Degrassi High

Season 1 Episode 9

Sixteen (1)

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Aired Monday 8:30 PM Jan 09, 1990 on CBC
8.8
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Michelle finds her father impossible to live with, but now that she's sixteen she can legally move out, if only she had the money. Of course, there is that family ring she got for her birthday. Spike is nervous about how fond Patrick is becoming of her - she just doesn't want to get hurt. Joey and Snake are excited about starting driving lessons.moreless

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  • Michelle decides to move out. L.D. spends her birthday in the hospital.

    9.0
    "Sixteen" Part 1 is a great Degrassi Junior High episode. I love how Michelle gets a 2-part episode. In this episode, Michelle moves out because her father is impossible to live with. I am so happy she decided to move out. Her father just had too many rules and they were ridiculous. It's also L.D.'s 16th Birthday. Is so sad that she's spending her 16th birthday in the hospital. I love how Lucy finally tells her friends that L.D. has cancer and I love how they decide to make L.D. a video for her birthday. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Michelle turns 16 and friends remind her that she can now legally move out. After a fight with her dad, she does just that. Joey, Snake, and Nancy start driver's ed. Patrick writes a song for Spike. LD must spend her 16th birthday in hospital.moreless

    7.6
    It is legal to move out at 16, but adult age is still 18. Not sure how that works, except with emancipation. And I hardly think Michelle's dad would've signed papers for her emancipation. It's dumb to not let her go out for her birthday, even if it is a school night. Just for a few hours, shouldn't harm anything. She can make up school work on the weekend. It's kinda funny watching them get excited about Michelle possibly having her own place; not even thinking about the consequences of that; paying for rent, food, and other bills; though it sounds like Michelle already knows how to do her own laundry and cook. It's never shown how Alexa's parents react to her coming over and staying with them awhile; most parents would've called her dad and said she's here and safe so don't worry. But it's always good to see a parent with control issues being put in their place. Too many of them abuse their authority position. Only later do they show him actually trying to take care of himself; in the meantime we can only wonder how he manages the housework; like does he hire a maid, or go out to eat a lot? Do co-workers take pity on him? I loved seeing Joey go into driver's ed all confident, and then Nancy showing him up. The part with Patrick and Spike was really sweet. It's good to see how Spike deals with being insecure, regarding being a teen mom and realizing that's not attractive. And how Liz is the one who talks her into talking to him; even though Liz has always shied away from guys. The part with LD was so sad, but good to get that out; for the twins to find out, and be able to visit. If that were my friends, I'd want to know too. And very sweet how Lucy tries to do something special for her birthday.moreless
Richard Kovsky

Richard Kovsky

Mr. Accette

Guest Star

Peter Read

Peter Read

Driving Instructor

Guest Star

Ronald Williams

Ronald Williams

BLT's Dad

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Michelle: But Dad, he's my friend.
      Mr. Accette: Too bad, find another friend.
      Michelle: You mean someone white?
      Mr. Accette: Michelle, you think you know it all, but you don't.
      Michelle: You're a racist.
      Mr. Accette: That's quite enough!
      Michelle: You are. You're a racist.

  • NOTES (3)

    • -Spike wears a UNICEF shirt. Apparently it is a favorite charity of Degrassi, as it is seen and mentioned numerous times over the series, and even into Degrassi TNG.

    • -This is the 2nd show to deal heavily with interracial dating and racism. The topic was first brought up in Degrassi Jr High when Michelle and BLT first begin dating, and has been touched on lightly in other epsiodes.

    • Joey and Snake are excited about driving- A similar thing happens in Degrassi:TNG episode 313"This Charming Man"

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