Daria

Season 1 Episode 14

The Misery Chick

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jul 21, 1997 on MTV - Music Television
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Tommy Sherman, former Lawndale High football star, visits the school when a goalpost is named after him. He turns out to be a complete jerk that insults or propositions everyone he meets, particularly Daria, whom he calls a "misery chick". Daria and Jane crack a few jokes about wishing he were dead, and seconds later he is killed when the goalpost falls on him. Suddenly everyone comes to Daria for advice on dealing with the traumatic incident, because they all think she's obsessed with death, and Jane starts avoiding her because she feels responsible.moreless

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  • The Best Season Finalé I\'ve ever seen!

    10
    This is one of the most hilarious episodes I have ever seen! Its so orignal, and creative and funny! I love it! Its about a Lawndale High graduate who returns back and ends up being a cruel loser and after Jane and Daria\'s wishes he dies! You will love this episode for all you Daria fans you will see the biggest losers(except for Daria and Jane) act stupid! Its so funny!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

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This is the first episode to reveal Jane's love of running.

    • At the beginning of the scene in Mr. O'Neill's classroom, the seat to the right of Daria and behind Jodie is empty. At the end of the scene, Jane is sitting there.

    • When Daria and Jane are talking to Tommy Sherman, the picture of the Hindenburg on Daria's locker door changes throughout the scene. In the first shot of it, it's in the air. In the second shot, it's on fire. In the third shot, it's crashed.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Jane: (to Daria) When they say "You're always unhappy", what they mean is "You think", Daria, I can tell because you don't smile. Now this guy died, and it's making me think, and that hurts my little head and makes me stop smiling. So, tell me how you cope with thinking all the time, Daria, until I can get back to my normal vegetative state.

    • Daria: Did Trent know you were up here?
      Jane: I told him to tell anyone who showed up that I was out running. What a surprise, he forgot.
      Daria: No, he didn't.

    • Daria: Are you avoiding me?
      Jane: Uh...not any more?

    • Quinn: Wow, your room still looks like this?
      Daria: Need help filling out your picture order form? It's Q, U, I...

    • Daria: If you don't believe any of it, why give the speech?
      Jodie: Because I'm on the Student Council. It's a job with many responsibilities, and today it's my responsibility to kiss the butt of some jock getting a goal-post named after him.

    • Helen: Daria, people judge you by your expression.
      Daria: Yeah, and I believe there is something intrinsically wrong with that system. I have dedicated myself to changing it.

    • Quinn: Do you think "Nature's Precious Wonders" was a good choice, because I almost went with "Starlight over Yosemite".
      Helen: I think it was a fine choice. What did you pick, Daria?
      Daria: "Black Clouds Swirling over Chernobyl.

    • (After Brittany tries to get advice from Daria)
      Brittany: So, you're saying that feeling bad about not feeling worse is good?
      Daria: (confused)Yes...yes, that's exactly what I'm saying.

    • Daria: Find some other way to feel, then you won't feel sad. Good luck.
      Sandi: That's what I get for ten dollars? Are you kidding?
      Daria: See, it's working already.
      Sandi: (pause) Thanks...
      Jane: You just made ten bucks off of that poor girl's suffering.
      Daria: Yeah. That was wrong.
      Jane: Really. Next time...
      Daria: Twenty.

    • (discussing Lord Tennyson in Mr. O'Neill's class)
      Daria: He says, "Emotional involvement brings pleasure and extraordinary pain." Then he declares that it's better than feeling nothing at all.
      Mr. O'Neill: That is excellent, Daria.
      Daria: Of course, this was before the advent of community property laws.

    • Mr. O'Neill: Yes, I'm sure you're dealing with it. (pause) I'm not dealing with it! (starts to cry)
      Daria: (awkwardly) There, there.

    • Mr. O'Neill: I figured you're be dealing with it. You probably think about the dark side all the time.
      Daria: The dark side? Are we talking about "the Force"?

    • Tommy: Do you know who I am? Tommy Sherman?
      Daria: I know the whole school's turning itself inside out because of some egotistical football player, and I've seen you insult or proposition just about everyone you come across, so my guess is that you're the football player guy. Congratulations, you must have worked very hard to become such a colossal jerk so quickly.

    • Daria: Excuse me.
      Tommy: You're kidding, right? You think I'm going to talk to you? (looks at Jane) You, maybe. Like, four hours into a kegger.
      Jane: Perhaps after I vomit on your shoes...

    • Kevin: I'm Kevin Thompson. This is Michael Jordan Mackenzie.
      Tommy: Michael Jordan Mackenzie? You're kidding, right?
      Mack: It was Michael James Mackenzie, but Dad went to a Bulls playoff game when I was 12 and then he changed it.
      Tommy: That's sick, man.

    • Jodie: "Good afternoon, students, faculty, and distinguished alumni of Lawndale High. As a representative of your Student Council..." Any ideas?
      Daria: "It is my privilege today to once again send the message that learning is no substitute for winning."
      Jane: "And that it's not how hard you study, it's how hard you play football." (the last word is uttered with mock intensity)

    • Helen: Daria, just once, why can't you smile when somebody takes your picture?
      Daria: I don't like to smile unless I have a reason.
      Helen: Daria, people judge you by your expressions.
      Daria: Yes, and I believe there is something intrinsically wrong with that system, and have dedicated myself to changing it.

    • Jane: I don't like it when I say someone should die, and then they do. I don't want that kind of responsibility. At least, not until I've got a job in middle management.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music
      -Love and Rockets - "Pearl" (closing credits)
      -Fiona Apple - "Criminal" (Brittany ties her shoe)
      -Our Lady Peace - "Naveed" (Tommy Sherman walks down the hall)
      -Beastie Boys - "Gratitude" (Daria & Jane talk to Tommy)
      -The Spice Girls - "Viva Forever" (students sad that Tommy is dead)
      -Luscious Jackson - "Under Your Skin" (dinner table)
      -Radiohead - "Paranoid Android" (Jane's headphones)
      -Pulsars - "Tunnel Song"
      -Imperial Drag - "Are You a Boy or a Girl?"

    • Season 1 Finale

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Tommy: Did someone flash the Bimbo Signal?

      This is a play on the Bat Signal, which was the way that Commissioner Gordon contacted Batman in the comics, TV shows and movies of the same name.

    • Daria: Black clouds swallowing Chernobyl.

      In April 1986, the reactor building at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine exploded, spewing out toxic radiation into the atmosphere. Now nearly 25 years later the area is still too contaminated for it to be inhabited.

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