Although I'm still a bit unsure about Daria's actions, "Pierce
Me" was a pretty decent episode. The scenes between Trent and
Jane were great, as was the teasing of the shipper faction. I'm sure
the look at Trent's character was greatly pleasing to a large number
of fans, but it was interesting anyway
But, back to Daria herself. For the most part there wasn't much too
far out of her normal actions, but there were a couple things. That
little daydream waiting for Trent to call back seemed pretty pointless,
except as the tie-in for Daria's idea on what Trent should give Jane.
Daria shaking so badly that Axle had to tell her to stop was rather
odd, as we haven't seen anything else in the entire series to indicate
that she was as much of a "pain wimp" as shown in this episode.
This, unfortunately, seemed to be there just for an excuse to have
Daria and Trent holding hands (amazing how quickly she recovered from
her discomfort from meeting Monique).
Still, all in all, it's better than most of this season. I haven't seen a second-season episode yet that would fit in the "best" list, but at least this one has a Daria Classic ending.