Season 2 Episode 12

Pierce Me

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jul 27, 1998 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary

Trent asks Daria to help him find a birthday present for Jane, and the enraptured Daria lets him talk her into getting her navel pierced, which she later regrets. Helen, meanwhile, agrees to accompany Quinn in the ill-fated mother-daughter fashion show.

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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

    Evan Farmer

    Evan Farmer

    Eric Screcter

    Alvaro J. Gonzalez

    Alvaro J. Gonzalez

    Trent Lane

    John Lynn

    John Lynn

    Sick, Sad World Announcer (Male)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • The outfit that Trent points out to Daria at the Funky Doodle store is the same outfit worn by Daria in one of her Season 1 Alter Egos, the pictures that are shown during the credits of each episode.

    • QUOTES (26)

      • Axl: And take fifty milligrams a day of, um, some metal or other. Zinc...aluminum, I forget.

      • Daria: Okay, okay. No party and no presents.
        Jane: Who said "no presents"?

      • Daria: Mom, Dad, Quinn's on the phone in the kitchen ordering a convertible.
        Jake: Oh, my God!

      • Daria: I don't think that's how you spell "uvula".
        Axl: It's not "uvula".

      • Helen: Quinn, what's the matter with you?
        Jake: Your sister's not pierced. Why would you scare us like that?
        Quinn: But... but it was there yesterday!
        Daria: Trying to brighten your ho-hum life with a little illusion? (yawns) Boy, I'm tired. Night, everybody. (heads upstairs)
        Quinn: She was pierced... pierced, I tell you! Oh, the humanity...

      • Jane: Don't you get it, Daria? You did something stupid for a guy. Gee, you may join the human race after all.
        Daria: I didn't do it for a guy. I did it so Trent could get the special.
        Jane: Oh, that's different. Hey, what'd you end up getting me?
        Daria: I can't say.
        Jane: I hope it's art tools. I need some new supplies.
        Daria: I did do it for a guy, didn't I?
        Jane: Oh, yeah.

      • Daria: Have I mentioned that I hate pain?
        Axl: Now, this won't hurt. It's no worse than popping a pimple.
        Daria: Ahh!
        Axl: I haven't done anything yet.
        Daria: I was thinking about how much it hurts to pop a pimple.

      • Axl: Hey, you are 18, aren't you? I should've asked.
        Daria: Is it a problem if I'm not?
        Axl: Yeah. You'll need parental permission. This establishment is licensed to serve adults only and operates strictly according to the letter of the law.
        Trent: She is.
        Axl: Right.

      • Trent: I've been wanting to put a hole right here. (points at eyebrow)
        Daria: You can never have too many holes in your head.

      • Trent: (points at guitar) Hey, Daria, what do you think?
        Daria: Um, wouldn't that be more for you than for Jane?
        Trent: That's a really good point.

      • Trent: No art supplies. We decided already. Don't want to get her a CD. And I can't set foot in a bookstore. Don't ask me why, Daria. I just don't want to talk about it. So, what are your ideas?
        Daria: A fuzzy little bunny?

      • Daria: I wasn't expecting you for a couple of hours.
        Trent: I came straight from rehearsal. We ran late, or early... whatever.

      • Helen: Daria? Last chance to join us for a mother-daughter day of beauty. It's very relaxing.
        Daria: Once you pass out from the pain.

      • Trent: Thanks, Daria. I'll pick you up tomorrow morning. Not too early, sometime before lunch...or after.
        Daria: Um, okay.
        Trent: Or better yet, why don't we leave it loose?

      • Trent: Daria, I...
        Daria: (hopeful) Yes...?
        Trent: I want you to help me pick out a birthday present for Jane.
        Daria: (deflated) Oh.

      • (Daria fantasizes)
        Trent: Daria?
        Daria: Yes, Trent?
        Trent: Want to hear this song I wrote... for you?
        Daria: You wrote me a song?
        Trent: You're my muse, you know.
        Daria: Really?
        Trent: It's called "Silly, Little Self-Deluded Girl. Why Would a Cool Guy Like Me Ever Write a Song About You?"
        (phone interrupts fantasy)

      • Jane: None of your trick questions, young man. You're behaving strangely.
        Trent: You're the strange one.
        Jane: You are.
        Trent: You. (turns to leave)
        Jane: Where are you going?
        Trent: Who are you? Mom?
        Jane: No, Mom would never ask where you're going.
        Trent: Exactly. (leaves)

      • (split-screen between Trent and Daria)
        Daria: Hi, Trent. Sorry about that. Trent?
        (Jane walks into kitchen)
        Daria: (on phone) Trent? Trent!
        (Jane leaves)
        Trent: Hey, Daria.
        Daria: Uh, hi. What's up?
        (Jane walks into kitchen)
        Daria: (on phone) Trent? Are you awake?
        (Jane leaves)
        Trent: I, uh, need to ask you something.
        Daria: Me?
        Trent: Yeah, you.
        (Jane walks into kitchen)
        Daria: (on phone) So...
        Trent: So...
        Daria: (on phone) So... you wanted to ask me something?
        Trent: Right. Right, and, uh, yeah. That sounds excellent. See you then. Bye. (hangs up)

      • Daria: (shouts) You can hang up now! I got it! Hang up!
        Jake: (shouts) You have the phone, kiddo!
        Daria: (shouts) Okay, thanks, I'll hang up myself, then.

      • Helen: A mother-daughter fashion show at school? To raise money?
        Daria: And consciousness.

      • Daria: We can bake cupcakes for the whole class and pretend you're really popular for the day.
        Jane: Will there be pony rides?

      • Daria: I'm not pierced anymore. It closed up.
        Jane: You didn't take the ring out?
        Daria: Just for the night. I couldn't stand the itching.
        Jane: I've heard of fast healers but this is ridiculous.
        Daria: Gee, maybe E.T. came in my room and touched my navel while I slept.
        Jane: Boy, Daria, you have the weirdest sex dreams.
        Daria: Don't tell Trent.
        Jane: About E.T.?

      • Jane: So you did go out with Trent.
        Daria: Shopping for your birthday present...oops! He wanted to surprise you.
        Jane: And he got me a hole in your navel. That is a surprise.

      • Daria: (in bathroom stall) psst
        Jane: Oh no. The toliet is talking to me again.
        Daria: Psst. Lane.
        Jane: Talking toliet, you may call me Jane.

      • Helen: Quinn it was just a school fundraiser. You'll have other moments in the sun.
        Quinn: But none with you, Mom.
        Helen: Aww, that's so sweet.
        Quinn: Nope, none with you. No freaking way.

      • Daria: I don't want to pierce my belly button. It never did anything to me.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Music
        -Ethyl Meatplow - "Close to You" (closing credits)
        -Cappadonna - "Slang Editorial" (Jane calls Daria back)
        -Pulp - "This is Hardcore" (Daria's fantasy)
        -Bernard Butler - "Stay" (Helen scolds Quinn)
        -Jerry Cantrell - "Cut You In" (Daria & Trent driving)
        -White Zombie - "I'm Your Boogie Man" (Dega Street)
        -Cypress Hill - "Illusions" (Quinn at Cashman's)
        -After 7 - "Heat of the Moment" (Quinn at Cashman's)
        -God Lives Underwater - "From Your Mouth" (Daria removes navel ring)
        -Mariah Carey - "Butterfly (Remix)" (fashion show)
        -Lenny Kravitz - "If You Can't Say No" (fashion show)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Quinn: Oh, the humanity...

        This is a reference to the German rigid air ship (blimp) Hindenburg crash at Lakehurst Naval Air Base, New Jersey on May 6, 1937. It caught fire and was destroyed within one minute, killing 35 of the 97 people on board, in addition to one fatality on the ground. The disaster was the subject of spectacular newsreel coverage, photographs, and Herbert Morrison's recorded radio eyewitness report from the landing field, who was quoting as saying, "Oh, the humanity!" over and over again.

      • Daria: Marcia, Marcia, Marcia...

        Daria's "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" comment about Quinn is a Brady Bunch reference. That phrase was used frequently by middle child, Jan, about her seemingly perfect, self-centered and vapid older sister, Marcia. Certainly, this is a relationship Daria can relate to.