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{{Character|name = Kelly Erin Hannon
|name = Kelly Erin Hannon
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|image = [[Image:ErinHannon.jpg]]
|born = May 1, 1986
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|gender = Female
|marital = [[Andy Bernard]] <small>(ex-boyfriend)</small>
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|status = Alive
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|alias = Erin Hannon (Main title)
   
[[Gabe Lewis]] <small>(ex-boyfriend)</small>
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Kelly Hannon (real name)
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Hannon (by [[Charles Miner]])
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E (by [[Darryl Philbin]])
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Tabitha
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|marital = [[Andy Bernard]] (ex-boyfriend)
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[[Gabe Lewis]] (ex-boyfriend)
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[[Pete Miller]] (boyfriend)
 
|siblings = [[Reed]] <small>(foster brother)</small>
 
|siblings = [[Reed]] <small>(foster brother)</small>
|job = *[[Receptionist]]
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|parents = Mr. and Mrs. Hannon
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|job = [[Receptionist]]
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|workplace = [[Dunder Mifflin Scranton]]
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Taco Bell (formerly)
 
|first appearance = [[Michael Scott Paper Company]]
 
|first appearance = [[Michael Scott Paper Company]]
 
|last appearance = [[Finale]]
 
|last appearance = [[Finale]]
 
|seasons = [[Season 5|5]] • [[Season 6|6]] • [[Season 7|7]] • [[Season 8|8]] • [[Season 9|9]]
 
|seasons = [[Season 5|5]] • [[Season 6|6]] • [[Season 7|7]] • [[Season 8|8]] • [[Season 9|9]]
 
|portrayed by = [[Ellie Kemper]]
 
|portrayed by = [[Ellie Kemper]]
|gender = Female
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|martial = [Andy Bernard] <small>(ex-boyfriend)</small>
}}'''Kelly Erin Hannon''' is a fictional character in ''[[The Office (US)|The Office]]'' and is played by [[Ellie Kemper]]. She is the receptionist at [[Dunder Mifflin Scranton]] branch.
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}}'''Kelly Erin Hannon''' (born May 1, 1986)<ref>In "[[Search Committee]]", [[Phyllis Lapin-Vance|Phyllis]] indicates Erin was born the year the film ''[[Porky's]]'' came out. But Phyllis may be thinking of Porky's Revenge. In "Couple's Discount" Erin said she technically didn't break up with her boyfriend when she was in first grade & it's now their 20th anniversary. That would make her age around 26, which indicates approximately 1986. Episode "WUPHF.com" also indicates her birthday to be approximately 1986.</ref> is a [[fictional character]] from the [[United States of America|U.S.]] [[comedy]] [[television series]] ''[[The Office (U.S. TV series)|The Office]]''. She is the office receptionist for the [[Scranton, Pennsylvania|Scranton]] branch of [[Dunder Mifflin]], a position previously held by [[Pam Beesly]] before she quit to go work for the [[Michael Scott Paper Company]].
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Erin is portrayed by [[Ellie Kemper]]. She is an original character, although her closest equivalent in the [[The Office (UK TV series)|British version of the series]] would be Mel the receptionist, who appears briefly in [[The Office Christmas specials|''The Office'' Christmas specials]], as [[Dawn Tinsley]]'s replacement.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
She first appears in "[[Michael Scott Paper Company]]", and is referred to by her middle name, Erin, so it doesn't complicate things with having the same first name as [[Kelly Kapoor]].
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Kelly Hannon is the receptionist hired to replace Pam Beesly (after Kevin's brief stint in the job) in "[[Dream Team (The Office)|Dream Team]]". She first appears in "[[Michael Scott Paper Company]]", and is referred to by her middle name, Erin, to distinguish her from [[Kelly Kapoor]]. Although at times rather intellectually challenged, with her cheerful, silly demeanor, and childlike naïveté, Erin is usually the most consistently nice, optimistic Dunder-Mifflin employee. Contrasting with her predecessor, Pam, she not only loves being a receptionist but admires her coworkers including [[Michael Scott (The Office)|Michael Scott]] and [[Dwight Schrute]].
   
Erin brings cheer and enthusiasm to her job as a receptionist, unlike Pam who at the time the series started had already become jaded and bored. Erin is perhaps the only employee who enjoys [[Michael Scott]]'s company, cheerfully indulging his every whim and quirk. Even after Michael resigned as [[Regional Manager]] to become a salesman, Erin helped him arrange his toys on his desk, knowing that technically her job was to be [[Jim Halpert|Jim]]'s assistant, not Michael's. {{6x15}}
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In a deleted scene from "[[Niagara (The Office)|Niagara]]", she admits she was born four months prematurely and could not eat hard foods until she turned 6. "[[St. Patrick's Day (The Office)|St. Patrick's Day]]" reveals further that she was sick and in the hospital between the ages of 3 and 6. She grew up in foster families and has said that when she was younger "my hair was my room", i.e., the place she hid from stress and trauma. In "[[WUPHF.com]]", she said all of her peers were getting their drivers licenses eight years ago which would give her a birth year of approximately 1986. It is hinted that Erin was brought up in a very religious [[Christians|Christian]] household, as seen in "[[Nepotism (The Office)|Nepotism]]", when Michael argues with the staff about nepotism and defends it by saying the person that [[God]] sent to help [[Earth]] was His Son, [[Jesus Christ]], which Erin claims is a "really tight argument", and another example is in "[[Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager]]", when she is shocked to learn Gabe is an [[atheist]], and is even more shocked when he states there might be a God, but he does not believe it is just some "guy with a long white beard."
   
Erin is very naive and is easily impressed. For example, she joins Michael's "I've got a big box" chant without realizing the double-entendre ("[[Sabre]]"), and she looks to Kelly for advice on everything because "she gets all her clothes at the mall." {{6x15}}
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She is seen repeatedly following Dwight's insane directions. Dwight and Andy both admit to being attracted to Erin, as does [[Ryan Howard (The Office)|Ryan Howard]]. Erin seems to have a fun-loving and bubbly personality similar to Kelly Kapoor, although Erin is much more naïve. She admires Kelly's casual Friday outfit, commenting that she looks like [[Jennifer Lopez|J. Lo]], and the two restart Michael's [[Cafe Disco]] after he shuts it down. The two also ride to Pam and Jim's wedding together with Andy, both listening to their [[iPod]]s in the backseat.<ref>[[Mafia (The Office)|Mafia]]</ref> In "[[Counseling (The Office)|Counseling]]", she took the term "[[disposable camera]]" literally as she throws a disposable camera away after taking the last picture, commenting that she thinks disposable cameras are wasteful and you never get to see the pictures.
   
Erin was born four months premature and could not eat hard food until the age of six.{{6x04|*}} She believed that she was an orphan {{6x07|*}} and was raised in a foster home, with her foster brother, [[Reed]]. She was in the hospital from ages three to six but remains upbeat and kind {{6x18}}.
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Erin also tells Michael she used to work at a [[Taco Bell]] Express but could not keep up when they turned it into a regular Taco Bell. In a deleted scene from "[[Mafia (The Office)|Mafia]]", [[Meredith Palmer|Meredith]] tells Erin that the office will always like Pam better than her, saddening Erin as she does not like conflicts. She also accidentally ruins Pam's painting of the office building while trying to clean it. Later when asking Kelly to help her fix the painting, we find out Erin has a seizure condition—because Kelly demands her medical alert bracelet as payment for her services.<ref>[http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/video/clips/mafia-clip-one/1167166/ NBC.com – "Mafia" deleted scene]</ref>
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Erin may have attended [[Keystone College]], as a pennant for the school can be seen at her desk in "[[The Boat (The Office)|The Boat]]" and in "[[Pool Party (The Office)|Pool Party]]".
   
 
==Season 5==
 
==Season 5==
After [[Kevin]] fails miserably as a receptionist, [[Charles Miner]] hires Erin at [[Dunder Mifflin Scranton]] as the new receptionist ("Michael Scott Paper Company" Season 5 Episode 23). To avoid confusion with [[Kelly Kapoor]], she goes by her middle name Erin. She is good friends with (and looks up to) Kelly. The two restart Cafe Disco. {{5x25}}
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After Kevin fails miserably as Pam's replacement, [[Charles Miner (The Office)|Charles Miner]] hires Erin as the new receptionist, whose first name is Kelly but the office decided to call her by her middle name, Erin, to avoid confusion with [[Kelly Kapoor]]. She becomes good friends with Kelly and in "[[Cafe Disco]]", they help to generate interest in Michael's "Cafe Disco." Erin greatly admires her predecessor, calling her "a living legend" to [[List of The Office (U.S. TV series) characters|DeAngelo Vickers]], and often asks her advice on various aspects of the job. However, Pam is at first somewhat impatient with Erin's enthusiasm for a job she never took seriously and often dismisses her requests for approval by saying "it looks great."
   
Initially, Dwight and [[Andy]] compete for her attention, but Dwight withdraws in acknowledgment of his new friendship with Andy. For the remainder of the season, Andy flirts with Erin in his awkward way.
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Initially, Dwight and Andy compete for her attention, but Dwight withdraws in acknowledgment of his new friendship with Andy. For the remainder of the season, Andy awkwardly flirts with Erin.
   
 
==Season 6==
 
==Season 6==
Erin is in the girl group "[[Subtle Sexuality]]" where she and [[Kelly]] are the founders and members. In a deleted scene, Erin ruins [[Pam]]'s painting and asks [[Kelly]] for help, after [[Creed]] distracts her.{{6x05|*}} Erin is very obedient and asks [[Michael]] about everything, including if Pam's candy is allowed to be on the reception desk. {{6x06}} She seems to show interest in [[Andy]] when Pam talks to her. {{6x07}} [[Ryan]] shows Erin his photos, to her disgust. {{6x09}} Andy asks Erin out on a date, but since the office is playing a game, they are both unsure if they asked or were asked by their characters or each other. Andy meant it, but Erin is unsure. When Erin says that she didn't think it was a real date, Andy says he didn't mean it. In a talking head, Erin reveals she thought it was for real, but she thought Andy meant otherwise. {{6x09}} Erin goes with Michael to the school where he made a promise to a group of kids that he would pay their tuition. Although Michael shows cruel and open disdain for Erin at first, they bond on the way back when Erin cheers him up. {{6x11}}
 
   
Later, she waits for Andy to ask her out and practices a song for the [[Sabre (company)|new company]]. {{6x14}} Andy and Erin continue their awkward relationship and Andy tries to ask out Erin but she continues to be oblivious. However, she becomes aware when Andy tells Kelly he likes someone else in the office rather than her. {{6x15}} Andy asks her on a date {{6x16}} and they go on their first date at Erin's house, because she is sick with the flu, but Andy feels awkward because her foster-brother, [[Reed]] seems interested in her. {{6x17}} They kiss for the first time at the dump. {{6x18}} They try to keep their relationship under wraps, so as not to create more drama but end up doing what they tried to avoid, and Andy announces that they are together, which [[Kevin]] suspected.{{6x19}}  Erin later breaks up with Andy due to her finding out about Andy's previous engagement to [[Angela Martin|Angela]]. ("[[Secretary's Day]]")
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In "[[Koi Pond (The Office)|Koi Pond]]", Erin is shown to be self-conscious about being an [[orphan]], and is attracted to Andy, whom she calls "the coolest guy I've ever met." She also does not know who [[Marlon Brando]] is, mistaking a reference to him for [[Marlon Wayans]].<ref>{{cite web |author=Like The Office |url=http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/video/clips/koi-pond/1170740/ |title=The Office - All Videos : Newest - Videos |publisher=NBC.com |date= |accessdate=2011-11-10 |url-status=dead |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20100310104803/http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/video/clips/koi-pond/1170740/ |archive-date=2010-03-10 |df= }}</ref> In "[[Murder (The Office)|Murder]]", Andy asks her out on a real date while they are playing characters as a part of the [[Murder mystery game|Belles, Bourbon, and Bullets]]. Erin accepts, but then is disappointed when Andy tells her later there was no real date. It was "just a part of the game", though both wanted to go out. Andy later begs to get Erin as his [[Secret Santa]]. He gives her gifts based on "[[Twelve Days of Christmas|The 12 Days of Christmas]]". Unfortunately the first four gifts are all birds resulting in harm to herself, geese swarming her car and an incident where her cat ate one of the turtle doves. She asks her secret Santa to please stop. When asked if it is him Andy brushes it off, but later Michael reveals him and he is somewhat surprised to see her legitimately angry at him. At the end of the day, Andy has twelve drummers appear at the last part of the song. Despite the fiasco of the earlier gifts, Erin easily forgives him and is seen enjoying the drummers and smiling warmly.
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Erin finally earns Michael's respect in "[[Scott's Tots]]" when she points out the benefit of the promise Michael could not fulfill to a group of underprivileged high school students. She eventually figures out Michael's idiosyncratic habits (such as having ants on a log served every day at 2:30 and being spun around in his desk chair until he is dizzy) and, unlike Pam, gladly accommodates them, she seems disappointed when [[Jim Halpert]] declines to continue them during his brief tenure as branch manager. She also tells Michael that she would like to be an accountant someday, even though she is bad at math.
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After Andy's massive effort for Erin's Secret Santa gift, Andy thinks that the "ball is in Erin's court", while Erin assumes that after Andy's last spectacular display involving a band drumline that he will surely be the one to ask. Andy, in "[[Sabre (The Office)|Sabre]]", then awkwardly confronts Erin about her weekend plans, revealing that she has none. Andy exits with exasperation, hoping that his "hint" would be sufficient for her to ask. Later, in "[[Manager and Salesman]]", Andy gives everyone in the office a card for Valentine's Day to mask his affection for Erin. Kelly takes this card to heart and believes Andy is in love with her. Andy makes it clear that he does not love Kelly, and Erin begins to realize Andy really does have feelings for her.
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In "[[The Delivery (The Office)|The Delivery]]", Erin shows a knowledge of [[horse racing]] history as she names the [[United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing|Triple Crown]] winners to distract Pam before she goes to the hospital. Erin later has lunch with Kevin after Michael lied and told Kevin that Erin liked him. Erin feels sorry for Kevin because Michael told her Kevin had the heart of an actual elephant. Erin later confronts Michael and tells him that she likes Andy. Andy's response is to snoop behind plants and spy on Kevin and Erin. Later in the same episode, Andy gives Erin a fax which asks her on a date. After getting confrontational about it, Andy admits that he wanted to take Erin on a date, which she happily accepts.
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In "[[St. Patrick's Day (The Office)|St. Patrick's Day]]", Erin and Andy are set to go on their first date, but Erin gets very sick, prompting Jo Bennett to tell her to go home. Andy decides to see Erin anyway by showing up at her house. The two enjoy watching TV together until Erin's foster brother Reed comes into the room and steals Andy's spot on the couch next to Erin. Reed behaves with Erin in a way that makes Andy uncomfortable, but when Andy gets ready to leave, Erin kisses him on the cheek.
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In "[[New Leads]]", after Michael distributes the sales leads to rest of the staff, Erin hides Andy's leads. The Hot & Cold game she plays with him in the reception area turns into an uncomfortable situation where Andy almost fondles Erin's chest. At the end of episode, Erin offers a cold Andy her jacket in a landfill where they share their first kiss.
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In "[[Happy Hour (The Office)|Happy Hour]]", Erin and Andy tell the crew that they are trying to keep their relationship a secret because of Andy's aversion to drama. This continues as they go to the Happy Hour with the other members of the Office. After several uncomfortable situations in which they continue to try to keep the secret and a rather animated argument in a photobooth, Andy declares to the entire building that he has been on "two dates with Erin Hannon and they went well and there will probably be more." They tell the crew that they found more drama trying to keep it a secret.
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In "[[Secretary's Day (The Office)|Secretary's Day]]", Andy plans the perfect Secretary's Day for Erin, including a lunch with Michael. During the lunch, Michael reveals Andy's prior year-long engagement with Angela, a fact which was previously concealed from Erin. When Erin speaks with Pam at her desk, a [[Keystone College]] pennant is visible. At the end of the episode, Erin informs Andy that she needs some time alone from him. Feeling bad over the whole affair, Michael smooths things over a bit with Erin and has a talk with her.
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And in "[[Whistleblower (The Office)|Whistleblower]]", while the characters have not resumed dating yet, Erin does express concern when Andy tells her he is afraid for his safety (because of the fire-catching printers, though he does not directly tell her about them) and she agrees to distribute the "demonstration video" he made with Darryl if anything happens to him. Erin warmly pats Andy on the leg and tells him she thinks he did the right thing, after he is outed for leaking the printer story to a local paper and everyone else in the office shuns him.
   
 
==Season 7==
 
==Season 7==
In the Seventh Season, Erin admits that she has been dating [[Gabe Lewis|Gabe]] over the summer, much to Andy's discontent ("[[Nepotism]]"). In the episode [[Andy's Play]], Andy tries to steal her back but is interrupted she gets a call from Gabe and leaves Andy in the theater. In [[Viewing Party]], she attempts to get Michael to bond with Gabe, whose position above him makes Michael insecure, leading him to sabotage the party. After Erin confronts Michael over his hostile feelings for Gabe, Michael angrily questions why she needs his approval as he is not her father. Erin is silent and Michael has an insightful moment, realizing Erin admires him and views him as a father figure. The two share a joke as they pointedly make fun of their developing father-daughter relationship. As he leaves the party, Michael warns Gabe that he will, both figuratively and literally, kill Gabe if he breaks Erin's heart.
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In "[[Nepotism (The Office)|Nepotism]]", Erin reveals that Gabe asked her out over the summer. She only accepted because Gabe was her boss but eventually the two began seriously dating, much to Andy's chagrin. Her relationship with Gabe has been presented as boring and lame, as highlighted by her unsuccessful efforts to defeat him at online Scrabble and avoid watching his favored horror films in "[[The Seminar (The Office)|The Seminar]]", his long-winded Valentine's Day surprise for her that consists mostly of her bonding with Andy and getting a hand-kiss gesture in "[[PDA (The Office)|PDA]]", and letting the staff know she and Gabe were late to work because he fell in the shower and had to be rescued by the fire department in "[[Todd Packer (The Office)|Todd Packer]]".
   
When [[Holly]] comes back to replace [[Toby]], Erin shows some dislike towards her for breaking Michael's heart.
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In "[[Andy's Play]]", Andy is performing in a local production of ''[[Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (musical)|Sweeney Todd]]''. He pressures the entire office to go, but really just wants to get Erin to attend, in order to spend time with her and win her back from Gabe. Andy is delighted that Erin is coming without Gabe, however ultimately his plan backfires when she agrees to babysit Cecilia so Jim and Pam can attend. Ultimately Erin shows up to the play and the two spend time together, however Erin leaves to spend time with Gabe leaving Andy despondent.
   
During the annual Dundies Awards ("[[Michael's Last Dundies|Michael's last Dundies]]"), Erin breaks up with [[Gabe]], stating that she isn't attracted to him. He responds by coming up on stage, and then leaving immediately afterwards.
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In "[[Sex Ed (The Office)|Sex Ed]]", the Office believes Michael has herpes, and Andy uses the situation to host a Sex Ed class in the office. The class is in actuality an attempt by Andy to figure out if Gabe and Erin are having sex. Upset after realizing the two are possibly having sex, Andy throws a tantrum and storms off. Gabe admonishes Andy later, explaining he only asked Erin out after Andy gave him his blessing.
   
As a baby, Erin was given up for adoption around the same time and area as Phyllis gave her baby up in high school, resulting in the two believing that they could be mother and daughter. They bonded over this possibility and seem to have a close relationship while awaiting the results of a maternity test. The test results showed that they are not related, but Phyllis holds off telling her immediately, saying "I'll tell her later." ("[[Search Committee]]")
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In "[[Christening (The Office)|Christening]]", Erin expresses admiration over Michael's spontaneous decision to go down to Mexico to help build a school for local children. In an effort to impress Erin, Andy goes along with Michael. After Michael and Andy start having cold feet and get off the bus, Erin picks them up and laughs with them about it.
   
==Season 8==
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In "[[Viewing Party]]", Erin and Gabe are hosting a ''[[Glee (TV series)|Glee]]'' viewing party at Gabe's apartment. Andy desperately attempts to get Erin's attention during the party, however ultimately ends up getting sick and is comforted by Gabe. Meanwhile, Erin attempts to get Michael to bond with Gabe, however Michael's insecurities over Gabe's position cause him to sabotage the party. After Erin confronts Michael over his hostile feelings for Gabe, Michael angrily questions why she needs his approval as he is not her father. Erin is silent and Michael has an insightful moment, realizing Erin admires him and views him as a father figure. The two share a joke as they pointedly make fun of their developing father-daughter relationship. As he leaves the party, Michael warns Gabe that he will, both figuratively and literally, kill Gabe if he breaks Erin's heart.
Erin is seen planking in the parking lot which annoys Oscar who disapproves of planking. Erin later tells the cameras that she doesn't get planking but she does it to fit in. When Robert California leaves the conference room to zero in on an employee, he picks Erin and asks her to describe her day. ("[[The List]]")
 
   
Erin continues to have feelings for Andy throughout the season, which are not reciprocated due to his steady relationship with Jessica. She eventually decides to stay in Tallahassee when brought along as part of Dwight's special project. Upon learning her plans, Andy realizes he still loves her and leaves work to drive to Florida and win her back. ("[[Get the Girl]]")
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In "[[WUPHF.com]]", Erin is annoyed with Ryan's abuse of company property to fuel his own social networking company, WUPHF.com.
   
==Season 9==
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In "[[Classy Christmas]]", Erin assists Michael in preparing for when [[Holly Flax|Holly]] returns to Scranton. However, when she meets Holly for the first time, she is disappointed with her appearance after Michael spoke so highly of her. She admits in a talking head that she does not see why Michael is attracted to Holly, and when Holly tries to reason with Michael after he admits being upset with her, Erin shoos her away in defending Michael. She then tries to shoo Holly's boyfriend A.J. away when he arrives to surprise Holly. Erin remains unkind to Holly in "[[Ultimatum (The Office)|Ultimatum]]" but finally warms to her when she sees the passionate kiss between Michael and Holly that came at the end of "[[The Search (The Office)|The Search]]".
During the episode "[[Here Comes Treble (Episode)|Here Comes Treble]]" Erin dresses like a puppy for Halloween but is concerned that people will mistake her for a dog, and not a puppy. 
 
   
While Andy is on an extended boat trip with his brother [[Walter Bernard Jr.|Walter]], Erin watches "''Die Hard''" in the breakroom with new employee [[Pete Miller|Pete]]. ("[[Dwight Christmas]]")  
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In "[[Michael's Last Dundies]]", Erin starts avoiding Gabe at work because she does not feel attracted to him anymore. Erin reveals how she feels to Pam and [[Jim Halpert|Jim]], with Pam encouraging her to tell Gabe to avoid leading him on. She then breaks up with Gabe while accepting her Dundie in front of everyone at a packed restaurant. Gabe tells everyone he is upset with Erin but tries to joke it off, only to reveal he is genuinely upset and leaves the award show. Later she joins the rest of the office in serenading a teary-eyed Michael with a song.
   
In "[[Couples Discount]]", Erin says "Technically, I'm still dating my first-grade boyfriend. I mean, we just had our 20th anniversary. And, I forgot to get him something.", This further confirms Erin's age to be 27, as the original air date of the episode was February 7, 2013. This confirms Erin's date of birth to be 1986. Also in this episode, after Andy returns, she finally breaks up with him and dates Pete.
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During "[[Goodbye, Michael]]", a distraught Gabe is tenacious in trying to win Erin back, even following her into the women's bathroom. Erin later has a heart-to-heart conversation with Michael about her love life, and admits that she might be in love with Andy. Michael dismisses both Gabe and Andy and advises Erin that the right guy will come along and she will know it. Michael then tells her that he is just a phone call away in Colorado if she needs advice, and kisses her on the head before walking away.
   
In the Season 9 Episode "[[Finale]]" an audience member at a "where-are-they-now" convention for the mockumentary "The Office: An American Workplace" asks Erin what she would do if she met her birth mother. After Erin responds, the audience member reveals she is, in fact, Erin's mother. Erin's father follows suit and Erin hugs them both and cries happily. The three of them later attend [[Dwight Schrute]] and [[Angela Martin]]'s wedding together. 
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At the end of "[[The Inner Circle (The Office)|The Inner Circle]]", when Deangelo escapes the hospital and returns to the office, Jim asks Erin to call 911. She asks who should she say is calling, causing Jim to give her a deadpan look while flatly saying her name.
   
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In "[[Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager]]", Erin and Andy are shown hanging out together again. However, after Gabe invites Andy to go to the conference room to speak in private, Gabe breaks down, and Andy promises he will not date Erin again. Later, at reception, Gabe confesses his love to Erin again, but it does not win her back. In a talking-head interview, Erin says she is taking a break from dating, and she admits that while Gabe was a great guy with many wonderful qualities, "it was a challenge being touched by him". When Dwight accidentally fires the gun right by Andy, causing him temporary hearing loss, Erin is the most worried about him, and tries to accompany him to the hospital, but is stopped by Gabe, who, as an excuse, says that she needs to stay for her receptionist duties. When Andy comes back from the hospital, he and Erin hang out in the kitchen, only for Gabe to confront Andy with the promise, but Andy stands up for himself and embarrasses Gabe by describing Gabe's crying fit to Erin. When asked whether or not he wants to date Erin, he does not give a straight answer, and eventually claims that it is between him and his diary.
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In "[[Search Committee]]", Erin and Phyllis await the results of a DNA test to see if Erin is the daughter previously given up by Phyllis in high school. After some advice from Phyllis, Erin tells Andy in front of the entire Office that she still has feelings for him. Andy denies her, later stating to the camera that he is still hurt from being dumped in favor of Gabe. Phyllis finds out the results are negative, but holds off telling Erin and continues to show maternal affection toward her.
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==Season 8==
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In Season 8, Erin is on Robert's loser side of the list. She helps Andy out with his challenges of being manager and is the only one to congratulate him on his new job.
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In "[[Lotto (The Office)|Lotto]]", she helps out in the warehouse and suggests easier ways to move the boxes. In "[[Spooked (The Office)|Spooked]]", Erin is in charge of the Halloween party, but is forced to make it more adult when co-workers think the decorations are childish.
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During "[[Christmas Wishes (The Office)|Christmas Wishes]]", Erin finally meets Jessica, Andy's girlfriend. Erin tells her that she is welcome to the office and the party, but later on Robert California talks Erin into being an "adult woman and a free spirit" and having a drink. But this does not just stop at one, Erin tells Andy that she has had "a thousand". Later that night, she tells Andy that she wants Jessica dead and that was her Christmas wish, which shows she still has feelings for Andy. She later gets a ride home from Robert, who tells her to take some aspirin and get some rest. Later on, Erin remains hopeful that Andy will end things with Jessica and reunite with her (and it becomes clear Andy still has feelings for her) but she later decides that this is not going to happen. As a result, when she ends up assigned to the team joining Dwight on the Sabre Store project in Tallahassee, she tells the camera that she is never returning to Scranton. In "[[Test the Store]]" Erin meets an elderly woman, Irene ([[Georgia Engel]]), and she becomes her live in maid. In "[[Get the Girl]]", Andy goes to Florida, to try to win her back. Erin initially wants to stay, but the two get back together and travel back to Scranton to find Nellie Bertram in Andy's office. Andy then gets fired and Erin supports him
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For the rest of the season, Erin is seen supporting Andy in his attempts to move on, and eventually reclaim, his job at Dunder Mifflin.
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==Season 9==
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Erin is excited to have Andy back from his Outward Bound program, but is surprised to see a more confident and cocky Andy. A new love interest for her is introduced in the new guy Pete. In the episode "[[The Boat (The Office)|The Boat]]", Erin and Pete go out for drinks. There are multiple other instances in the beginning of season 9 in which Pete and Erin bond while Andy is on his boat trip. In the episode "[[Customer Loyalty (The Office)|Customer Loyalty]]", Erin seems to miss Pete when they are split up by Nellie. Erin decides to break up with Andy prior to his return, but when he returns she cannot find the confidence to break up, particularly when he refutes her claims of unhappiness. Though intending to remain with Andy, she quickly changes her mind after Pete tells her he only wants “whatever makes her happy”. She kisses him, and runs back to Andy's office to break up for good. By the time he decides to quit his job and seek fame and fortune, though, Erin feels kinder towards him and gives him some advice before being greatly moved by his farewell rendition of "I Will Remember". In "[[Finale (The Office)|Finale]]", she is reunited with her birth parents, who had seen the documentary and showed up at a Q&A forum with the office members. It is indicated that she is still dating Pete, as they are shown dancing at Dwight and Angela's wedding.
   
==Trivia==
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==Behind the scenes==
*Erin's full name is Kelly Erin Hannon, she goes by Erin to avoid confusion with [[Kelly Kapoor]].
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*Erin's favorite month was April when she was 7 ([[Secretary's Day]]).
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*Erin has had a number of medical issues
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}}Starting in the [[The Office (US TV series) season 5|fifth season]] of [[NBC]]'s ''[[The Office (U.S. TV series)|The Office]]'', Kemper was cast in a supporting role as the [[Dunder Mifflin]] office receptionist Erin Hannon. Kemper described herself as a "huge fan" of the show and was thrilled to be cast.<ref name="Princeton">{{Cite news |last=Tomlinson |first=Brett |title=Office Addition |work=[[Princeton Alumni Weekly]] |url=http://blogs.princeton.edu/paw/2009/04/office_addition.html |date=2009-04-15 |accessdate=2009-05-23 |url-status=dead |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090429033423/http://blogs.princeton.edu/paw/2009/04/office_addition.html |archive-date=2009-04-29 |df= }}</ref>
**Erin has epilepsy ([[Mafia]]).
 
**Erin has scoliosis and had to wear a back brace for three years ([https://theoffice.fandom.com/wiki/Christmas_Wishes Christmas Wishes] ).
 
**Erin was born four months premature and as a result, could not eat hard foods until she was six ([[Niagara]]).
 
**She once spent three years in the hospital (age three to six) for unspecified reasons {possible Scarlett Fever} ([[St. Patrick's Day]]).
 
*Erin weighs 115 pounds according to Andy ([[Secretary's Day]]).
 
*Shown in [[Company Picnic]], Erin is shown to be poor at athletics.
 
*Erin has extensive knowledge of Horse Racing ([[The Delivery]]).
 
*Erin is an orphan and as a result, spent her childhood in and out of foster homes. She has stated that in the foster home her hair was her room. ([[Secretary's Day]])
 
*She once worked at a Taco Bell Express but quit after it became a regular Taco Bell, stating it was too much to work with. ([[Secretary's Day]])
 
*In [[Counseling]], Erin shows a misunderstanding of how disposable cameras work, thinking they are meant to be disposed of (thrown in the trash) after the pictures are taken. She recommends using a "real" camera for important photos.
 
*In [[Angry Andy]], it is revealed Erin has had sex with Andy when she asks Dwight if losing the manager position made him become impotent.
 
*Erin is really competitive. She discusses how competitive she had to be in the orphanage. She gets angry when she loses. ([[Paper Airplane]])
 
*Erin is very bad at breaking up with people. She is still technically dating her first boyfriend and had her twentieth anniversary recently. ([[Couples Discount]])
 
*Her possible dad, Robert Campbell was the star QB for The University of Tulsa for 1970-1974 and Backup QB for the Washington Redskins for 1974-1992
 
   
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In May 2009, ''The Office'' screenwriter [[Jennifer Celotta]] described Kemper as a "fun addition" to the show.<ref>{{Cite news |title="Company Picnic" Q&A with Jen Celotta |work=OfficeTally |url=http://www.officetally.com/company-picnic-qa-with-jen-celotta |date=2009-05-22 |accessdate=2009-05-23}}</ref>
*(whispering) "Dunder Mifflin, this is Erin... He's not available right now... Uh huh... Yes... Sure, I'll give him the message when he gets up-- gets back." ''("[[Company Picnic]]" Season 5 Episode 28)''
 
*"Butts, are for poopin," (''"[[Here Comes Treble]]" Season 9 Episode 5)''
 
*"I guess Andy isn't totally over his current girlfriend, but if he was jealous once before maybe I can make him jealous again. Just not with Robert. He told me he was a ride I'd never survive and I believe him," ''("[[Pool Party]]" Season 8 Episode 12)''
 
   
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Starting with the episode, ''[[Michael Scott Paper Company]],'' Erin appears and has lines in every episode, with the following exceptions:
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Critics and fans have commented on Kemper's addition to the show, mostly positive. Joshua Ostroff of ''[[Eye Weekly]]'' described Erin as one of the best new television characters of the 2008–2009 season and said, "Erin’s high-grade adorability, up-for-anything attitude and sheer niceness is unlike anyone else in the office, adding a welcome new wrinkle for next season."<ref>{{Cite news|last=Ostroff |first=Joshua |title=Leaders of the New School: Great performances in the margins brought a so-so season to life |date=2009-05-20 |work=[[Eye Weekly]] |url=http://www.eyeweekly.com/film/tv/article/60934--leaders-of-the-new-school |accessdate=2009-05-23 }}{{dead link|date=December 2016 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}</ref> Andy Shaw of ''TV Fodder'' said she "adds some freshness to the cast"<ref>{{Cite news |last=Shaw |first=Andy |title=The Office: "Cafe Disco" |work=TV Fodder |date=2009-05-07 |url=http://www.tvfodder.com/office/archives/2009/05/cafe_disco.shtml |accessdate=2009-05-08}}</ref> and Josh McAuliffe of ''[[The Times-Tribune (Scranton)|The Times-Tribune]]'' in [[Scranton, Pennsylvania|Scranton]], [[Pennsylvania]], said he liked Erin's "cheerful, appealingly goofy personality".<ref>{{Cite news |last=McAuliffe |first=Josh |title="Cafe Disco" Recap |work=[[The Times-Tribune (Scranton)|The Times-Tribune]] |location=[[Scranton, Pennsylvania]] |date=2009-05-08 |url=http://community.thetimes-tribune.com/blogs/theoffice/archive/2009/05/08/quot-cafe-disco-quot-recap.aspx |accessdate=2009-05-08 }}{{dead link|date=September 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes}}</ref>
   
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Her performance was notably praised during the show's [[Season 8|eighth season]], where she was the highlight of the season for many critics. Myles McNutt noted that "regardless of how down I was on this or any other episode, Ellie Kemper really has been tremendous all season."<ref name=avclub>{{cite web|last=Myles|first=McNutt|title=Tallahassee|url=http://www.avclub.com/articles/tallahassee,69358/|work=The A.V. Club|date=February 16, 2012|accessdate=February 17, 2012}}</ref> In addition, Kemper's performance in the episodes "[[Spooked (The Office)|Spooked]],"<ref name="nationalpost">{{cite web |last=Hertz |first=Barry |url=http://arts.nationalpost.com/2011/10/28/recap-the-office-season-8-episode-5/ |title=The Office, Season 8, Episode 5: Recap |work=[[National Post]] |date=October 28, 2011 |accessdate=October 29, 2011 |archive-url=https://archive.is/20130104055904/http://arts.nationalpost.com/2011/10/28/recap-the-office-season-8-episode-5/ |archive-date=January 4, 2013 |url-status=dead |df=mdy-all }}</ref><ref name="avclubspooked">{{cite web|last=McNutt |first=Myles |url=http://www.avclub.com/articles/spooked,63910/ |title=Spooked |work=[[The A.V. Club]] |date=October 27, 2011 |accessdate=October 29, 2011}}</ref> "[[Christmas Wishes (The Office)|Christmas Wishes]],"<ref name="avclubxmas">{{cite web|last=McNutt |first=Myles |url=http://www.avclub.com/articles/christmas-wishes,66272/ |title=Christmas Wishes |work=[[The A.V. Club]] |date=December 8, 2011 |accessdate=December 8, 2011}}</ref> "[[Pool Party (The Office)|Pool Party]],"<ref>{{cite web|last=Mader|first=Jill|title=The OfficeEpisode 8-12 Review – "A Party To Remember"|url=http://insidepulse.com/2012/01/20/the-office-episode-8-12-review-a-party-to-remember/|publisher=InsidePulse<!--|accessdate=January 20, 2012-->|accessdate=February 17, 2012}}</ref> and "[[Special Project]],"<ref name="newyork">{{cite web|last=Tedder |first=Michael |url=http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2012/02/office-recap-season-8-episode-14.html |title=The Office Recap: Florida Facts |work=[[New York (magazine)|New York]] |date=February 10, 2012 |accessdate=February 10, 2012}}</ref> in particular, were praised by critics.
   
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Kelly Erin Hannon (born May 1, 1986)[1] is a fictional character from the U.S. comedy television series The Office. She is the office receptionist for the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, a position previously held by Pam Beesly before she quit to go work for the Michael Scott Paper Company.

Erin is portrayed by Ellie Kemper. She is an original character, although her closest equivalent in the British version of the series would be Mel the receptionist, who appears briefly in The Office Christmas specials, as Dawn Tinsley's replacement.

BiographyEdit

Kelly Hannon is the receptionist hired to replace Pam Beesly (after Kevin's brief stint in the job) in "Dream Team". She first appears in "Michael Scott Paper Company", and is referred to by her middle name, Erin, to distinguish her from Kelly Kapoor. Although at times rather intellectually challenged, with her cheerful, silly demeanor, and childlike naïveté, Erin is usually the most consistently nice, optimistic Dunder-Mifflin employee. Contrasting with her predecessor, Pam, she not only loves being a receptionist but admires her coworkers including Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute.

In a deleted scene from "Niagara", she admits she was born four months prematurely and could not eat hard foods until she turned 6. "St. Patrick's Day" reveals further that she was sick and in the hospital between the ages of 3 and 6. She grew up in foster families and has said that when she was younger "my hair was my room", i.e., the place she hid from stress and trauma. In "WUPHF.com", she said all of her peers were getting their drivers licenses eight years ago which would give her a birth year of approximately 1986. It is hinted that Erin was brought up in a very religious Christian household, as seen in "Nepotism", when Michael argues with the staff about nepotism and defends it by saying the person that God sent to help Earth was His Son, Jesus Christ, which Erin claims is a "really tight argument", and another example is in "Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager", when she is shocked to learn Gabe is an atheist, and is even more shocked when he states there might be a God, but he does not believe it is just some "guy with a long white beard."

She is seen repeatedly following Dwight's insane directions. Dwight and Andy both admit to being attracted to Erin, as does Ryan Howard. Erin seems to have a fun-loving and bubbly personality similar to Kelly Kapoor, although Erin is much more naïve. She admires Kelly's casual Friday outfit, commenting that she looks like J. Lo, and the two restart Michael's Cafe Disco after he shuts it down. The two also ride to Pam and Jim's wedding together with Andy, both listening to their iPods in the backseat.[2] In "Counseling", she took the term "disposable camera" literally as she throws a disposable camera away after taking the last picture, commenting that she thinks disposable cameras are wasteful and you never get to see the pictures.

Erin also tells Michael she used to work at a Taco Bell Express but could not keep up when they turned it into a regular Taco Bell. In a deleted scene from "Mafia", Meredith tells Erin that the office will always like Pam better than her, saddening Erin as she does not like conflicts. She also accidentally ruins Pam's painting of the office building while trying to clean it. Later when asking Kelly to help her fix the painting, we find out Erin has a seizure condition—because Kelly demands her medical alert bracelet as payment for her services.[3]

Erin may have attended Keystone College, as a pennant for the school can be seen at her desk in "The Boat" and in "Pool Party".

Season 5Edit

After Kevin fails miserably as Pam's replacement, Charles Miner hires Erin as the new receptionist, whose first name is Kelly but the office decided to call her by her middle name, Erin, to avoid confusion with Kelly Kapoor. She becomes good friends with Kelly and in "Cafe Disco", they help to generate interest in Michael's "Cafe Disco." Erin greatly admires her predecessor, calling her "a living legend" to DeAngelo Vickers, and often asks her advice on various aspects of the job. However, Pam is at first somewhat impatient with Erin's enthusiasm for a job she never took seriously and often dismisses her requests for approval by saying "it looks great."

Initially, Dwight and Andy compete for her attention, but Dwight withdraws in acknowledgment of his new friendship with Andy. For the remainder of the season, Andy awkwardly flirts with Erin.

Season 6Edit

In "Koi Pond", Erin is shown to be self-conscious about being an orphan, and is attracted to Andy, whom she calls "the coolest guy I've ever met." She also does not know who Marlon Brando is, mistaking a reference to him for Marlon Wayans.[4] In "Murder", Andy asks her out on a real date while they are playing characters as a part of the Belles, Bourbon, and Bullets. Erin accepts, but then is disappointed when Andy tells her later there was no real date. It was "just a part of the game", though both wanted to go out. Andy later begs to get Erin as his Secret Santa. He gives her gifts based on "The 12 Days of Christmas". Unfortunately the first four gifts are all birds resulting in harm to herself, geese swarming her car and an incident where her cat ate one of the turtle doves. She asks her secret Santa to please stop. When asked if it is him Andy brushes it off, but later Michael reveals him and he is somewhat surprised to see her legitimately angry at him. At the end of the day, Andy has twelve drummers appear at the last part of the song. Despite the fiasco of the earlier gifts, Erin easily forgives him and is seen enjoying the drummers and smiling warmly.

Erin finally earns Michael's respect in "Scott's Tots" when she points out the benefit of the promise Michael could not fulfill to a group of underprivileged high school students. She eventually figures out Michael's idiosyncratic habits (such as having ants on a log served every day at 2:30 and being spun around in his desk chair until he is dizzy) and, unlike Pam, gladly accommodates them, she seems disappointed when Jim Halpert declines to continue them during his brief tenure as branch manager. She also tells Michael that she would like to be an accountant someday, even though she is bad at math.

After Andy's massive effort for Erin's Secret Santa gift, Andy thinks that the "ball is in Erin's court", while Erin assumes that after Andy's last spectacular display involving a band drumline that he will surely be the one to ask. Andy, in "Sabre", then awkwardly confronts Erin about her weekend plans, revealing that she has none. Andy exits with exasperation, hoping that his "hint" would be sufficient for her to ask. Later, in "Manager and Salesman", Andy gives everyone in the office a card for Valentine's Day to mask his affection for Erin. Kelly takes this card to heart and believes Andy is in love with her. Andy makes it clear that he does not love Kelly, and Erin begins to realize Andy really does have feelings for her.

In "The Delivery", Erin shows a knowledge of horse racing history as she names the Triple Crown winners to distract Pam before she goes to the hospital. Erin later has lunch with Kevin after Michael lied and told Kevin that Erin liked him. Erin feels sorry for Kevin because Michael told her Kevin had the heart of an actual elephant. Erin later confronts Michael and tells him that she likes Andy. Andy's response is to snoop behind plants and spy on Kevin and Erin. Later in the same episode, Andy gives Erin a fax which asks her on a date. After getting confrontational about it, Andy admits that he wanted to take Erin on a date, which she happily accepts.

In "St. Patrick's Day", Erin and Andy are set to go on their first date, but Erin gets very sick, prompting Jo Bennett to tell her to go home. Andy decides to see Erin anyway by showing up at her house. The two enjoy watching TV together until Erin's foster brother Reed comes into the room and steals Andy's spot on the couch next to Erin. Reed behaves with Erin in a way that makes Andy uncomfortable, but when Andy gets ready to leave, Erin kisses him on the cheek.

In "New Leads", after Michael distributes the sales leads to rest of the staff, Erin hides Andy's leads. The Hot & Cold game she plays with him in the reception area turns into an uncomfortable situation where Andy almost fondles Erin's chest. At the end of episode, Erin offers a cold Andy her jacket in a landfill where they share their first kiss.

In "Happy Hour", Erin and Andy tell the crew that they are trying to keep their relationship a secret because of Andy's aversion to drama. This continues as they go to the Happy Hour with the other members of the Office. After several uncomfortable situations in which they continue to try to keep the secret and a rather animated argument in a photobooth, Andy declares to the entire building that he has been on "two dates with Erin Hannon and they went well and there will probably be more." They tell the crew that they found more drama trying to keep it a secret.

In "Secretary's Day", Andy plans the perfect Secretary's Day for Erin, including a lunch with Michael. During the lunch, Michael reveals Andy's prior year-long engagement with Angela, a fact which was previously concealed from Erin. When Erin speaks with Pam at her desk, a Keystone College pennant is visible. At the end of the episode, Erin informs Andy that she needs some time alone from him. Feeling bad over the whole affair, Michael smooths things over a bit with Erin and has a talk with her.

And in "Whistleblower", while the characters have not resumed dating yet, Erin does express concern when Andy tells her he is afraid for his safety (because of the fire-catching printers, though he does not directly tell her about them) and she agrees to distribute the "demonstration video" he made with Darryl if anything happens to him. Erin warmly pats Andy on the leg and tells him she thinks he did the right thing, after he is outed for leaking the printer story to a local paper and everyone else in the office shuns him.

Season 7Edit

In "Nepotism", Erin reveals that Gabe asked her out over the summer. She only accepted because Gabe was her boss but eventually the two began seriously dating, much to Andy's chagrin. Her relationship with Gabe has been presented as boring and lame, as highlighted by her unsuccessful efforts to defeat him at online Scrabble and avoid watching his favored horror films in "The Seminar", his long-winded Valentine's Day surprise for her that consists mostly of her bonding with Andy and getting a hand-kiss gesture in "PDA", and letting the staff know she and Gabe were late to work because he fell in the shower and had to be rescued by the fire department in "Todd Packer".

In "Andy's Play", Andy is performing in a local production of Sweeney Todd. He pressures the entire office to go, but really just wants to get Erin to attend, in order to spend time with her and win her back from Gabe. Andy is delighted that Erin is coming without Gabe, however ultimately his plan backfires when she agrees to babysit Cecilia so Jim and Pam can attend. Ultimately Erin shows up to the play and the two spend time together, however Erin leaves to spend time with Gabe leaving Andy despondent.

In "Sex Ed", the Office believes Michael has herpes, and Andy uses the situation to host a Sex Ed class in the office. The class is in actuality an attempt by Andy to figure out if Gabe and Erin are having sex. Upset after realizing the two are possibly having sex, Andy throws a tantrum and storms off. Gabe admonishes Andy later, explaining he only asked Erin out after Andy gave him his blessing.

In "Christening", Erin expresses admiration over Michael's spontaneous decision to go down to Mexico to help build a school for local children. In an effort to impress Erin, Andy goes along with Michael. After Michael and Andy start having cold feet and get off the bus, Erin picks them up and laughs with them about it.

In "Viewing Party", Erin and Gabe are hosting a Glee viewing party at Gabe's apartment. Andy desperately attempts to get Erin's attention during the party, however ultimately ends up getting sick and is comforted by Gabe. Meanwhile, Erin attempts to get Michael to bond with Gabe, however Michael's insecurities over Gabe's position cause him to sabotage the party. After Erin confronts Michael over his hostile feelings for Gabe, Michael angrily questions why she needs his approval as he is not her father. Erin is silent and Michael has an insightful moment, realizing Erin admires him and views him as a father figure. The two share a joke as they pointedly make fun of their developing father-daughter relationship. As he leaves the party, Michael warns Gabe that he will, both figuratively and literally, kill Gabe if he breaks Erin's heart.

In "WUPHF.com", Erin is annoyed with Ryan's abuse of company property to fuel his own social networking company, WUPHF.com.

In "Classy Christmas", Erin assists Michael in preparing for when Holly returns to Scranton. However, when she meets Holly for the first time, she is disappointed with her appearance after Michael spoke so highly of her. She admits in a talking head that she does not see why Michael is attracted to Holly, and when Holly tries to reason with Michael after he admits being upset with her, Erin shoos her away in defending Michael. She then tries to shoo Holly's boyfriend A.J. away when he arrives to surprise Holly. Erin remains unkind to Holly in "Ultimatum" but finally warms to her when she sees the passionate kiss between Michael and Holly that came at the end of "The Search".

In "Michael's Last Dundies", Erin starts avoiding Gabe at work because she does not feel attracted to him anymore. Erin reveals how she feels to Pam and Jim, with Pam encouraging her to tell Gabe to avoid leading him on. She then breaks up with Gabe while accepting her Dundie in front of everyone at a packed restaurant. Gabe tells everyone he is upset with Erin but tries to joke it off, only to reveal he is genuinely upset and leaves the award show. Later she joins the rest of the office in serenading a teary-eyed Michael with a song.

During "Goodbye, Michael", a distraught Gabe is tenacious in trying to win Erin back, even following her into the women's bathroom. Erin later has a heart-to-heart conversation with Michael about her love life, and admits that she might be in love with Andy. Michael dismisses both Gabe and Andy and advises Erin that the right guy will come along and she will know it. Michael then tells her that he is just a phone call away in Colorado if she needs advice, and kisses her on the head before walking away.

At the end of "The Inner Circle", when Deangelo escapes the hospital and returns to the office, Jim asks Erin to call 911. She asks who should she say is calling, causing Jim to give her a deadpan look while flatly saying her name.

In "Dwight K. Schrute, (Acting) Manager", Erin and Andy are shown hanging out together again. However, after Gabe invites Andy to go to the conference room to speak in private, Gabe breaks down, and Andy promises he will not date Erin again. Later, at reception, Gabe confesses his love to Erin again, but it does not win her back. In a talking-head interview, Erin says she is taking a break from dating, and she admits that while Gabe was a great guy with many wonderful qualities, "it was a challenge being touched by him". When Dwight accidentally fires the gun right by Andy, causing him temporary hearing loss, Erin is the most worried about him, and tries to accompany him to the hospital, but is stopped by Gabe, who, as an excuse, says that she needs to stay for her receptionist duties. When Andy comes back from the hospital, he and Erin hang out in the kitchen, only for Gabe to confront Andy with the promise, but Andy stands up for himself and embarrasses Gabe by describing Gabe's crying fit to Erin. When asked whether or not he wants to date Erin, he does not give a straight answer, and eventually claims that it is between him and his diary.

In "Search Committee", Erin and Phyllis await the results of a DNA test to see if Erin is the daughter previously given up by Phyllis in high school. After some advice from Phyllis, Erin tells Andy in front of the entire Office that she still has feelings for him. Andy denies her, later stating to the camera that he is still hurt from being dumped in favor of Gabe. Phyllis finds out the results are negative, but holds off telling Erin and continues to show maternal affection toward her.

Season 8Edit

In Season 8, Erin is on Robert's loser side of the list. She helps Andy out with his challenges of being manager and is the only one to congratulate him on his new job.

In "Lotto", she helps out in the warehouse and suggests easier ways to move the boxes. In "Spooked", Erin is in charge of the Halloween party, but is forced to make it more adult when co-workers think the decorations are childish. During "Christmas Wishes", Erin finally meets Jessica, Andy's girlfriend. Erin tells her that she is welcome to the office and the party, but later on Robert California talks Erin into being an "adult woman and a free spirit" and having a drink. But this does not just stop at one, Erin tells Andy that she has had "a thousand". Later that night, she tells Andy that she wants Jessica dead and that was her Christmas wish, which shows she still has feelings for Andy. She later gets a ride home from Robert, who tells her to take some aspirin and get some rest. Later on, Erin remains hopeful that Andy will end things with Jessica and reunite with her (and it becomes clear Andy still has feelings for her) but she later decides that this is not going to happen. As a result, when she ends up assigned to the team joining Dwight on the Sabre Store project in Tallahassee, she tells the camera that she is never returning to Scranton. In "Test the Store" Erin meets an elderly woman, Irene (Georgia Engel), and she becomes her live in maid. In "Get the Girl", Andy goes to Florida, to try to win her back. Erin initially wants to stay, but the two get back together and travel back to Scranton to find Nellie Bertram in Andy's office. Andy then gets fired and Erin supports him

For the rest of the season, Erin is seen supporting Andy in his attempts to move on, and eventually reclaim, his job at Dunder Mifflin.

Season 9Edit

Template:Expand section Erin is excited to have Andy back from his Outward Bound program, but is surprised to see a more confident and cocky Andy. A new love interest for her is introduced in the new guy Pete. In the episode "The Boat", Erin and Pete go out for drinks. There are multiple other instances in the beginning of season 9 in which Pete and Erin bond while Andy is on his boat trip. In the episode "Customer Loyalty", Erin seems to miss Pete when they are split up by Nellie. Erin decides to break up with Andy prior to his return, but when he returns she cannot find the confidence to break up, particularly when he refutes her claims of unhappiness. Though intending to remain with Andy, she quickly changes her mind after Pete tells her he only wants “whatever makes her happy”. She kisses him, and runs back to Andy's office to break up for good. By the time he decides to quit his job and seek fame and fortune, though, Erin feels kinder towards him and gives him some advice before being greatly moved by his farewell rendition of "I Will Remember". In "Finale", she is reunited with her birth parents, who had seen the documentary and showed up at a Q&A forum with the office members. It is indicated that she is still dating Pete, as they are shown dancing at Dwight and Angela's wedding.

Behind the scenesEdit

"Being on set with them is like being in a dream, except the dream is real and I can reach out and touch them. Except I am trying not to touch them too much, because I was raised right."

—Ellie Kemper, on The Office[5]

Starting in the fifth season of NBC's The Office, Kemper was cast in a supporting role as the Dunder Mifflin office receptionist Erin Hannon. Kemper described herself as a "huge fan" of the show and was thrilled to be cast.[5]

In May 2009, The Office screenwriter Jennifer Celotta described Kemper as a "fun addition" to the show.[6]

ReceptionEdit

Critics and fans have commented on Kemper's addition to the show, mostly positive. Joshua Ostroff of Eye Weekly described Erin as one of the best new television characters of the 2008–2009 season and said, "Erin’s high-grade adorability, up-for-anything attitude and sheer niceness is unlike anyone else in the office, adding a welcome new wrinkle for next season."[7] Andy Shaw of TV Fodder said she "adds some freshness to the cast"[8] and Josh McAuliffe of The Times-Tribune in Scranton, Pennsylvania, said he liked Erin's "cheerful, appealingly goofy personality".[9]

Her performance was notably praised during the show's eighth season, where she was the highlight of the season for many critics. Myles McNutt noted that "regardless of how down I was on this or any other episode, Ellie Kemper really has been tremendous all season."[10] In addition, Kemper's performance in the episodes "Spooked,"[11][12] "Christmas Wishes,"[13] "Pool Party,"[14] and "Special Project,"[15] in particular, were praised by critics.

Footnotes

  1. In "Search Committee", Phyllis indicates Erin was born the year the film Porky's came out. But Phyllis may be thinking of Porky's Revenge. In "Couple's Discount" Erin said she technically didn't break up with her boyfriend when she was in first grade & it's now their 20th anniversary. That would make her age around 26, which indicates approximately 1986. Episode "WUPHF.com" also indicates her birthday to be approximately 1986.
  2. Mafia
  3. NBC.com – "Mafia" deleted scene
  4. Like The Office. "The Office - All Videos : Newest - Videos". NBC.com. http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/video/clips/koi-pond/1170740/. Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Tomlinson, Brett. "Office Addition", Princeton Alumni Weekly, 2009-04-15. Retrieved on 2009-05-23. 
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