Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
An experiment in failure upsets the social strata of Lawndale High in this episode of the animated MTV series Daria. Mr. O'Neill (voice of Marc Thompson) gets the ball rolling with his latest hippy-dippy assignment; he instructs his students to find something they expect to fail at, then see if they actually do. Brittany (voice of Janie Mertz) and Kevin (voice of Marc Thompson) are pretty sure they'll fail to become unpopular and get kicked off the football team, respectively. But Brittany's sudden, feigned concern about politics and Kevin's intentional bungling on the field soon destroy their high social and athletic standing. It's only through the intercession of Jodie (voice of Jessica Cydnee Jackson) and Mack (voice of Amir Williams) that the quarterback and his babe regain their footing. Jane (voice of Wendy Hoopes), too, fails to fail in her own quest to become popular. A new look and a breezy attitude earn Jane a chance at a whole new lifestyle, but a scary brush with cheerleaderhood soon returns the cranky artist to her usual disaffected stance. Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff) herself succeeds in failing to get Quinn (voice of Wendy Hoopes) grounded from attending a fashion show. But thanks to Mr. O'Neill's guilt over his botched social-science experiment, she narrowly avoids having to chaperone Quinn to the event. Mr. O'Neill accompanies Quinn instead, giving her Fashion Club cronies an opportunity for mockery.