Recap / Daria S 3 E 03
For Awareness of Others Week, everyone at Lawndale High is required to sign up for a volunteer activity. While Quinn and the Fashion Club try to collect clothes for the homeless (while being far too selective), Daria joins Kevin and Brittany in reading to senior citizens. It turns out nobody at the nursing home likes Daria, however, due to her flat voice. Eventually she does manage to find one old woman who appreciates her (who is either senile or deaf), and continues to volunteer even after the week is over.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: A old lady starts saying "What a pretty girl..." when Daria walks in, just when the younger woman smiles and is about to thank her, the old lady says "Brittany is."
  • Call-Back: Quinn and the fashion club end up at Mrs. Johanson's house. As they walk away, she asks if they're selling candy.
  • Dumb Blonde: Somehow, Brittany's stepmother is dumber than she is.
  • Even Beggars Won't Choose It: The reason the Fashion Club won't take almost anyone's clothing donations for the homeless is that if they won't wear it, they won't donate it to the homeless. The trouble is they have very high standards for what constitutes great fashion and end up donating a chain belt and go-go boots.
  • Genius Book Club: Daria brings Howl to read to the seniors; unfortunately, they prefer Brittany's romance novels and Kevin's comic books. She can also be seen reading Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard during dinner.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: This old lady told Brittany, she used to look like her in her youth. Brittany freaks out.
  • Informed Attribute: The old folks at the retirement home kept praising Brittany for having a beautiful reading voice. Yes. squeaky, high-pitched Brittany.
  • It's All About Me: Ms. Li, as always. She clearly is just pushing the students into volunteering so that she can be praised by her bosses for the school's 100% participation.
  • Noodle Incident / Out of Focus: We hear about Jane's volunteer work with children at the hospital, but she doesn't get her own subplot about it.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Daria keeps with her volunteering even after the school's forced period is over and while she is not one to hide it, no one outside of her mother or Jane would suspect it either.