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  • Degrassi Recap: 'You Got Me'

    Posted on 10/11/2013 by Rachel1016

    This week on Degrassi, we watched the students get ready for the kick-off Beach Bash dance. With the threat of no-shows, a little bribery, and one major party foul, all we have to say is: Have you ever been to a drama-free school dance? Didn't think so.

    Check out our recap of 'You Got Me' below, and if you haven't seen the full episode, watch it online first because you'll be all "Oh my Lady Gaga, SPOILERS!"

    Degrassi: You Got Me


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    Last week, Alli decided to give her Parisian boyfriend Leo a second chance. Much to her best friend Jenna's disappointment, Leo has re-entered Alli's life to prove that his aggressive past will not be a part of their future. Jenna's skepticism and concern for Alli, though, has continued to cause palpable tension in their friendship. Jenna seems to think that Leo's true colors will outshine his charm.

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    Desperate to prove to her friends that Leo's actually a good guy, Alli decided to invite him to Degrassi's Beach Bash dance. At first, Leo was all "I don't wish to be tested" (DUDE, you are ALREADY on thin ice), but then he decided to show up and play nice. Actually, he was quite wonderful to Alli's friends, dazzling Clare and Jenna on the dance floor and even making friends with Dallas (who was the supposed reason for Leo's infamous altercation with Alli in the first place).

    Leo definitely made it difficult to either hate him or love him this episode. I mean, things seem to be looking up, but when violence is ever involved, second chances still feel a bit too generous to me. What about you guys? Are you divided on the issue? Do you think he's actually on the path to redeeming himself?

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    SLEEPLESS IN DEGRASSI 

    You'll remember that the Fall Chapter premiere ended with quite the cliffhanger: Drew, under the influence of his sleeping pills, called Zoe and said some quote, unquote "pretty sexy stuff." As if sweet-talking Zoe wasn't enough damage, Drew also unknowingly invited her to the dance... Yes, the same Drew who is very engaged to Bianca.

    Zoe, hoping to save face from her embarrassing moments (you'll recall the coffee incident and when Miles called her a "re-run"), already bragged to Miles, Maya, and Tristan about her new "fling" with Drew. And when the truth about Drew's actual relationship status came to light, Zoe wasn't about to back down and risk being embarrassed by her ex-boyfriend / arch-nemesis again. So, she did what any other reasonable girl would do! She bribed Drew with contraband sleeping pills (since his doctor stopped prescribing them) in exchange for a date to the dance. A brilliant, fool-proof plan, right?

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    Wrong. Drew showed up to the dance high as ever, started hallucinating, and jumped into baby pool that he mistook for an ocean. Uh... #ICameInLikeACannonball? But when the rest of the school laughed at Drew's unsettling, but slightly hilarious episode, Clare came in and showed serious concern for him. She saw that something deeper was plaguing him, and that he's really struggling over the loss of Adam.

    It made me happy to see Drew and Clare connect this episode because even though Drew's issues have manifested themselves in (admittedly) amusing ways, he hasn't been able to face the root of his problem. Perhaps Clare will be a game-changer for Drew on his path to healing.

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    OH, REMEMBER ME?

    Hands down, one of the best parts of this episode was welcoming back Zig. (So good to see you, Zig! *waves* My, how you've grown!) Even though Maya and Miles were flirty-birdies pretty much the entire episode, that moment when Zig planted his eyes on Maya at the dance brought back SO many feels. Do you remember when Zig told Maya that he would wait for her? Ugh, crush my heart into a thousand pieces! Since Zig was unaware of Maya's budding relationship with Miles, though, I'm really interested to see what will happen. Do you think Miles is right for Maya? Do you think there's too much baggage with Zig? Only time will tell...

    Okay, we've spilled our thoughts and we've posed our questions. Now it's your turn! Tell us what you thought of 'You Got Me' and let's get the conversation going! Take it away in the comments!

    P.S. Here's the music from last night. Head out over our Spotify playlist to hear all the tunes!

    "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats
    "Respect Yourself" by Bruce Willis
    "In The City" by Caveman
    "Climbing Walls" by Strange Talk
  • Degrassi Recap: 'This Is How We Do It'

    Posted on 10/04/2013 by Rachel1016

    Degrassians, school is back in session and SO much has already happened! We are bracing ourselves for a wild ride this season, but, really, we wouldn't have it any other way. The Fall Chapter premiere "This Is How We Do It" was chock-full of everything that makes Degrassi great: hi-jinks and capital D-Drama! Check out our recap below, but if you haven't seen the episode, make sure you watch it online first!


    The Fall Chapter opened with an energetic school assembly, in which the student body gathered to watch El Presidente Drew Torres introduce his dream-team Student Council. Degrassi's fearless and charismatic leader took the mic to kick off, in his own words, "Degrassi's best year yet!"


    But right in the middle of his pump-up speech, Drew collapsed on stage. Throwing his loyal constituents into panic mode, the entire school ran to his side to help him regain consciousness. (And by "entire school" we're mostly referring to the fawning freshman girls who offered to carry his books.)


    Dallas, worried about his best lad, asked Drew if his collapsing had anything to do with the fatigue he'd been suffering lately. We learned that since Adam's death, Drew's had tremendous trouble sleeping, and after mentioning that he was prescribed sleeping pills that he had yet to take, we immediately knew this was the beginning of something fishy.


    Over in science class, Alli revealed that she had a secret date planned for after school. Coming off of an intense break-up with Leo, both Jenna and Clare were convinced (and pretty stoked) that she was finally giving Dallas a chance. Alli refused to reveal the mystery man, though, saying that she wanted to make sure  "it's for real." Hmm... seemed pretty clear that there was another reason she hid his identity. All we have to say is: "Secrets secrets are no fun." And honestly, when it comes to Alli, they NEVER END WELL.


    After Principal Simpson welcomed diva-star Zoe to Degrassi, it became pretty clear that she was not happy to be there. Then, in the biggest reveal of the episode, we learned that Zoe actually got kicked off of West Drive. Ya'll, Zoe has some secrets that are bound to come out, and if anything, it looks like we can expect to learn a lot about her character.


    Drew recovered from his fainting episode in time for the first Student Council meeting of the year, in which Clare proposed a texting and driving awareness campaign in Adam's memory. While most of the council seemed to support the idea, Drew made it clear he would rather have a beach bash dance as their first event.


    Drew's insistence, however, was more than just wanting to hula down and tiki-party his pants off. He didn't overtly say it, but we can safely guess that anything having to with Adam is still very difficult for Drew to stomach. Of course, it seems like Clare's idea is well-intentioned and noble, but shouldn't we also be sensitive to the fact that Drew is still clearly still fragile?


    Over in love quadrangle land, Miles entered his first class at Degrassi brazenly asking Maya if she had any "girlfriend recommendations" for him. I'm sorry, girlfriend recommendations? Come on, who says that? Even if it was a joke, Miles, you're lucky you're cute. Maya went along with it though, having responded quite flirtatiously. It was actually getting a liiiitle steamy. Dare we say it appears our predictions are playing out as we expected?


    Then, much to Miles' and Maya's surprise, Zoe entered the classroom. Unaware that his ex-girlfriend would be attending Degrassi, Miles had an awkward exchange with Zoe while Maya and Tristan looked on. I don't know about you guys, but it weirdly almost felt like they were ganging up on her.


    Zoe tried to go back to her locker and escape the uncomfortable situation when the teacher calmly asked her to take her seat. In a PAINFULLY typical move, Zoe retorted by intentionally spilling her iced coffee all. over. him. Goodness gracious, as we if had any doubt that the after-effects of the Paris drama would follow us home...


    In one of the biggest "OMG" moments of the entire episode, Leo traveled from Paris to Toronto to be with Alli. The last time we saw them together was at the end of last season when a severe altercation left Alli bruised and in tears. Suffice to to say say, we're skeptical and worried that by welcoming Leo to stay in Toronto, Alli is giving him a second chance he doesn't deserve... even if the scene in which they reunited was undeniably cute. Ugh.


    After Alli finally revealed that her mystery man was in fact Leo, Clare and Jenna were visibly disappointed. Worried that history would repeat itself, they cautioned Alli that his abusive behavior might come back to hurt her even worse than before (unfortunate pun not intended). Alli was visibly upset as she thought their concern was merely an attempt to ruin her happiness, but we're going to have to take Jenna and Clare's side on this one.


    When Principal Simpson threatened to expel Zoe for the iced coffee assault, her mother vehemently claimed that Zoe's behavior was the result of a learning disability. It's unclear whether or not this information is true or was merely a lie to keep Zoe from being expelled, but her mother's intensity gives us some insight into where Zoe might get her attitude. I mean, she was intense and pretty unforgiving! What do you all think? The apple doesn't fall far from the tree? Or too early to tell?


    Meanwhile, after speaking again with Dallas about his trouble sleeping, Drew decided to take the sleeping pills. We quickly found out, however, that the pills have major side effects.


    Drew fell into sleeping-pill stupor and unknowingly ordered supplies for the proposed beach bash before it was officially approved by Student Council. When Drew denied ordering anything, Clare sassily retorted with my personal favorite line of the entire episode: "This invoice says otherwise!" So dramatic. So Clare. But more importantly, these sleeping pills were clearly messing with Drew, and wasn't looking good.


    And then this happened. Drew chivalrously caught Zoe in his arms after she tripped walking backwards. And boy, it was a moment. But before you get Bianca on the phone, it wasn't quite the romantic gesture it appeared to be. The only thing Drew could do to damage control his careless purchase was get the Student Council vote to swing in his favor. His move was used to charm Zoe into attending the Student Council meeting for no other reason than to help him win the majority vote for the beach bash.


    And win he did. To Clare's disappointment, the beach bash won out over Clare's proposed texting and driving campaign.


    Drew's swoon tactics had repercussions, however. Due to the side effects of sleeping pills, Drew called Zoe that night and flirted up a storm with her. Actually, it was more than flirting. He basically professed his love for Zoe and whispered sweet nothings into the phone, like calling her a "cutie" and telling her she's the "prettiest girl."


    Oh no no no, don't phunk with her heart.

    What did you all think of the premiere? Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments!

    And don't forget to check out the music featured in this episode (and all of Season 13) on our TeenNick Spotify playlist! Here are the songs from "This Is How We Do It":

    "Black Lightning" by Poor Young Things
    "Dress It Up" by Poor Young Things
    "Wings" by "Haerts"
    "Catch Me If You Can" by In Dreams




  • Five Important Tips For Tonight's #DegrassiParty

    Posted on 10/03/2013 by Rachel1016

    Can you believe it? The Season 13 Fall Premiere is mere hours away! To celebrate tonight's all-new episode and a brand new chapter of Degrassi histrionics, we're throwing a TKTK Twitter Party! While you watch and absorb the overall OMG-ness, we'll be live tweeting from @TeenNick and @Degrassinsider as well as giving away some awesome prizes. But what kind of hosts would we be if we didn't make sure you're primed and ready for the madness? Here are five essentials for making tonight's #DegrassiParty the party of the year...or at least the party of the week.





    1. Get Your Sweets, Chips And Other Junk Food
    Whether you grab a latte from the Spot or swipe some leftovers from your fridge, we hope you'll have something other than your nails to bite on during tonight's excitement!

    2. Bring A Degrassi Freshman (Or Woman!)
    Do have a friend who has never seen Degrassi before? Make that person your plus one and show them what they're missing!

    3. Crank Our Degrassi Playlist
    If you want to get the party started right now, head over to Spotify to hear our Degrassi pump-up playlist! Check out some of our favorite tunes from the summer chapter and a few choice tracks to get you in the partying mood!

    4. Bring Your Best Tristan Face
    We know you're going to have something to say about tonight's episode, so make like Tristan, and warm up those facial expressions.

    5. Check Out Our Degrassi Predictions
    Take a look at our silly predictions, and see how they measure up to your own!

    Okay, I know we only said five, but you can forget this tip!

    6. BRING YOUR TWEETS!
    #DegrassiParty #DegrassiParty #DegrassiParty





    Don't forget to tune in tonight at 9pm ET and join us for a bumpin' #DegrassiParty. Until then, here's a sneak peek clip of the premiere episode!


  • The Music of Degrassi: 'Young Forever'

    Posted on 08/23/2013 by Rachel1016

    On the emotional summer finale of Degrassi, we said our goodbyes to Adam Torres. Drew, Becky, and the students of Degrassi gathered to remember Adam's life and celebrate the man who, as Drew said, made such a huge mark on the people around him. The soundtrack for this episode featured four delicate and sensitive songs, including one original by Degrassi's own Jessica Tyler, gracefully bringing all of those emotions to life.

    Here's the full list of songs featured in "Young Forever:"

    Folly and the Hunter: "Vultures"
    Fossil Collective: "Boy with Blackbird Kite"
    Jessica Tyler: "So Long"
    Family of the Year: "Hero"

    And as always, listen to these songs and all of your favorites of the season on TeenNick's Spotify playlist.




    Family of the Years's "Hero" served as the melancholy, buy hopeful soundtrack to the episode's final moments, when Drew and Becky looked to each other to find closure.

  • Degrassi Sneak Peek: 'Young Forever'

    Posted on 08/20/2013 by Rachel1016



    This week on Degrassi, we say goodbye to a character who touched all of our hearts.

    In this first look, Drew grapples with losing Adam and tries to find someone to blame. Will Drew and the gang be able to start the healing process? This summer's season finale airs Thursday at 9PM ET.


  • The Music of Degrassi: Honey

    Posted on 08/16/2013 by baileyb2112

    There aren't really words to describe this week's episode of Degrassi. All of our fears were realized when tragedy struck and we had to say goodbye to one of our favorite people. But, since word's don't seem to do it justice, here's to hoping that the Adam's death can be better understood through music.

    Here's the full list of songs featured in "Honey:"

    The Grapes of Wrath: "Good To See You"
    Gin Wigmore: "Dirty Love"
    Steve Koven Trio: "Lolaland"
    Death and a Cure: "When It All Goes South"
    Secret Road Music: "Open Your Eyes"

    And as always, listen to these songs and all of your favorites of the season on TeenNick's Spotify playlist.




    Secret Road Music's "Open Your Eyes" served as the mournful soundtrack of the episode's final moments, when Drew was, in fact, forced to open his eyes to a horrible reality.


  • Degrassi Sneak Peek: "Honey"

    Posted on 08/13/2013 by Rachel1016


    Last week's episode of Degrassi left questions unanswered and fates undecided. Will Thursday's all-new episode answer the ultimate cliff hanger?

    In this first look, Jenna and Alli prepare spend their final days in Paris, and Alli anticipates leaving Leo. Their problems quickly become insignificant, though, when they hear the shocking news about Adam. Check out the sneak peek of "Honey" and be sure to tune in on Thursday at 9PM ET!


  • The Music of Degrassi: Cannonball

    Posted on 08/09/2013 by baileyb2112

    This week, Degrassi took us on a roller coaster of emotion. We laughed, we cried, and we wondered where Imogen got her cute pink bra. And even though "Cannonball" only included two featured musical selections, they certainly added to the sexy and surprising episode.

    First, Jenna showed off her pipes and her strumming skills with an original entitled Push Me Away while contemplating the complicated, confusing parts of her relationship with Connor. Then, Adam's risky car ride was intensified by Heather Green's "Day I Was Born." We know you were on the edge of your seats!

    Check out this new addition to the Degrassi playlist on TeenNick's Spotify, where you can jam to some of the best songs of this season so far!




    And if you can stand to watch it again, check out "Day I Was Born" in this episode's chilling cliffhanger!


  • Adam's Hair: An Evolution

    Posted on 08/08/2013 by baileyb2112

    Over the years, we've watched Adam Torres grow more confident, more flirtatious, and more self-assured. But, perhaps most importantly, we've also watched him experiment with his hair. This handsome devil has tried it all, and we think it's about time to highlight some of Adam's best looks.


    Beanie Baby

    We all remember when a young and insecure Adam Torres rocked the beanie/visor combo in the halls of Degrassi. It's hard to say whether we miss this look or were thrilled to see it go.


    The Side-Part Swoon

    Adam sure cleans up nice! In an attempt to win Fiona's heart, Adam got a fresh cut and became one with the comb.


    I'd CAP That

    Looks like Adam has graduated from the beanie to the big boy baseball cap! And as it turns out, this boy is quite the ladies man.


    Shag Swag

    Even though Bieber's shagtastic days are gone, Adam's bringing it back! Just try to keep it out of mullet territory... 


    Which Torres hairstyle is your fave?? Let us know below!

  • Degrassi Sneak Peek: "Cannonball"

    Posted on 08/06/2013 by Rachel1016



    Tristan and Maya are besties for life, but can their relationship survive last week's falling out?

    In this sneak peek, Maya finds out Tristan wandered off into Paris alone. Worried and determined to find him, she enlists Winston for back-up. But is Miles bummed he's not her go-to man? Check out the first look of "Cannonball" and catch the full episode when it airs this Thursday at 9PM ET on TeenNick!