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  • Did you see Degrassi: In Too Deep?

    Posted on 02/11/2011 by Mary

    HOLD ON.
    If you haven't watched the hour long premiere of Degrassi: In Too Deep.... one, what's wrong with you, and two, thank heavens you can watch the whole thing in HD on this site. What would you do without us?

    Here's part 1 and here's part 2.

    SPOILERS BELOW UNLESS YOU'VE WATCHED MMKAY?

    Fiona and Adam on Degrassi: In Too Deep, When Love Takes Over

    Sooo...

    * FADAM! Orrr... not? What do you think of them as a couple? How angry do you think Fiona is about the whole intervention thing? How much better does he look in Declan's clothes than he did in the baggy stuff?

    * Dr. Chris and Anya. Hrm. He's into LARPing! And Renaissance Faire! Match made in heaven. And also he's finished med school while she's not even out of high school. What do you think the prognosis is for their future? Does it creep you out that he's going to wait for her to be 18, or do you think it shows some dignity and respectability?

    * Dave and Sadie. Aww, Dave! She's adorbs! We're so glad Dave finally met a girl and didn't completely permanently screw it up. What are your thoughts on taller girl/shorter guy couplings? (We here in TeenNick blog land are 100% pro, for what its worth.)

    * "Everyone knows the rule is half your age plus seven." What are your personal limits for how much younger or older of a person you'd consider dating?

    * "She'd kill me for giving this to you, but after all you've done..." Holly J!! You can't just go around handing out pages from people's journals to other people! Why were you even reading Fiona's journal in the first place?! Still... I'm glad Adam got to read that.

  • Degrassi: Jenna-bear. Honey. Calm down.

    Posted on 11/12/2010 by Mary

    Lordy lordy lordy. Classic Degrassi tonight. SPOILERS AHOY so don't read 'til you've watched -- here's the full Halo, pt. 1 episode for your convenience:

    And now, let's break it down.

    1) Wesley, Wesley, Wesley. Ohhh, Lord. Poor guy. You know what's weird? Basically every single person on the planet goes through puberty, and yet we're somehow still so embarrassed to talk about it -- and even go through it. I mean, not everyone has a wet dream at school but... I bet it's happened to someone, somewhere...

    2) KC, so so not over Jenna. Do you guys think they should get back together? Does he deserve her, after the way he abandoned her?

    3) Dude, Sav is basically the nicest guy in the world. I mean, he's not perfect but, for real, who else would offer to go to a girl-he-hardly-know's prenatal class with her just 'cause she was sad and lonely? You can't blame Jenna for falling for him... even if you can blame her for being an eensy weensy skeensy bit delusional.

    4) Two girls enter; one girl leaves! Who would win in a fight: Holly J, armed with a razor wit, two rolls of crepe paper and a Zeno; or Jenna, armed with sheer ruthlessness, a bottle of prenatal vitamins, and the stick shift from her brother's truck?

  • Degrassi: Daaaang, St. Clare!

    Posted on 11/05/2010 by Mary

    SPOILLLLLLLARRRSSS inside so don't click 'til you've watched the ep here it is if you need it.) Everyone who's all watched up... let's talk:

    Drew Torres on Degrassi

    * You know, Drew definitely did not do right by Alli at Vegas night, but... I've got to hand it to him for being a pretty great brother. I remember when he first came on and was giving Riley static, it seemed like he was going to be a certain kind of dude, but I guess we know now that he's definitely more complex than that. What's your take on him?

    * When you think about what really had to be going on in Eli's room -- I mean, when someone's a hoarder, it's not just piles of paper and clothes we're talking about, it's like... food wrappers -- could you be as awesome a gf/bf as Clare was to him? I feel like she showed him some seriously mature amounts of unconditional love in this episode, and it warmed my fuzzies. Was anyone out there too grossed out to get over it?

    * Wesley is a nice, nice person. Wesley... you are REALLY nice. Do you guys think Dave deserves the niceness Wes showed him tonight? Would you have been Wes-like in those circumstances?

  • Degrassi: Let's break it down.

    Posted on 10/29/2010 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW; watch the ep now if you haven't already. Then let's talk....

    1) It was so hard to watch Clare ask questions like "Why do I have to suffer because they fell out of love?" -- questions that really just don't have any good answer. Did anyone out there with divorced parents feel pangs of recognition watching Clare go through this? What would you tell her if you could talk to her right now?

    2) So very pleased to meet you, Bullfrog and Cece! Are Eli's parents anything like you expected? Also, would you freak out if you found out your bf/gf's ex used to live with them? Like in their room?

    3) Clare and Eli are very different... do you think they're different in good ways, or ways that will pull them apart at some point?

    4) Wow. Adam and Fiona on the steps... that was definitely some bonding going on. Who do you think makes a better boyfriend for Fiona, Drew or Adam?

    5) So, Dave and Wesley. On the one hand... dude, Dave and Alli have so much in common, it's really a wonder they didn't end up together. Why can't people appreciate the friends they have rather than wanting "cooler" ones? On the OTHER hand... you know, Dave has some interests that Wes doesn't. It seems natural that he'd want some other friends, too. I guess the problem is when he tries to replace one with the other, instead of having lots of friends. What did you think of the Dave/Wes dynamic tonight?

  • Degrassi: Let's talk about Love Lockdown.

    Posted on 10/22/2010 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW. Watch the episode first, here. Then, let's talk.

    1) Declan and Holly J... I'm gonna talk about this more in a separate blog. But what are your thoughts on the episode?

    2) Holly J regrets what happened. And I'm sure now that he knows Holly J regrets it, Declan regrets it, too. So, a regrettable situation for all involved. What do you think each of them could and should have done to prevent this from happening?

    3) Clare and Eli... as much as it was difficult to watch Clare being so smug at that dinner with her parents, especially since she was hurting Eli, I still felt compassion for her because of what she's going through. How did you feel about Clare during that scene?

    4) What did you think of Bizarro-Clare's temporary look? What if she just started dressing like that all the time from now on?

  • Degrassi: Declan... whoa.

    Posted on 10/15/2010 by Mary

    Ummm. So... well, first SPOILERS BELOW if you haven't watched Love Lockdown pt. 1 yet. (It'll be online soon, don't worry.) Everyone else:

    1) What just happened with Holly J and Declan? What are your thoughts? I was gripping the sides of my chair and just... upset but confused and flabbergasted and confused and upset. I don't think Declan is an evil person -- at ALL -- but that really, really upset me, personally. What was your reaction to that last scene?

    2) Oh God. What about Sav? Ohhh man.

    3) Did you see that glint in Clare's eye when she realized her parents were united in opposition to her piercing? Ruh roh...

    4) Here's how we know Eli truly, truly cares for Clare: he's worried her parents won't like him. What's the opposite of a red flag, a green flag? Well then that right there is what we call a new boyfriend green flag. Eli... your perfection is simply intoxicating.

    5) Haha, as much as I felt bad for Chantay fighting the good fight to save a Spirit Squad no one else seems to care about... I probably would have felt pretty meh if the cheerleading squad (if you could call it that) got disbanded in high school. What clubs would you fight to save if Simpson shut them down?

  • Degrassi: Wait, what just happened?

    Posted on 10/08/2010 by Mary

    Alli on Degrassi

    SPOILERS BELOW if you haven't watched the new episode yet. Click here watch it in HD right here right now (and here's part 2).

    And once you're all caught up, let's talk.

    * ALLI!! Do you guys think she made the right decision? Also, do you think she does have low self esteem? Or is something else behind her 'always making bad decisions where boys are involved'?

    * Do you think all-girls' school will help or hurt Alli's boy craziness? 'Cause... I went to an all girls' school for a while and I gotta say... not all the girls there were exactly WISE about boy-folk.

    * Still Alli: My heart went directly into my stomach when the Bandharis started looking through Alli's file in Simpson's office. Do you know the feeling I mean... that 'omg, I'm caught' feeling? Boooo that feeling.

    * KC and Jenna: Did KC have a right to be pissed about the way Jenna "came out" as pregnant? Or did he lose all rights to be mad about anything the second he basically abandoned her?

    *And don't worry: Eli's back in the next episode, promise. He was suspended in this week's ep, 'cause of Vegas Night.

  • This week in Degrassi: Let's Review

    Posted on 08/26/2010 by Mary

    "OMG" does not even begin to cover it. Let's attempt to break things down...

    IS Degrassi out of hand?? Do you think Simpson is right to be completely at his wits' end after tonight? Do the students of Degrassi need a totally different environment? Or are they just another high school? (It's funny... there's sort of a perpetual debate in the message boards about whether Degrassi is tamer than a real high school, or completely off-the-wall bonkers. Which side do you fall on?)

    Eli and Clare. OK. First of all, thank GOD he's alive. Second of all... what do you think the future holds for these two? Do you think Eli really learned his lesson tonight... or is he going to be even more angry and vengeful about being put through that?

    Drew and Alli: Opinions on whether Drew is a good guy or a bad guy seem mixed... what's yours? (Mine is that he's neither good nor bad... he's a human teenager who makes super, super-dumb choices sometimes.) Also: that whole thing between Alli and Mrs. Torres... I have known sooo many moms of teenagers who are like that. They think their kid can do no wrong, so their friends take the fallout when everyone gets in trouble together. Sucks.

    Holly J and Sav: Daaaag, girl! I have to say: Charlotte Arnold is probably my favorite young actress in the world. The subtle stuff happening on her face in that scene... she is one talented lady. And she looked really pretty tonight, and I dig her and Sav together. You?

  • The week in Degrassi: Let's review

    Posted on 08/20/2010 by Mary

    We've only got one more week of total unmitigated Degrassi saturation, and we intend to live it to the fullest. But before we look ahead, let's look back. Alll the way back... to Monday. (And if you want to watch the whole week's shows, they're on tonight at 9 btw. As well as in the Click. As well as on iTunes.)

    Jenna: I keep seeing a lot of comments and tweets about how Jenna "got what she deserved" or that her pregnancy is some kind of punishment for being a "brat" or a boyfriend-stealer. Can we all just take a second to acknowledge the fact that Jenna and KC got pregnant because they had unprotected or poorly-protected sex? And that perfectly nice couples who never stole anyone from anybody, and who volunteer, and who get good grades -- when those couples have unprotected or poorly-protected sex, they can just as easily get pregnant? Pregnancy is a result of sex, not of "goodness" or "badness."

    KC: Umm... he does realize that he can't just decide not to be a father now that Jenna is pregnant, right? If she decides to keep the baby and parent it, he's on the hook for child support if she goes after it. Sayin'. And the money won't make it THAT much easier for Jenna, but it will make things a lot harder for KC.

    Jenna's brother: Sweet guy, right? We like him.

    Riley and Zane: Dude! Zane is like the patientest, sweetest, cutest, nicest, lovingest, warmest, bestest boyfriend in the whole wide world. I wanted to DIE when I heard him scream "Help me!" when Fitz and Owen went after him... it burned my heart. And I love how Riley is going through this process slowly, which I'm guessing is more true to life for people who have a harder time coming out than others, or people who no one "expects" to come out. Look out for some really great Ziley storyline next week... I'm super, super excited about it and yeah, I cried. What else is new.

    Clare and Eli: So, so relieved that Eli didn't actually "kill his girlfriend", and so, so relieved that he found someone as mature as Clare to let him move at his own pace. Me and Lisa were talking this week about how much we admire Clare for not being like "oh, I guess he doesn't like me, I guess I suck, I hate myself, blah blah blah" -- she was like "something is up, and I'm going to find out what it is."

    Can I say something controversial though? I think Ms. Dawes gave her kind of bad advice. The whole "you should find out why he doesn't like you" thing... it turned out to be correct because Clare did need to find out what Eli's deal was. But that's because she had a wealth of evidence that he DID like her. All Dawes heard was "he doesn't like me" and she was like "oh, you should ask him why! So you'll feel better!" WHO wants a list of reasons someone isn't attracted to them or doesn't consider them girlfriend material? That's going to make you feel better? I think I'm more in the "accept and move on" camp. What do you think?

  • The Week in Degrassi: Let's Review

    Posted on 08/06/2010 by Mary

    So much Degrassi, so little time to really dig into the details all week! Luckily it's Friday catch-up night... this week's episodes will air again tonight starting at 9p et. Let's talk about what all happened since Monday

    Eli: What is Eli's DEAL? What do you think is going on with him? And do you think Clare is going to get frustrated enough to lose interest? (Not that she's interested. Of course.)

    Holly J and Declan: Buh! Do you think she was right to break up with him? The money thing was interesting -- when people have different amounts of money to mess around with, it can be difficult to figure out a way to hang out that's cool for both of you. Have you ever run into weirdness about money with a friend?

    Sav: What advice would you give him about dealing with his parents totally unrealistic demands -- should he go outright rebellion, or just waiting until college to start being his own person?

    Jenna: It seems to me -- like with the whole Jenna thing , and KC's reaction to it -- that girls are so much more critical of their own and each other's bodies than guys are of girls' bodies. What IS that?