Season 2 Episode 2

The Daria Hunter

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 23, 1998 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary

Mr. DeMartino, Mr. O'Neill, and Ms. Barch take their classes on a paintballing field trip. Daria and Jane ditch the group to go to a "great white shark" exhibit that turns out to be a tourist trap, and later new relationships are made (and broken) in tents after it starts to rain.moreless

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  • The Lawndale High kids go on a paintball field trip to learn about war tactics, group strategy and other things that are more taxing than sleeping through class. Parodying such classic war films as "The Deer Hunter", "Platoon", and "Apocalypse Now", everymoreless

    This episode is another great episode that is lost on many audiences because of the plot being so heavily based on film parodies--especially films that the target audience for the show have probably never seen. Even though the jokes are funny in their own right, one really cannot fully appreciate them if they didn't have any knowledge of Vietnam War films like "The Deer Hunter", "Platoon", and "Apocalypse Now". In fact, the last scene from the episode is a shot-for-shot homage to "Platoon" with the score and everything that is completely lost on anyone who hadn't seen the film. While this episode is a great character-development episode (the Ms. Barch/Mr. O'Neil love affair starts in this episode) and is very well-written, it requires a knowledge of Vietnam War films that most of the "Daria" target audience may have heard about, but probably never actually seen.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

Nora Laudani

Nora Laudani

Ms. Angela Li

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Helen: Of course, it isn't easy raising two teenagers all by yourself... with Jake.

    • (it starts to rain)
      Daria: Good. I was feeling too dry.

    • Jamie: (to Quinn) I really want to take a bullet for you.
      Ms. Barch: Oh, if only you could...

    • Mr. DeMartino: Thank you, Mr. O'Neill, for your tireless dedication in reminding the students how out of touch we are.

    • Mr. DeMartino: Madam, I believe you've got me confused with someone else. I'm not your ex-husband!
      Ms. Barch: I know that. But he's not here!

    • Mr. DeMartino: All right, Kevin, do you think that atrophied, pea-sized cluster of cells you refer to as your brain can remember the complicated instructions I just gave you?
      Kevin: Um...get the flag?

    • Helen: Jake, tell Daria...
      Jake: (runs off) Oh my gosh, I forgot to fix that loose floorboard, way at the other end of the house.

    • Daria: I'm sorry, the maximum occupancy is one. Please exit through the front.

    • Mr. DeMartino: And why are we going to engage in simulated combat? Daria?
      DariaM: Because no high school education is complete until you've chased your fellow students around the woods with toy guns?

    • (Daria sees Helen and surrenders)
      Helen: Daria, you could at least try.
      Daria: I can't shoot my own mother. Not with paint, anyway.

    • Jane: Ow! Those paintball thingys hurt.

    • Jane: Come on! Let's ditch paintballing and go visit the great white shark. It'll be cool.
      Daria: No it won't, it'll be stupid. And we're already doing something stupid.
      Jane: But this stupid thing will be our idea.

    • Helen: Quinn?
      Quinn: (wearing braids) Do you think this hair style means something? Because it doesn't.
      Helen: But you never...
      Quinn: Can't I experiment with a new look if I want to?
      Helen: Of course, but I...
      Quinn: All right, all right! The whole school's going on a paintballing field trip.
      Daria: Put away the red hot poker.
      Quinn: The Fashion Club put me in charge of figuring out a style to prevent helmet hair I didn't know they were going to do it--I can't take all this pressure...
      Daria: Don't beat yourself up. You held out a good ten seconds.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music
      -David Bowie & Trent Reznor - "I'm Afraid of Americans" (closing credits)
      -Kula Shaker - "Hush" (on bus)
      -Sheryl Crow - "Tomorrow Never Dies" (passing Great White sign)
      -311 - "Beautiful Disaster" (enter paintball field)
      -Alice In Chains - "Rooster" (Daria walking through woods & Jane gets shot)
      -Cypress Hill - "I Ain't Goin' Down Like That" (Sandi vs. Quinn)
      -Boss Hog - "I Dig You" (walking to Great White)
      -Will Smith - "Get Jiggy With It" (Hanoi Hilton)
      -Crystal Method - "Keep Hope Alive" (Great White Shark store)
      -Oasis - "All Around the World" (Ms. Barch & Mr. O'Neill making out)
      -The Beastie Boys - "Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun" (Quinn is about to shoot Sandi)
      -Platoon Soundtrack - "Adagio for Strings" (Sandi is left behind)

    • The scene where Mr. O'Neill is jumped on by Ms. Barch and she starts kissing him is edited out in the Noggin version of this episode.

    • This is the first episode where a fling between Ms. Barch and Mr. O'Neill starts.

      This is the only episode where Jake and Mr. DeMartino have something in common: they had bad parents and they went to military school.


    • Song: "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" The song Mr. O'Neill sings on the bus on the way to the paintball range is an old Civil War song about a soldier returning home from the war.

    • Jane: I stopped to wipe out a village of farmers.

      This refers to the My Lai massacres during the Vietnam War.

    • Full Metal Jacket

      Stanley Kubrick's war film Full Metal Jacket is referenced a lot in this episode: when Sandi is aiming at Quinn through the blasted-out hole in the side of the building, and Mr. O'Neill's uniform having a peace sign and a happy-face button is taken from the film where one soldier wears a peace sign and paints "Born To Kill" on his helmet. Mr. O'Neill is a pacifist and would want nothing to do with killing and violence, hence the happy-face instead of the "Born To Kill".

    • Platoon

      Platoon was based on Oliver Stone's personal experiences serving in the Vietnam War. The scene at the end when Sandi is kneeling in the mud with her arms in the air is taken from the Oliver Stone movie Platoon, as is the song playing in the background, Barber's "Adagio For Strings". Also, Daria's quote, "Hell is the impossibility of sanity. That's what this place feels like: hell. And it's only been an hour. Some damn hour, grandma." is a direct quote from Charlie Sheen's character in the movie.

    • Title Pun: The Deer Hunter

      1978 movie about the Vietnam War, starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.

    • Kevin: Umm. League of Nations?

      League of Nations was a part of wilson's peace plan for the Treaty of Versailles after WWI