Season 5 Episode 10

Aunt Nauseum

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jun 04, 2001 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary

Helen's sister Rita asks her to handle her daughter Erin's divorce, and Helen reluctantly agrees despite the fact that she and Rita never get along. Rita ends up coming without Erin to the Morgendorffers', and as they hammer out the details of the divorce, their usual rivalries start to spring up, mainly revolving around their mother's favoritism toward Rita.
Jake is unable to handle all the fighting, and decides to leave the house until Rita goes away. Daria calls Aunt Amy (who is like an older version of herself) to come and help mediate, but Amy only ends up joining in the argument herself. Ultimately, it is Daria and Quinn who help patch things up between the three sisters.
The whole ordeal affects Daria and Quinn's outlooks: the talk of divorce makes Daria uneasy about spending time with Tom, while the rivalry between the sisters makes Quinn fear that she and Daria might someday wind up the same way.

Meanwhile, Stacy and Tiffany find themselves inadvertently breaking a Fashion Club rule when they buy identical dresses. Complications ensue.moreless

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    Tracy Grandstaff

    Tracy Grandstaff

    Daria Morgendorffer

    Wendy Hoopes

    Wendy Hoopes

    Jane Lane, Helen Morgendorffer, Quinn Morgendorffer

    Julian Rebolledo

    Julian Rebolledo

    Jake Morgendorffer

    Janie Mertz

    Janie Mertz

    Sandi Griffin

    Sarah Drew

    Sarah Drew

    Stacy Rowe

    Ashley Albert

    Ashley Albert

    Tiffany Blum-Deckler

    Barbara Soehner

    Barbara Soehner

    Aunt Rita Barksdale

    Recurring Role

    Lemon Krasny

    Lemon Krasny


    Recurring Role

    Rita Pietropinto

    Rita Pietropinto

    Aunt Amy Barksdale

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (24)

      • Helen: Where's Erin?
        Rita: Oh, mom was worried she was under too much stress and sent her to a spa in Schtaad.
        Helen: That's mom, always thinking about her grandchildren, one of them anyway.

      • Daria: To say nothing of the prescription amphetamine donuts.

      • Helen: Rita, the Supreme Court doesn't handle divorces, they're swamped with shoplifting cases.

      • Jake: I can't take anymore, Daria! The fighting, the yelling. And then, always, the crying!
        Daria: Yours, you mean.

      • Jake: It's from a Civil War cookbook!
        Daria: So you are serving us a Civil War amputed leg?

      • Helen: We finally settled the ATC Motors case after eight grueling months, and at last I'm going to get some time off to spend with my family.
        Daria: Dad, who's that woman in that business suit?

      • Quinn: (on the phone) No, you're right, marriage isn't the same as dating. Nobody ever gives you really nice appliances just for going out with a guy. (pause) Erin, why are you crying?

      • (Helen and Rita are baking cookies using store-bought dough)
        Helen: Chocolate chip or peanut butter?
        Rita: The chips are already in it, right?
        Helen: Of course! I think...

      • (watching Helen and Rita fight)
        Quinn: Why can't they just get along?!
        Amy: Environmental factors. They were exposed to each other as children.

      • Jake: I've got to get out of here until the dust settles.
        Daria: Or the bodies stop twitching.

      • Quinn: Should I give Erin an "after you dumped him" makeover or a "newly single and sizzling" makeover?
        Daria: That depends. Which one involves boiling oil?

      • (Helen is on the phone with her sister, discussing her coming to visit)
        Jake: Oh, God, Helen, no! The way you and your sister fight...a man can only take so much!
        Helen: (to her sister, on the phone) No, that was Jake. He says "hi".

      • Tom: (to Daria) You know, I can't get through on the phone at all any more. Isn't your sister afraid her ear will grow over the receiver?

      • (upon hearing their cousin is getting divorced)
        Quinn: You mean I spent the whole day in that disgusting bridesmaid's dress for nothing?!
        Daria: No, you had to pay for it, remember?

      • Sandi: Well, if I can't say "Sandi Griffin's Dracula", why does Brad Stoker get to say "Brad Stoker's Dracula"?
        Quinn: Um, I think that's Bram Stoker.
        Sandi: I don't.
        Quinn: Perhaps not. But anyway, he gets to say it because he made the story up.
        Sandi: Quinn, Dracula is an internationally-known celebrity vampire. "Made the story up"...

      • Tom: Anyway, what about a movie tonight?
        Daria: I can't. I promised Quinn I'd watch Gone With the Wind with her.
        (Tom starts laughing, then trails off when he realizes Daria is serious)
        Tom: Okay, that freaks me out and scares me.
        Daria: Pray for me.

      • Stacy: Well, I think I should have the dress because Tiffany looks good in anything, whereas I don't due to a slight asymmetry in my shoulders that is very painful for me even to mention, but which this particular dress minimizes while setting off my eyes.
        Sandi: Very good, Stacy. And now, Tiffany?
        Tiffany: Well, I think I should have the dress.
        Sandi: Um, Tiffany, is there anything you want to add?
        Tiffany: Yes. Thank you and God bless.
        Sandi: (to Quinn) Perhaps a debate is not the way to go here.

      • Jake: Hey Daria, I need some help in the kitchen with the...uhhh....
        Daria: Johnny cakes?
        Jake: Yeah, the, uh, Johnny cakes.
        Daria: Smooth, Mr. Bond.

      • Quinn: Daria, when we grow up, do you think we'll fight like Mom and Aunt Rita?
        Daria: No. We'll use weapons.

      • Daria: Frankly, Quinn, I don't give a crap.

      • Daria: I better go, Mom may need an eyewitness...or someone to hand her the murder weapon.

      • Helen: $4,000 for a lighted dance floor?!
        Rita: Helen, disco was king!

      • Jake: Now we're gonna need a signal. Okay, when I call, if Rita is still here say, um, "the eagle has landed," and if they're fighting say "the crow flys at midnight," but if she's gone then "the pigeons are at rest." Got that?
        Daria: Is there any way to work in "hark, I hear the cannons roar?"

      • Helen: Oh, Amy!
        Rita: Come here!
        (Both women hold out their arms for a group hug)
        Amy: (to Daria) I blame you for this.

    • NOTES (5)

      • Music
        -Morcheeba - "Let It Go" (closing credits)
        -Aerosmith - "Jaded" (Quinn and Sandi walking in the hall)
        -Spineshank - "New Disease" (after Stacy & Tiffany's debate & 1st commercial bumper)
        -Daft Punk - "One More Time" (Fashion Club heading for Junior 5 & 2nd commercial bumper)

      • The Morgendorffer's guest room is seen for the first time.

      • "Barksdale" (mentioned in The Daria Diaries as Helen's maiden name) is now confirmed in this episode.

      • Amy was last seen in "Through A Lens Darkly" (#301), where she gave Daria advice about vanity and contact lenses. Her only other appearance was in "I Don't" (#204), where she acted as a thorn in Helen and Rita's sides at Erin's wedding.

      • Rita was last seen in "I Don't" (#204), which is the episode where Erin and Brian got married.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Title Pun: Aunt Nauseum

        The title of the episode is a pun on the phrase "ad nauseum," which itself is a pun on the Latin phrase "ad infinitum" ("without end or limit"). In this case, "ad nauseum" means "never-ending to the point of making you sick."