Recap / Daria S 3 E 05

A school dance is coming up, and Sandi tricks Quinn into organizing it, then throws her own party the same day. Quinn, however, manages to pass her duties onto Jane, who has been looking for a way to do a massive art project—she paints the walls in the style of Jackson Pollock. Meanwhile, Kevin and Brittany are suffering from a temporary break-up, and attempt to make the other jealous. At the dance, Daria and Jane meet some interesting guys, only to learn something terrifying about them.

This episode provides examples of:

  • All Men Are Perverts: Exploited by Sandi and Quinn when they convince the guys to a hit a party with girls in miniskirts and bikinis or the dance where the girls will be in halter tops.
  • Annoying Younger Siblings: Sandi's younger brothers left the Fashion Club locked outside of the house and ignored their pleas to get in.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Discussed and Played for Laughs by Daria and Jane in a "Pros and Cons" listing.
    • The Good: Jane got to do her Pollock tribute in the gym. The Bad: Quinn got all the credit.
    • The Good: They met handsome twins with awesome personalities. The Bad: They were related to Upchuck.
    • What weighed the night as an overall Good was the Fashion Club girls locked outside in their bikinis as it stars snowing.
  • The Bro Code: Both the football players and the cheerleaders refuse to date Brittany or Kevin, respectively. The exception is Robert, because he doesn't know what's going on.
  • Cock Fight: Kevin picks a fight with Robert out of jealousy and ends up with a broken jaw. Also Joey, Jeffy and Jamie start to fight with Quinn's dates, to her utter delight.
  • First-Name Basis: Brad and Brett are pretty much the only people in the series to refer to Upchuck as "Chuck."
  • For the Evulz: There was absolutely no provocation for what Sandi did in this episode beyond humiliating Quinn, and it's one of the few times where she's at her absolute worst.
  • Hates Being Touched: Quinn apparently won't slow-dance until the fifth date, and freaks out when her dates try to do it.
  • High-School Dance: The plot.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Sandi's scheming backfires on her when all the guys she invited to her party ditch it because it was so boring, and later Sandi, Stacy, and Tiffany end up locked out of Sandi's house in their bikinis while it snows.
  • Nice Guy: Robert.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Brittany and Kevin both try to pull this off, though only she succeeds. It's particularly obvious near the end, when she suddenly starts kissing him because Kevin shows up.
  • Party Scheduling Gambit: Sandi tries to pull this off. Unfortunately, her party stinks, and the boys who came abandon it for the dance.
  • Relationship Upgrade: This is arguably the episode when Mr. O'Neill and Ms. Barch go from "random flings" to "actual relationship."
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Jane and Daria immediately flee after discovering that Brad and Brett are Upchuck's cousins.
    • The boys who came to Sandi's party, after it turns out to suck.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Brad and Brett.