Sep 28, 2009
Degrassi Junior High “Parents' Night” (part 4 of 4)
Cut to Wheels at home, on the phone with Joey, talking about how cool his birth dad is. He invites Joey to come along tomorrow to the rehearsal. Just then, Wheels’ boring old adoptive parents come home, and he immediately hangs up.
Wheels’ Dad has a surprise: Somehow, through someone at work, he’s acquired two tickets to a concert, and the band playing is called “The Gourmet Scum”.
As we’ll learn later on in the series, the Gourmet Scum is a vaguely Sex Pistols-ish band that is loved by everyone at Degrassi. In a notable episode a few seasons from now, Shane will take the money he should be giving to Spike for child support, and spend it on Gourmet Scum tickets instead. Oh, and after the concert, he’ll drop LSD and jump off a bridge, and end up with permanent brain damage. No, I’m not making that up.
So Wheels’ Dad asks Wheels if he wants to go. Wheels says the Gourmet Scum are “amazing”, but then he learns the concert is tomorrow after school, which is the same time he’s supposed to go watch his birth dad’s band play. Wheels makes up a lie about having to rehearse for the talent show, and his dad looks bummed. Yep, just when he finally thought he had found a way to bond with his rock-loving son. But birth dad or no birth dad, I think Wheels made the right call here. Who goes to see the Gourmet Scum with their dad, especially when their dad is a homelier version of Woody Allen?