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Recap / Daria S 1 E 04

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After a computer is stolen from Lawndale High's cyber cafe, it is re-positioned as a traditional coffee-house. Daria, threatened by her parents with Music Camp if she doesn't find some extracurricular activities, agrees to take part in the fundraising efforts, but they don't go well. Instead, she winds up getting roped in to performing on the coffee-house's opening night by reading a rather surprising short story.

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  • Artistic License – Medicine: Mrs. Johanson collapses because of hypoglycemia, and when she wakes up, Daria refuses to give her chocolate, arguing it could kill her. Actually, hypoglycemia means that she has low blood sugar (as opposed to hyperglycemia), so if anything, the chocolate might have been a good ad hoc treatment.
  • Brick Joke: The coffee house is vandalized the same way as the cyber cafe at the end.
  • Call-Back: Mr O'Neill's seating plan (for the wrong class) has three Tiffanys.
  • Characterization Marches On: This is the last episode where the "Mr. O'Neill can't remember names" joke ever comes up.
  • Dirty Commies: Daria's essay whips the students into an anti-communist riot which gets the coffee house shut down.
  • Door-to-Door Episode: The students go door to door fundraising for the coffee house.
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  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Brittney is furious when Kevin doesn't learn his lines. She's heard screaming at him off screen. When the camera cuts to them next, he's got a black eye.
  • Flanderization: Discussed. Kevin is too dumb to be able to appreciate William Shakespeare, so they told him the easy part: that there is a skull in Hamlet.
  • Genre Throwback: In-Universe with Daria's Cold War-esque "Melody Powers" story.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Inverted, for the first of many times. Daria makes a sarcastic comment that inspires Mr. O'Neill to open the coffee-house, but he misinterprets it as being her intention.
  • Noodle Incident:
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  • Running Gag: Pop Goes the Weasel.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Kevin asks both Mack and Daria why he should be interested in studying Shakespeare. After a moment of thought, both mention that "Hamlet has a skull in it."
  • Teachers out of School: Kevin and Brittany happen to visit Mr. DeMartino's house while going door-to-door. He proceeds to conduct the discussion as if it were a Q&A session in class (i.e.: condescendingly).


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