Season 4 Episode 6

I Loathe a Parade

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 07, 2000 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary

Daria goes to the drugstore to buy toilet paper, not knowing that the Lawndale High Homecoming Parade is going on that day. By the time she gets out of the store, the street is crowded and she has a hard time getting home. She runs into Tad Gupty (the boy she babysat in Pinch Sitter), who has lost his parents. Reluctantly, she decides to help Tad out, and while they search for his parents, they run into Tom, who has been waiting for Jane at the wrong drugstore. Daria still resents Tom for all the time Jane has been spending with him, but she heads with him to the other drugstore to find Jane. During the course of the day, as Daria and Tom spend some time together, they find that they actually sort of like each other.moreless

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  • Daria's trip back home with toilet paper ends up making a detour.

    There are two parts that I love about this episode; one the chemistry going on between Daria and Tom (who is so handsome), you can feel the tension of what might happen if Lane caught them doing something together. Two, you may never know what could happen around the corner or walking further down the street, whether it is an ordinary day or if your hometown was holding a parade; hopping on a float, getting splattered by paint, running into a kid you used to babysit or your bestfriend's boyfriend you might like-like, or had to deal with an annoying school mascot. I wish something like that would happen to me, my life is so dull and mellow right now.moreless
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, Timothy O'Neill

Janie Mertz

Janie Mertz

Sandi Griffin, Brittany Taylor

Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew

Tricia Gupty

Recurring Role

Sky Berdahl

Sky Berdahl

Ted DeWitt-Clinton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Daria's lack of humanity comment is the second recent reference to the Hindenburg disaster.

    • World War I was ostensibly started by the assassination of the Archduke of Ferdinand. He was paying an official visit to Sarajevo during the Serbian National Festival of Vidovdan, which was a calculated insult. The Archduke's driver took a wrong turning during the afternoon (blocked by a parade route, IIRC), and the Archduke was shot by an assassin of the Black Hand.

    • That "backwards and forwards thing" that Jake is thinking about is a palindrome, meaning that a word can be read both backwards and forwards, such as "racecar" or "kayak".

    • Running Gag:
      Daria getting her picture taken, looking surprised (first by Jane, then Tiffany, then Ted)

    • It's interesting that despite having been de-brainwashed by Daria in episode "The Pinch Sitter," in this episode Tad Gupty appears brainwashed again, through his mindless comments about candy and windmills.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Mrs. Gupty: (after finding her lost son): Oh thank you! How can we ever repay you?
      Daria: Uncut diamonds are as good as gold on the black market these days.

    • Ted: (takes a photo of Daria & Tom) Thanks! I'm getting great shots of couples tonight for the yearbook!
      Daria: No, were not a--
      Tom: I don't even go to this school!

    • Tad: What's your favorite part of the parade, Daria?
      Daria: The thigh. No wait, the drumstick.

    • Tom: (to Daria) Well, I don't know you well enough to wear my cape around you.

    • Upchuck: Does the notion of satin upholstery get you excited?
      Daria: Sure, if it's lining your coffin.

    • Daria: Tad, when you brush your teeth, do you ever scrub right through to your brain?

    • Daria: I can still make it back in time. All I need is a catapult and a good tailwind.

    • Ms. Li: Miss Morgendorffer, where do you think you're going?
      Daria: Slowly insane. But I need to pop in at home first.

    • Jane: What better place than a high school homecoming to chronicle the anarchic death-spiral of Western society?

    • (the sidewalk in front of the convenience store is jammed full of people)
      Cashier: Can I help you dear?
      Daria: No. I just came to enjoy your reenactment of the fall of Saigon.

    • Quinn: Daria, have you seen my new "Teenage Superstars" magazine?
      Daria: I couldn't help myself. I plastered my walls with its hot sexy pinups.
      Quinn: (pause) I'll ask mom.
      Helen: Daria, have you seen your father?
      Daria: Did you look under the "Teenage Superstars" magazine?
      Helen: (pause) I'll ask Quinn.

    • Sandi: We can't just stay here forever. The same people have been staring at us for too long.
      Tiffany: It's like looking into the sun. It's like, really pretty? But if you do it for too long, you get wrinkles.
      Stacy: Yeah. It kind of hurts, too.

    • Tad: You're a mean old witch.
      Sandi: I am not old!

    • Tad: That product was tested on bunnies and kitties!
      Quinn: It was?!
      Sandi: Duh...that's why we use it. So those cute animals didn't suffer in vain.

    • Tom: It is a stunning array of pod people. It's times like these I'm glad I don't go to your school.
      Daria: Uh-huh. And I suppose your ivy-choked prep school is any better? Wait a minute. Was I just defending Lawndale?
      Tom: You know, I think you were.
      Daria: We never had this conversation.
      Tom: What conversation?

    • Tad: I also like it when they throw candy from the floats.
      Daria: Since when do you eat candy? You told me it was poison.
      Tad: Oh, it is, but every piece I catch is one cavity some other boy or girl will never get. That's what makes it so rewarding.

    • (Jodie and Mack are waving from atop a homecoming float)
      Jodie: Isn't it great how they keep electing us Homecoming King and Queen every year?
      Mack: Yes, it's such a generous and enlightened gesture. It completely makes up for the town's utter lack of diversity in my mind.
      Jodie: And we're playing into it.
      Mack: Damn college applications!

    • (Jake's voice from the bathroom)
      Jake: Is anybody out there? I am the only on left in the house?
      Daria: If I help you with the first question, would you try to do the second one on your own?
      Jake: Daria! Thank God! Your mother is at a work thing, your sister is at a school thing...I thought I'd be stuck in here forever!
      Daria: Ok, listen closely: There's a knob on the door. Turn it counterclockwise.

    • (Daria removes head of lion costume)
      Daria: I don't believe it--it's Mr.O'Neill!
      Tom: And he would have gotten away with it, had it not been for us meddling kids!

    • (The Fashion Club starts to advance on Daria)
      Daria: Call them off...or I start hugging you!
      Quinn: You wouldn't dare!
      Daria: Try me.

    • Tom: Hey, it could be worse.
      Daria: Let's see...in the past half-hour I've lost the chance to make 20 bucks, lost my dignity on a float, and, oh, yeah...I lost a seven-year-old child.
      Tom: Weren't you also carrying some toliet paper before?
      Daria: Yeah. (pause) Okay, now I'm angry.

    • Lion: Roar, roar, roar! We're number one!
      Daria: Um, I think the roaring twenties are back that way.
      (Lion tries to take Daria's hands)
      Lion: Come on, let's do the Lawndale Shuffle.
      Daria: How about the Get-the-Hell-Away-From-Me Slide?

    • (Daria is drenched in blue and yellow paint)
      Daria: I'm fine. Really. I've always wanted a technicolor dream coat.

    • (Jake is talking to Daria from inside the bathroom)
      Jake: We're out of toilet paper, kiddo. Can you believe it?
      Daria: Oh, well I'll grab some from downstairs.
      Jake: There isn't any downstairs. That's why I came up here.
      Daria: I see. Walking away now with too much information.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music
      -Frida - "I Know There's Something Going On" (closing credits)
      -Jay Z - "Anything" (Daria buys toilet paper)
      -Jay Z - "It's A Hard Knock Life" (1st commercial bumper)
      -John Philip Sousa - "When The Saints Go Marching In" (LHS band parade music)
      -Apollo 440 - "Stop the Rock" (2nd commercial bumper)

    • Dr. Shar (from Episode #109, "Too Cute") can be briefly seen a few minutes into this episode when Jane says "What better place than a parade..." Look closely, and Dr. Shar is there hugging some guy. She does not speak or move.

    • This is the first episode that we see a somewhat romantic relationship between Tom and Daria.


    • The Elephant Man

      Daria's line about the mascot's head being so full of dreams is a reference to the play The Elephant Man.

    • Don Quixote

      When Daria and Tom loose Tad, Daria asks, "Did we pass any windmills?" Although this refers to how Tad got lost (he went to look at a windmill in a toystore window), it could also be a reference to Don Quixote. One of his most well-known adventures involves tilting at windmills, and Daria's probably feeling this quest for TP is pretty Quixotic.

    • Indiana Jones

      Jane's comment "Godspeed Indiana Morgendorffer" is a reference to the Indiana Jones movies, starring Harrison Ford. The line, "Godspeed, Indiana Jones," was used in the movies several times.

    • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

      Tom's comment about the pod people is a reference to Invasion of the Bodysnatchers wherein spores from space have come to earth. The spores grow into pods, which duplicate and then replace the local residents. They're perfect replicas except that they lack the ambition, drive, determination and overall humanity of those they have substituted for.

    • Daria: I've always wanted a technicolor dreamcoat.

      This is a reference to the religious play and movie Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

    • Title Pun: I Loathe a Parade

      "I Loathe A Parade" is a pun of the classic tune "I Love A Parade".

    • Tom: And he would have gotten away with it, had it not been for us meddling kids!

      At the end of every episode of Scooby Doo, the monster of the day is caught and unmasked. After the villain is unmasked and motives revealed, they say the famous line.
      "And I would have gotten away with it, had it not been for you meddling kids!"