Dana Pruitt: Shawn’s First Love in Boy Meets World

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 is widely regarded as Shawn’s second-best relationship throughout the Boy Meets World series, behind Angela.

Dana’s Relationship With Shawn Hunter

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.

Dana and Shawn’s Famous Picnic Scene in Season 3

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.” 

Dana Pruitt’s Mother’s Relationship With Mr. Turner

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.

Dana Pruitt’s 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.

Explaining Dana’s Season 4 Absence

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.

Portrayal of 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 to 1997.

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

She appears on the Pod Meets World podcast to discuss her role as Dana.

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