Friday, February 13, 2009

Quinn and Jake?

Much has been made, both on the show and in fanfic, about the similarities between Daria and Helen as well as between Daria and Jake. In both canon and fanfic, parallels have been shown between Quinn and Helen, as well.

But what about Quinn and Jake? As far as I can remember, the only example of any real bonding between them is the scene in "Lucky Strike" where Jake "helps" Quinn study for her English test.

However, consider a few interesting similarities between the two. Both tend to be a bit clueless, particularly when it comes to recognizing Daria's sarcasm:

Daria: Don't worry. It's a psychological test. You're automatically exempt.

Quinn: Oh. All right.


Jake: Oh, um, Daria, you know, some people just aren't cut out for military school.

Daria: I know, Dad, but I think it's admirable the way you've managed to pull your life together despite that early trauma.

Jake: Hey, thanks kiddo. I...what?

--"Is It College Yet?"

Also, both are prone to sudden bursts of the dramatic. We're all familiar with Jake's rants about military school and his father, but Quinn is capable of some good overreactions herself:

"Destroy our lives with your crushing rules and regulations? I can't breathe, Mother! I can't breathe!"

--"The Big House"

"She was pierced...pierced, I tell you! Oh, the humanity..."

--"Pierce Me"

"Guys! Guys! Stop the madness. Is a dress really worth destroying the sacred bond between Fashion Club member and Fashion Club member? Stop your fighting before it's too late!"

--"Aunt Nauseam"

...Well, you get the idea.

I'm willing to bet there are far more parallels out there that I'm just too damn lazy to look for right now. So why has this virtual gold mine of fanfic possibilities been mostly overlooked for so long?

Hint, hint.


ninetwelve said...

Everyone knows quinn is adopted!

Where did that irish bell come from...

Her true mother is Dr. Beverly Crusher.

I wonder if Quinn ever watched Star Trek as a child thinking every episode was a "Star Date? I'd love to date a star! Maybe george clooney"

Kara said...

pwooford looks like a spammer...

While I never really got the Daria/Jake comparisons (apart from their passiveness), I've long thought that Quinn and Jake were a lot alike. Maybe that's why I had them bond in OAV.