Season 4 Episode 4

Murder, She Snored

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 17, 2000 on MTV - Music Television
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When members of the football team get suspiciously perfect scores on Mr. DeMartino's history test, he suspects that one of them stole the answers--specifically Kevin, who was on academic probation at the time. Mr. DeMartino threatens to fail the whole class unless the guilty party confesses, and Daria later makes sarcastic jokes about killing Kevin for ruining her otherwise perfect academic record. At home, Daria has a dream that Kevin was killed, and although numerous people have a motive, Daria is considered the chief suspect. She enlists the relatively useless help of "Upchuck's Angels"--seen here as the Fashion Club with voluminous hair--to prove her own innocence. This episode manages to poke fun at numerous '70s and '80s action shows, including Charlie's Angels, Murder, She Wrote, Columbo, and Magnum, P.I..moreless

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  • Daria dreams about the death of Kevin, with hilarious and random results.

    After getting full marks on an assignment, it's not long before Kevin is suspected of cheating by Mr DeMartino. As punishment he treatens the entire class with Fs. Jokingly, Daria announces she's going to kill Kevin for getting an A as well as her.

    It's then when she goes home and sleeps that she dreams about a situation where Kevin has actually been killed. Opening her locker (in the dream) Kevin falls out dead, making her number one suspect. It's a dream-esque episode, so what follows is not only random, but rather entertaining.

    Hearing Daria's predicament Jake becomes a detective, complete with humourous lines of faces getting bigger with a magnifying glass. The Fashion Club become Charlie's Angels with the difference being that there's four of them. Even better, they're under orders from Upchuck, meaning of course they're no use at all. Half of Daria's class is involved in a murder scene, and there's even a joke about Trent using a fake arm as a back scratcher.

    It's all silly, and none of it is relevent to the programme as a whole, but what the hell, it's all good fun!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, Anthony DeMartino, Timothy O'Neill, Jamie White

Janie Mertz

Janie Mertz

Sandi Griffin, Brittany Taylor, Female Detective

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Jane's comment about grading herself on a curve is a reference to a standard U.S. school practice that involves making the average of the class's score a "C" rather than simply grading everyone on a percentage of correctly answered questions.
      (Note: The "grade on a curve" title is also applied to other, slightly different styles of grading, but the above is most common.)

    • (spoiler) Near the end of her dream when Daria is getting everyone to confess, all of the lockers EXCEPT the one Mr. DeMartino is stuffing Kevin's body into are half lockers. After this sequence, they all return to being that way.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Jane: I was meeting Tom for lunch and didn't want to reek of gunpowder, so I decided to swipe Trent's cyanide. He and the band were saving it in case they don't make it by the time they're fifty.

    • (at Kevin's funeral)
      Cheerleaders: Two, four, six, eight, Kevin's on his final date! Gooooo, Mr. O'Neill!

    • Daria: Can't I just skip the investigation and go straight to solitary confinement?

    • Sandi: Tiffany, you're not even supposed to be here until Quinn leaves over creative differences.
      Quinn: What?

    • Mack: What can I say about Kevin? That he was...well, he was...um...he never made anyone feel stupid. Thank you very much.

    • Ms. Li: Miss Morgendorffer, it is my duty to inform you that you are the number one suspect in the murder of Kevin Thompson.
      Daria: What?
      Jane: It's always the quiet ones.

    • Jake: Hey kiddo! How was your day?
      Daria: Fine. I heard a new voice inside my head and Kevin stole a test so everyone's getting an "F".
      Jake: That's great!
      Helen: Daria, you were just kidding about the voice, right?
      Daria: (to herself) Relax. We don't have to answer that.

    • Jane: This sucks. The first time I get a 95, too!
      Daria: Funny, from here it looks like an 84.
      Jane: I grade myself on a curve.

    • Mr. DeMartino: Kevin?
      Kevin: I have an "A" because...I got a hundred?
      Mr. DeMartino: That's right, Kevin. In fact, almost the entire football team, despite repeated cranial trauma and a chronic inability to solve the maze on the back of a cereal box, got a hundred!
      Brittany: Go, team, go!
      Mr. DeMartino: Only Mr. Mackenzie got a "B"!
      Brittany: (less enthusiastically) Go, Mac, go...
      (Kevin and the other football players cheer on except for Mack)
      Mr. DeMartino: Forgive me my suspicions, but it's obvious that someone--Kevin--got a hold of the test beforehand--Kevin--which would account for the jimmied lock on my filing cabinet--Kevin!
      Daria: But who does he really suspect?
      Jane: That Jimmy guy?

    • Brittany: Kevvy, what's that "A" doing on your paper?
      Mr. DeMartino: Why Brittany, that's the most intelligent question you've asked all year.
      Brittany: Thanks!

    • Ms. Barch: I would just like to say that I'm glad Kevin is dead. I wish all males were dead. Thank you and go Lions.

    • Mr. DeMartino: I should've become a video store clerk. At least I would have gotten some free movies out of it!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music
      -Incubus - "Pardon Me" (closing credits)
      -Fiona Apple - "Fast As You Can" (Daria talking while Helen is on phone)
      -Mike Post - "Theme From Murder, She Wrote" (Daria on bike)
      -Mike Post & Pete Carpenter - "Theme From Magnum, P.I." (Daria & Jane at funeral)
      -Richard DeBenedictus - "Theme From Columbo" (Daria driving home in AMC Metropolitan)
      -Henry Mancini - "NBC Sunday Mystery Movie Theme" (Daria riding a horse)
      -Jack Elliot & Allyson Ferguson - "Theme From Charlie's Angels" (Upchuck talking through speakerbox)
      -Jay Z - "Do It Again" (Daria is caught with gun)
      -Kool Keith - "Livin' Astro" (Kevin is poisoned)
      -The Chemical Brothers - "Out Of Control" (DeMartino strangling Kevin's corpse)

    • Running Gag: Mr. DeMartino muttering to himself all the other jobs he could be sucking at right now with better pay if he wasn't stuck teaching.


    • The Pink Panther

      When Jake becomes a detective, he becomes a parody of Inspector Clouseau from the movie The Pink Panther.

    • Charlie's Angels

      The Fashion Club turn into a self-parody of the '70s TV show Charlie's Angels, about a detective agency staffed with beautiful women. Farrah Fawcett became a star from being on this show, and the show was made into a series of movies in the early-2000s that starred Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, and Cameron Diaz.

    • Title Pun: Murder She Snored

      This is a pun of the show Murder She Wrote, about a woman that solved murder-mysteries, starring Angela Lansbury.

    • Kevin: Et tu, Mac Daddy?

      This is an allusion to "Et tu, Bruté?" the last words of Julius Caesar in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.