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 3, Episode 2, “Can’t Live With ‘Em, Part 2”

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Previously on Degrassi Junior High: Yup, basically it’s just a recap of the previous episode in case anyone missed it. And yeah, Wheel’s parents are fucking dead thanks to a lousy drunk driver. What a season opener huh.

The next day at school Joey is listening to a tape of the demo they recorded the night before. Snake comes along and asks Joey if he heard about Wheels parents calling the police. They both start saying what bug crawled up their asses. Anyways, Snake goes to his class and Joey tells Arthur to move his fat rich ass, Arthur resists for about 2 seconds saying that Raditch told him to move. But not so fast, the bell rings and Raditch tells him to go sit where he told him to sit. Arthur’s laughing his ass off now. Raditch then says that he has some very bad news to share. He tells everyone that Wheel’s parents were killed by a drunk driver the night before. Everyone can’t believe their ears, especially Joey. Raditch adds that his family asked for only family and very close friends attend the funeral.

joey asshole
joey shocked

We then cut to the funeral. I thought Raditch said only close friends and family but it seems like the whole fucking school is there. Including Ms Avery and Mr Raditch. There’s this bald dude with a beard next to Raditch so I’m assuming it’s the infamous Mr Lawrence. One of the twins asks why Wheel’s isn’t crying. I’m sure he could have answered that question since she was talking loud as hell. Michelle can’t help gawking at Wheels every 3 seconds. Wheels then stares at Joey with hatred in his eyes. Spike being over dramatic tells Liz that she’s scared and she doesn’t know what she would do if her mom died. Liz saying the same. Wheels and his ancient looking grandparents finally leave the local bone yard.

mr lawrence
whole school there
wheels grandparents

Back at the Wheeler house Joey calls up Wheels. His grandma picks up and asks him if he wants to talk, but he’s just in the corner brooding. His grandma tells Joey, “He’s not ready to talk to anyone at the moment Joey.” Dumb ass asks, “Do you know when he will be?” The grandma saying, “How should I know you idiot?!” Wheels is being very moody and says that he doesn’t want to talk about anything or cry out his feelings. But then he asks her what’s going to happen to him. She says that he’ll be staying with them now. Wheels says that he doesn’t want to stay at an old folks home. He wants to stay at his home on his own but she’s all, “You’re out of your fucking mind.” Wheels basically lashes out and leaves.

wheels grandma

Later that night in bed, Wheels is having a dream about his parents. They come in talking about how shitty the movie was. I have a feeling they went to go see Istar. So not only did they die, they saw one of the shittiest movies of all time. What a shame. Wheels is glad to see them saying, “I thought you were dead.” His mom saying, “We are dead.” This is said with an echoing effect. Then we hear a car crash to make the point. The dream ends with them shaking their head yes at him. Wheels waking up saying, “NO!” I think this would have been more effective if all of a sudden they looked disfigured or bloody. But what do I know.

dead parents
wheels

Outside the school Fat Nancy and and Kathleen are still campaigning for school president. We then get the new geek duo Scooter and Bart arguing about who’s better, Superman or Spiderman. I just noticed that Bart has a plastic briefcase, making him into such a huge fucking nerd that he gives Alex a run for his money. Scooter tells him to shut the fuck up since he’s in the grade ahead of him. Bart points out that he’s only there because he’s accelerated. Scooter says, “It proves I’m smarter.” But Bart comes back with, “No, it only proves that there’s flaws in the education system.” Burn!

scooter bart

We then see this car that looks like it’s been shot up by a shitload of paintball guns. It’s Clutch and Paul giving Lucy a ride to school. I have to say, what’s with this show and giving people a bunch of stupid nick names? I’m sure his name isn’t Clutch. But we also have a Snake, a Wheels, a Scooter an LD and a BLT. Moving on I guess Lucy and Paul are an item now. Lucy looks so cool with her Lost Boys drummer boy jacket on. Lucy blows off LD because they were supposed to go to the movies on Saturday, but now she’s going with Paul to do God knows what.

lucy

Joey finally tries to talk to Wheels. Joey puts his hand on his shoulder and he says full of attitude, “Don’t touch me.” Joey says that he’s really sorry about his parents. Wheels just walks away. Joey then tries to give Wheels a copy of their demo tape. But Wheels is too angry for anything. He says, “I don’t want your stupid tape, or your stupid band either.” Then he throws it to the ground where it shatters. Joey says that he was only trying to help. Wheels very low says, “I don’t want your help.”

wheels pissed
wheels tape

Alexa comes in and tells the class that Wheels is back. Everyone is debating as to what they should say to him. BLT stating the obvious says, “Just don’t mention anything about his parents.” LD says that after her mom died, it helped to talk about it, sort of like sharing the pain. This kid I guess his name is Mark says, “I don’t wanna share any pain.” BLT adds, “Yeah LD, I’m not going to walk to the guy and say, Hey how are you parents?” Alexa hopes that Wheels doesn’t cry, because if he does, so will she. Wheels walks in and everyone is all quiet. Mr Garcia tells him if he needs him for extra help, he’s there. Snake can’t even look at him. BLT too for that matter. Man this is a very awkward scene.

LD
BLT mark

In the lunch line it seems that Spike is on a diet trying to lose those pregnancy pounds. She says that she’s glad to be back at the school. As they sit at their table, she mentions that some lady take’s care of Emma during the day and Spike takes care of her kids at night. Then she starts bitching about not being able to go out to party. But that’s what she get’s for porking Shane. Baby in high school equals no fun! Meanwhile Shane is behind them, eavesdropping. Hearing about all of her money and Emma woes.

shane spike

Else where in the lunch line Arthur is talking about having a trust fund and the fact that he’s invested in a company. Yeah, I find all this very hard to believe. Arthur doesn’t have any money. His mom does. They finally sit down at their table and this red haired girl says, “Hi Arthur.” Holy shit, this is like Arthur’s clone, except he’s in drag. Same fucking face and everything. And based on the end credits, this has to be his sister in real life. Arthur meanwhile get’s pissed and tells her, “Go away!” “I told you to never talk to me here.” Turns out it’s his cousin Dorthy. Yick points out that they sure do look alike, laughing his ass off.

dorthy

Kathleen comes along still campaigning. She tells Melanie that her campaign is doing pretty badly. Melanie points out that even if she loses, she’ll still be vice president. But Kathleen like a dictator, wants absolute power. She wants the presidency and she doesn’t want to lose to fat Nancy. So who can blame her.

We then see Joey and Snake talking about Wheels. Snake saying that he can barely look at him. BLT comes along and asks them if they want to shoot some baskets. Snake get’s pissed and says, “What’s the matter with you?” “Don’t you have any feelings?” BLT says, “Yes you Richie Cunningham looking motherfucker.” “I feel terrible.” “So that’s why I’m going to shoot some hoops.” Wheels notices Snake looking away and he takes off all pissed off.

BLT

After school Yick and Arthur are talking about being rich. It’s the most annoying conversation ever. Arthur asks if he wants to have a milkshake and Yick says, “Sure, you’re buying you fat asshole, because I’m poor.” But Yick just says that he was joking. Lucy then comes out gushing to LD about Paul, but then Mr Wonderful comes along and asks Lucy if she wants a lift. Already Lucy is being one of those people that ditches her friends for her douchebag boyfriend. Lucy saying, “We can go to the mall anytime.” LD of course is getting pissed off for being ditched.

Lucy paul

In the school Shane calls out to Spike and right away she has a really bitchy attitude saying, “I thought I told you to leave me alone.” But Shane gives her an envelope saying that it’s half of his allowance and she should think of it as sort of child support. I’m sure she’ll be able to do a lot with ten dollars. But then he adds that he’s getting a part to job to give her more money. For once she acts grateful and says thanks. Liz meanwhile is judging him still. You can tell with the dirty looks she’s giving him.

spike money

Joey once again tries to talk to Wheels. But Wheels wants nothing to do with him now. Joey saying, “I thought we were friends.” Wheels then says, “Like Snake right?” Joey goes on to say that he doesn’t know what to say, that no one really knows. Wheels says, “Yeah, all they do is stare.” And he gives Joey a shove. Joey tells him to relax. But then Wheels starts with the blame game, saying how Joey was the one who made his parents mad at him and adds, “You made me go to your hoose.” “It wouldn’t have happened if I had gone to the movie.” Joey says that things would have happened anyways and no one knew they were going to die. Joey then says, “If you would have gone, you would have been dead too.” Wheels then starts beating the shit out of Joey. Everyone is staring at him giving Joey the smack down. He ends it with, “I just wish I was dead.” After that, Wheels runs off and Caitlin asks Joey if he’s alright. I think this is the 2nd time that Joey’s gotten his ass kicked. But it certainly isn’t the last.

wheels pissed 2
wheels beat down

Afterwards we get a shot of Wheels at his parents grave, just staring at them. Kind of like in the Crow. I guess this is the heart to heart scene in this episode. His grandma says how unfair this all is. Wheels says that he wishes that everything would go back as it was. He then tells her that they were sort of fighting before they died. She’s all, “They didn’t die because you fought you fool.” Wheels says that he misses them and she breaks down crying, Wheels comforts her sort of.

wheels sad grandma

The next day at school Nancy and Kathleen are pushing each other around because apparently the election is that day. Joey comes in all bruised up. Wheels says, “Hey Joey.” And apologizes about beating his ass. Joey actually being decent says, “It’s ok,” “Anytime you want to beat me up, that’s what I’m here for.” Joey’s still insisting on Wheels listening to the stupid demo tape and gives him another copy. This time Wheels doesn’t break it to pieces by Hulking out in anger. He says that maybe one of these days he’ll listen to it. Before he leaves for class Wheels tells Joey that he’s really scared. Joey says, “Hey man.” and they do a hand shake then hug it out.

wheels end

So yeah, this episode begins what I like to call, the age of Wheels being an asshole. Because from here on out, he’ll be blaming everyone but himself for his shitty life and choices.

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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.

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