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Recap / Daria S 2 E 07

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At Jodie's prompting, Daria joins the yearbook staff as a photographer—after exacting a bribe from her parents, of course. There she meets the photo editor, a former Homeschooled Kid named Ted DeWitt-Clinton. Daria finds his friendly naivete oddly endearing, though his social awkwardness and odd family lead others to think he's in a cult, alarming Daria's parents. Ted also has ten pages of the yearbook rededicated to charity workers instead of school clubs, angering many of the popular students throughout Lawndale High.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Foil: Ted lacks understanding of social cues, but is very outgoing and friendly; Daria does understand how people act, but deliberately breaks those rules to be anti-social.
  • Guy of the Week: Ted, to Daria.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Ted is blond and also extremely naive and innocent.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Daria says this repeatedly about Ted. As a matter of fact, it's pretty obvious the two like each other.
  • Heroic BSoD: When Ted compares Daria to Quinn.
  • Homeschooled Kids: Ted. He's very outgoing, but clearly doesn't get how most teenagers act, and because of his family's old-fashioned habits, is unaware of television, CDs, or gum.
  • Idiot Ball: Helen and Jake grasp this pretty firmly when they both honestly believe Daria is lying about being in a relationship with Ted, when they should know by this point how little interest she has in dating and how completely out of character it would be for her to suddenly start. Especially with a boy they've been told is in some cult, since she's far too intelligent to fall into something like that.
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  • Jerkass Ball: This is probably the only episode where Brittany and Kevin are knowingly nasty to Daria over the ten pages cut from the yearbook on sports and clubs to the point Brittany even refers to Daria and Ted as "A couple of outsiders."
  • Karma Houdini: Ms. Barch beats up Mr. DeMartino to get the pages of the yearbook back and suffers no consequences for it.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Ted's parents are Leslie DeWitt and Grant Clinton, though technically we don't know if they're married.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Quinn tries to take advantage of Daria supposedly "breaking up" with Ted by browbeating her into going on a double date as a gambit to get her to undo the cut yearbook pages.
  • Minor Insult Meltdown: Ted took Daria's behaviour in a bad note and compared her by saying "she's shallow like that Quinn girl". This clearly shakes Daria more than any insult she has ever received in the show.
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  • Not a Date: Daria and Ted go on a "yes it is" version. Daria's double date with Robert is officially a date, but they don't even get anywhere before she aborts.
  • Odd Friendship: By the end of the episode Ted befriends Robert and the other jocks who were bullying him at the beginning of the episode.
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: A lot of characters assume Ted's in a cult because of the way he acts.


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