Degrassi High

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (34)

  • Spike: Finally, a full-time high school. Heather: Yeah, we'd better not burn it down.

  • Lucy: We're not pro-abortion. No one is pro-abortion. We're pro-choice.

  • Michelle: Dad can't do laundry and he can't cook. So what's gonna happen to him if I live with Mom? BLT: That's his problem, not yours. Michelle: But he's helpless. BLT: So you're going to stay with him and be his wife?

  • Alexa: My mother says men can't deal with their emotions. Michelle: My father doesn't have emotions.

  • Kathleen: Get out of there, now. Tabi: Excuse me? Kathleen: These are our lockers, not yours. Go stand in front of your own lockers. Tabi: Hey, let me go, watch it. Kathleen: (shouting) Who do you think you are? How dare you block the lockers? We have just as much right to be there as you do! And another thing: your hairspray is polluting the environment! Get out of here, NOW!

  • Liz: So you believe in murdering babies? Spike: No, just in minding my own business. Liz: This is my business. Spike: Right, so you're God and you know everything?

  • Scott: (to Kathleen) The truth is, I don't want to see you embarrass yourself. I didn't want to say it, but it's not just because you're a niner; I saw your audition you're not a very good actress.

  • (talking to Scott) Kathleen: If you love me why do you hurt me?

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Notes (42)

  • You can see Joey's butt for a few seconds.

  • Profanity is used in this episode, although never in the series run that I know of. EDIT: Actually, in an early episode, Wheels flicks Joey off, but finger is edited out.

  • US Airing: When airing the classic episodes, The-N skipped this episode.

  • Yick's earring: Siluck Saysanasy wanted to get an earring, and his father said no; so he asked the writers to write it into the show so his dad would have no choice but to let him get one.

  • US Airing: When airing the classic episodes, The-N skipped this episode.

  • Abortion Laws: Abortion laws differ in Canada and the US. In Canada, underage girls seeking abortions are not required by law to notify their parents.

  • US Editing: This episode was edited when shown by PBS; there's a note on the closing credits about it being edited for broadcast in the US. The US edited version ended when Heather asked Erica, "Are you sure?" In the full-length, Canadian version, Erica answered "yes" and the two of them went into the clinic together, after making their way through all the protesters in front.

  • US Airing: When airing the classic episodes, The-N skipped this episode.

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Trivia (77)

  • Trivia: Tessa, Bart, and Dorothy, who were in grade 7 last year, are added to the grade 9 class, so that the characters can be involved in the new series.

  • Trivia: The Zit Remedy considers the following as new names for the band: The Barf Bags; Three.

  • Trivia: Miss Avery lost her job due to the fire the final episode of Degrassi Junior High, Bye-Bye Junior High, and will be working in the Resource Centre (library).

  • Trivia: The building used for the shots of Degrassi High is part of Centennial College in Toronto.

  • Trivia: The poster hanging above Erica's bed is for a 1987 documentary film featuring people's opinions about life after death.

  • Trivia: Erica buys her pregnancy test at the same drugstore where Spike bought hers, and where Joey bought condoms (and everything else in the store) for his evening with Liz in Degrassi Junior High.

  • Trivia: Arthur leaves for school at 8:27 a.m., so he either lives very close to the school, or classes start late in the day.

  • Product Placement: Look for heavy product placement by Coke and Skippy Peanut Butter; the most obvious is when Tabi is standing in the hall with Dwayne, trying to look tough, and eating Skippy directly out of the jar with a spoon.

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Allusions (7)

  • Computer teacher, Mr. Wozniak: The students appear to be working on Apple Computers, and Apple donates many computers to be used in schools. One of the co-founders of Apple Computers is Steve Wozniak.

  • Everybody Wants Something: The title of the episode is the name of the song that Joey, Snake and Wheels sing, which was first heard in DJH.

  • Degrassi Junior High: This episode touches on an epsiode from Degrassi Junior High, Nothing To Fear, where LD's dad is in the hospital, and she's afraid that he'll die.

  • Self Reference: The Zits manage to get their video on tv. It is to air on the local community cable channel on Monday at 8:30 p.m., and Joey makes a comment about how there's nothing else to watch at that time. Monday at 8:30 p.m. was when Degrassi High aired.

  • Book Reference: The book that Diana becomes obsessed with is The Outsiders (1967), by S.E. Hinton. Diana thinks that it would be great to live life like that; however the book deals with social divisions and bullying; and the main characters end up being on the run from the law.

  • Movie Reference: Diana compares Yick to Ponyboy and Sodapop Curtis. These are two characters in the movie The Outsiders (1983). Ponyboy Curtis was played by C. Thomas Howell; Sodapop Curtis was played by Rob Lowe.

  • Historical Reference: Claude talks about the Chicago Seven, but has no idea who they were. The Chicago Seven (originally Eight) were a group of militant anti-war protesters arrested in 1968 and charged with attempting to incite a riot at the Democratic National Convention, among other things. Five were convicted at trial, but that decision was reversed on appeal.