|“||My mom doesn't tell me how to live my life, Megan Thee Stallion does.||”|
|— Devi to Ben Gross in ... had an Indian frenemy
Devi Vishwakumar is the main protagonist of Never Have I Ever. She is a fifteen-year-old Indian-American, overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations.
She is portrayed by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.
- 1 Personality
- 2 Physical Appearance
- 3 History
- 4 Throughout the Series
- 4.1 Season 1
- 4.1.1 Prayer to the Deities
- 4.1.2 First Day of Sophomore Year
- 4.1.3 Hook-up with Paxton
- 4.1.4 ... gotten drunk with the popular kids
- 4.1.5 ...felt more Indian
- 4.1.6 Model UN
- 4.1.7 Girls-Only Sleepover and The PTA Bake Sale
- 4.1.8 Ben's Birthday Party
- 4.1.9 ...had to Be on My Best Behavior
- 4.1.10 Endgame
- 4.2 Season 2
- 4.2.1 Aftermath
- 4.2.2 Decision Time
- 4.2.3 Successful or not?
- 4.2.4 Double-Dating
- 4.2.5 The Party
- 4.2.6 Tutoring Paxton
- 4.2.7 New Indian Girl
- 4.2.8 Sleepover
- 4.2.9 Argument with Ben
- 4.2.10 Devi vs Aneesa
- 4.2.11 Spreading a Rumor
- 4.2.12 Exposed and Suspended
- 4.2.13 Redemption
- 4.2.14 Mock Trial
- 4.2.15 Tiff with Eleanor
- 4.2.16 Spying on Nalini's Date
- 4.2.17 Doubts
- 4.2.18 Paxton and the Winter Dance
- 4.2.19 The Winter Dance
- 4.1 Season 1
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
Devi is an outgoing, witty, and studious girl, who frequently achieves academic success. Devi shown to have an innate charisma to attract other people, her witty comebacks, her savage nature, and her unwavering loyalty to whom she cares about, above all of it being her humility.
Devi is shown to be compassionate by she never demeans others despite how others see them, as noted by her interactions with Paxton and Rebecca. However, despite all Devi has a tendency to be quite a competitive person as shown by how she threw a fit just because she scored one mark less than Ben. This is because regardless of intelligence and extroverted nature, Devi is still a flawed teenager. Consequently, she is prone to making actions that she comes to regret as her character develops throughout the series, which she often makes due to being conflicted with emotions.
Devi has an impeccable tendency to escape from her problems, by suppressing her emotions all of the time, which never works in her favor. This becomes more prevalent when she tries to suppress her emotions towards her dad's death towards her therapist.
Devi is known to have a bit of a temper, which tends to backfire on her, as noted by her friends and Paxton. It is highly suggested that Devi struggles with anger-management issues due to her unhealthy ways to handle shock or traumatic events. Devi's unhealthy ways to handle emotions are more than often the main reason of the issues in her life. This was projected most effectively when she entered an obsession about Paxton, to escape from the fact that she still missed her dad, which led her to making some questionable decisions.
However, despite all her flaws such as being way too irrational, making some bad choices, being quite selfish at rimes. Devi almost never means to hurt anybody, however she accidentally does it due to her inability to cope with emotions. However, she does care about everyone she loves, such as her family and friends.
Devi has been diagnosed with psychosomatic weakness by her therapist Dr. Ryan, due to experiencing extremely traumatic events in her life such as her father's sudden death, which led to her temporary paralysis. This would make her feel a more emotional than others, making her vulnerable. However, as noted by her therapist her ability to feel more emotions, if used correctly would enable her to lead an incredibly rich and colorful life.
This is seen through how Devi is always more than willing to learn from her mistakes, making sure she never hurts anybody in the same way again. This is shown through how Devi has grown to be a more supportive friend who is more than willing to do anything to protect her friends, from being a selfish friend who only cared about "popularity and Paxton," as noted by Fabiola. Further, over time Devi realizes suppressing her emotions is never going to help her, and hence finally starts listening to her emotions and learning to deal with them in a healthy manner.
Devi Vishwakumar is an Indian-American teenage girl with an average build, her average height standing around 5' 6", with brown eyes, and long black hair. She normally keeps her hair straightened or slicks her hair to the back at times. She often wears minimal makeup, not bothering with looking too dressed-up unless and until she is going on a special occasion. In Season 2, she gets her nose pierced.
She typically is seen in sweatshirts, t-shirts, jeans, shorts, skirts, and sneakers. On special occasions and traditional events such as Pooja she wears traditional saris and jewelry.
Devi Vishwakumar is the daughter of Nalini and Mohan. Devi idolized and loved her father, and the two were very close. He had a heart attack during one of her orchestra concerts and passed away when she was fifteen years old. She became paralyzed for three months due to the impact of the psychological trauma that she endured from her father's sudden cardiac arrest. She was best friends with Eleanor and Fabiola from a very young age, who she maintained her friendship with through high school.
Throughout the Series
Prayer to the Deities
On the first day of Devi's sophomore year, she asks the gods three things to make it up to her after what happened the previous year: first, she asks that she'd like to be invited to a party with alcohol and hard drugs. Secondly, she would love for her arm hair to thin out, and lastly, she would really like a boyfriend.
First Day of Sophomore Year
As she walks into school for the first time, everybody stares at her. She tells Fabiola and Eleanor that they are not cool. Her plan is that they need to change their personalities in order to get boyfriends, which Fabiola and Eleanor don’t agree with. She chose attainably, yet status-enhancing people for her and her friends to date. For Fabiola, she chose Alex Gomez, for Eleanor she chose Boris Kozlov (A Russian exchange student) and for herself Jonah Sharpe.
The next day she dresses up for the next step of her plan to be cool, which is to make conversation with their target. In class she gets in a discussion with Ben, arguing about the blood on her knee. Mr. Shapiro sends them to the principal’s office. Principal Grubbs has them do some unpaid labor as punishment. They go to the IT classroom and see Oliver and Eleanor, who didn't tell Devi that he was her boyfriend. She tells them that she was cool with not knowing and starts screaming hysterically outside the classroom.
After school, she angrily threw her textbook out of the window. She storms out of the house and runs to her therapist Dr. Jamie Ryan, to talk about her friends. Dr. Ryan asks her what she can do this year to succeed at something, which leads her to wait for Paxton in front of the school. After he walks outside she calls him and introduces herself and asks him if he would ever consider having sex with her and he accepts her offer to have sex with him. The next day she tells her friends that she is dating Paxton.
Hook-up with Paxton
In her first Orchestra class she couldn't play the harp, because it reminded her of the orchestra and her father's death, and she storms out of the classroom. Seeing Paxton leave she tells him that she can go with him to hookup. In the garage he pulls his T-shirt and let her touch his chest, suddenly she gets nervous and and finds an excuse to get out of there. She, Fabiola and Eleanor googled Kegel exercises and learned many sex positions.
The second time before hooking up she asks Paxton to freshen up and meet his sister, Rebecca, who hears Devi screaming from the perfume she sprays into her pants. Paxton walks in on them, gets mad, and asks Devi to leave. The next day, she approaches Paxton at the Hot Pocket to talk to him but is ignored. Her friends assume she isn't a virgin anymore and she doesn't deny it.
Paxton, goes to her home and apologizes to Devi for the way he treated her, and says that he doesn’t think having sex is a good idea.
For a History project, she joins Paxton and Trent's group. Working together on the project Trent said he will have a party and thinks to herself that working with him on the project he technically knows her, she is invited to the party. To get out of the house she tells her mother that they aren't done with the project. Seeing Ben arriving at the party, she jokes at him and told him that she is with Paxton at the party and he points her to Paxton asking "that Paxton" flirting with Zoe Maytag.
Seeing Paxton flirting with another girl she drinks a lot of beer. She goes outside and sees a coyote on the lawn and thinks it was the coyote she saw the night before in her dad's garden and thought it was her dad. While she was talking to the coyote, it attacks her and bit her on the right shoulder. Paxton runs outside, pick her up from the lawn, and brings her to the hospital. Because of her misbehavior: lying and drinking, her mother grounded her. The next day at school during her presentation she is called Coyote Girl by the whole class.
On the day of Ganesh Puja, Devi tries to win over college counselor Ron Hansen-Bhattacharyya to get into Princeton. She meets an old friend of her, Parvesh, and talks about how Ganesh Puja is lame. They converse about their Indian identity which Devi hates. Wandering in the halls in search of the college counselor, she finds him in a classroom. She tells him her achievements, but he isn't interested in her achievements and calls her a try-hard who’s president of the padded-resume club. He’s intrigued by the unusual story of her father dying in front of her at an orchestra concert and Devi becoming paralyzed.
However, Devi doesn't want to use the story of her father's death as a way to make herself more interesting to an admission committee, and tells Ron that she didn't need him to tell her what makes her special. In the cafeteria, her mother says to her that she was disappointed in her for yelling at Ron. Paxton walks out from swim practice and sees Devi in the halls kicking the lockers in anger. He says that she should do her and not care what other people think and that she looks cool in her outfit.
Devi overheard Mr. Shapiro and Ben talking about Model UN and texts her mother to get her one-way ticket to leave the house and not be house servant anymore, after what happened at the party. Ben was mad that Devi was at the UN because he wants to win the Best Delegate gavel and they made a contract when they were little for who joined what clubs. During the assembly, she represents Equatorial Guinea and contradicts Ben, who represents the United States, proposal to build seawalls to protect coastal areas from rising sea levels. Russia wants to hear more of Equatorial Guinea's plan and wants to make her his ally when he was speaking. On the bus arrived at the hotel they were staying, she and Ben think they are alone on that bus, and he says to her that she thought that she was hot shit because she is having sex with Paxton, but a girl is still on the bus and heard everything and she spread it.
Back in her hotel room with the girls she was sharing, Devi decides not to tell the truth (that she didn't have sex with Paxton) as they spoiled her by giving a separate bed and praising her. Russia wants to steal a wine at a realtors' convention at the hotel with Devi and Ben, but the plan doesn't work. Devi and Ben running from the bouncer landed in a room full of alcoholic drinks and party with some of the students.
At the party, she and Ben got along and asks her for an alliance between them, but in the morning, she got messages from Paxton about lying having sex with him. She blamed Ben for all this and doesn't support his resolution during the assembly and nukes Ben (The United States of America) with the help of Russia. Back at school, she tries to apologize to Paxton who gets mad at her. Fabiola and Eleanor tried to tell her their drama, but she angrily tells them that she has bigger problems.
Girls-Only Sleepover and The PTA Bake Sale
After treating Fabiola and Eleanor badly, she tries to make amends with them in the school lounge. Devi sees them with Jonah, who was struggling with the same problem as Fabiola and was there for her and Eleanor. She sits down and Fabiola tells her that she is gay. Devi is really happy for her and insists on making it up to her. She decides to host a classic-gang, girls-only, Jonah-free sleepover. They play beer pong with kombucha and tell Devi about Eleanor’s mother. Trying to prove that she is a true friend, she goes to Eleanor's mother Joyce's workplace. She tells her that calling and texting aren’t enough, and Joyce should talk to her daughter in-person. Devi offers Joyce to bake cookies at her home for the PTA bake sale. They gossip and tell her that she and Paxton had sex and now Devi's not with him anymore.
At the bake sale, Joyce was really talkative and tells Nalini and Elise that she got to know about the girls' love lives, girlfriends, and boyfriend. Nalini was asking many questions and asks if Devi was with Frank the crossing guard, but Joyce talkative behavior got into a conversation and says that Devi wasn't with Paxton anymore. Joyce also quotes the word sex which got Nalini angry and Devi tells them that she was lying having sex with Paxton. At home, Nalini blames Joyce for what happened and told Devi that she should not have any sexual contact with boys. The next day she apologizes to Fabiola and Eleanor for lying and that she would try to be a better friend. Eleanor needed her because her mother left and she feels like dropping her interest in acting, but Devi went to Paxton who send her a text to go over to his house.
Ben's Birthday Party
After Devi ditched her friends to go to Paxton's house when Eleanor needed her, they decide to take a friend break from Devi. At Dr. Ryan's office, she gets mad at the therapist for telling her to acknowledge the pain she feels and says that she should get a different therapist. Dr. Ryan confirms that Devi might be right. Thinking that Dr. Ryan is also breaking up with her, she gets mad and storms out of there. To attend Ben's party, she tells her mother that she should go over to Eleanor's for French homework. However, Nalini knows she's lying because she heard from students about Ben's party and requires Devi to study with Kamala.
She walks into her cousin's room when looking for her calculator batteries and catches Kamala and Steve kissing. In return for not telling Nalini, she blackmails Kamala so that she can go to Ben's party. Ben gives her a tour of his house and tries to kiss Devi twice in the screening room, Devi believing he did so because he was drunk. Seeing Fabiola about to drink Trent's punch, which Ben said not to drink because he put something in it, she runs to Fabiola to warn her. Unfortunately, Devi knocks the cup out of her hands and drenches the suit. Fabiola gets angry and yells at her, stating that her dad dying doesn't give Devi the right to mistreat her friends. She then falls in the pool. Paxton helps her out and gives her a ride home before her mother returns. He then kisses her before she leaves.
Before Prashant's visit, Nalini asked Devi to be on her best behavior. Opening the door everyone was speechless when they see Prashant. Devi said to him that he was hot. Taking the mascot of CalTech to Kamala's room she sees Steve reading a magazine, trying to get Kamala to go to the room she tells her to go see where she put the beaver and figure out what the future holds for the two of them. Uncle Aravind asks her to play something on her harp and gets flashbacks of the day her father died. Nalini jumps in telling Aravind that she is taking a break from the harp. After Nalini caught Kamala with Steve, Devi offers to play the harp to distract Aravind and Prashant not seeing Nalini and Kamala sneak Steve out of the house.
When Paxton showed up at the house Nalini says harsh things to him and he walked away really stung by those things. Devi and Nalini's loud talking on the porch bring out the others who have heard everything. Back into the house, Aravind tells her that her unruly behavior will be put to bed when she and her mother move back to India. Devi really devastated running to her room and Nalini trying to explain to her, tells her that without her father around she's struggling to raise her. Devi with tears in her eyes says to Nalini that she heard what she had said on the night of her father's death, "that Devi was no longer a daughter of hers”. She closes the door in Nalini's face saying she wished that she had died that night.
She moved out of her mother's house and is staying with Ben and his parents. At school Kamala visit her to bring her few things from home. After what happened with Paxton at Devi's house, he been a little distant from her. Nalini visits Devi at Ben's house to asks Devi if she would scatter her father's ashes with her and Devi refuses to scatter her father's ashes, because she wasn't ready to say goodbye to him. With the help of Howard Gross (Ben's father) she was trying to become emancipated from her mother. With the help of Fabiola and Eleanor, Ben convinces her to go with her mother to scatter her father's ashes.
With the help of Ben, she tried to get to the house to go with her mother and Kamala to scatter the ashes, but they already left. Arriving at the beach she was screaming to have her mother and Kamala to wait for her, but they didn't hear her. With the help of John McEnroe screaming at them, they waited for her to scatter the ashes together. On the beach, Nalini says to her that her father wasn't the only one who cared about her and that she loves her. Walking back from the beach she sees Ben who waited for her to make sure she was okay and Devi hearing him say that, kisses him. While kissing Ben, Paxton was calling her and left a voice mail.
Devi and Ben are discovered kissing each other by an angry Nalini, who pulls her out of the car. Whilst driving back to home, Devi checks her phone only to discover a voicemail from Paxton, hearing that he wanted to talk to her, being excited about how he has finally responded to her after a long time of ignoring her.
When she eventually reaches to home from Malibu, she discovers Paxton sitting in his car around her home. They have a discussion in which she asks him why he continued to stay there, and he eventually apologized for him abandoning Devi at a tough time, reassuring her that she was good to him, it was just that he was being a jerk. Paxton invites Devi to come to his house for dinner the next day. Devi goes to her bedroom as she reflects on her amazing day, having received two grand gestures from Ben and Paxton, respectively. Then, listens to her dad's old voicemail to help fall sleep.
Nalini is packing up for her trip to India, so she can set things up with her family while Kamala and Devi stay at California. Devi doesn't want to go to India, but she agrees to go to India as it has been the closest, she has been to her mom. Nalini discusses selling her dermatology clinic's client roster to Dr. Jackson for a hefty price, before she goes to India. Kamala is excited as she is going to start her new PhD rotation at Dr. Elgin Peters lab.
Devi goes to school and finds herself in trouble during Mr. Shapiro's class being nervous about the choice she had to make between the two guys. Devi finds herself stuck within having to choose from Ben and Paxton, as they both indirectly talk about how their weekend was great due to Devi to the class. Devi tells the class that she spread her dad's ashes at the beach, and Mr. Shapiro says that he would have wished to join wanting to experience new things, which Devi believes is extremely weird. Mr. Shapiro announces that they are going to be removing rubbish tomorrow from a park in Pacoima, whilst Devi is still scared about the situation. Devi immediately calls Fabiola and Eleanor to "figure out her boy situation stat."
Fabiola and Eleanor come to over to Devi's home, with Devi telling them everything that has been transpiring in her life since Paxton kissing her in the car, to how she's going to have to move due to India due to her mother not feeling like she can handle raising Devi alone without support from family. Devi goes on to tell them she must figure out which of the two boys she wants to date, Ben or Paxton. The friends then get together to make a pros and cons list about the good and bad attributes of each boy. Fabiola and Eleanor encourage Devi to choose Paxton, but Devi leans more toward Ben. In conclusion, the other girls convince Devi to choose Paxton.
Successful or not?
Devi goes to Ben's home, making a miserable attempt to break up with him, with the meeting ending with a kiss. When Devi reaches Paxton's home for the date, she realizes that his "date" is just them spending time together with Paxton's friends, leaving the date soon after.
Hence, she decides to she would date Ben until she goes to India, informing the former about his decision at the school trip to the park. However just as Ben leaves, Paxton comes to Devi, and telling her that he wants to go on a proper date with her. In a desperate attempt to shake him off, Devi tells Paxton that she is moving to India soon, which makes Paxton kiss her, much to her shock.
Fabiola and Eleanor come to Devi's house for a friends' meeting where Devi shares her dilemma - she cannot choose between Ben and Paxton! Confused and conflicted, her friends wrongly suggest her to date the both of them. Thinking that this is a great idea, Devi immediately agrees to it.
With the support of her friends, Devi started to double-date both Ben and Paxton, spending time with both, without them knowing anything. At school, Devi and Co plan a farewell party at her house since Devi leaves off to India soon. They make Devi realize she needs to choose which guy she invites at her party. After being conflicted on who to invite on her party for some time, Devi decides to bring Paxton as he can buy alcohol for the group.
Devi goes to talk to her Doctor Ryan, about her guilt for two-timing Ben and Paxton, with the former telling her to quit doing so as real relationships are built on "honesty and trust" - making Devi introspect the trouble she has landed herself into. Devi discovers that Eleanor has accidentally invited Ben to her farewell party, making her want to disinvite Ben, which she cannot do. Panicking, she tells Fabiola and Eleanor to contact everyone they know into their party so they don't notice.
Devi is preparing for the party at her house, and she ends up introspecting her decision about the boys again. Fabiola and Eleanor console her saying that all they must do is separate the boys; they will do wine tasting in the living room for Ben and Flip the Cup in the garage for Paxton. This finally calms Devi down, as she gets excited for the party. At the party, Devi continues juggling around with both Ben and Paxton - who still have no idea about Devi's games.
The plan works perfectly until Devi gets caught in an argument with Zoe and Shira, during which she yells she is Paxton's girlfriend. However, much to her shock, Ben was standing at the back listening to everything. When an angry Ben, storms off towards Paxton despite Devi's many attempts to stop him, Devi was forced to tell Paxton about her being a two-timing girlfriend, much to the fury of them.
Enraged and upset, Paxton storms off Devi's house and Devi tells him that she is sorry for hurting his feelings as he is on the road. Emotional and upset, Paxton goes to the streets and gets hit by a Chevy Bolt, fracturing his arm on the spot, while arguing with Devi. Devi feels immediate regret over her actions as she introspects her decision in her room, listening to her dad's voicemail. Furthermore, to add insult to injury, Devi is not shifting to India anymore - forcing her to bear the anger of Ben and Paxton.
When Devi arrived at school, she was met with Paxton and Ben's anger, as Devi tried to apologize to Paxton, but he refused to forgive her, and Ben refused to talk to her. Much to her shock, she was asked to tutor Paxton by the career counsellor so he could go to college on a scholarship, making Paxton immediately refuse for her help.
Despite their issues Paxton agrees for Devi's help, which involves her doing his work for him - feeling guilty and ashamed, Devi agrees to it. Devi continued to do Paxton's homework for a while until, much to her relief after a while until Paxton doesn't want her to do his homework anymore, instead he wanted her to tutor him so that he can work on his own accord.
At her home, Devi tutors Paxton, and she starts to teach him history in unusual ways such as rapping so that he gets the idea. Much to her shock, Nirmala gets a crush on Paxton whilst Nalini is mad at her for tutoring Paxton.
Unfortunately, during the test Paxton gets a panic attack and so he was not able to write anything. Devi calms Paxton down and manipulates Mr. Shapiro into retaking his exam, much to Paxton's utter bewilderment. Devi comes to Paxton's house, where she happily discovers he got a 'B' in the history test, with the former thanking her for tutoring him. Paxton tells Devi that he wants to remain simply friends with her as they are quite complicated, much to her disappointment.
New Indian Girl
At school, after fixing things with Paxton, Devi wants to patch things up with Ben as well, wanting forgiveness for her actions, with the former even refusing to talk to her properly. However, Devi quickly gets over this being happy that at least she got over some of her guilt. Then it gets worse; there’s a new transfer student who is also Indian—Aneesa Qureshi. When Mr. Shapiro asks Aneesa to introduce herself, and the class is impressed, making Devi feel inferior to her seeing how nicely everyone treats her. It doesn’t help when Aneesa is referred to as “Devi 2.0.”
During Eleanor and Devi's conversation about Aneesa, Eleanor thinks she’s cool, which irritates Devi. Much to Devi's unhappiness, she gets paired up with Aneesa everywhere from the same classes to similar extracurricular activities making Principal Grubbs making her Aneesa's tour guide. Seeing Aneesa getting treated much better than herby everyone else, makes Devi feel extremely jealous. Much to her horror, Nalini tells her to bring Aneesa for the sleepover she and Eleanor were supposed to have, telling her to have more Indian friends.
During the sleepover, Devi immediately gets jealous of Aneesa impressing everyone in her family, Eleanor, doing the very things she could never do. When Eleanor finds out that Malcom Stone wants to meet her through his texts and asks Aneesa for advice, much to her fury. Hence, to make Aneesa jealous of her and make Eleanor happy, she plans to sneak out of the house with them after everyone is asleep to meet Malcom.
Much to her shock, when they go and meet Malcom, she finds Ben with him as they are childhood friends who studied in the same Hebrew school. She wants to leave, but she decides to stay there to support her friends. Much to her happiness, Aneesa roasts Ben when he makes fun of Devi as she introduces them to each other, discovering that her new friend might be better than she expected.
Argument with Ben
During the night, the group goes off to a tattoo parlor where Ben tricks Devi into getting a nose ring, if he gets a tattoo. After leaving the tattoo parolor, Malcom kisses Eleanor, with the former telling her she would break up with Oliver. However, after these amazing moments, Devi gets stunned as she learns that Ben never got a real tattoo and how he hates her, due to how about how she followed Paxton after the party, leaving him alone, telling her they will never be friends.
As she goes to sleep, with Ben's words still feeling painful she forgets to take off her nose ring. Fortunately, Aneesa saves her from her mother by telling her that she was the one who encouraged it saying how the nose ring represents Indian femininity, much to Devi's joy. Back at school, Devi decides to give Aneesa a chance at friendship, realising how great of a friend she is to her and how relatable she is. However, this is until she sees her spending time together with Ben, making her anger reach the top.
Devi vs Aneesa
At school, Devi realizes that what she thought was a normal relationship between Ben and Aneesa, may have been more than she thought, being jealous seeing them together every time throughout the day. Deeply disturbed by this, Devi talks to Dr. Ryan about this telling her how angry she is at Aneesa, and how she never chose Ben, believing they can still get together if Aneesa goes away - who tells her to listen to something calming.
Devi's jealousy rises as she witnesses Aneesa getting closer to her friends. To Devi's dismay, she has failed P.E and to redeem her grade if she goes to the 24-hour relay, whilst getting as many people as she can with her. She tells her friends and Aneesa invites Ben from her side making Devi extremely irritated. During this moment, she went into another room and listened to her dad's voicemail to calm herself down.
Back at school, while trying to teach Paxton using her flashcards, from whom she discovers that the charity event is an excuse to hook up for people, making her even more panicked when she sees Ben and Aneesa, making her abandon Paxton. Devi finds out Ben has booked a 9 P.M. slot for hooking up with Aneesa at Trent's tent. Hence, Devi conspires to keep Ben and Aneesa separate, by making them run laps again and again. However, by the time when she gets back from her lap, she fails to stop them hooking up. Much to her fury, she has her phone, not being able to listen to her dad's voicemails anymore.
Spreading a Rumor
Enraged and stressed after losing her voicemails, Devi accidentally tells Zoe and Shira, how she thinks Aneesa is anorexic. The next morning, Devi sees a sobbing Aneesa, who is upset that a rumor is going around about her being anorexic, which is actually true. Realizing she spread this rumor unintentionally when angry, she comforts Aneesa - as she feels extreme guilt for her horrible actions.
While Nalini picks her from the relay, she finds her P.E. grade upgraded to an "A," however she isn't happy about this - still feeling remorse about her actions, listening to her father’s old voice mails to calm her down. Back at the school, the rumor is spreading like wildfire, making Devi feel extremely at fault as Aneesa is not in class. Much to her shock and fear, Devi is called into the principal’s office.
Exposed and Suspended
Devi was called at the principal's office so she could comfort Aneesa and find the one who started the rumor about her. Feeling scared about getting in trouble, Devi goes all out to prevent Aneesa from finding out she started it - to avoid punishment, by being the best companion she can be to Aneesa and pin the rumor on somebody else. When Fabiola and Eleanor also get involved into the case to help Aneesa, they find out Shira and Zoe spread the rumor to half the school, however they still don't know that Devi started the rumor - because she was forgettable, making Devi feels guilty for her actions.
Back at her home, Devi continues to stay guilty, whilst planning for the sleepover she has with Aneesa, Fab, and Eleanor. During the sleepover, Aneesa tells Devi and her friends that she’s in a rehab program, and she explains that she appreciates Devi so much for all her help. Devi blurts out that she was the one that spread the rumor because she freaked out, feeling guilty.
Back at school, Devi tells Fabiola and Eleanor that she feels awful about her actions, and she wants to apologize to Aneesa, However, before she can Principal Grubbs call her to her office. Much to her shock upon reaching there Nalini is also there doing nothing, as Devi is now suspended for spreading the rumor, and her mother remains silent — it will be on her record. Devi tries to talk to Aneesa so she can do something about her suspensions, however she refuses to do so calling her crazy for being a selfish friend. Then, Paxton blames Devi for him failing his bio test. Devi says it isn’t her fault and tells him that if he wants good grades, he should be a good student, and she storms off being mad at how she had two fights back-to-back.
After her suspension, Devi was being grounded at home with having no access to technology at all, and not being allowed to do anything except help her grandmother, much to her own dismay. Whilst Devi was eating dinner with her family, Ben comes to Devi's house and scolds her on how she ruined Aneesa's life and how she needs to sort it out before she gets out of Sherman Oakes. Ben's words make Devi guilty towards her harsh behavior towards Aneesa.
During their therapy session, she has a discussion with her Dr. Ryan, feeling guilty about potentially ruining Aneesa's life, their friendship, along with extreme anger towards herself for ruining things with Ben. Devi tells her how she wants to make an apology to get. Aneesa back as a friend, and more importantly Ben. Disappointed, Dr. Ryan tries convincing Devi to make a genuine apology, so she gets mental clarity, something which Devi could not understand. Devi escapes her home and goes to Sherman Oakes to apologize to Aneesa, hoping to get her back, making a grand plan with Fabiola and Eleanor to do that. However, her grand plan miserably fails as it ends up making Aneesa feel like a bigger freak, leaving Devi extremely confused and flustered.
Eventually, Devi she realizes her wrongdoing looking back at memory lane by remembering the biggest apology her dad gave to her mom, understanding instead of making a grand apology in size, she must make one grand at heart. Hence, Devi goes to the school again to apologize like she did before, however this time she is there to comfort Aneesa does not force something out of her. She goes cafeteria and starts making fun of herself by reminding everyone how crazy she is, to show Aneesa how she finally understands her pain and how terribly guilty she feels by the horrible actions she had committed towards her. Seeing genuine act of apology makes Aneesa forgive her, much to Devi's delight.
However, Aneesa says that to keep her at Sherman Oakes, she has must manipulate and convince her mother, Noor to keep her there. Devi realizes that while she cannot convince Aneesa's mother, only her mother can as she is the only other Indian woman around, so she invites Noor to meet Nalini, who she has successfully convinced to help her. Much to her happiness, Nalini manages to convince Aneesa's mother, with Devi thinking Nalini is a hero and their bond stronger than ever. Returning to school next week, Devi is elated to find that both Ben and Aneesa had forgiven her, with Devi hoping even though she made up Aneesa for the reasons she may get Ben back. Although, her dreams are crushed as Ben tells her that he wants to date Aneesa now.
Devi goes to school where she is glad that Ben started talking to her again, as Ben and Aneesa officially get together as a couple, following Aneesa's confirmation from Devi, who agrees, wanting to follow a more mature approach. Devi and Fabiola notice Malcom's toxic behavior towards Eleanor, trying to tell her about it but failing miserably.
Devi goes to Mr. Kulkarni's class and apologizes to Paxton for yelling at him, with the former forgiving her. Although, Paxton telling her he doesn't her help anymore. Mr. Kulkarni announces that the class will make a mock trial based on whether or not Daisy Buchannan is responsible for murder of Jay Gatsby. Paxton, Fabiola, along with Malcom get paired for the offense, while Ben, Devi, and Aneesa get paired for the defense, much to her annoyance.
Ben and Aneesa are at Devi's house for the mock trial's preparation flirting with each other, much to Devi's annoyance. Kamala comes to the rescue of Devi by bringing in Pati who silenced them by annoying them with her talks, making Devi settle down for a bit. Devi goes to Mr. Kulkarni where she asks him to switch her into a different group, as she cannot stand the constant PDA of Ben and Aneesa, which he refuses. Fabiola tells Devi how she suspects Malcom is "cheating" on Eleanor with Isabella, resulting in a furious Devi.
Back to the school cafeteria, Fabiola and Devi inform Eleanor about how Malcom might be cheating on her showing her the texts, she saw at his phone, making Eleanor enraged and Devi feeling proud of her friend for taking a stand for herself. Devi is studying at home, then Ben arrives where he asks her if things were okay between him dating Aneesa. Feeling emotional, she tells him that she is fine with it as he deserves far better than herself. The mock trial happens at school, and Paxton's team wins due to Fabiola proving Daisy Buchanan as guilty, along with how Aneesa hadn't prepared her arguments.
Tiff with Eleanor
After this, at the locker bay, Eleanor comes to Fabiola and Devi with immense anger, yelling at them Malcom telling Malcom didn't cheat on him, and she believes her friends are toxic, due to Malcom's manipulations. She further insults Devi by telling her that just because her life was bad, she didn't need to "take a dump" over hers, badly breaking Devi's heart. Devi is incredibly sad as she goes home in tears, as her efforts to be a selfless kind friend weren't enough for Eleanor.
Devi finds Paxton, who offers her ride back home, as she is "looking puffy." Devi shares her pain with Paxton, telling him how she had a fight with Eleanor, with the former sharing how he feels "dumb" all of the time. Devi consoles him, telling him he is not dumb, he just needs push himself beyond his limits. Just as Devi reaches home, she and Paxton notice Nalini and Dr. Jackson flirting with each together in his car much to her anger.
Spying on Nalini's Date
Devi looks on in rage, as she sees Nalini and Dr. Jackson flirt with each other in his car. Back at her home, Devi indirectly tries to find out what Nalini does with Dr. Jackson from her, with but she fails badly. Enraged, Devi asks Fabiola for advice about her mother being with Dr. Jackson, who tells her that maybe Nalini is just trying to grieve her dad's death through Dr. Jackson, making Devi feel disgusted. Furthermore, Eleanor still refuses to forgive them, annoying her further.
Devi discovers how Nalini, and Doctor Jackson are preparing for their date at his house, after sneakily reading her diary. After Nalini leaves, Devi gets Kamala with her to go to Dr. Jackson's house to spy on her. Devi and Kamala are on the way to gather proof of Nalini dating Dr. Jackson. They climb up to his house's roof and peek through the window to see their date. Seeing, both together makes her enraged and her phone falls into the hot tub, deleting Devi's voicemails of her dad much to her sadness.
Nalini and Dr. Jackson discovers Devi in his house's hot tub much to Devi's shock. They have a strong confrontation about whether Nalini is dating Dr. Jackson or not, to which she along with Dr. Jackson denies saying it was a dinner for work, making Devi feel guilty for doubting on her mom and Dr. Jackson. As soon as, Devi reaches home Nalini is infuriated at Devi for coming between her and Dr. Jackson's moment, making her call Devi crazy in anger, making Devi extremely sad as she goes into her room, wondering the truth of those words feeling horrible.
Back at school, Devi fails to prepare her report due to her family drama, making Paxton go for his presentation. Paxton's successful presentation makes Devi feel extremely proud of him. Devi owns up to Dr. Ryan, on her insecurities about being crazy in which she confesses everything going wrong in her life, due to her. Dr. Ryan tells her not to worry, which means she is emotional not crazy and despite that she will have an incredibly happy, rich life, helping Devi console herself.
Devi goes to find her mother at her clinic to apologize to her for her actions, to her shock discovering her mother's lies, , seeing her kissing Dr. Jackson, looking at her angrily the moment after. Devi admits to Nalini that lying to her was wrong, and she shouldn't date anyone telling her she feels she was never hurt over her dad's death as much as she thought. Much to her grandma's anger who gives her an exceptionally light slap, makes Devi go to her room.
Much to her shock, Paxton comes to Devi's room through her window to meet with her, passionately kissing her, and they spending time with each other in her room before Paxton goes back through the window. Pati confronts Devi in her room and makes her realize how everyone every moment in life matters and it shouldn't be wasted fighting. Realizing the urgency of the situation, she goes to her mother and makes up with her, which ends up with them bonding with each other looking at Mohan's old memories to cheer themselves up.
Back at school, Devi watches Eleanor's play, with Eleanor and Devi making up with each other with the former apologizing for her horrible behavior, following her successful play. They discuss the Winter Dance, and just as Devi believes Paxton will go with her. Paxton surprises her by suddenly calling her a "pal" which makes Devi wonder their relationship status.
Paxton and the Winter Dance
Devi continues to wonder what Paxton's actions at school meant, until Paxton pops up at her window again, saying that he doesn't like PDA, still leaving Devi confused. When she tells Eleanor and Fabiola about her situation, she realizes how Paxton is ashamed of her. Seeing people propose to each other for the Winter Dance, makes Devi extremely disappointed as Paxton didn't propose her.
Seeing Aneesa propose to Ben for the Winter Dance, Devi asks Paxton to go with her. Much to her sadness, Paxton publicly rejects her. Ben pops in and consoles Devi, telling her Paxton's decision to reject her was bad, making her wonder why Ben cares for her suddenly.
Devi and Paxton meet each other, where Paxton finally confesses that he is indeed embarrassed of having her as his girlfriend because of all she had made him go through. He tells her either this would be a private relationship, or not one at all, leaving Devi confused. Initially, she decides to have a private relationship with him instead, however she decides that she deserves better after a visit from Mohan in her dreams. Devi tells Paxton that "she cannot be her secret hookup," she desires more, saying she is sorry leaving him, telling him he is good at kissing.
The Winter Dance
At the Winter Dance, Devi decides to go on a date with Eleanor instead as friends. Later, as Fabiola is not coming to the dance, she finds her in the Science room soaked in tears not being able to fit in. Devi consoles her friend, telling her she needs to embrace her identity as they all love her for who she is. Seeing Fabiola and Eve get crowned Cricket Queens, Trent asking Eleanor for dance, and seeing all the couples around her makes her want to leave feeling lonely.
As she leaves, all a sudden, she gets hit by a car making her temporarily unconscious. Much to her surprise, it was Paxton's car, and looking at Devi he asks if she is fine, as her dress is heavily padded. She asks him what he is here for, and much to her happiness he excitedly tells her he came here as her boyfriend. Feeling happy, they kiss each other and then walk into the Winter Dance together facing others with confidence. Much to Devi's anger, just as they begin to dance the DJ ramps the music up, though they continue to slow dance anyways, with Devi being happy as they continue to dance and then exchange a kiss.
Devi used to have an incredibly close relationship with her father. Mohan was the parental figure who could understand her the most being there whenever she needed her to be, a trait which she admired the most. Devi had a high degree of respect for her father, as shown by how she idolized and loved her father, remembering his advice during the most of difficult times. Devi deeply admired her father's understanding and loving nature towards her.
After Mohan's death, Devi was extremely devastated, becoming temporarily paralyzed in psychosomatic shock for three months, becoming depressed and traumatized. Even after things settled down a bit, Devi constantly missed Mohan, reminiscing his memories all of the time, feeling incredibly trapped, unable to express her grief.
At a point, Devi even believed Mohan returned in the form of a coyote, getting bitten by one eventually wanting to talk to it. Her problems reached a new extremity, when she felt she was all alone with no one by her side, leaving her house at one point feeling bitter at Nalini. Eventually, things soothed down as Devi finally recognized her grief, reconciling with her mother on Mohan's birthday, finally spreading his ashes, letting go of the pain that came with his death feeling he would always want them happy.
However, despite how far she had progressed in life, Devi still couldn't truly get over Mohan's death, often listening to his voicemails whenever she felt in despair. Devi felt as though, as life progressed she was getting away from Mohan, eventually becoming afraid she would never hear him again. When the voicemails of Mohan were lost, Devi was devastated feeling she could never hear him again. However, this qualm of hers was eventually cleared by Nalini who offered her extreme support by showing her Mohan's old video recordings for her - the ultimate display of Mohan's affection.
Devi and Nalini have a complicated mother-daughter relationship with each other due to their frequent disagreements with each other, due to their contrasting ways to handle things, often caused by their ineffective communication, as revealed by Devi's therapist. They initially had a lot of issues interacting with one another due to their lack of understanding, as up until Mohan's death he was the one who had interacted with Devi the most, he was the thread that kept the whole family happy. After his death, things fell apart as Nalini and Devi grieved his death a lot.
Devi's paralysis had made Nalini extremely worried, leading to her becoming strict towards her being worried as she was her only daughter and she loved her a lot. When, Nalini wanted to move to India, and Devi left her house in the protest believing Nalini never loved her, later Nalini finally opened to Devi on how much she loves her, which finally led Devi to understand her.
Devi loves her mother a lot, as seen by how she never really ever wanted to hurt Nalini, even during the toughest of moments. However, she can't express her love for her mother properly as she felt her mother didn't love her back. Eventually, their relationship with each other as mother and daughter was given a new life, as she realized how much her mother loved her,
Their relationship prospers even more as Nalini saves Devi's friend Aneesa from leaving Sherman Oakes by convincing Aneesa's mother, Noor. Nalini and Devi had a brief setback as Nalini started to date Dr. Jackson, which had previously made Devi quite upset. However, when Nalini broke it off with Dr. Jackson, and she along with Devi were pondering over Mohan's memories, it seems as though all has been mended now.
Devi has a close relationship with her cousin Devi, as shown by how she cares a lot about her, despite how at times Devi constantly tries to make her look ugly in her own jealousy of her thinking Kamala is a perfect human being. They have grown to have a relationship with mutual respect over time, as shown by how Devi finally started to respect Kamala after seeing how she isn't the perfect Indian girl that she seems after finding about her boyfriend, Steve. Despite, her immense jealousy of Kamala she shows that she indeed does care about her cousin at various occasions, giving her helpful advice time to time.
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Devi and Ben used to be enemies since their early childhood, due to their own compelling competitive natures that led to several wars within the realm of academic achievements. Their academic rivalry forced them to sign a pact to divide all extracurricular activities between them during sixth grade. They are both constantly jealous of each other, and bullying each other to no end. However, their issues with each other eventually get better as they began to understand each other during their tough times, forming somewhat of a friendship and mutual respect for each other.
Ben starts to realize his feelings for Devi, as he attempts to kiss her twice at his birthday party, throwing it off just because of being jealous of her closeness to Paxton. Their bond with each other grows even more when Ben supports Devi when she decided to leave her house, allowing her to live within his house. Ben was deeply afflicted as he saw how Devi was going down a dark path—she wanted to get emancipated from her mother and not be with her mother and Kamala for spreading her dad's last ashes.
Seeing Devi's peril, Ben reunites her with her best friends Fabiola and Eleanor, as they finally convince her to attend the spreading of Mohan's ashes Ben drives off Devi to Malibu so she can spread her dad's ashes, with Ben staying in his car to make sure Devi is okay. After seeing how Ben stayed for her, she passionately kisses Ben, feeling extremely emotional from spreading her dad's ashes.
- The name Devi means goddess in Sanskrit.
- Mohan and Nalini had that name set for her before she was born.
- She got fired from retail, because her hands were too sweaty.
- She is an extremely talented player of the harp.
- Mohan got her into it, thinking it was an instrument of her level.
- She is a Hindu.
- She is an honors student.
- Due to this, she is known as the best peer tutor in Sherman Oakes.
- She and Ben signed a pact to keep all extracurriculars separate at sixth grade.
- This was because of their rather often violent (at Devi's side presumably) and gruesome rivalry.
- They didn't split down sports, due to that involving too much locker room nudity.
- This pact was broken by Devi during their sophomore year, when she joined Model UN.
- She was in a wheelchair due to her paralysis.
- Her dream college is Princeton University.
- The grandest apology she ever heard was her dad asking her mom forgiveness after he didn't go to her award ceremony just out of jealousy.
- "Paxton69!" is the password to all her accounts, owing to her obsession and crush Paxton.