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 10, “Twenty Bucks”


Pre-credit opener: Melanie comes into the local Degrassi pizzaria and very excited says that she no longer has her mouth full of metal. She says, “Melanie Brody is ready for action.” That is the most sexual thing ever, I mean come on! No more braces, we all know what that means. Joey comes by and says hi to Caitlin but apparently she’s still holding a grudge and ignores him. Snake just gives Melanie the creepiest of smiles. Melanie decides to celebrate by having a little pizza party for all of her cheap friends.

snake creep
melanie cheap friends

Mr Raditch dismisses the class and Caitlin is thanking Melanie for all the free pizza. Melanie says that her mom was hella pissed at her for wasting twenty dollars. Melanie reason’s since it’s her money her mom should mind her own fucking business. Diane then pops by and asks them if they’re going to go to the Gourmet Scum concert. Caitlin and Melanie apparently aren’t fans of theirs. I wouldn’t guess that a nerd like Diane is a fan of what sounds is a metal band. Melanie then tries to say hi to Kathleen and of course she’s her usual pleasant self, she tells Melanie to fuck off.

melanie caitlin diane

Joey comes up to Alison and Amy and tries to hit on them. Alison says, “We don’t talk to 8th graders.” Burn. You know, because he’s a complete idiot and he failed. After he get’s shot down BLT points out that Joey has never had a date ever. BLT then bets him twenty bucks that he can’t get a date by Friday. They do a gangsta hand shake and agree to the bet.

blt joey

Joey then tells Snake all about the bet with BLT but Snake reminds him that he’s supposed to line up with the dudes on Friday night to get tickets for the concert. Joey then asks Snake if he can get the ticket for him if he gives him the money. Snake then says that they only let people get two tickets each. Joey’s like, “Then what’s the big fucking deal then?” Snake then drops the bomb that he wants to ask Melanie to go with him on yet another date. He tells Joey to get the fuck out of there and then acts all nervous and awkward with Melanie again. Trying to act cool he asks her out and she says, “Sure!” Snake being a cheap bastard asks her for twenty bucks so she can buy her own ticket. Way to go Snake! But of course Melanie says no problem. Saying that she can have the money the next day.

melanie caitlin

Liz and Spike are talking about the concert and Spike is telling Liz all about how Shane has been giving her money all this time and she’s been saving it to buy a ticket. I can’t help but think. Bitch that money is for the baby, not so that your ass can go to a metal concert. Joey interrupts and tells Liz, “How would you like to go out with the coolest dude at Degrassi?” Liz points out how much she hates everyone there and everyone are fucking dweebs compared to her and Spike. She then says that she can’t because she’ll be waiting for the concert tickets too. Then she totally banishes him to the friend zone saying, “I thought we were just friends.” Joey for once takes the hint and leaves.

Melanie comes out of the school and Caitlin is dying to know what Snake wanted. Melanie tells them that they’ll be going to the stupid concert. Diane points out how Melanie doesn’t even like them. Then she mentions what a cheapo Snake is and Diane asks her where she’s going to get the money. She replies with, “From my mom.” “I have this mega baby sitting job on Saturday, so I can pay her back.”


At the Brody residence the first words out of Melanie’s mom is, “Oh hell no!” Then she says that any treats she pays with baby sitting money and that’s the time when she tries to teach Melanie the lesson of having some financial responsibility. Great timing. Melanie says that she has a mega baby sitting job on Saturday and can pay her back, but no dice. Apparently they’re hella poor and her dad hasn’t given them any child support. So they’re dead fucking broke.

The next day Joey actually tries to ask out Lucy and she doesn’t even say a word. She just laughs and walks away. BLT being a dick says, “Nice try.” Shane and Luke come by and Shane tells him that he can’t go to the concert, but Luke is insisting, especially since this is the Gourmet Scum’s farewell tour. Luke then says, “Just once, don’t pay her.”


Joey showing how desperate he is asks the twins if one of them wants to go out with him on Friday night. They both laugh their asses off and Erica says, “Is he serious?!” Joey walks off dejected. You know it’s bad when they laugh at the thought of going out with him. Shane get’s some balls and decides to tell Spike that he won’t be able to give her any child support for the month. Spike says “Great!” Shane then says that he’ll give her the money next month.

twins joey

Melanie’s telling Caitlin about her mom not giving her money and says, “She acts like we’re mega poor!” I think Melanie is trying to start something with using the word mega. She’s used it about three times already. But you can tell she’s getting desperate because she actually asks Caitlin for some money, but Caitlin is broke like a joke and even adds that her parents won’t let her baby sit. Probably because she’d find something wrong and call child services on the parents. Melanie then tries to get some money from Trish and Diane. Trish says that she’s broke too and Diane points out that Melanie took forever to pay her back. Seems like Melanie is pretty much mega fucked here.

After school Spike is telling Liz about her not being able to go to the concert. Liz calls Shane a pig. I swear, this chick always has to hate every guy, Shane being her main target it seems like. Spike leaves all sad saying how depressed she is. Melanie decides to tell Snake that she can’t go to the concert. Just as she’s about to tell him she chickens out due to the look of disappointment he was getting on his giant ginger face. And says that she’ll give him the money the next day.

liz spike

Back at Melanie’s place her mom is gabbing to her friend on the phone and she asks Melanie to get some cash for some milk that they need. Hey! I just noticed some American dollars. Guess this is another case of Degrassi trying to hide how Canadian it is. Melanie says fuck it and takes a twenty as she heads out to the market.


After school Snake is asking Joey if they should invite Wheels to come along but Joey points out what a basket case Wheels is now and never wants to do jack shit. BLT comes by and reminds him of their bet. BLT tells him to bring new bills because he hates dirty money. Snake asks him who he has a date with and of course Joey has struck out with everyone. Snake convinces him to ask Caitlin out already. Joey finally get’s her to say hi and he asks her out. You can tell that she’s real happy about going out on a date with Joey and she says, “Ok great.”


As they’re walking into Raditch’s class Caitlin tells Melanie about Joey asking her out on a date. She says that she loves how vulnerable he was. If she only knew that he was only sweating because he was desperate for a date. Melanie says, “Will your mom let you go?” She said go real funny. Then she tells Caitlin about the money she stole but Melanie says that she only “borrowed” it. Caitlin of course judges her and Melanie is all explaining herself to Caitlin for some reason.

Liz is walking up the stair well and Luke and Tracy Morgan are talking about who’s going to the concert. Luke says, “You, Snake, Shane.” Liz turns around and looks at Shane with hate filled eyes. Of course she has to be a fucking trouble maker and immediately reports to Spike that Shane’s going to the concert.

Uh oh. Get ready motherfuckers! Shane and Spike are about to have a big fucking fight, so hit the deck!! Spike goes charging out there and calls Shane a liar and how could he be so broke and still get concert tickets. Shane responds with, “Well why shouldn’t I?” I’m entitled to a life.” Spike sounding real childish says, “I was going to go to the concert.” He then says how is it fair that she goes instead of himself, then says that it’s his money. Spike then starts bitching about how he get’s to go out and party all the time. I’m sure it’s not even like that. I love how Shane points out that the money he gives her is not to be used for going to concerts! Check mate Spike! But of course she continues bitching at him. Shane brings up another good point of saying that most guys wouldn’t give her a goddamn thing. Spike just repeats what that asshole Liz said and calls Shane a pig too. I would have told Spike, “Fuck you, at least I’ll be enjoying the concert.” “Have fun wiping Emma’s ass, bitch!” Can you tell this riled me up? It did!

shane fight
spike fight

Back at Melanie’s house her mom is going crazy looking for the twenty that Melanie stole. She keeps going on and on about how she needed the money for groceries. Melanie meanwhile looks guilty as hell. The phone rings and Melanie picks it up. Apparently she got some bad news. She tells her mom that she just lost the baby sitting job. So now she feels like an even bigger shit head for ripping her mom off.

melanie's mom

It’s finally date night and Joey and Caitlin come into the pizza joint again and Joey decides to join BLT and Michelle. Even pointing out that they’re out on a date. Joey being smug says, “When Joey Jeremiah says that he’ll deliver, he delivers.” BLT decides to pay up right then and there. Joey see’s Caitlin coming over and tells BLT to pay him later but BLT insists on paying him. But he just has to keep talking and says, “You said you’d get a date for tonight and you got a date.” “You win.” Then hands him the money. Caitlin of course hears everything and says, “You asked me out on a bet?” Then she pours her soda all over Joey’s greasy hair and storms out.

joey soda

Out in the rain Joey says that he really did want to go out with her. She doesn’t believe him and then to make a point Joey rips up the money that BLT paid him. Then he adds that the reason he asked her out is because he wanted to. I guess Caitlin feels sorry for the schmuck because she says, “You can at least walk me home.”  Joey turns around face full of hope and they head on over to her house.

joey caitlin

Back at Melanie’s  her mom asks her how she feels about having chili all week. Melanie says that she doesn’t mind and her mom says, “Good, it’s all we can afford.” Once again she’s going on about the fucking money still. Melanie then asks her why her dad doesn’t give them any money. Her mom says that he’s probably a dirt dick loser and can’t give them shit. And oh lord! She’s going on about the “lost” twenty again. Give it a rest already lady! Geesh! Melanie then can’t stand the guilt and tells her mom everything. They seem to have a little stare down there, what the hell.

melanie stare down

The next day at school Melanie is telling Caitlin about being grounded and not being able to go to the stupid ass concert that she didn’t want to go to begin with. She then asks her about her date with Joey, Caitlin acts like she got laid. Melanie has to bite the fucking bullet and she tells Snake that she can’t go because she’s grounded. His jolly green giant ass is disappointed and asks what she’s going to do with the ticket. She says that she’s going to sell it. She says, “Maybe we can go out after I’m grounded.” But Snake just says, “Maybe.” I swear these two can never get it together.

Spike comes along sounding like Melanie’s mom and is telling Liz how her mom gave her the money for the ticket but now the concert is sold out. Perfect timing, Melanie over hears them and offers Spike her ticket for twenty bucks.  Once again she says the line funny for some reason. Anyways it all worked out for Melanie in the end. Except for the date part. DOH!

melanie ending

I gotta say, I liked this episode. Melanie for some reason is one of my favorite characters. She never annoys me like Kathleen or Arthur. I guess I like how goofy and awkward she can be. Spike of course was just an atrocious piece of shit again, the same with Liz.


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.

3 thoughts on “Season 3, Episode 10, “Twenty Bucks”

  1. Why must you swear? It’s so terrible. That is one of my favourite episodes of Degrassi Junior High. If you can’t say anything without swearing, don’t bother. There are other people reading this and not all of them swear.

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