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    Ellie is such a great character and I really enjoyed this episode, the Terri subplot not so much


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick Mitch View Post
    Ellie is such a great character and I really enjoyed this episode, the Terri subplot not so much


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    They could of made her really cliche but she evolves imto top 3 fav of mine.

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    Season Three, Episode 9
    "Against All Odds"


    I suppose we're due for a letdown, after a couple of weeks of splendid episodes and with a serious storm brewing on the horizon. 'Against All Odds' is one of the least impactful episodes of the show, so much so that I basically didn't even remember this one until this watch. Thankfully, there's some Spinner ahead to make this a modestly entertaining twenty minutes.

    Our Top Story: Promiscuity Drives Apart Long-Time Friendship

    Emma needs a rebound boy bad after her falling out with Sean, and Manny is still harboring a thing for a reluctant Craig after their one night stand a few weeks ago. Initially this seems like a three plot Degrassi episode, but as they often do, Manny and Emma's paths converge toward a Friday night rave, where Emma is looking to impress today's brand new character Chris, and where Manny is hoping she'll be able to put the moves on Craig again. Chris is a handsome, well-spoken, well-read, and talented DJ/rapper who is way too cool for Emma, but for some reason is sort of interested in her, but even as the two start connecting backstage after Chris's DJ set, she pumps the breaks when she finds out Chris has a girlfriend.

    Manny on the other hand can't stop throwing herself at Craig, and can you blame the poor guy, it's working. Manny spends the night grinding up on Craig and when Craig echos Emma, trying to back out because of his relationship, Manny pulls the ultimate cool girl card. "I can keep a secret." Flash forward to later that night, where Emma and Manny's planned sleepover is suddenly a threeway, but not the fun kind. The lamest Degrassian stumbles onto Manny and Craig making out in her basement, and shoos Craig off to chastise Manny for her moral filthiness. The episode ends with Degrassi's most loyal twosome breaking up, so to speak. Manny won't stand for Emma's cock-block snootiness, and Emma won't be friends with "the school slut." This is allegedly dramatic.

    In Other News: Misguided Homophobia Ravages Late Night Study Session

    I took Spinner to task earlier this season for the way he handled Marco's coming-out, and weeks later he's still not exactly killing. Jimmy wants a sleepover study sesh with his boys but Spinner is reluctant to spend the night with Marco because obviously as a gay man, he wants a piece of the Spin.

    (And who wouldn't?)

    Well the night goes pretty awkwardly. For some reason the three guys watch some porn together (Is this a thing men do?), Marco saves Spinner from choking, and then they have a blowout late at night where Spinner is convinced it was Marco putting the moves on him. The camel's back broken from that straw, Marco lays into Spinner's appearance to convince him that no one should ever be attracted to a slobby, spray-cheese pounding doofus, and the episode ends with the two making amends as Spinner realizes he was an idiot to assume something of his buddy. Hopefully this hatchet is buried, because Spinner makes a better friend than a homophobe.

    So The Drama: This one's gonna be a hard 1/10. Interpersonal conflicts in this case don't amount to much drama, even with the cheating implications/
    Infinite Wisdom: "I don't hate, I do deal! I'm totally fine with Marco's gayocity." - Spinner, inventing words to describe his complex feelings.
    "Me? Miss a rave?" Emma, trying to fit in at a rave.

    The State of Degrassi
    Rising Falling
    Manny
    I gave Sean major brownie points for breaking free of Emma. Same goes for Manuella.
    Emma
    Obviously Emma has some moral high ground here, but honestly she's just so fucking lame.
    Spinner
    He spends most of this episode trending down, but the ending reconciliation shows promise for him.
    Chris
    Sorry bud, hate to start you so low, but getting involved with Emma Nelson is never good.





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    Re: Silk Reviews Degrassi: TNG - Oh god not this again

    I would also like to take a second to inform our U.S. residents that free streaming service Pluto.TV now has a 24/7 streaming Degrassi channel as well as an on-demand section where you can watch every one of the first 13 seasons of Degrassi: TNG. Between this and Youtube it has never been easier to absorb our favorite Canadian melodrama.



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    Re: Silk Reviews Degrassi: TNG - Oh god not this again

    I saw a ton of this show on YT a couple of months ago.. Not too sure what season I stopped watching (someone time after the whole incident with the gun*) but it was good. I want to revisit it soon enough. Been slowly reading through. Great stuff. It also gives me insight on stuff that I either didn't understand or missed first time around.


    *This is my attempt at trying not to give spoilers. Just in case
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silk View Post
    I suppose we're due for a letdown, after a couple of weeks of splendid episodes and with a serious storm brewing on the horizon. 'Against All Odds' is one of the least impactful episodes of the show, so much so that I basically didn't even remember this one until this watch. Thankfully, there's some Spinner ahead to make this a modestly entertaining twenty minutes.
    I'm the opposite. Back in the day on The N, it seemed like this episode was playing all of the time so things like Chris bumping on Emma's chest, the girls climbing through the basement window, Spinner nearly choking, and my favorite part - Spinner not understanding what Marco would be paying attention to in a porno. Sometimes you need these sort of lowkey episodes that just emphasize characters and the various relationships on the show.

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    Re: Silk Reviews Degrassi: TNG - Oh god not this again

    I guess you were watching at different times than I was, because I must have never seen this episode on TV as little as I remembered from it

    All told it's a fine episode and I agree that they need these character-focused episodes once in a while for pacing, development, and most importantly realism (even for Degrassi, some huge dramatic issue every week is a bit much for a normal high school). Emma-focused plots are rarely particularly good but the Marco/Spinner/Jimmy story is a lot of fun and Manny's Craig affair is pretty universally great whenever it pops up.



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    Season Three, Episode 10
    "Never Gonna Give You Up"


    Oh SHIT I got you guys so good. Fell right into the ol' Rickroll didn't you. Actually, wildly enough, this episode of Degrassi predates the Rickrolling phenomenon, and in even better delicious coincidence, the episode is RICK-CENTRIC. I couldn't make this shit up, roll with me.

    Our Top Story: School Play Disrupted by Domestic Abuse

    We didn't really get to know Rick much in his debut episode aside from learning what a shy romantic he is, so there's a lot of character development crammed into this one. We learn in the first ten minutes that Rick is rude, highly unaware of his place in social standing, and a teensy bit manipulative. Most of this information is revealed when he teams with Terri, Jimmy and Marco for a theater project and every time Rick doesn't get his way he stomps all over Jimmy's directorial debut and gives Terri just the worst acting advice imaginable. When Terri predictably flops in front of the whole school, the relationship starts to spiral.

    Embarassed, Terri lashes out at Rick for making a fool of her, but Rick has the last laugh after he bruises her arm with his assertive gorilla grip, and then again slaps her in the face for daring to insinuate that his crazy ass is, in fact, crazy. Need more proof that he's crazy? In the episode's best unintentional comedy, Terri leaves for a girl's NIGHT with Hazel and Paige but leaves early, while the sun is still up, after Hazel starts prying about Rick. Waiting in a back alley apparently near Terri's place? Rick. He claims he was waiting for Terri to come home because he needed to re-confess his love, but let's again acknowledge that the sun is shining bright outside and presumably Terri was planning to stay at least a couple more hours with her friends. Bonkers.

    Anyway, Rick shoves Terri against the wall when they fight again and this time she smartly undresses him (not literally) and breaks things off. Jimmy, like a good friend the next day, offers to fuck Rick up if he steps to Terri again, and man, Jimmy, that's not gonna end well for you buddy.

    In Other News: Prank War Ignites Between Degrassi's Top Pranksters

    In a fairly light-hearted B-plot fitting for an episode with domestic abuse as a main theme, Spinner gets uppity that J.T. is stealing time with his woman, and when Paige insists they try to get along, the two alpha males instead decide to prank each other into submission. The results are a mixed bag of comedy, with highlights like Spinner setting up an ingenious fart machine in J.T.'s locker, and J.T. somehow pantsing Spinner in the middle of the hall. Ultimately when J.T. almost gets Spin fired by being an asshole customer at The Dot, the two agree to let bygones be bygones and split custody of Paige. I might have made up that last part.

    So The Drama: Beating your partner is pretty bad, so I'm giving this a 6/10 even docking points for the inclusion of a fart machine in the same episode.
    Infinite Wisdom: For a lack of quotables, I'll merely mention that somehow J.T. ripped Spinner's pants clean-off in a drive-by, pretty much confirming that the latter wears breakaway pants and I don't know why this doesn't surprise me.

    The State of Degrassi
    Rising Falling
    J.T./Spinner
    Their pranks are funny and the seem to have forged a new and unstoppable friendship
    Rick
    An abusive jerk who no longer has a girlfriend
    Jimmy
    Excellent friend and competent theater director. Should punch Rick.
    Terri
    Points for figuring out to dump Rick but now you're some BF-less loser. Again.
    Hazel
    Ugh, surprisingly cool this episode
    Marco
    Wrote the play that Terri destroyed, thus ending a promising playwright career before it began.




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    Am I misremembering or was one of Rick's pieces of advice for Terri being that she pauses a long time before speaking each line?

    Rick may be my favorite short term character in Degrassi history. He doesn't get a long run, but everything he did was memorable.

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    Season Three, Episodes 11 & 12
    "Holiday"


    At last we've arrived at one of the three or four episodes that made me wanna start recapping Degrassi in the first place. 'Holiday' is a certified classic, generally considered among fans as one of the best episodes in the series, and the rare double episode that doesn't go particularly dark but still serves as a critical lynch pin in several character arcs, not to mention it's just a thoroughly enjoyable watch and a great Christmas episode to throw on the telly once a year. But enough about my gushing, let's find out what makes 'Holiday' so great.

    Our Top Story: Degrassi Playboy Gets His Comeuppance

    When 'Holiday' begins, Craig is stressing a little over his two-timing of Ashley and Manny. While the Jeremiah Christmas party is underway, Craig gets a phone call from Manny (irresponsibly calling on the landline, get a burner!) that he has to hide from his lady. Later, however, when Craig gets caught out by Spinner, like any good best friend, Spinner says Craig is a total player and should embrace his two woman lifestyle. Craig thinks this is a positively genius idea and is ready to make the most of dating two women until, surprise surprise, the other woman in his life is tired of being relegated to such a role. Manny lays down an ultimatum, tired of being a dirty little secret, and demands Craig pull the trigger on the fabled Ashley break-up. He's ready to do it too, but then Ash had to go and get him an incredible vintage guitar for Christmas, and seriously, how do you break up with someone after that? But Mr. Manning just has to have his cake and eat it too, and rather than eat crow, he tells Manny the next day that he did the deed. Merry Christmas?

    As with all things Degrassi, karma comes calling for Craig in the back half. See, Craig didn't count on Ashley being a dirty present snooper. Our least favorite goth girlfriend goes rooting around in some gifts from Craig and finds the vintage Ramones t-shirt that's coming for her, and also a darling little bracelet that, surprise surprise, is for Manny! She thinks nothing of this until days later when the gifts have been exchanged and she spots a peculiar bracelet on Manny's wrist. The two gals figure out pretty quick what's happened here, Craig didn't dump Ashley, and he's also been seeing another woman behind her back for several months! Predictably, Ashley makes a big public display of slapping Craig in the face during their Christmas song performance, and Manny tracks him down afterward to re-gift his thoughtful bracelet. Sometimes when you want to have your cake and eat it too, it just falls all over the ground. We'll be feeling the fallout of this one for a while.

    In Other News: Grown-Ups Can't Just Figure Out What The Fuck They Want

    In an increasingly rare move, the adults get a full-fledged B-plot here, and frankly, it's basically a co-A-plot with how much time they dedicate to the problematic love triangle between Joey Jeremiah, Caitlin Ryan, and Sidney. Wait, lmao, have I not mentioned Sidney at all in my ten reviews of season three? My b. Sidney is some uptight priss that Joey's been dating since the premiere, but to be fair she's also really hot so you can see how this happened. Their relationship is a bit rocky as Joey is starting to realize that Sidney is maybe, uh, kinda rude, and when you combine that with Caitlin seemingly hanging out at their place every day, it's only natural Joey would get himself some feels for Canada's greatest broadcaster. This subplot goes through a few hoops with Sidney telling Caitlin off, Caitlin trying to confess her feelings in a letter before breaking into Joey's house to make sure he doesn't read it, and Caitlin trying to fly far away for the holiday on a work assignment. Ultimately, Joey comes to realize he's *always* loved Caitlin Ryan, dating back to the days when he, like Craig, found himself in a little cheating pickle. He and Craig have a little moment of bonding over their shared experiences, before Joey rights his wrongs and confesses his feelings, leaving this Degrassi classic to end with a classic Degrassi couple back in each other's arms. Merry Christmas!

    So The Drama: No one's in life-threatening danger or anything, but there's two love triangles and Craig gets slapped in the face. A soft 7/10
    Infinite Wisdom: "He's dating a woman who irons his sheets. That's not right!" - Caitlin Ryan, pointing out very clearly what Sidney's fucking problem is.

    The State of Degrassi
    Rising Falling
    Joey, Caitlin
    Found love in each other's arms. Again.
    Craig
    Blew it with two Degrassi babes, one of them being Manny.
    Manny, Ashley
    Don't need no man. I mean, Ashley probably does, but Manny will be okay.
    Sidney
    Was never seen again.




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    One of the best episodes of Degrassi. Not only is the A plot a classic, but the B plot is made especially for the old fans where the reunion of Joey and Caitlin is over a decade in the making. It's one of the most feel good moments ever in Degrassi. Obviously, things didn't end perfectly with Joey and Caitlin after all, but this time out it felt like they had the potential to last with Joey now being a mature man and Caitlin knowing what she wants in life. The whole similar paths in life that Joey and Craig took in season 3 played a big role in that season being so fun. The peak of the Craig/Ashley relationship coming at the end of the season with the greatest song in Degrassi history.

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    Such a great fucking episode, the aftermath of the breakup is so good with 2 of the best songs written for the show.


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