives left their hiding spot and aimed their weapons at Jigsaw. Jigsaw reacted quickly and activated the mechanical chair by stepping on a pressure button on the floor. Thereby, two drills started to approach Jeff's head from both sides. While Sing desperately tried to deactivate the contraption, Tapp held Jigsaw at gunpoint. Even though Jigsaw told them that the key to the trap was in a box next to Jeff, Sing couldn't find the right one in time as there were dozens of keys attached to the key ring. In the last nick of time, Sing saved Jeff nonetheless by shooting the drills. However, the shots distracted Tapp and allowed Jigsaw to slash his throat with a hidden blade and run away. Sing pursued him and shot him in a hallway, causing him to collapse. Thinking that he was dead, Sing approached his body and thereby stepped on a tripwire. This carelessness proved to be fatal as the wire triggered another trap, which caused Sing to be killed by four shotguns attached to the ceiling beam. Afterward, Jigsaw, who wore some kind of bulletproof body armor under his cloak, left the factory without any significant injuries. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Interrogation by David Tapp

Tapp, who survived his injury, was saved later on, along with Jeff Ridenhour, after Jigsaw called an ambulance. However, he suffered a mental breakdown due to his role in Sing's death. Furthermore, he was taken off the case by Chief Jacobs as he was technically a victim now. Therefore, Kerry became the new leading investigator and informed Tapp about this when she visited him at the hospital.

However, Tapp felt guilty for Sing's death and wasn't willing to accept Jacobs' decision. Therefore, he tried to put Jennings under pressure to get information on the progress of the investigation. To his dismay, Jennings held his tongue until they were interrupted by Kerry, who angrily told Tapp to let go of the case. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Abduction

Jennings continued his work with Allison Kerry as the new leading detective on the case. Unbeknownst to him, he was targeted by the Jigsaw Killer when the latter learned about the truth behind the hit-and-run accident that Jennings was responsible for. Due to his crimes, he was eventually abducted by the killer. He took him to the abandoned Whitehurst Insane Asylum and strapped him to a metal table underneath a giant pendulum-shaped blade. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

David Tapp's Test

Upon waking up, Jennings immediately screamed for help but was suddenly interrupted by Jigsaw. To his surprise, Jigsaw knew the truth about the hit-and-run accident and confronted him with his crimes. Jennings showed no remorse and, despite his fear, angrily insulted his abductor. He desperately tried to play it down by stating that no one would have missed the homeless man anyway, as he had no family. He also attempted to justify his actions afterward, when he framed an innocent man, by saying that it was necessary to protect himself. His prevarications, however, didn't convince Jigsaw to release him. Instead, he left him behind.

Shortly afterward, Tapp, who was also trapped in the asylum, reached the room where Jennings was trapped. When he entered the room, a TV turned on in front of them. Jigsaw's puppet appeared on-screen and once again confronted Jennings with his previous crimes. Thereby, it also told him that only Detective Tapp could save him from his trap. Positioned around the table were three panels with gears. Tapp had to connect them by putting more additional gears of varying sizes between them. If one series of gears were connected successfully, the pendulum would return to its original position, thereby granting Tapp more time to finish the task.

Tapp finds Jennings in his trap

When the tape ended, and the TV turned off again, the pendulum blade suspended above Jennings started to swing back and forth. While Jennings further panicked and yelled at Tapp to hurry up, Tapp tried to connect the gears on the three panels around the table. Eventually, he was able to do so in time, and the pendulum abruptly came to a standstill. Seconds later, the blade suddenly broke away from its holding mechanism and fell right between Jennings' legs, barely missing him. Afterward, Jennings was released from his shackles and stood up from the table. While Tapp tried to calm him down, Jennings angrily yelled at him and insulted him as Jigsaw had only abducted him because Tapp was obsessed with catching him. These accusations resulted in a brief argument between them, during which Tapp confronted Jennings with the accident years ago, which the latter once again tried to play down. Afterward, he went away to find a way out on his own and thereby left Tapp behind. (Saw: The Video Game)

Reconciliation

Later that night, Jennings was released from the asylum after Tapp had chosen to let go of his pursuit of Jigsaw in exchange for the freedom of all the victims trapped at Whitehurst. Following the traumatic events, he was on sick leave for a short time. Despite his anger during their last conversation at Whitehurst, Jennings was grateful for his salvation and eventually reconciled with Tapp. He occasionally visited him in his apartment to see how his former colleague and savior was doing. As Jennings saw what had become of Tapp due to his obsession with Jigsaw, he wrote a letter to him, in which he thanked him for his salvation from Whitehurst. Jennings promised him to find and kill Jigsaw for what he had done to them, stating that he already had a plan for how he wanted to do it. Eventually, he asked Tapp to burn the letter, as anyone could be Jigsaw. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

David Tapp's Death

Throughout the next days after the incident at Whitehurst, the press declared Tapp a hero. Although the newspapers and his new status redeemed his good reputation, Tapp continued to suffer from severe depression. Unable to let go of his feelings of guilt for Sing's death, he began to doubt whether he made the right choice at Whitehurst by allowing Jigsaw to escape. Furthermore, the traumatic events in the asylum took a toll on him. In the end, Tapp couldn't overcome his obsession with Jigsaw and ultimately committed suicide in his apartment by shooting himself in the head. (Saw: The Video Game, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Following his former colleague's suicide, Jennings went to Tapp's flat to investigate the scene, along with Chief Jacobs and Detective Joseph Poltzer. On this occasion, he briefly met Tapp's son, Michael, and promised him that if there were anything to find in the apartment, he'd do so. (Saw II: Flesh & Blood)

Personality

According to David Tapp's files, Jennings Foster was a popular young man with a loving family and many friends outside the police force. Nonetheless, Jennings was a reckless and egoistic individual, which became especially obvious when he got involved in the hit-and-run accident. He didn't show any remorse for killing a homeless man and framing an innocent person for the sake of protecting himself. When the Jigsaw Killer confronted him with his deeds, Jennings played it down, showing that he felt justified in what he had done. Furthermore, he even went as far as blaming Tapp for his abduction instead of questioning his own actions.

However, he seemingly had a significant change of heart after escaping from Whitehurst. Although Jennings had previously insulted Tapp and showed a lack of gratitude after the latter had saved him from Jigsaw's trap, he ultimately reconciled with his former colleague. When Tapp's physical and mental health declined in the aftermath of the game, Jennings visited him at home, indicating that he was genuinely concerned about Tapp's well-being. To show his respect and gratitude, he wanted to bring him peace by hunting down and stopping the Jigsaw Killer.

Trivia

  • The fact that Jennings continued to work for the police after the incident at the asylum suggests that his colleagues didn't find out the truth behind the accident.
  • As he was the only person in Tapp's apartment in Saw II: Flesh & Blood, who wasn't abducted afterward, it is possible that Jennings himself kidnapped the others under the disguise of Pighead II. Furthermore, Sarah Blalok claimed that Pighead II was a friend of David Tapp. Another indication for this theory is the fact that Pighead never showed any hostility towards Michael throughout the latter's game, besides his initial abduction. However, the time it would have taken to change clothes and knock out Michael makes this theory unlikely to be true.

Appearances and References

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