Degrassi Junior High Reviewed

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Season 2, Episode 5, “Stagefright”

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Pre-credit opener: Holy shit what’s wrong with Caitlin? She has all these wires connected to her head like an experiment gone wrong. We then hear a Dr explaining what all those wires are for. Apparently her brain is being analyzed. The Doc then tells her to relax. Yeah, good luck with that.

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The next day I’m guessing we see Caitlin’s mom driving her to school and she’s doesn’t want Caitlin to be in a play because why? She has Epilepsy. And apparently she missed a lot of school, even though we saw her in the back ground these past couple of episodes. We’re getting all the back story on this plot line. Caitlin had a seizure during the holidays so her mom is now overreacting and doesn’t want her to do shit. Her mom then gives her her meds, and reminds her to put her medical braclet on. But Caitlin is afraid that people will find out. I don’t know why she’s embarrassed for. She then starts to beg about the play, because she just loves acting and her mom relents. As soon as she gets out of the car, she takes off her bracelet. What a fool.

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In the girls rest room Caitlin attempts to take a pill but then Kathleen walks in and Caitlin puts the meds back in her bag. Kathleen then asks her if she was sick and Caitlin says yeah. Then this smug bitch says that she never get’s sick because she eats a well balanced diet. Caitlin’s like, “Yeah, yeah.” Kathleen goes on to ask if Caitlin’s going for the school play and Caitlin says that she’s going for the part of Isabelle. Kathleen batting her eyes at her says that she just happens to be going for the part too. That act alone annoyed the hell out of me.

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Joey’s going on about a record executive being interested in the Zits, But Snake points out that the guy is a fucking garbage man. Alexa is then seen talking to Michelle about some speech they gotta give in Raditch’s class, but Michelle is scared to death because she’s shyer than a motherfucker. Joey being a dick head easily figures this out. It looks like he’s going to grab her ass but he just tickles her and calls her mouse. Making squeaking noises as well. Alexa tells Joey to fuck off and asks Michelle why she’s so shy for. Michelle saying that she can’t even order a goddamn burger.

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In Ms Avery’s class Susie is so glad to see Caitlin and says that she was afraid she would miss her annual sleep over. Melanie then goes on to say that Susie should invite some boys over. Kathleen of course says, “You’re such a sex starved maniac.” Like Melanie’s ever had some before. But Melanie responds with the usual, “Kathleen, you’re such a prude!” Besides the pickings are slim. All they have in their grade are losers like Arthur, Yick, Alex and Scooter. Susie then starts talking to Caitlin but notices that Caitlin is just staring straight ahead like a weirdo.  She snaps out of it, but has no memory of it. Susie thinks she was thinking of Rick’s dick.

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We then cut to Wai Li or as he’s mostly known by, the Chinese kid giving a horrible speech about watching tv in this terrible monotone voice. This scene gave me a flash back of doing this shit in high school and I was just like Wai Li! After that embarrassment, Raditch says that Heather and Michelle are on deck and Michelle shits herself over the thought of speaking in front of everyone. And WTF?! I swear I just saw some other girl standing in for Stephanie Kaye because that was so not her!

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Caitlin almost has her feet ran over by the new wheel chair girl Maya. Just as she’s about to take her pill she get’s interrupted by Susie. Apparently Susie wants to mess with the dark forces by having a seance at her party. Kathleen then passes by going on how her acting brought tears to her mom’s eyes. Melanie says, “Tears of boredom I bet.” I love Melanie for that!

Turns out Rick is in charge of putting the sets and lights together. They must trust him a lot if they’re letting him play with electricity like that. Caitlin passes by and Rick get’s this huge smile on his face and says “Hi.” Scooter says, “So that’s why you’re here.” Rick calls him a little Narbo and tells him to fuck off. It’s Caitlin’s audition time and she bores everyone to death with her monologue. After that Susie tries to say that she did good, but Caitlin is acting all stoned again, staring off into other dimensions.

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Alexa and Michelle seem to be on costume detail. Michelle is still fretting over the speech and Alexa comes up with the brilliant idea of telling Raditch that she’s on her period and her cramps are the worst. Michelle is even more horrified at the thought of telling Mr Raditch about having the red curse. She can’t even talk about that to her mother. This girl has some serious issues.

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Back at Caitlin’s, she’s overhearing her parents arguing whether she should go to Susie’s stupid sleep over. Caitlin once again uses terrible judgement and leaves her meds behind. Now that I think of it, I don’t think she’s taken a single pill since the start of the episode.

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Finally we go to the slumber party and big surprise. Kathleen is the one conjuring all sorts of evil spirits. Mostly her dead dog, now one of the Hounds of Hell, Chester. Meanwhile Caitlin is seriously tripping balls. Having all sorts of fucked up double and triple vision. Her hearing going to an off mono type sound. Kathleen then demands that Chester appear and all hell breaks lose. Caitlin drops to the floor convulsing. Goddamn that Chester, she’s possessed!  Or so the girls think. She’s actually having the mother of all seizures. They all  freak out not knowing what to do. Susie conveniently says that she has an aunt with epilepsy and that’s what it looks like. She then calls her mom for help. Kathleen says to put a spoon in her mouth so she won’t swallow her tongue and Melanie says, ” Fuck the spoon.” “Get this bitch some Pepto Bismol!”

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Abruptly it’s a new school day and her mom is giving her shit about not being an idiot and just take her fucking pills. Because really who cares? Then she says that maybe it’s not a good idea to be in the stupid play. But Caitlin’s determined. Mostly because she doesn’t want anyone to think she’s a “freak”. Apparently everyone knows about the seizure now and Kathleen being a bitch says that it was really gross to see her foaming at the mouth. She’s all, “I wouldn’t want to share a pop bottle with her, that’s for sure.” Rick is listening to all this, getting more pissed off, that or he just has to take a big dump. Trish then asks if Epilepsy is contagious and Fat Nancy being the one with all the answers says “Of course not.” “Don’t be an idiot.”

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Caitlin runs into Susie and asks if she was really gross. Susie being a liar says no.  Scooter then comes along shouting, “Hey everybody, the cast list is up.” What a dweeb. Turns out Kathleen got the part and Caitlin is super pissed. Who can blame her? I’d be pissed off too if I lost anything to a shithead like Kathleen. Gotta love Melanie being happy about being a wench in the play.

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Michelle meanwhile comes up to Mr Raditch and says that she can’t do the speech because she lost her voice. Raditch doesn’t buy it because it’s so stupid and obvious. Raditch giving the sage advice of talking about something that you know about. Joey ever the fucking asshole tells Michelle, “Nice try.”

Susie is still trying to convince Caitlin to take the goddamn part since she’s been bitching about it all episode long, but Caitlin keeps making excuses. Rick asks her where she’s going and she says “HOME!” During rehearsals Caitlin’s no where to be found, leaving Kathleen to look like a fool after she calls out for Caitlin’s character. Susie asks Rick if he’s seen Caitlin and Rick said she left. Meanwhile Caitlin’s at home moping. What a baby.

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The next day Susie asks Caitlin what’s up with her missing the rehearsal. Caitlin gives her the excuse that she doesn’t want to do the play anymore because of her epilepsy. But Susie see’s right through her jealousy and calls Caitlin out on her bullshit.

We then come to Michelle’s big speech and she’s actually not horrible at it. But right when she begins that dickhead Joey makes a squeak sound and Raditch tells him to shut the fuck up. She starts talking about her shyness and how it’s a pain in the ass to deal with on a daily basis. After her rousing success everyone applauds. Mr Raditch then informs Joey that he’s next and Joey get’s instantly nervous. He has the nerve to try to get Michelle to write his speech and she tells him to go fuck himself. Go Michelle!

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Caitlin finally takes her damn pill and see, no big deal. Kathleen looking like a huge ass with her cardboard crown is talking all sorts of shit about Caitlin and her epilepsy. Rick overhears this because he’s right above her and tells Kathleen to shut her mouth for once. I love how the two biggest assholes on this show were both given their just rewards.

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Caitlin finally comes in in full costume and says that she’s there to play Kathleen’s servant. Even though she’s missed every rehearsal since then. But goddamn it, the show must go on! We hear this huge surge of electricity and Rick lights up a spot light. He says “Welcome back.” Caitlin smiles in complete triumph!

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All in all, this was a pretty good episode. Mostly because we weren’t subjected to more Yick, Arthur immature bullshit. Plus it showed that if you take a pill. Epilepsy is no big deal. Or is it? I have no idea. I love how Caitlin’s Epilepsy was never mentioned again. Well, maybe once more. But that was about it. Seems like the Degrassi writers couldn’t come up with another story line for it. Shame.

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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 2, Episode 5, “Stagefright”

  1. I loved this one mainly because seizure disorders run in my family. My older brother had his first tonic clonic (grand mal) seizure when I was eight and it scared the sh*t out of me. Fast forward a couple of decades and I’ve actually co-instructed training courses about seizure disorders. Props to Degrassi for having Kathleen mention the spoon in the mouth thing and having someone correct her, you should NEVER put anything in the person’s mouth. It’s scary that even now people believe that’s what you’re supposed to do. PSA over 🙂

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