Mike's Delayed Reaction Review-#503 (5-56), "Fat Like Me"

MDRR #503 (5-56)

Minimum Requirements - The first time we see of the fashion club in this episode, they are "debating" new membership requirements, including a maximum weight. This time, Sandi ultimately got her way over the objections of her club mates, especially Quinn, who seemed like the voice of reason at the meeting. Right after that came Sandi's unfortunate fall down the stairs and her broken leg (though she did seem to fall head first, I guess a broken neck would've been too heavy). Can't say I felt too bad about her injury though. She did sort of have it coming.

What Friends Are For... - Amazingly enough, Quinn shows some more genuine concern for Sandi's well being (much like she took an interest in helping Daria in Sappy Anniversary). The even more amazing thing was that Sandi called Quinn to tell her she was leaving the club. At first, I wasn't too sure what Sandi's motivation was in getting Quinn to resign her position too. I couldn't tell if she was setting things up so she could easily retake control later, because we all know if Quinn ever took charge that would be it for Sandi, or if she really was that distraught. Either way, Sandi (and even Jane) guilted Quinn into going along with it. Despite things not going entirely her way, Quinn still decide to help Sandi (amazingly enough, through Daria's urging) regain her previous form, which isn't as shallow as Daria would have her believe.

Soldier On - As soon as Sandi stops being so involved in the fashion club, we can all see how differently the rest of them act. They, especially Stacy and Tiffany, seem almost relaxed and having fun. Tiffany and Stacy also seem to have some fear of Sandi, when she came back "fat," they were nice to her, but more out of fear than anything. All in all, Tiffany and Stacy didn't seem to care all that much about Sandi. When news of her "resignation" reached them, they were hardly upset. However, when Quinn followed suit, Stacy started to panic. That led to Quinn's little inspirational speech that had me in stitches.

Not-So-Smooth Transition - The first meeting of the new, not really improved, fashion club was a disaster. Tiffany was the least effective new president since... well, let's not get political here. Anyway, she just kind of sat there waiting for the neurons to fire, along with Stacy and the rest of creation. It got so bad that they had to try to beg Quinn to come back to the club, just so they could do something.

Phrase of the Week - "Long live the Quinn." Can't argue with that one.

I Thought This Was Vegas - Daria and Jane's little array of side wagers had an odd tone to it. Daria seemed to be winning all of the George W's. Jane couldn't win at all, not the candy count, Kevin's blind pepperoni man act nor the imbecile/moron count. Even when Jane thought she one the big one on the fashion club break up pool, her victory was short lived. I wonder if there was an underlying message to Jane's bad luck. I hope no one is implying that she's a loser.

Ka-Boom! - We finally got to see Stacy show a backbone. Of course, she still never stood up to Sandi, but I'll take whatever I can get. The object of Stacy's outburst was Tiffany; who had proven beyond any reasonable doubt that she's not the best at thinking. Tiffany didn't even try, leaving Stacy to do all the work. The one idea she did have (about letting the boys into the fashion club) was more dumb luck than anything and she just ended up doing whatever anyone may have suggested to her. The scene where Stacy finally exploded was (and probably will be) one of the most memorable of the season, just for the part when Stacy made fun of Tiffany.

Stay Out of It - It was interesting to see Daria and Jane both meddle in the affairs of the fashion club once they both had some money riding on it (for the record, Daria said they would stay together while Jane was pulling for a complete break down). Jane, after hearing Quinn tell Stacy and Tiffany that she promised Sandi to quit but would think about coming back, used Brittany (poor girl!) to convince her not to go behind Sandi's back. Daria took an opportunity to commend Quinn for sticking with her friend in think or thin, which is less shallow than, say, trying to hit the reset button on the situation (even though helping a friend is hardly a shallow thing). Ultimately, Daria's tactic not only won her eighty smackers in the bet but also strengthened the fashion club (I wonder if she took that possibility into account).

Back in the Fold - Of course, Sandi, with Quinn's assistance. Worked her way back into her former "glory." She even seemed to have softened her hard exterior a little in the process. For one, she eased up a little on her cohorts by letting them have their way when they all disagreed with her. I guess the whole experience humbled her. Never thought that was possible.

Golly, a fashion club episode that I really liked. Who'd have thunk it? Anyway, Fat Like Me was funny and put a whole new spin on the rivalry between Quinn and Sandi. Instead of vying for control, they both were out of there for a while. Quinn is really maturing nicely, and starting to get the point or at least she getting closer to it. I'd have to say I enjoyed this episode from start to finish.

Grade: A-

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