Dee Dee Miller,
Daria and Jane are forced to attend a casino cruise fundraiser organized by Ms. Li, which they try to make the best of by catching up on some sleep after an all-night Sick, Sad World marathon. Quinn, meanwhile, frets about looking foolish in front of the Fashion Club when her hunky date fails to show up.
Lawndale High is holding a fund-raiser casino cruise aboard the Princess Fairy, a run-down toilet of a ship... and, of course, participation is mandatory by students and faculty. Daria and Jane's attention, however, is on a far more important matter: a Sick, Sad World mega-marathon. Quinn gets a mega-makeover for the event, and dumps her date to attend with Marco, a talcum powder model she meets at the beauty salon. Jake and Helen also decide to attend in order for Jake to butter up the ship's owner for a consulting contract. During the cruise, Jake tries to suck up to the owner, who's too concerned about the ship's drunken captain to listen, but gets hit on non-stop by the owner's overly amorous wife, DeeDee; Helen gets into a poker game with Ms. Li and the gambling-addicted Mr. DeMartino, whose luck has definitely seen better days; Sandi makes Quinn's life hell when she finds out that Quinn was stood up by spreading the news all over the ship; Kevin and Brittany adjourn to the lifeboat to make out, which falls into the water and drifts away from the ship; and Daria and Jane just want to catch up on their sleep. Eventually, Jake escapes DeeDee's clutches; DeeDee goes on to pursue Mr. O'Neill, and gets tossed overboard by Ms. Barch; Helen loses big to Ms. Li; and Daria and Jane don't get any sleep at all. The now-pilotless ship eventually crashes into a garbage scow and bottoms out in shallow water, and as everyone jumps overboard, the tables get turned on Sandi when her date publicly dumps her.
Historical & Cultural References:
- The Invisible Man is a 1933 film (based on the novel by H.G. Wells) about a scientist (played by Claude Rains) who invents an invisibility formula that eventually drives him insane.
- Dee Dee and Ms. Barch standing on the bow of the ship (with Mr. O'Neill's help) is a parody of the same scene in the 1997 film Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as ill-fated lovers on the doomed ship's maiden voyage.
- Daria's sleep-induced mutterings to Helen are based on the H.G. Wells novel The Island of Dr. Moreau.
- "Joining the Mile-High Club" refers to a couple having sex in an airplane restroom.
Jodie - I realize I'm probably wasting my time, but do you guys want to buy tickets to Casino Night? It's going to be on the Princess Fairy luxury liner.
Daria - So the only means of escape is drowning.
Ms. Li - I haven't heard anyone try so hard to squirm out of a school event since Helen Morgendorffer made up that ridiculous excuse about being allergic to crepe paper.
Helen - I'm sure Casino Night's going to be wonderful. Dad and I would volunteer but I have to go over some briefs. We'll be happy to drive you to school, though. Right, Jake?
Jake - Sure. Drive you to school. The Invisible Man here will be happy to drive you to school.
Daria - Will you be wearing those neat bandages?
SSW Announcer - Her amputee boyfriend was cheating so she stole his prosthesis, but he kept right on hopping into strange beds. The one-legged lothario next, on Sick, Sad World.
Daria - Serves him right for keeping his leg in a display case.
Jane - Yeah, he should've used the freezer like everybody else.
(Daria and Jane yawn)
Woman on TV - I didn't mean to hurt him.
Daria - (tiredly) The knife just slipped... 67 times.
Jane - (tiredly) What can you say? Some people are just klutzy.
(much, much later)
SSW Announcer - Meet the cannibal with a heart... quick, before he eats it! Next, on Sick, Sad World.
(Jane mumbles incoherently)
Daria - (nearly unconscious) Right...
(both girls fall asleep)
Quinn - I can't believe Marco isn't here yet.
Daria - (muffled) It appears the unthinkable has happened.
Quinn - Tube tops are coming back?
Mr. DeMartino - But the smell of the cards. The sound of the shuffle. The pain of handing over the title to my car to some yokel with beginner's luck! I can't stand it! I... aah! (O'Neill slaps DeMartino)
Mr. O'Neill - Oh.
Mr. DeMartino - Thank you, Timothy. I needed that.
Mr. O'Neill - Oh, well...
Mr. DeMartino - Don't do it again!
Jane - Let's gamble all our chips away in one grand, magnificently pointless gesture.
Daria - That's the only kind of gesture I make.
Mr. DeMartino - Daria, take my chips.
Daria - Excuse me?
Mr. DeMartino - You know, as a thank you for making me want to kill myself a little less than the processed sausages who call themselves your classmates.
Jane - You're not one of those "young people are our greatest hope" guys, are you?
Quinn - Oh, um, he got stuck at a photo shoot, but he said he might stop by later.
Tiffany - Later? We're on a boat.
Quinn - You know, Tiffany, there are things called helicopters.
Brittany - Oh, Kevvy, alone at last!
Kevin - Babe, want to join the Mile-High Club?
Daria - I know -- why don't you join the Bottom-of-the-Ocean Club?
Quinn - I do care what they think. It's why I do what I do, wear what I wear, say what I say.
Jane - And I suppose if someone told you to read a book, you'd do that, too.
Jane - You realize you just did something nice for your sister.
Daria - Must be the sleep deprivation.
Jane - We're never going to get any sleep, are we?
Daria - Not unless we kill every living thing on board.
Jane - I'm okay with that.
Delayed Reaction Review
Post Heart Attack Watch:
Mr. DeMartino should be avoiding all stressful situations, if possible. They're finding him anyway; maybe Ms. Barch has placed some sort of curse on him. Last week he almost got deported, and now he's forced to face one of his inner demons. He has become a ticking time bomb. It's not a matter of if he'll explode; it's a matter of when. Jake wasn't exactly relaxed, either. His sparring with Helen caused him to miss an opportunity to save the day in the pilot's room (not that Helen would have noticed).
Blast from the Past:
Was it the cafeteria meatloaf? How about the word lothario in a Sick, Sad World promo? No! It was the so-called "plot" of this episode. It's been around a couple of times before and has a less than stellar success rate.
Discontinuity of the Week:
Daria and Jane were less than impressed with Sick, Sad World as recently as "The Lawndale File," but they seem almost giddy about a sixty-plus hour marathon of the stuff. All right, this isn't that big of a screw up (this section is just to maintain a giant cheesy in-joke included with this review). On the other hand, Jake did use the word edgy again. At least he remembered it, even if he doesn't exactly know what it means.
Fashion Club Fiasco:
Sandi and Quinn go back to some of their old tricks in their struggle for control of the Fashion Club. Sandi feigns civility towards Quinn, while plotting to try to take her popularity out by spreading nasty rumors about Quinn being stood up for a date. Quinn either is oblivious to this scheming or has something worked out for herself to counter the attacks. This time, Quinn comes out on top at the end, which is probably the lesser of two evils (Quinn is not nearly as capable of the same kind of treachery that Sandi is). In the end, Quinn and Sandi will probably give up the struggle when they both realize that the only prize is the right to control Tiffany and Stacy like sock puppets.
Funny Throwaway Line of the Week:
This one had me in stitches and I think I've repeated it to about ten people so far. It was the Sick, Sad World trailer that went, "Meet the cannibal with a heart, before he eats it! Next." Classic!
Gambling Away the Future:
No wonder Mr. DeMartino wanted to get out of Casino Night. I particularly enjoyed his attempts to give away his chips. He wanted to give them to Daria because she makes him "want to kill himself a little less" and to Jane because she is "so angular." His poker addiction had him so disoriented, he didn't realize that he could get rid of the chips in the same Daria and Jane did, by betting them all on one spin of the roulette wheel. The gambling problem was one of the more interesting developments of this episode and it was a shame that it degenerated into Mr. DeMartino going around asking everyone to buy his watch.
Jake and Helen have more problems that most of us want to believe. Helen has taken him for granted virtually the entire series, except for "Jake of Hearts" and "Road Worrier," and Jake resents her for it. All he is, is a puppy that wants his belly rubbed every once and a while. Not that he should go off on those little tirades, but they would be less frequent if Helen paid more attention to him. Then again, if Jake went on fewer tirades, Helen may pay more attention to him. It's one of those vicious things!
Appropriate Ending of the Series:
The fact that the boat hit a garbage scow is interesting. I mean, they could have hit anything but they chose garbage. Maybe whoever came up with this idea will take the hint and throw this "plot" in the garbage where it belongs.
This episode had a somewhat interesting premise that, in and of itself, wasn't a problem. The problem is that this episode was all over the place and that there wasn't much flow to the events that happened. In other words, the pace was clunky. This episode was far too similar to "Fair Enough" for me. Daria and Jane were thrust into a series of stupid situations that they very easily could have avoided. The parallels to "Fair Enough" are staggering and don't stop there. Let's go down the list, shall we? First, there is Ms. Li making participation in a school sponsored event mandatory; been there, done that. Then there's Mr. DeMartino going into a rage for some reason, Quinn and Sandi's little duel, Ms. Barch and "Skinny" kind of hooking up together and some sort of large disturbance that ruins everyone's fun ("Fair Enough" had the food fight, "Just Add Water" had the Titanic-like crash). The ending with just Kevin and Brittany seemed borrowed. Even the titles of both episodes come from the realm of cliche-ville. Basically, it had most of the same elements, tweaked slightly with some new situations and repackaged in the hopes that no one would notice. Overall (everyone all together now), "it was just a bunch of stuff that happened."
The Bottom Line:
"Fair Enough" on a boat.
C+ (Saved from a B by the fact that I saw this episode in season two.)
Daria as a Whole #1, Fun with Acronyms:
Did anyone else notice that if you took the first letter in each word of the title of this episode, you get the word JAW? I wonder if they were in shark infested waters when they crashed.
Daria as a Whole #2, Stupid In-Joke:
As I mentioned above, I have made this review one giant self-referential "joke" as a response to how this episode turned out. A hundred points to anyone that "gets it." (Hint: look for the ghost of Delayed Reaction Reviews past and you'll eventually find the answer.)
Copyright © 1999 Mike Quinn [All Rights Reserved]. Used with permission. The views presented here are those of the author, and may or may not necessarily be those of Outpost Daria Reborn.