Deirdre Hortense "Dodie" Bishop is an ultimate chatterbox and recycled gossip authority, and has been Ginger's best friend since second grade along with Macie Lightfoot.
Dodie appears in the pilot episode, The Party but makes her official debut in the first episode of series. Dodie always has the latest news on the student body at hand and is possibly the most desperate for popularity (and for that reason the least likely to get it). Still, the knowledge she has about her peers is impressive: Dodie can tell you the exact shade of lipstick each of the "popular girls" wears, why it does or doesn't work for them, and what each of them is best known for. Other than that, Dodie loves sleep over parties and has been known to be somewhat of a drama queen.
PersonalityDodie craves attention and tries to do anything to improve her social status (which often fails). For example; Dodie once took over the school announcements, during a lice epidemic and almost revealed that Courtney had them (Of Lice and Friends). She also faked an injury to make the pep squad (Dodie's Big Break). Of the three girls, Dodie flaunts a more girly and dramatic style, though she gradually becomes more mature as the series progresses. Dodie becomes upset when things don't go her way or her reputation is at stake - she even became mad at her mother because she was hanging out with Miranda and Courtney (and thus was more "popular" than herself).
In a future sneak peak episode, Dodie is shown to have married Chet Zipper, and has a baby girl. She is still good friends with Ginger and Macie.
Dodie has sandy-blond hair down to her neck that is curled in at the bottom. She has long, bigger, purple lips. In seasons 1-2, Dodie wears her hair in pigtails, but starting in season 3, for high school, she wears it down. Dodie dresses in a preppy style and wears some stripes or some plaid and bright clothes. She is always shown to wear earrings that are possibly two studs connected.
Dodie doesn't have a close relationship with her mother, though over time they do develop a bit of a bond. Joann later gets a job at Dodie's school and is well-liked, causing her to become "popular" (About Face). Joann is hurt by the Foutleys, causing her to ban Dodie from ever speaking to the family again (The Easter Ham).
Robert Joseph "Hoodsey" Bishop
Hoodsey is Dodie's younger brother. They share a typical sibling relationship where Dodie considers him to an annoyance, but they still have to love each other. When their grandmother died, Dodie was heartbroken, while Hoodsey didn't seem really disappointed because he didn't know her as well as Dodie, which upset her.
David Charles Bishop
Dodie and her father both love each other and have a good relationship. They are both able to talk to each other about their problems.
Nana Bishop: Dodie and her grandmother were very close while she was growing up. When her Nana died, Dodie was sad and showed she really cared about her Grandmother. Throughout the episode, she grew stronger and tried to not mope about her.
Chet is a mellow boy whom Dodie really likes. He reads the announcements for the school and has a monotone voice. At the school dance, the two were slow dancing uncomfortably with each other, but this was their first time dancing with each other. Later, the two are married and have an infant daughter closely resembling Dodie.
- Dodie is also the name of a minor character mentioned in the Hey Arnold! episode, "The Little Pink Book"
- Dodie can be insensitive and egotistical at times, but at the end of the day, she cares about her friendship with Ginger, Macie and Darren.
- As she makes the transition from middle school to high school, Dodie's quest for popularity begins to diminish in the third season.
- According to Dodie in "Losing Nana Bishop", her grandmother is the one responsible for Dodie's iconic pigtail look.