Season 1 Episode 7

This Year's Model

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

Talent scouts from the Amazon Modeling Agency come to Lawndale High to teach a class on modeling, promising a modeling contract to one lucky student. Many of the girls in school are more than eager to get that contract. Daria is not one of those girls.

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  • A modeling talent agency comes to Lawndale to find the next top model

    I wasn’t a big fan of this episode. It was centered around Quinn and her eccentric fashion mode she gets into and after too much of that it gets boring. There were some funny moments scattered throughout the episode like when Ms. Li got backed into a corner and when the mercenaries came into the gym. The ending with scrawny Kevin was okay too but the episode wasn’t full of witty comebacks and as much sarcastic humor that I’ve come to expect from this show. Because it was sort of boring and semi-sarcastic, it receives a B-.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 (3)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Jane: (to Trent, at the modeling thing) No really, what are you doing here?
      Trent: Um, you know. I thought I'd check it out. (pause) Get used to being around fashion types. (beat) You know, for the future.
      Jane: Trent, what are you talking about?
      Trent: You know. Models (gestures to stage)... musician (points to self). Models (gestures to stage)... musician (points to self).

    • (Daria and Jane are in the audience at a modeling practice, commenting on everything. Trent joins them)
      Jane: Yo, Trent. What are you doing here?
      Trent: Oh, you know. Whatever.
      Jane: Mom and Dad know you left the house voluntarily?
      Trent: I'm not sure how to break it to them. You got any ideas?

    • Daria: (on her room's uniqueness) My mother's threatening to redecorate again. Every time she brings it up, I stumble and grab a handrail. But I think she's catching on.
      Jane: You need to stumble somewhere else in the house. Cut yourself badly. She'll reconsider
      Daria: Thanks for your help.

    • Jane: (on Kevin) Don't be sad, Brittany. He's with the winners now.

    • Claude: Oh! Look at you. So pouty, so waif-like. Could you remove your glasses?
      Daria: Could you remove your halter-top?
      Cloude: Pardon?
      Daria: I can't take my glasses off. I need them to see scam artists.

    • Daria: The whole thing's enough to turn your stomach. Which I guess is good if you want to be a model...eases the transition to bulemia.

    • Ms. Li: Good morning. I hope I'm not disrupting the learning process.
      Mr. O'Neill: (sighs) Oh...no.

    • Jodie: You know, you don't always have to be against everything. If a kid wants to take a modeling class, you can't tell her no.
      Daria: Maybe not. But you don't have to let the fashion mobs push their classes on school grounds, either.
      Jane: Yeah. It's not fair to the drug dealers. They have to wait behind the parking lot.

    • Jane: I wish there'd been a schizophrenic shut-in living in our house before we moved in. Course, we've got Trent living there now. That's almost the same thing.

    • Romonica: All right, ladies. Now, when you stride down the runway, you're walking towards your car. You've spotted a headless corpse in it...and it's a brand new car!
      Daria: And a smelly old corpse.
      Jane: In a really bad outfit.

    • Claude: Now, girls, you're little kittens in an animal shelter. You have to look sad and helpless so someone will adopt you, or else it's kitty heaven.
      Jane: Kitty heaven?
      Daria: How does he know they're not going to kitty hell?

    • Helen: I don't think you realize that modeling is an extremely competitive activity...
      Quinn: So is dating, if you do it right.
      Helen: ...in which your value as a human being is decided entirely on how you look.
      Quinn: When does the bad part come in?

    • Helen: You really feel strongly about this.
      Daria: What do you mean?
      Helen: Well... you're talking to us.

    • Jodie: It's completely voluntary. What's the problem?
      Daria: No problem. But why stop at modeling? Maybe there's a go-go bar downtown that would like to come here and recruit lap dancers.
      Jodie: Don't mention that idea to Brittany.

    • Jane: Well, I for one am very excited about this. I can feel myself getting into the modeling spirit.
      Ms. Li: Excellent!
      Jane: May I be excused? I'd like to go to the girls' room and vomit up breakfast.

    • Jane: I've said it before, and I'll say it again. You have the coolest room.
      Daria: It's got pros and cons. You can't hurt yourself in here. But you can't hurt anybody else either.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music
      -Splendora - "You're Standing on My Neck" (opening and closing credits)
      -Tonic - "If You Could Only See" (Daria talking to Helen)
      -Jamiroquai - "Cosmic Girl" (Daria and Jane are in the cafeteria)
      -Bally Sagoo - "Dil Cheez" (Brittany's runway walk)
      -Enigma - "Age of Loneliness (Carly's Song)" (Helen talking to Romanica)
      -Livin Joy - "Don't Stop Movin'" (modeling class)
      -The Orb - "Toxygene" (modeling class)
      -US3 - "Come On Everybody" (modeling class)
      -Leftfield - "Original" (modeling class)
      -Sweetback - "You Will Rise" (modeling class)
      -Orbit - "Medicine" (Quinn talks about modeling)
      -Fiona Apple - "Sleep to Dream" (Daria tears up brochure)
      -Crystal Waters - "Say You Feel Alright" (when Kevin is modeling)

    • Brittany mistakes Henry David Thoreau's book Walden with the 1981 film On Golden Pond, which starred Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and Jane Fonda.

    • This episode was NEVER aired on The-N.


    • Title Pun: This Year's Model

      There is an Elvis Costello album titled "This Year's Model". It is also an expression about new car and appliances that have come out in the most recent year.

    • Cloude: We're a little long in the tooth to be attending high school.

      "Long in the tooth" is a reference to the way some animals' teeth constantly grow as they get older.

    • Walden
      The book being discussed in Mr. O'Neill's class is Henry David Thoreau's Walden, or Life in the Woods & Other Writings. It's Thoreau's journal from when he lived in the woods by Walden Pond for over a year.