Katrina Shanks was born in Chicago, Illinois, attended college in Odyssey, and appeared on a game show, trying to win money to help with the tuition, when she first met Eugene. Her parents are very wealthy, but wanted her to pay her own way through college. She started dating Eugene not long after and their relationship was never simple--something was always going wrong. When Katrina became a Christian, with the help and guidance of Connie and Whit, she decided she should break up with Eugene and move back in with her parents because Eugene was not saved. When she heard that Eugene had become a Christian about a season later, they began dating again, but went through some rocky times due to the long-distance dating. During her stays in Odyssey she worked at both Whit's End and Holstein's Books. Katrina and Eugene became engaged in #374: “For Whom The Wedding Bells Toll, Part 3”, and it was during the Novacom saga when they married under strange conditions--Mr. Shanks, her father, was murdered by Andromeda, and Eugene and Katrina were married by her friend Brandon Teller at her father's bedside in the hospital just minutes before his death. After that she and her husband had to go into hiding for a few years as the tension wore off, and no one was sure if they'd ever return.
In Album 44, titled appropriately, Eugene Returns, Katrina and Eugene come back suddenly. They had a proper wedding celebration when they returned and she helped her husband with his search for his father.
Katrina has two brothers (mentioned in #283: “A Book by Its Cover”) but they have never appeared in any episodes. Katrina's mother, Millie Shanks, resides in Chicago and last visited Odyssey in the episode #571: “For Better or For Worse, Part 2”. Armitage Shanks, her father, was in the hospital due to problems from Andromeda, and Eugene and Katrina were married by a friend at her father's bedside in the hospital just minutes before his death.
Friends and Personal life
Katrina is very close friends with Connie, as well as her former room-mate, Janice Mitchell. An old boyfriend and close family friend of hers is Brandon, who later became a pastor and even conducted Katrina and Eugene's wedding. In the episode #706: “To Mend or Repair” Katrina and her husband, Eugene find out that they can not have children. She is a substitute teacher (#696: “You're Two Kind”, #700: “How to Sink a Sub”) and a tutor (#682: “The Green Ring Conspiracy, Part 4”)
- She is 5 feet 10 inches.
- She has gray eyes.
- She was born in Chicago.
- She once had a boyfriend named Brandon.
- Her favorite dinner is lemon chicken.
- Katrina, Connie and Eugene once entered in Bart Rathbone's game show. (#254: “Truth, Trivia and 'Trina”)
- Eugene once made all of the household appliances talk which drove Katrina out of her mind. (#573: “Back to Abnormal”)
- Katrina and Eugene always go to bed between 10:00 and 10:05. (#731: “More Than a Feeling”)
- She conducted Buck Oliver's Whit's End job interview.
- She became a Christian in #267: “It Ended With a Handshake”.
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