What does your foot odor say about your sexual prowess?
Sniffing For Love on the next Sick, Sad World
Mr. DeMartino is teaching the class about the Republican and Democrat
parties, when Ms. Li bursts in with an announcement. She's decided
to force everyone in the school to volunteer for a week so she can
win an award from the superintendent, although that's not how she
puts it. She brushes off Mr. DeMartino, who tries to resign.
Daria and Jane procrastinate, so most of the positions are filled
by the time they sign up. Jane ends up doing an arts and crafts class
in the children's ward of the hospital, and Daria ends up reading
to seniors, which Kevin and Brittany also sign up for in the mistaken
impression it involves high-school seniors. Quinn and the Fashion
Club plan on collecting clothes for the homeless.
Jane picks out her own materials to take the hospital for her class
(including pipes, tires, bags with radiation symbols on them, and
doll heads for making voodoo dolls of the hospital staff).
Quinn talks the Fashion Club into starting by donating some of their
own clothes, but only to make more room in their closets for new stuff.
At the retirement home Brittany and Kevin are big hits, Brittany with
her romance novel and Kevin with his comic book. Daria tries out Howl
by Allen Ginsberg and isn't well received, even after she's made to
read a different book.
Jane really gets into her art project, but Daria is disappointed in
her reception. Jane suggest getting some perkiness tips from Quinn,
but not let Quinn know she's helping. Daria eavesdrops outside Quinns
room, but can't stand it long enough to get any pointers. Daria ends
up spending an afternoon with Brittany, who wants to help her out.
The Fashion Club goes collecting clothes, but is rather picky in accepting
donations, not accepting anything that isn't up to their standards.
Quinn finally gets worried about this, and gets Sandi to agree, so
they decide to just accept anything from now on; at least, until they
meet Ms. Johensen.
Daria ends up reading to a Mrs. Blaine, whom Daria at first suspects
of being deaf, but who then tells Daria she has a pretty voice.
Ms. Li gets the commendation she was after, and reads it, or at least
the parts that mention her, at assembly. She also gives an award to
Kevin and Brittany for being "outstanding volunteers." Then
the Fashion Club presents their donations, which amount to a pair
of go-go boots and a belly chain. Jane got banned from the hospital
for her mural, which included a scalping. At the end, Daria goes back
to the retirement home and reads one of her Melody Powers stories
to Mrs. Blaine.
Kevin: Darwin's the monkey guy, right? I like monkeys.
Mr. DeMartino: A statement no doubt once also made by your
Ms. Li: With all that this great land has given us, shouldn't
we think about giving back just a little?
Daria: She's right. I'm going to renounce my citizenship.
Daria: I protested that book burning last year.
Jane: You yelled at the TV screen.
"There'll be no popsicle stick picture frames in Jane Lane's
arts and crafts class. Tomorrow we're making voodoo dolls of the hospital
staff" -- Jane ("The Old and the Beautiful")
"Do you think if you breathe on me I might catch your enthusiasm?"
-- Daria ("The Old and the Beautiful")
"Yeah, the kids and I are redoing all the wall murals. The happy
clowns holding balloons? We turned them into Mongol invaders wielding
maces." -- Jane ("The Old and the Beautiful")
Daria: I didn't know Brittany had an older sister.
Ashley-Amber: She does? Cool. Maybe we can get manicures together.
Daria: They may be shallow, but that doesn't mean they should
Jane: Yes it does.
Daria: Very well, I'm sold.
Jane's part was great, and the Fashion Club was at their best (by
which I mean most typical). Daria's part didn't seem to fit her character,
however. I expected at least a token protest against the mandatory
volunteerism, and it's very hard to imagine her desperate enough to
go to Brittany for help.
Also see my Rambling of 10-29-00.