Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
A lesson in real-world economics leads Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff) to some difficult truths about real-world friendship in this episode of the animated MTV series Daria. When Mrs. Bennett (voice of Amy Bennett) assigns her class to go out and pretend to complete a grown-up financial transaction, Daria teams up with Jodie (voice of Jessica Cydnee Jackson), Jane (voice of Wendy Hoopes) partners with Brittany (voice of Janie Mertz), and Mack (voice of Amir Williams) is stuck with dumb-as-a-rock Kevin (voice of Marc Thompson). Daria and Jane, who usually work together on these sorts of assignments, continue their rift over Jane's new relationship with Tom Sloane (voice of Russell Hankin). Thanks to Brittany's "assets," she and Jane have no problem haggling over a pretend car purchase with a sleazy dealer. But Mack and Kevin, who attempt to buy the very same make and model from another dealer, aren't nearly as lucky. Meanwhile, Daria and Jodie get into a tiff while attempting to secure a loan to start a small business. After one apparently racist bank manager blows them off, Jodie drops the name of her rich businessman father to the next one, who can't wait to throw money at the girls. Daria, annoyed at this seeming hypocrisy, eventually realizes that she shouldn't hold her friends to the same black-and-white ethical standards that she chooses to follow herself. This realization helps her patch things up with the typically understanding Jane.