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DeGrassi Lowdown: The Sudden and Shameful Death of James Tiberius Yorke

Wow. Just wow.

I didn’t think anything could top the Cokehead Craig two-parter, but what a great episode.

It starts with Manny deciding hey, let’s throw a party at Emma’s to make myself feel better. Snake and Spike (parents of the year) just leave and say “no party.” You’d think being in the original series, they would know better. Manny walks into a still overly-emo Liberty, and says they’re throwing a birthday party for her – the writers don’t even pretend that Manny didn’t just come up with that excuse after the fact, which is good.

A brief history of DeGrassi’s Parties:
* The very first party, where Ashley takes ecstasy and ends up cheating on Jimmy with Sean and ostracizes herself from everyone.
* Another party where Ashley drama occurs after she realizes Craig has told Spinner that Ashley has offered sex. He ends up going home with Manny, and we later find out she got knocked up and has an abortion in very dramatic fashion.
* Sean and Ellie’s housewarming party, which is ended by Ellie’s drunk mother showing up and making a scene.

So yeah, needless to say, DeGrassi parties never end well.

The Lakeshore Diplomats, including that school’s Student Council President, are meeting with some of the kids at DeGrassi. They want to discuss how to curb the violence, which the Afro Twins – Dylan and Liberty’s little brother Danny – insist is all on Lakeshore’s end. The intent is to show how high hostilities between the two are, but realistically the Afro Twins are right on the money in that all the violence comes from Lakeshore’s end, which is either intentional or an oversight on the part of the writers. It really could be either. Danny has a cast on his arm for some unknown reason which I’m sure will never be explained, though I guess we’re left to assume it’s from those damn Lakeshore kids.

Manny is convinced Liberty should hook up with the Lakeshore Student Council President, and tries to do so by inviting him to the “small party.” She does this because they’re both Student Council Presidents and black. Seriously, there is absolutely nothing else to dictate him and Liberty would be compatible.

Word gets out about the party, especially once the Afro Twins (who are as always AWESOME) literally announce it to the entire school. Word spreads like wildfire, and before you know it, everyone’s texting and e-mailing each other, including the two giggling Japanese exchange students who Marco and Dylan took through their apartment when they were looking for roommates. Apparently they now not only speak English, but they’ve been kicked out of college and back into High School.

The party kicks off and soon it’s WHOA out of control and everybody’s there, including “Don’t Bogart” Jay Hogart and his beers (with Spinner). Two Lakeshore kids show up, and Sean makes it clear that the first sign of trouble and they’re out of there. The party’s CRAZY! Among the antics:
* Emma is drinking a lot of tequila from the get-go and gets wasted. Manny yells at her, as well she should. Fuck you, Emma.
* Manny wants to hook the Lakeshore Student Council President with Liberty, but he’s having none of it. He and Manny end up almost making out on the dance floor. Manny freaks out because he’s a “stranger.” Right, Manny.
* Toby’s making out with this one chick all over the freaking place the entire time.
* Manny and Ellie talk briefly and share a very special moment, which ends abruptly and awkwardly. Very clear that it’s a new “BFFs” type scenario, united over their respective love/hate relationships with Crazy Coke Craig.
* One of the two Lakeshore punks offers Dylan what he calls a “peace offering” in the form of a beer. Dylan opens it up and it sprays all over Jay. BAD MOVE. Jay and Spinner forcibly remove the two kids from the party. “You’ll pay for this DeGrassi,” they yell like two Scooby-Doo villains.
* JT and Liberty realize there’s still a flame burning, but JT’s in love with 15-year-old Single Mom, but then again he’s not sure. He realizes finally it’s Liberty he wants, and goes to look after her. Which leads to…

J.T. goes outside to look for Liberty, but she’s nowhere to be found. He goes to his car and finds the two Lakeshore kids. One of them’s peeing on his car. Actually, you know what? I think the scene is best summed up in an MS PAINT DRAMATIC RE-ENACTMENT:

Toby, Manny, Emma, and Sean are at the hospital. Jimmy is notable by not only his absence at the hospital but this entire freaking episode. The Doctor needs to speak to a family member, but JT’s grandmother is still hours away. Toby steps up and says he’s JT’s brother, which is true in a figurative sense but a very big lie in the literal sense. The Doctor tells Toby that the knife punctured an aorta, which they couldn’t repair. JT’s dead. Sean punches a wall and swears he’ll kill those responsible. Ruh roh. Liberty finally shows up – where the Hell she went between cradling JT and asking for help without picking up her cell phone and showing up at the hospital is a complete mystery. Maybe she stopped somewhere for JuJu Bees. She asks if JT’s alright, Manny just cries and hugs her. The final shot of the episode is Sean, Emma, Liberty, and Manny all hugging Toby. Which, actually, was a really touching way to end it.

NEXT WEEK: Funeral for a friend. Literally anybody and everybody ever on the show will be making an appearance, if IMDB.com is to be trusted. Toby and Liberty develop an…interesting bond over the death of JT.

NEXT WEEK’S EPISODE IF I WERE WRITING IT: Episode title: “Balls to the Wall.” Everyone’s at the funeral, and Joey finally explains to Snake exactly what the Hell he’s doing in Calgary. Terry shows up, having been supernaturally woken up from her three-plus year coma by the death of JT. Paige shows up to console everyone by going “Hun it’s okay hun sweetie hun hun hun sweetie hun hun hun hun hun hun hi Spinner hun hun sweetie hun” (in those exact words). Jay and Sean decide to seek retribution for the death of JT, but Jay decides they need back-up. He calls his cellphone. The episode ends with Jay and Sean waiting at a train station for the arrival of their back-up. “The Champ” by Ghostface Killa plays and mutha fuckin’ TOWERS steps off of the train in slow motion, walks up to Jay and Sean, and throws his arms up in the air and says “I’m back and I got LINES now, bitches! Let’s fuckin’ DO THIS.”

More later…

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  1. January 28, 2007 at 5:22 am

    Didn’t you know – black people always show up late.

    I agree, the end of the episode was rather touching, and probably the most appropriate anyone could think of. It was also endearingly sweet.

    You know, I could have sworn that when I first read this, the song playing was Superstar by Andrew Fucking Loyd Webber. I think it was a much better choice, but only if it played on vinyl.

    • January 28, 2007 at 5:40 am

      It was a good choice, but the opening monologue from “The Champ” playing as the train slowly rolled up would be MONEY.

  2. January 28, 2007 at 6:47 am

    Does “anybody and everybody” mean Jay and Bob turn back up for another guest spot? Because I could get behind that.

    • January 28, 2007 at 9:54 pm

      Jesus Christ himself will be a guest star.

      • January 28, 2007 at 10:35 pm

        The second coming IS a guest spot on Degrassi.

      • January 28, 2007 at 11:48 pm

        “He looked upon the masses, and with their full attention spoke thusly: ‘whatever it takes, I know it can make it through. If I hold out, I know I can make it through.’ Amen.”
        – Luke 14:6

  3. January 29, 2007 at 7:11 am

    Hehe… Canadians.

  4. Anonymous
    February 2, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    umm i had to post a few thoughts

    i’m not really anonymous, it’s me, heather sinclair. i was with jimmy and ashley and that’s why they weren’t at the party. and i do agree that towers should come to town (i would like him to hook back up with liberty) but you can’t really expect him to say anything. towers will be held back by jay and sean before he does something really crazy.
    also, in the true spirit of grease, west side story, michael jackson (beat it) and brittany spears/justin timberlake, they should have a dance off. only not really a dance off. they need a beat box competition at the upcoming lakeshore/degrassi dance. enter chris. we know chris would win it for degrassi. we need you chris. chris, if you read this it’s me, heather sinclair. call me.

    • February 2, 2007 at 8:58 pm

      Re: umm i had to post a few thoughts

      Oh Heather Sinclair, you’re such a pathetic attention-starved whore.

      Chris is a world-champion beat boxer. BELEE DAT
      “HA BOOM BOOM CHIH, HA BOOM BOOM CHIH oh hey der Ay Ma”

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