|Portrayed by||Amy Sloan|
|First appearance||Nowhere Man, Part 1|
|Home||San Jose, CA|
|Residence||Apartment in San Jose|
|Occupation||Accountant at Copy Kingdom Headquarters|
|Significant others||formerly Eric Doyle, |
formerly Kyle Dilman
Lauren Shapiro is a mid-level accountant at Copy Kingdom Headquarters.
Lauren walks over to Eric Doyle as he is looking for a 4795 form. As she is helping him find the form, she comments that's he's new. Doyle eventually introduces himself as Jason and she says she likes his shirt. He replies that she likes her skin, corrects himself, and says he likes her dress. She says roses are her favorite flower. Kyle Dilman walks over and says that it shouldn't matter to Eric because she is sleeping with Kyle, and that Eric is a criminal. Lauren smiles and waves goodbye, and Kyle slaps her bottom as she leaves.
Lauren and Kyle engage in an argument in Kyle's office. When Eric Doyle walks in to tell Kyle that he has finished his list of tasks, Kyle tells Doyle to get out since "it's not a good time". When Doyle complains, Kyle yells at him. Lauren tries to calm Kyle down, but Kyle tells Lauren to shut up. When Doyle makes Kyle whack himself in the head with a golf club, Lauren is shocked. She stares at Kyle, then at Doyle, with a look of bewilderment on her face.
Lauren wakes "Jason" up, giving him a cup of coffee. Eric thanks her. Lauren is sitting next to him. Eric asks her if she heard anything and she replies that Kyle is going to be okay. Lauren asks Eric what just happened back at work. Eric tells her that he's a puppeteer and Lauren asks if it's like making dolls talk. Eric tells her that's a ventriloquist. The man asks her if she ever felt completely out of control, like things moving so fast that she felt helpless. If she wish she could control anything and control other people. Lauren seems to know what Eric is trying to say and tells him that he can't keep beating himself up and that he can make Kyle like him and make him be nice to Lauren. They have to make decisions for themselves. Eric says that Lauren deserves so much better. He says this is so messed up with the cops, the case workers, the letters and wish to be normal. Lauren tells him that nobody and that they all just different kinds of misfits trying to find their way. She thinks Eric is a pretty great guy and thinks that Eric keep acting like he's just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Eric is surprised that Lauren doesn't hate him and Lauren says that she likes him.
Kyle, with a bandage on his face, arrives from the operating room and asks what is this. Lauren tried to explain, but Kyle tells her to shut up, saying he spend the night at the hospital due to some injury and wakes up to find his girlfriend holdings hands with Eric. He took Lauren by the arm, dragging her out of the hospital. Eric tried to stop him, saying that Kyle doesn't deserve her. But Kyle dares him to say something to him. He also adds that Eric should give up and that he’s worthless. Eric asks him about his letter and Kyle replies that he should forget it and that’s he’s fired. Kyle and Lauren got out of the hospital. Eric is pretty upset.
Outside the hospital, Kyle says to Lauren that if she dates trash, she'll become trash. Having enough, Lauren tells Kyle this is over between them. But Kyle says that only he can say when it is over while brutalizing her. Eric uses his powers to stop Kyle brutalizing Lauren, making his arms look up. Lauren took her chance to escape. Kyle tried to call Lauren’s name, but to no avail.
The morning after their fight at the hospital, Lauren is afraid to see Kyle again. "Jason" comes knocking on her door, holding a coffee mug. She tells him of a video message Kyle has sent her, and shares her fears of it being threats or other unpleasant slurs from Kyle. Jason suggests to her that Kyle might try to apologize. Lauren agrees, and watches the video, only to see a remorseful Kyle asking for forgiveness for his actions, and reveals to her that he quit his job. Lauren then asks Jason about his coffee mug, and he explains that he did not get the statement of character from Kyle. Lauren says she herself has friends in the office that asked for the statement, and declares they both have reasons to celebrate.
Lauren goes to the carnival with Eric Doyle. She tries to win at the ball toss, but gets cheated by the game operator, who is using his ability. Eric gets mad and forces the operator to give Lauren a prize. The next day, Eric goes to see her and asks her to go back with him, but she refuses.
In chapter 1 of The Puppet Master, Lauren heads out on her second date with "Jason Tyminski". They eat at a San Jose restaurant, but no one serves them since it's such a busy night. Unbeknown to her, Jason uses his ability to force a waiter to come serve them. The two of them then enjoy their food. Lauren offers Jason a third date -- at the Sullivan Bros. Carnival, since Lauren has discovered Jason's love for puppets.
In chapter 2 of The Puppet Master, Lauren and Jason go on their third date, at the Sullivan Bros. Carnival. They play at the milk can toss booth, where a game operator cons them by using telekinesis to divert their throws. Jason gets mad at this, and uses his own ability to keep the game operator from doing so. He then forces the game operator to hand a prize over to Lauren. The two of them then go to the painted lady's booth, where Lauren watches as Jason gets his fortune told. However, when Lydia mentions something about abilities, Jason freaks out and begins to flee.
In chapter 3 of The Puppet Master, Lauren and Jason head back to Jason's apartment after their date. Lauren has realized that something was bothering Jason, and asks him about it. When Jason finally reveals that his name isn't Jason, but Eric Doyle, Lauren recoils in horror. Doyle then shows Lauren his ability, which truly terrifies Lauren. She flees the apartment. The next day, at work, Marilyn asks Doyle where Lauren is. Doyle says that she hasn't been feeling well.
In chapter 4 of The Puppet Master, Lauren is visited by Eric Doyle at her apartment. Doyle pleads for her to join him at the carnival, but Lauren says that she doesn't feel comfortable around people like him. Doyle understands how Lauren feels and then leaves, saying that he'll be keeping in touch.
- In an interview, Jim Martin said he named Lauren Shapiro's character after a very good friend of his.
- For other uses of Lauren, see Lauren (disambig).