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Lana Vail is a minor character in the Hey Arnold! TV Series. She lived in the Sunset Arms Boarding House during the first season.

Biography

Based on her accent, Lana appears to be from Southeastern Europe, and would appear to be single, as she lived alone during her stay at Sunset Arms. Her only speaking role is in "Heat", asking Arnold if a little more heat was too much to ask.

In Season 2, she was indicated to have moved out of the boarding house for reasons unknown, but continued to make occasional appearances and cameos, including in the show's theme and opening credits for the rest of it's run. She appeared in flashbacks from presumably during her stay in the episodes "Helga on the Couch" and "The Journal".

Despite leaving the Boarding House, she still made occasional appearances, such as in the episode "Dinner for Four" where she's seen being startled by one of the cockroaches, and "Dino Checks Out" in which she attends a DinoMania concert. She also appears at the Boarding House in a few episodes, such as "Family Man", as if she had never moved out.

Scrapped role

Lana makes almost no appearance in the final series and was subject to speculation. Online fan 'criminy', who knew Craig Bartlett personally, asked him in a (now deleted) video about the character. The initial idea was that she would "have a crush" on Arnold, and "ask him to do favors and would make Arnold feel a little uncomfortable", according to an archived description by the interviewer. Bartlett's exact words are no longer available, and it is unknown if Lana was intended to be outright predatory or uncomfortably friendly.

Nevertheless, this concept did not make it to the final version of the character or the series, and the writers did not feel satisfied by their attempts to rewrite the character, so she was removed entirely.

Appears in

Trivia

  • Along with Mr. Purdy and Mr. Smith, she was removed from the Boarding House between the first and second seasons.
    • Out of these three characters, Lana is the only one whose room is not visited for rent collection in "Gerald Comes Over".

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