June 24, 2001
Just one more episode, then a break of unknown duration before the final movie. It really doesn't feel like we're near the end of this series, does it? This season doesn't seem like it was set to lead up to anything at all, much less the denouement. The description of the final episode doesn't sound like it'll be a lead-in to the movie, either. This is just a strange choice to me, but it's what's going on. Don't expect too much from Monday's episode, because we probably aren't going to get it.
Kevin and Brittany made a (thankfully) brief appearance. Brittany's
"womanly talk" comment was a bit disturbing, really, but other than
that there isn't much to say about those two. It's been obvious for
a long time that they're doing more than, as Kevin puts it, sucking
face. Kevin doesn't seem to be very good with names, though... "Daria's
Jodie is a hypocrite again. There's certainly good reason behind her refusal to comment, but not right after her little speech. This is Daria, after all. She's not exactly known as a big gossip (although Jodie may have been the one who first mentioned the rumor to Jane, probably in a "can you believe it" way). Jodie's secret should be safe with her. I have to add that Jodie and Mack probably are sleeping together. They seem to have been close friends for a very long time, and Jodie hasn't been shown to have any other outlet for the pressure she's under. It is interesting that she won't believe Daria's denials. It doesn't say much for her that she believes gossip before she will Daria.
I can't say Quinn put in an impressive performance this episode.
Barging in on Daria and Tom wasn't a good start, even if they weren't
doing anything she'd recognize as dating. Her choice of people to
call is interesting. She's willing to interrupt Tiffany's date, but
when she hears about Tom her first reaction is to call Stacy. It isn't
the first time she's been shown to pick Stacy over the others, and
maybe the earlier call to Tiffany was out of consideration for Stacy
on her date.
Jake doesn't have much in the way of morals sometimes, does he? Of
course, he's a marketing guy, so this may not be a problem for him.
If he's always been willing to act like he did about Tokyo Toby's
it's hard to understand why Daria has any respect for him. She usually
doesn't look kindly on that sort of behavior. There wasn't much point
in this subplot, aside from some out-there counterpoints to the main
plot involving the parasite.
Helen's (over) reaction is what I'd expect of her. I am surprised it didn't kick off a similar talk with Quinn, but then again, maybe they've already had it. This subject seems to worry Helen far more than it should, at least with Daria. If it took Daria several hours to convince her mother than nothing happened Helen isn't showing any of the understanding of Daria she shows in other episodes (or even in this one, with the calling home on Sunday comment). Maybe her experience with the stunt-car driver is what's triggering this.
Jane took the whole thing surprisingly well, considering. Well enough to joke about it with Daria. I'd bet they had more talks than just the one they had in the school hallway, but this show is just too short for some of the things they've tried to do.
Tom was quite understanding this episode, even if he wasn't very smooth. He definitely could have handled their conversation better than whipping out his wallet, but for a teenage guy who's been dating the same girl for about a year he didn't do bad at all, especially considering how males are usually portrayed on this show.
Daria is fairly predictable this episode (then again, so is the
rest of it). Trying to get Tom out unnoticed, avoiding talking with
Helen, that's perfectly normal behavior for her. I can certainly see
her being upset about any rumors going around school about her, much
less ones on this subject. She is a very private person, she doesn't
want to be talked about. Even approaching Jodie makes some sense.
Daria seems to suspect Jodie and Mack are having sex (which is likely),
which gives her a reason to talk about it, although she comes off
a bit too defensive. Talking the issue over with Jane before hand
is another one that's understandable.
The episode overall handled the subject decently. I guess they just couldn't finish a series about a high-school student without doing a sex episode. Unfortunately, this episode was highly predictable. Early episodes, even the issue ones, had more of the fun little twist endings. A solid episode with some humor, but by no means a classic.