Next on Sick, Sad World. Hoax, or vision? Some people
in Florida have claimed they've seen the face of Jesus... on a penny!
Jodie asks Daria to join Yearbook, telling her she can get a bribe
from her parents. She joins, and ask for (and gets) some webpage software
- not like you can't download some for free. Daria was planning on
trading it in for a video game (Cannibal Fragfest on CD-ROM).
At Yearbook, Daria meets the guy who's Photo Editor. He's a complete
oddball who's been home-schooled and totally isolated all his life,
only just now joining the mainstream. He's presumably the "mysterious
stranger" mentioned before the season. Daria and Ted hit it off for
Then Ted asks Mr. DeMartino to cut some pages from sports and clubs
to focus more on students "making a difference." Daria is standing
next to him at the time, so everyone starts bitching at her about
it. Sandi makes up her mind to confront her, but Quinn persuades her
not to. Everyone, starting with Quinn, assumes she's going out with
him (and that he's in a cult, although Jane starts that).
Daria goes over to Ted's house, and ends up giving him some gum (along
with a Beatles cassette), which causes his parents to go complain
to Helen and Jake. Ted gives Daria a handmade necklace to thank her
for the gum, and Daria refuses. Helen bribes Quinn (with new shoes)
to set up Daria with another date. She forces one of the Fashion Club
fanatic's (Richard) to double date as Daria's date. Daria apologizes
to Ted, but Ted tells her how much she reminds him of Quinn. Daria
agrees to go after Quinn asks if she wants mom and dad to set her
On their date, they drive around and Richard reads questions to Daria
off of note cards, and then asks if sports and clubs can get their
pages back, at which point Daria takes off. Then the Fashion Club,
Brittany, and Kevin go complain to Mr. DeMartino about the Yearbook,
but Ted mentions a sale at Cashman's so the Fashion Club runs off.
Kevin gets beat in a "mercy" style contest with Ted, who's been doing
Daria and Ted go out for pizza, where Daria makes a faux pas.
Then Mrs. Barch goes and beats up Mr. DeMartino because she's faculty
advisor to the Science Club and she wants her pages back. Daria takes
Ted to the video arcade, where they play a virtual reality game (of
the sort TV never gets right, including this time) in a castle setting.
Richard is there with a couple friends, and they join in the game,
where Ted beats them all at swordfighting. Daria leaves the game and
sits down to read, while Ted becomes friends with Richard and company.
They're there until closing. Daria finds out about the pages, and
quits Yearbook for ethical reasons (Helen: Again?). Then she finds
out that Quinn got the webpage software, and got one of the computer
types from school to set her up a fashion webpage. When she mentions
how many hits her page has received in the last few hours, Daria closes
the door and starts trying to match it, in a way that has nothing
to do with web-pages.
Daria: I can't believe you're trying to bribe me... with singles.
Helen: Sweetie, it's not a bribe, it's a deal. Honestly, you're
worse than my clients.
Sandi: As President of the Fashion Club I can be kind of
Quinn: Oh, you're definitely scary Sandi.
Daria: You were trying to buy my influence with a date?
Quinn: That's how we do it in America, comrade.
"I told you: first date, stick to vandalism and loitering, but you
always have to be different." -- Jane ("The New Kid")
Daria: I had to resign from Yearbook. It was a question of
Jake: Don't worry, she was on staff for a week, she can still
put it on her college application.
Daria: No questions about ethics here.
This was the episode that basically killed second season. Quinn the
Brain was a mortal wounding, but the momentum from first season was
enough to keep it going... until this. Sadly, this was written by
the same pair of writers that gave us (the much better) "College
Bored" and "The Big House." Bad characterization, rampant
(no pun intended) male-bashing, and a rather less-than-likely (and
less than mediocre) plot combine with predictable results.
Also see my Rambling of 3-31-98.