Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 3

Family Politics

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 2001 on MTV - Music Television
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Sick of his "stepsister", Ashley, always getting everything, including soon to be, school president, as there is no competition, Toby devices a plan to have J.T. run a joke campaign against her, to get back at her. Emma and Manny deal with their first bully, Spinner.


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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Toby: Dr. Freed would be so proud.

    • Ashley: (to Toby) For once-just once, I wanted something that you couldn't take away. But you found a way.

    • Paige: New year, new look, new Paige! (a boy is staring at her from behind as he walks into a wall. Paige makes a disgusted look)

    • Spinner: (about Manny) Look, I didn't mean to make her cry.
      Emma: Well, congratulations you did.

    • Ashley: (about Toby) He is so annoying! He's like a little mosquito buzzing in your ear!

    • Toby: You bribed JT!!
      Ashley: He took the money!
      Toby: No, he accepted it as evidence.
      Ashley: You wouldn't.
      Toby: And I'm gonna go up there, and tell everyone what a fraud Ashley Kerwin is.
      Ashley: Just listen to my speech. Then, decide if I don't deserve to be president.

    • Toby: Do you kow what it's like living with you?!
      Ashley: Oh, please. My mom dotes on you! Ever since you moved in she doesn't care about me. So long as you're happy. You're everywhere! At home, at school even in my campaign! I wanted just one thing that you couldn't take from me. But, you found a way.

    • J.T.: (After he gives a big speech about why he should be president) Oh, by the way, I dropped out of the race for pres, vote for Ashley!

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode marks the first appearances of Stefan Brogren (Mr. Simpson), Ryan Cooley (J.T.), Jake Goldsbie (Toby), Aubrey Graham (Jimmy), Shane Kippel (Spinner), Miriam McDonald (Emma), Melissa McIntyre (Ashley), Christina Schmidt (Terri), Cassie Steele (Manny), Dan Woods (Mr. Raditch), in the US version, as it was the first one aired (the episodes now air in production order in syndication). This episode also marks the first appearances of Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty), and Lauren Collins (Paige), in both the Canadian and US versions.

    • This is the first episode not named after a song or album title.

    • Daniel Clark (Sean), does not appear in this episode.

    • Lauren Collins and Ryan Cooley had previously worked together on the CBC "Road to Avonlea" 1998 TV movie special, "Happy Christmas Miss King" and  "I Was a Sixth Grade Alien", where Ryan was a main cast member, and Lauren guest starred.

    • In the US this was the first episode to be shown.