My So-Called Life

Season 1 Episode 2

Dancing In The Dark

2
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 01, 1994 on ABC
8.9
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While Angela awkwardly tries to get closer to Jordan, Graham and Patty learn to romance each other again after a class.

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  • Not as good as the pilot, but good nonetheless.

    8.8
    The heavy narration of what went in Angela's head in the pilot kinda died down in this episode. Sure we're treated to her interesting anecdotes of the three times she's been kissed in her life, but apart from that, we didn't get to hear much coming out of her head.



    And I'm not that interested in her parents either. Sure the show isn't ALL about Angela, but old people plots are SO boring. Well to me anyway, I'm in it for the trials and tribulations of the TEEN. We all know that married couples have their fair share of rocky patches, its just been done to death.



    What was good about this episode was Angela's little interlude with Jordan. Lucky for her the writers of the show were really good to her and let her get into a car alone with Jordan in the second episode, usually we have to wait FOREVER. Except I'm not a big fan of Jordan, the dreamy good looking guy thing has also been done A LOT and so has the "guy who's always there but you don't like him that way". But it's for that reason why i like Brian better. We all know that this guy eventually gets the girl in the end. But today was not Brian's lucky day.



    It was a good installment, and i can see why it became somewhat of a cult classic when it got axed. But maybe they should have focused more on Angela instead of her parents, maybe that would have brought in more viewers when it was airing. Even though Clare Danes didn't want to continue for another season. But still...moreless
  • good episode but didn't live up to the pilot

    10
    the pilot episode for my so called life is the best pilot episode i have ever seen so it must of been a very hard act to follow . in direct comparison to the pilot this episode is rubbish but if you do not compare it to the pilot then this eposide it very good it self it focus more on the parents then the other episode did which i think is a good thing. and yet again claire danes is so fantasic in every episode of this t.v show she really deserved her golden globe she is the best acting i have seen from someone under the age of 16moreless
Danton Stone

Danton Stone

Neil Chase

Guest Star

Jeri Gaile

Jeri Gaile

Dance Instructor

Guest Star

Margaret Nagle

Margaret Nagle

Ms. Chavatal

Guest Star

Mary Kay Place

Mary Kay Place

Camille Cherski

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (28)

    • Graham: Rayanne, your mom's here.
      Rayanne: I just gotta find my sock, 'cause it's Rickie's.

    • Angela (about Rayanne talking to Jordan): God, let's stop talking about this. So, how did he act? Did he act bored, or...
      Rayanne: He flopped on the floor, uncontrollably, okay? Rickie had to hold down his tongue...
      Rickie: And I wasn't even there.

    • Rayanne (About a fake ID for Angela): Kinda with that out of state look? Like from, uh, Georgia or something? My girlfriend really needs one. Angela? It's like an emergency.
      Jordan: Why doesn't she ask for herself?
      Rayanne: Well that's a long story. She's uh... French! She's from France.
      Jordan: Get out of here.
      Rayanne: Seriously. And with certain words she'll, like, forget how to pronounce them or something. It's like a mental block type of thing.
      Jordan: That girl I see you with...
      Rayanne: Angela. Chase.
      Jordan: Is... French?

    • Graham: So how did your experiment go with Brian?
      Angela: He did most of it.
      Graham: So is this, like, a date?
      Angela: Dad! It's... they're not... people just hang out. They're not... it's not, dates. Just people. Together. In a bunch.

    • Patty: So why did our generation always dance so far apart?
      Graham: Too rebellious, I guess.
      Patty: I mean when we danced, close, there were no...
      Graham: Right, no steps or anything.
      Patty: We just made it all up. Never took the time to learn the real steps.

    • Angela: Dad, I don't feel like talking. No offense...
      Graham: Oh, I don't feel like talking. Certainly not to you.

    • Rayanne: Her lips are so puffed out it's like she siliconed them.
      Angela (as Jordan walks by): Really? Do you think she did? Really? You think she siliconed her lips, really?
      Rayanne: Angela, he's gone. You can talk like a normal person.
      Angela: Oh, God.
      Rayanne: You have got to progress to the next phase of this. I mean think of Rickie and me. How much more can we take?
      Angela: I just don't want to look like I'm throwing myself at him.
      Rayanne: Excuse me, people throwing themselves at people is like the basis of civilization.
      Rickie: She has a point.
      Angela (voice over): If Jordan Catalano is nearby, my entire body knows it. Like one of those dogs that point. I'll keep talking and stuff, but my mind won't even know what I'm saying. I keep wondering if there's a term for this.

    • Rickie: So, the mouse makes pressure, just by breathing?
      Brian: Yes.
      Rickie: I can relate.

    • Camille: Look, they say if you wanna put the romance back in your marriage...
      Patty: Oh, no, I hate that expression. Like romance is this thing you misplace like an earring. And all that stuff they tell you to do. "Put rose petals on his pillow." Oh, I will. Let me just empty this kitty litter, I'll be right with you. "Wear satin panties." Like my dry-cleaning bill isn't frightening enough. "Force your husband into a car and don't tell him where you're going." I do that every other weekend: it's called visiting my parents.

    • Brian: (About his volumeter) It measures pressure.
      Rayanne: Yeah, but like, what? Air pressure? I mean, there a lot of pressures.
      Rickie: Acupressure? Emotional pressure?
      Rayanne: I mean the mouse itself must be under pressure.
      Rickie: Oh, that would be cool for an experiment. Figure out what the mouse itself, like what goes through it's mind.
      Rayanne: Was it hard to get it in there?
      Brian: Shut up! Just shut up.
      Rayanne: It was just a joke. You should measure your own pressure.

    • Rayanne (about Jordan): And he is definitely semi-interested.
      Angela: So you think he...
      Rayanne: I think part of him is partly interested in you. Definitely. I mean, he's got other things on his mind.
      Angela: But that's the part that's so unfair. I have nothing else on my mind! How come I have to be the one sitting around analyzing him in, like, microscopic detail, and he gets to be the one with "other things on his mind?"
      Rickie: That is deep.

    • Camille: Remember when we stopped speaking?
      Patty: Yes. 'Cause you told everybody I made out with Mitchell Moscarelli behind the duck pond.
      Camille: You did make out with Mitchell Moscarelli.
      Patty: But not behind the duck pond.

    • Angela: The plan is... wait, what's the plan?
      Rayanne: You are gonna so love having a fake ID. I like collect them. I'm a victim. Okay, the plan. You go to what's his name's to help him with his uh...
      Rickie: Volume thing...
      Rayanne: Right! Meanwhile, Rickie and I, and Jordan Catalano will procure you an ID.
      Rickie: Which we will then bring back to what's his name's.
      Rayanne: Where you and Jordan Catalano will then be.

    • Brian: (About Angela's fake ID) Um, Shouldn't it prove that she's 21?
      Jordan: So?
      Brian: So according to this she was born yesterday.

    • Angela: See there's thinking about him, right? Which is what I do. All the time. Like this...
      Rickie: Obsession.
      Rayanne: Right. So?
      Angela: So, it keeps me going or something. Like I need it just to get through the day. It... It's just ...
      Rickie: It's an obsession.
      Angela: Right. And, and if you make it real, it's it's not the same. It's not, it's not yours anymore. I don't know, maybe I'd rather have the fantasy than even him.
      Rickie: I completely understand this.
      Rayanne: I totally and completely disagree. You want Jordan Catalano in actuality because... There is no because. You just want him. Only you're programmed to never admit it.
      Rickie: That does have the ring of truth.

    • Rayanne: Look, I know this is your house and all, but could you, like, leave for a second?
      Brian: Oh, so you actually admit it's my house. That's really... 'Cause I was wondering...
      Rickie: She's not saying...
      Rayanne: I'm not saying leave the house. Just leave the kitchen.

    • Patty: (About her new haircut) So, what do you think?
      Graham: Ah, well, it's short.
      Patty: Yes, it is.
      Graham: It shows your ears more.

    • Angela (voice over): The thought that I might be seeing Jordan Catalano in a few hours was, like, too impossible comprehend. Like when they first tell you about infinity.

    • Danielle: Mom, stop singing!
      Patty: I know, I'm not allowed to sing, I'm not allowed to dance. Amish mom.

    • Angela (voice over): I couldn't believe how long it had been since I'd been inside Brian Krakow's house, considering how many hours I spent here when I was little. It smelled exactly the same, which was reassuring and annoying, sort of like Brian himself.

    • Patty (about Danielle): I think she has a crush.
      Graham: On Brian Krakow?
      Patty: She could do a lot worse. I like Brian, don't you?
      Graham: Until a few seconds ago.

    • Neil: So, me and Marla, there's still a connection. I mean we still see each other sometimes, and once in a while you know, we still have sex.
      Graham: Sounds like my marriage. Just kidding.

    • Graham: Ballroom dancing?
      Patty: Camille says it's a lot of fun.
      Graham: Camille thinks Velcro is fun.
      Neil: Well, Velcro really is pretty amazing, don't you think?
      Danielle: Neil, pass the pasta.
      Neil: What's the magic word?
      Danielle: Pasta.
      Neil: No, that's the magic carbohydrate. What's the magic word?
      Danielle: Neil!
      Angela (voice over): Neil is my father's younger brother. He isn't married. Whenever he comes to dinner my parents give him all these leftovers to take home, like they don't have food where he lives.
      Patty: You know, I know that ballroom doesn't sound like something we would normally do...
      Angela: It sounds like something no one would normally do. It does. It sounds made up or something.

    • Camille: (About putting romance back in the relationship) Listen, Andy and I have been doing this thing... it's kind of embarrassing, but it's really fun. And you get to be with other people. And it really puts you in the mood.
      Patty: Is it legal?
      Camille: The only catch is that you have to wear heels.

    • Graham: It's okay to like someone, but I mean, boys your age, can sometimes...
      Angela: Dad, I know... Can sometimes what?
      Graham: Can sometimes not know how to be what you want them to be. My point is that, it's really hard to figure out how to be a man. Practically every man I know is still working on it.

    • Angela: So, this is your car?
      Jordan: Get in.
      Angela: I... I... I can't... go anywhere... I mean I should stay here... Uh, it's a long story...
      Jordan: I didn't say go anywhere.
      Angela: Oh. Okay.

    • Angela: I've been kissed three times. No, four times. No, three times. All of them were people I never saw again, which I hope doesn't like, mean something. One was this counselor at this YMCA camp. Except he already had a girlfriend. One was this usher at my mother's cousin's wedding two years ago. The wedding was in Milwaukee. We stayed over at a motor lodge with a heated pool. It was a double ring ceremony. He was staring at me all through the ceremony. Later, I found out he only kissed me because he lost a bet. The third kiss is the hardest to describe. It was this guy I met on the beach last summer. It was Labor Day. It was the day I swam out too far. That was the most exciting one, except it may not count as an actual kiss since I was kind of unconscious. I've never had an actual boyfriend. I don't know if that's normal or not.

    • Angela: I bet people can actually die of embarrassment. I bet it's been medically proven.

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  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Graham: Short, like uh, Hillary Clinton?
      Patty: Forget it. You know, Hillary Clinton is a brilliant woman and people should stop judging her by her hair.
      Graham: Who's judging her? I think she looks great. I mean, don't you think Hillary Clinton looks great?

      Hillary Clinton, a United States Senator from New York, is a candidate for the 2008 presidential election. Married to Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, she was the First Lady from 1993 to 2001.

    • Camille: Didn't Jane Seymour write a book about that?
      Patty: Ah. Yes. And now she's divorced.
      Camille: Oh, but she's remarried. She's that medicine woman.

      Jane Seymour, an English actress, is famous for her role on the TV show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

    • Patty: It's this working together. It's pushing us apart. God, that sounds like a Redbook article.

      Redbook, first published in 1903, is a magazine designed for women.

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