Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 19

Broken Wings

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 12, 2008 on MTV - Music Television
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Broken Wings

Jimmy gets accepted into his dream university, and his father says he can spend the summer interning at his law office. When Trina reveals she is going to Amsterdam to get stem cell surgery, Jimmy's other dream of walking becomes possible. Jimmy's parents are dead against it, but Jimmy finds a way to convince his father, when he finds out a secret about him. Peter, Sav, and Danny start a band and try and convince Spinner to join as their drummer.


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  • Spinner gets accepted into NYU, but walking is something that he wants to do more.

    "Broken Wings" is an good Degrassi. It's definitely not the best. Jimmy gets into NYU and he has two options, go to NYU or get stem cell and walk again. I really don't like Jimmy father. He's too controlling. I kind of wish that Jimmy, his father, and mother would have decent conversation about stem cell surgery. The only thing I did like about this episode is Jimmy sneaking into his father's office, so he can get his money. And If I remember correctly, his father was having an affair. I enjoyed the subplot of Peter making a band with Spinner, Sav, and Danny, and they all wear masks. I give this episode a 7/10.moreless
  • After over two month's wait from the-n, the episode you return with is this?

    The-n is really lowering the quality of the show just by taking break after break after break after break. They take so many breaks, that just when I start to remember why I like the show and why I care about the characters, they take another break and then I forget all over again.

    So they return with this pretty average episode. Peter, Danny and Sav start a band. One problem. They're awful. Their playing is sub par, their song is absolutely horrendous and the BIGGEST problem is.... the lead singer is... PETER! His character is just awful. Jamie Johnston seems like a genuinely good guy in real life, but I'm sorry, he can't act. Whether he's happy, sad, angry, love struck, confused, bashful, dopey, doc or whatever emotion you can think of, he acts almost exactly the same. They try to get Spinner to be the drummer but he tells them that they're awful. So, then the band has a practice session where they play a little faster and Peter screams into the microphone ," I'm not a pretty boy! I'm not a pretty boy! I'm not a pretty boy!" with that same old blank expressionless face, except he opens his mouth wider than usual. He tosses the microphone down, still 0 expression on his face, and Danny says, "Whoa! That was awesome! You were so ticked off" ..... So when they get Spinner to listen to them again, I thought, "Surely he's gonna tell them they still suck, right?" Well, somehow he actually LIKED it! Then when Peter reveals that they want to put their band on the internet, Spinner says he can't be seen with Danny or Sav. Are you kidding me? Did he think they made a band so they could play in secret with no one hearing them but themselves for the rest of the band's life? So Peter suggests that they wear masks. They do so and film a video..... they still suck, but everyone likes them

    Meanwhile, back in plot A, Jimmy wants to try stem cell experimentation but his father says it's too risky. Jimmy seems to accept this, but when he comes to his father's office at night, he sees his secretary hanging all over him, and his father is clearly liking it. It is now that I remember that we've NEVER seen Jimmy's mother before. So naturally she shows up AFTER this "shocking" development. Here's how I imagine the writers meeting went

    Writer 1: Okay we've just revealed that Jimmy is cheating on his wife!

    Writer 2: Awesome!

    Writer 3: Oh but wait, have we ever seen Jimmy's mom before?

    Writer 4: Oh jeese! Quick, write her in!

    Writer 1: Okay, so should we try to develop her character at all?

    Writer 2: Nah, I'm sure that everyone will automatically care about her because she's there

    Then, Jimmy uses this information to blackmail his father into letting him have the money to get the stem cells. He doesn't tell his mother about what just happened, nope, as long as he's got his stem cells he couldn't care less about his mom. I mean, he didn't even struggle with this decision. They missed out on what could have been an AWESOME episode. If Jimmy had slowly gotten more and more depressed about his paralysis, and THEN found about his father's affair and then if his father promised to let him have the money as long as he doesn't tell his mom, at first he could be shocked, but then he sees this is his big chance. Then he could struggle greatly with the decision, and then have the big reveal that his paralysis has truly begun to warp him. Instead, he doesn't struggle with the decision, the idea to use this information as leverage against his father is his own idea and instead of coming off as a good person who's suffered for too long, he just comes off as a naturally heartless manipulative jerk. Thanks for ruining a good character degrassi writers. Please, I would really appreciate it if you would take a moment of your time to click the agree or disagree button to let me know what you think of my review. Thank you for readingmoreless
  • Not a very good episode.

    I think this wasn't much of a good episode but a good plot about stem-cell surgery, the topic is very unique. I simply hated the B plot, I hated how Peter had no friends & he had to turn to Sav & Danny. He is a terrible singer. I hate that stupid band, that's why my rating is so low, the B plot. It is so unoriginal. They did the band thing back in the 3-5th season with Craig & his band. The only thing that's different is that it's incognito. Which isn't interesting. I liked the other plot with his Dad cheating but that's also unoriginal since it happened to Emma back in Season 5. What sucked is that Jimmy black mailed his own father. He has no conciseness. Just to get stem cell surgery, I thought that was really low.moreless
  • Jimmy and Stem Cells!!!! Pretty good A plot...Sucky ass B plot!

    Okay. Jimmy gets into NYU. Jimmy wants to try stem cell surgory. Jimmy's Dad is committing adultry. Jimmy blackmails his dad to get his way. SCANDOLOUS!!! I liked this was very interesting but a lot of other people say it wasn't so good at all. I disagree...minus the god awful B plot that involved the shows worst actors...Peter and Sav. I hated the B plot sooo much it stopped BW from getting a 9.5.....yes, really. I liked that Jimmy stood up to his father. I was shocked to know his father was commiting adultry. I loved Trinia nad Jimmy together. They look good together. Jimmy wants to walk so bad he blackmails his own dad to get it. I love was so scandalous. But I felt bad for Jimmy's mom though. The studs band was the worst B plot ever!!!! The writers are starting to suck!moreless
Marcel Jones

Marcel Jones


Guest Star

Sharon M. Lewis

Sharon M. Lewis

Mrs. Brooks

Guest Star

Kathy Maloney

Kathy Maloney


Guest Star

Conrad Coates

Conrad Coates

Mr. Brooks

Recurring Role

Terra Vnesa

Terra Vnesa


Recurring Role

Doug Morency

Doug Morency

Mr. Bince

Recurring Role

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    • This episode actually aired as the 18th episode of the season.

    • Charlotte Arnold (Holly J.), Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty), Stefan Brogren (Mr. Simpson), Lauren Collins (Paige), Melissa DiMarco (Ms. Hatzilakos), Nina Dobrev (Mia), Marc Donato (Derek), Mazin Elsadig (Damian), Stacey Farber (Ellie), Mike Lobel (Jay), Miriam McDonald (Emma), Adamo Ruggiero (Marco), Cassie Steele (Manny), and Amanda Stepto (Spike), do not appear in this episode.


    • Mr. Brooks: What do I always say? You miss 100%
      Jimmy: That you don't take. Yeah, it's a Gretzky thing.

      They are referring to Wayne Gretzky, a famous NHL player, whose quote is "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

    • The title of this episode is the same as a song by Mr. Mister from their 1985 album "Welcome to the Real World".