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Daria: Café Disaffecto

Lawndale High launches a fundraiser to raise money for a student coffee house. Daria and Jane fail at selling candy bars and to make up for the points she missed, Daria has to perform at the grand opening of the cafe. However, her choice of material to perform doesn't go over well.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 104
Airdate: Monday March 24th, 1997



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Guest Stars
Amy BennettAmy Bennett
voiced Various
Recurring
Amy PalmerAmy Palmer
voiced Various
Recurring
Geoffrey ArendGeoffrey Arend
voiced Danny
Recurring
Jessica ZainoJessica Zaino
voiced Various
Recurring
John W. Lynn, Jr. (1)John W. Lynn, Jr. (1)
voiced Sick, Sad World Announcer
Recurring
Keno RiderKeno Rider
voiced Various
Recurring
Merle BeckerMerle Becker
voiced Various
Recurring
Michelle TomasikMichelle Tomasik
voiced Various
Recurring
Patrick FredericPatrick Frederic
voiced Various
Recurring
Sharon HoustonSharon Houston
voiced Various
Recurring
Episode Notes
Melody Powers, a character in Daria's story, is brought up again in the episode "The Old and the Beautiful".

This is one of five episodes that Andrea has a speaking role.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Alex ReeceFeel The Sunshine 
C. J. BollandSugar Is Sweeter 
Hank WilliamsCold Cold Heart 
JourneyWhen You Love A Woman 
RadioheadMy Iron Lung 
Southern Culture On The SkidsCamel Walk 
WaxHush 
WeezerThe Good Life 
WhalePay For Me 


Episode Quotes
Daria: How about, "The Bleakness That Lies Ahead"?
Jane: Too sentimental.
Daria: "No Life, No Hope, No Future"?
Jane: Too pie in the sky.
Daria: "Mommy's Little Hypocrite"?
Jane: Too much like a children's book.
Daria: I wish I were dead.
Jane: That sounds promising.

Jane: Do you know CPR or anything?
Daria: I once gave the Heimlich maneuver to Quinn.
Jane: Did it work?
Daria: She wasn't choking.

Helen: You know, Daria, it wouldn't hurt if you got involved in some after school projects once in a while.
Daria: Can't talk now. I'm chairing a meeting of the Resting Quietly Club.

Ms. Li: You do want this curricular activity, don’t you?
Jane: (Softly) Pop goes the weasel.

Daria: (reading her story “Where the Future Takes Us”) As students standing at the dawn of a brand new century, we face certain choices. How do we prepare for the future? Melody Powers knew how she was going to prepare. As she checked the fit one more time on her tool leather shoulder hoister, she thought of all the communist she’d be taking out tonight. Melanie Harbor know allusions about unilaterally surging the stemming of red tide. But she reflected with a grime smile. What special agent could resist the opportunity to fill a few bullish cemeteries?
(Transition)
As Melanie sunbathed on the Reo beach, she looked back upon the past few days with a quiet satisfaction. Twelve dead Russians, five dead Chinese, three or four dead Cubans, the world was once again safe for democracy, she reflected while watching Tonio’s exquisite chest rise and fall with his light snoring. Safe for democracy, or almost safe. Melanie brushed some eirin grains of sand off her fingers, tied her top back on and reached into her beach bag. Tonio heard nothing, and that was a pity, because he would never hear anything again. So long Tonio, she thought as she calmly stood up. I could have loved you if you weren’t as red as the blood stain now spreading across the sand. Melody walked calmly away to the hotel. There’d be a message there from HQ no doubt. She hoped she had time for a shower.



Episode Goofs
While Kevin and Brittany are selling wrapping paper door-to-door, Mr. DeMartino's door constantly changes from yellow, to blue, then back to yellow.

After Kevin claims to have bin home all night, his teacher’s seating chart disappears.



Analysis
Criticism of the Cyber World

Daria's harsh criticism of the so-called "Cyber-Public" rings true in real life as well. Computers and the Internet have completely changed American culture as well as world culture now that in an instant you can connect with people from across the globe or next door.

Ms. Li and Fundraising

Ms. Li's attitude toward fundraising (do it or else) foreshadows the events of various episodes including "Fizz Ed", in which Ms. Li will do anything for more money to flow into Lawndale's budget.



Warning: Daria season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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