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 1, Episode 2, “A New Start, Part 2”


Previously on Degrassi High: That’s right, it’s recap of the previous episode. Heather tells everyone that Erica was porked during their Summer break and she finds out if she’s pregnant or not. Turns out she was! Then she contemplates getting an abortion, which Heather is dead set against. We also get Joey and the Zit Remedy getting hazed by Dwayne and his flunky’s.

Pre-credit opener: Oh, this is the first time that things have continued from the recap. Erica comes out of the bath room and Heather’s all, “Well?!” Erica completely lies her ass off and tells her that she’s not with child. Heather leaves all happy. But Erica sits down, covers her face and is completely scared shitless.


Back at Degrassi Spike has Liz pushing Emma in her stroller and Heather comes running to see them. Erica once again is acting all weird just by seeing the baby. She knows that she’s in deep shit. Spike isn’t helping matters by saying that she has no social life or time to do jack shit really. Erica is really panicking now because she just wants to go around boning as many people as she can. So she can’t be worrying about taking care of a kid. She then asks her if it was really terrible being pregnant. Spike’s all, “Are you fucking kidding me?” “It was horrible,” After they leave Heather starts bitching, asking her why she asked such a stupid question like that. Especially since she knows that Spike was ostracized like she was.

twins spike

In Mr Walfish’s class, he’s trying to engage the class with The Lord of the Flies but no one wants to say a thing about the goddamn book. He starts saying that he wants people to participate. I hated teachers like this. When I was in school I just wanted to sit there and listen. Not give my opinions about fucking Piggy from the book. He then starts listing a bunch of topics to get them engaged. Erica of course brings up the hot topic of abortion. Heather raises her hand and says that abortion is wrong because it’s like murder. Of Course Lucy has to put her two cents in because she’s an ultra feminist and starts going off on Heather. We hear all these facts about weather a baby is a person or not, and if it has any rights. LD chimes in about a woman having the right to chose. Anyways, this creates a huge shit storm in the class and everyone starts arguing. Liz is pro life and she’s getting more and more pissed off at Lucy and LD. Meanwhile Erica who started the whole mess is quiet as hell.

liz lucy ld

Class is finally dismissed and everyone leaves all pissed off at each other. Liz talking shit to LD and Lucy. Heather points out that Erica was all quiet even though she started the big civil war. She goes off by herself and tells Heather that she has shit to do.

Meanwhile Simon is still mr big dick at the school. He’s surrounded by a bunch of teenage poontang and he’s getting asked a bunch of boring questions about the commercial he did. Alexa standing behind them is in despair, telling Michelle that she’s lost Simon for good now. I just noticed that they have number 10’s on their faces. I guess they got hazed too. Anyways, she completely over reacts again and goes up to Simon and gives him his ring back saying, “I’m giving you your freedom.” She takes off running and crying. Of course this being Simon, he has no idea why she’s acting like a maniac.

simon alexa

Uh oh. We switch over to a clinic and we have a bunch of protesters outside holding up signs. As soon as Erica shows up they surround her and start preaching to her. This old bag starts begging her to not go in there. They ask her her age and stupid Erica says, “16.” They’re all, “16?!!” Of course she panics when the old battle ax busts out this little fetus doll that she has for some insane reason. The chick from the clinic comes to her rescue and pulls her inside. Erica then tells the lady that she wants to talk to someone about having an abortion.


Back at Degrassi Maya and Caitlin are talking about God knows what and they get interrupted by that goth nerd again. He says that his name is Claude but he pronounces it, “Cleoode” or some shit like that. What a pretentious prick. Caitlin of course is slowly falling in love with him. You can just tell with how she tells him her name. She’s acting like he’s fucking Lord Byron.

claude caitlin

Oh lord. We cut to Arthur and Yick and he’s still sporting his stupid beret for fat nerds. Yick asks him if he’s going to go to the mall with him but Arthur tells him that he wants to go talk to his mom about getting a computer. Yick can’t stands no more of Arthur’s stupid bullshit and mocks him by repeating what he said. Arthur turns around all shocked and says, “What?” Yick tells him that ever since he became rich he’s become a big loser jerk.

yick pissed

At the clinic the Dr or whatever she is is explaining the abortion procedure to Erica. Erica’s only concern being if it’ll hurt or not. She tells her that someone should come with her on the day because she’s going to be fucked up. Erica then asks her if she’ll be different from having the procedure and if she can have kids still. The lady says, “Of course you’ll be able to you skank.”

Back at the school Tessa and Scooter come running by and it’s clear that they’ve been initiated too. Joey and Wheels are hanging out and Wheels points out how the voice on the PA sounds an awful lot like Raditch. But they get interrupted by Snake wondering if Joey’s going to get it next. Joey starts talking tough that no one’s going to initiate him then Bart comes by and they put a shaving cream beard and fro on him. I gotta say, it’s an improvement. Joey rounds a corner and Dwayne and his asshole friends spot him and give chase. Joey being a big weasel goes and hides in the girls rest room. Allison and Amy laugh at him and he says, “When you gotta go, you gotta go.”

joey allison amy

At Heather and Erica’s home, Heather being nosy asks her where she was at and Erica once again says, “You promise you won’t tell ever?” Then she drops the bomb that she’s pregnant and she lied about the 2nd test. Then she tells her that she made an appointment to get an abortion. Heather tells her to put it up for adoption but Erica doesn’t want to go that route either because she’ll know that she had a kid and gave them up. Heather asks her if she wants to have kids but Erica says that she wants them when she’s older and married. Heather then says, “Then you’ll kill it?” At this Erica starts to cry and says that she doesn’t care. Then she begs her to come with her to the clinic. Heather’s all, “Fuck no you ho, you should have kept your legs shut!” Then runs away, leaving Erica crying in the room.


The next day at school Simon is trying to talk to Alexa but she’s all upset. Simon tells her that she’s the one that he wants to be with and she can’t believe it. Simon of course  being brain dead can’t articulate what he wants to say and he tells her, “You know what I mean!” And gives her the stupid cheap ring he bought her. So just like that they make up, while BLT and Tracy Morgan watch in the back ground. That’s basically the end of that plot.

alexa simon

Joey’s walking around the hallway and a big beefy hand grabs him and pulls him into an empty class room. Dwayne tells him, “You’ve been avoiding us.” Joey tries to get out of it by saying he’ll be late to class. But that fat asshole says, “You’re gonna be late.” In Mr Walfish’s class Heather won’t even look at Erica since she’s so disgusted at her. Walfish is going on about the Lord of the Flies.

We then see Joey pushing a banana with his nose while wearing some panty hose on his head. Well look who it is. It’s Mr Raditch and he comes running down this huge fucking ramp they have there in the school. Dwayne and his cronies run away leaving Joey to look like a huge jackass. He stops and he looks at Mr Raditch looking down at him. Joey can’t believe that he’s there and Raditch tells him that he’s his new Vice Principle. Ok, this is kind of like creepy Mr Feeny on Boy Meet’s World following Corey around from Elementary, to high School, to College. Was he at the same college as Corey? I stopped watching at that point.  Anyways, Raditch happily takes him to his office to have a talk. Even though it’s obvious that Joey did nothing wrong. Plus he saw what Dwayne was doing.

joey dwayne raditch

It’s finally lunch time and I guess it’s time for Erica to terminate her pregnancy. She goes off looking nervous as hell as Heather is looking at her walk away. Heather decides to talk to Spike since you know, she had sex just once and is now Degrassi’s resident sex expert. Heather then asks her if she thought about having an abortion and Spike said she did. But then said that it was wrong for her. At this Heather insists that Spike talk to Erica about not having one done. But Spike’s all, “Whoa, whoa, whoa.” “Stop the clock.” Then she goes on to say that it was wrong for her but maybe it’s right for Erica. Basically Spike was no help here and I don’t know why Heather bothered to talk to her in the first place. Spike doesn’t know jack shit about anything.


Finally we come back to the clinic and the protesters are there again. Just as Erica get’s the courage to go in, Heather yells at her and comes running along. Erica is hella relieved and Heather asks her if she’s sure that she doesn’t want the baby and Erica says yeah. Then she says that what she’s doing is really wrong but since they’re sisters, she can’t let her go in alone. Erica says, “Ready?” And Heather replies with, “Never, let’s go.” And that’s where the episode ends. I think this is an edited version because I swear I’ve seen the episode ending with the creepy old lady holding out the toy fetus to the twins once again.

twins end

So yeah, this was a pretty good two parter. Yick finally called Arthur out on his geek bullshit and hopefully will stop being his friend. But Before I got these DVD’s I’ve never seen these episodes before. Apparently it’s too much of a controversial episode because here in the states they never show it on tv. Come on, get some balls and just show it already. I wonder why abortion is something that needs to be censored but Wheels getting felt up by a horny vacuum salesman is perfectly ok. Double standards I guess.


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 1, Episode 2, “A New Start, Part 2”

  1. You’re right. In the original version, the ending was the old woman holding up the fetus doll and the twins are at the top of the stairs looking back at it.
    Loving these reviews by the way 🙂

    • Thanks Slabz. Glad you’re enjoying them. And yeah I’ve seen the picture posted on other sites. I just don’t know why they didn’t leave that scene for the DVD release. I guess they thought it was too hardcore for some insane reason.

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