Season 5 Episode 9

Life in the Past Lane

Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 28, 2001 on MTV - Music Television
out of 10
User Rating
30 votes

By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

Jane starts dating Nathan, a guy whose clothing and lifestyle are extreme vintage retro, mixing elements from the 20s, 30s and 40s. She is charmed at first by his ways, and even starts dressing in retro outfits, though Daria and Tom don't quite share her enthusiasm. However, it soon becomes obvious that Nathan takes his lifestyle way too seriously, and the relationship ends. Meanwhile, Upchuck begins performing magic acts in yet another attempt to attract women. Surprisingly, he is successful this time--he wins Stacy's heart, as well as her participation in a Houdini act he performs for the entire school.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
    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

    Janie Mertz

    Janie Mertz

    Sandi Griffin, Brittany Taylor

    Nora Laudani

    Nora Laudani

    Ms. Angela Li

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Why would Jane have been subliminally compelled to tithe 10% of her profit to Lawndale High? She in her own home and nowhere near the auditorium when Ms. Li chanted that under her breath!

      • When Nathan points to himself saying "I was pre-khakis ad and don't you forget it!" he is drawn with six fingers.

      • The MTV Website claims Nathan's car is a 1957 Ford Skyliner Hardtop Convertible. However, the roofline of his car looks more like a regular '57 Ford Fairlane 2-Door sedan while real '57 Skyliners had roofs that resembled 1958-60 Ford Thunderbirds.

    • QUOTES (20)

      • Mr. DiMartino: I quite enjoy helping the credulous hordes learn a valuable lesson about gullibility and trust. Gimme my cut!

      • Daria: I didn't feel it was my place to state that incredibly obvious fact. I mean impose my subjective opinion.

      • Nathan: They're so post-khaki's-ad.

      • Quinn: Is that Stacy?!
        Tiffany: No...I think it's that girl who looks like Stacy, except when she turns back.

      • (Daria realizes that they have been brought to a gathering of '40s clothing enthusiats)
        Daria: Oh, God. It's the night of the vintage threads!

      • Tom: It's true. If I really cared I'd dress like a dead man, too.

      • (Mr. DeMartino has just lost a bet to Mr. O'Neill)
        Mr. O'Neill: In loss there's wisdom.
        Mr. DeMartino: Go away!
        Mr. O'Neill: Um...yes.

      • Jane: Maybe sometime you two can teach me how to pass judgment on someone I've never met.
        Daria: She's going to be disappointed.
        Tom: Yeah. That's not really the kind of thing you can teach.

      • Ms. Li: All proceeds...
        Upchuck: Ahem...
        Ms. Li: Most proceeds will go to the special expenditures fund.

      • Jane: Why do you always have to write people off before you even know them?
        Daria: I thought that's what you liked about me.

      • Jane: (describing Nathan) He's a snappy dresser in the classical, elegant sense. Plus he has impeccable manners and a biting wit.
        Daria: Ah. So he's...
        Jane: And he loves girls!

      • (Upchuck shuffles cards for a magic trick)
        Kevin: That was awesome!
        Upchuck: We're not done.
        Kevin: It was still cool.

      • Tom: I don't know. I hate the present too, but not enough to wear a zoot suit.

      • Sandi: I think Stacy has confused being fashionably late, with outright tardiness!
        Tiffany: She's been so weird lately!
        Quinn: She hardly didn't eat anything at lunch. (Confused by her own words) Did that make sense?
        Tiffany: I got it.

      • Tom: (Referring to Nathan) For a minute during the ride there, I thought you were gonna go for his throat!
        Daria: Believe me, I've been fighting back the urge to strangle him with Sammy Davis' pants, but Jane thinks he's "swingin'". (sighs) I wish the P.C. police were here, I bet they'd give us a ride home.

      • Jane: Nathan has a pair of pants that belonged to Sammy Davis Jr.
        Nathan: Yeah, but I can't wear them, though...they're a very strange shape...
        Daria: Then what do you wear when you want to take a sunrise and sprinkle it with dew?

      • Daria: Yeah, we'll get out, just drop us off at home first.

      • Nathan: I just don't think you're ready to mix eras yet.
        Jane: You do know you're wearing a '40s zoot suit to a '60s tiki bar right?
        Nathan: Oh, God, you're right! I have to go home and change!

      • (driving around in Nathan's convertible)
        Tom: Nathan, how the hell are you keeping that hat on?
        Nathan: Custom fit, my man.

      • Nathan: I mean, the '60s are over.
        Trent: The '40s were over first.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Music
        -8-1/2 Souvenirs - "Sharp Dressed Man" (closing credits)
        -Jon B. - "Don't Talk" (Jane wants to buy a "cute eraser")
        -Olivia - "Bizounce" (after Upchuck's magic dollar bill)
        -Idlewild - "Little Discourage" (Daria & Tom leaving the cinema)
        -Saliva - "Your Disease" (after Jane sells her old clothes)

      • The "Box of Death" is from Camp Dri-All-Nite

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Nathan: I was pre-khakis ad, and don't you forget it!

        The khaki ad that Nathan keeps referring to is the GAP khaki ad from the late '90s that had a bunch of swing dancers wearing khaki pants.

      • Title Pun: Life in the Past Lane

        The title of the episode is a spin on the phrase "life in the fast lane," but could also be a spin on the Eagles' song of the same title.

      • Daria: Then what do you wear when you want to take a sunrise and sprinkle it with dew?

        The opening line to Sammy Davis Jr.'s famous song "The Candyman" (which was featured in the original Willy Wonka) is "Who can take a sunrise and sprinkle it with dew?"