Is It Fall Yet?
|Is It Fall Yet?|
|Directed by||Karen Disher
|Written by||Glenn Eichler
Alvaro J. Gonzalez
|Distributed by||MTV and The N|
Though Daria and Jane are still on speaking terms, Jane is cold toward Daria, and their relationship is tense. Daria and Tom are seeing each other romantically, but due to Daria's personality and the gravity of the situation, they are taking things slowly. Jane has signed up for a summer art camp, seemingly to avoid Daria. At the camp, Jane meets an older girl and the two bond over mutual contempt for their pretentious mentor and equally pretentious peers. However, one night the girl repeatedly tries to come onto Jane, disregarding Jane's protests that 'she's straight'. The next time they meet, Jane seems confused about her own sexuality, but her confusion turns to anger when she realises that the girl is sleeping with their pompous instructor. This causes Jane to become disillusioned with the art world. Daria intends to do nothing but read, sleep, and see her friends, but her mother Helen forces her to work as a counsellor at English teacher Timothy O'Neill's summer camp for pre-pubescent children. While at the camp, Daria meets a nihilistic young boy named Link, who feels disillusioned with his existence and voices his bad attitude every chance he gets. Recognizing herself in Link, Daria attempts to reach out to him. However, he rejects her overtures, which results in Daria feeling worse. Paralleling these emotions is her relationship with Tom, which she effectively ends for the discomfort it brings. After getting a poor score on her exams, Quinn desperately wants to prove she's smarter without ruining her image in the fashion club. She gets a tutor who has a no-nonsense policy on his students so Quinn becomes more determined to study. Eventually, after her study sessions show her improvement, Quinn begins to realize that she is falling in love with her tutor. At their final study session, she confesses her feelings to him, but is hurt when the tutor says she's not his type due to her low aspirations on her academic future (the college Quinn wants to go to is considered a party school). In a heart to heart talk with Daria, Quinn shows how hurt she is, from the rejection. The talk with Quinn gives Daria a new perspective on her differences with Tom. Daria comes to visit Jane, and, due to some meddling from Jane's brother Trent, the two reconcile. After returning home, Daria tells Jane that she was always impressed by Jane's strong sense of identity, which resolves Jane's identity crisis. Daria receives a letter from Link that invites her to email him, thus assuaging her fears that she is incapable of reaching out to or connecting with another human being. Jane affirms that she is no longer upset by Daria and Tom dating and encourages Daria to get back together with him.
- Gates, Anita (27 August 2000). "SPOTLIGHT; Daria: Smart, Alienated and ... Dating?". New York Times. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- "Is It Fall Yet?". DVD Talk. Retrieved 13 May 2010.