What Happened to Dana Pruitt in Boy Meets World?

Dana Pruitt briefly dates Shawn Hunter in Season 3 of Boy Meets World before disappearing without explanation. Dana is widely regarded as Shawn’s second-best relationship throughout the Boy Meets World series, behind Angela.

Although Dana suddenly disappears from the series during Season 3, she returns in Season 5, Episode 15: First Girlfriend’s Club, to address her previously unexplained fallout with Shawn Hunter before exiting the series for good.

Who is Dana Pruitt?

Dana is Shawn Hunter’s classmate and primary love interest during Season 3 of Boy Meets World. Dana dates Shawn for two episodes before disappearing from the series until a single-episode return in Season 5.

Fans of the series regard Dana as one of the best Boy Meets World characters in Season 3 and one of Shawn Hunter’s most promising relationships.

Dana Pruitt Family Members

Susan Maguire

Dana Pruitt’s Mom, Susan Maguire, appears in Season 3, Episode 16: Stormy Weather, and briefly dates Mr. Turner. However, after deciding their relationship is too awkward for Shawn and Dana, Susan and Jonathon reluctantly break up.

Later in the same episode, Mr. Turner is seen at Chubbie’s, hitting on Susan’s sister and Dana’s aunt.

Why Does Dana Dump Shawn Hunter?

Dana dumps Shawn Hunter after their first date because she doesn’t believe he is interested in a serious long-term relationship. Shawn feeds into her perception by dismissing ideas for romantic dates, such as an outdoor picnic or volunteer work.

Why Does Shawn Hunter Fall for Dana?

Dana Pruitt possesses some of the same qualities as Angela Moore, who Shawn eventually sees as his soulmate. For example, Dana is sensitive, deep, and caring, which are qualities that appeal to Shawn but also scare him.

After Dana refuses a second date, Shawn works hard to persuade her to reconsider. Eventually, Shawn succeeds in getting another date.

“see no I wanna be out here with you I want a second date”

In Season 3, Episode 15: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Shawn sets up a picnic in below-freezing weather to impress Dana. When Dana urges him to come inside, Shawn responds, “see, no, I wanna be out here with you; I want a second date.” 

Is Shawn Hunter in Love With Dana Pruitt?

Shawn demonstrates strong feelings for Dana but falls short of calling it love. Since Dana disappears after two episodes, it’s unlikely that the couple was in love.

When Dana returns in Season 5, Episode 15: First Girlfriend’s Club, she alludes to Shawn’s inability to commit to a relationship. 

Why Does Dana Pruitt Return in Season 5?

Dana returns to Boy Meets World in Season 5, Episode 15: First Girlfriend’s Club as part of a group of Shawn’s former girlfriends attempting to warn Angela about his inability to commit.

During the episode, Dana references Season 3’s outdoor picnic in one of the few accurate continuity references by the Boy Meets World writing staff.

Where is Dana Pruitt During Season 4 of Boy Meets World?

Dana does not appear on-screen during Season 4, though her character presumably remains at John Adams High School. In Season 5, Dana implies that she continued to date Shawn and that he agreed to see her on Valentine’s Day of their senior year.

Who Played Dana Pruitt on Boy Meets World?

Larisa Oleynik plays Dana in Boy Meets World, appearing in three episodes from Season 3 to Season 5. She is perhaps best known for her lead role as Alex Mack in Nickelodean’s The Secret World of Alex Mack from 1994-1997.

Oleynik’s other credits include 10 Things I Hate About You, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Pretty Little Liars.

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