Recap / Daria S 3 E 06

Daria wins the chance to hang out with a teen magazine editor named Val who tries (and fails) at being in touch with today's youth.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Adults Dressed as Children: Val, in trying to seem younger than she is, people already know she looks as old as Jake yet still suck up to her.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Val. She dresses not too differently from the Fashion Club. Quinn lampshades it.
    Didn't she seem a little old for that outfit?
  • Blatant Lies: Val keeps claiming that she wants to blend and go unnoticed. The local reporters say Val's office called them to announce her arrival.
  • Drama Queen: Val, Val, Val.
  • Dumb Blonde: Played with on Val's part. One one hand, she's a successful figure in the magazine world and is very media savvy; on the other hand, she behaves in a ditzy manner and is clueless about the audience she's reaching out to.
  • Heel Realization: When Daria offers a scathing speech about "edgy", one can see Quinn looking very depressed. What makes her popular, makes her just another teenage face in the crowd to be exploited.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Daria at the end, when Val publishes a story called "The Story of D" where she calls her an "anti-teen", Daria is fine with it and offers a rare smile.
    Hey, I'm jiggy with it.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: In all of Daria's insults to Val, the only one she takes real offense to is being called "thirty-something."
  • It's All About Me: Despite Val claiming that she wants to be treated like everyone else, she keeps doing everything about herself, including stealing Mr. O'Neal's class out of boredom and turn it into a Q&A panel.
  • The Man Is Sticking It to the Man: Val is always talking about being "edgy" and cutting edge, Daria is having none of that.
    As far as I can make out, 'edgy' occurs when middlebrow, middle-aged profiteers are looking to suck the energy- not to mention the spending money- out of the "youth culture". So they come up with this fake concept of seeming to be dangerous when every move they make is the result of market research and a corporate master plan.
  • Take That!: To the editor and founder of the now defunct Jane Magazine, Jane Pratt.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Val keeps repeating the words "Jiggy" and "Edgy". Jake never gets to understand what "edgy" really means.