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'''“This Year's Model”''' was the sixth episode of the first season of <i>Daria</i>. It first aired on MTV on April 7, 1997.
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'''“This Year's Model”''' was the sixth episode of the first season of <i>Daria</i>.
  
"This Year's Model" was written by [[Glenn Eichler]] and [[Laura Kightlinger]].
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In this episode, Daria deals with a modeling agency coming to her school to recruit the next generation of models from among the student body.
  
==Summary==
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==Plot Summary==
Ms. Li has invited recruiters from the [[Amazon Modeling Agency]] to scout for new talent at Lawndale HighThe recruiters, [[Romonica DeGregory]] and [[Claude]], will select a number of students for a special modeling class in the auditorium, and then award one of these students a modeling contract. Daria and Jane deride modeling altogether, both to Ms. Li and Romonica and Claude. Quinn, however, is quite enthused; she has been selected for the class in the auditorium and Romonica calls Helen to hint, quite unsubtly, that Quinn may be the winner of the contract.  Helen allows Quinn to attend the class, but then asks Daria to go and keep watch on her sisterDaria agrees, but on cynical ground: she senses "potential for the total humiliation of Quinn here. I'd never forgive myself if I missed it."
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At [[Lawndale High]], principal [[Angela Li]] interrupts English class to enthusiastically announce the visit of representatives from the [[Amazon Modeling Agency]] who are searching for potential models among the students. As modeling is a shallow profession based on youth and looks, both [[Daria Morgendorffer|Daria]] and [[Jane Lane|Jane]] protest - and at the same time hint of the possible money the school is being offered for the visit. [[Jodie Landon|Jodie]] argues with Daria and Jane, saying that the two don't ''have'' to be against everything.
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As [[Diane Bennett|Mrs. Bennett]] explains the marketing aspects of the fashion industry, Amazon representatives [[Claude]] and [[Romonica DeGregory]] appear during Economics class and give Mrs. Bennett fashion advice.  Their goal is to convince students to sign up for a complementary modeling class. [[Brittany Taylor|Brittany]] agrees right away, but they are less successful with Daria and Jane.
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During dinner at the Morgendorffers a very upset Daria relates the day's events to her parents, stressing the dishonesty of the whole situation.  Both [[Helen Morgendorffer|Helen]] and [[Jake Morgendorffer|Jake]] agree with her. When [[Quinn Morgendorffer|Quinn]] enthusiastically announces that she has been chosen for the modeling class both parents try to dissuade her, stating that modeling is not a good choice for a profession, and only a timely call from Romonica convinces Helen to let Quinn attend the free modeling class. As Quinn leaves the kitchen, Helen asks (and eventually bribes) Daria to keep an eye on her sister.
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The modeling class is held at the school auditorium and includes the four Fashion Club members and a red-haired, slightly plump girl (whom Romonica calls a "decoy"). Romonica and Claude first coach the female students on how they must walk and what attitudes they should project. They then invite [[Kevin Thompson|Kevin]] and the [[Three Js]] to help out, asking them to remove their shirts and have the girls rub their chests. Quinn is clearly ill at ease and excuses herself (claiming that she needs to visit the bathroom) but the other girls oblige. Brittany, watching from the audience with Jane, Daria and [[Trent Lane|Trent]], has a crying fit watching Kevin on stage and is miserable for not having been chosen to attend the class. However, when Ms. Li enters and views the salacious scene taking place she immediately stops it and ends the class.
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Later that night, the Morgendorffers discuss the day's events, with Quinn enthusiastically thinking she’ll be chosen for the modeling contract despite her parents' warnings that they hadn't agreed on further participation and that she might not win - a thought inconceivable to Quinn.
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At an auditorium assembly Mrs. Li is preparing to announce the winner for the modeling contract (after warning the students that modeling has nothing to do with sex, to the amusement of some of those present). She is unexpectedly interrupted by the arrival of [[Buck Conroy|General Buck Conroy]], mercenary and editor of [[Brutal Mercenary|Brutal Mercenary Magazine]] - Conroy is also looking for potential recruits. He answers a surprised Mrs. Li that it had been ''her'' idea to contact him, showing her an invitation with her nameA television news crew shows up and states that although Li denied inviting Conroy to the school, she allowed a modeling school to solicit students on school property.
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That night the Morgendorffers the family learns that Kevin, of all people, has received the modeling contract. Later, Daria is shown in her room retrieving the issue of Brutal Mercenary Magazine from her backpack (implying that she was the one to have mailed Conroy) before tearing it up. In the final scene, Kevin is shown during a photo session in the modeling agency, clearly having no idea what to do.
  
 
===Daria's Reading Material===
 
===Daria's Reading Material===
Daria is reading Henry David Thoreau's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walden ''Walden''] in the kitchen in the scene immediately following the class in the auditorium.  This is for a school assignment: the opening scene has Mr. O'Neill trying (unsuccessfully) to engage Brittany Taylor in a discussion of whether Thoreau's retreat "to live deliberately" is a withdrawal from life or an attempt to understand its essentials.  ''Walden'' is also referred to obliquely at the end of the episode, when her father exclaims in shock at the news of a scandal on the local news, "Does no one have any ethics anymore?" Daria replies, "Only you and Thoreau, Dad." After agreeing with his daughter, Jake goes off because he remember he has to "call that baby formula guy," presumably a reference to the ongoing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestl%C3%A9_boycott Nestl&eacute; baby formula scandal.]
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Daria is reading Henry David Thoreau's [[wikipedia:Walden|Walden]] in the kitchen in the scene immediately following the class in the auditorium.  This is for a school assignment: the opening scene has Mr. O'Neill trying (unsuccessfully) to engage [[Brittany Taylor]] in a discussion of whether Thoreau's retreat "to live deliberately" is a withdrawal from life or an attempt to understand its essentials.  ''Walden'' is also referred to obliquely at the end of the episode, when her father exclaims in shock at the news of a scandal on the local news, "Does no one have any ethics anymore?" Daria replies, "Only you and Thoreau, Dad."
  
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
Among the Daria fan community, the ending of this episode may be one of the most controversial endings of the series history. It is often especially contrasted with the more "realistic" ending of  the similarly-themed [[Fizz Ed]].
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[[Image:106 TrentInSchool.JPG|thumb|300px|"YOU! Don't think we can't see you in the corner, Trent Lane!"]]
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The title of the episode is a play on the 1978 Elvis Costello and The Attractions album, ''[[wikipedia:This_Year's_Model|This Year's Model]]''.
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Trent shows up to see the modeling and then is later in the ''school assembly audience''. How did he get in the second time?!
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After agreeing with his daughter about ethics, [[Jake Morgendorffer|Jake]] goes off because he remember he has to "call that baby formula guy": a reference to the ongoing [[wikipedia:Nestlé boycott|Nestlé baby formula scandal.]]
  
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Jane refers to her and Trent's parents as being at home, and that they "moved" there (which will later be contradicted by [[Art Burn]]).
  
 
==“This Year's Model” and Fanfic==
 
==“This Year's Model” and Fanfic==
In response to one of [[John Lane (character)|John Lane's]] remarks, [[Romonica DeGregory]] invites [[Daria]], along with [[Quinn]] to participate in the onstage class in the story, "[[New Model Year]]" by [[Richard Lobinske]]
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*Several [[alternate universe]] fics will find a way to put Daria into the onstage class: this happens in [[John Lane]] story "[[New Model Year]]" by [[Richard Lobinske]]; "[http://thepaperpusher.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=32229 Mad Dog's Legacy 6: Model Misbehaviour]" by [[Hyrin]].
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* A stand alone and partly finished Dariarotica piece by [[Wouter Jaegers]] depicts Romonica instructing the girls of the Fashion club to perform fellatio on the boys they invited onstage stating that as a model it is something they "Will be doing a LOT."
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* Buck Conroy has turned up as an antagonist in several fics. [[Nemo Blank]]'s "[[Ring Toss]]" is an exception, where he's the amoral boyfriend of Ms Li.
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* The frizzy-haired girl ("Girl Teen 35" according to "[[Oh, the Obscurity!]]") rubbing Kevin down was named Diana in [[smk]]'s "[[Ships in the Night]]" and after a long absence, showed up in [[Lawndale Fighting Championship]] by [[The Excellent S]] as a wrestler called Diana Brayshaw.
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==Transcript==
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[[This Year's Model/transcript|Transcript]], originally from [[Outpost Daria]].
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
* [http://dariafans.blogspot.com/2007_04_01_archive.html The Daria Fandom Blog, March 2007 archive]. The [[Daria Fandom Blog|DFG]] is maintained by [[CINCGREEN]] and [[Greybird]]. The entry for Saturday, April 7, 2007, is “Barbizon and Banality: A Look at ‘This Year’s Model’”
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* [https://sites.google.com/site/dariatranscripts/106-this-year-s-model Episode Transcript] at [[Daria Transcripts]]
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* [http://dariaphans.blogspot.com/2007_04_01_archive.html The Daria Fandom Blog, March 2007 archive]. The [[Daria Fandom Blog|DFG]] was maintained by [[CINCGREEN]] and [[Greybird]]. The entry for Saturday, April 7, 2007, is “Barbizon and Banality: A Look at ‘This Year’s Model’”
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 23:19, 25 July 2019

This Year's Model
ThisYearsModel000.jpg
Production Number 106
Original Airdate April 7, 1997
Special Guest Voices
Written By Glenn Eichler
Laura Kightlinger
Directed By Karen Disher

“This Year's Model” was the sixth episode of the first season of Daria.

In this episode, Daria deals with a modeling agency coming to her school to recruit the next generation of models from among the student body.

Plot Summary[edit]

At Lawndale High, principal Angela Li interrupts English class to enthusiastically announce the visit of representatives from the Amazon Modeling Agency who are searching for potential models among the students. As modeling is a shallow profession based on youth and looks, both Daria and Jane protest - and at the same time hint of the possible money the school is being offered for the visit. Jodie argues with Daria and Jane, saying that the two don't have to be against everything.

As Mrs. Bennett explains the marketing aspects of the fashion industry, Amazon representatives Claude and Romonica DeGregory appear during Economics class and give Mrs. Bennett fashion advice. Their goal is to convince students to sign up for a complementary modeling class. Brittany agrees right away, but they are less successful with Daria and Jane.

During dinner at the Morgendorffers a very upset Daria relates the day's events to her parents, stressing the dishonesty of the whole situation. Both Helen and Jake agree with her. When Quinn enthusiastically announces that she has been chosen for the modeling class both parents try to dissuade her, stating that modeling is not a good choice for a profession, and only a timely call from Romonica convinces Helen to let Quinn attend the free modeling class. As Quinn leaves the kitchen, Helen asks (and eventually bribes) Daria to keep an eye on her sister.

The modeling class is held at the school auditorium and includes the four Fashion Club members and a red-haired, slightly plump girl (whom Romonica calls a "decoy"). Romonica and Claude first coach the female students on how they must walk and what attitudes they should project. They then invite Kevin and the Three Js to help out, asking them to remove their shirts and have the girls rub their chests. Quinn is clearly ill at ease and excuses herself (claiming that she needs to visit the bathroom) but the other girls oblige. Brittany, watching from the audience with Jane, Daria and Trent, has a crying fit watching Kevin on stage and is miserable for not having been chosen to attend the class. However, when Ms. Li enters and views the salacious scene taking place she immediately stops it and ends the class.

Later that night, the Morgendorffers discuss the day's events, with Quinn enthusiastically thinking she’ll be chosen for the modeling contract despite her parents' warnings that they hadn't agreed on further participation and that she might not win - a thought inconceivable to Quinn.

At an auditorium assembly Mrs. Li is preparing to announce the winner for the modeling contract (after warning the students that modeling has nothing to do with sex, to the amusement of some of those present). She is unexpectedly interrupted by the arrival of General Buck Conroy, mercenary and editor of Brutal Mercenary Magazine - Conroy is also looking for potential recruits. He answers a surprised Mrs. Li that it had been her idea to contact him, showing her an invitation with her name. A television news crew shows up and states that although Li denied inviting Conroy to the school, she allowed a modeling school to solicit students on school property.

That night the Morgendorffers the family learns that Kevin, of all people, has received the modeling contract. Later, Daria is shown in her room retrieving the issue of Brutal Mercenary Magazine from her backpack (implying that she was the one to have mailed Conroy) before tearing it up. In the final scene, Kevin is shown during a photo session in the modeling agency, clearly having no idea what to do.

Daria's Reading Material[edit]

Daria is reading Henry David Thoreau's Walden in the kitchen in the scene immediately following the class in the auditorium. This is for a school assignment: the opening scene has Mr. O'Neill trying (unsuccessfully) to engage Brittany Taylor in a discussion of whether Thoreau's retreat "to live deliberately" is a withdrawal from life or an attempt to understand its essentials. Walden is also referred to obliquely at the end of the episode, when her father exclaims in shock at the news of a scandal on the local news, "Does no one have any ethics anymore?" Daria replies, "Only you and Thoreau, Dad."

Trivia[edit]

"YOU! Don't think we can't see you in the corner, Trent Lane!"

The title of the episode is a play on the 1978 Elvis Costello and The Attractions album, This Year's Model.

Trent shows up to see the modeling and then is later in the school assembly audience. How did he get in the second time?!

After agreeing with his daughter about ethics, Jake goes off because he remember he has to "call that baby formula guy": a reference to the ongoing Nestlé baby formula scandal.

Jane refers to her and Trent's parents as being at home, and that they "moved" there (which will later be contradicted by Art Burn).

“This Year's Model” and Fanfic[edit]

  • A stand alone and partly finished Dariarotica piece by Wouter Jaegers depicts Romonica instructing the girls of the Fashion club to perform fellatio on the boys they invited onstage stating that as a model it is something they "Will be doing a LOT."
  • Buck Conroy has turned up as an antagonist in several fics. Nemo Blank's "Ring Toss" is an exception, where he's the amoral boyfriend of Ms Li.

Transcript[edit]

Transcript, originally from Outpost Daria.


External Links[edit]


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Preceded by
Malled (105)
Daria Episodes
"This Year's Model," Season 1, Episode 6
(106)
Succeeded by
The Lab Brat