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Recap / Daria S 4 E 04

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After Kevin and the rest of the football team (except Mack) get perfect scores on a history test, Mr. DeMartino heavily suspects they stole the answers and threatens to fail the entire class if Kevin doesn't confess. The following night Daria has an elaborate dream where she finds herself in the middle of Kevin's murder investigation as the number one suspect and must clear her name. Problem is there are plenty of other people who wanted Kevin dead as well...

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This episode provides examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: It's established fairly early in the episode that Kevin's murder is a dream Daria's having.
  • Apathetic Citizens: The episode ends with Kevin being strangled by Mr. DeMartino for real with no one reacting.
  • Bluffing the Murderer: Daria claims she put special paint on her locker which only the guilty party would have on their hands. Jane, Brittany, Mack, and DeMartino all check their hands and Daria reveals her bluff. Only after Jane admits she was one of the killers she remembers she never went near Daria's locker in the first place.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Kevin is ultimately murdered because he refused to admit he cheated on the test.
    • Jane wanted him dead because he cost her an 84 she "Worked all her life for." Mack was sick of being called "Mack Daddy." Brittany was about to lose her place on the cheerleading squad. And Mr. DeMartino thought his "Pathetic portrayal of a corpse is an insult to widows, and orphans, AND ME!"
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  • Dull Surprise: Kevin's dead body dropping out of Daria's now oversized locker only elicits Daria questioning when her locker got so big.
  • Everybody Did It: Kevin was poisoned by Jane, beaten by Mack, shot with an arrow by Brittany, and strangled by Mr. DeMartino.
  • Flanderization: An in-universe example. Several people are more exaggerated in Daria's dream then they are in real life, an indicator of how Daria sees them.
    • Kevin is so annoying he manages to piss off Jane, Brittany, Mack, and Mr. DeMartino enough to murder him.
    • Quinn says Daria is "Our cabana girl's adopted cousin."
    • Ms. Li is eager to have Daria electrocuted for a murder she didn't commit and uses Kevin's death to violate the privacy of people who have nothing to do with the murder.
    • Helen and Jake are completely useless and later lead Daria away to the electric chair even after she proves she's not the killer.
    • Ms. Barch's only dialog consists of declaring her happiness that Kevin's dead at his funeral and lustfully having sex with Mr. O'Neill in the school hallway.
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    • Daria herself is exaggerated in that she is the Only Sane Man to the degree that she's the only smart and rational person and ends up getting constantly screwed over and eventually put to death.
  • Kick the Dog: Ms. Barch's response to seeing Kevin dead on the floor was to kick him in the shoulder.
    Ms. Barch: It's gonna be a good day!
  • Last Disrespects: Kevin's funeral consists of insults and Ms. Barch declaring she's glad he's dead because she wishes all men were dead.
  • Not Quite Dead: Jane thinks Trent was killed in his bed, but it turns out he was just sleeping.
  • Not So Stoic: Daria learning Trent might be dead gets more of a reaction out of her than Kevin's body falling out of her locker.
  • Red Herring: The gun in Daria's locker. It's a water pistol belonging to Quinn.
  • Shout-Out: Daria's dream includes numerous references to several mystery shows. Justified seeing that she fell asleep with the tv on.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Kevin's poisoned, shot with an arrow, beat over the head with a golf club, kicked, and strangled.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Kevin and the rest of the football team besides Mack believing they could really get away with perfect scores on the test with no one suspecting how completely unlikely that would be.
    Brittany: Kevvy, what's that A doing on your paper?
    Mr. DeMartino: Why Brittany, that's the most intelligent question you've asked all year!
    Brittany: Thanks!
  • Whole Plot Reference: To several different mystery TV shows.
  • With Friends Like These...: The Jane in Daria's dream lets Daria take the fall for murdering Kevin and doesn't even protest as Daria's led to the electric chair despite Jane and the rest admitting they killed Kevin.
  • Women Are Wiser: Even Brittany could see how Kevin and the football team obviously cheated on the history test.
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