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 3, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”

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Pre-credit opener: Seems like Michelle lives on Degrassi St and we see BLT telling Michelle to ask her so that she can come to something. I can’t understand what he’s saying. She says that she’s sure that her parent’s don’t know about them. I love how BLT is totally looking at her ass as she’s walking away. She walks into her house and her mom is coming down the stairs crying carrying a suit case. All of a sudden she says, ” I’m sorry you have to find out like this, your father and I are separating.” Then she says some other nonsense and walks out the door. They have another actor playing her dad now and thank God. The other dude had a creepy vibe to him. Anyways his dad just goes about his business as usual and poor Michelle doesn’t know what the hell is going on since no one will talk to her.

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Michelle and Alexa watching BLT at either gym class or a basketball practice. Whatever it is, they’re talking about her parents break up. Michelle saying that her dad was acting like nothing happened. Alexa mentions how Simon’s parents broke up and it was horrible at first but things slowly got better. Michelle makes it sound like her dad’s an emotionless robot and doesn’t want her parents to break up. Then she wonders out loud if her dad did something to fuck things up, like having an affair. I guess her dad is a controlling person because she mentions that her mom wanted to go back to school but he told her no. Basically Michelle is blaming her dickhead dad for everything.

We see Joey and Wheels wanting to talk to Lucy about something. Joey mentions that they’re not called The Zits instead of the Zit Remedy. LD and Lucy are all, “Whatever.” and they start to giggle. They ask her if they can borrow her camera because they want to make a rock video. Lucy says sure, but she says that she wants to be the one to shoot it. Stupid Joey says, “But you’re a chick.” Lucy of course says something sarcastic to him because he’s an idiot. She insists that she wants to shoot and they agree. Joey saying they want to film the video the next day.

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The twins are walking down the hall way and we hear Heather telling Erica that she was told to come back to the clinic in a few weeks. But Erica says only if she needed to talk about it and she says that she doesn’t. Heather says all loud, “Erica, you had an abortion.” But Erica wants nothing to do with the subject anymore, she says that it’s over. Of course Heather won’t shut up about it saying that Erica talks about it in her sleep. Erica finally tells her to shut the fuck up already.

Joey and Wheels tell Snake about the video and Joey asks him if he brought some money. Snake says he took his money out of savings and Wheels says that he had to borrow some from his Grandma. Joey says that they nearly have 50 bucks. Which is jack shit. Snake points out how Joey isn’t putting any money in, but of course he’s full of excuses. Snake then starts saying that they should have a script at least but Joey tells him not to worry about it, he has it all figured out. Be afraid Snake! Be very afraid, we’re talking about Degrassi’s Highs number one idiot here. He mentions that all they need are some chicks in bikini’s.

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We come to a boring conversation between BLT and Michelle. He’s telling her that she deserves to know what the hell is going on with her parents, but this being Michelle, she doesn’t want to rock the boat. She gives him a smooch and goes inside her house. It seems like she made some macaroni and cheese for her and her dad. He then says that they have somethings that they should discuss. He says that they should divide the house hold chores. He tells her that she needs to start concentrating more on her studies and doesn’t want her to be going out so much. She mentions how she really doesn’t go anywhere except to Alexa’s. This sets him off. He says, “You really think that I don’t know that you’re going out with that black boy?” Alexa’s all, “Oh shit.” Someone calls up on the phone and he says it was a wrong number. Pretty obvious it was either her mom or BLT. What an asshole this guy is.

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Back at Degrassi Joey’s already managed to piss Caitlin the fuck off. He should have known better than to ask her to be in a bikini in his stupid rock video. Caitlin is just a big a prude as Kathleen. Joey mentions how she was in a bikini all the time during the Summer and she has a hot ass body. She of course calls him a chauvinist pig. He should have gone the AC Slater route and said, “Oink oink baby!”  But of course he doesn’t. He comes upon Allison and Amy and he offers them to be the stars of their video. They ask what the catch is and he tells them that they would have to be in their bikini’s. Allison tells him that they’ll do it, but for 20 dollars each. Joey makes the deal. But Allison only did it because she wants to go to a concert.

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In the library Fat Nancy and some other girl come up to Heather and ask her if it’s true that Erica had an abortion. Heather get’s all pissed and denies it. Heather wants to know who was saying such a filthy lie, but Fat Nancy says that she heard these two girls talking about it in the girls laboratory. Heather lies her ass off and says, “I don’t know how these rumors get started.” Erica comes up to Heather and she tells her that Nancy knows. Erica can’t believe her fucking ears and wants to know how someone found out. But maybe if Heather wasn’t talking all loud about it, no one would know.

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Michelle asks BLT if it was him that called her house the other night but he said he didn’t because she didn’t want to. She puts two and two together and figures out that it was her mom. Then she starts going off on her dad and how he won’t even let her talk to her own mom. She mentions how he’s a controlling prick and she hates him. Uh oh. We hear on the intercom and Michelle is being called up to the front office.

Surprisingly it’s her mom. They go outside to talk and her mom starts giving her the low down on what happened. She says that they had a fight and she’s never coming back. Michelle tells her how it’s been hell on Earth ever since she’s left. Her mom offers to take her to dinner but Michelle is all worried about her dad. Her mom mentions how he has no right in stopping her from seeing her. Then shit get’s serious. Michelle asks her mom if her dad was having an affair and she says, “No, I’m seeing somebody.” Michelle’s like, “What the mother fuck?!”  She can’t believe what she’s hearing. She immediately says that she has to go and just walks back inside leaving her mom talking about dinner still. Man who would have guess that her mom is a big hussy. But who can blame her being married to a racist, controlling asshole.

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We then see Lucy shooting random video of people in the school. LD get’s her big face in the way and mentions how lucky she is that her daddy gave her a video camera. Lucy mentions how he’s buying her things instead of spending time with her. LD takes a turn on video taping people and she can’t get the lens off of Wheel’s ass. It’s pretty clear that LD has a thing for him, even saying, “He’s really cute this year.” Lucy starts to tease her about it, I think we’re all surprised that she’s into dudes now. Prior to that, she showed no interest in anything female or the opposite sex.

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In the lunch room we see Michelle bitching to BLT and Alexa about how slutty her mom is. BLT says that the guy her mom is banging is probably a nice guy. Michelle is now on her dad’s side and feels bad for him. But since BLT can’t stand his ass he says, “Come on Michelle, he didn’t exactly treat her so good.” “You said so yourself.” But she makes the excuse that she didn’t have all the facts before.

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We then see Claude or Cleood talking about rain forest and species being wiped out. You know, most things that guys don’t really give a shit about. He’s only into it because he wants to weasel his way in. Anyways, Wheels walks by and notices how close they seem to be getting. Joey mentions that it doesn’t bother him because she’s just trying to make him jealous. Wheels says, “I don’t know, it seems like she likes him.” But Joey being a complete idiot doesn’t want to believe it. He then says, “You think I’m going to be jealous of a guy who can’t even grow a beard?” Wheels is all, “Bitch you can’t even grow a beard.” Burn! Joey goes on to tell them that Amy and Allison are going to be in their video in their bikini’s. You can tell how delusional Joey is because he says that it’s going to be the best video in the world.

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Class is dismissed and the twins are wondering how the fuck Fat Nancy and that other girl Joann found out. Heather mentions how it’s just a rumor and if she keeps denying it, it’ll go away. And holy shit. We see that someone wrote on Erica’s locker and it says, “Murderer.” And they put a piece of paper of a dead fetus that says, “Abortion is murder.”  Erica loses her shit and says, “How could they do this?!” “Don’t they know how hard it was?!” And rubs off what looks like lipstick. That or it’s fresh lamb’s blood. I think this would confirm to anyone listening that she did have abortion. No denying it now.

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Back by the dumpsters Joey is going on about how great a location it is. He’s going on about his idea about the girls being in their bikini’s. Lucy immediately get’s pissed off and says, “Girls in bikini’s?” “Talk about a cliche.” LD joins in and says, “Talk about degrading.” But Allison and Amy don’t give a motherfuck. She says,”There’s nothing degrading about making 20 bucks.” At that both Snake and Wheels get super pissed at Joey. He tries to sneak away but they corner him about wasting 40 dollars on them. Lucy takes her camera away and says that he’s not going to use her camera to make a sexist video and pushes him into the garbage. So much for Joey’s grand dreams of making it big. The final nail in the coffin being that Allison and Amy want their money. Joey tells them to go fuck themselves since they didn’t shoot anything and they get pissed and shove him back in.

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I gotta say, the main plot of Michelle and her parents is boring as hell. I’m more interested in Joey’s lame rock video. BLT is still on her mom’s side and she says that she’s nervous about having dinner with her. BLT even says that her dad deserves it for being such a fucking prick. But Michelle now has a weird loyalty to her dad. Man when it comes to domestic chores her dad is completely useless. It seems like everyone else did everything for this guy. He even managed to fuck up doing the laundry. He turned all his whites into a pink color. Michelle smells something burning and he left something on the stove. Of course being a big useless moron, he burns his hand with the frying pan. He says that he’s sorry, he just wanted to make her dinner. He breaks down and he says that he’s glad that she’s still there with him. Of course she feels sorry for him and cries. Giving him a hug. We hear the phone ringing and Michelle just ignores it. Pretty obvious it was her mom.

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Back at school Joey is pleading with the guys to not drop out of the Zits. But they say that he never listens to their ideas or have any say. Joey says that he should have told them about everything and says that he’s sorry. Of course he makes excuses, but then says that it’s their band and their ideas. They give him another chance and they tell him that they now have an idea about the music video.

In the stair well BLT asks her how it went with her mom, but she mentions that she didn’t go. He get’s all disgusted with her and she says that he’s completely lost with out her. He says, “That’s his problem, not yours.” I completely agree with BLT on this one, especially since he’s a grown ass man. But Michelle says, “He’s helpless, he needs me.” BLT get’s even more pissed off and says, “So you’re going to stay there and be his wife?” HAHA! Good one right there. That hit’s a nerve with her. Then he mentions how he’s a racist too. At that she doesn’t want to listen and starts to walk away. Here come the water works. I’ve noticed that she’s always a big cry baby. Anyways she says that she doesn’t need his shit and she needs a friend. BLT being manipulated says that he’s sorry. He says that she needs to take it slow when she makes up her mind, but that he’ll be there for her when she does.

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I would say that this episode was ok. The story line of her parents breaking up was pretty boring. I could careless about what happens to that racist prick. I’m with BLT on this one. But I liked the B plot of Joey much better. If only we could have seen Allison and Amy in those bikinis.

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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 1, Episode 3, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”

  1. I wish Wheels didn’t wear glasses; he reminds me of a pedophile in training. Michelle is irritating the shit out of me! But I can understand her reasons. She should bang BLT, he seems like a nice guy. Joey needs to get laid or shot. His antics are annoying and it is more annoying how Snake and Wheels suck his dick at every turn, then realize they are being played and get his dick out just long enough to have Joey shove it back in again with brand new bullshit. Oh well, I hope the twins find out who is starting the rumors and shows them what real murder is. PRO CHOICE!!!!!

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