Another triplet, although you'll have to wait till tomorrow for the
season wrap-up commentary.
I rather enjoyed "It Happened One Nut." The continued shipper
fanservice was there, but the rest of the episode was pretty good,
and even most of the Trent scenes were pretty good. Those were some
odd aptitude tests, however; they usually have categories a little
more broad than "mortician."
Helen's reaction to these tests is pretty much what one would expect
from her, although the career counseling option seems like she's trying
to meet Daria at least part way. Jake's reaction goes to show just
how much he wants a chance to help out his kids, even if it doesn't
really work in Daria's favor.
I have to ask, however, what's wrong with Tiffany? Okay, part of the
slowness is probably because she's trying to sound out the words on
the page, but she's pretty slow even when not trying to read aloud.
Is the poor girl on some sort of medication? Daria's reaction was
pretty good, "Useful, supportive, purple, what?"
but the scene seems to be there just to highlight Tiffany's decelerating
Daria's time on the job was pretty much as you'd expect. She can do
a good job, but she isn't the smiley type. Kevin fits the stereotype
of the illiterate high-school student, but he's wearing thin, as is
Brittany. If they remain static while the rest of the characters develop,
this is just going to get worse.
Helen's reaction to getting a call from Jane at work was great, although
Jane's method of helping Daria was pretty underhanded. Considering
Daria's reaction in "See Jane Run" it's slightly surprising
she allows Helen to do this, but then again, it's something she was
forced into by Helen.
"Just Add Water" seems familiar... how many mandatory-attendance
weird events is Ms. Li going to throw? Requiring high-school students
to visit a floating casino? And giving them all chips as well? This
lady is going to get herself sued real soon now, and considering the
animosity between her and Helen, it's amazing it hasn't happened yet.
I don't get that bit about "adult volunteers," since the
teachers all seem to be gambling, not helping out, and same for the
Daria and Jane were used well, as much as they were in the episode,
that is. Their scene with Mr. DeMartino was great, as was Daria's
More Fashion Club infighting, and Stacy actually has a good idea until
she gets stomped on by Sandi. Quinn suddenly getting a date with Marcos
was a bit out of line. Quinn's at least six years younger than he
is, for starters.
Jake and Helen's marriage problems continue, as does Jake's marketing
ideas problem. How does he stay in business with those kind of deals?
The teachers were used pretty well, especially Mr. DeMartino, but
Ms. Barch is gunning to get arrested here. Which ties into another
problem: Wow is that water shallow there. Amazing that cruise liner
can sail in waters shallow enough for all those people to stand up
This would have been an okay episode if not for the stupid little
plot devices required to get things going.
"Jane's Addition" was another excellent Eichler creation.
It made a fantastic finale, in more ways the one. We got the end of
the season, of Daria's crush on Trent, and of the effortless period
of Daria and Jane's friendship.
Mr. O'Neill's project is a bit much, even for a school with good computers
and in an upper-middle class suburb. Still, this is Mr. O'Neill we're
Daria and Jane make a natural team for this sort of thing, and end
up with a fairly interesting product, even if they did get the stages
wrong (which may have been on purpose). Trent falls through, of course,
and Daria finally realizes that she and Trent just wouldn't
work together. Their last scene is full of double-entendres and is
pretty much a long in-joke that comes off pretty well. Trent's excitement
over the concept was pretty nice, although his digital period seems
to have ended before the next season gets going. That's too bad, Mystik
Spiral seems like a band that could use some Moog Cookbook styilings.
Jane's hooking up with Tom was rather abrupt, to say the least. Jane's
sort of done this kind of thing before, as far back as "The Invitation"
but this time it works out enough to last more than part of one night.
Even without knowing the end of fourth season, Tom seems like the
kind of guy Daria would get along with, if she hadn't met him in such
a way. Daria's pretty protective of her friendship with Jane, as we've
seen in "See Jane Run," and she does get pretty nasty in
this episode, but being blown off by your best friend for a couple
weeks can do that to a person.
Definitely a strong end to the season, and a great setup for season