Degrassi Junior High

Season 2 Episode 5

Stage Fright

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Aired Sunday 5:00 PM Feb 01, 1988 on CBC
8.4
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Caitlin learns that she has epilepsy and doesn't want her friends to know. While attending Susie's slumber party, Caitlin has a seizure and her friends find out. Caitlin loses the lead part of the school play to Kathleen and decides to drop out of the show. She later realizes that dropping out won't change her condition and re-joins the show. Meanwhile, a painfully shy Michelle is terrified to give a speech in front of the class. Joey teases her by calling her a mouse (quiet like a mouse) and making squeaking noises. When Michelle tries to get out of the speech by telling Mr. Raditch she has a sore throat, he doesn't fall for it and tells her to talk about something she knows. She gives her speech on her shyness, and everyone loves it. Afterward Joey tries to get Michelle to write his speech.moreless

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  • Good Show!

    8.5
    Excellent episode!
  • Caitlin is diagnosed with epilepsy while Michelle is too shy to make a speech.

    10
    "Stage Fright" is one my favourite Degrassi Junior High episodes. In this episode, Caitlin is diagnosed with epilepsy. I love how Degrassi Junior High dealt with such a great issue. There's always some person in the school that has epilepsy. I was diagnosed with epilepsy, but then I grew out of having seizures, but I have a friend that has epilepsy. Anyways, the plot was intense. I love the subplot. I love how Degrassi represents a variety of different characters. I love how they had a plot about shy girl named Michelle who was too scared to make a speech. Michelle became my favourite character on Degrassi. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • one of the best

    9.2
    Caitlin learns that she has epilepsy and doesn't want her friends to know. While attending Susie's slumber party, Caitlin has a seizure and her friends find out. Caitlin loses the lead part of the school play to Kathleen and decides to drop out of the show. She later realizes that dropping out won't change her condition and re-joins the show.



    Meanwhile, a painfully shy Michelle is terrified to give a speech in front of the class. Joey teases her by calling her a mouse (quiet like a mouse) and making squeaking noises. When Michelle tries to get out of the speech by telling Mr. Raditch she has a sore throat, he doesn't fall for it and tells her to talk about something she knows. She gives her speech on her shyness, and everyone loves it. Afterward Joey tries to get Michelle to write his speech. this was one of the best episodes mainly because caitlin is such a great actress. also because it was well written. I tend to prefer the fun episodes but they cant all be fun.moreless
  • Caitlin has a seizure, and Michelle has to give a speech.

    8.5
    Caitlin has epilepsy, and doesn't want to take pills and to wear a medical alert bracelet. So, she doesn't take her pills and she takes off the bracelet. Add to this the fact that she stays up really late at Susie's slumber party, and you have the ingredients for a seizure! She has a seizure at the party, and thank goodness Susie recognized the symptoms and immediately got help. Caitlin initially drops out of the school play because she lost the lead role to her nemesis Kathleen and felt sorry for herself. But she came to her senses and rejoins the cast.



    Poor Michelle! She is painfully shy, and has to give a 5-minute speech in front of the WHOLE class! I feel for her, because I used to be really shy when I was younger. She gets through the speech just fine!moreless
  • Caitlin is diagnosed with Epilepsy. Yet she doesn't want anyone to know, so takes off her Medic-Alert, and hides to take her meds, until she has a seizure at Susie's. Michelle needs to give a speech and is very nervous.moreless

    8.2
    This is a good episode, to give awareness of epilepsy, and how it happens, and one can still live a normal life as long as they are careful. Which is something everyone should learn from anyway. And how parents can disagree on the balance of being careful and having a life. That line of Melanie about inviting boys and Kathleen saying "you want to end up like Spike", well, one advantage to a pregnant girl being there; others learning not to follow that example. That's really good stuff. I love the part about Michelle. I've been nervous about speeches too. But she was bolder than I would've been. If I'd done that maybe the "Joeys" in my life would've been caught too. Well okay, it is just TV. But it's sweet to watch her blossom. And Alexa is just silly to give examples of having a period. That probably would've led to Mr Raditch asking her to do the speech on periods.moreless
Anais Granofsky

Anais Granofsky

Lucy Fernandez

Dayo Ade

Dayo Ade

Bryant Lister 'BLT' Thomas

Stacie Mistysyn

Stacie Mistysyn

Caitlin Ryan

Stefan Brogren

Stefan Brogren

Archie "Snake" Simpson

Michelle Goodeve

Michelle Goodeve

Ms. Karen Avery

Cathy Keenan

Cathy Keenan

Liz O'Rourke

Dona Hird

Dona Hird

Caitlin's Mom

Guest Star

Steve Behal

Steve Behal

Caitlin's Dad

Guest Star

Kei Kei Hung

Kei Kei Hung

Wai Lee

Recurring Role

John Ioannou

John Ioannou

Alex Yankou

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The name of the play that is being put on is "Love's Fresh Face." This can be seen on some posters in the hallways in various shots.

    • Sarah Charlesworth (Susie) is the sister of Christopher Charlesworth (Scooter). They played Casey and Benjamin, respectively, in "The Kids of Degrassi Street."

    • In this episode, Caitlin wears a headband in every single scene - except when she is at Suzie's slumber party, where she has a seizure.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Ms. Avery: Caitlin! We heard rumours you were dropping out.
      Caitlin: No... I'm Elisabeth, right? I'll be the best servant Kathleen ever had. (turns crown on Kathleen's head around so that it's on properly) And let's face it... Kathleen needs all the helps she can get, right?

    • (Mr. Raditch is grading papers at his desk)
      Michelle: (whispering) Mr. Raditch, I can't do my speech. I've lost my voice.
      Mr. Raditch: Well, I suggest that you get it back by tomorrow. (looks at Michelle) Come on, that is the oldest excuse in the book!

    • Kathleen (after reading the newly posted cast list for the school play): I'm Isabel.
      Melanie: I'm a wench!

    • Caitlin: What's gonna happen to me Susie? When I go swimming? When I go for a job? When I go on a date? What's everyone gonna think?
      Susie: They'll understand.

    • Michelle: (giving her speech) This is really difficult for me, because I'm shy. When you're shy and you have to make a speech, your stomach hurts and you feel sick, and you start to sweat. You feel really dumb and you can't help it. You're scared everyone will laugh at you.

    • Melanie: Susie, why don't you invite some BOYS to your sleepover?
      Kathleen: Melanie, you're such a sex-starved maniac. You wanna end up like Spike?
      Melanie: Kathleen you're such a prude!

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Epilepsy
      Epilepsy is a brain disorder where electrical signals in the brain are disrupted. This change in the brain leads to a seizure. All Television and Video Game user manuals as well as any other equipment that create flashing lights or patterns have safety information about seizures in them.

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