While struggling to buy toilet paper for Jake, Daria gets stranded at the Lawndale High homecoming parade, where she meets Jane who plans to meet Tom so they can make fun of everybody. Instead, she runs into Tad Gupty who lost contact with his family(see "Pinch Sitter," Episode #1.8) and then Tom, who she finds is not such a bad guy after all. In fact, he may be more. Written by
Daniel Timothy Dey
The episode begins with Daria being sent on a mission to buy toilet paper for Jake--who is stuck in the bathroom without any. He tells her to hurry. However, two things distract Daria--a lost kid who needs his parents (from the episode where Daria babysat the boy and his sister) and Tom. Tom is looking for Jane but spends most of the time with Daria--looking through the crowd at the homecoming parade for her. Oddly, despite Daria disliking Tom, she does have a nice time and Tom actually catches her smiling!! This is a hint at things to come--as later in the show Tom (Jane's boyfriend) and Daria start to feel mutual attraction! Talk about awkward! But when Jane finds them she is happy to see the two had gotten along so well...if only she knew! While this is not that funny an episode, it clearly is very important to the development of the ongoing saga involving Tom, Jane and Daria. As a result it's an important episode but certainly not one to see if you are simply looking for comedy.
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