Degrassi High

Season 1 Episode 2

A New Start (2)

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Aired Monday 8:30 PM Nov 06, 1989 on CBC
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Erica decides to keep the pregnancy a secret, only telling Heather about it. She also decides to have an abortion; Heather disapproves of this, and this difference could tear the twins apart. The unofficial initiation at Degrassi continues, and Joey is finally caught by the initiators, but finds that he might just have a friend in the Vice Principal's office who can help him.

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: Spike tells Erica that when she was pregnant, she felt like an outcast, and reminds her that the PTA had her kicked out of school. This happened in the Degrassi Junior High episode Censored, in the second season of that show.

    • Trivia: After much discussion every time an announcement is made on the PA system, it is confirmed that Mr. Raditch, displaced by the fire in the final episode of Degrassi Junior High, Bye-Bye Junior High, is now working at Degrassi High as Vice Principal.

    • Trivia: There are several announcements made regarding initiation or hazing of new students, including one which encourages victims of this behaviour to file a complaint against the offending students.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (3)

    • 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 just before Heather and Erica approach the clinic with Heather saying "Let's go" In the full-length, Canadian version, the two of them went into the clinic together, after making their way through all the protesters in front.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • 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.

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