Daria: Through a Lens Darkly (1999)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV], Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Lawndale's most cynical student comes to terms with her own vanity in this episode of the animated MTV series Daria. While suffering through a driving lesson with Helen (voice of Wendy Hoopes), Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff) almost produces some roadkill. Her mom urges her to improve her peripheral vision by switching from glasses to contact lenses, but that flies in the face of Daria's anti-image convictions. A conversation with her hip Aunt Amy (voice of Rita Pietropinto), however, convinces her to give it a try; after all, it's all about options, not about vanity. Daria becomes irritated, though, by all of the comments from other people, who assume she's doing it to improve her looks rather than her vision. Unfortunately, she's also irritated by the contacts themselves. Rather than revert to her glasses, though, she tries to make it through a day sans any vision assistance whatsoever. Eventually, after bumping into one too many people and things, she admits all to best friend Jane (voice of Wendy Hoopes), who, with some surprise assistance from ditzy cheerleader Brittany (voice of Janie Mertz), counsels Daria that a little vanity doesn't mean she's a sell-out. Daria resolves to return to her glasses -- just in time for another driving lesson. "Through a Lens Darkly" was originally supposed to be the first episode of season three, but it was bumped by "Daria!," the more novel musical episode.