Season 4 Episode 3

A Tree Grows in Lawndale

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 10, 2000 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary

Kevin crashes his new motorcycle, injuring his knee. Temporarily unable to play football for the team (thereby also having to break up with Brittany), he can do nothing but feel sorry for himself, and the team goes on a massive losing streak that destroys the reputation of the school and the town. Taking a cue from Tom, Daria suggests that Kevin lecture to children about the dangers of motorcycles--which helps rebuild Kevin's self esteem, but does nothing for the team (whose replacement quarterback is a dangerous psycho). Kevin must make a decision: continue lecturing, or help the team out.moreless

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    Amir Williams

    Amir Williams

    Michael Jordan "Mack" Mackenzie

    Tracy Grandstaff

    Tracy Grandstaff

    Daria Morgendorffer

    Wendy Hoopes

    Wendy Hoopes

    Jane Lane, Helen Morgendorffer, Quinn Morgendorffer

    Julian Rebolledo

    Julian Rebolledo

    Jake Morgendorffer

    Marc Thompson

    Marc Thompson

    Kevin Thompson, Anthony DeMartino, Timothy O'Neill

    Janie Mertz

    Janie Mertz

    Sandi Griffin, Brittany Taylor

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

    • QUOTES (15)

      • Daria: (to Kevin) That's a motorcycle jacket. It's made out of leather to protect you from scrapes when your head's bouncing off the grill of a truck.

      • Tom: The reiteration? Powerful.
        Daria: Like getting hit in the head repeatedly with a sock full of quarters.

      • Mr. O'Neill: Daria, are you depressed? I mean, more than usual.

      • Brittany: (to Kevin) But what about our eternal love that was supposed to last till graduation?!

      • Daria: My home life's becoming intolerable.
        Jane: Becoming intolerable?
        Daria: Is there such a word as "intolerabler"?

      • Tom: Actually, why not send [Kevin] back to elementary school?
        Daria: Because he'd never meet the academic requirements.

      • Mr. O'Neill: You're being judgmental, Daria. And you know what they say: judge and you get mental.
        Daria: And you know what I say...
        Jane: Life sucks and then you die?

      • Daria: Gee, this won't end badly.
        Jane: You know, we are the ones who told him to get a motorcycle.
        Daria: Hey, if we told him to jump off a bridge, would he do that?
        Jane: Dunno. We'll try that next time.

      • Brittany: (Pointing to the crutch she planted following Daria's advice) Look, the new Tommy Sherman Memorial Tree.
        Jane: Lovely.
        Brittany: I wonder why it isn't blossoming.
        Daria: Did you take the little rubber thing off the bottom?
        Brittany: Oh!
        Jane: Oh,hmm, Daria? Maybe we should go inside before lightning strikes you dead and bits of you mess up my nice shoes.

      • Brittany: Daria, Jane, would you like to contribute to the Tommy Sherman Memorial Tree Fund? We're hoping to get his ghost out of the girl's room.
        Jane: It takes a tree to get him out of the girl's room? Did he turn into a dog or something?
        Brittany: (Confused) I don't think so.

      • Mack: This isn't working. The new guy, he's got some weird rules.
        Jodie: You mean weirder than sticking your butt in the air and making a football appear?
        Mack: It's called a hike.

      • Brittany: Then he said his armpits would know only the embrace of his crutches!
        Jodie: What does that mean?
        Brittany: I don't know, but it sounds bad! Like Kevvy's armpits have feelings, but not for me, now what do I do with lips so empty, so yearning?
        Jodie: Lips? So we're off the armpit thing?
        Daria: You know, if you break up Brittany's attempted thought, it looks like a Mystic Spiral song.
        Jane: (Reading from Daria's paper) "Armpits have feelings, but not for me. Now what do I do with lips empty?" Eh. Are you sure you don't want to replace lips with skull?
        Daria: It's a work in progress.

      • Jane: (Referring to Kevin's accident) This is sort of what happened at my fourth birthday party, only it involved a tiny tricycle and a chimp.
        Daria: The difference being?

      • Helen: Jake, that's the Lawndale Shopper. It's written by an 80-year-old man who, if you recall, had to be brought down from his roof by the fire department because he thought he was being chased by screaming mice.
        Jake: That doesn't mean it isn't true.
        Quinn: Oh, Dad, mice don't scream.
        Daria: Yeah, you're thinking of lobsters. Who's up for seafood?

      • Kevin: I don't deserve to drink Gatorade. That stuff is only for sports guys. From now on, I drink Yoo-hoo!
        Brittany: No!

    • NOTES (1)

      • Music
        -Fiona Apple - "Limp" (closing credits)
        -Sonique - "Feels So Good" (Fashion Club at Cashman's)
        -Cast - "Sandstorm" (before Kevin arrives at school)
        -Methods of Mayhem - "Get Naked" (Kevin pops a "wheelie" & 1st commercial bumper)
        -Juvenile - "Ya Understand" (Daria & Jane at Pizza King & 2nd commercial bumper)
        -DMX - "Damien" (cheerleader's seance)
        -Luscious Jackson - "Ladyfingers" (Brittany plants new memorial tree)

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • The Exorcist

        Jane's comment about twisting her head around and around and around is a reference to the movie The Exorcist, which is about a girl possessed by the devil. There is one scene where the girl's head spins around and around a full 360-degrees, while spewing green vomit.

      • The Bible

        At the end, when Daria says "this is a day of miracles," and you see the crutch bloom, it's a refernce to Exodus, when Aaron's staff buds as a sign from God.

      • Title Pun: A Tree Grows in Lawndale

        This is a pun on the title of the book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. Heavy on the pathos, it's the story of a girl who loves to read growing up in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn.

      • Daria: That's exactly what Sammy "The Bull" Gravano said.

        Sammy "The Bull" Gravano was an under-boss for John Gotti before testifying against him in 1991 to cut his prison sentence down to 5-years and went into the Witness Protection Program.