The essay is positive about the Daria/Tom relationship, and Tom's confidence and patience, as something that helps Daria adapt and be able to have a relationship, even if it can never work as a long-term concern. Choe argues that part of the problem is Tom is "too nice", triggering guilt in Daria whenever there's a relationship hurdle.
Choe proposes that the show was originally aiming for Daria and Tom to start dating, but after a while realised that they couldn't have the characters start dating in a way that wasn't "awkward". But now Daria's dated Tom...
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