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Portrayed by: Katharine McPhee
First appearance: "Basic Genealogy"
Occupation: Grifter
Reason for visit: Visiting her Ex-Step Father on "Family Day"


I'll take the twenty-five grand; over him, I'd take twenty-five cents.
— Amber, "Basic Genealogy".

When a Family Day event is thrown at Greendale, Pierce invites Amber, his favorite stepchild from all of his previous marriages, to the festivities. At first, Pierce tries to block Jeff from having any contact with Amber. He later ends up asking for Jeff's assistance to try and bond with her as his solo efforts prove ineffective. Her first and only appearance is in the Season One episode "Basic Genealogy." She is portrayed by actress/singer Katharine McPhee.

Character history[]

Season One[]

Amber arrived at Greendale for "Family Day" and was looking for her ex-stepfather Pierce Hawthorne inside the library. She was approached by Jeff Winger who began to flirt with her. Pierce interrupts them and bluntly tells Jeff to stay away from her. Later, Amber accompanies Pierce to his Spanish class where he tries to dote on her. She is uncomfortable with his attention and corrects him whenever he refers to her as his stepdaughter by reminding him that she's his ex-stepdaughter. Afterwards at the Family Day BBQ, her annoyance at Pierce's behavior causes her to try and leave. She made an excuse about having to catch a flight back home only to be stopped by Jeff. He offers to regale her with tall tales about Pierce's exploits at school.

Amber seems impressed with Pierce and kisses him on the cheek before leaving to freshen up in the restroom. Once she finishes powdering her nose, she bumps into Jeff in the library who appears to be leaving. He makes an excuse about needing to go see his girlfriend, but Amber questions his story since Pierce told her earlier that Jeff was gay. Amber kisses him but Jeff puts a stop to it, worried about the inappropriateness of it since he's friends with Pierce. Amber tells Jeff that Pierce divorced her mother for the housekeeper. Pierce shows up to invite her to a Pictionary tournament being held in the student lounge. She makes it clear to him that she won't go unless Jeff does, so Pierce reluctantly allows him to join them.

Over at the student lounge, Amber actually seems to be enjoying herself for the first time that day. She, Pierce, and Jeff are competing against Star-Burns and his son's team. They are doing well until it was Pierce's turn, and he drew what ended up looking like a swastika for his clue. Rabbi Chang and his brother happen to see the drawing and are immediately offended by it. Señor Chang and Pierce get into a fight which causes Officer Cackowski to be called in to deal with it. Amber and Jeff try to leave the scene only to be questioned by Pierce and Cackowski about their intentions. They both deny they are sneaking off to fool around only to do just that in the Spanish classroom. However, they find it occupied by Troy, his Nana, and Britta in the middle of a disciplinary session.

They make out in a storage closet when a check from Pierce to Amber falls out of her shirt pocket. Amber explains she was grifting Pierce and taking advantage of his loneliness and desperation. Jeff is disturbed by the revelation but has sex with Amber anyway. Later that night at the Family Day Dance, Amber arrives to the event looking for Jeff, but he brushes off her advances. Declaring himself Pierce's friend he implores Amber tear up the check and continue the charade she started by being a surrogate daughter to Pierce. Amber at first believes Jeff's request to be him wanting a cut of the money; when she realizes he is sincere, she refuses, still bitter about how callously Pierce treated her mom. She departs the campus with the check, leaving Jeff to deal with a disappointed Pierce ("Basic Genealogy").


There she is. Look at you, all grown up. Jeff, this is my stepdaughter Amber.Pierce
Small world.Jeff
Actually, it's a very big world with five billion other women in it. Good luck.Pierce