From outer space, to in our face! Aliens walk among
us, a Sick, Sad World exclusive.
Man: The aliens aren't coming. They're already here. They could be
your friends, your family. They act almost normal, but something's
Lawndale is under the watchful eye of a pair of government agents,
who instruct the students at assembly to keep an eye out for anyone
At home, Helen and Jake try to get in touch with her, but don't manage
it. Quinn comes down wearing a different outfit, a turtle neck, and
Daria almost starts to take one of Jane's theories about alien control
through neck-implants seriously.
At school, Daria and Mr. O'Neill get into a sort of conversation in
the hall concerning science-fiction movies and the old cold war scare.
Some overheard but not understood remarks spread like wildfire, and
the whole school is talking about atomic communists from mars. At
the end of the day, Mr. DeMartino is dragged off by the FBI agents.
That night, Jane calls and invites Daria over because she's scared
of Trent's suddenly cheerful music. Daria tries to sneak out, but
Jake notices her leaving and gets really upset, especially after Quinn
repeats the communist rumor.
Daria goes off to Jane's, but passes by nearly the entire school hiding
in the bushes looking for communists. They all have flashlights, and
when Daria gets to Jane's house, they notice the strange lights coming
from the woods. Up in her room, Jane elaborates on her alien theory
until Trent stops playing and wanders by.
Artie later delivers a pizza, and when Daria asks him if he's seen
any lights in the sky really freaks out. He's a vet of UFO abductions,
having been through several, so he hides in Jane's house and tells
the girls stories of his experiences.
The next day at school Mr. O'Neill puts on a little performance he's
written about the life of Karl Marx, but is interrupted by Mr. DeMartino
returning and demanding to know who told the INS he was an illegal
alien (Ms. Barch, of course). All the rumors, more or less, get cleared
up, until Jake runs up with Ms. Li and accuses Mr. O'Neill of leading
secret communist meetings right out in the open.
At the end of the show, Daria and Jane find out that Trent's happy
song was meant for a TV commercial, and Artie appears on Sick, Sad
World along with images of his aliens that look a lot like Daria and
Jane: Different, eh? Hm, I wonder what I'd get if I turned
Daria: More free time to spend with Kevin and Brittany?
Helen: Why didn't she come down for breakfast? Daria, is anything
wrong with Quinn?
Daria: If this weren't a school day, I might have the time
to begin answering that.
Tiffany: But... if Quinn's cousin's an atomic communist from
Mars, shouldn't she have a more interesting outfit?
Stacy: Stop it, Tiffany, you're scaring me!
"Two of my favorite luscious ladies out to enslave Earth males
and end gym class? Grrrr... Someone's been reading my dreams."
-- Charles ("The Lawndale Files")
"Don't you see? Daria's turning wholesome and Quinn's a beatnik!
What's going on?" -- Jake ("The Lawndale Files")
Upchuck: These reds come red-hot from the red planet itself.
We're talking Mars.
Mr. O'Neill: Charles, I think you mean Marx.
This episode at least has a few good lines in, but overall wasn't
worth the time.
Also see my Rambling of 11-3-00.