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The gym class gets turned into what amounts to cheerleader practice,
so Daria and Jane try to sit it out. Jane notices a cute guy walking
across the gym (even though it's a female-only gym class), and Daria
pokes some fun at her for it. Ms. Morris, the gym teacher, gets angry
with them for not practicing, and gives them what amounts to gym detention
(they have to make up the class after school).
Mack gets worried about an Ethics midterm he thinks he didn't do very
good on, and finds out that Kevin got a "by" on it, which
makes him really angry at Kevin. Jane tells Daria about her problems
in math, thanks partially due to a pop quiz she wasn't ready for,
that's threatening her C average.
Daria's home late because of the gym class make-up, but Jake thinks
she met a guy. Helen is somewhat supportive of Daria's stance, although
her speech is ruined when Quinn comes in and tells everyone about
her uncomfortable but pretty shoes.
Jane decides she's going to show up Ms. Morris, and between that and
Evan (the cute guy from gym class) she decides to try out for the
track team. She makes it on the team, and Daria is less than enthusiastic
about it. Daria starts talking to herself, which Helen over hears
and starts to worry about.
Quinn has the Fashion Club over to watch a beauty pageant on TV. Quinn
manages to keep up the charade that Daria is her cousin, not her sister
somehow, even when Daria stands behind them and makes snide comments.
Helen asks Quinn to spend some time with Daria. Quinn agrees to do
so if she can take Helen's credit card to the mall. Daria gets Quinn
to let her have the first cash advance off the card, and they end
up going to the library (partly to avoid any of Quinn's friends).
Quinn ends up telling semi-fairy-tells (adaptations of "Waif")
to little kids, then goes off with one of their older brothers.
Jane has her first track meet, which Daria (and Trent) go to watch.
After her big opening, which excites the entire Lawndale crowd, Jane
and Daria go out for pizza, where Daria tells her about all the TV
she missed, while they keep getting interrupted by people coming by
to congratulate Jane. When Evan comes over, Daria makes a crude and
nasty comment, shocking Jane, but not phasing Evan. Jane gets pissed
off at Daria for the comment and storms out.
Daria apologizes to Jane in gym class the next day, and Jane gets
them both out of class by complaining about her legs being sore, which
prompts Ms. Morris to let them watch TV in her office.
Daria starts talking to herself out-loud when she doesn't realize
she's doing it, which really worries Helen, and convinces Jake that
there's something going on with that guy Knuckles.
Then Jane takes a "by" on her math test, which prompts Daria
to get into a big fight with her. After Daria walks off, Evan comes
up and makes some comments about losers, which makes Jane walk off
and quit the team.
Daria and Jane make up, but the rest of the team (and Ms. Morris)
try to pressure her to rejoin the team. Ms. Morris threatens her with
the math test to get her to return, but Jane counters with the threat
of telling each of the local news stations that the others are running
a story on the grade-fixing scheme.
Ms. Morris: Ladies. Why aren't you exercising
with the rest of the class?
Jane: We are exercising.
Daria: We're exercising our right to abstain from cheerleader
Ms. Morris: Jane Lane. You're just like your
sisters, aren't you?
Jane: We share certain chromosome pairs. Beyond that, I'm not
supposed to say.
"If someone named Knuckles calls, it's for me."
-- Daria ("See Jane Run")
Jane: You know, I'd really like to show that
Ms. Morris the Lanes are no pack of ordinary deadbeats.
Daria: Of course not. You're deadbeats with style.
Jane: I like to run.
Ms. Morris: Okay. Let's see if you're any good at it.
Jane: I'd particularly like to run up and down your spine wearing
"Hey, if she's the pathetic one, why am I talking
to myself? And more importantly, why am I waiting for a reply?"
-- Daria ("See Jane Run")
Quinn: What? Can't a sister spend time with her...
"The question is, am I supporting my friend, or
her surrender to the system? (Andrea closes her locker) Do you mind?
This is a private conversation." -- Daria ("See Jane Run")
"I just pretend I'm running away from a pep rally."
-- Jane ("See Jane Run")
"Oh. They're eating dinner. Should I sit down and
join them or fake a headache? I'm not feeling too well. I think I'll
eat later." -- Daria ("See Jane Run")
"How about if I call the three local TV stations
and tell each one that the other two are running the story?"
-- Jane ("See Jane Run")
It's nice to get some more exploration of Jane, but Daria seemed a
little out of character at a couple points in this episode (nasty,
okay, but crude isn't her usual style). Jodie and Mack are in it a
little, which is always nice, and Andrea gets some face time (but
no lines). Certainly not bucking for top episode, but pretty good
Also see my Rambling of 10-24-00.