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 15, “Stressed Out”


Pre-credit opener: It’s time for final exams and everyone is worrying about them big time. Caitlin drops off a bunch of books to Ms Avery. Caitlin says that she’s sure it’s all of them that she’s checked out. Ms Avery is all, “Leave them on the counter.” Right away Caitlin picks up on her hostility when she asks her if something is wrong. All of a sudden Ms Avery goes off on her saying, “What are you staring at?” Caitlin says, “Nothing.” But Ms Avery definitely has a bug up her ass. She yells at her some more saying, “Well what are you standing there for?” “Get out of here, get out!!” Caitlin should have said, “Chill out butch.” Because it was still left a little open whether Ms Avery was a lesbian or not.

Ms Avery Caitlin
Seems like the 9th graders are taking their final exams in Mr Walfish’s class. Diana says that it was her last exam and she’s finally free. But I don’t know why she was stressing for. She is a brainiac.  They stop in front of the library and Caitlin apparently told them about Ms Avery’s little explosion. Caitlin says that she’s very worried about her since she’s never acted like that before. Maybe she should mind her own fucking business. But I forget this is Caitlin, the one who get’s involved in everyone’s shit. Diana then suggests that they clean out their lockers. She even brought garbage bags. Man what they do have in there that they need huge bags like those?

caitlin, maya, diana

We come upon Michelle taking something and getting a drink of water and man, she has no ass. BLT and some black dudes are rapping about not having any more tests to take. Way to stereotype them Degrassi writers. Anyways, BLT comes up to her and asks her what’s in the bag and she says nothing. He insists on seeing what it is and she says, “I said no!!” Man everyone is all grumpy in this episode. She says that she’s sorry and shows him what it was. Caffeine pills. Oh noes! They’re going to do a drug episode but with something lame like this. BLT says, “What are you taking drugs for?” She says that they’re not drugs and it’s no big deal. She leaves saying that she has to go to work and then study. BLT is very concerned. Just like AC Slater was.

BLT, Michelle

Snake is being a big hypochondriac. He’s telling Wheels all about feeling sick as hell. Just then Joey comes in and says that he hopes that he doesn’t flunk again. Wheels suggests that they relax for a bit and they agree to go play some video games. But Snake says that he can’t. His dad is taking him driving because his test is on Thursday, right after his last exam. The dudes of course encourage and make fun of him at the same time. Snake says that he can basically do everything that’s required to drive. Both Joey and Wheels say, “Except pass the stupid test.”

the zits

Caitlin takes out something out of her locker that looks fucking disgusting. Some long forgotten lunch. After they toss it around for a bit Maya says that they just have to come to her family’s cottage again for the Summer. Just then Caitlin finds another library book and is deathly afraid of bringing it back to Ms Avery. In the library we see her telling Dwayne and his two asshole friends that she wants all the library books back by Friday. But Dwayne just has to be a fucking asshole and says, “Relax, don’t have a bird.” She then says that she doesn’t like his tone and he says all sarcastically, “I’m sorry, please don’t suspend me.” You can just tell that she hates his guts. Probably because he’s a fat asshole. Caitlin then walks in all scared and returns the books. Ms Avery then apologizes for annihilating her ass earlier. Ms Avery then tells her how she’s not going to be back next year. She then starts going on how the school board is treating her like complete shit and she doesn’t appreciate it. Caitlin’s all, “They fired you?” But Ms Avery is still just going off on the school board. Oh no, we can see the wheels turning in Caitlin’s head. This is never a good thing.


On the big ass ramp, Caitlin is now telling Maya and Diana all about Ms Avery being shit canned from the school. She’s all, “It’s so stupid, they fire her but they keep fogie Fogerty.” Man, poor old bastard, whoever that is. Diana and Maya then suggest getting her a present and throw her a surprise party. But of course Caitlin says that they should do more. Oh no, this is what I was afraid of. Activist Caitlin has rear her ugly head again. She tells the girls that they should fight and right a letter of protest. Maya says all annoyed, “Another petition?” See when people like Caitlin bitch about everything they have no credibility.

caitlin diana maya

It’s a new day and Caitlin is riling everyone up about Ms Avery being fired. Spike saying that if it wasn’t for her, she would have dropped out long ago because her hair was so huge it was crushing her brain. So we have Ms Avery to blame for Spike still being there. Joey is feeling Snake’s forehead and he insists that he’s really sick. Fat Nancy interrupts and tells the dudes that the year books are in. But they could give a shit, all they say is, “Great.” I just noticed they had to scoot their legs in to make room for her. Joey leaves in a panic for his math test. Wheels tells him that as soon he’s finished with his exams he’ll feel better.


We come upon Michelle looking all frumpy. BLT invites her to dinner but she says that she doesn’t have time due to work and all her final exams. BLT tells her that she can’t stay up all night and she needs her sleep. He continues to blow smoke up her ass by saying that she doesn’t even need to study because she’s smart. She just says, “Passing isn’t enough!” BLT continues to say that he doesn’t like it that she’s taking those caffeine pills.


See? Look at that, no ass!
michelle no ass

In the lunch room Caitlin is still getting signatures. She comes upon Dwayne and his dick head friends and asks them if they would like to sign her stupid petition. Dwayne says, “Are you crazy?” “We need less teachers.” And they all start laughing their asses off. Caitlin says, “You moron.” “She’s a person, not just a teacher.” After she leaves Mr Raditch asks her about the petition he’s been hearing about. She get’s all pissed and says that it’s a letter of protest because of the unfair firing of Ms Avery. Just then Raditch schools her in the situation. He says that she wan’t fired and that the library job was only for one year and she knew that. Now the regular person is coming back. Caitlin’s all, “They should offer her another job.” He says that she was, but she turned it down. Caitlin get’s even more pissed off and says, “This is so typical.” “I try to help and I end up looking stupid.” She throws her stupid clip board in the trash and leaves all dejected. But she doesn’t realize that no one has ever asked for her help before ever.

Mr Raditch Caitlin

Class is dismissed and we see Snake holding his throat like he’s sick still.  BLT comes out following Michelle and she’s taking yet another caffeine pill. She tells him not to start his shit again and says that she only has two exams left. BLT just shakes his head and walks away. We see Scooter and Bart cleaning their lockers and Bart has a fucking toaster in there for some reason. But just then Caitlin come storming by. The girls tell her that the party is on. But Caitlin is throwing a tantrum like a big fucking baby. She says that she’s not going and that she hates this year.

In a lunch room Fat Nancy is being a know it all again and is telling Tracy Morgan all about Africa. They pass by Joey and he’s a nervous wreck. Snake is still insisting that he’s sick, but he’s clearly fine. He says that he’s going to miss his driving test because he’s a big pussy. Wheels tells him to relax and breath deeply to relax. Joey tells him that it really works and they all start doing it. Dwayne comes by and just laughs at them.

snake sick

zits dwayne

Caitlin is handing in her lock and Alex is being really fucking annoying. He won’t shut up about his stupid trip to Greece for the Summer. But Caitlin is not in the mood. He gives her a year book and she storms off, but Ms Avery stops her and says that she heard about the protest and really appreciates the gesture. Caitlin all surly says, “Yeah right!” Caitlin then starts to go off on Ms Avery. She accuses her of lying to her and tells her all about the job she declined. Ms Avery then fires back and says that she was basically just a sub job. She says that she doesn’t want such a shitty job. After Caitlin goes through her butt hurt speech, Ms Avery just tells her goodbye and walks away. The whole time this was happening Alex was just looking at them. After Ms Avery leaves Caitlin says, “What are you staring at?” Alex panics and says, “Nothing.” It’s funny though, she feels bad about going off on him and says, “I’ll see you in September.”

caitlin pissed alex

Michelle is still studying like crazy in the library and BLT tells her if she’s ready for her last test. She panics because it’s starting in five minutes. BLT tells her to calm down and she loses her shit. She starts yelling and crying throwing her books at him. BLT tells her to stop it and she starts screaming, “YOU STOP IT!” And then she just faints away. At least it was a much better melt down than what happened on Saved by the Bell.

michelle faint

We hear Ms Avery being called up to the office and that’s when everyone makes their move. They rush into the library with all sorts of party supplies. Michelle seems to be talking to the school nurse and she asks her how long she’s been taking the pills. Michelle says a week, but the nurse gives her a don’t bullshit me look. Then she admits that it was two weeks. The nurse then gives her all the facts of abusing caffeine pills and she was lucky nothing worse happened to her. She tells BLT that she’s fine and she’s going to make up the exam later. BLT tells her that this is a big moment for him and he wants to hear her say it good. She says, “Yes BLT stands for Black, Long and Thick.” No she says that he was right about everything.

BLT Michelle

Mr Raditch and Ms Avery walk into the library and she’s bitching him out about having to sign some papers. But just then everyone jumps out and yell. “Surprise!” Ms Avery is so touched that it made her asshole clench. Diana busts out this huge cake for her while everyone is still screaming.

class surprise ms avery

Oh God, we hear Arthur telling Ms Avery all about going to Italy for the Summer. No one cares. Yick says that he’s just going to the mall. Lucy comes by with a year book and asks Ms Avery to sign it for LD. They ask her how she’s doing and apparently she beat the cancer. She’s at home and is in remission. Funny how she never showed up again. I guess the writers just said fuck it. Bart comes by and gives her his banged up toaster. You can tell she wants to throw it away.

LD year book

Wheels offers Joey some cake but he declines. Joey says that he’s worried about his marks and doesn’t want to repeat grade nine again. Wheels tells him that he thinks that he passed and there’s nothing he can do about it now and tells him to relax and just enjoy the upcoming Summer. As Wheels is breathing deeply Joey wipes some frosting on his nose. Just then Caitlin walks in looking all meek. Caitlin says that she’s sorry about being an asshole. Ms Avery tells her not to worry about it because it made her think. She says that she’s getting a job teaching up north, she mentions how they really need teachers up there. Man, she must be going up to the tundra. Ms Avery thanks her for helping her. Caitlin can’t believe it. She says, “I really helped?” Ms Avery assures her that she did. They hug each other as they say they’re going to miss one another. Caitlin’s probably going to miss those lesbianiac dreams. Snake interrupts and shows Ms Avery his drivers license. It’s about goddamn time that he passed. Caitlin tells the girls, “I can’t believe it, I finally did something right!” And the episode ends as she does a spin of joy.

snake caitlin end

Well that does it for this season of Degrassi High. Next episode is the beginning of the end. Because that’s right. It’s the final season of Degrassi.


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 15, “Stressed Out”

  1. “Ms Avery is so touched that it made her asshole clench.”

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