Season 3 Episode 2

Through a Lens Darkly

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 24, 1999 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary

Helen suggests that Daria get contact lenses after a bad-driving lesson, which Daria eventually agrees upon. However, Daria finds the contact lenses extremely uncomfortable and doesn't want to wear them anymore. But, not wanting to go back to the glasses, she winds up spending a day wearing neither one and bumping into people. Eventually, Brittany gives her some helpful advice about being herself.moreless

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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

    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 (11)

    • QUOTES (22)

      • Jane: I don't blame you. Why settle for vanity when you can have pure egotism? You're a twisted little crueller, ain't'cha?

      • Ms. Li: Class, I have some extremely disturbing news. Someone has apparently pilfered the school's fingerprinting kit. Ms. Morgendorffer?
        Daria: It wasn't me. I much prefer fiber spectro-analysis.

      • (a knock is heard at the door)
        Daria: Enter.
        Helen: (enters room) Daria?
        Daria: Correct.

      • Helen: But contacts are better for some things. Like driving, or sports.
        Daria: You mean I'll finally make the wrestling team?

      • 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.

      • Daria: Well, I can't wear my contacts until I see the doctor again, that's for sure. And if I bang into anyone else at school I'll be arrested for assault. So, I guess it's back to the glasses tomorrow.
        Jane: Or we go downtown and apply for a seeing eye dog.

      • Helen: Didn't you see the dog coming?
        Daria: I can't see off to the side too well. My glasses sorta block the view.
        Helen: Isn't that bad?
        Daria: It is for dogs.

      • Brittany: Jodie, why are you and Jane talking to that toilet? (sees Daria's boots) Oh, hi, Daria.
        Daria: Hi, Brittany.
        Brittany: Why is she in there? Is she locked in, or something?
        Jodie: She's feeling alienated.
        Brittany: Alienated? Why, Daria? It's not like you're E.T., or something.
        Jane: Did he wear glasses?

      • Jane: Are you still hung up on that vanity thing?
        Daria: That's not it. Everyone already knows I'm vain.
        Jane: Oh, yeah, you're one huge narcissist.

      • Jane: Daria? (pause) Daria. (pause) Talking toilet? (pause) Daria's boots? Daria's boots, can you tell me where Daria is?

      • Jane: But why no glasses?
        Daria: Um, sheer vanity?
        Jane: Yes, yes, very witty. Now, really. (Sees look on Daria's face) Daria!

      • (Jane waves hand in front of Daria's face)
        Daria: I can see that, funny gal.
        Jane: (holds up two fingers) How many fingers?
        Daria: I've got one for you.

      • Upchuck: You'll be back. They all come back.
        Jane: Name two. (walks away)
        Upchuck: I could!

      • (Horn honks)
        Daria: Who's that?
        Jane: It's Trent.
        Trent: Hey, Daria, looks good. (drives away)
        Jane: Now, watch out for the girl with the red face who's forgotten how to walk. Oh, never mind. That's you.

      • Daria: Do you think contacts reveal the you-ness inside?
        Jane: I don't know. Who's Eunice and why doesn't she get her own body?

      • Amy: I'd love to see how it turns out. Send me a picture, okay?
        Daria: You want a picture of me with my contacts?
        Amy: Either that or a shot of Ralph Fiennes. Whichever.

      • Amy: Do you have mirrors in your house, Daria?
        Daria: Yeah.
        Amy: Do you look in them before you go out?
        Daria: Yeah.
        Amy: Well, then, you're already going to hell, so you might as well get the lenses; you'll see the brimstone better.

      • (split-screen with Daria on the phone with Aunt Amy)
        Amy: Hello?
        Daria: Aunt Amy?
        Amy: Hey, my favorite niece.
        Daria: Oh!
        Amy: (sarcastic) Who is this?

      • Daria: Suppose you were well known for not caring what other people think of you, and then suddenly you did something that showed maybe you do care a little about what other people think of you. Would that invalidate everything you'd done and said up till then and make you a hypocrite?
        Quinn: Daria, you're giving me a headache!

      • Quinn: You're asking my advice, aren't you?
        Daria: Quinn, please, this is hard enough.
        Quinn: I always knew this day would come and wondered how it would be. Yet, now that it has, I feel strangely... serene.

      • Daria: I almost killed a dog yesterday.
        Jane: Gonna work your way up to humans slowly?

      • Daria: I couldn't live with myself if I killed a dog. Would you mind telling Quinn I killed him?

    • NOTES (9)

      • Molto Allegro means "very fast" in Italian. It's also used as a musical cue to pick up the tempo in a song.

      • Running Gag: Someone congratulating Daria on getting contacts, until she tells them they're for driving to which they reply "So why are you wearing them now?"

      • Music
        -Letters to Cleo - "I See" (closing credits)
        -New Radicals - "You Get What You Give" (Daria & Jane in the bathroom)
        -Rammstein - "Du Hast" (Daria's nightmare)
        -Semisonic - "Singin' in My Sleep" (Daria & Helen driving)
        -The Verve - "Sonnet" (Daria in bathroom)
        -Marcy Playground - "Saint Joe on the School Bus" (Daria in Quinn's room)
        -Beastie Boys - "Hey Ladies" (Daria leaving Quinn's room)
        -Eagle-Eye Cherry - "Save Tonight" (after Daria talks to her Aunt Amy)
        -Money Mark - "Hand in Your Head" (outside the eye clinic)
        -The Cardigans - "My Favorite Game" (Kevin & Brittany walking the halls)
        -Alice in Chains - "With Them Bones" (Trent's car)
        -Rob Zombie - "Dragula" (Daria in House of Mirrors)
        -MxPx - "I'm Okay, You're Okay" (Daria walking around without glasses or contacts)
        -The Dandy Warhols - "Boys Better" (Daria bumping into people)
        -Plastilina Mosh - "Monster Truck" (Jane entering bathroom)
        -Lauryn Hill - "Doo Wop (That Thing)" (Daria & Jane at Pizza King)

      • In the Noggin version, a line was cut out when Jane says "How many fingers?" and Daria responds "I've got one for you." The Noggin version only has Daria giving Jane a dirty look.

      • Helen's car, a red sport utility vehicle, is seen for the first time.

      • The book Daria is reading at various points is The Chess Garden by Brooks Hansen.

      • Jane's comment about Jodie having impossibly high standards is a reference to "Gifted" (#208).

      • Jane's "talking toilet" comment is a nod to "Pierce Me" (#212) ("Oh, no. The toilet is talking to me again.").

      • According to its production number, this episode was supposed to be the season premiere episode. However, MTV decided to open the season with "Daria!" (#307) instead, banking on the novelty value of a musical episode to draw in viewers.

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Title Pun: Through a Lens Darkly

        The title is a reference to Såsom i en Spegel (or "Through a Glass Darkly"), the 1961 Ingmar Bergman film. It's about a recently released mental patient who suffers from hallucinations, and the summer she spends on a secluded island with her husband, brother, and father.

      • The Prince and the Pauper

        The story Mr. O'Neill is talking about a prince dressing up as a commoner and going around his country in order to find out what the common folk thought of him is the plot of the classic book The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain.

      • E.T.

        E.T. is the title character, an alien stranded on Earth who's befriended by a young boy, in the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, directed by Steven Spielberg.

      • Star Trek

        "The final frontier" and "to boldly go" are quotes from the classic opening narration of the 1966 TV series Star Trek starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. ("Space, the final frontier. [...] To boldly go where no man has gone before.")