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 7, “Just Friends”

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Pre-credit opener: We see Wheels and Heather talking about some nonsense about their school problems. Snake comes around and he goes off with him. As he’s walking way Heather can’t stop staring at Wheels. Erica points out that she’s burning a hole through his ass. Heather then busts out a magazine. Erica reads it and says, “How to get him to see you as more than a friend.” Heather says that she’s ready for Wheels to see her as an object of desire. Seems like Erica is rubbing off on her now. But instead she points out how full of shit those stupid articles are. Heather says she read it and now wants to throw a party so that she can seduce Wheels.

wheels twins

We see a teacher who if I remember correctly is one of the show’s co-creators. Guess she had to have some camera time too. I know, pretty damn sad that I even knew that information. No one should have known that. Anyways back with the twins. Heather says that she’s already gotten a guest list written down. Erica asks her if she’s sure that throwing a party is going to get Wheels to like her. Heather says that she wants to have a boyfriend and Erica tells her that she doesn’t want her to do anything dumb. If I was Heather I would have said, “Oh like getting pregnant?” Erica finally agrees to help her out after all that.

teacher

Maya comes rolling her machine into the cafeteria to hang out with Kathleen, Melanie and Diana.  Scott comes along and tells Kathleen that he wants to talk to her, but Melanie tells him to fuck off. I’m surprised he didn’t slaughter the whole table, but no. He just walk’s away. Maya of course has no idea that he’s been beating the shit out of her and she simply asks if they’ve been having a fight. They all make a face and Melanie tells her that they broke up. Diana says that Kathleen is back in the have not club.  Man, they go on to point out what losers they are. They says, “We have not decent clothes, we have not popularity.” “We have not hickey’s.” Maya says she wants to join up. Diana says that she’s not allowed to have a boyfriend anyways. They all start to describe what a perfect boyfriend is to them. It’s all typical high school shit. Maya ruins things though by saying that her perfect boyfriend would be a guy who’s a doctor that would dedicate the rest of his life to finding a cure for whatever it is that ails her. At this they all get quiet and make a face. It was weird.

girls annoyed

Else where in the cafeteria Heather finally get’s the guts to ask Wheels to her stupid party. Wheels and Snake get all excited and Wheels asks what the occasion is for. Heather probably wants to say, “Fucking your brains out.” But Erica instead says, “Nothing special.”  Heather get’s pissed at her for being so obvious. Meanwhile the whole time this conversation was going on, Heather was just staring at Wheels. As they walk away Snake points out that it’s obvious that Heather likes him. Wheels just blows him off by saying that they’re just friends.

heather

The twins come around to Lucy’s table and tell her that they have a party planned for the next night. Lucy asks them if she can bring Clutch too. You can tell they don’t really care for him but they say sure. Lucy hands them a get well card for LD. Apparently she’s been in the hospital this whole time and they’re just barely mentioning it. Sounds like she’s been in there for a long ass time too and they have no idea what’s wrong with her.

Melanie and her crew come out of a class room complaining about how fucking hard a test they just took was. They decide to unwind by going to get some donuts. Stupid Melanie makes the mistake of asking Maya if she wants to come around but she says that she can’t because she has a doctor’s appointment and asks them if they can go on fucking Monday. Melanie just agree’s to it and you can tell that Kathleen and Diana are annoyed at the fact. They then make plans to go to a movie the next day. Some movie the writers of the show made up called Queen in Exile. Sounds god awful. Melanie once again wants to include Maya and Kathleen points out how the fuck would she get there because she can’t get into a street car and there’s about a million steps at the theater. Melanie feels bad about not inviting her and Kathleen says, “We don’t have to do everything together.” For once, I agree with her.

girls annoyed 2

Uh oh. Scott comes around and asks all politely if they can talk. Kathleen being stupid agrees to it. He goes on to say how sorry he is for his temper and shit problems he’s having a home. He promises not to beat her again. It seems like Kathleen finally got that backbone donation because she tells him, “Sorry no.” And just walks away.

scott

Oh we come to the same hospital that LD’s dad was staying at during the first season. We see her looking all miserable in bed, reading a book. Lucy comes along and gives her the get well card. LD just reads it and puts it aside. She tells Lucy that she’ll find out the next day what’s wrong with her. She says that she’s tired of feeling like complete shit all the time. Lucy having nothing to say says that the twins are having a party the next night. LD tells her to say hi to everyone and Lucy says, “Especially Wheels.”  Lucy says that she’ll come by the next day and LD goes on to say that they’re doing a lot of tests on her. Even getting a needle in her hip bone. She says that shes really scared.

LD

We come along Kathleen and them and Melanie says, “It’s too bad Maya couldn’t come.” Kathleen points out what a pain in the ass it is to plan everything around her and to just shut up and enjoy the movie. At the twins house Heather is still reading her stupid magazine for last minute advice. Heather asks Erica to help her out. If she see’s them dancing, she’s to change it to a slow song, then afterwards they can go outside for some old fashioned heavy petting.

Back at the hospital Lucy comes back wearing a terrible looking gypsy outfit. She says, “Tada.” But she see’s LD crying her eyes out. LD says that she’s trying to be brave for her dad. She says, “I have Leukemia.” She goes on to say that her mom died from cancer and that she’s going to start chemo the next day. She’s crying even more over the fact that she’s going to lose all her hair. Lucy tells her that she’s strong and she can beat it. LD’s dad comes in and I’m surprised that it’s the same actor. Lucy says that she better get going and LD asks her not to tell anyone yet. As she steps out Lucy starts to cry too and she can over hear LD’s dad trying to comfort her.

LD crying lucy crying

So it’s finally party time and people seem to be having a good time hanging out at the Twins house. Clutch comes along and asks for Lucy.  We see Wheels dancing with Heather and Erica get’s the signal. She changes the song and it’s the tired old jam from the junior high days. They all start to slow dance, even Snake and Erica. Heather tells her thank you while caressing Wheels hair.

heather dancing

Wow that was fast. Heather suggests that they go outside because it got hot inside. They go and sit on this smelly old looking couch on the porch. Heather starts playing with his hair and he asks, “Do I have something in my hair.” Man this is so awkward. Wheels asks her if she’s cold and they start to cuddle. They start talking about constellations and all of a sudden they start making out as this sexy music comes on.

Inside the party this chick spots them making out and calls Allison over. That starts off with everyone staring at them and they start chanting, “Go Wheels, go Wheels.” Erica  tells them to grow up and interrupts Wheels fingering Heather. What a buzz kill.  After they got cockblocked Wheels says that he better get going home and he promises to call her the next day. Right away you can tell he regretted saying that. They kiss one last time and he says bye. But all he does is sit on the porch.

wheels heather

Lucy comes back to LD’s room and she tells her that she decided not to go. Her dad leaves them alone so they can talk. Lucy tries to act like a cheer up wagon and they go through fashion magazines. LD tells her thank you for coming back.

LD lucy

Back at the party Wheels is still sitting there, probably thinking, “What have I done?!” Snake comes by and teases him about what just happened. Wheels says that he can’t take it anymore and he’s going to leave. Snake says he doesn’t want to, but then decides to leave with him. Wheels is all, “Great!” “Everyone knows.” Wheels says that he likes her, but not as a girlfriend, then he tells him how he really doesn’t want to call her. Snake says that he should apologize to her. Wheel’s is all, “Get real, you don’t tell someone you don’t really like them after you’ve fooled around.”

wheels brooding

The next morning the twins are going on about what a great party it was last night. Heather is all happy and says that she’s in love. Erica tells her that she should be careful and to remember what happened to her. Heather seems to get pissed at that and says that she can take care of herself. As they’re cleaning up they wonder what happened to Lucy, and Erica says that she’s going to give her a call. But Heather wants the line clear because Wheels is supposed to call. If she only knew. Poor creature.

twins phone

The following Monday Melanie, Kathleen and Diana come in talking about the movie they saw. And the lines that they’re reciting. It sounds like the worst piece of horrendous shit that anyone could have seen. Maya hears them and says that it sounds like Queen in Exile.  Diana says that they would have asked her to come along but there’s no way she would have made it onto the street car. Maya get’s all pissed off at them and says, “If you guys don’t want me to go to the movies with you fine!” “But don’t assume I can’t go.” I don’t know why she just said that, she only has to make plans days in advance because of all the appointments and problems she has getting into places. Anyways, she says that her mom could have driven her, all of them in fact. What she doesn’t realize though is that she’s a major drag and depresses everyone with her condition. Then she makes this really manipulative speech just to make them feel all guilty about excluding her. She peels out of there and Melanie chases after her and apologizes.

Maya annoying

The twins come along and Heather is hella bummed about Wheels never calling her. Erica says that he probably has a good excuse. Heather is saying that she doesn’t want to see him now because she’s embarrassed now. Just as she says that they run into Wheels while rounding the corner. He says, hi and goes on to get a drink of water. The huge smile on Heather’s face melts and she get’s all sad. As they’re walking by Erica calls him a creep. Wheels goes on to tell Snake that he never called her. Erica tries to cheer her up by saying that there’s plenty of fish in the sea. Heather says, “It’s too bad though.” “We used to be friends, now we’re not.”

twins ending

So there you go another good episode I would say. Poor Heather got her heart broken and LD finds out that she has cancer. And just wait till you see the terrible looking bald cap they end up using on her. But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

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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.

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