Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff) must endure the company of a vacuous New York magazine editor in this episode of the animated MTV series Daria. When Mr. O'Neill (voice of Marc Thompson) submit's Daria's essay "My So-Called Angst" to a competition without her knowledge, the witty teen wins the contest but must suffer through the prize: a day spent with Val, the editor of Val magazine, a style bible for the teen set whose faux "edginess" is the antithesis of Daria's world view. Val ostensibly wants to spend a day in the life of an average teen, but when it turns out that Daria is neither popular nor sympathetic to Val's shallow lifestyle, she balks. Quinn (voice of Wendy Hoopes), the Fashion Club, and even the school principal all try to suck up to Val, who goes around dropping outdated youth slang and Hollywood names with equal abandon. Even Jane (voice of Wendy Hoopes) counsels Daria to suck it up so that perhaps Val will take her on a trip to New York. But finally, fed up, Daria tells Val exactly what she thinks of her -- and ends up the subject of a scathing exposé about "today's underground bummer culture" in the pages of Val magazine. Many Daria fans saw the fictional Val as a caricature of the real-life Jane Pratt, who parlayed her editorship of the once-hip Sassy magazine into a stint as a talk-show host and the launch of her own eponymous periodical, Jane.