Recap / Daria S 3 E 08

Jane and Trent's immediate family all show up at their house, causing them to shelter at the Morgendorffer house.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Alone Among the Couples: Penny doesn't care to take anything from Wind and Summer, who've been married and divorced.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: As the Lanes arrive at home, we learn just how screwed up they all are.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Lane family has the redheaded Penny, four blonds (Amanda, Summer, Summer's daughter, and Wind), and four brunettes (Jane, Trent, Vincent, and Summer's son).
  • Fiery Redhead: Penny is short-tempered.
  • Like a Son to Me: As soon as Helen heard that Trent was moving to his van, she invited him to stay at the house and share dinner with them. Also she grounds him when Trent gets home late from a date.
  • Literal-Minded: When Trent goes out with Monique, Jane comforts Daria telling her she's twice the woman Monique is; Quinn then says that would make Daria a US size 12.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Jake, assuming the doorbell is Quinn's date, is shocked to open it on a woman.
    Jake: Wow, I really don't know my kids.
  • Open-Minded Parent:
    • The Lanes are what happens when this trope goes too far. There's a difference between letting your kids think for themselves and outright neglect, and they often fall in the latter.
    • Jake, however, proves himself to be a much more normal version of the trope when he initially believes Trent's girlfriend is Quinn's date. He isn't bothered at all, just a little surprised.
    • Jake and Helen are also remarkably cool about letting Jane and Trent crash at their house to avoid their own family.
  • Parental Neglect: Trent recounts that he once moved into a tent in the yard and didn't come back inside for six months because nobody invited him back. Also Amanda keeps believing that the best she can do is to let their kids be without restraints, even if that means paying them any attention at all.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: According to Jane, Trent and Monique keep breaking up and getting back together on regular basis. This time around, Trent deides that they had to cut it for real.
  • Status Quo Is God: Just as Daria decided to kill her crush on Trent after seeing him with another girl and imagne her future with him, she discovers that she's still not over him by the end of the episode. Also the Lanes return to the house only to disband again.