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 14, “Black and White”

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Uh oh. Racism rears it’s ugly head in this episode. Shit BLT and Michelle don’t have Jungle Fever. They have Ebola and they’ve got it bad baby!

Pre-credit opener: BLT and Michelle come out what looks is a science class at Borden. Very slowly BLT is explaining to Michelle about arteries because she doesn’t seem to get the concept. He stops her and he says that there’s something that he wanted to ask her. But they’re interrupted by this guy with a horrible mop of hair and he tells BLT to watch where he’s going. BLT tells him the same, then the guy says, “Dumb n***er.” And walks away with a smirk on his face. BLT seems to have control for about 2 seconds before he goes and beats the shit out of the motherfucker. And who can blame him? Of course the fight is broken up but not before the asshole’s friend joins in too and all three of them are taken to the office. Michelle seems to be shocked by what was said and done.

BLT kicking ass

The next day Alexa screams for Michelle and asks her if BLT asked her out to the graduation dance, but Michelle says that he hasn’t and besides, they’re just friends. But Alexa points out that BLT joined the yearbook committee just to be with her. So it’s obvious that he likes her. Michelle says that she hopes that he does and that he likes him. They start talking about the fight and they mention how he never came back from the office so maybe he’s in deep shit. Michelle points out that it was that fuckhead that made the racist comment.

michelle

Oh lord, Degrassi’s super nerd power duo of Bart and Scooter are in charge of taking pictures for the year book. They take a picture of LD who we really haven’t seen much of this season. Shes in her soccer gear and her hair looks greasier than ever!

LD

We come upon Liz and Spike and once again Spike is telling her of all her many woes. This time Emma’s day time baby sitter is moving to Vancouver so it seems like Spike is fucked here again. She complains about how perfect the whole situation was. Then she mentions how she’ll have to drop out and says that she doesn’t want to be another drop out teenage mom. But she has no one to blame but herself.

BLT comes along and he tells Snake and Wheels about what happened. He says that if he get’s into another fight that he’ll get suspended. But then he adds that the next time he see’s that fucker, that he’s going to stomp his ass all over again. Stupid Snake then says something very lame. He’s all, “What’s fighting going to prove?” “Shouldn’t you just forget about it?” BLT says, “Easy for you to say, no one’s ever called you a n***er.” Snake doesn’t know what to say. What a dumbass.

BLT snake

In the class room Michelle asks BLT about what happened but he says that he just got a lecture. He then says before that stupid fuck rudely interrupted them the day before he wanted to ask her something and then asks her out to the graduation dance. Big surprise, Michelle is at a lost for words. But then says yes. Class begins but Michelle signals to Alexa that they’re going to the dance. Alexa having no life at all is all, “YES!”

BLT michelle

After class Scooter and Bart and taking more pics, this time of Kathleen and Melanie. She asks them if that angle shows that she doesn’t have braces anymore. Kathleen tells them to hurry the fuck up and they take pic after pic. Kathleen looks surly in all of them.

Kathleen Melanie

At lunch Liz is asking Spike if she could put Emma in a day care and Spike says, “I can’t, Shane doesn’t pay me anymore.” I don’t know if it’s just me, but that sounds really fucked up. Like that’s the only thing she cares about with Shane it seems like. Anyways, Liz suggests that Spike get a part time job after school. Spike says that she’ll have to ask her mom first but she thinks she’ll be able to go.

Back with the dudes at their table, Snake asks BLT if he wants to play some Basketball after school but BLT says that he can’t. He has to help Michelle out with the year book. Snake and Wheels both smile meaning, yeah sure. BLT says, “What?” But they point out how much he’s into Michelle.

At Michelle’s table the girls are gabbing about her going to the dance with BLT. LD says how she wouldn’t mind going with him because, “He’s cuteth.” Yup that lisp is still in full effect. At least Melanie got rid of hers. Anyways, Alexa mentions how he’s a great dancer. But then she fucks things up by saying, “Of course that goes without saying.” Lucy’s all, “What the fuck is that supposed to mean?” Alexa matter of factly says, “Well he is black.” LD tells Alexa how racist that sounded. Lucy adds, “That’s like saying that all blacks are great athletes.” Alexa goes on to sound like Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder and basically repeats what he said, that black people are better athletes. Lucy points out it’s because he has talent, not because his skin is dark. Alexa says that she’s sorry but then tells them that her parents would die if she went out with a black guy. But she did! She went out with BLT for about a week or two. So what the fuck is she talking about? But then she mentions how they don’t even like it that she’s going out with Simon because he’s not Greek. I guess they’re people from the old country.

Alexa michelle

Back with Scooter and Bart, it’s Joey’s turn to have his picture taken. Of course he just has to have his bad ass Zit Remedy sweater on. Joey says, “Aren’t you two a little too young to be doing this?” Scooter tells him that they’re in the same grade so he should shut his mouth and smile. So Joey holds up his skateboard and has his pic taken.

joey pic

At Michelle’s very skinny looking house she and BLT are going over a collage they’re making for the year book. You can tell that BLT wants to totally make out with her but the clock strikes and he says he has to go before his parents worry. They hear someone walk in and it’s her parents. She introduces him as Bryant. I didn’t even know that was his actual name til now. Her mom shakes his hand, but you can tell that her dad is a racist piece of shit. He gives him a dirty look and refuses to shake his hand. BLT feeling very uncomfortable leaves.

racist dad

Michelle then asks them what they think. Her mom says that he seems very nice. Her dad says, “You didn’t mention he was colored.” As I’m watching this I can’t help but think, did this mean old bastard come from a time machine from the 60’s?! Who uses the term colored anymore?! Michelle tells him that she didn’t think it was important. She then mentions that he asked her out to the dance and that she already told him yes. But her dickhead dad says that she should have asked them first because the answer is no. Michelle can’t believe her ears. Her mom says that she’s too young to go out with boys. Then she tells her that she can go, but only with her friends. She adds that they’re only doing that for her own good.

The next day at school. The Twins are dressed like referee’s again and they hold up a stupid ass horoscope magazine and have their picture taken too. Spike is then seen telling Liz all about how she has a job interview later on that day at 4 o’clock. Both seem to be excited, but Spike is naturally nervous. But Liz offers her moral support and says that she’ll go with her and wait outside.

heather erica

In the Library Michelle told the girls about her racist parents. They all tell her all the things they do to get their way, but Michelle says that they’re such hard asses that they never ever change their minds.

As the bell rings BLT asks Michelle what colors she wants for the dance, but she’s all, “I don’t know yet.” He tells her that he’s going to buy her a corsage and that they’re going to be the hottest couple there. Yeah, he just sounded like Kenickie from Grease. Moving on, he then asks her why she’s acting funny. She finally tells him that they said that she couldn’t go to the dance with him. He says, “I knew they didn’t like me.” Then asks her if it’s because he’s black. She defends them by saying that they’re not like that, even though it’s obvious that they are. Of course BLT goes to his next class completely disappointed.

blt disappointed

Going on with the lame sub plot of Bart and Scooter taking random pictures, it’s Arthur and Yick’s turn. Arthur has his stupid Joe’s Joke Emporium shirt on and holding the toy robot they supposedly built for the science fair.

arthur yick

At Michelle’s locker the girls ask her if she wants to go dress shopping but she declines. Before they go to the mall Michelle asks them if the reason they don’t want her to go with BLT is because he’s black. LD says, “How the hell should I know?” Then asks her, “What do you think?” Michelle says that she doesn’t know since they are her parents. Lucy points out that what they think doesn’t make them perfect. As they’re walking away Alexa asks Lucy if she’s ever been discriminated against. Lucy says that she get’s it both ways since she’s half black, saying that she get’s called Oreo. Man people can be real bastards at times.

girls

We finally get to Spike’s interview at this donut shop type place. She asks this fat sweaty bald guy behind the counter if he’s Don. Immediately he acts like a fucking asshole. He starts talking about her hair and asks her what her mom says about it. She’s all, “Nothing.” And he says,”I bet.” She starts asking him about the job, but he just keeps making fun of her hair and she points out to him that she’s there for the job, not her hair. But of course he has to be a fucking prick and says that she’s late. He says that he told her to be there by 3:45 but she says that she knows that he said at four. But he tells her that since she’s late, she can’t have the job. Spike should have told him to go stick his fist up his greasy fat ass. But all she says is, “How do you get through life?” Come on Spike! You could have done better than that!

fatso spike

She comes out upset and tells Liz about what a fucking asshole that guy was and didn’t get the job because of her hair. Liz says how prejudice that is. Of course this riles her up and calls him a pig. Then she says how she’s coming out later that night and is planning on throwing a rock through his window. For once I completely agree with Liz on this one. But Spike tells her not to. That that’s something he would expect.

spike liz

Back at Michelle’s place in the deep South. I mean her skinny house, she comes home feeling down and gets into it with her mom. Asking if the reason is because he’s black. Her mom says the lame thing of not caring if he’s black, blue or green. For some reason, I hate it when people say that shit. Anyways, she says that they believe in equal opportunity. Then says, “Not everyone is like us.” She then starts to explain that some people would have a problem with interracial dating and says that people would start talking shit and how people of other culture’s have different values. Michelle mentions that BLT was born here. So yeah, her mom is completely full of shit. They totally have a problem with BLT being black. He should call them and tell the dad that BLT stands for Black, Long and Thick. That would give that racist prick a heart attack.

racist mom

The next day at school Bart and Scooter take the last picture, which is themselves. Anyways, who gives a shit. Michelle comes up to BLT and she tells him that he was right about her parents. Then says that they said that she should be with her own kind. BLT of course get’s pissed and just walks away. She calls him back and says that she doesn’t care what they say and she asks him out to the dance. BLT smiles and says, “Yeah.

end credits

So there you go, Degrassi Junior High tackled the issue of racism. I think they did a pretty good job of it. They didn’t pussy out at all. They showed how much people fucking suck and how full of shit they are too. Even Spike got discriminated against because of her hair. I wish Liz would have gone back to that place and burned the son of a bitch to the ground. But that would be too hardcore.

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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 3, Episode 14, “Black and White”

  1. As always, I’m LOLing over here. Especially at BLT = Black, Long, and Thick AAHHH!!! hahaa

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