Degrassi Junior High Reviewed

Degrassi Junior High Reviewed is a blog about the sometimes cheesy, a lot of times badly acted, but beloved Canadian 80's tv series. Each episode will be reviewed in order by a guy who just loves Canadian melodrama. New reviews every week, on Mondays and Thursday's.

Season 1, Episode 12, “Parent’s Night”


Pre credit opener: Apparently it’s Wheels birthday and we hear this real boring music playing. His mom says how much better it is than the rock noise he listens to. It seems like they gave him the album to South Pacific. His dad then goes on about how Perry Como was the shit. I gotta point out, I’m assuming that these two geeks that he has for parents must had been teens during the 50’s. And if they preferred the song styling’s of Perry Como and some other dead crooner than even by 50’s standards these two were lame beyond belief. Anyways someone calls their house, Wheels answers but the breather on the other end doesn’t say shit. His mom says the same thing happened yesterday too. Hmm…


We then see Wheels talking to Alex for some reason. He’s going on about the guitar strap his parents got him for his birthday. We then notice the same gloved hand that was seen putting the phone in the cradle and out steps this Mustached dude staring at Wheels. Snake notices and gawks right at him.


Seems like the boys have started a band and Snake comes up with the name, “Snake and the Charmers.” Not too shabby of a title I have to say. But Wheels says that that asshole Joey might not like it. Snake then mentions that they gotta pick a name for when they play the talent show. Then he mentions that some perv was checking Wheels out, but no worries, if Snake see’s him again, he’ll report him. Wheel’s then see’s Joey forging his mom’s signature on his report card. Big surprise Joey is a complete idiot. He then comes up with a band name, “Joey and the Joy Buzzers.” I hate it.


We cut to Spike and the twins talking about Shane. Shane it appears has stopped talking to Spike ever since she gave him the pregnancy news. Spike says that she doesn’t want to have the baby, but also doesn’t want to have an abortion. Well, sorry Spike, it seems like you’re fucked again then!


Everyone is turning in their report cards and Raditch asks Joey what his parents thought of his lousy grades and Joey said that they didn’t give a shit. So Raditch says that he’ll see what they think when they come for Parents night. Joey being a stupid fuck completely forgot about that part.


After class Snake suggests that Joey make a fake note saying that his parents can’t make it to parents night. In back of them the twins are pestering Spike into talking to Wheels about adoption. I guess Wheels is adopted then. Love how they’re just introducing this aspect of Wheels. But goddamn the twins are so pushy they annoy the hell out of me.

Rehearsals for the school talent show is going on. Arthur and Caitlin seem to be doing a song and dance routine. Caitlin has short shorts on, a long blonde wig and a WWI style helmet while Arthur is sporting a wig that makes him look like a gay chubby Tarzan.


Back stage the guys are getting their instruments ready. Joey puts on a wig that makes him look like a jackass and Spike asks Wheels if they can talk. So they sit down and she starts asking him all sorts of questions about being adopted. Wheels really didn’t help her at all during this conversation. Only thing I can say is that he said he wasn’t pissed about being given up. It’s now time for their band to rehearse and they fucking suck ass.


Afterwards they come out of the school saying how much they kicked ass. It’s hilarious. We then see that creepy guy come out of his truck as soon as he see’s Wheels. Wheels see’s him and thinks, “oh shit, my asshole is about to become wider.” But nope, apparently this guy knows his name and then he drops the bombshell that he’s Mike Nelson, his dad. To offer more proof he starts giving him more details and even throws Wheel’s birth necklace at him. The guy just wants to talk, and if Wheels is interested to call him.



The next day Joey and Snake are still arguing about the band name. They see Wheels in class and after Joey talks about what a genius he is, they quickly notice how upset Wheels is. I’m surprised a dickhead like Joey would even notice. Wheels then tells them about meeting his real dad and Joey says how great it would be to be adopted. I swear I hate Joey so much for being a thoughtless asshole. But then Snake joins in and says that this would be a great subject for a song. Dicks!


Meanwhile Spike and the twins are going off about Shane. Basically saying what a piece of shit he is for not talking to Spike. But I’m pretty sure he can hear them because he’s only 5 feet away.

Joey convinces Wheels to call his dad. They meet up at that lame diner the kids were in in episode 3 I think it was. Anyways his dad is telling him the story of how everything came to be. He shows Wheels a pic of him as a baby and his mom. He asks his dad where she’s at and he says that he has no idea. Thanks for nothing Mike! He continues with telling him how they had him at the age of 16 and they had to give him up, even though it hurt. Yeah right. Then he says how they couldn’t take care of him because they were just kids and then he says that he’s still a kid himself. Are you fucking kidding me? He looks 40. Then he mentions that he has a band and that get’s Wheels excited so they bond over that. They then make a date to meet up tomorrow to check out his dad’s band.


Back at home Wheels is telling Joey all about his dad and how awesome he is. He invites Joey to come along to see his dad’s band rehearse. Wheel’s parents then walk in and his dad asks him if he wants to go see a band called “The Gourmet Scum” tomorrow. Wheels get’s instantly excited but then he remembers that he’s going to see his dad play instead. So he declines. Good thing too, cause I can’t imagine his super nerd of a father being at what I’m assuming was a late 80’s metal show.


Oh shit! The next day Spike is tearing Shane a new asshole.


We don’t hear all of it cause then come Joey and Snake arguing still about the band name. I just noticed that Joey is wearing the same B Cool sweater that Erica did a few episodes back. Oh God, I just showed how many times I’ve seen this show. It’s slowly killing me inside. Anyways, he see’s Wheels looking all sad and asks him what’s up. Wheels is upset because he lied to his dad. Joey not giving a shit says big deal, that they’re actually going to see a live band play. You can tell that fuckhead doesn’t give two shits about how Wheels feels.

They head over to where Wheels dad’s band is playing and in a little chalk board it says, Mike and The Drifters. Holy shit, they actually suck ass. No wonder they play little bars like that. They’re about as bad as Uncle Jessie’s band in Full House, the band members are all a bunch of old guys. If you haven’t made it now, give it up already! Anyways Mike tells everyone that Wheels is his kid and Wheels get’s all pissed off. Saying why he had to come back for and throws his birth necklace at him and storms off. I don’t know why he got pissed for. He is his kid.



Back at the Wheeler household his parents are waiting for him in the dark. I don’t know what that’s all about, but they wanna have a talk about Mike. Seems like Mike called them and apologized for upsetting Wheels. His parents seem to be real cool about Wheels being interested in his father. Wheels takes this as that they don’t want him anymore.


The next day Mr Raditch tells Joey how he called his parents about the note and that his parents are coming to parents night. I had all but forgotten about this plot point. Snake walks away laughing his ass off and we see Spike and Shane arguing some more. Geesh! This episode is all full of chaos.


Back at home Wheels asks his mom if she’s going to see them play at parents night and she says of course. Little does she know that she would be so disappointed at how shitty they are. I didn’t mention it earlier but Mike was talking about heredity. Seems like they’re both horrible musicians.

We then cut back to Mike’s shitty band playing and it seems like they’re more like a jam band. No one’s singing anything. Wheels walks in and the band stops so they can talk. Mike apologizes for disrupting everything in Wheel’s life. Wheels asks if it’s ok if they don’t see each other for a bit. Mike says sure. Yeah, like he would have stuck around anyways. Wheels says that he does wants to talk to him and then asks for his necklace back. Why Mike would have it in his pocket is beyond me. But he throws it back at him and Wheels has this goofy smile on his face.


This episode is totally setting up season 2 with the Shane and Spike saga of constant arguing. Trust me, I’m already sick of it by these first couple of arguments.


Author: Degrassi Guy

Hi there and welcome to my little corner of the Degrassi Universe in the far side of interwebs. For all ten of you who are reading this, welcome! Degrassi Junior High/High was a show produced in Canada that showed the trials and tribulations of every day students. This show tackled everything and I mean everything. From alcoholism, depression, pedophiles, bullies, eating disorders, hitchhiking, death of parents, adoption, teen pregnancy, hiding other products to get condoms so no one will notice. To pornography, suicide, getting the smack down from your mustached boyfriend and getting the guts to get away from him. If I missed anything, trust me. Degrassi didn't. Degrassi was pretty much as real as it got. Especially back when I first started seeing it. Saved by the Bell it was not. You never saw Zack Morris smoking weed, getting Kelly Kapowski pregnant or AC Slater giving Jessie a good beating when she sassed him. So sit back and get ready to reacquaint yourself with the beginning of the Degrassi Universe. For those of you who are new, you don't know what you're in for. But that's a good thing. This is Degrassi Junior High/High seen through my eyes. Basically what I loved and hated. Some of you may disagree with what I think, but that's ok. Mostly though, after all these years later. I still love this cheesy show.

2 thoughts on “Season 1, Episode 12, “Parent’s Night”

  1. A little info on why Wheel’s parents were waiting for him in the dark…I have the uncensored versions of Degrassi Junior High. Wheel’s dad was finger banging his mom, to kill time while they waited. It was very vintage porn sexy.

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