Season 1 Episode 12

Road Worrier

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jul 07, 1997 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary

Daria and Jane head off to Alternapalooza with Jane's brother Trent and his friend Jesse. Daria finds this to be an awkward experience due to her strong attraction to Trent. The Fashion Club, meanwhile, dress "alternative" and head off to the festival, but on the way, they decide to go outlet shopping instead. Back home, Helen and Jake use their kids' absence as a chance to "spice up their marriage".moreless

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  • Daria and Trent together in a van.

    I like this episode because it starts to show the Daria/Trent relationship. She tries to dress "alternative" for him and also puts on libstick. But everything that happens causes her to be embarrassed in front of him. The bee sting, the sandwich stain on her pants, having to pee in the woods, etc. One thing they have in common is the same sense of humor. She is thinking the things and then he says it. He sees her as an equal. Trent complements her when he says "Its hard to believe you're in high school". In the end, they never got where they were going, but the ride was worth it.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 (2)

    • Mom's Diner would later be seen in "Boxing Daria" (#513).

    • When Daria and Jane go downstairs to 'complain about the noise' to Trent and Jesse, Jane is wearing black stockings. In a shot where her and Daria are standing there watching them play, her legs are bare. The next time you see them, the stockings are there again.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Trent: (while REM song plays) This is like that REM video. Except you can't read everyone's mind.
      Daria: (written on screen) Thank God.

    • Jane: I hate to tell you this, but there's a big greasy spot of peanut-buttery goodness on your butt.
      Daria: Of course there is.

    • Quinn: Can I have $29.99 for a removable nose ring? No piercing required!
      Daria: Good idea. You don't need any more holes in your head.

    • (Daria sees Jane's new glue gun)
      Daria: And I thought you were on your way to a sci-fi convention.
      Jane: No thanks. Reality's bizarre enough for me.

    • Helen: What's that?! A tattoo?!
      Quinn: Don't worry mom! It's fake!
      Daria: Wow. A tattoo to match your personality.

    • Waitress: You kids goin' to that rock and roll shindig out near Swedesville?
      Daria: No. We made a wrong turn on our way to Paris.
      Waitress: You got a mouth on ya, don't ya?
      Daria: Why?
      Waitress: Ever thought of becoming a waitress?

    • Trent: You know, Daria, sometimes it's hard to believe you're in high school.
      Daria: I find the situation unbelievable myself.

    • Trent: Daria, do you ever feel like maybe you're wasting your life?
      Daria: Only when I'm awake.

    • Daria: Umm, nice tattoo. Tribal?
      Trent: Maori. I copied it out of Tattoo World's international issue.
      Daria: Very graphic, and meaningful.
      Trent Yeah, it makes a statement. You know what it is?
      Daria: (thinking) I got a tattoo out of a magazine?
      Trent: I got a tattoo out of a magazine.
      (both laugh)

    • Tiffany: Ugh, stretch pants. Everywhere, stretch pants.
      Stacy: (looks down at her pants) Hey, these are stretch pants! I'm wearing stretch pants!
      (Stacy panics and starts to hyperventilate; Sandi rushes over, grabs her arms, and shakes)
      Sandi: They're leggings! They're leggings!
      (Stacy lets out a high-pitched squeak of relief)

    • Daria: They're not going to make fun of me?
      Jane: For peeing in the woods? They're in a band, Daria. Those boys puke on each other on a regular basis.
      Jesse: (to Trent) That reminds me: you owe me a shirt.

    • Daria: (loudly) I shouldn't have had that tea.
      Jane: (loudly) You have to go? There's some trees over there!
      Trent: (loudly) What the matter, Daria? You gotta whiz?
      Jesse: (loudly) What's wrong?
      Trent: (loudly) It's Daria. She has to pee.
      Jesse: (loudly) You have to pee, Daria? You can pee behind those trees. See those trees? You can pee behind there!
      (Daria gets out of van and walks toward trees)
      Daria: If I'm not back in ten minutes, don't send help.

    • Jesse: You'd never catch me in a job like that.
      Daria: (thinking) Because it falls under the category of employment.
      Trent: Hey, man, we're artists. Who knows where we'll be in five years.
      Daria: (thinking) Still living over your parent's garage?
      Jane: (loud whisper) Say it, Daria. Whatever you're thinking, say it. If you don't, they'll go on like this for hours.
      Jesse: We've got a vision.
      Trent: Eyes on the prize, man. Eyes on the prize.
      Jesse: Yeah, and this guy's not about selling out.
      Trent: No way.
      Jane: 'Cause for that to happen, you'd need someone interested in buying. (looks at Daria) Well, someone had to pick up the slack!

    • Helen: Your father went to one of the most famous festivals of the decade.
      Quinn: Woodstock?
      Jake: Altamont! Terrible tragedy, but I demanded my money back and I got it.
      Daria: Wasn't Altamont free?
      Jake: (laughs) That's the same line they tried to use on me.

    • Trent: Would it help if we spelled mystik with two Y's?
      Daria: (thinking) And I'll spell my name D-A-R-Y-A and be crowned Miss America. (spoken) It might.

    • Trent: Whadda ya think of the song?
      Daria: (thinking) It has a beat and you can dance to it, if you have no shame. (spoken) Cool.

    • Trent: Hey, Daria.
      Daria: (thinking) Can't speak... must speak... (spoken) Hey.

    • Daria: "Mystik Spiral"?
      Jane: Trent's band.
      Daria: Sounds like one of those Doors cover bands that play brew pubs.

    • Jane: Come on, Daria. Let's go complain about the noise, hmm?
      Daria: I don't find it a problem. Um, I have unusually sturdy eardrums?
      Jane: I think Trent's band might have an opening for a fly girl. (grabs Daria by the arm as she leaves the room)
      Daria: I think I might have an opening for a new friend.

    • Daria: Can you rig that glue gun of yours to shoot bullets? I'm ready to end my suffering.
      Jane: Well, you're not your usually sunny self.
      Daria: I've got a bump on my head, a bug bite on my arm, a sandwich on my ass...
      Jane: And all in front of Trent.
      Daria: Now turn the knife counterclockwise.

    • Jane: (playing a game to pass the time) Hey, hon. My name's Doris. I'm doing ten to fifteen for armed robbery. What are you into for?
      Daria: My head hurts.
      Jane: The cops did that to you didn't they? Bastards.

    • Daria: (from behind a bush) Stop staring, you squirrel pervert!

  • NOTES (4)

    • There were two more things cut from this episode on Noggin. Both are in "Mom's diner." Daria decides to "end her misery" and asks Jane if she can convert her glue gun to fire real bullets so that she can shoot herself. The second is her commenting about "the sandwich on my ass."

    • Music
      -Splendora - "You're Standing on My Neck" (opening credits)
      -Cake - "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle" (closing credits)
      -Jamiroquai - "Emergency on Planet Earth" (Fashion Club at Cashman's)
      -Daft Punk - "Around the World" (Daria and Quinn are each changing clothes)
      -Skunk Anansie - "I Can Dream" (Daria tells Quinn she's going to Alternapalooza)
      -Mad Season - "I Don't Know Anything" (Daria & Jane get picked up)
      -Crystal Waters - "100% Pure Love" (boys pick Quinn up)
      -Angelfish - "Suffocate Me" (driving)
      -Beastie Boys - "Root Down" (driving)
      -Thurston Moore - "Ono Soul" (driving)
      -702 - "Steelo" (Brittany hits Kevin)
      -The Beastie Boys - "Whatcha Want" (Daria gets stung by the bee)
      -Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit" (While Jake chases Helen around the living room)
      -Korn - "A.D.I.D.A.S." (Daria and co. arrive at diner)
      -Trisha Yearwood - "She's In Love With The Boy" (inside diner)
      -Hanson - "Mmbop" (While Brittany talks on the phone in the car)
      -REM - "Everybody Hurts" (stuck in traffic)
      -OMC - "How Bizarre" (Fashion Club, etc are in diner)
      -Cake - "Frank Sinatra" (picnic game)
      -LL Cool J - "Goin' Back to Cali" (Stacy smells fertilizer)
      -The Cardigans - "Been It" (Fashion Club turns off for outlet mall)
      -G. Love & Special Sauce - "Cold Beverage" (crowd leaves Alternapalooza)
      -Atari Teenage Riot - "Speed" (crowd leaves Alternapalooza)
      -Lightning Seeds - "You Showed Me" (on the way home)

    • On Noggin, there are two scenes cut from this episode: 1) Jake and Helen amorously chasing each other around the house. 2) During the traffic jam where REM's "Everybody Hurts" plays, Trent comments on how they were stuck in traffic just like in the music video, except you can't read anyone's mind. The shot of Daria with the words, "Thank God" as the subtitle was cut.

    • Noggin deleted scene: When Daria says, "Stop staring, you squirrel pervert!"


    • Daria: I'm ready for my abuse, Mr. DeMille.

      This is a parody of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. The line is usually quoted as, "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille." but the original was actually, "And now, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
      The film has some very dark humor in it, and tends to make fun of the Hollywood scene of that era. In addition, the character Daria quotes (Norma) becomes insanely jealous of her love interest (Joe Gillis), who attempts to walk out on her.

    • Altamonte

      The famous '60s rock festival Jake attended, Altamonte, was famous because the Hell's Angels (who had been hired as security) killed some concert-goers.

    • Jake: And stay away from the brown--

      This is a Woodstock reference. On the loudspeaker at the Woodstock festival, someone said, "Stay away from the brown acid. It's not poison, it's just bad acid."

    • Monty Python

      Trent seems very ready to change his band's name at Daria's suggestion. This may be a play on the old Monty Python skit, "Rock Notes", where the band was changing its name throughout.

    • Title Pun: The Road Warrior

      The Road Warrior was an Australian film from 1980 starring Mel Gibson. It was a futuristic look at the effects of high petroleum prices on society, which would eventually lead people to forming bands of bandits trying to steal petroleum from eachother.

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