Season 4 Episode 13

Dye! Dye! My Darling!

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 02, 2000 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary

Jane enlists Daria's help in dying her hair, but when the dye job turns out badly she claims that Daria did it on purpose.

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  • A dull, unfunny, un - Daria like and just poor episode from a once great series.

    After ruining Jane's hair dye, Daria and Jane terminate their friendship and Daria realises with resentment that she has fallen in love with Jane's boyfriend Tom. Had i not seen the show before, from this storyline i'd think this was a cheesy soap opera and not a so - called alternative animated comedy. This episode just fails on all counts.

    Firstly, there's almost nothing remotely funny this episode; Daria's Dad supplies a few one - liners but not enough to make us crack a smile after being bombarded with dreary filler. While Daria is an openly jaded character she was always seen as an overall amusing character with her dry wit and cynicism but all of this is muted as her friendship and love crisis has seen her act as the serious and mopey girl that perhaps she's meant to be. Had they of taken the premise for the first half of the episode (Jane desperately trying to get Daria mad) and made it more funny then this would've been a great episode but the sulky plot twist and painful ending deems this probably the worst written episode to date. The visuals and audio is fine but it's been wasted on an episode not worthy of it's nice animation and voice talent.

    On the whole this episode's saving grace is that it's quite short, everything else is horrible.moreless
  • Daria's Creek

    Okay, I had to stop this one before it was over. It's pretty bad, unless you like mopey teen dramas (like Dawson's Creek, or the OC, or Archie, or something like that). Like I said; it's pretty bad.

    The first half of the episode consists of Jane trying really hard to PO Daria, then asks for help with an unusual hair-dying job. (It's not as interesting as I just made it seem.)

    Anyway, the strange love triangle that was forced into the series, it explodes here, and leaves Daria, Jane, and... uh, 'guy', all mopey and moony-eyed. Both of the typically emotionless, monotone characters are sad, and randy, and angry, and brutally honest, and back-stabbing, and filled with teenage lust. Very UN-DARIA. Out-of-character, so completely out-of-character. This episode was possibly written by Pecey himself.

    (Fast-forwards through the last 10 minutes..) .... gahh. Daria goes to her mom for support.. Jane just is a rambling, incoherrent train.. and Thom makes me wish both Daria and Jane were actually lesbians. Did I mention Trent is unexplainably profound for no apparent raisin?

    *Note, season finale means 'Kick the drama up a notch!!' ... well, this finale kicks it up 5 notches.moreless
  • I wanted to put revealing too, but its much more pivotal...

    I was in total shock after watching this episode, 1) because i couldnt believe that Daria would do this. 2) i couldnt believe Tom would do this. Still, i saw it coming and was actually looking foward to it. I have this episode recorded and every now and again, when theres nothing else on, i watch it. Its a good episode, albeiot a scandilous one. I love it, and if you watched this one, and "I loathe a Parade", you'd love it too. Man, Daria had a dark...er side than most people knew she had. Its always the quiet ones...moreless
  • Jane asks Daria to dye her hair.

    I thought Jane's idea of having blond tiger stripes was very cool. I would so love having tiger stripes in my hair, of course I would use temporary midnight black hair dye since my hair color is a strawberry blond. I also liked the part where Daria and Tom kissed, that's when I first heard one of No Doubt's songs, I think it was called "Simple Kind of Life". Those lyrics were so deep. I miss No Doubt, they were so awesome. Anyway, it's a shame to what happened to Jane and Tom, but I could tell that they were going to break up sooner or later, and I did sense a bit of chemistry between Daria and Tom.moreless
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

Jessica Cydnee Jackson

Jessica Cydnee Jackson

Jodie Landon

Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew

Stacy Rowe

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Jane: Let's see, this is very complicated: identify and isolate a target tress, immobilize, and initiate application.

    • Jane: Oh, come on, it's just hair.
      Daria: That's what Samson said.

    • Daria: You're accusing me of having some kind of designs on your boyfriend, and you tell me "don't worry about it?"
      Jane: Hair...Ow!
      Daria: Sorry.

    • Jane: I'm telling you, she wanted to screw up my hair. Anyone with the least bit of painting experience couldn't possible do that bad a job by accident.
      Trent: I didn't know she paints.
      Jane: Huh? Oh...she doesn't.
      Trent: Oh. Then why she'd think she could do your hair?
      Jane: Well, she didn't. Actually, I kind of made her.
      Trent: Why'd you do that?

    • Daria: Can you picture me making out with anyone? Ever?
      Jane: (pause) Can I stop short of your wedding night?

    • Jodie: She had some big surprise she was going to unveil today. She kept talking about the lady or the tiger.
      Daria: Um, the tiger turned out to be more of a penguin with eczema.

    • Daria: (to Tom) Why? Why? Because I moved to this town and I knew immediately that I'd be a total outcast, and in the one moment of good luck I've had in my entire life I met another outcast who I could really be friends with, and not feel completely alone, and then you came along and screwed the whole thing up.

    • Jane: What am I going to do? Tag along on your dates? Forget it, that's too weird for me.
      Tom: Yeah. I don't know why we expected [Daria] to do it.

    • Daria: Now I don't know what's going on, I have nobody to talk to about it, and that's why I came to you.
      Helen: Oh.
      Daria: I didn't mean it that way.

    • Daria: So. What happens now?
      Jane: I was hoping you knew.
      Daria: Are we still friends?
      (Jane shrugs)
      Daria: Are we?
      Jane: Yeah. We're the kind of friends that can't stand the sight of each other.
      Daria: Temporarily, right?
      Jane: I hope so, Daria.

    • Helen: Sorry, can't stay for breakfast. Must get my files together for the seven a.m. I'm sorry, but this is the biggest case I've ever had! (realizes she is alone) Oh. It's five in the morning. Why would anyone be up? Now who am I talking to?

    • Jane: Maybe breaking up with him is good.
      Trent: Maybe it is.
      Jane: So why do I feel like I'm going to throw up every five minutes?
      Trent: I don't know, you haven't been eating from the refrigerator again, have you?

    • Jake: (reading the paper) You can't shoot squirrels?! What kind of a town is this?! Damn it! You can't drown them either?!

    • Daria: Hey, your hair looks great.
      Jane: I dyed it back. I will pass for human.

    • Stacy: It's so good of you to have us over for this, Quinn!
      Quinn: Well, you know what I tell myself. Quinn, if not you, who? If not now, when?
      Daria: If not leave, puke.

    • Daria: (mixing hair dye) This stuff stinks. Why can't they just mix it before they put it in the bottle.
      Jane: Because the vapors would build up and explode.
      Daria: Oh. Well that sounds like something I want seeping into my scalp.

    • Jane: Look Daria, this is the type of activity that teen girls do together to cement their friendship. Don't you want to cement our friendship?
      Daria: I'd probably do better with actual cement.

    • Jane: "Golden heather blonde." "Dewy cornfield blonde." "April wheat blonde." I just want to bleach my hair not start a freaking farm.
      Daria: Well, I'm looking for "Blonde as a Bat", but so far no luck.

    • Daria: I bet for twenty bucks and a bag of doughnuts that girl behind the counter would come over to your house and help you with this.
      Jane: You know, Daria, not everyone in the world conducts themselves with the same ruthlessly mercenary principles as you and your family.
      Daria: That's why I threw in the doughnuts; give the deal a personal touch.

    • Helen: Well, if your mother's 80, then what is she doing dragging some poor soul to the alter?

    • Daria: Because I'm not interested in you. And I'd be stabbing my friend in the back if I ever considered it.
      Tom: Of course. And what kind of guy would that make me.
      Daria: Exactly.
      Tom: All right, then.
      Daria: Okay.
      (Tom and Daria Kiss)
      Daria: Damn it! Damn it, damn it, damn it!
      Tom: I liked it, too.
      Daria: That's not funny.
      Tom: I know.
      (They kiss again)
      Tom: That was definately not funny.

    • (Jane's trying to convince Daria to help her dye her hair)
      Jane: Hello, Quinn? It's me, Daria. Can you help me make my friend look pretty?
      Daria: All right, you bitch! What do I do?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music
      -Cake - "Friend is a Four-Letter Word" (closing credits)
      -Morcheeba - "Trigger Hippie" (Jane staring at tiger)
      -Morcheeba - "Let Me See" (Trent opens front door for Daria)
      -The Presidents of the US - "Peaches" (Daria interrupts Jane & Tom)
      -504 Boyz - "Wobble Wobble" (Jane & Daria shopping & 1st commercial bumper)
      -Les Nubians - "Les Portes du Souvenir" (Daria ringing doorbell at Jane's house)
      -No Doubt - "Simple Kind of Life" (Daria walking home)
      -Ricky Martin - "Private Emotion" (after the kiss w/ Tom)
      -Morcheeba - "Part of the Process" (2nd commercial bumper)
      -The Lox (featuring Eve) - "Ryde or Die, Chick" (Daria & Jane walking in hall)
      -Blinker the Star - "Below the Sliding Doors" (Jane confronts Tom)
      -The Eels - "Novocaine for the Soul" (Helen and Daria in restaurant)
      -Leona Naess - "Charm Attack" (Jane & Trent driving)

    • This episode is available as a bonus feature on the Daria "Is it Fall Yet?" DVD.


    • Jane's concept of choosing the lady or the tiger is based on the short story The Lady, or the Tiger by Frank Stockton, where men on trial were faced with two doors, behind either was a lady or tiger, to immediately reward or execute the accused.

    • Daria: ...it's hardly an affair to remember.

      An Affair to Remember is a 1957 movie starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. It is about a playboy and former lounge singer who are engaged to other people but fall in love with each other while on a cruise.

    • Title Pun: Dye! Dye! My Darling!

      This episode title is an allusion to a song by The Misfits named "Die! Die! My Darling!". This song was covered by Metallica on their Garage Inc. album, and by Aiden for a free Kerrang! Compact Disc "High Voltage! A Brief History of Rock".

    • Jane: It's just hair.
      Daria: That's what Samson said.

      The story of Samson is from the "Holy Bible", in the Book of Judges Chapter 13 to 16. God blessed Samson with superhuman strength, and the power was derived from his hair. A woman named Delilah tricked him into giving away the secret. She cuts his hair and he was captured by the Philistines. Once his hair grew back, he used his strength to collapse the pillars in a Philistine temple to the god Dagon, killing many and himself in the process.