|First appearance||"Jack Bares All"|
|Last appearance||"Friends and Lovers"|
|Portrayed by||Priscilla Barnes|
|Family||Mr. Alden (father)
Mrs. Alden (mother)
Samantha Alden (sister)
Terri Alden is a major fictional character during the final three seasons of the sitcom Three's Company, born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She is played by Priscilla Barnes and is the third "token blonde" on the show (Suzanne Somers and Jenilee Harrison having preceded her); however, she works as a registered nurse and is portrayed as far less "ditzy" than her predecessors. She is written into the story as being Janet and Jack's new roommate.
Although Jack originally disliked Terri, owing to a disastrous first meeting at the hospital when she administered a Tetanus injection for a stubbed finger into his behind, he forgave her and warmed up to her eventually, only after a housewarming party, which Larry, Jack's best friend, convinces Jack, who initially was not enamored with Terri because of their first meeting at the hospital where she works, to spoil with a bad practical joke in which her dress is ruined by a gag camera which sprays ink. It was Terri, in fact, who convinced Jack to move in with Victoria Bradford, thus paving the way for the successor series Three's a Crowd.
In response to complaints about the characterization of blondes on the show, the writers portrayed Terri as a "smart blonde", and a "woman with brains", electing to steer away from the ditziness of Chrissy Snow and the clumsiness of Cindy Snow, Terri's blonde roommate predecessors. A dedicated professional at work, Terri is more relaxed when out of uniform.
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