Lawndale's Cybercafe, alt.lawndale.com, gets trashed, and Mr. O'Neill
ends up setting up a fund-raiser to rebuild it as a coffeehouse (inspired
by some sarcasm from Daria). Daria gets forced into it by Helen, and
Daria talks Jane into going with her to sell chocolate bars.
After refusing to sell to a hypoglycemic woman, Jane and Daria are
called to Principal Li's office, where they get told they won't get
extracurricular credit. Mr. O'Neill asks Daria to read a story at
the opening for credit, which she finally agrees to do to avoid being
put in music camp by her mother.
At the opening, Daria reads an anti-communist story that causes the
football team to riot and try to stone the Russian embassy (of course,
there are no embassies in Lawndale), which gets the coffee house shut
Mr. O'Niell: Right here and now, let's pledge to make
Daria's dream a reality.
Daria: You mean the one where people walking down the
street burst into flames?
Jane: Do you know CPR or something?
Daria: No, but I once gave the Heimlich maneuver to Quinn.
Jane: Did it work?
Daria: She wasn't choking.
Jane: We should be doing something now. I'm sure
Daria: Yah, I think you're right.
"She has no family. She ate them." - Jane ("Cafe Disaffecto")
"I have no friends. I walk alone." - Jane ("Cafe Disaffecto")
Principal Li: You have no overall problem with raising
money for the coffeehouse?
Daria: I believe in coffee, coffee for everyone. But
I don't want to sell chocolate anymore. It makes me feel dirty.
Jane: The bad kind of dirty.
Principal Li: You do want this extracurricular activity,
Jane: (quietly) Pop goes the weasel.
This was actually the first episode I saw. MTV isn't my normal viewing
choice, but I was rather bored one day and looking for a way to kill
half an hour or so before going to work, and I started flipping through
the channels. I caught the bit in the intro where Daria's in the theater,
and I had to watch the rest of the show. It rather surprised me that
something like this would appear on MTV (I didn't notice what channel
it was on until the first commercial break). The entire theme of the
show got me hooked immediately (this is still one of my favorites),
and as soon as I got home I started looking for information online,
and it wasn't long at all before I started Sick, Sad World.
Also see my Rambling of 8-12-97.