Degrassi High

Season 1 Episode 8

Little White Lies

Aired Monday 8:30 PM Dec 19, 1989 on CBC
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Episode Summary

Diana is determined to grow up, but her older brother, left with the task of bringing her up after their father died, is so old-fashioned. And Yick, the object of her affections, is going to be at Melanie's party. How will Diana's brother ever know she went? Joey, Snake and Wheels decide it's time they expanded their horizons a little and attend a strip show. But, as always with The Zits, things don't go quite the way they were planned.moreless

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  • Diana sneaks out to Melanie's party.

    "Little White Lies" is an excellent Degrassi High episdoe. I love how this episode was about Diana trying not to only fit in but trying to be a teenager in her generation. I can't believe her brother was so old-fashioned. I love how Diana was a nerd who was rebellious. I love how she smoked and I love how she sneaks out to Melanie's party. I couldn't believe her brother showed up at the party. I love the end of the episode when she and her brother made a deal about giving her more independence. The subplot was entertaining with Joey, Snake, and Wheels attending a strip show. I love how Snake and Wheels get in but it's so awkward for them. I love how this older woman tries to seduce Joey, and he gets scared and runs away. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Diana wants to change her image of being a top student to attract bad-boy Yick. They are caught smoking and she gets in trouble with her brother. The Zits' video gets on TV and Joey wants to celebrate by going to a strip club.moreless

    Here we see Diana's home life; her older brother has taken upon himself to raise Diana after their father died 12 years ago; making Diana only 3 at the time. And I don't know how old he was; he appears to be in his 20s. So he would've had to give up having a life; and probably has some issues with her having one as well. Hey; Alexa is Greek too and we never hear of her having to go to Greek school; just her parents not liking her dating non-Greek Simon. There is also a lead-in to this from last episode when the "have-nots" are talking about how the purpose is to get out. She says "I'll never get out; I'm not allowed to have a boyfriend". Which is probably because George hasn't allowed himself to have a girlfriend. Back to culture differences, and how Diana tries to rebel against it. It's common to do that through a book. Oh, I wonder about them not going to Melanie's party; if Yick was holding a grudge against Melanie for the way she betrayed him 2 seasons ago. The part with the Zits is kinda funny. Of course they don't show the real show. And that was before picture ID was required, so they could go with the fake stuff. And really funny how both Joey and Wheels and Snake lie about their experiences.moreless
Michelle Goodeve

Michelle Goodeve

Ms. Avery

Guest Star

Nick Stamiris

Nick Stamiris

George (Diana's Brother)

Guest Star

Adam David

Adam David

Mr. Walfish

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: The liquor that Diana brings to the party is Ouzo. It's a traditional Greek liquor, like Sambuca. It's made from grapes and berries, and both tastes and smells a lot like black licorice. It's 80 proof, and very strong.

    • Product Placement: There are two bottles of Coke sitting on the table, facing the camera, in the scene at the strip club.

    • Trivia: Diana's brother George is wearing a (fake) Members Only jacket. The real versions were hot items and worn by all the "in crowd" in the 1980s.

    • Trivia: Diana's mom is not very observant, as Diana sneaks out within feet of her.

    • Trivia: Lots of kids were outside smoking, but Miss Avery only busts Yick, Luke, and Diana.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Joey & Wheels: GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS!
      Snake: SEXational!
      Joey: Oh, oh Snake, Snake; your ID, man.
      Snake: Great, we're both called Joey Jeremiah. Very convincing.
      Joey: Just flash it quick. Look, if you're scared....
      Snake: I'm NOT scared. I just don't want to get in trouble.
      Joey: You're not going to get in trouble.
      Snake: We ALWAYS get in trouble.

  • NOTES (0)


    • 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.