"Let the police handle it! You'll never find him!"

- Tina's last words after her husband Bill and son Dylan agree to help look for Kate's son Mark, much to her annoyance

Tina Shenk is the main antagonist of the first Cheaper by the Dozen film, although unintentional. She is portrayed by Paula Marshall.

She is not actually evil, but she is over-protective of Dylan and is not fond of him playing with the Bakers, the main characters of the film. She initially started out as the Bakers new next-door neighbors, but soon she became a more prominent character. As she, her husband and son are approaching the new Baker house, she notices cartons and cups on the dashboard of the Baker van and looks down on them rudely calling them fast food people.

She was rather surprised that the Bakers had twelve kids, and was appalled when Dylan played hockey with them indoors. Tina thinks that the Baker kids will end up on milk cartons and even makes Dylan's birthday party fancy instead of normal.

After Dylan is landed in the hospital after the Baker kids ruin his birthday party while they snuck out of the house being grounded and Tom Baker falls on him, Tina furiously tells him his kids can no longer play with Dylan and angrily rants about them.

She makes her final appearence when Mark, one of the Baker kids, runs away, Kate Baker comes to her house and asks if he came there. Tina rudely says that she knew "One of their kids would fall on a milk carton." And says that 12 is too big a number. She refuses to go help look for Mark, but Bill and Dylan agree to go, much to Tina's annoyance. She then says that they'll never find him and to let the police handle it, but Kate replys that they will, because "Like you said, 12's a big number."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In a deleted scene, Tina tells Dylan that he's not being a proper party host. He tells her that it's her party, not his to which she replies "Okay that is a double super time out Mr. Man."
  • It is implied that she is a vegetarian after Gunner jumps on her.
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