As a teenager, Catherine had an infatuation with Chip Crosswire, and the pair had a controversial on-and-off relationship characterized by drama and passion. Although they eventually both married other people, the romantic tension and speculation between them continued until Chip's death in 2023.
Catherine Moses Frensky was born in 1998 or 1999 to Oliver and Laverne Frensky. In 2006, her younger sister, Francine, was born. The family had meager earnings, as Oliver's job as a sanitation engineer was the only household income. They lived in Westboro Apartments.
Family troublesEditIn May 2014, Oliver Frensky lost his job and subsequently committed suicide by jumping out of the apartment window. His death plummeted the family into financial destitution. Eventually, the Frenskys became so poor that they lost their apartment and ate the family cat.
First reunion with ChipEdit
- "Can we... get back together? Like old times?"
- —Chip talking to Catherine over the phone.
In June 2014, Catherine and Chip rekindled their relationship for the first time. Apparently, they had dated in the past but broke up.
Three days later, Catherine and Chip were on a date at Young & Hip Café. After coming back from the restroom, Catherine was shocked to find her sister, Francine, romantically sharing a drink with Chip.
First breakup and second reunion with ChipEdit
Soon after Francine and Chip began dating, Catherine became furious and desperate. After hearing her pleas, Chip seemed to be sympathetic. He suggested that the two sisters duel each other, with the victor winning Chip. In the fight, Francine defeated Catherine with just one sucker punch.
Second breakup with ChipEdit
During August, Catherine and Chip seemed to have a stable romantic life. But, meanwhile, the relationship was causing controversy among their younger sisters and parents. Laverne, Catherine's mother, didn't want her daughter dating a non-Jew, while Chip's father didn't want him dating someone as "poor as dirt."
On August 30, 2014, Catherine and Chip were forcefully separated by their parents. A week later, while Catherine was mournfully looking out her apartment window, she received a letter from Chip saying that he was "back at Tallahassee Tech" (the college he attended). Catherine ran away from home in hopes of reuniting with Chip.
Chip's first engagementEditOn September 30, Catherine finally arrived at Tallahassee Tech after traveling across the county on foot. Almost immediately after seeing Chip, she realizing that he was wearing a large engagement ring. Later, at a coffee shop, Chip told her that he had thought Catherine had "given up" on him. Catherine said he could "like whoever" he wanted, but broke down crying once Chip had left.
Exhausted and distraught, Catherine called her mother back in Elwood City, saying that she was coming home. But instead of welcoming Catherine back, Laverne essentially disowned her.
- "You're not my daughter. You never were."
- —Laverne's words to Catherine before hanging up the phone.
Murder of Jemima Jewels and prison sentenceEditOn December 18, 2014, Catherine somehow acquire a handgun. She broke into the dorm of Jemima Jewels, Chip's fiancée, and shot her in the leg. While Jemima was in anguish, Catherine accused her of stealing the "love of [her] life." She shot Jemima squarely through the forehead, killing her, just as Chip entered the room. After Jemima had died, Chip informed Catherine that he had recently broken off the engagement, meaning Catherine no longer had a reason to kill her.
By February 5, 2015, Catherine and Chip had seemingly resumed their relationship. Catherine was called into the police station for questioning surrounding Jemima's murder, during which she confessed to the crime. Catherine was officially charged with first-degree murder and sent to Tallahassee Prison. Her sentencing began on April 18, 2015.[note 1]
Chip's second engagementEditWhile Chip was visiting Catherine in prison on June 10, 2015, Catherine was under the impression that he was coming to "save" her. However, instead Chip revealed that he was engaged to marry Laverne, Catherine's mother. Chip gave her a cake with the words "It's over. We're done." and left.
Catherine had somehow dug a large hole in the wall of her prison cell, probably a way of escape, but it is unknown if she ever used it.
Release from prison and marriage to AdolfEdit
Chip's return and suicideEditAround September 2023, Chip showed up at Catherine's trailer park home in Tallahassee. Catherine greeted him warmly, and called him an "old friend" when Adolf started getting suspicious. Once the pair was alone, Chip told Catherine that he "made a mistake" and wanted to "start a new life" with her. However, Catherine could not forgive him for abandoning her in prison and marrying her mother.
Catherine's answer devastated Chip. After leaving the trailer park, Chip found a steep cliff overlooking the ocean and flung himself off it. His body was found several days later, and Catherine was informed due to her number being the last called on his phone. After struggling to hide her grief from Adolf, she called her mother to tell her about Chip's death. This was the first time Catherine and Laverne had spoke since their last phone call in 2014. She told Laverne that she blamed herself for the suicide.
|Person||Total tenure||Status||Status tenure||Children|
|Before Elwood||Dating (?)||Before Elwood||0|
|Broken up||Before Elwood–Issue 034|
|Issue 034–039||Dating||Issue 034–039|
|Broken up||Issue 039–048|
|Issue 048–061||Dating||Issue 048–061|
|Broken up||Issue 061–Around or soon after Issue 121|
|Around or soon after Issue 121–Issue 154||Dating||Around or soon after Issue 121–Issue 154|
|Broken up||Issue 154–180 (Chip's death)|
|Before Issue 179–Present||Dating|
|Before Issue 179||2 or more|
|Married||Before Issue 179–Present|
|Ed Crosswire||Millicent Crosswire||Moses|
|Muffy Crosswire||Chip Crosswire †||Laverne Crosswire||Oliver Frensky †|
|Oliver Crosswire||Francine Frensky||Catherine Robinson||Adolf Robinson|
|Green||This character made an appearance in this issue. (Type I)|
|Orange||This character was only mentioned in this issue. (Type II)|
|Blue||Alternative appearance: This character's name, likeness, or voice appeared in writing, a picture, or some other alternate form somewhere in this issue. (Type III)|
|1st Woody Awards||Best Female Character||Nominated|
|Favorite Couple (with Chip Crosswire)||Won|
|2nd Woody Awards||Favorite Couple (with Adolf Robinson)||Nominated|
|Least Favorite Couple (with Adolf Robinson)||Nominated|
|Least-Likely-To-Endure Couple (with Adolf Robinson)||Nominated|
- ↑ Last appeared in Issue 188.
- ↑ In the Arthur episode "Surprise!", Catherine turns 16. This takes place during Arthur's third grade year, which takes place from 2014 to 2015.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Issue 154
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Issue 179
- ↑ Catherine's sister, Francine, says she is white in Issue 146.
- ↑ Catherine and her family were "exiled" from their Jewish synagogue in Issue 032.
- ↑ Issue 136, panel 2
- ↑ Issue 179, panel 3
- ↑ Issue 004
- ↑ Issue 032
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Issue 034
- ↑ Issue 039
- ↑ Issue 043
- ↑ Issue 048
- ↑ Issue 054
- ↑ Issue 061
- ↑ Issue 082
- ↑ Issue 085
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Issue 092
- ↑ Issue 120
- ↑ Issue 121
- ↑ Issue 136
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 Issue 180
- ↑ Issue 188
- ↑ In panel 9 of Issue 034, Catherine tells Chip "Yes, I would love to get back together," implying that they had already been together at one time. In the Arthur series, Chip and Catherine never actually dated, but Elwood seems to assume that they did.
- ↑ There is some confusion around the length of Catherine's prison sentence. In Issue 154, Catherine states "only 49 years" until she is released. This would be a strange number for a prison sentence, and 50 years is more likely. But in Issue 179, on the police officer's computer in panel 3, it is shown that Catherine's sentence began on April 18, 2015 and ended in 2065 or 2085 (the actual year is difficult to distinguish). This means her sentence would be either 50 years or 70 years.