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Popularity of the episode
For the longest time, many Daria fans considered "Depth Takes a Holiday" as one of the worst episodes ever written. The bulk of the complaints come from the "off-canon" nature of the episode, where there is no disclaimer of any kind that this is a dream or some figment of Daria's imagination.
However, there is a growing segment of the fandom that appreciates "Depth Takes a Holiday" for its creativity and general wackiness. "Depth Takes a Holiday" might have been found on a list of the bottom ten episodes a few years ago; fans today would place it somewhat higher.
- The holidays are described as "holiday spirits" by Daria.
- The backgrounds used for Lawndale High School have clearly been reused for "Depth Takes a Holiday". The locker design is the same except that the lockers are now colored blue, and murals of ocean waves have been added to the formerly bare walls.