Season 1 Episode 5

Cafe Disaffecto

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 24, 1997 on MTV - Music Television
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The school starts a fundraiser to build a student coffeehouse, and after Daria and Jane fail at selling candy bars, Daria is asked to perform on stage opening night to earn the extra credit points. She ends up reciting an anti-communist story she wrote that starts a riot and has the place closed down.moreless

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  • Teachers are weird and crazy!

    I need to get into funsraisers like this, but i would never knock on the crazy teacher's door. I dunno what is wrong with Daria's view on life becuase she always sees the negative things first before the good stuff even come into play, and yet it is funny. Kevin and Britney need to some serius help with the things they say before it comes outta thier mouth. The funny thing is that the robbery had nothing to do with this episode. who was the robber though? And that guitar player during rehearsal doesn't know one thing about caution bcuz that cigarette that was laying on top of the amp could've cuased some serius fire. Also Daria could go into bookwriting instead of poetry.moreless
  • Too much Mr O Neill, not enough jokes.

    The Lawndale Internat Cafe is broken into, and the next day Mr O Neill asks some of his students how they feel about this "tragedy". Daria, sceptical of the notion of "connecting to the world" suggests that there's nothing community-based about a web cafe. Hearing this Mr O Neill decides it would be a great idea for the students to raise enough money to plan and build a real cafe, complete with poetry and music, a place for the students.

    A lot of this episodes centres on the fundraising aspect of the project. Kevin and Britney visit Mr DeMartino, who just happens to be cooking a chicken. Quinn flirts with the customers while trying to sell phonecards, and Daria and Jane reluctantly go and sell chocolate bars.

    This episode is pretty empty to say the least. The plot works, but nothing about it stands out as being truly funny or interesting. Too many scenes involving Mr O Neill don't help, and quite frankly there's a shortage of jokes throughout the episode. DeMartino as always impresses, as does Kevin, but O Neill just comes across as annoying and boring for the majority of the episode.

    A filler episode, nothing here is worth tuning in for.moreless
  • Daria's parents become worried about Daria's college future

    Daria isn't a senior in high school and still has three years to worry about applications and SAT prep. I didn't worry until my senior year and I got into the college I wanted to. It's a bit early for Daria, and her parents, to be worried. I think that the fantasy scenes were the best of Daria so far. However, this episode was just fair. It had funny moments and a good plot line but the inaccurate college life depicted was too much for me.

    My rating: Bmoreless
  • This is CERTAINLY better than the second episode and I am well pleased.

    This is a really cool episode. What's not to love? It was fun to see them in the "college prep class" and then Jane, Daria, Britney, and Kevin started dreaming about how it would be. I ESPECIALLY cracked up when in Daria's fantasy, she is supposed to be made teacher of a graduate school in her freshman year and then the president of the school (who's offering the job) said, "..Great! Now I can use your dorm room to have affairs.." and then Daria looks straight in the camera and says, "Why is it that even in my fantasies, people act like jerks?". Great episode MTV. Great episode. :)moreless
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, Charles "Upchuck" Ruttheimer, Jamie White

Jessica Cydnee Jackson

Jessica Cydnee Jackson

Jodie Landon

Nora Laudani

Nora Laudani

Ms. Angela Li

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Daria and Jane are standing over the unconcious Mrs. Johanssen)
      Jane: We should be doing something now. I'm sure of it.
      Daria: Yeah, I think you're right.

    • Jane: I have no friends. I walk alone.

    • Ms. Li: You do want this extracurricular activity, don't you?
      Jane: (quietly) "Pop goes the weasel"...
      Daria: Fine.

    • Ms. Li: You have no overall problem with raising money for the coffeehouse?
      Daria: I believe in coffee. Coffee for everyone. But I don't want to sell any more chocolate bars. It makes me feel dirty.
      Jane: The bad kind of dirty.

    • Daria: She was hypoglycemic. The chocolate would have killed her.
      Jane: She passed out while we were standing there.
      Mrs Li: Did she ask you to feed her the chocolate?
      Daria: No.
      Mrs Li: How do you know it wasn't for her family?
      Jane: She has no family. She ate them.

    • Kevin: Daria, you're a chick, right?
      Daria: Why? You have a biology test today?

    • Daria: Would that qualify as an extracurricular activity?
      Mr. O'Neill: Of course.
      Daria: Then I'd like to register as a conscientious objector.

    • Mr. O'Neill: I guess you want to read one of your essays.
      Daria: No, I wasn't actually thinking about performing.
      Mr. O'Neill: Maybe that one about feeling like a big misfit whom everybody hates. The other kids will really relate to that. I know I do.
      Daria: I don't know if that's such a great idea. That's the one that compares the sophomore class to barnyard animals. It names names.
      Mr. O'Neill: Oh, yeah.

    • Jane: Five dollars apiece. We would've made over a hundred bucks.
      Daria: Yeah, and all we had to do was take a human life.
      Jane: You always see the downside, don't you?

    • Daria: How about, "The Bleakness That Lies Ahead"?
      Jane: Too sentimental.
      Daria: "No Life, No Hope, No Future"?
      Jane: Too pie in the sky.
      Daria: "Mommy's Little Hypocrite"?
      Jane: Too much like a children's book.
      Daria: I wish I were dead...
      Jane: That sounds promising.

    • Jane: Do you know CPR or anything?
      Daria: I once gave the Heimlich Maneuver to Quinn.
      Jane: Did it work?
      Daria: She wasn't choking.

    • Daria: Oh, come on!
      Mr. O'Neill: Yes?
      Daria: "Come together with the planet"? By staring at a screen for hours, sitting in a room full of people you never say a word to?

    • Mr. O'Neill: Here and now, let's pledge to make Daria's dream a reality.
      Daria: You mean, the one where people walking down the street burst into flames?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music
      -Splendora - "You're Standing on My Neck" (closing credits)
      -Weezer - "The Good Life" (Kevin talks to Mack)
      -Wax - "Hush" ("conscientious objector")
      -CJ Bolland - "Sugar is Sweeter" (Daria & Jane go door-to-door)
      -Hank Williams - "Cold, Cold Heart" (DeMartino's house)
      -Journey - "When You Love a Woman" (Quinn sells phonecards)
      -Alex Reece - "Feel the Sunshine"
      -Radiohead - "My Iron Lung" (Morgendorffer house)
      -Southern Culture on the Skids - "Camel Walk" (Daria looks for something to read)
      -Whale - "Pay For Me" (Daria's story causes a riot)


    • Melody Powers

      Daria's "Melody Powers" story seems based on the original Ian Flemming James Bond novels, where Bond is more a ruthless psychopathic killer that the government uses, rather than the suave debonair spy shown in the movies.

    • Jake: Did something happen?

      Jake's question may be a reference to a book by Joseph Heller Something Happened. Jake more than slightly resembles the main character, Bob Slocum, whose point of view we see the story from. To quote:
      "Today, there are so many things I don't want to find out. I'd really rather not know, for example (although my wife and I feel obligated to probe) , exactly what kind of games are played at the parties my teenage daughter goes to, or what kind of cigarettes are smoked, or what color pills or capsules are sniffed or swallowed."

    • Daria: I'd like to register as a conscientious objector.

      Daria's comment about registering as a conscientious objector is a reference to military draft during Vietnam. People whose beliefs conflict with the idea of participating in an armed combat are not exempt from the draft, but are allowed to fill only non-combat posts like medic.

    • Mr. Roger's Neighborhood
      Mr. O'Neill: And say, "it's a beautiful day in the cyberhood!"
      This sounds very similiar to what Mr. Rogers sings in his theme song, It's A Beautiful Day In This Neighborhood.