Oct 19, 2009
Degrassi Junior High “The Cover-Up” (part 1 of 4)
Previously on Degrassi Junior High: Yick Yu endlessly confused us when he decided his Asian heritage was getting him stereotyped as a dumb jock. To bolster his grades, he turned in papers originally written by Stephanie Kaye, and when you’re copying the homework of a 14 year old hooker, that’s a sad statement on your academic future. Let me just save you the application fees right now and say you shouldn’t even be thinking about Harvard.
Meanwhile, Joey P. Jeremiah—the P is for “placebo”—passed off vitamin pills as exotic street drugs, and Melanie and Kathleen somehow convinced themselves that they were getting stoned on Centrum Silver. It was a tough call, but ultimately, the Wrath of Raditch came down upon… Yick Yu, for copying Stephanie’s papers. Degrassi may have a bustling drug trade going on in the hallways, but cheating will not be tolerated.
Once again, I have lots of Degrassi-related stuff to talk about, which is not really relevant to the current episode, but which I’ll share anyway. What can I say? The Degrassi universe is immense, and I’ve only explored a small corner of it.
So, now that the missing link of Degrassi High has made it to DVD, I was finally able to allow myself to watch Degrassi: The Next Generation. I’m currently up to about the middle of season two. At the same time, I’ve been indulging in the predecessor series that kicked off the whole franchise, The Kids of Degrassi Street, which is also finally out on DVD, and I’m about two-thirds of the way through that.
As you might imagine, it’s been a bewildering experience for me, as I violently slingshot back and forth between 1979 (when Kids premiered) and 2001 (when Next Generation premiered), not to mention 1987, where I continue to recap the Junior High episodes. In fact, I’m starting to sympathize a lot with Captain Picard in the Star Trek: TNG finale, where he gets randomly bounced around between three different time periods. I half-expect Q to show up and transport me back in time to show me Mr. Raditch as a zygote.