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Since it’s a year since I started this little blog, why don’t I do a top fifteen of the most memorable moments in Degrassi history? Because a top ten wouldn’t be enough. I think in the future I’ll also do a top ten shittiest moments. But I have a feeling it’ll mostly be Arthur plots. Trying to pick out the best moments was pretty hard, there’s just so many of them to chose from. I tried to come up with the ones that best represented the series. Some of you may have other moments that come to mind and that’s ok. I hope to read what you guys think are the best moments to you.
15. Stephanie Kaye reveals her new look for the school year. (Degrassi Junior High Season 1, Episode 1, “Kiss Me, Steph”)
And oh boy, it’s the most sluttiest, whorish outfit one could have found circa 1987. By a 14 year old girl in Junior High no less. All the boys and the girls can’t stop checking her out. Even Fat Nancy. She basically sells her body to win the school election but quickly regrets it because the job sucks. Eventually her clothing is so revealing that the boys start to chant that they want to see her completely naked. Later on her slutticus wardrobe get’s her into trouble a few times. Mostly by the Pedophile actor Damon King forcing himself on her and by her own mom after she found out that she and Wheels were going to have sex. It’s a shame Stephanie Kaye disappeared after just two seasons, because she was one of the more interesting characters that was on the show.
14. Erica get’s an abortion. (Degrassi High Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2, “A New Start”)
Yup, Erica, the more promiscuous of the twins actually had sex with some camp counselor during the Summer and ended up getting pregnant. So she quickly decides that she doesn’t want to keep it so, off to the Canadian equivalent of Planned Parenthood she goes. But Heather her prudish twin sister has a real big problem with this, but it’s quickly resolved because she figures that she has to be there for her, no matter what. Liz on the other hand is a different thing. She’s consumed by hatred and starts to anonymously harass Erica, but she quickly catches her and gives her a big beat down. This story line was too hot for American TV and it was banned from airing. Most people here didn’t see it until the DVD sets were released.
13. Mr Colby molests Lucy. (Degrassi Junior High Season 2, Episode 2, “A Helping Hand…”)
Certainly the most creepy episode by far. Mr Colby the sex demon of Degrassi Junior High arrives and all the girls hormones go into overdrive for him. I don’t know why they find him attractive for, must be his pockmarked face and Cosby sweaters that did it for them. Anyways, he takes a liking for Lucy and eventually starts to want to give her a sensual massage. LD meanwhile noticed that he was looking down her shirt, but Lucy didn’t want to believe a thing because she’s lonely and pathetic. But Colby get’s too handsy and Wheels discovers them in the class room with his dirty mitts all over her. Wheels is all, “I’m going to glare the hell out of him.” Of course Lucy doesn’t report him and he returns at the end of the season to do the same thing to Susie. Finally after much nagging from LD and Wheels they decide to report his nasty ass. Too bad we never found out what happened to him. But that’s Degrassi for you.
12. The Zits make their music video. (Degrassi High Season 1, Episode 5, “Everybody Wants Something”)
Finally after much bullshit talk from Joey, the Zits finally made their one and only music video. Of course the song was their chart topper, Everybody Wants Something. After much begging, Lucy agreed to film the video for them because she was the only one with a VHS camera. And yeah, the video was a cheesy piece of shit that ended up only showing on public access. The making of it was pretty damn great though. Poor Wheels ended up looking like he had beaver teeth because of the poor quality of the video tape. Joey on the other hand couldn’t bask in the glory because that was the day that Caitlin told him that she was cheating on him with Claude and then she dumped his corny ass for Claude’s prissy ass.
11. The girls have a birthday slumber party for Diana. (Degrassi High Season 2, Episode 7, “The All-Nighter”)
I mostly like this episode because Melanie completely humiliated Kathleen while being stoned off of a super blunt that Kathleen stole from Luke. You must be saying, how can you like that? But Kathleen is a bitch and she’s had it coming since the first season of the series. Melanie tells Caitlin, Maya, and Diana how Kathleen’s an anorexic, her mom is an alcoholic and her boyfriend beat her up. Horrified Kathleen runs off to cry outside and Caitlin of all people goes out there to comfort her. Even though Kathleen has been a cooze to her through out the show’s entire run. The ramifications of this episode was that it seemed like that was the end of the friendship between her and Melanie. I say that Melanie wins because Kathleen is such a horrible person.
10. Wheels’ parents are killed in a car crash. (Degrassi Junior High Season 3, Episodes 1 and 2, “Can’t Live with ‘Em”)
Wheels was adopted by two nerds who preferred dead crooners rather then listen to the popular music of their times, which would have been oldies music. Before all this happened they were having trouble with Wheels because they blamed Joey on being a bad influence on him, so they forbade him to see him again. But Wheels was not to be daunted and he snuck away to record Everybody Wants Something while they went out for a flick They ended up getting killed by a lousy drunk driver after they came back from watching Caligula. Poor Wheels never really got over their deaths and he was forced to go live with his annoying nag of a grandma. This episode definitely started his downward spiral into the abyss that he dwelled in for the rest of the series.
9. Joey asks Liz if she wants to have sex. (Degrassi Junior High Season 2, Episode 3, “Great Expectations”)
Definitely the most cringe worthy scene in the entire run of Degrassi Junior High. Joey became a walking hard on as soon as he saw Liz and he figured she was a whore just because of the way she dressed. Yeah, when I see a bald chick with smelly looking clothes I immediately think, yeah, she’s a skank and she’d do anybody. Joey assumes that she is, goes and buys some condoms, (which he’s embarrassed about.) and awkwardly asks her, “Do you wanna do it?” Liz has a colossal melt down and boots Joey’s horny ass out of her house. But not before she tells him that she hates his guts and never wants to talk to him again. Later on Joey would once again let his sex drive get the better of him.
8. Lucy films It Creeps. (Degrassi High Season 1, Episode 14, “It Creeps!!”)
Another great moment was when Lucy made her ultra low budget feminist horror movie. She totally ripped off Psycho for Simon’s shower death scene. But the magic of this episode was the making of it. Snake showed what a shitty horrible actor he was. Joey showed what a bigger dick head he actually is. Saying during filming how fake and unscary the movie was. Finally after she somehow edited the whole thing together she debuted it during Mr Walfish’s 2nd period class. She was severely disappointed because no one took the movie seriously and were just laughing their asses off. Especially at the way Snake was talking in the movie. But she ended up happier than a pig in shit because the final scene of Simon’s murder was really effective and everyone cheered when it was over. Probably mostly because it was over. But hey, it made her happy.
7. Caitlin publishes a protest. (Degrassi Junior High Season 2, Episode 10 “Censored”)
Caitlin not being able to mind her own business publishes some pirate nerd underground newspaper because she was just so infuriated at the news of Spike getting kicked out for being pregnant. But she forgot one thing. To ask Spike if it was even ok if she could do it, let alone get her side of. Not only does Caitlin not help Spike out at all, but she makes matters worse because now the school and the parents know all about Spike and her condition. The results are that Spike ripped Caitlin a new asshole for being a self righteous crusader and Spike got the boot from Degrassi Junior High. Thanks Caitlin!
6. Dwayne finds out he has HIV. (Degrassi High Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2, “Bad Blood”)
Probably one of the most heartbreaking episodes of the series. Even though I fucking hated Dwayne’s guts through out the course of the series. But you couldn’t help feeling sorry for his fat ass because he was so boned in this two part episode. He actually manages to find a girl willing to bang him. But being unlucky, she just happens to be HIV positive. She tells him so over the phone while he was woofing down on some left over pizza. He goes to the Dr and has to wait an eternity to found out the awful results. Right away he changes his whole attitude and is actually nicer to his long time nemesis Joey. Unfortunately word get’s out that he has HIV and his friend Nick the cave boy shows his true colors and abandon’s him. His friend Tabby shows everyone what a true friend is.
5. Caitlin has erotic lesbianic dreams about Ms Avery. (Degrassi Junior High Season 1, Episode 6, “Rumor Has It”)
This was a story line that was quickly resolved and was never mentioned again. Caitlin couldn’t help having dreams where she and Ms Avery would hug each other. Of course Kathleen was the persecutor in the dream and real world. Even accusing the both of them of being lezzies. After acting weird towards the raven haired Ms Avery, Ms A calls Caitlin out on her shit and asks her to explain what’s going on. Ms Avery quickly puts Caitlin’s mind at ease and she reveals in the end that she’s been doing Mr Raditch the entire time.
4. Kathleen’s mustached boyfriend beats her up. (Degrassi High Season 1, Episode 6, “Nobody’s Perfect”)
Kathleen, Degrassi’s resident bitch sasses her boyfriend Scott far too many times and he starts to beat the shit out of her. But he not only does this, he also verbally and mentally abuses her as well. After he viciously gives her the smack down for thinking that she was being a slut with Luke, she finally get’s the guts to dump him, but he won’t take that lying down. He tries to act like he’s nice and tells her that he needs her and even get’s her a present. But Kathleen tells him to fuck off once and for all. Scott hulks out and completely annihilates her ass. Breaking her arm or at least spraining it. That really is the last straw and she has him arrested. She tells him that if he even come nears her again that she’ll have his balls in a vise and have him charged again.
3. Spike get’s pregnant. (Degrassi Junior High Season 1, Episode 11, “It’s Late”)
One of the major events that happens in the series. Shane pork’s Spike at one of Lucy’s legendary parties. Of course this being Degrassi, Spike just can’t have a scare. She ends up being pregnant at the tender age of 14. She and Shane have a talk in the darkened stair well and he points out that they made a huge mistake. Shane at first tries to be a good dad by giving her 10 dollars a month for child support. Even though Spike won’t even let him see Emma. That doesn’t last long though because he trips on some acid at a Gourmet Scum concert and swan dives off of a bridge, fucking him up severely. He ends up becoming completely retarded and Spike goes on her merry bitter way with Emma.
2. Claude commits suicide. (Degrassi High Season 2, Episodes, 10 and 11, “Showtime”)
Another memorable two parter. After he showed his true cowardice by abandoning Caitlin while they were vandalizing a nuclear spare parts emporium and her subsequent dumping him. Claude reaches a low point in his life. More so because his parents got a divorce and it’s pretty clear that neither want him around. He conjures up an epic dark poem about death for the school talent show. It’s a huge cry for help actually. But Bronco tells him that it’s a huge fucking downer and he’s not going to include it. Claude get’s pissed and calls everyone sheep. Joann, his annoying friend tries to reach out to him. Claude almost opens up to her, but instead keeps everything bottled up. He comes back the next day of school dressed like a pirate, along with his dad’s 45 pistol. He then blows his own head off in the boy’s rest room. Caitlin and Snake are the most affected by this. Caitlin by getting some flowers and a letter from him from beyond the grave. He basically blames her for his death. Snake is the unlucky bastard that found his headless corpse. Too bad the school got over his death in just a matter of days.
1. Caitlin finds out Joey cheated on her. (Schools Out)
Finally taking the number one spot is the scene from the School’s Out movie where that asshole Snake blurted out that Joey was fucking Tessa all Summer along. Too bad for Joey Caitlin over hears this and get’s her heart broken. Snake completely destroyed their relationship and just walks away. This was definitely the scene that was the end of an era. Caitlin says, “You were fucking Tessa Campanelli?” Joey tries to bullshit his way out of it, but Caitlin’s not having it. She breaks off their engagement and dumps Joey’s horny ass. This is so pivotal that it even becomes a plot point in Degrassi the Next Generation because it’s clear that they never got over each other.
Well there you go. The top fifteen most memorable moments in the Degrassi universe. Some of you may have some other ideas for the top fifteen. If so, leave a comment and share your thoughts. There were so many other moments I could have included, but then it would have been a top 70 moments and ain’t nobody got time for that!
Let me take the time to say that it’s so crazy that it’s already been a year since I started this blog. Some times it was a chore, but most of the time I worked on this because I loved doing it. Plus the feed back has been totally worth it. So to all you readers out there, thank you for taking the time in reading this. Hopefully you got a few good laughs out of it. There’s no way I would be able to take this blog and show seriously.