I know all about you, and all about time travel.
~ Janet telling Cyd and Shelby.
~ Janet threatening Cyd and Shelby.

Janet Smythe appears in Disney Channel's Best Friends Whenever, as the main antagonist, in the first season. Janet is responsible for the future lab Cyd and Shelby saw when they jumped into the future. She is portrayed by Nora Dunn and her younger self by Tamela D'Amico.

Janet's Past


In August of 1991, Janet was working on a project until she tried to turn off a lamp. The lamp shocked her and got mad. That inspired her to create wireless technology and the founder of Global Digi Dyne.


Jump to the Future Lab


She first appeared Jump to the Future Lab as she introduces security robots. Cyd and Shelby break in GDD to see what she's planning. At the end, Janet introduces Norm the extraction chamber where Cyd and Shelby were strapped in.

Cyd and Shelby Strike Back - Parts 1 and 2


Janet appears again in Cyd and Shelby Strike Back. Cyd and Shelby were trying to figure out how to stop Janet from forming GDD. They decide to travel back in time to 1991, where it all began. After many attempts of stopping her, they succeed. In the present 2015, GDD no longer exist, while Cyd is in Peru and Shelby in Alaska. They decided to meet in Shelby's house in Portland.

As they meet in Portland, Shelby finds out that Barry doesn't know her and Janet lives in her house. Shelby tried to stop Cyd from coming but Shelby runs into Janet. Janet lets Shelby in her home. Janet tells her that she would be busy by doing something. Shelby tells Janet that she'll be back as well but her curiosity gets in her way as she walks to the attic, which is her old room. Janet comes out of the shadows and tells Shelby that she has been looking for her and Cyd for nearly 25 years.

Shelby gets strapped in the extraction chairs. She tells Janet that Cyd is not coming until her phone goes off. Janet reads the message Cyd has sent and reply to her the way Shelby would. Cyd arrives to the house and she was also strapped into the chairs. Barry, Naldo, and Marcie gets tied up in a bench. They are now helpless and Janet uses Cyd for the extraction chamber. Shelby tries to rescue her but Janet stun lasers stopped her from reaching Cyd. Cyd is unconscious in the chamber but she manages to stop Janet. They travel back to 1991 to reverse everything. But, in 1991, young Janet discovers tachyon particles in her garage. She was able to grab the samples and try to figure out what they are.

Fight the Future - Parts 1, 2, and 3

Janet appears again in the three-part season finale. (Warning! This may contain spoilers to viewers who hasn't seen it.)

Part 1


While they jumped to the future lab once more, they want to know who was the person behind the suit. It was Barry that was in the suit. They asked him why and Barry answered saying that they told him that they want to get of their time travel abilities to prevent the future they saw. They timed travel two years into the future and everything that they see is all Smythe related.

Cyd and Shelby are stuck in Janet Smythe Academy and they try to figure out how to stop Janet. Cyd and Shelby splits up. Shelby asks Drake about what happened within the two years. Drake told her that Janet became supreme ruler of the United States and used everyone else's credit for the inventions that inventors worked for. Cyd cannot believe her eyes as she sees Barry and Naldo frozen in a suspension chamber. She also watches a video about the how the security works in JSA. She is shocked that Drake is head of the security.

They seen enough and try to time travel, but their powers did not work. They wonder why it didn't work. Everyone at JSA were told that Janet Smythe is coming to the school. The girls wants to escape but Janet has arrived to the school. She knows about them and time traveling. Cyd and Shelby argue about Drake and they were about to duel. But, they used the weapons to throw at the clock, known as Janet's time locker, and they were able to travel back to the present.

Part 2


Janet invites herself over for dinner at Shelby's house, and Cyd and Shelby try to talk to her without raising suspicion. However, when they mentioned time travel, Janet shared her experience with the tachyon particles back at 1991. She thinks that they are linked to time travel. She introduced them a 'tachyonmeter,' a device that can sense tachyons.

Cyd and Shelby decides to go back to earlier to think what Janet's next move. While they were thinking, Janet was at their room. Janet told the girls that she remembers everything that Cyd and Shelby do. The only option they have is to eliminate their powers for good.

After thinking, they decided to go to GDD. Once they got there, GDD was a lot more different then it was when the girls were at least five years old. Many attempts were made and they break into the Pelican Ball Room to extract their time travel abilities. They succeed on getting rid of their powers, but Janet witnessed it all.

When they were trying to feel confident about not having their powers, Cyd and Shelby walked into Barry's RV, where it got robbed. They wonder who did it until Janet comes out of the shadows. She told the girls that she kidnapped Barry and Naldo, and confiscated his equipment. She wants to gain the time travel ability from Barry's equipement.


  • She is responsible for the future lab.
  • She makes it clear she hates children, even though they made her look good during her presentations.
  • She returns in Cyd and Shelby Strike Back.
  • She has been shin-wacking since 1991.
  • In 1991, she was taller, skinnier, and had longer hair.
  • She discovered tachyon particles in her garage in 1991.
  • She is an entrepreneur and the CEO of GloboDigiDyne who has invented many things in her life starting with wireless objects.
  • She has her own book, "Don't Write A Book About Me!"
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