Daria (1997–2001)
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Through a Lens Darkly 

Daria is reluctantly persuaded to try wearing contact lens only to find them simultaneously physically, socially and philosophically uncomfortable.




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Episode credited cast:
Tracy Grandstaff ...
Lisa Kathleen Collins ...
Brittany Taylor (voice) (as Janie Mertz)
Jessica Cydnee Jackson ...
Jodie Abigail Landon (voice)
Nora Laudani ...
Ms. Angela Li (voice)
John Lynn ...
Sick, Sad World Announcer (voice) (as John Worth Lynn Jr.)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alvaro J. Gonzalez ...
Trent Lane (voice)
Rita Pietropinto ...
Marc Thompson ...
Mr. Anthony DeMartino / Mr. Timothy O'Neill / Kevin Thompson / Jamie White (voice)


An obstruction by her glasses during a driving lesson causes Daria to contemplate trading them in for contact lenses. The trouble is, she fears that by doing so she will be viewed as being just as vain and superficial as the rest of her vapid fellow classmates. Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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24 February 1999 (USA)  »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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When Daria and Jane enter Mr. O'Neill's classroom, Daria is wearing contacts. When the scene changes to the back of the classroom looking forward at Mr. O'Neill, Daria can be seen in the left row, second from the front. The view of her is from behind and slightly to her right. Her eyeglass frames can just be seen along the side of her face. When the scene changes to Mr. O'Neill's point of view as he is calling on Daria, she is not wearing glasses. See more »


Mr. O'Neill: Kevin, I must say I'm mystified by your continuing inability to absorb ANYTHING from this class!
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References Through a Glass Darkly (1961) See more »


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Once again, in season two we see chinks in Daria's armor.
7 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Daria is being pressured to consider contact lenses. Part of it is practical--she can see better and will be less of a menace on the roads when she drives. Part of it bothers Daria...it COULD mean she's actually trying to fit in and cares about her looks. So, to figure it out, Daria calls Aunt Amy--the only family member she likes and respects. Amy loves the idea--especially since it will cost Helen a fortune! So, reluctantly, Daria gives in and does the contact lenses. Unfortunately, her eyes don't do well with contacts...but she likes the way she feels without the glasses, though she is slow to admit it to others. In fact, she even tries going to school without the lenses or her glasses. Sadly, Daria is vain like any other girl.

This episode, like several others for season two, emphasizes character development and that Daria isn't quite as self-confident as she'd like others to think. I appreciate that, but would have STILL liked a bit more humor in this one. Still, well worth seeing.

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