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 11, “All In A Good Cause”


Ok, I’ve been waiting for this episode. This is the one where Caitlin finally get’s hers. And it’s been a long time coming too.

Pre-credit opener: We open up with Caitlin giving out flyers for a rally to support People For Peace. She’s now sporting a leather jacket like Claude and has a bunch of political buttons on it too. Claude comes up with a paper and tells her how a factory there is going to be making electrical systems for nuclear missiles. Yeah, pretty hard to believe I know. But damn it, this is the plot device that the writers came up with for this episode. So yeah Claude wants to do something radical about these latest developments.

claude caitlin

Claude is seen giving out more fliers for his bullshit rally. He hands it to this girl and she reads it out loud, “No nukes is good nukes?” Claude is congratulating himself over thinking of it. She tells him how they’re supposed to meet up for an art project, but he says that he’s busy with People For Peace. I love how she says, “Oh right, your new cause.” Turns out Claude is one of those people who changes causes every week. She mentions how last year it was all about saving the whales. She then tells him how he needs to get their stupid art project done and she hands him some spray paint so that he’ll do his part. Caitlin comes around and he tells her how he’s going to get People For Peace to protest the Nuclear plant. She says how brilliant he is and gives him a kiss. At this point she’s totally buying his bullshit image.

claude bullshit

In a science class Mr Raditch is giving out homework and Luke points out how their teacher never gives them that much home work. Raditch is all, “Well I do!” Raditch then takes away his bag of chips. Behind them Arthur is looking beefier than ever. Seems like he’s jealous of Luke and Yick’s relationship. Alex then starts to talk about some fund raiser and I guess another part of their class is kicking their asses by getting more money than them. If they lose, they have to become their slaves for a week. Seems like Alex’s big idea is to have a car wash. As class is dismissed Arthur tries to talk to Yick, but he either doesn’t hear him or just flat out ignores him.

Alex Yankou

Scott never giving up comes up to Kathleen and asks her if he could give her a ride home. Kathleen tells him no and moves away quickly. He continues to say how he misses her and promises to never kick her ass again. She tells him no again and for him to to leave her alone. He takes off all pissed off.

Bronco and this other black dude are doing a rap for UNICEF. How fucking lame is that. Anyways, Maya asks Caitlin if she’s coming to the car wash. She tells her no because she and Claude are helping out at People For Peace. Maya says, “So People For Peace is more important than UNICEF.” Caitlin responds with, “Well Maya, what’s the point of saving a bunch of kids if the whole world’s going to blow up?” Maya says something really sarcastic and Caitlin asks her what her problems is. Maya actually says Claude instead of Cloode. Caitlin of course corrects her. Maya goes on to say that Caitlin has been blowing her off to do everything that Claude wants to do. I hate people that do that shit. She denies it of course and Maya just rolls away all disgusted at her.

maya caitlin

It’s time for the car wash and it looks cold as fuck. What a terrible time to have it. Arthur comes in a huge jump suit and just ends up looking like a bloated Michael Myers. He also brought a shammy along. He says that it provides a superior finish once the car is waxed. Luke rightly laughs at him and calls him a fucking nerd. The funny thing is, Yick is laughing at him too. Arthur get’s pissed and says, “Why do you always call me a nerd?” Luke says because he does everything by the rules and never takes chances. What? That’s a dumb reason. I would have said, because you’re into Space Cadets, stupid joke shops and the way you dress speaks for itself. A car comes beeping and it’s Raditch. Everyone goes all crazy washing the car.


At People For Peace Claude is telling the dude in charge that they need to do something about the nuke place. He just tells him how they already sent letters out. But that’s not good enough for Claude. He wants to do something now! The guy goes on to say that if they protested every little thing, they’d have no credibility. But of course this douche canoe is adamant. Claude suggests throwing bricks through their windows. He tells him that breaking the law will turn people against them. He turns around pouting like a little bitch and the dude tells him to help with their mail. But what do you expect from a guy who wears a neckerchief.

claude people for peace claude pouting

The car wash turns out to be a huge fucking bust. They only made 20 dollars. It would have helped to have had some girls in bikini’s. But Alex is so lame, it probably didn’t occur to him. Arthur and his huge curly mullet come up with the idea of throwing toilet paper on a teachers tree and then take bets to make the money. They want to get Mr Raditch. Right away Alex pussies out and says he hurt his leg. Arthur volunteers and no one can believe it.

Meanwhile, Claude is still fuming about People For Peace being completely useless. He says that he wants to do something meaningful and brings up all the great revolutionaries. His big idea is to paint anti nuclear slogans on the walls of the factory. Caitlin sounds so lame by saying, “It’s not nice.” Claude says, “Are nuclear missiles nice?” She points out how it’s vandalism, but Claude doesn’t give a motherfuck.

claude caitlin 2

They go to Caitlin’s house and her mom starts talking about the time that she was a hippie and chained herself to a fence and was arrested for it. That right there inspires Claude and says that sometimes you have to take things into your own hands. You can tell that Caitlin doesn’t want to go that route, but Claude says that he’s going to do it with or without her help because he’s not afraid for standing up for the thing he believes in. Yeah right!

The next day at school Alex is telling everyone about the bet he made. Stupid Dorthy wants proof and wants a picture. Scott is being a stalker again and just says hi. Kathleen just ignores him and walks on by. Leaving Scott fuming.


Back in their science room Alex comes in and says that they need to have picture as proof. Tessa says that she has a camera and will come along with Arthur. But Arthur for some insane reason wants Yick to come with him. What a dumbass. Yick goes due to being afraid that people will think he’s a chicken. Who does he think he is? Marty McFly?

Maya is telling Caitlin all about what Arthur is going to do to Mr Raditch’s tree. But as soon as she see’s Claude, she says that she’ll talk to her later. Maya instantly get’s sad. As she’s rolling away she says, “Right, for another nuclear free day.” Caitlin asks him if he’s serious about spray painting the factory, he says that he is and isn’t afraid of getting caught. He then starts talking about Martin Luther the King, Che Guevara, and the Chicago Seven. She asks him who they are and you can tell he has no idea. That should have told her right then and there that he’s full of shit. He talks about how they did a lot of radical things and stupid Caitlin falls for his bullshit and agrees to go with him that night.

claude full of shit

Yick asks Arthur what time he wants to hit Raditch’s place and Arthur says midnight. Yick says that his parents won’t let him out that late. Arthur points out that the people who did that shit last year got caught because the teacher was still awake when they went all early.

Kathleen seems to be walking in a deserted looking alley and Scott comes up and says that he has a present for her. He grabs her and she pulls away saying, “Let go of me!” Scott finally loses his shit and says, “Look I’m getting really sick and tired of how you’re acting ok?” She says that she doesn’t want anything from him. At that he grabs her and slams her against a wall. He says, “I got this for you!” “Is this the thanks I get?”  She says how he’s hurting her again and then he slaps the shit out of her. We hear her crying as she hit’s the ground.

kathleen scott

It’s finally midnight and Arthur is sneaking out of his house. We see Caitlin doing the same thing. Arthur and Yick come by with a shit load of toilet paper and they’re dismayed to see that Raditch doesn’t have a fucking tree. So they decide to just get the bushes and the rest of the house.

yick arthur

Caitlin meanwhile is waiting for Claude and he finally shows up. He asks her if she really wants to go through with it and stupid Caitlin says that someone has to stand up for their belief’s. They then hide from a night watchman. As soon as he leaves their view they start climbing the fence. As she’s climbing up, she get’s stuck due to all the fucking buttons she has on her leather jacket. Of course she panics until Claude comes up to free her.

caitlin caught

Seems like Arthur and Yick got Raditch’s house pretty good. They then start taking picture after picture of Arthur posing like a fool. The light suddenly turns on and they take off running. Radich starts yelling at them and it’s pretty clear who they are.

mr raditch

Back at the factory Claude is finished spray painting his stupid No Nukes is good Nuke’s slogan. Caitlin meanwhile is taking forever spraying hers. All of a sudden the night watchman catches them and they take off. Claude climbs over the fence but Caitlin get’s caught by her tits again and tells him that she’s stuck. She beg’s for his help and here’s where he shows his true colors. Fucking coward ditches her and takes off running for his motherfucking life! Caitlin get’s caught and can’t believe that he left her behind like that. Claude totally has an every man for himself mentality.

caitlin claude claude coward

Seems like it’s a new day at school and Kathleen is all fucked up, arm in a sling, bruises. Scott comes running up to her and says, “Why did you call the police, I was at the station all night.” “How could you do this to me?” She tells him, “How could you do this to me?!” He apologies to her and begs her to drop the charges. She tells him. “Don’t ever talk to me again, don’t even come near me, you’re not allowed!” She says that if he does, she’ll call the police and have them charge his ass again.

kathleen beat up

In the science room it seems like Alex won the bet. Everyone is gawking at the picture and Luke gives Arthur a fist bump. Raditch comes in and Alex tells them how they beat 9B. Raditch then tells Yick and Arthur that he expects them at his house after school to help him clean up the paper. See, I told you he spotted them. Pretty hard to miss Arthur’s huge ass running away.

yick arthur raditch

Caitlin is at her locker dressed normal again, tearing down all her People For Peace posters. Claude has the nerve to come up to her and he says that he went by the factory and they already cleaned up all the stupid bullshit that they wrote. Caitlin says, “Oh great so I get a record for nothing.” She tells him how the police charged her with trespassing and has to go to court in two weeks. She then points out how he’s a giant pussy by running away. Claude looks all sad and says, “There wasn’t any point to both of us getting caught.” “My parents aren’t cool like yours, they wouldn’t have understood.” She gets really pissed at this and says, “You think mine liked it?” After she points out once again what a complete coward he is, he says, “You won’t tell anybody?” She’s all, “What that you ran away?” He repeats what he said and Caitlin turns around all disgusted at him.

caitlin claude end

Finally Caitlin got what she deserved. She never would have gotten into so much deep shit if she would have been with Joey’s corny ass. But hey, life’s a bitch and she’s back in heat.


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 11, “All In A Good Cause”

  1. Fuck you Catlin! And claude

  2. The factory is probably based on the Litton Industries factory in Toronto, which really did make parts for cruise missiles and is locally famous for getting bombed by Direct Action in 1982.

    Claude is the kind of late 80s faux-activist transparent douchebag who probably listened to Fine Young Cannibals, Parachute Club, and Pursuit of Happiness and went to see crappy Nouvelle Vague movies at the Bloor Cinema and thought it was cool. I never understood why girls couldn’t see right through them.

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