|First appearance||I Don't|
|Last appearance||I Don't|
|Family|| Brian Danielson (husband) |
Rita Barksdale (mother)
Helen Morgendorffer (aunt)
Amy Barksdale (aunt)
Daria Morgendorffer (cousin)
Quinn Morgendorffer (cousin)
Appearances and characterization
Erin is the only daughter of Rita Barksdale and the only cousin of Daria and Quinn Morgendorffer on their mother's side of the family. She's twenty-one years old in "I Don't", and twenty-four in "Aunt Nauseum".
She seems to have been raised to be trophy wife and her aunt Helen thinks she is spoiled by her grandmother, like Rita had been before her. In "Nauseum", Rita said she couldn't work as she was raising a child, even though Erin was twenty-four at the time. However, "Nauseum" mentions Erin does have a job: one with a salary (rather than wages) and that could support her husband as well. (It was not stated what the job was.)
Eric makes her only appearance in "I Don't", where she marries Brian Danielson. In the episode she was shown doting on her fiancee and attempting to keep the peace between her mother and her aunt. She also showed contempt for Paul Meyerson, her mother's then boyfriend, and an irritation with her mother & her dates ("you know exactly what's going on here, mother"); she also showed a friendly attitude towards Daria (who dislikes Erin).
The marriage, however, would hit some hard times soon after and, in the later episode "The Story of D", it is revealed that Erin is thinking of a divorce, stating she had never loved Brian and the only reason for the marriage was that he had given her herpes and she thought no one else would want her. She would actually start proceedings for a divorce in the episode "Aunt Nauseum", hiring Helen to help her and revealing that Brian had gotten her to sign a pre-nuptial which would sign half of all assets over to him if there was a divorce. However, the divorce attempt would end when Erin's grandmother sends her to a spa in Switzerland for a week to 'calm her nerves'. Brian then flows out to Switzerland to talk her out of it and the two end up having a second honeymoon there. (As he was reliant on her salary at the time, it is assumed in fanon that Grandma Barksdale paid to fly him to Switzerland to get the couple back together)
Erin in Fanfiction
Stories in which this character is present are:
- Lost Eagles Found and And the Bubble Burst, of the serial Falling Into College, by Richard Lobinske;