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 12, “Taking Off, Part 2”

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Oh man, so we continue with this emotionally draining two parter. And I say that because Wheels is such a fucking prick in it that it’s almost unbearable. But holy shit!! Just four more episodes left and I’m done with Degrassi Junior High! So there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Previously on Degrassi Junior High: Yup it’s another recap of the previous episode. Wheels explains how he’s going to run away to his real dad, Shane decides to get fucked up on some acid. Luke denies that they took the acid to the police while being questioned on Shane’s whereabouts and some random guy tries to jerk off Wheels while he was hitchhiking.

I’m guessing it’s Monday morning and Joey and Snake are talking about Wheels being gone. Snake says that maybe they should tell someone but Joey says that they made a promise and he doesn’t break promises. Snake says, “Yeah, yeah.” “Bake a pie, eat a pie.” And mentions how Wheels grandma called him up all hysterical and crying. Joey says that the old battle ax called him too. But Joey then says that if he doesn’t call them by that night, that they’ll tell someone.


The subject of Shane being missing comes up and Spike thinks that Shane just ran away. But then doesn’t explain why she thinks that because the scene just abruptly switches to Melanie and Caitlin. Melanie still hates her pictures, more so because her mom wants to send them to everyone now. Melanie thinks that she’s being punished. Caitlin then asks Luke if he knows what happened to Shane since dickhead was with him that night. But right away he says, “No, I don’t.” “Leave me alone.” The guilt is strong with this one!

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Raditch comes in all somber again and tells them that the  police are asking anyone with info to please come forward. But of course Luke isn’t going to say shit because he wants to cover his own ass.

At last we come to Wheels walking along a grave yard it seems like and we hear his dad’s voice reading the post card for the one billionth time! It’s hilarious. Wheels finally makes it to Port Hope and the cheap sign on the front says, Mem’ries Lounge, Mike and the Drifters. Yeah, the place looks like a rundown hall where old people play bingo. Wheels comes in and tells the desk clerk that he’s looking for Mike Nelson and the dude looks at him like he wants to say, “Who’s asking?” Why would this guy give a shit if anyone is looking for Mike?! I mean he’s acting like they’re friends and he’s looking out for him. Wheels then mentions that he’s his son and the clerk finally tells him the room number. What was that all about?

lame sign

Wheels knocks on Mikes door and Mike opens it up all cheerfully saying, “Derek, how have you been?” “I’ve missed you man!” Wheels then says that he’s sort of run away and Mike says, “Too many hassles huh.” Mike then asks Wheels if he still plays his bass and Wheels says yeah. Mike tells Wheels that he can practice with them and maybe he can become their new bass player. Wheels can’t believe his fucking ears. He’s so happy right now. Mike then says, “For now on, it’s me and you against the world!”

mike bullshit

But it was all a bunch of bullshit. Wheels was just day dreaming the whole thing. Mike opens the door and it’s pretty clear Wheels just woke him up. Mike then asks him what the fuck he’s doing there. Wheels tells him that his parents died last Fall and it seems like Mike could give a shit. You can tell that he doesn’t want him around. Then we hear this women asking who’s pounding on their door so goddamn early. He then tells Wheels to go wait down stairs and shuts the door on his David Koresh looking ass.

wheels idiot

Back at good ol Degrassi Junior High Doris tells Mr Raditch that someone wants to speak with Luke. Luke looks like he’s walking to his doom. He looks at the Mountie that came to his house and he instantly knows that he’s fucked here. The cop repeats the bullshit line Luke told him which was, “He doesn’t do that stuff, I don’t know anyone who does that stuff.” Luke then continues with his lie and the cop says that they found Shane. Apparently they found him below a bridge. They don’t know if he jumped off or someone pushed him. He’s alive but very, very fucked up. The cop then get’s into Luke’s face and wants him to tell him the truth. Luke shakes his head, but then admits that they took acid. What a fuckhead I swear.


Back at the shitty lodge where Mike is staying Wheels is still reading the post card, but I don’t know how his hopes aren’t dashed yet. It’s pretty clear Mike doesn’t want him around. He even asks about his grand parents. Wheels tells him how he ran away because they don’t want him. What an asshole. But his dad insists that Wheels call them because they’re probably worried sick. Mike then asks the clerk if Wheels can use the phone long distance, saying that he’ll pay for the cost. But you know that’s going to hurt him financially because let’s face it. Mike is a huge fucking broke loser.

Back at the Crypt, Wheels grandma picks up the phone and Wheels tells him that he’s fine and that he’s not going to come back. He refuses to tell her where he is, but stupid Wheels then says, “Just tell Joey that I’m ok.” Then he just hangs up on her. The Grandma puts two and two together and pretty much figures out that Joey knows where Wheels is.

In the cafeteria that Mike’s shitty band plays, Wheels lies his ass off and tells Mike that they said he could stay. Then he asks Mike if he can stay, but Mike shakes his head no. Wheels says that he can basically be a roadie. Then Wheels tries to guilt trip him by saying that he’s his dad and they’re blood, plus he has no where else to go. His dad gives in, but says only for that day. Mike’s probably thinking, “Stupid, why did I send him that goddamn card for?!” Mike then ditches wheels in the cafeteria and says he has shit to do. Oh man, Wheels is either completely insane or delusional as hell. As Mike leaves Wheels looks at the post card and the fake day dream voice over of Mike saying, It’s you and me against the world comes up again. Get a clue you maniac!

post card

Uh oh, Wheels grandma arrives at Degrassi Junior High looking for Joey’s dumbass.  Joey of course get’s called up to the office and there Wheels Grandma is waiting for him. She tells him that Wheels is ok, and stupid Joey says, “He is?” “Alright!” The she pounces on him and begs him to tell her where he is because it’s obvious he knows where he is. After giving him a puppy dog face Joey breaks down and gives up all the info.

Oh lord. Back at Port Hope Wheels is playing a bass guitar and is acting like he just play a stadium show. Something that Mike and his shitastic band will never ever do. All of a sudden this black dude walks in from a side door and starts yelling at Wheels asking him what the fuck he thinks he’s doing. Mike comes in and tells him to calm his ass down. The dude apologizes and tells Wheels not to touch other people’s shit. Wheels then tells him how he plays bass for over a year now.  The black dude of course is a real asshole and mocks him by saying, “You’re a real pro then.” Both he and Mike laugh their asses off. As they’re talking about Wheels he looks all sad. I gotta say,  Mike is getting close to thirty and he’s still playing shitty venue’s. I would say, give it up already. Your band blows goats for quarters and if you would have made it, it would have happened already. I would say that Jessie’s shitty band from Full House is better than Mike’s.


At Degrassi Fat Nancy announces that she and Tracy Morgan are going to the hospital to see Shane and if anyone would want to sign a get well soon card to please do it now. They had some chocolates but she ate them all of course. We then cut to the hospital and Shane’s dad Benjamin Franklin is just sitting next to Shane looking at him. Shane is completely fucked up just laying there in bed in a vegetative state. His dad then asks them if they’ll pray for Shane, because let’s face it. He needs all the help he can get.


Back to Wheels he notices this pregnant chick walk in and she asks Mike why the fuck Wheels is still there for and she mentions how he’s a missing kid. Mike says that he’s a good kid. But he’s not. He’s a fucking selfish asshole. Mike then introduces her. He says her name is Maggie and that they’re getting married. Wheels points out how she’s very fucking pregnant and that Mike’s going to keep the baby and not throw the kid away like he did to him. Mike again goes on to say how they were too young and they couldn’t take care of him.

Finally Wheels Grandma arrives like a bat out of hell and she tells the clerk that she’s looking for Wheels. Back in the Caf Mike, Maggie and Wheels are still arguing about them not wanting Wheels around. His Grandma barges in and tells Wheels that it’s time to go home, but Wheels says that he doesn’t want to. Because he’ll end up in a group home. Wheels being a dick then says that he doesn’t want to stay with her and his ancient grandpa. He wants to stay with Mike, but then Mikes bride to be says that in no certain terms is Wheels going to stay with them.

mike gf

I love how Mikes girlfriend tells him that Wheels can’t stay because he’s a teenager and that they can barely take care of themselves and they have a baby on the way. Man what a bunch of losers. By that rational Mike should give up on this baby too. Mike then says, “Who says he’s staying?” Hearing this, Wheels is devastated. His grandma then threatens Mike. She tells him that Mike has no legal rights and that he could be sent to prison. Mike loses his shit and says that he didn’t ask Wheels to come to him. As they’re all arguing Wheels says, “What about me?!” “You all talk about what you want, what about what I want?!”


At last we come to the heart to heart moment of this episode. Wheels storms out and his grandma is giving chase. She begs him to come back with her but he yells at her, “I’m not going back!” Then she says how much she and her husband love him but Wheels spits back that no one wants him, while looking at Mike. Then says how no one cares about him. Her grandma then loses her shit and yells out, “You selfish, selfish little boy!!” This sure got his attention. And then says how they just want to help him. Wheels comes back looking all guilt ridden now and gives her a hug. She tells him that they love him and they know that they’re not his parents. Wheels finally fucking breaks down and starts crying. Saying how he wishes that his parents weren’t dead and that he wants them back.

wheels crying

Finally back at Degrassi Allison and Amy are talking about Shane. Allison theorizes that Shane is probably ok, that he’s just faking it just so he won’t get into trouble. Fat Nancy get’s pisses and tells her that they saw him completely fucked up. Snake and Joey notice that Wheels is finally back and he comes up all smiling now. Joey and Snake then admit that they told his grandma about everything, but Wheels says that he’s glad that they did. He said that he would give school another try. The episode ends with Wheels smiling with the dudes, glad to be back.

wheels end

Oh man! This was a really hard episode to watch. Wheels was so fucking annoying I wanted to pull his mullet off his head and shove it up his ass. But I guess he finally figured out what a piece of shit his dad really is and that no one really wants him around. Except for his two grandparents.


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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