Recap / Daria S 2 E 04

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The Morgendorffers are invited to a wedding, where Daria meets her like-minded (and similar-looking) aunt named Amy, Helen gets drunk, Quinn gets hit on by a priest, and Jake tries to play golf without his wife knowing.


This episode provides examples of:

  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Both Jake and Helen come from this trope, but this episode highlights how messed up the Barksdale side is. Rita marries and divorces frequently and is the in the one who benefits from Parental Favoritism; Helen has all her resentment bottled up, driving her to get drunk during the wedding; Erin barely knows her fianceé, which is clearly going to mooch from her family's money; and Amy is basically a grown up Daria.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Daria's even drier witted escort Luhrman asks Daria at one point if she wishes to share a bottle of drain cleaner with him, which silently alarms Daria. Subverted in that Luhrman quickly explains his remark was meant solely as a joke and not an indicator of self-destructive behavior.
  • Generation Xerox: Aunt Amy is basically an older Daria, both in appearance and personality. Aunt Rita is a lot like Quinn in personality, though not physically.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Helen and Rita slowly boil over throughout the wedding until the whole thing ends up in a screaming match between the whole family in the middle of the reception.
  • Has a Type: Rita is implied to have dated a series of adventurous but unstable men; as such, their surprise by her current boyfriend, who's a dull (but self-obsessed) businessman.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Aunt Rita's list of recent significant others: the sculptor was dumped, the skydiving instructor had a horrible accident, and "Bruno" is in a federal prison somewhere.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Helen spends the reception drinking.
  • Mandatory Line: Jane only appears in two early scenes and gets no subplot of her own.
  • Mistaken for Gay: When Mack and Kevin hang out at the bridal expo, a wedding ring salesman mistakes them for a gay couple by saying that he sells rings for same-sex couples and "what [they] do with them is [their] business".
  • Only One Name: Daria asks if "Luhrman" is his first or last name. His only response is "Does it matter?"
  • Pedophile Priest: The minister's disturbing advances toward the fourteen year old Quinn.
  • Running Gag: Daria's ill-fitted bridesmaid dress doesn't look of the same design as the other bridesmaids.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: The tailor at the bridal shop insults Daria's body to her face.
  • Spear Counterpart: Luhrman to Daria.


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