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 2, Episode 11, “Showtime, Part 2”

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Things start off with the usual recap of the previous episode and it just shows Claude bothering Caitlin, her telling him to go fuck off, Joann bugging him about wanting to be a friend, Snake finding his corpse and everyone reacting to his senseless death.

We continue this two parter with everyone that’s going to be in the talent show showing up for a big meeting. Mr Raditch walks in with Fat Nancy and Bronco calls everyone’s attention. He asks them if they should have a talent show for this year. Joann goes first and says that they shouldn’t have it go on because her stupid asshole friend Claude killed himself. Lucy argues that not everything has to stop just because he’s gone. Of course Joann get’s all upset and says that they should be respectful. Lucy says that life has to go on. After they argue some more Joann says, “I’m sorry but I don’t feel like laughing. I knew him and he was my friend.” And just storms off. After all that Spike suggests that the money they make should go to a fund of some kind in Claude’s memory and everyone agrees that the show is still on. Suck it Claude and Joann!

joann annoying

After the meeting Caitlin tells Maya that she’s glad that the show is still on and that they’re not letting “that creep ruin everything.” Maya then says that his parents have decided on a closed funeral. (Probably because Claude doesn’t have a head anymore.) Caitlin says all angry that she would never have gone anyways. Who can blame her after that lousy fucking manipulative note he left for her blaming her for all of his misery. Caitlin then says that he deserves it and that he’s not going to let his death affect her. But who is she kidding?

caitlin pissed

In the science lab Mr Webster is explaining something to Joey but it went right over his head. Mr Webster vows to help him. Caitlin meanwhile is getting something inside of a glass case and holy shit. She see’s Claude reflected in it and he says in a disembodied voice, “Caitlin.” She turns around and no one is there. So great, he’s become Freddy Kruger then. As class is dismissed Mr Webster tells Joey and Caitlin that he wants to talk to them. Predictably he tells her that he wants her to tutor Joey since Joey can’t comprehend a goddamn thing. After not wanting to, she finally agrees to it.

claude ghost

As they walk out Wheels is waiting for Joey and he calls him over. He takes out an envelope and Joey asks him what it is. Wheels being all embarrassed says, “It’s the money that I stole.” It was probably just two dollars in change. After some awkwardness Wheels tells Joey that he better leave or he’s going to be late for work. Joey asks him how it’s going, Wheels says that it’s ok and it’s nice making some money. Wheels then asks him how Snake is since no one has seen him lately. He then asks if it’s true that he found Claude. Joey says yes. So I guess Snake finding Claude like that really backed up his urine and is now forced to use a catheter. Wheels asks him if it’s ok if he called him up some time. After all that it seems like Wheels and Joey have finally repaired their friendship slightly.

wheels joey

We go to Snake who’s still sporting that horrible Prince Valiant haircut and he’s working on a bike. Joey tells him that people miss him around school and asks him when he’s coming back. Snake says probably next week since he’s so goddamn traumatized. So this is pretty much the heart to heart scene of this episode. Snake starts to talk about seeing all the pools of blood and mentions how half of his face was a mass of jelly now. He then goes on about what if’s and get’s pissed off about the fact that he just had to be the one to find him, saying that he didn’t even do anything to him. Joey says that he’s sorry and has his hand on his shoulder. Snake mock punches him and they start playing around laughing.

Joey Snake

Uh oh. Caitlin is dreaming and it’s pretty obvious who’s it about. We hear Claude and his lame ass poem again. Once again she looks hot as hell in a white dance outfit. She starts to run away but she can’t since fucking Claude is tormenting her while he’s moving about in a wholly inhuman manner, holding a white rose out to her. She wakes up saying, “NO!”

claude caitlin claude gliding

The next day of school Mr Webster the giant bore is talking about some science shit that no one knows what the fuck he’s talking about. As class is dismissed Joey finally makes plans with Caitlin about getting some tutoring. After being difficult she invites him over to her place to study and mentions that her mom actually liked Joey. Joey get’s all happy and says, “Really?” But of course Caitlin isn’t in the mood since she’s now being tormented by a demon that was once Claude.

She goes to her locker and pulls some stuff out and she finds the stupid peace symbol ear ring that he got for her last season. We then get a flashback to when Claude didn’t have facial hair, except for his stupid scraggly soul patch and he gave her the ear ring. Of course she get’s pissed off at the memory and throws the now cursed ear ring to the ground.

caitlin ear ring

At her place Joey walks in and she says, “It’s just Joey mom.” Joey comments about how shitty that sounded and she get’s all pissed off and pretty much let’s him know that she doesn’t even want to tutor him. Man what a bitch. Joey just tells her to lighten up and that he was just joking. We then see that some time has passed and she’s explaining to him how to build a warp drive or some shit like that. I mean why would Joey bring up Star Trek then? It’s pretty obvious that he doesn’t get what the fuck she’s talking about, so she goes off on him and calls him a Numb Brain. Joey get’s pissed of course, but they’re interrupted by her mom. She goes to pick up her shitty husband. As soon as she leaves Joey is obviously upset over being called an idiot and says that he’ll get a job as a speed bump. She apologizes to him and says that she’ll try to explain things slower for him. She needs visual aids, like puppets.

caitlin joeyjoey pissed

But first Caitlin wants a drink first and she offers him something. Joey jokes about wanting a beer and she gets all pissed off again. Joey asks why she’s so serious for and the fact that she used to have a sense of humor. In the kitchen Joey asks her what she thinks about the talent show still going on and she’s glad that it is. Claude then comes up. Stupid Joey says, “Can you imagine putting a gun to your head and pulling the trigger?” For the fucking 10th time in this episode she get’s pissed and says, “Do we have to talk about this?” Caitlin asks about Snake and Joey starts to go off about Claude and the fact that he fucked him up due to Snake finding his bloody, headless corpse. Caitlin yet again says, “Can we please talk about something else?!” Joey says sorry, but then Caitlin starts talking about Claude again and how messed up he was. After they talk about him some more Caitlin again says that she doesn’t want to talk about that asshole but Joey brings up the fact that she keeps bringing him up.

Joey gun to head

Oh wow, so this is a 2nd heart to heart scene. She tells Joey all about him saying goodbye to her and the flowers with the accusing note he sent her. She starts to say that he loved her. Joey get’s all pissed off because he quickly figured out that Claude did all that on purpose and he tells her that he wanted to hurt her and everyone and wanted the whole school to be crying over him. He then calls him a pig and tells her that he wanted to make her feel guilty about it. She denies it and repeats that he loved her. At that she starts to cry and Joey basically calls him a selfish prick and hugs her.

caitlin crying caitlin joey hugging

It’s finally time for the talent show and it seems like it’s a full house. Bronco comes out and he seems to be wearing a suit that MC Hammer probably wore back in the day. He introduces Joann and she gives this rambling speech on behalf of Claude’s family. After all that everyone just claps like they don’t want to and Bronco says, “Now that we have that shit out of the way, here are the Dancing Jockettes.” And they come out and do their stupid unfunny routine.

lucy crowd joann speech bronco

Backstage Caitlin and Joey start to talk about how fucking nervous they are. Once again Caitlin looks finer than a motherfucker. She asks him if Snake is finally back but it seems like Wheels has taken his place. Some one should just tell Snake, “Be brave Snake goddamn it!” Anyways before Joey get’s ready with his offensive Mexican dance she thanks him for everything and gives him a smooch on the cheek. Caitlin then turns around laughing at Luke and them making asses of themselves, while Joey looks at her getting his hopes up again. But that little laugh right there tells me that she’s already over Claude killing himself, that goes for the rest of the school too.

caitlin joey kiss caitlin end credits

Once again Stacie Mistysyn and Pat Mastroianni come on talking about how dramatic this story was. I love how she mentions how the actor David Armin Parcells who played Claude didn’t really kill himself. I bet they added that real quick before some idiot some where thought it was for real. They then go on about how Suicide is never the answer and if you’re feeling like that, get help, talk to someone. They then give the Boys Town National Hotline and Joey says, “Don’t wait!”

boys town national hotline

So yeah, goddamn that was a pretty good two part episode, intense as hell too. I think they handled the subject matter pretty well with everyone having a lot of different reactions. But I just love how the school got over Claude’s death in a matter of three days. So I guess he didn’t accomplish what he wanted to do.

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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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