I nearly gave this episode a 10--it's exceptional and also, in a way, quite sad and insightful.
The show begins with Jake and Helen planning on going to a franchising expo, as Jake wants to find some business opportunity. However, not surprisingly, Helen drops everything for her job when she's asked to do something and Jake, as usual, comes second. However, he still has tickets for Helen and is convinced to instead to take Daria. During this trip, you can occasionally hear Jake's and Daria's thoughts--and this is pretty sad, as each wants to desperately reach out to the other but is too scared. It's a very poignant moment, but they show does not dwell on this--instead focusing then on the ridiculous and comedic aspects of the expo--and the supposed guru of high finance--an idiot who, supposedly, tore apart a hot air balloon with his teeth to save others! His insensitivity and annoying manner make him pretty funny to watch--as are Daria's insightful zingers (as usual).
There is a small subplot about Helen spending time with Quinn and her Fashion fascists. It was not that important to the overall episode but featured some nice barbs exchanged between Helen and Sandi.
Well written and showing a greater sense of depth than usual for the show--this is one a must-see.
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