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 7, “The Whole Truth”

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Uh oh. It seems like Caitlin’s activism has reared it’s ugly head again. Let’s see what mischief she get’s into this time.

Pre-credit opener: Spike is helping out Liz put up fliers about some tortured monkey. Liz saying they need a lot of people to protest. Spike says that she’s trying to get her mom to take care of Emma so she can join her. Caitlin comes in see’s the monkey and instantly get’s all biased. Liz not helping with painting a grim word picture for Caitlin, then she invites her to join in on the fun. As the opening credits are about to come on we here some random monkey screeching. I couldn’t contain my eye roll.

caitlin crusader

In the Degrassi Digest meeting, Trish comes in and says she has all the articles for the paper except for Kathleen’s boring article. Caitlin says that she wishes that they had more issues. Trish informs her that they do have enough issues, like getting more fries with gravy. What the fuck?! Sounds gross, but Caitlin wants a hot button issue of course.

Mr Raditch dismisses the class and Melanie comes out complaining to Caitlin and Trish about her many woes of not being allowed to wear make up.  Caitlin suggests Melanie should buy some make up and only wear it at school so her mom won’t find out about it. Kathleen then interrupts and hands in her article. It’s titled, Why Degrassi Needs a Dress Code. I swear she’s the biggest prude at the school. Melanie is so right whenever she calls her that. Anyways they all laugh at her, but Kathleen says that it’s a masterpiece. Caitlin doesn’t want to publish it but they have no choice in the matter since they’ll be an article short.

caitlin trish

In the Degrassi Library Scooter and Bart are excited about getting a fish bowl, but they don’t want to put fish in it, they want dehydrated sea creatures. Yeah, already I can tell you that they’re going to be ripped off. Just how Eric Cartman was with his sea creatures.

Outside at lunch Alexa asks BLT what’s wrong with holding hands and he says that it’s too sweaty a thing to do. BLT asks Snake if he wants to shoot some hoops after school and of course Alexa get’s pissed off about it. You can tell that she’s someone who’s used to getting what she wants. But BLT is a real man I guess. Joey comes along looking for Wheels. But apparently Wheels has been missing a lot of school lately.  Joey says that the Zits are going places at the radio station, but of course he’s a liar. Then he says that he got a job there. He says that he’s a Sanitary Engineer. Even a dope like Alexa figures out that he’s a janitor. They all laugh at him, but he reasons that he’s on the ground floor to the music biz. Snake says something to piss him off and he takes off all butt hurt.

joey pissed

Caitlin comes up to Liz and tells her that she should write an article for the Digest. But Liz doesn’t want to because school newspapers are hella lame. Liz then turns it around and suggests that Caitlin should write it. She says yes almost immediately and they agree to meet after school to get it written down since it has to be done the next day.

Melanie comes into class and tells Trish that she said fuck it and is going to get some make up anyways.  Trish recommends some make up brand because her dad works there. Caitlin comes around and tells them that she has a great idea for another article, but Trish tells her that they have no more room for another one. But Caitlin says that they can get rid of Kathleen’s stupid article instead. She obviously doesn’t give a shit about being fair, she just wants to get her opinion piece out there again. I guess she hasn’t learned her lesson from Spike ripping her a new one last time.

caitlin trish melanie

After school BLT and Snake continue making fun of Joey’s lousy job, but then they admit that it would be nice to have some extra cash. Especially since they probably only get 5 dollars for an allowance. Of course we have to get a shot of some random girls putting on some make up. Trish and Caitlin walk in and Trish talks about how much of a shitty editor Fat Nancy was. What’s this? They actually brought up Caitlin’s Epilepsy again because she took her damn pills. Outside Liz says that Caitlin is a prep and Spike’s all, “She’s not a prep.” But Liz says that everyone at that dorky school is a prep except for Spike of course. Man, that Liz is just full of hate.

liz spike

We see Bart and Scooter being disappointed over not seeing any stupid sea creatures. Ms Avery asks them where the fucking fish are at. All they say is soon. What a couple of dweebs.

At the radio station the cute New Zealand receptionist tells Joey that he can’t be leaving his stupid demo tape on the program managers desk. She tells him not to do that shit again and to do his fucking job. Like empty out the waste baskets. Dr Sally comes in and says hi to Joey. That was a quick little cameo.

In Liz’s room I guess they’re petting a rabbit and Liz explains how they use rabbits to torture just so people can use make up. Caitlin reasons that they have to use something live to experiment on. But Liz counters her with some bullshit like computer models or human tissue samples. Liz then fills up Caitlin’s head with some more fun facts like it’s cheaper that they use animals because all of those companies are all about the money. Then they watch this awful documentary that seems like it’s the VHS tape from the Ring. Meanwhile Caitlin is all riled up and pissed off now. She says they should get the whole school involved. Caitlin being a fool says, “Finally a really hot issue.”


The next day Alexa and BLT come along and she’s bitching at him for not wanting to wear a polo shirt. He says that it’s too preppy. BLT once again makes fun of Joey, but this time Joey tells them another huge lie. That Dr Sally is going to use their song as the theme song to her show. Alexa totally buys it but BLT just rolls his eyes. Wheels is finally back at school. He tells Joey how his grandma called his social worker because he wasn’t going. Now he’s bad mouthing her. Something that’ll never stop for now on. He then tells Joey that he might get put in a group home. Joey mentions the demo to Wheels but Wheels could give two shits about it.


Ms Avery asks Scooter and Bart what the fuck is going on and she explains to them that they’re a couple of dumb fucks and they got ripped off. And that’s basically the end of this stupid plot. What a waste of time.

ms avery

In the girl’s laboratory, Caitlin’s going on about the dumb ass protest to Melanie. But Melanie tells her that she’s finally wearing make up. Of course Caitlin just has to be a buzz kill about it. She mentions what brand it is and Caitlin starts preaching about how they torture rabbits to make it. Melanie’s like, “what the fuck?!” Very annoyingly Caitlin says, “I just thought you should know.” I would have told her, “I don’t give a fuck.”


Caitlin turns in her article and Trish asks her if it’s a good idea. Then she goes on about how she’s going to start a whole series on animal rights. Then she goes further with how they’re going to start protesting cosmetic companies. Trish mentions her dad’s company and Caitlin goes on to say how they’e the worst offenders. Trish has a very troubled look on her face.

After class is dismissed Trish follows Caitlin into the Degrassi Digest room and tells Caitlin that she can’t work for the Digest anymore because of Caitlin of course and her stupid protest. Mainly because they’ll be hurting her dad because he works there. She tells Caitlin that her dad said they don’t test on animals anymore, but Caitlin says, “That’s what they all say.” But Trish says that it’s her dad and she can’t go against him.


Kathleen comes in pissed off about her article being bumped off. Kathleen says that they have to do tests on animals and Caitlin starts going off, sounding like Liz’s biased ass. Kathleen says that they help but that nothings better than an actual live rabbit. Of course she knows all this because she did a paper on it the year before. How convenient. Kathleen then informs her that 90% of animals used in research are mice and rats. And a lot of people are kept alive because of animal testing. I love how she tells Caitlin that she should check her facts before she starts going off on her stupid bullshit. For once, I completely agree with Kathleen and I hate myself for it. But she’s right.


Oh God, I thought we were done with this plot line. But Bart and Scooter see some gold fish in the bowl. They think they’re there magically but then Ms Avery tells them that she put them there.

Back at the radio station the hot receptionist gives Joey back his demo tape. Apparently he left it on Dr Sally’s desk. Then she goes off on him for not emptying the waste baskets. She finally tells him that he’s fired. She tells him to wait there so she can give him his final pay check. That old schivosa Dr Sally walks in and tells Joey how much she loved his demo tape. She totally just made Joey’s day. Even though he just got fired 30 seconds before.

dr sally

Back at the library we see this chick who I thought was Caitlin at first. But Caitlin would never wear an awesome Depeche Mode t shirt. Caitlin’s at the other table, totally immersed. She tells Ms Avery that Kathleen was right. Way to go Caitlin.

depeche mode girl

The next day Joey comes around and tells everyone that he quit his job. Then he tells them that Dr Sally loved the tape, but he decided it wasn’t right for the band. After he leaves BLT says that he never knows what to believe with Joey’s constantly lying ass.

Everyone’s buying the Degrassi Digest, except for Kathleen. I guess everyone is getting riled up to protest the next day. Liz is happier than a pig in shit. Caitlin tells her how she can’t go to the protest. She tells Liz about her Epilepsy and how using animals actually helped with developing something to help her out. Liz being a bitch says, “So?!” “They should use other methods.” Caitlin says that they still need to test on animals because it really is the best thing to do. Liz says, “Who are they and what do they know?” Caitlin’s all, “Uh they’re scientist’s you bald headed asshole.” Caitlin tries to explain how it helps with a lot of people. Liz says, “I don’t care.” “I’d rather be sick than have animals be tested on.” Easy for her ass to say, if she really was sick she would probably be demanding whole litters of rabbits be killed, just so she could get better. But you can tell Liz is one of those assholes who think that animals are more important than an actual human being. Caitlin then mentions how without all that research she would still have seizures. Then the episode just ends with Liz burning Caitlin to smithereens with the hatred in her eyes.


Over all, this was one of Degrassi’s most annoying episodes ever! I’m telling you, every time that Caitlin tries to be an activist, she always does it for the wrong reasons or she makes shit worse.


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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