|Original Airdate||February 25th, 2000|
|Special Guest Voices|
|Written By||Glenn Eichler|
'"Partner's Complaint" was the first episode of the fourth season of the Daria TV series (episode number 401). It first aired on MTV on February 25, 2000 and was written by Glenn Eichler.
As the episode begins, Jane has started going out with Tom, which is driving an edge between her and Daria. And, at Lawndale High, Britanny and Kevin have broken up after an exchange of comments regarding each other’s intelligence. So, when Bennett assigns a real-world project in her economic class to her students, some unfamiliar pairs are formed: Daria accepts Jodies’ proposition to work together (as the latter is unwilling to work with Brittany); Brittany asks Jane to work with her; and Mack and Kevin pair up.
Daria and Jodie brainstorm ideas for the project and eventually Jodie convinces Daria to try to get a bank loan to start a business. The first bank executive they approach is skeptic and specifically asks for Daria’s parents to be co-signers of the loan. Jodie is irked at the brush–off when she had made the pitch, and is further irritated with the executive’s sycophant attitude when he realizes who Jodie's father is. She berates him before walking out. In the second bank, Jodie changes tactics and states her family’s name right away, immediately securing a loan.
Jane and Brittany try to buy a car as their assignment. However, Wally, the car salesman, is much more interested in flirting with the blond cheerleader than making a sale, all but ignoring Jane and dismissing Brittany’s inquiries. He even stalks the two teenagers to Casa Lane, trying to pick Brittany up. Kevin and Mack also try to buy a car. Dealing with another car salesman, they hit against the seller’s fast talking and confusing explanations on why they should spend more than their budget.
At the Morgendorffer’s, as Jodie and Daria finish preparing their presentation, they lock horns when Daria denounces Jodie’s hypocritical attitude and tactics to get the bank loan. Jodie takes offense and counters that she used her resources to get the project done, further pointing out they’re partners only because Daria’s fighting with Jane. Later, Helen goes to talk to Daria about the situation, reassuring her daughter on her moral standards, and assuring that Jodie, more pragmatic, will probably not take long term offense at the fight, further hinting Jane could have the same reaction.
Later, at Pizza Prince, Brittany talks to Jodie, describing Wally’s interactions, apparently unaware the salesman is trying to seduce her. When Kevin and Mack meet them, the two ex-sweethearts exchange some tense words about achieving the lowest car sale price. The QB initially basks in the knowledge that he got a cheap deal… before leaving in a panic when he realizes the sale was not supposed to be concluded.
The next day the students make their presentations in the economics class: Kevin and Mack resume their experience with the car salesman car before Kevin leaves the classroom in tears; Jodie and Daria make an ensemble presentation addressing their work for a bank loan, and Jodie is relieved when Daria makes no public mention of her opinions. After class, Jodie and Daria clear the air and apologize for their earlier fight. After that, as Daria is about to apologize to Jane, the latter makes a large speech making reference to Daria’s past jerkiness and that she forgives her.
In the final scene, in Pizza Prince, Jane and Daria recount the past days’ events before spotting Kevin and Brittany back together. The sweethearts’ idyll is interrupted by Wally, who offers Brittany Kevin’s returned car, thus causing the two to immediately start fighting again…
"Partner's Complaint" and Fanfic
This episode is referred to in The Thing That Perches in the Soul.
On “Partner's Complaint” the Episode
- “Partner's Complaint” summary at Outpost Daria (via Wayback Machine)
- “Partner's Complaint” transcript at Daria Transcripts
Alternate-Universe Versions of “Partner's Complaint”
Alternate Canon Versions of “Partner's Complaint”