Daria: The Lab Brat (1997)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV], Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff) and Quinn (voice of Wendy Hoopes) both earn the wrath of a cheerleader and reputations as mantraps in this episode of the animated MTV series Daria. The boyfriend-stealing brouhaha begins, ironically enough, in the class of Ms. Barch (voice of Ashley Albert), a bitter divorcée who hates all men. Gleefully separating empty-headed cheerleader Brittany (voice of Lisa Collins) from her even dimmer quarterback boyfriend, Kevin (voice of Marc Thompson), Ms. Barch orders Kevin to team up with Daria and Brittany to partner with Upchuck (voice of Marc Thompson) for a class project involving behavioral modification. Soon, Kevin is spending all his time chez Morgendorffer, trying to help Daria train their mouse to locate its cheese in a maze. Desperate to be free of Kevin's incompetence, Daria sits him down in front of a TV sports channel and gets on with her experiments unhindered. Meanwhile, Upchuck blackmails partner Brittany into becoming his personal servant by brandishing photos of her dalliance with another school's qb. Despite this evidence of her own unfaithfulness, Brittany becomes obsessed with the notion that Daria is trying to steal her man. On a trip to Daria's, she also sees signs of a more realistic threat: the proximity between Kevin and Quinn, who's practically throwing herself at the football player plopped down in her living room. Hoping to save her man from Morgendorffer clutches, Brittany steals Daria and Kevin's mouse. But after discovering the larceny, Daria vows to team up with Kevin on a replacement experiment if Brittany doesn't return their test subject. Miffed, the cheerleader nonetheless complies. In the end, Daria receives an A, Kevin a D, and Brittany and Upchuck a lowly F on their assignment.

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