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==Summary== When [[Ms. Morris]] attempts to sneak a cheerleader practice into P.E. class, [[Daria Morgendorffer|Daria]] and [[Jane Lane|Jane]] sit out in protest. She angrily accuses Jane and her entire family of being slackers, then holds both girls after school to make up the class. Later, the girls overhear [[Kevin Thompson|Kevin]] tell [[Mack Mackenzie|Mack]] [[Coach Gibson|the coach]] arranged a bye on the ethics test, which angers Mack (who actually had to take the test). The next day, Daria tells Jane that [[Helen Morgendorffer|Helen]] supported her on the gym class thing, which further hardens Jane's resolve to prove Ms. Morris wrong. To that end -- and to get closer to [[Evan]], a cute boy on the track team she "admires" -- Jane joins [[Lawndale High Track Team|the track team]], to Daria's total surprise. Daria is not particularly thrilled when Jane makes the team, and is even less so when she finds herself alone more and more as practice begins to monopolize Jane's time and Jane becomes popular at school because of her track success. Concerned over Daria's mental well-being, Helen convinces (aka bribes) [[Quinn Morgendorffer|Quinn]] to spend some time with her sister, which doesn't exactly go the way she planned when Quinn abandons Daria at the library after meeting a cute guy. Daria's irrational behavior over Jane's absence finally comes to a head when she humiliates Jane in public (and in front of Evan). After getting a well-deserved chewing out, Daria finally apologizes to Jane, and finds that being friends with a track star comes with some perks: both girls get out of gym class when Ms. Morris tells Jane to rest her legs for the next track meet (and since Jane doesn't want to be alone...). Daria is still troubled, though, as she feels guilty for condemning Jane for "surrendering to the system" while simultaneously taking advantage of its perks... guilt that worsens when she finds out that Jane got a bye on her math test. Jane's attempts to justify it as being "just another perk" angers Daria, but Jane blows it off. However, when Evan reveals his true colors and advises her to stop hanging with "losers" now she's popular, Jane quits the team. Ms. Morris, though, isn't willing to let her off that easily, and threatens -- with the track team backing her up -- to have Jane flunked if she doesn't come back to the team. Jane, in turn, threatens to report the grade-fixing to Ms Li (who already knows), the PTA (who already know), and finally to the local TV stations, telling all three that the other two are running the story. This last one forces Ms. Morris to back down, while Evan tells Jane he doesn't understand her; "no, you don't". Ms. Morris winds up getting the last laugh, however, when she forces Daria and Jane to participate in cheerleading practice, giving both girls time to reflect on the fact that they're suffering for challenging power, they deliberately left a corrupt system to continue so as not face total social exile, and they're being ostracised anyway. School really is preparing them for the real world!
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