Daria: Life in the Past Lane (2001)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV], Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff) learns to hate another one of Jane's (voice of Wendy Hoopes) boyfriends in this especially fashion-conscious episode of the animated MTV series Daria. The romance begins when Jane spies a nattily dressed hunk at the office supply store and sparks up some witty banter with him. Soon this smooth-as-silk Nathan is squiring Jane around town and educating her about his singular obsession: a carefully reconstructed neo-'30s lifestyle replete with retro clothes and swing dancing. Once again, Daria is unimpressed with her friend's choice of paramours. Tom (voice of Russell Hankin) concurs, though he's a little more diplomatic about it. Ultimately, though, even Jane begins to tire of Nathan's obsession with perfect period detail and his insistence that every interaction be staged like a pre-World War I cocktail party. Meanwhile, Upchuck (voice of Marc Thompson) finally earns some attention from the fairer sex when junior fashionista Stacy (voice of Sarah Drew) grows obsessed with his career as an amateur magician and agrees to perform as his assistant during a show to be held at Lawndale High. The entire school -- minus Jane, who's busy dumping Nathan -- turns out for the event. Upon seeing her underling onstage with a known nerd, Fashion Club dominatrix Sandi (voice of Janie Mertz) reacts with typical venom. And indeed, the malleable Stacy seems to be a rather bumbling assistant -- until her onstage breakdown turns out to be part of an elaborate ruse to inject some novelty and surprise into Upchuck's seemingly ho-hum bag of tricks. Quinn (voice of Wendy Hoopes) and Tiffany (voice of Ashley Albert) are suitably impressed by Stacy's triumph, leaving Sandi to fume impotently once again.