He gave her his kidney, she gave him her heart. Transplants
and romance, when Sick, Sad World continues.
Jane's birthday is coming up, but she doesn't feel like celebrating
it, although Daria tries to get her to.
Helen finds out about a mother/daughter fashion show coming up at
the school, and becomes determined to join it with Quinn. Trent calls
in the middle of dinner, and Jake mistakenly passes the phone to Quinn,
who gets really confused, as does Trent. Quinn thinks he's telemarketing,
and tries to get Helen to tell him off, but eventually he's allowed
to speak with Daria. Daria starts to talk with him, but he gets interrupted
by Jane. Several times. Jane gets curious, and Trent hangs up and
tries to act normal, but forgets about re-dial. Jane is shocked when
Quinn starts wanting to go to the fashion show, but only so she can
get on the runway. After Sandi calls Quinn tells Helen that Sandi
and her mother are insisting on being in the show, which of course
gets Helen ready.
Trent comes over, and Jake thinks he's Quinn's date. When he finds
out Trent is there to see Daria, they corner him and give him a little
talking to, but Daria comes downstairs and rescues him before they
can get too into things. Trent finally tells Daria why he was calling;
he wants her to help him pick out a present for Jane.
Quinn starts getting fanatical about Helen's appearance, thanks to
the upcoming fashion show. They go out on a mother-daughter beauty
day, which basically means a hair salon for hair styling, manicures
Trent and Daria end up going down to Dega Street, which has a lot
of stores lining it. Daria has to persuade Trent not to buy himself
a present at first. Then Trent fixes on Axle's two-for-one piercing
special, even though it isn't really for Jane. Trent persuades Daria
to get her bellybutton pierced after Axle refuses to pierce her ears
("Ears are two holes, special is one hole").
Quinn and Helen then head over to Cashman's, where they run into Eric,
Helen's boss, and his niece Jasmine.
Daria gets pierced, with Trent's help (he holds her hand), after meeting
one of Trent's former band-mates, Monique. Daria shows it to Jane,
and lets slip that Trent's looking for Jane's birthday present. When
Jodie comes in, Jane can't help showing it off. Quinn also finds out
about it, thanks to Daria scratching it all the time (and looking
at it in the bathroom mirror). Quinn wants to tell her parents, but
Daria scares her with the thought of what upsetting Helen the night
before the fashion show will do to her chances on stage.
The ring itches so much Daria takes it off for the night, and by morning
her piercing has closed up. When she finds out, she goes over to Jane's
house. Daria tries to hide it from Trent, but he overhears her talking
to Jane (he's coming back from practice).
Tiffany hires a model from an agency to be her mother in the fashion
show. Helen and Quinn manage to fall over on the runway, all while
Jake is recording them with his camcorder.
Daria and Jane go to a Mystick Spiral gig, where Jane finally finds
out what her present it; a song from Trent, inspired by an earlier
daydream of Daria's.
Helen tries to cheer up Quinn, and when asked if there's something
that could cheer her up, she rats out Daria's piercing. Daria's piercing
has closed totally by the time Helen and Jake confront her about it,
and Daria enjoys the backlash Quinn gets.
Daria: Okay, okay. No party and no presents.
Jane: Who said no presents?
Jane: You're acting really weird, that's all.
Trent: I'm acting weirder than usual?
Jane: None of your trick questions, young man, you're behaving
"Rrrrrredial!" -- Jane ("Pierce Me")
Daria: Mom, dad, Quinn's on the phone in the
kitchen ordering a convertible.
Jake: Oh my God!
Trent: I'll pick you up tomorrow morning, not
too early. Sometime before lunch. Or after.
Daria: Um, okay.
Trent: Or better yet, why don't we leave it loose?
Helen: Daria? Last chance to join us for a mother
daughter day of beauty. It's very relaxing.
Daria: Once you pass out from the pain.
"I came straight from rehearsal. We ran late, or
early. Whatever." -- Trent ("Pierce Me")
"And I can't set foot in a bookstore. Don't ask
me why, Daria, I just don't want to talk about it." -- Trent
Daria: I don't think that's how you spell uvula.
Axle: It's not uvula.
"And take fifty milligrams a day of, um some metal
or other. Zinc, aluminum, I forget." -- Axle ("Pierce Me")
"Oh no. The toilet is talking to me again."
-- Jane ("Pierce Me")
Daria: Gee, maybe E.T. came in my room and touched
my navel while I slept.
Jane: Boy, Daria, you have the weirdest sex dreams.
Daria: Don't tell Trent.
Jane: About E.T.?
Quinn: I love Tiffany, I really do...
Sandy: She's so smooshy!
Helen: You'll have other moments in the sun.
Quinn: But none with you, mom.
Helen: Oh, that's so sweet.
Quinn: Nope. None with you. No freakin' way.
This episode has more than a little fanservice in it, but it's not
all directed at the shippers, who get tweaked a bit. Some of Daria's
behavior seems too much (like the shaking), but overall no one strays
too much. It's a funny episode, and there's finally an ending where
Daria manages to come out best from a bad situation again.
Also see my Rambling of 10-26-00.