Daria s01e01 Episode Script

Esteemsters

Girls, I just want you to know your mother and I realize it's not easy moving to a whole new town especially for you, Daria, right? Did we move? I'm just saying you don't make friends as easily as uh, some people.
Quinn, for instance? That's not what I meant necessarily.
The point is, the first day at a new school is bound to be difficult Speak up, Dad! Can't hear you! Uh, where was I? Oh, yeah Don't get upset if it takes the other kids a little while to warm up to you.
Hi! You're cool.
What's your name? Quinn Morgendorffer.
Cool name.
Will you go out with me? I'll try to help her through this difficult period of adjustment.
That's my girl! Wait a minute See you, Dad.
As you can see, our Lawndale High students take great pride in their school.
That's why you'll each be taking a small psychological exam to spot any little clouds on the horizon as you sail the student seas of Lawndale High.
S.
O.
S.
, girl overboard.
Nobody told me about any test! Don't worry.
It's a psychological test.
You're automatically exempt.
Oh.
All right.
Now, Quinn what do you see here? It's a picture of two people talking.
That's right.
Can you make up a little story about what it is they're discussing? I'm not even supposed to be taking this test.
I'm exempt.
You won't be graded.
Oh.
Okay, then.
Let's see they've been going out for awhile, and he's upset because other people keep asking her out, and she saying she can't help it if she's attractive and popular, and besides, nobody ever said they were going steady, and if he does want to go steady he's got to do a lot better than movie, burger, back seat, movie, burger, back seat, because there are plenty of guys with bigger back seats waiting to take her someplace nice! Very good, Quinn! Now, Dora, let's see if you can make up a story as vivid as your sister's.
It's Daria.
I'm sorry Daria.
What do you see in the picture, Dara? Um a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plains.
Uh, there aren't any ponies.
It's two people.
Last time I took one of these tests, they told me they were clouds.
They said they could be whatever I wanted.
That's a different test, dear.
In this test, they're people, and you tell me what they're discussing.
Oh I see.
All right, then.
It's a guy and a girl and they're discussing a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plains.
Class, we have a new student joining us today.
Please welcome Daria Morgendorffer.
Daria, raise your hand, please.
Well, Daria! As long as you have your hand raised Last week we began a unit on westward expansion.
Perhaps you feel it's unfair to be asked a question on your first day of class.
Excuse me? Daria, can you concisely and unemotionally sum up for us the doctrine of Mainfest Destiny? Mainfest Destiny was a slogan popular in the 1840s.
It was used by people who claimed it was God's will for the U.
S.
to expand all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
These people did not include many Mexicans.
Very good, Daria.
Almost suspiciously good.
All right, class.
Who can tell me which war Mainfest Destiny was used to justify? Kevin! How about you? The Vietnam War? That came a little later, Kevin a hundred years later.
A lot of good men died in that conflict, Kevin.
I believe we owe it to them to at least get the century right! Uh Operation Watergate? Son, promise me you'll come back and see me some day when you've got the Heisman trophy and a chain of auto dealerships, and I'm saving up for a second pair of pants! Will you promise me that, Kevin? Sure! Can I come, too? I mean, if Kevin and I are still together.
We will be, babe.
We will be.
Ahh Brittany.
Can you guess which war we fought against the Mexicans over Mainfest Destiny? Mmm no.
Please try, Brittany.
Uh the Viet Cong war? Either someone gives me the answer, or I give you all double homework and a quiz tomorrow.
I want a volunteer with the answer.
Now! Daria, stop showing off! Then they asked me to join the pep squad.
They said I didn't have to try out, but I said, "Look, I'm new here.
Give me a chance to get used to the place first.
" So, for now, I'm vice president of the Fashion Club, and that's it.
Sounds like a well-thought out decision, honey.
As long as you can join pep squad later if you want to, it's your choice.
Never know how much we can handle till we try, though.
What about you, Daria? How was your first day? Well, my history teacher hates me because I know all the answers, but there are some interesting idiots in my class.
That's great! Jake! I mean Daria, your father's trying to tell you not to judge people until you know them.
You're in a brand-new school in a brand-new town.
You don't want it to be Highland all over again.
Not much chance of that happening unless there's uranium in the drinking water here, too.
I'm talking about you making a friend or two.
Don't be so critical.
Give people the benefit of the doubt.
It all boils down to trust.
Exactly.
It all boils down to trust.
Show a little trust.
Mom Dad you're right.
Can I borrow either car? No.
God, I hope that's not the booster society again.
Hello? Yes.
Uh, yes, she's my daughter.
I see.
Listen, will this require any parent-teacher conferences or anything, and if so, is this the sort of thing my assistant can handle? Okay, great.
Bye! You girls took a psychological test at school today? They said we wouldn't be graded! Daria, they want you to take a special class for a few weeks, then they'll test you again.
You flunked the test?! She didn't flunk anything.
It seems she has low self-esteem.
What?! That really stinks, Daria! Easy, Jake.
Focus.
We tell you over and over again that you're wonderful and you just don't get it! What's wrong with you?! Is she going to have, like, a breakdown or something? 'Cause that could really mess me up with my new friends.
Don't worry.
I don't have low self-esteem.
It's a mistake.
I'll say! I have low esteem for everyone else.
Esteem a teen.
They don't really rhyme, do they? The sounds don't quite mesh.
And that, in fact, is often the case when it comes to a teen and esteem.
The two just don't seem to go together.
But we are here to begin realizing your actuality and when we do, each and every one of you will be able to stand proudly and proclaim, "I am.
" Now, before we Excuse me.
I have a question.
Sorry, question and answer time is later.
I want to know what "realizing your actuality" means.
It means look, just let me get through this part, okay? Then there'll be a video! Now, before we can unlock your potential He doesn't know what it means.
He's got the speech memorized.
Just enjoy the nice man's soothing voice.
How am I supposed to follow him if I don't know what he's talking about? I can fill you in later.
I've taken this course six times.
So, then, after the role-playing, next class they put the girls and the guys in separate rooms and a female counselor talks to us about body image.
What do they talk to the boys about? A classroom full of guys and a male teacher? Nocturnal emissions.
I don't get it, Jane.
You've got the entire course memorized.
How come you can't pass the test to get out? I could pass the test, but I like having low self-esteem.
It makes me feel special.
Hi, honey.
Mom? You feeling all right? It's not even 5:00 yet.
I'm taking the rest of the day off to work with you on your self-esteem.
Mom, I'm in the care of experts.
Any meddling by an amateur could be dangerous.
I don't pretend I'm going to cure you, but if a lack of mother-daughter bonding is part of your problem, we're going to remedy that right now.
We're going out to do something you want to do.
What do you think of this one? It stands proudly and proclaims "I am.
" Really? So like, what do you like to do after school? Oh, nothing special.
Go to the movies or, like, a theme park or out for a really fancy meal now and then or maybe go to a concert, if, like, I know somebody's got good seats and is renting a limo and stuff.
You hear that? He hasn't got a prayer.
Tell me about it.
That's my sister.
Oh.
Bummer.
So, you've got any brothers or sisters? I'm an only child.
So, what are we talking about when we talk about ourselves? Anyone? Yes.
We're talking about us! Excellent! When we talk about "ourselves" we're talking about "us.
" Now, guys, I've got a little challenge for you.
Today we talked about turning your daydreams into reality.
Tonight, I want each one of you to go home and do just that.
What do you say? Um you.
What's a daydream that you'd like to see come true? Well, I guess I'd like my whole family to do something together.
Excellent! Something that'll really make them suffer.
Well it's healthy to air these feelings I think.
We'll talk more about this tomorrow.
Class dismissed.
Nice one.
Thanks.
How's the old self-esteem coming, kiddo? My self-esteem teacher says that being addressed all my life with childish epithets like "kiddo" is probably a key source of my problem.
Really? No.
Isn't she great? She's the greatest.
She sure is.
But what does your self-esteem teacher say? He says I should think back to circumstances that brought me happiness as a child and replicate them but I suppose Quinn's here to stay.
What's that supposed to mean? You ought to know.
You're the only child.
How would you like to have a sister with a a "thing"! Come on, Daria, finish what you were saying.
I thought, why don't we go to Pizza Forest for dinner like we did when we were kids? The place with the singers?! Boy, do I miss those songs.
Row, row, row your boat.
Show's on.
And now, back to Sick, Sad World.
This is just astounding! Here you are, blind, deaf, and barely able to walk, yet you conducted simultaneous affairs with three members of the Royal Family! The question on all of America's mind is: how did you do it? What? She doesn't get it.
It's the Royal Family.
You'd have to be blind.
Good point.
U.
F.
O.
conventions, once sneered at as the domain of so-called "kooks," have become big, big business, drawing hundreds of thousands of people each year, people as sane and rational as you and I, who come simply to satisfy a normal curiosity.
Hi! I'm Artie.
Artie, hello.
Tell me, what brought you here, Artie.
It was a cone-shaped craft about 15 feet long, with an air speed of, oh, I'd estimate mach 12.
They kidnapped and stripped me, examined me briefly, returned my clothes, and dropped me here.
I see.
They pressed my pants.
Did a nice job.
You know all the answers to the questions on the release test, right? I've got them in my notebook.
Well, why don't we just take the test tomorrow and get out of the class once and for all? How would I spend my afternoons? U.
F.
O.
conventions.
Now you're talking.
And so, for tomorrow, I want you to make a list of ten ways the world would be a sadder place if you weren't in it.
Oh, Mr.
O'Neill, Mr.
O'Neill?! Yes, um you.
Is that if we'd never been born, or if we died suddenly and unexpectedly? Never been born.
See you all tomorrow! Hi! Did you need clarification on something we covered today? We feel really good about ourselves.
We want to take the graduation test.
Well! I'm glad your self-image meter is on the uptick! But there's still three more weeks of class left.
This first week has been a real eye-opener.
It must be the way you teach.
Oh, well thank you very much.
You know, you look familiar somehow So can we take the test? Well, it's not the way we usually do it, but I guess so.
Okay, question one: "Self-esteem is important because " It's a quality that will stand us in good stead the rest of our lives.
Very good.
Now, "The next time I start to feel bad about myself " Stand before the mirror, look myself in the eye and say, "You are special.
No one else is like you.
" You two really have been paying attention! Okay, "There's no such thing " As the right weight.
Or the right height.
There's only what's right for me.
Because me is who I am.
I don't think we have to go any farther.
I am really pleased! I think the whole school needs to hear about this at assembly! And once again, the bake sale was a tremendous success.
We raised more than $400, which was subsequently stolen from the office, but I am confident we will get that money back.
In a related note, the school nurse will be visiting homerooms tomorrow to collect DNA samples.
Now, Mr.
O'Neill has exciting news about our after-school self-esteem class.
This is really going to help me gradually ease into student life.
Usually when I have this dream I'm wearing pink taffeta.
Thank you.
You know, self-esteem is a little like your car's brake fluid.
You may not even know you're low on it until, one day, you go to shift gears and nothing happens.
That's transmission fluid! That's what I said.
Anyway, I'd like you to meet two students who have completed our self-esteem course faster than anyone ever before! Please join me in congratulations as I present these certificates of self-esteem to Daria Morgendorffer and Jane Lane.
Oh, what the hell.
I just want to say how proud I am today.
Knowing that I have self-esteem gives me even more self-esteem.
On the other hand, having all of you know that I had low self-esteem makes me feel kind of bad like a big failure or something.
I, uh, I want to go home.
Daria, wait! No one can battle a terrible problem like low self-esteem on their own.
It takes good coaching Who cares about these losers? Hey, beats algebra, though, doesn't it? Did you hear what I said, Quinn? I said, like, who cares how bad this is it's still better than algebra! That's good, Corey.
Funny.
That's funny, Corey.
realize my actuality.
Winning the fight against low self-esteem takes support from teachers, from friends, and most of all, from family.
Is that loser still talking? And so, the one person I'd like to thank more than any other is my very own sister, Quinn Morgendorffer.
My sister Quinn has forgotten more about self-esteem than I'll ever know.
Are you out there, sis? Stand up and let me thank you.
That, like, brain is your sister?! Are you a brain, too? So then, she gets up in front of the whole school and makes a big deal about thanking me! That's really sweet, Daria.
Good for you, honey! Ooooh! I'll have to lock myself in my room until I die! I'll never talk to anyone for the rest of my life! That's for me.
Hello? Matthew?! What was she upset about, exactly? She felt I should have thanked you and Mom as well.
No, we should thank you for being such a great kid.
Graduating from self-esteem school three weeks early is quite an achievement.
Maybe we should all go out and celebrate.
Oh, I'd love to, Daria, but Yeah.
Take a rain check, though.
I don't know.
My self-esteem feels like it's starting to slip.
Let's go get our picture taken with the cardboard alien.
Uh sure, honey.
Whatever you want.
Quinn? I'll wait here or in the ladies' room.
.
or maybe out in the parking lot.
Okay.
We'll be right back.
Hi! I'm Artie.
You're cool.
Mom! Dad! You guys, wait up! outpost-daria.
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