Daria: Lucky Strike (2001)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV], Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A strike by the teachers of Lawndale High gives Quinn (voice of Wendy Hoopes) the chance to test her newfound independence and finally stand up for her nerdy sister in this episode of the animated MTV series Daria. When Mr. DeMartino (voice of Marc Thompson) leads the teachers' union to picket for wage concessions, Ms. Li (voice of Nora Laudani) drafts an assortment of useless substitute instructors. The stand-in English teacher proves a little too unconventional for Lawndale's tastes, so Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff) gets stuck teaching Romeo and Juliet to Quinn's class. (Quinn, of course, has been pretending that Daria is a distant relative for most of the program's five-year run.) The members of the Fashion Club ask Quinn to finagle an easy test out of "that girl you live with," but Daria refuses her sister's entreaties. As it turns out, most of the class does just fine on her exam, which stresses critical thinking over mindless regurgitation. Quinn even gets a B+, but the rest of the Fashion Club nearly flunks, leading Sandi (voice of Janie Mertz) to denounce Daria. Instead of joining in, Quinn defends Daria, proudly and publicly referring to her as "my sister." When Sandi tries to use this admission against Quinn, the other Fashion Club members reveal that they knew the truth all along and were only trying to be polite by going along. Eventually, the striking teachers win a modest raise, but not without an epic battle between the sleep-deprived Mr. DeMartino and Ms. Li.

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