The Controversial Case of Desiree in Boy Meets World

Desiree Emmaline Hollinger Beaumont appeared in two Boy Meets World episodes during Season 2, in which she started a relationship with Eric Matthews.

She became a controversial character after the hosts of Pod Meets World ripped into her during recaps of her episodes and labeled her (the character, not the actor) as a bad person.

Although her character was seldom discussed before the podcast, the host’s framing of her sparked new controversy.

Desiree’s Boy Meets World Storyline

Desiree first appears in Season 2, Episode 3, Notorious, when she bumps into Eric Matthews in the John Adams High School hallways.

As a result of the collision, Desiree’s new shoes are covered with a red soft drink, at which point she remarks that she’d just recently purchased them in New York. She goes on to explain that her family just moved from Georgia to Philadelphia.

Despite protests from Jason Marsden, whom Eric just recently warned to stop him from getting involved with anyone new, Eric cannot resist his attraction to Desiree, who intoxicates him with her exterior beauty and senior status.

After a purported month of dating (which conveniently spans only two episodes), Eric dumps Desiree because of her high-maintenance demands. In her final scene, Desiree is seen dating Jason, but she is never mentioned again after that episode.

Desiree’s Introduction to Boy Meets World

Desiree first appears in Season 2, Episode 3, Notorious, when she bumps into Eric in the John Adams High School hallways. Desiree explains that her family had just moved from Atlanta, Georgia and that she’s utterly, utterly lost in the new school.

List of Episodes Featuring Desiree

  • Season 2, Episode 3, Notorious
  • Season 2, Episode 4, Me and Mr. Joad

Relationship With Eric Matthews

Desiree finds Eric attractive after bumping into him in the hallways. Since she’s new to the school, she loves the idea of Eric helping her acclimate. 

Soon, however, she starts forcing Eric to run her errands and call her pet names like Georgia Peach and Puddin’. She also refers to Eric as her Yankee Doodle and Puff Pastry.

Ultimately, Desiree proves to be an overbearing partner, and Eric finally ends the relationship.

The nature of her relationship with Eric prompted most of the criticism on the Pod Meets World podcast.

Actress Playing Desiree on Boy Meets World

Sydney Bennett played Desiree in Boy Meets World. Bennett also appeared on other 90s sitcoms like Mad About You and Moesha. Her last listed credit occurs in 2013 for a TV series called Bunheads.

The hosts of Pod Meets World were sure to differentiate the actor from the character, though they never brought her on the podcast to tell her side of the portrayal.

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