Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 3

Family Politics

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Aired Daily 9:00 PM Nov 04, 2001 on Much Music
7.4
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Ashley has set her sights on becoming Degrassi's newest school president. Her stepbrother Toby, spurred on by their awkward new situation as pseudo step-siblings, is frustrated by her unchallenged status and convinces JT to run against her. But will they play fair, or will unfair politics lead to trouble in their new family?

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Ashley's running for school president.

    8.5
    "Family Politics" is a great episode. It's all about Ashley, the most popular girl at Degrassi running for school president. I love how Toby wants JT to run for school president. I love how all these students are interviewed about what they think of a 7th grader running for school president. What also makes this episode interesting is that Toby and Ashley are step-siblings. I think it's great that in the pilot it shows a single mom and now they show a blended family. I love how Ashley pays JT to drop out of the election. I love the ending of the episode with both Toby and Ashley apologizing to each other. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • Beginning of school, with some political hardball.

    9.5
    JT always wants attention. Much like Toby's sister Ashley. They both get this attention by running for class president. JT actually does give Ashley a run for her money, so Ashley bribes him to drop out of the race. I mean, sure, if they were running for an office that had any power. Meanwhile, Emma and Manny get to see what hazing is like.



    That being said, this episode does, sadly, have one stupid part: Toby says JT kept the $20 as evidence. But it's not really evidence of anything. It's evidence JT could buy everyone a jumbo pizza with up to seven toppings.moreless
  • good ep.

    8.1
    See what sisters and brother can do when they are together? Notting good comes from putting a brother and a sister at the same school! Trust me, and here at Degrassi it also goes wrong. Ashley wants to be school president en Toby hates her so bribes TJ to go against Ashley who bribes him to stop... overal en fun episode to watch........................... ... ... ... ... ... .. .......................... !!! !!@!!!! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !moreless
  • Ah, Toby

    6.8
    Toby's an adorable little geek, ain't he?

    Well, this wasn't exactly a favourite of mine.

    But it was alright, seeing as I adore Toby.

    I preferred Ashley when she engaged in her "goth" look.

    Not this dorky, school-loving freak that she is in the first season.

    She's too boring and this episode was not to my liking.

    Well, the first season is definitely considered "tame" compared to the newer seasons.

    There's really not much to say about this episode.

    I mean, I'm practically just filling out words as I go along.

    Whoopee, Toby's friend and Ashley face-off against each other for the school's student president or some crap. I dont' care much for this one.

    Come to think of it, I really disliked it a lot.moreless
  • See what sisters and brother can do when they are together?

    8.0
    Notting good comes from putting a brother and a sister at the same school! Trust me, and here at Degrassi it also goes wrong. Ashley wants to be school president en Toby hates her so bribes TJ to go against Ashley who bribes him to stop... overal en fun episode to watch.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • 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.

    • JT: (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 (7)

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

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

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

    • Lauren Collins (Paige) and Ryan Cooley (JT) previously worked together in the CBC Road to Avonlea 1998 TV movie special: Happy Christmas Miss King.

    • First apperance of Paige and Liberty. This is the first appearance of Jimmy and Spinner in the American version, as they had appeared in the first episode of the Canadian version.

    • Spinner's middle name is Reginald.

    • Family Politics was the first episode to be shown in the United States.

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