Daria: The Misery Chick (1997)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV], Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Typically smug wisecracks come back to haunt Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff) and Jane (voice of Wendy Hoopes) when the latest victim of their scorn dies in this episode of the animated MTV series Daria. The dead guy is Tommy Sherman, hometown football hero, who croaks when the memorial goalpost that's just been erected in his honor comes crashing down on him just moments after an ugly confrontation with Daria and Jane. In the midst of insulting current football players Kevin (voice of Marc Thompson) and Mack (voice of Paul Williams) and hitting on Brittany (voice of Janie Mertz), the smug alumnus labels Daria a "misery chick" for daring not to fawn over him. When Sherman dies, his epithet sticks, but rather than branding Daria an outcast, her new label earns her throngs of grief-stricken students seeking her advice on how to deal with the indescribable loss of Sherman's death. Irked by her sudden stature as Oprah-esque grief counselor, Daria tries to sound off to Jane but finds that her friend is avoiding her. It turns out Jane herself is having trouble coping with the fact that she jokingly wished Sherman dead. She doesn't feel like dealing with the situation -- or with Daria's thought-provoking analysis thereof. The pals eventually make up and the tragedy subsides, but Daria's rep as a soothsayer remains intact until she starts charging vacuous automatons such as Sandi (voice of Janie Mertz) for her services.