Oct 9, 2020
Degrassi Junior High “Kiss Me, Steph” (part 1 of 3)
If you haven’t already, make sure to read my Agonizer article Degrassi: An Introduction for all the background info about Degrassi Junior High you could ever want! And remember, all three seasons of Degrassi are now out on DVD!
And so it begins. It’s morning outside the fabled Degrassi Junior High. A young girl heads down the sidewalk, ready to begin her school day. And her outfit, it seems, is about this far from being a burqa: She has on a big baggy blouse, an ankle-length dress, and a sweater tied around her neck. I only note this because it’s about to become important to the plot. Well, not the sweater tied around the neck. I’m only noting that because it makes it clear this is the ’80s.
A younger boy with curly red hair calls out to her. “Hey, Steph!” He continues to call out her name, but Steph starts briskly walking away from him. Yes, it’s a mugger with a bookbag! Run, Steph, run! She whirls around and harshly says, “Go away, Arthur, I don’t know you!”
Arthur is taken aback, and reminds her that he’s her brother. And so Steph brings it on, coming straight at him with the snide, patronizing air that we shall all constantly be living in for the duration of Steph’s time here at Degrassi.
She fully condescends to him, explaining that he is not to speak to her when they’re at school. Also, he is not to tell anyone that they’re brother and sister. Because the first rule of having a bitch for a sister is: you do not talk about having a bitch for a sister. So, I guess Stephanie doesn’t want the shameful secret of actually having a younger brother to hamper her entrance into the cool kids club here at Degrassi. She tacitly dismisses him and walks away.