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  • Samantha Munro's Now or Never Moment!

    Posted on 08/29/2011 by Mary

    Only four episodes of Degrassi: Now or Never left! It's been a rollercoaster summer, and there's still some loop-de-loops to come.

    And as it happens: Right now is also your Now or Never chance to watch ALL of this summer's episodes online via the Degrassi video page. Because after Labor Day weekend, we'll be back to only having six episodes at a time available on the site. SO DO IT NOW! WATCH 'EM UP! NOW OR NEVER!

    Speaking of real life Now or Never moments... we asked some of the cast members to tell you about theirs! Here's #1: Samantha Munro, on her second-to-last day on the Degrassi set.

    Enjoy!

  • When You Hate Your Girlfriend's Bestie.

    Posted on 08/25/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW! Watch "Don't Panic, pt. 2" before reading.

    OK. I have two things I want to touch on from tonight's Degrassi episode.

    #1: This face. Drew making this face when Katie picks her "best friend" Marisol to be her V.P.:

    Degrassi's Drew is sooo excited to spend lots and lots of quality time with Katie's bestest buddy Marisol!
    Drew is sooo excited to spend lots and lots of quality time with Katie's bestest buddy Marisol!

    Poor Drew. Can't blame him for not wanting to have much to do with Marisol. Do you think Katie and Marisol's friendship should be over at this point? Or do you and your best friends work through really bad fights all the time?

    #2: Eli! Get out of the sweat lodge! I mean, I appreciate his enthusiasm for "doing the right thing" for Cake but OMG, a little privacy while they work through their issues, maybe? Him injecting himself into their relationship like that did not feel 100% healthy to me, even though I know he's at least given up on the notion of getting Clare back. Your thoughts?

  • Who Broke the Girl Code: Katie or Marisol?

    Posted on 08/24/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW if you haven't seen "Don't Panic, pt. 1".

    I think it's pretty uncontroversial to say that the Girl Code of Honor proscribes that no two best girl friends of the straight persuasion think it's a good idea to "ruin their friendship over a boy." Boys should not come between besties, right? This is a truth.

    But I have a question.

    Say one best friend LIKElikes a guy, like reallyreallylikes him, and he demonstrably LIKElikes her back, as in he has asked her out and/or made a move type thing. But say the other best friend -- who's been through thick and thin with the first best friend since like kindergarten -- likes him, too, like a reallyreally lot, and she liked him first, even though he doesn't like her back... what then?

    If you go for the guy when you KNOW your best friend likes him (like Katie did), are you sacrificing your best friendship for a boy?

    Or if you forbid your best friend from being with a guy she reallyreally likes and who reallyreally likes her back (like Marisol did)... are you sacrificing your best friendship for a boy?

    Which girl is the one "letting a boy come between" them?

    Katie and Marisol debate the finer points of the Girl Code of Honor
    The time on Degrassi when Katie was all, "Are you serious?" And Marisol was all, "Oh, I'm as serious as cancer, hon."

  • A Red-Hot Peace Offering

    Posted on 08/23/2011 by Lisa

    Bianca + Imogen = BFFs?
    Bianca + Imogen = BFFs?

    A lot of love stuff happened tonight (Dave and Alli... sigh, Wesley and Hannah... yay!), but I want to talk about the way Bianca and Imogen seem to be bonding.

    Despite Bianca's "I never wanted to be your friend!" line, tonight's episode made it pretty clear that she needs someone to confide in. Imogen seems to be holding up alright post-Eli, but she could probably use a friend, too. I didn't see this friendship coming, but in a weird way, it totally works. I can picture Bianca and Imogen still hanging out in twenty years, being like "Hey, remember that red lingerie?" and laughing about it.

    But on the other hand, Bianca is in REAL trouble... and we've seen Imogen do some pretty crazy, unpredictable stuff. Is this friendship destined for disaster? Keep in mind that Imogen threw herself on the floor to protect Eli from getting in trouble. How far would she go to protect Bianca from Vince?

    Meanwhile... it was killing me tonight that there were police everywhere (pulling Wesley over, stopping the poker game), except where the real danger was. Props to Brendan Jeffers, the actor who plays Vince, for creeping me out in a major way during tonight's episode!

    Got any thoughts on this Imogen/Bianca stuff? Do friendships get ship names? What are you calling this one?

  • Lying, Cheating, and Stealing

    Posted on 08/22/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILERS BELOW, PEOPLE. Keep reading if you've seen "Drop It Like It's Hot, pt. 1." If you haven't seen it yet, go retake the "How 'Now or Never' Are You?" quiz or something. :)

    Yes, Liam. Hannah is awesome. But she's taken.
    She likes you, Wesley. Don't stress.

    Oh... the things we do for love.

    Wesley -- sweet, honest Wesley! -- is lying to impress Hannah. Dude, she LIKES you. Stop feeling threatened, before you screw it up.

    Alli worked her butt off to earn her parents' respect. So WHY is she cheating at poker to make extra money? To impress Dave. Sigh, sigh, sigh. (And don't get me started on the fact that Dave almost has sex before he's ready. I'm still shaking my head about that one.)

    Bianca is so afraid of Vince that she's willing to deal drugs for him, and when she can't find a buyer, she steals money from Imogen. It's killing me to see her trying so hard to protect Drew, especially since he had no idea it's happening.

    There were some major Now or Never decisions tonight, but were ANY of them good? Which lying-cheaty-stealy mistake do you think is destined to have the worst repercussions?

    p.s. I'm not sure I'm prepared for the rest of "Degrassi: Now or Never." Tonight's ep seemed to be stirring up all sorts of new trouble.

    p.p.s. DO NOT KICK THE VOLLEYBALLS!

  • Closure for E-Clare?

    Posted on 08/18/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERSSSSSSSS BENEATH. LOOK OUT. Watch "Extraordinary Machine, pt. 2" before reading.

    The vast majority of people in our 'Does Eli have a shot?' Facebook poll yesterday said that while Clare isn't 100% over her feelings for Eli, she's definitely done dating him. And based on tonight's ep (and on E!'s interview with Aislinn Paul), that sounds about right to me.

    I'm curious what the hardcore "no retreat, no surrender!" E-Clare shippers out there are feeling after this episode. Those final moments -- Clare putting a stamp of finality on things ("I'm just glad... he and I can go our separate ways."), followed by Clare making the following face:

    Clare contemplates going separate ways from Eli on Degrassi
    Eli and Clare can "go their separate ways" now. What would you call this emotion? Uncertainty? Peace? Regret? Wist?

    ... followed by Eli walking out of Degrassi feeling like he now finally has a shot at getting his life back under control, while Clare watches silently:

    Degrassi's Eli, finally ready to move on
    Eli, finally ready to move on. What's Clare feeling here?

    Holy poignancy! Did any of the hardcore E-Clare fans get any sense of closure out of tonight's ep? Let us know in the comments...

    Oh, and speaking of poignant. Oh my God. Jenna and KC watching Tyson get carried out of their lives? That was the worst. I know I wasn't the only one doing the ugly cry watching that scene. And Jenna just looked numb. I'm sure she has yet to really fully process her emotions about it, even if she feels sure they made the right decision. (Makes you think about what Holly J's birth mom went through when she gave her up -- wasn't Holly J eleven months old, too?)

    What's crazy is: that scene destroyed me, and yet it can't even hold a candle to the true level of sadness that moment would rise to in real life.

    It's especially hard because they had no happy options left. Raise Tyson, constantly struggling... to complete high school (if Jenna could ever really make it back at all), to make enough money to live on, to find any time to take care of their own needs (such as for instance, "having any fun")? Or give up Tyson, and break their own hearts to tiny, sad, little pieces in the process.

    The only happy options they ever had existed before they ever got pregnant. They could have held off on sex, or they could have used protection every single time.

    Jenna and KC cry after saying goodbye to their baby, Tyson.
    Jenna and KC bawl after saying goodbye to Tyson

  • Love is complicated

    Posted on 08/17/2011 by Lisa

    Relationships are tricky sometimes (as everyone working on Eli's play "Love Roulette" knows!), but they become infinitely more complicated when there's a baby involved. WARNING: Spoilers below. Don't read any further if you haven't seen the latest episode!

    In "Extraordinary Machine, pt. 1," Eli seems more messed up over Clare than ever, and Owen calls Anya "pathetic" before ditching her at the pool hall. It's always hard to watch relationships crumble, but can you imagine if there were a baby involved in either of those situations? I'm cringing just thinking about it.

    K.C. and Jenna both had so much going for them last year. He was a star athlete at Degrassi, and her music career seemed to be taking off. Then, Jenna found out she was pregnant, and they had a baby, and K.C. cheated, and Jenna hated being a teen mom, and they couldn't agree about what to do next.

    If they weren't parents, K.C. and Jenna could just go their separate ways, but they've got someone else to think about -- Tyson. According to StayTeen.org, he could be in for a tough life. Children of teen mothers typically do worse in school than kids born to older parents. They're 50% more likely to repeat a grade, they're less likely to complete high school, and they get lower scores on standardized tests. I read that, and was like "But he's just a baby! A cute baby! Don't tell me he won't graduate!"

    Jenna, Tyson, and K.C.
    Is Tyson better off with other parents?

    Predict Tyson's Future... adoption or no adoption. What do YOU think is best for him?

    * If you could fast-forward time and see Tyson enroll at Degrassi, what do you think his life might be like if he's raised by Ed and Kathy? (Keep in mind, it's an open adoption, so he won't have to wonder who his birth parents are -- he'll know.)

    * What do you think Tyson might be like in high school if K.C. and Jenna raise him? Do you think he'll turn out ok?

  • Kidneys and Cash

    Posted on 08/16/2011 by Mary

    THARS SPOILERS DOWN BELOW. Avert your eyes until you've seen "Mr. Brightside, pt. 2".

    Well! GIANT relief on the Holly J front! Not that kidney transplant surgery is a walk in the park, but it sure is nice that there's a kidney to transplant!


    Holly J and her birth mom Dawn, changing the subject to something besides kidneys.

    I know after last night's ep, some people were feeling pretty anti-Dawn:

    "Holly J's mom has entered my "degrassi enemies" list. COME ON LADY GIVE YOUR DAUGHTER THE FLIPPIN KIDNEY! Way to be there for your kid. Good job." - ALLABOUTELI<3

    But after tonight's episode... did anyone change their feelings toward HJ's birth mom after seeing how hard she was struggling with guilt? I have to say, it was weirdly kind of a relief for me to see her feeling terrible. Like she's at least human.

    I also maybe feel a teensy bit weird that Fiona kind of bought Holly J's way out of this? The ethics of paying living donors for their organs are really slippery -- the problem is that, taken to one extreme, it would mean only rich people could have their lives saved by organ donation and poor people would be out of luck. And you definitely don't want a situation where, say, people can pay as much as they want for a kidney (above and beyond reimbursing expenses) because then it would create situations where financially desperate people would be selling their organs to wealthy recipients.

    But, doing a little research today, I'm seeing that there's some talk out there about loosening the laws about reimbursing living donors for lost income, since financial hardship is a common reason for people to not donate. In fact, Canada (British Columbia, anyway) is one of the places where it's somewhat allowed (though the lost wages reimbursements are still not much). Anyway, it's... a pretty thorny topic, to be sure. What? A thorny topic on Degrassi? Whodathunk!

    But enough kidney talk:
    What do you guys think of Drew and Katie? Datie? Krew? Dratie? Isn't it interesting that Drew is such a magnet for over-achiever girls (Alli, now Katie)? I guess they want to overachieve on the hotness of their boyfriend, too?

    Also interesting that Adam just kind of let that one go. I guess since he has a definitive answer about her not being into him, he had a minute to get over her. Plus there was that time Fiona chose Adam over Drew, so.

    And UP TOP ALLI BANDHARI! Finally broke the Bandhari sibling dating curse! Anyone out there want to hire her to talk to your parents?

  • Is Drew OK?

    Posted on 08/15/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILERS BELOW! Don't read any further unless you've seen "Mr. Brightside, Pt. 1."

    Is fighting making Drew a stronger person... or not so much?
    Is fighting making Drew a stronger person... or not so much?

    Drew has always been a star athlete, but his new method of training isn't exactly principal-approved. Watching those guys beat each other up made me cringe. I know mixed martial arts is a real thing, but I don't get it. Even on my most stressed-out days, I don't think I've ever been in the mood to just fight someone.

    I guess I'm with Adam when he says "I like my violence virtual." (Though sometimes, even violent video games are too stressful for me to handle. I prefer the kind with rainbows and unicorns.)

    This is probably a dorky thing to say, but I kind of wish I could read the article Katie wrote for the paper about violence in youth culture, just so I could hear her perspective on the whole thing. Though... I was a little worried about her at the end of the episode, when Drew came in to confront her -- he seemed like he was *this* close to losing control. Drew seems to view the no-holds-barred fights as a way to let off some steam, but lately, he seems even more on edge. I wish he could just sign up for yoga or something!

    What do you think Drew is getting out of this?

    Do you think Katie (or anyone else in Drew's life) is in danger?

    p.s. One non-Drew question: Anybody out there have a kidney for Holly J?

  • New Interview: Ray Ablack and Cory Lee (Sav and Ms. Oh)

    Posted on 08/12/2011 by Mary

    On the Degrassi set, toward the final days of Ray Ablack's reign of awesomeness, I sat down with Ray and Cory Lee (aka Ms. Oh). Who, by the way has a brand new super-super catchy single (featuring Shaggy) out called "Best Shot" (available on iTunes) and a new album on the way. You go, Ms. Oh. Anyway, interview!

    Ray Ablack, aka Sav from Degrassi: Now or Never Ray, how does it feel to be approaching your last day on the Degrassi set?
    RAY: I don't know, I'm scared? I'm scared as hell. Right now scared is totally eclipsing excited, but I've also been really excited. I've started to re-do my whole wardrobe; this whole era of my life is ending. I'm graduating high school for the second time and graduating this section of my life. I'm ready to try and start a new one.

    Any senioritis? You've been here and in this building for so long, ever get that feeling of like itching...
    RAY: ...To leave? No. No-no-no. I don't ever get the feeling of itching to leave. More often, I might be done after like the third scene of the day, and then I'm waiting around here for free lunch. And then after free lunch, maybe I'll go kick it in Steph Cohen's office, sit and talk for an hour. Yesterday I came in early and just hung out for like an hour and a half. There's no me wanting to leave at any point.

    What about... you know how with Senioritis, one of the symptoms is knowing you can't really get in trouble?
    RAY: These last two days I definitely feel like that. We're downstairs doing these prom scenes; there are so many background actors down there and so many cast, and only two or three have lines, but the rest of us just have to frolic and mingle quietly. And I know it's annoying for the Assistant Directors to have to continue to tell us to be quiet, but they'll swoop around and see that our table is like: me and Samantha and Shannon, and they don't really want to yell at us. I've been yelled at, many many times over five years. But what I would have been yelled at for in the past, I'm not being yelled at for these past few days.

    What are you going to do on your first day off?
    RAY: My girlfriend and I are going to this really chic hairdressing place; there are two hairdressers there that I know are quirky and crazy, and we're just gonna sit down and say, "Do whatever you want." I've had to have my hair monitored so closely for the past five years, I'm ready to just do something nuts and crazy that's Not Allowed.

    Cory Lee, aka Ms. Oh from Degrassi: Now or Never Tell us what we need to know about Cory Lee (aka Ms. Oh).
    RAY: She always smells like Curious by Britney Spears.
    CORY: (laughs) It's Jessica Simpson. But, same family of stars that make perfumes.

    Did you guys know each other well before your storylines started... intersecting?
    CORY: Actually I have an interesting story. When we did the opening sequence, it was the first scene we'd done together. And I was like, "Something is gonna happen here. This is foreshadowing."
    RAY: Yeah, she put her hand on my shoulder. And Stefan [Brogren; director & Mr. Simpson] came over and was like "No, you can't put your hand on his shoulder."
    CORY: "Teachers don't touch students."

    Did either of you ever have a crush on a teacher in high school?
    CORY: I think it might be more of a guy thing? I didn't have any crushes on any of my male teachers...
    RAY: I totally forgot: Ms. Diaz. She was a science teacher. The last night of the school play, down in the basement there was a big dance for the cast and crew, and she was there chaperoning. And I asked her to dance with me, and she said no. But I had a huge crush on Ms. Diaz.

    I can't believe she said no! Well, I guess I can...
    RAY: I think she liked me, that's why.
    CORY: [sad trombone noise]