Degrassi High

Season 1 Episode 3

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

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Aired Monday 8:30 PM Nov 13, 1989 on CBC
9.1
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Michelle discovers the complicated nature of divorce when her parents decide to go their separate ways. BLT, fearing that her father will try to break the two of them up, suggests that Michelle live with her mother; Michelle has a tough choice to make. Joey proceeds with his plan to revive the band, and wants to make a video. This requires Lucy's help, which she's not so willing to give. Rumours continue to circulate about Erica; Caitlin spends more time with Claude.moreless

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  • Michelle finds out her parents are separating.

    9.0
    "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" is a great Degrassi High episode. I love how Michelle's mother and father separate. Seriously, Michelle's father was a jerk. I wish Michelle went to go live with her mother. But I actually enjoyed Michelle's father breaking down in this episode looking so helpless. It was so intense how Michelle was so confused because she didn't like that her mom cheated on her dad, but she hates living with her dad. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Michelle's parents are separating. She stays with her dad and her mom tries to see her at school and she finds out it's not what it seems. The Zits want to do a video, and Lucy is the only one they know with a camera. Things backfire.moreless

    8.5
    This episode shows how complicated a marriage breakup can be. And how many interesting situations there are. We learn that Simon's parents are divorced, and that in his mind, "things got better after". We learn that Alexa had an uncle and aunt divorce due to one having an affair. And in Michelle's situation, we learn that it can happen rather quickly after not much warning. It also shows that parent-child loyalty is one thing that sticks. If not, then Michelle would've taken advantage of her dad's helplessness in household duties. She would've told him, okay dad, if you want me to stay and help you with this, you had better let me date BLT. If not, I'm going to live with Mom. But it was coupled with the shock that her mom had been having an affair. BLT had to learn about it too; how torn Michelle is, and how it's not all about him. We also see how Alexa and her mom are close and able to talk about relationships. The situation with the Zits, Joey had to learn it's not all about him. The girls in bikinis, for one, he had to learn that there is a cost to it, and not all girls will do it. Caitlin calling him a chauvinist and walking away? That's not a good way to relate to your boyfriend; a sign that they were on the outs. I think this may be the last time we see LD at school as well; with a strong personality. The part with Erica and Heather's post-abortion deal, it's a weird mystery. Seems Heather is still more disturbed about it than Erica is. And talking in your sleep is normal; it would be after any stressful thing. The way Heather said she asked Spike for advice, but then said "she's not a gossip". But she is close to Liz, and Liz was very outspoken about being anti-abortion. But how would they figure it out?moreless
  • Michelle's parents are separating. She stays with her dad and her mom tries to see her at school and she finds out it's not what it seems. The Zits want to do a video, and Lucy is the only one they know with a camera. Things backfire.moreless

    8.5
    This episode shows how complicated a marriage breakup can be. And how many interesting situations there are. We learn that Simon's parents are divorced, and that in his mind, "things got better after". We learn that Alexa had an uncle and aunt divorce due to one having an affair. And in Michelle's situation, we learn that it can happen rather quickly after not much warning. It also shows that parent-child loyalty is one thing that sticks. If not, then Michelle would've taken advantage of her dad's helplessness in household duties. She would've told him, okay dad, if you want me to stay and help you with this, you had better let me date BLT. If not, I'm going to live with Mom. But it was coupled with the shock that her mom had been having an affair. BLT had to learn about it too; how torn Michelle is, and how it's not all about him. The situation with the Zits, Joey had to learn it's not all about him. The girls in bikinis, for one, he had to learn that there is a cost to it, and not all girls will do it. Caitlin calling him a chauvinist and walking away? That's not a good way to relate to your boyfriend; a sign that they were on the outs. I think this may be the last time we see LD at school as well; with a strong personality. The part with Erica and Heather's post-abortion deal, it's a weird mystery. Seems Heather is still more disturbed about it than Erica is. And talking in your sleep is normal; it would be after any stressful thing. The way Heather said she asked Spike for advice, but then said "she's not a gossip". But she is close to Liz, and Liz was very outspoken about being anti-abortion. But how would they figure it out?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: After considering various names in A New Start (1), The Zit Remedy officially becomes The Zits in this episode.

    • Production Goof: The sign mounted next to the front door of the school that reads "Degrassi High" is very amateurish, and not remotely realistic.

    • Trivia: One of the books Michelle was looking at in the library was Divorce And The American Family. While the show takes place in Canada, it would not be unusual for a book about American families to be in the library.

    • Trivia: Michelle and her dad eat boxed macaroni and cheese, and her dad raves several times about how delicous it is and acts like it was difficult to prepare, showing how much he relied on his wife to do all the cooking and the effects of her sudden departure.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • 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.

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