Season 3 Episode 1


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 17, 1999 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary

A musical episode in which seven song-and-dance numbers frame a story about an impending hurricane.

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  • It\'s everything you love about the series, with song and dance routines!

    This is THE musical episode. Forget episodes that feature a random 30 seconds of music done by Trent and Jesse - this is Broadway-quality (okay, maybe not BROADWAY, but still quite great) singing and dancing which tells the tale of a hurricane that hits Lawndale.

    From running gags about people not wearing pants (\"Honestly, doesn\'t ANYONE in this town wear pants?\") to jokes about Britney\'s buxom stature (\"Could you point those things somewhere else?\") and fabulous rhyming ability to keep the songs flowing (rhyming \"Lexus\" with \"solar plexus\" = GENIUS), this episode has got it all. My favorite scene/song in this episode has to be the duet with Trent and Jake singing about doing stupid things and being \"Manly\".

    Because Jake may have \"a Superman complex\", but honestly, who would you rather have in an emergengy - Superman . . . or \"your damned inner child\"?

    \"Honey, ...is that okay?\"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

Evan Farmer

Evan Farmer

Eric Screcter

Jessica Cydnee Jackson

Jessica Cydnee Jackson

Jodie Landon

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (24)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Brittany: There really is a school spirit. Spooky.

    • Answering Machine: Hello, you've reached the Morgendorffers. No one's home right now, but if you leave a message we'll be sure to return your call. Bye!
      Jake: What do you mean no one's home right now? Daria! Quinn! Please get home and answer the damn phone!

    • Daria: Great. Now, not only are we gonna die, but the headline is gonna be: "Quarterback and Others Perish"...

    • Trent: (answering the phone) Hello? No, Daria's not here. You want the Morgendorffers.
      Jake: Gah! Aah! I am the Morgendorffers!
      (Helen takes the phone from Jake)
      Helen: Calm down, Jake! Hello? Trent? You haven't seen the girls?...Are your parents there?...Are they in town at all?...Have you done anything to prepare for this hurricane?...Yes, hurricane! Trent, I want you to come over and wait for the girls here. You'll be safer...Then put some on! And get over here now, young man! (hangs up) Doesn't anybody in this town wear pants anymore?

    • Daria: (singing) I always knew that I would die in Nowheresville.
      Jane: (singing) But I didn't think I'd die there quite so soon.

    • Jake: It's this sitting here doing nothing! My little girl's lost in the middle of a hurricane! I should be out there looking for her!
      Helen: Jake, I'm sure Daria had the good sense to find shelter. There's no point in putting yourself in danger, acting like an idiot with a Superman complex.
      Jake: Damn it, Helen! This is no time for your girlie crap!

    • Daria: My parents are probably starting to worry.
      Jane: I know mine would be, if they were in town.
      Daria: What about Trent? I'll bet he's upset.
      Jane: I'll bet he's snoring.

    • (Jake runs into the room)
      Jake: Helen, Quinn! (notices Daria is missing) Daria?
      Helen: Oh, no! I was hoping she was with you.
      Jake: You mean she's out there? In that maelstrom?! Oh, God, no!
      Helen: It's not actually raining yet, Jake.

    • Daria: I guess we're going to have to take our chances out there.
      Kevin: Okay, ready? I'm going to open the door.
      Jane: Like before?
      (Kevin repeatedly pulls on door)
      Daria: Just like before.

    • (Kevin crashes through door head-first)
      Brittany: Did he hurt himself?
      Daria: Not anywhere either of you would notice.

    • Jake: C'mon, Trent! Your daughter and my sister are out there.
      Trent: That doesn't sound right.

    • Jake: Gah! I can't take it anymore!
      Trent: Whoa. No more cocoa for you, man.

    • Quinn: I saw this TV movie about this really cute family of teens who got stranded during a hurricane. When they got nervous, they'd drink cocoa.
      Helen: Now, sweetie, there's nothing to worry about. (Door slams) Looters!

    • Sandi: Let's get out of here while there's still time to walk. Running for your life is so geeky.
      Tiffany: Oh, no. Wind... hair.

    • Kevin: I thought Ms. Li was just covering up!
      Brittany: Yeah, she was messing with our minds.
      Jane: Why doesn't that add up for me?

    • Jamie: Are we all going to die?
      Ms. Li: Not on school property!

    • Brittany: Oh, my gosh! Look at the Jell-O!
      Daria: It's jiggling.
      Jane: Worried about the competition?

    • Jane: You know, being a postapocalyptic town is going to be cool. Other towns will be scared of us.
      Daria: I'm sure they already are.

  • NOTES (11)

    • Trent's flash into drag during "Manly" is actually one of his alter-egos from the second season's credits.

    • Musical Numbers
      -"Morning in the 'Burbs"
      -"If the Town Blew Away"
      -"I Can't Leave Yet"
      -"Gah, Gah Damn it!"
      -"They Must Be Worried"
      -"The Big Wet Rainstorm's Over"
      -"Morning in the 'Burbs" (reprise)
      -"Manly" (Sven Faller demo version)

    • This episode is the first time we see the exterior of Jodie's house, which was first seen in the Landon family portrait in The Daria Database.

    • In this episode, we find out that the car Jake drives is a Lexus sedan.

    • The aforementioned flying milk sign ends up on the street in front of the Morgendorffer house in the finale.

    • Going by its production number, this episode was supposed to air as the last episode of the first half of the season, or the first episode of the second half. However, MTV decided to air it as the season premiere, bumping all subsequent episodes down one slot on the schedule.

    • "We are the champions, my friends" is a line from the chorus of Queen's "We Are the Champions."

    • The weatherman on the television in the kitchen appears to be a parody of Al Roker, the weatherman from NBC's The Today Show.

    • The milk sign that blows past the school at the end of the second act is probably a homage to the "flying cow" scene in the 1996 film Twister.

    • During Kevin's "conspiracy rant," the six-note "whistling" theme from the TV series The X-Files can be heard.

    • Theresa, the Cashman's saleslady, is the same "Theresa in Junior 5" mentioned in "Monster" (#206), and seen in several previous and subsequent episodes.


    • Jake: It's off to work I go!

      This is a line from the song "Heigh Ho" from the 1937 Disney classic film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

    • The Muppet Movie

      The finale of the episode with the whole cast on camera with a rainbow behind them is an homage to the 1979 film, The Muppet Movie, which also ends with a long pull-out shot revealing every single Muppet ever made up to that point, and a rainbow streaming in from a hole in the ceiling.

    • Speed Racer

      The background plate used at the very begining of Jake's song, "Gah, Gah, Dammit," (speed-lines whipping behind the profile of Jake's car) is taken from the intro of the classic Japanese cartoon show Speed Racer.

    • The Brady Bunch

      When Daria, Jake, Helen, and Quinn are each in their own box at breakfast time, this alludes to the introduction to The Brady Bunch, a popular '70s sitcom about a two parents that get remarried with their six children adjusting to life with each other.