Crashpad is Jared's closest friend and confidante. Crashpad is an avid gamer, which is code for having few friends and no social life. Crashpad doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, and does well in school. He's a good kid and a good influence on Jared. But their bond is rattled when the disturbing truth about Jared sprouts into reality.
In Episode 1, Jared walks down the halls of school and sits with Crashpad, who is eating lunch alone. Jared swaps him crackers for his cucumbers. He asks to borrow Crashpad’s bike for work in the morning, to which Crashpad agrees. He then invites Jared to play video games like the old days, just as a fellow student named Dylan approaches. He tells Crashpad to leave as he has grown-up matters to discuss with Jared. Crashpad ignores Dylan’s request and decides to stay. Dylan wants to know if Jared’s working tomorrow as he wants some extra salty fries, to which Jared agrees to give him them after six. Dylan begins to taunt Crashpad, but Jared intervenes. He leverages the extra salty fries in exchange for Dylan backing off Crashpad.
Jared goes to Crashpad’s house to play video games. Crashpad’s mom approaches and asks Jared to stay for dinner. Crashpad reminds her that they can’t pause the game. She sweetly reminds Jared that he can stay anytime. When she’s gone, Crashpad remarks that she’s just happy Jared’s here. She doesn’t like it when Crashpad games alone, even though he's just lying low for a while. Jared thinks he should probably be doing too. Upon further inquisition, Jared admits that he got rolled and now all his dope and cash are gone. He thinks Richie did it since his mom owes him three grand, but the attacker didn’t look like Richie. He’s been seeing weird things lately but thinks it’s just too many drugs or he’s inheriting his parents crazy.
He goes to Crashpad’s a few nights later and invites him to the party at Dylan’s house. Once there, they begin drinking and are greeted by Ebony. She's excited about the amazing product Jared was supposed to bring. Jared informs her that he’s out, so she scoffs and storms off. Crashpad thinks Ebony is into him, which Jared shrugs off. Jared spends the rest of the night drinking alone on the couch while Crashpad plays videogames with other partygoers. Later that night, Crashpad comes to check on Jared, and despite Dylan’s cruel remarks to beat it, claims he just saw Jared in the kitchen.
Jared wakes up on Crashpad’s couch to the sounds of a muffled video game. He sits up and converses with Crashpad, who thinks he should quit taking pills and mixing his drinks. Jared asks if Crashpad has any cash, but Crashpad only has thirty bucks. He wants to know how Jared plans to turn thirty dollars into three grand in only a matter of hours.
Jared goes to a bingo game in the hopes of winning money. The woman next to him helps him keep up with the fast announcer, though she ultimately wins the game. He sits outside when Crashpad approaches and gives him an envelope of cash that he got from selling his game - characters, rare items, all of it. Jared refuses the money first, but Crashpad reminds him that he has to accept.
Jared goes to a bingo game in the hopes of winning money. The woman next to him helps him keep up with the fast announcer, though she ultimately wins the game. He sits outside when Crashpad approaches and gives him an envelope of cash that he got from selling his game - characters, rare items, all of it. Jared refuses the money first, but Crashpad reminds him that he has to accept. Jared swears he will pay Crashpad back as they walk to Richie’s place. Crashpad asks why he stopped hanging out, to which Jared explains that things got crazier after his parents’ split-up. They watch the oil trucks pass before spotting a dead animal on the side of the road surrounded by bugs. They walk to Richie’s to find his trailer torched and the place a mess. The boys worry that Maggie might have something to do with it. Jared sprints off leaving Crashpad alone in the trailer park.
Crashpad is a teenager around seventeen with short black hair, brown eyes, and an overweight build. He is often picked on for his weight and nickname, leading him to wear oversized graphic t-shirts with jeans and black sneakers. He is relatively quiet and his lack of confidence is reflect in his physical appearance.
Crashpad is a remarkably intelligent student who applies himself to videogames, spending most of his time indoors playing them. He is introverted and doesn't make friends very easily, despite attending many social events. He is extremely loyal and kind to Jared, who is his close friend. He sells his video game profile to help Jared with is financial issues regarding Richie. He also encourages his friend to stop doing drugs, but isn't pushy with his beliefs.
- "Crashpad" is his gamertag and not his real name. His real first name is unknown, but his surname is "Robinson".