On The Office, Erin Hannon and Andy Bernard had chemistry between them from the beginning. The two started out as best friends before finally admitting to having feelings for each other. This led them on a long road of ups and downs, good times and bad.
No matter how good this couple once was, Andy’s selfishness and anger problems got the best of them and they were totally broken up by the final season. And while there are many fans who shipped the couple, Andy did much more than just abandon Erin for a trip at sea for three months. Let’s take a look at 10 times Andy was anything but kind to sweet and lovable Erin.
10 WHAT HE TOLD JESSICA ABOUT HER
In the eighth season, Erin decided that she was going to stay in Florida instead of going back to Scranton. With Andy dating Jessica, there was nothing for Erin in Scranton. The thought of never seeing her again, however, rubbed Andy the wrong way and he drove down to Florida to bring her home. The only problem was that he was still dating Jessica.
On the way back to Scranton, Andy made a pit stop to break it off with Jessica. When she put all the clues together, she realized Andy was leaving her for Erin and said, “You said she wasn’t relationship material and that she wasn’t as good as me but it’s her, isn’t it?” The sad look on Erin’s face proved that Andy wasn’t as nice as he made himself seem.
9 HE LEFT FOR THREE MONTHS…
When he learned his dad was divorcing his mom and took everything they had, Andy was pretty torn up. He always had a dream of sailing the family’s boat but now would never have a chance. Erin took the opportunity to convince Andy to take her on one last cruise before the boat was sold. But after running into his brother, Andy decides to set sail towards the Bahamas without even talking it over with Erin. He was gone for three months and in that time totally abandoned their relationship. He didn’t communicate with Erin and didn’t seem to miss her, leading to her finding comfort in the arms of another man: Pete.
8 HE NEVER TOLD HER ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ANGELA
It was clear that Andy had strong feelings for Erin from the start, so maybe he didn’t want to scare her off by telling her he used to be engaged to another woman in the office, but it was news Erin should have been told. To make matters worse, Andy wasn’t even the one who told Erin about his failed relationship — it was Michael. Erin felt duped and stupid that everyone in the office (but her) knew about Andy’s previous relationship with Angela. It was so hurtful, in fact, that she broke up with him over it.
7 HE STOLE HER PHONE TO SPY ON HER
When Andy finally comes back from the Caribbean, he thinks he and Erin’s relationship will pick back up where it left off. Erin, however, was totally checked out by the time Andy returned, and she broke up with him.
Now that Andy was back in Scranton and single, he assumed there was someone else in Erin’s life. Instead of asking her about it, he stole her phone off her desk and went through her messages. This is when he discovers she’s been talking to a man named Pete. Funny enough, Andy called Pete “Plop” for so long that he didn’t realize they were the same person.
6 HE DISMISSED HER INSECURITIES ABOUT TRYING TO FIT IN WITH HIS FAMILY
When Erin and Andy became more serious, she was feeling less than confident in her new role. Andy came from a wealthy family with advanced educations; she felt like she didn’t belong. To make a better impression, she began learning French but Dwight encouraged her to learn Dothraki from Game of Thrones instead. Erin had a fun time learning — even though she didn’t know it was a made-up language — but when she showed off her new language to Andy he judged her and told her he has too much going on, making her effort seem insignificant.
5 HE DOESN’T THINK ERIN IS GOOD AT HER JOB
The episode “Spooked” was a big one for Erin. It’s Halloween and Andy puts her in charge of the Halloween party. There’s a lot riding on this party because Andy wants to impress Robert California. Erin felt pressured to throw an awesome shindig, and begins to overthink when Andy asks Angela and Phyllis to chip in and help her out.
He also asked Pam to make copies instead of Erin, implying that Erin isn’t good at her job. She felt defeated and confused and when Andy asked to speak with her by the end of the day, she thought he was going to fire her. Although Andy made Erin feel bad at her job all day, he didn’t fire her. He just wanted to tell her that he was in a serious relationship with Jessica.
4 HE EMBARRASSED HER AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
Erin doesn’t drink often but she gave in at the office Christmas party. She ended up having a fantastic time and was the life of the party but after too many drinks, she told Andy her true feelings about his relationship with Jessica. Granted, she told Andy she wished Jessica were dead, but Andy rose his voice loud enough to embarrass Erin in front of the entire party. Just when everyone thought his anger problem was under control, he lashed out at poor heartbroken Erin.
3 ANDY LASHES OUT AT ERIN FOR PROTECTING HIM AGAINST NELLIE
When Nellie took over as manager, Andy felt betrayed and confused. And as his girlfriend, Erin also didn’t like the change. Her anger with Nellie eventually came to an ugly head and she exploded after being told she wrote the dates wrong on paperwork. Andy decided to jump in and fight for his job but when Erin tried to help him, he scolded her and said, “Stop protecting me, I’m a man and can protect myself!”. Erin was taken aback and seemed hurt by his words, but he quickly apologized and said his anger was “misdirected.”
2 ASKING HER OUT (BUT NOT MEANING IT)
Erin and Andy had not-so-secret crushes on each other for a long time before acting on their feelings (similar to Jim and Pam). In the episode “Murder,” the office plays a murder mystery game where everyone portrayed a different character. Both Andy and Erin used accents and had fun pretending to be other people. For whatever reason, Andy thought this was a prime time to ask Erin out (while in character… with an accent). Erin couldn’t tell if he was asking her out in real-life or in the game and while his intentions were real, he said they were fake. Erin became so embarrassed and upset that she left her desk and headed for the bathroom.
1 HE TOOK HIS IMPOTENCE ANGER OUT ON HER
When Erin and Andy finally put all their cards on the table, the two were able to date and be the lovers they always wanted to be. There was only one problem: on the night they tried to sleep together, Andy was unable to perform. The ordeal was obviously embarrassing for Andy and he apologized for it to Erin in the office. However, after Erin kept telling him it “wasn’t a big deal,” Andy became increasingly angry and stormed away in the middle of their conversation. This showed an ugly side to Andy that Erin wasn’t used to seeing.
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