Arts 'N Crass
Episode Summary:Jane is suckered into entering a poster in a school art contest. The poster is supposed to reflect "Student Life At The Dawn Of A New Millennium," and she eventually talks Daria into helping her. Their poster, depicting a beautiful young girl with an eating disorder, is the source of much controversy among Li and O'Neill. O'Neill makes changes to the poster and Li submits it against the wills of Daria and Jane. So, the two decide to sabotage their own work in protest of the changes made.
The Daria Hunter
Episode Summary:Field trip! Daria, Jane, and the rest of the Lawndale student body go on a paintballing trip. When Jake and Helen decide to volunteer to help on the trip, things get interesting. Daria and Jane, who would rather be anywhere else, ditch the field trip to see "The Great White Shark" instead, while bickering within the Fashion Club comes to a head between Sandi and Quinn. Rain finally forces the field trippers indoors, and throws people together who would rather not be in the same room with each other.
Quinn The Brain
Episode Summary:With Quinn's language arts grade on the line, she is forced to do her own homework. She writes an essay for O'Neill's class and is suddenly proclaimed to be a "brain" by the whole school. Daria finds herself in competition with Quinn, as she feels Quinn has stolen her identity. Daria must find a way to turn Quinn back into the self-absorbed person she once was. How? By becoming Quinn herself!
Episode Summary:Helen's niece Erin is getting married. As if attending a family wedding weren't bad enough, Daria and Quinn are also forced to be bridesmaids. Quinn falls into her role gracefully and attracts the attention of practically every male at the reception, including the minister, while Helen faces years of pent up hostility between herself and her sister, Rita. Daria mopes around the reception and makes up wild stories about herself. Eventually, she escapes the insanity of the reception with her "cool" aunt Amy, who bears a striking resemblance to her sardonic, out-of-place niece.
That Was Then, This Is Dumb
Episode Summary:Old friends from Helen and Jake's carefree, hippie days come for a visit. Willow and Coyote, accompanied by their son Ethan, cause Helen and Jake to re-examine their lives. Quinn spends this time flirting with Ethan, while Daria escapes to the flea market with Jane, Trent, and Jesse to help them sell their collection of vinyl records. Upchuck lends his "experitise" to the mix, and ends up leaving the table unattended, which results in all the records being stolen. Helen and Jake finally realize that it's better to live in the present, and their two friends reveal that their free lifestyle isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Episode Summary:Mr. O'Neill gives his class an assignment to make a movie as an exercise in "living literature." Jane and Daria team up to make their movie, and after some experimentation they choose Quinn as their subject. They follow her around with a video camera filming her every move, intending to expose the vapid and shallow aspects of popularity. They get some very damaging footage of her, but after Quinn expresses her insecurities to Daria and Jane, Daria's conscience gets the better of her and she decides to go easy on her sister. Daria omits the most damning scene, and the film ends up making Quinn more popular than ever.
The New Kid
Episode Summary:Ted, the new kid in town, gives Daria a run for her money in the brains department. She meets Ted when she is forced to join the yearbook staff. Ted suggests to DeMartino that some pages be cut from sports and clubs, which slates the rest of the student body against the two. Quinn, in an attempt to get the pages back, sets Daria up on a date with one of her guys, Robert, only to have it backfire. Daria, becoming increasingly attached to Ted, takes him to the arcade and they try out virtual reality. Ted ends up befriending Robert there and gains instant popularity, leaving Daria right back where she started.
Episode Summary:Daria and Jodie are invited to visit the campus of Grove Hills, a school for gifted and talented students. Their parents also visit the campus, leaving Quinn by herself. Daria and Jodie discover that the students at the school are indeed smart, but they also act like elitist snobs. Jodie tries to give them a chance after Daria brushes them off, but after awhile they get to her, too. They realize that even though being around their intellectual peers would be nice, putting up with their attitudes wouldn't be worth it. They both decide to stay at Lawndale High instead of transferring to Grove Hills. Meanwhile, Quinn is supposed to be staying with Sandi while her family is gone, but they have a fight and Quinn is kicked to the curb. After her attempts to stay with both Tiffany and Stacy fail, she ends up at Jane's. Jane realizes that Quinn is scared to go home and allows her to stay there, but it's not long before she starts regretting that decision.
Episode Summary:At a grundge club, Daria develops a strange rash. It is gone by the next morning, but appears again later in class. She is admitted to the hospital to have some tests run, and Jake is convinced she's on drugs. Daria makes Jane promise not to tell anyone at school about her predicament, but Jodie drags the information out of her anyway. Jodie, Mack, Brittany, Kevin, and Jane all end up visiting Daria in the hospital. The doctors can't find anything wrong with her, but the next time she encounters Trent, we find out the real reason for the rash.
Episode Summary:Lawndale High holds a medieval fair and Ms. Li, in her typical fashion, makes attendance mandatory. Sandi, Brittany, and Quinn all decide to try out for the lead role in the Canterbury Tales. Brittany gets extremely jealous when Quinn gets the lead opposite Kevin. She volunteers to drive him to the fair, but she "accidentally" misses the turn and they never make it there. O'Neill is forced to make a last minute substitution and asks Jeffy to fill in. Unfortunately, Jeffy's not even clear on which story he's supposed to be reading. When he says the wrong lines, Quinn gets flustered and the crowd starts laughing. The whole thing ends up prompting a food fight, and Quinn is thoroughly humiliated, much to the enjoyment of Sandi and her mother. During all of this, Daria and Jane get stuck on the ferris wheel with a sobbing Stacy. Later, the two take charge of the information booth and share stories with a group of children explaining what the medieval times were really like.
See Jane Run
Episode Summary:Jane and Daria decide to sit out in gym to avoid being subjected to cheerleading excercises. The teacher, Ms. Morris, is not happy about this and makes the mistake of mocking Jane's sister, Penny. Jane, seeing this as a challenge, decides to join the track team. She also thinks Evan, who is on the team, is cute so that helps in her decision a little. She's a great runner and Morris starts treating her better. She's getting perks, and Daria's not quite sure what to think of the whole thing. When Jane gets a "by" on the math test, Daria gets pissed off. Jane finally decides it's not worth it and that it was wrong. She quits the track team, but Ms. Morris is not going to let her go that easy. She and Daria are forced to make up all the gym class they've missed, which means cheering and doing splits. But at least they have their dignity.
Episode Summary:Trent seeks Daria's help to find a birthday present for Jane. When the two go shopping together, Trent manages to talk Daria into getting her naval pierced. When Jane finds out about what happened, she teases Daria about how she finally did something stupid for a guy. The piercing starts to itch, so Daria decides to take the ring out, but not before Quinn finds out about it. She threatens to tell their parents, but Daria reminds Quinn that she may not want to upset Helen before the big mother/daughter fashion show they have been preparing for. Quinn decides to keep her mouth shut for the time being. Quinn and Helen's appearance in the fashion show goes horribly wrong when Helen causes both of them to trip and fall on the runway. Afterward, Quinn tries to get Daria in trouble by telling their parents about the naval ring, but by then the piercing had closed up so her parents think she just made the whole thing up.
Write Where It Hurts
Episode Summary:Mr. O'Neill gives Daria a special assignment for his class. She is supposed to write a story using people she knows in real-life, turn them into fictional characters, and use them in a story with moral intentions. She finds that this is much more difficult and frustrating than it sounds. She comes up with several stories such as Jane running away with Kevin and her parents telling Quinn how they wish she could be more like Daria. But Daria doesn't approve of any of her stories...they don't feel "true" to her. Finally, Helen gives her some motherly advice, and Daria writes a story not about the way she sees the world, but rather about the way she thinks the world SHOULD be.