Season 3 Episode 8

Lane Miserables

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jul 14, 1999 on MTV - Music Television
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The Lane house gets a little too crowded when Jane and Trent's siblings and dad all move back home, at the same time. Unable to handle it, Jane and Trent stay with Daria's house--which puts Daria at a quandary, as she has to deal with her crush.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

    Alvaro J. Gonzalez

    Alvaro J. Gonzalez

    Trent Lane

    John Lynn

    John Lynn

    Sick, Sad World Announcer (Male)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • When Jane asks Daria if she's sure she has the concentration for this game Jane notes that Daria has only picked 2 letters. If you look closely you see that Daria has three letters, however when it goes to a closeup of her letters she puts the next letter down it shows she only had two before she added the next letter.

      • At the beginning when Helen cuts the lasagna she cuts it into 6 pieces, but when they show it sitting on the table it is cut into 12 pieces.

    • QUOTES (15)

      • Penny: (on the phone) No, no, Señor Finance Minister. Necesito dinero to reopen my business. Your volcano wiped out hundreds of hand-fashioned tin picture frames and I'd like to know how your government intends to compensate me.

      • Daria: Well, I was just pondering the idea that the negative, which is the nothingness of being and the annihilating power both together, is nothingness.
        Quinn: Oh, Daria! That whole "less is more" thing is so over! Accessories are back.

      • Wind: Do I smell cookies baking?
        Jane: Not bloody likely.
        Amanda: (runs off) The kiln!

      • Helen: Jake, do you ever worry that our children are becoming strangers to us?
        Jake: Stranger than us? What's so strange about us?

      • Quinn: You're an artist, right?
        Jane: I've been known to push the paint around.

      • Jane: I don't suppose you could tear out a chapter for me?
        Daria: Sorry. Library book.

      • Jane: Maximum of three questions. No betrayals. Immunity from prosecution.
        Helen: Agreed. Drugs?
        Jane: Nope. Unless you count TV.
        Helen: Depressed?
        Jane: No, just realistic.
        Helen: Sex? Oh, that's too obvious. Can I have another one?

      • Vincent: Oh, honey? Don't drink from that big bottle in the kitchen; it's silver nitrate.
        Jane: It's poisonous?
        Dad: Yeah. And I need it for my prints.

      • Quinn: Listen, Daria, I always say that just because a guy has a girlfriend, it doesn't mean he's off-limits. Unless you're the girlfriend. By "you" I mean me, of course. Remember that.

      • Amanda: You know, if you try to hold a butterfly tightly in your hand, it will die. You have to let it go. And if it comes back, it is truly yours, but if doesn't, it never really was.
        Jane: (mutters) How about if you tear off its precious little wings?

      • (Mrs. Lane rings the bell at the Morgendorffer's. Helen answers.)
        Mrs. Lane: Helen?
        Helen: Why, Amanda! I suppose you've come to claim your children...
        Mrs. Lane: Are they here?
        Helen: Jane is free to leave, but Trent is grounded.
        Mrs. Lane: Oh, I don't believe in that! You know, Helen, if you hold a butterfly tightly in your hands, it will die. You have to let it go, and--you've got to help me!! I need my house back!!

      • Trent: Hey, Jane, I need to borrow your toothbrush.
        Jane: Take it. It's a gift.

      • (doorbell rings)
        Jake: Quinn! Your date is here!
        (opens the door and finds Monique standing there)
        Jake: Wow...I really don't know my kids!
        Monique: Hey, is Trent around?
        Jake: (surprised) Oh! You're for...well, then...Trent! Your date is here!
        Trent: Thanks.
        (hands Jake his toothbrush)
        Helen: Trent, where are you going?
        Trent: Out.
        Helen: And when will you be coming back?
        Trent: Later.
        (they leave)
        Helen: Someone needs to have a talk with that young man about the life decisions he's making.
        (Jake drops the toothbrush)
        Jake: Eww!

      • Amanda: Courtney and Adrian are coming for a visit. Isn't that great?
        Trent: Does Summer know?
        Amanda: She should, shouldn't she?
        Trent: Well, she's kind of their mother.

      • Jane: (to Daria, about Monique) Don't worry, your twice the woman she is.
        Quinn: No, that would be a size 12.

    • NOTES (3)

      • By coincidence, this episode premiered on Bastille Day. Bastille Day is also mentioned in Les Miserables, the same title pun.

      • Music
        -Pet Shop Boys - "Too Many People" (closing credits)
        -Heather Nova - "London Rain" (Trent looks in fridge)
        -Speed - "Space Queen" (Jane running past Helen)
        -Blaque - "808" (Jane eating w/ Morgendorffers)
        -Paul Weller - "The Changing Man" (parrot steals photograph)
        -Sonic Youth - "Dirty Boots" (Scrabble)
        -The Foo Fighters - "Everlong" (Daria watches Trent leave with Monique)
        -Filter - "Welcome to the Fold" (Trent & Monique drive away)
        -UNKLE - "Unreal" (Quinn's fantasy)
        -Sonic Youth - "The Diamond Sea" (Daria's fantasy)

      • We learn the Lane family has a total of 5 children: Summer, Wind, Penny, Trent, & Jane.

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Jane: ...the wandering Lanes scatter to parts unknown.

        Jane's comment about the "wandering Lanes" is a reference to the Wandering Jew, supposedly a Jew who mocked Jesus on his way to the cross and was condemned to wander on earth until Judgement Day.

      • Jane: ...the manger will be fine.

        This quote alludes to the biblical story of Mary and Joseph, who stay in a hotel's manger and then gave birth to the baby Jesus.

      • Episode Title: Lane Miserables

        This episode title is clearly an allusion to the novel by French novelist Victor Hugo (1802-1885) "Les Misèrables" written in 1862. Among the most well known novels of the 19th century, it follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a twenty year period in the early 19th century that includes the Napoleonic wars and subsequent decades.