Recap: Daria S 2 E 07

At Jodie's prompting, Daria joins the yearbook staff as a photographer—after exacting a bribe from her parents, of course. There she meets the photo editor, a former Homeschooled Kid named Ted DeWitt-Clinton. Daria finds his friendly naivete oddly endearing, though his social awkwardness and odd family lead others to think he's in a cult, alarming Daria's parents. Ted also has ten pages of the yearbook rededicated to charity workers instead of school clubs, angering many of the popular students throughout Lawndale High.

Tropes present in this episode:

  • Die for Our Ship: After this episode first aired, a lot of Daria/Trent shippers were unhappy about Ted's existence. This quickly died down when subsequent episodes showed that he wouldn't be a recurring character.
  • Foil: Ted lacks understanding of social cues, but is very outgoing and friendly; Daria does understand how people act, but deliberately breaks those rules to be anti-social.
  • Guy of the Week: Ted, to Daria.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Ted is blond and also extremely naive and innocent.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Daria says this repeatedly about Ted. As a matter of fact, it's pretty obvious the two like each other.
  • Heroic BSOD: When Ted compares Daria to Quinn.
  • Homeschooled Kids: Ted. He's very outgoing, but clearly doesn't get how most teenagers act, and because of his family's old-fashioned habits, is unaware of television, CDs, or gum.
  • Karma Houdini: Ms. Barch beats up Mr. DeMartino to get the pages of the yearbook back and suffers no consequences for it.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Ted's parents are Leslie DeWitt and Grant Clinton, though technically we don't know if they're married.
  • Not a Date: Daria and Ted go on a "yes it is" version. Daria's double date with Robert is officially a date, but they don't even get anywhere before she aborts.
  • Odd Friendship: By the end of the episode Ted befriends Robert and the other jocks who were bullying him at the beginning of the episode.
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