Eric Dalby is a bully and a troublemaker – and a clever one at that. Home and Away's overseas broadcaster, Five said that Ric managed to put "problematic past well and truly behind him" and got back "on the rails".This good-looking teen seems to have no respect for authority, or for the feelings of his victims. Ric had "settled into a fairly typical routine for a lad of his age".
He appeared in the series from 15 September 2004 until 24 July 2008.While dating Cassie, the "cheeky" Belle decides to "sabotage" Ric and Cassie's relationship.The storyline sees Belle attempting steal Ric from Cassie by seducing him and Tovey said that the storyline had comedic value.Ric was initially portrayed as a bully of vulnerable people and held no respect for authority.Through his storylines, Ric transforms into one of the serial's "good guys" but his violent temper remained.After the initial audition process Furze was called back to carry out a screen test with Ray Meagher and Indiana Evans who play Alf Stewart and Matilda Hunter respectively. She saw beyond his rebellious exterior to the playful, insecure boy beneath Initially the serial's official website said that Ric takes "great pleasure" in bullying those who he sees as vulnerable.He was successful and Furze said he found the experience "very daunting" to begin with. However, after spending time in Summer Bay he changes his ways and becomes a "stand-up guy".Nick Levine of Digital Spy has praised his physical appearance, while Greg Hassal of The Sydney Morning Herald praised Ric's storylines.Though, Scott Ellis from the publication opined that Ric managed to annoy nearly every regular character featured in Home and Away.Furze was cast into the role after an audition and a screen test impressed producers.Furze said he was attracted to the role because of Ric's characterisation.