Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 31, 1997 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary

Daria's class takes a field trip to the enormous Mall of the Millennium, much to Daria and Jane's dismay. Meanwhile, Quinn and her friends, the Fashion Club, ditch school to go to the same mall, but get in trouble when they run into Daria there.

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  • Daria enters her own personal hell: the mall.

    Much to Daria's annoyance, her economics class visits the newly opened "Mall of the Millenium" as part of a field trip, in an attempt to study supply and demand. The class are excited to be going, and the only two people who oppose the idea are Jane and Daria.

    The bus ride to the mall is undoubtedly the best part of the episode. Kevin starts singing an annoying song, UpChuck preys on all the females on the bus, and Britney does a cheer when they get nearer. Daria's experiences while in the mall dont go much better, with her being a 10000th visitor to an embarassingly lame shop, bumping into Quinn and having to get a lift home with the fashion club and their "guy".

    Quinn and her friends are at the mall because they sneak off from class. Wrong it may be, but their appearance is enjoyable, and yet another highlight of the episode. Exploiting this fact, Daria blags a free lift home from her sister and gets her to do housework for a month.

    In true Daria style nothing gets left unanswered and everything comes full circle, in the end amounting to nothing. Would we have it any other way though? All in all, a good episode with lots of laugh-out-loud moments.moreless
  • Daria's economic class goes to the mall for a field trip

    There is a lot of this episode that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me but that is part of why I enjoyed it. The ‘bus ride from hell’ was funny. Every annoyance that one could possibly think up happened on the ride i.e. 99 bottles of beer on the wall or Brittany’s cheer. The Fashion Club makeover part was funny along with the hairstylist wanting to give Jane a TV haircut. Daria being the doo dad winner was also great. All in all it was a good episode. I give it a B+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

Jessica Cydnee Jackson

Jessica Cydnee Jackson

Jodie Landon

Ashley Albert

Ashley Albert

Ms. Janet Barch/Tiffany Blum-Deckler

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Daria and Jane pass a restaurant in the food court named Tofu Fighters, named for the band The Foo Fighters.

    • At Scizzor Wizzards, the stylist tells Jane that her next appointment is here, but there's a sign saying "No Appointments" on the wall behind her. There's another big one right over the door outside.

    • After the trip is over and Daria and Quinn were back in the classroom, the American flag had red, white, and blue stripes instead of just red and white stripes

    • In the picture in the Doo-Dad Shop window, Daria was wearing a large hat, but when the picture was taken earlier in the episode, Daria wasn't wearing a hat.

    • When Upchuck is talking to Daria and Jane on the bus, there are two people sitting in the seat behind them. A moment later, the seat is empty.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Brittany: Did you see that cute little thingy with the cute little thingy?
      Kevin: I got it for you, babe!
      (Kevin hands her a stuffed animal)
      Brittany: Oh, Kevvy!

    • Jane: Yeah! I'd love to have hair like that woman who was molested by the kangaroo.
      Daria: Really? She looked so...everyday.
      Jane: I mean, after she was molested.
      Daria: Oh.
      Jane: (to the hairstylist) Make sure you get, like, the big clods of dirt and stuff in it.

    • Jodie: I feel used. I feel abused. I feel this is not a fun mall afterall, and the media should be made aware of it.
      Manager: All right, little lady. Here's a coupon for a free frozen yogurt.
      Jodie: Don't insult me.
      Manager: Make it a $10 merchandise coupon?
      Jane: You're still insulting her.

    • Jane: I always look for security guards leading away someone in handcuffs. Shoplifters are the best judges of merchandise.

    • Brittany's Mall Cheer

      Where are we going? The mall! What are we spending? Money! Money! Mall! Mall! Money! Mall! Mall!

    • Daria: If you play that John Lennon song backwards, it says, "imagine all the people, browsing in a mall". Isn't that weird?

    • Kevin: All right! Field trip! (leans over to Daria) Where are we going, man?
      Daria: The field.
      Kevin: Cool!

    • Daria: I think I'm going to be sick.
      Jane: Um, could it possibly wait?
      (tram stops at front of Mall, accompanied by various "ooohs!" and "aaahs!" as passengers begin exiting the tram)
      Daria: I know I'm going to be sick.
      (she then doubles over and vomits onto the pavement, with Jane looking on dispassionately)
      Jane: Bienvenidos a la Mall of the Millennium.

    • Daria: I'm sorry, Mrs. Bennett. I can't go to the mall. I have a skin condition.
      Mrs. Bennett: What are you talking about, Daria?
      Daria: If I'm in an enclosed space for too long, I get hives.
      Mrs. Bennett: But you're in an enclosed space now.
      Daria: Yes... and I'm really itchy?
      Jane: These hives get bad, Mrs. Bennett, I've seen them. They drip with puss.
      (class reacts with revulsion and Daria glares at Jane)
      Jane: Just trying to help.

    • Quinn: How will I hold my head up in the Fashion Club?
      Daria: A traction pulley?

    • Daria: I feel sick. Can someone open a window?
      Jane: I didn't know you got car sick.
      Daria: I don't, usually. It's the fumes. It smells like...it smells like...
      Jane: Teen spirit?
      Daria: Cheap perfume.
      Jane: Brittany must be working up a sweat.

    • Daria: Winner?
      Jane: You know, it's another work for loser.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music
      -Silverchair - "Freak" (closing credits)
      -Kula Shaker - "Hey Dude" (Mrs. Bennet's class)
      -Blur - "Song Two" (the trolley scene)
      -Beck - "New Pollution"
      -Mazzy Star - "Fade Into You" (Daria throws up)
      -Orbital - "Lush" (gift certificates)
      -Utah Saints - "Ohio" (Scizzor Wizzard)
      -Jamiroquai - "Virtual Insanity" (Doo-Dad shop)
      -Whitetown - "Your Woman" (carride home)

    • First episode to use the standard 2nd version of the opening theme song ("You're Standing On My Neck"), used for the rest of the series.


    • Reaper Man
      Mrs. Bennett's comments about the mall as a living organism echo part of Terry Pratchett's book Reaper Man, in which he presents snow globes as mall eggs, shopping carts as mall larvae, and malls as predators of cities.

    • Martin Luther King Jr./Rosa Parks
      Jodie's reference to Dr. King and "sitting in the back of the bus" refers to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought for the civil rights of blacks in the 1960s. Back then, blacks were (among other things) required to sit at the backs of buses to make room for white passengers, a practice that was challenged by civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. Her arrest, and the subsequent boycotting of buses by blacks, lead to the eventual end of this practice, and was the first significant victory of the civil rights movement.

    • Beanie Babies
      Fuzzy Wuzzy Wee Bits, and Mrs. Bennett's obsession with them, is a joke on the craze over the Beanie Babies collectable plush toys.

    • The Mall of America
      The Mall of the Millennium is a parody on the Mall of America in Minnesota, which claims to be the world's largest shopping mall.