Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 2

Father Figure, Part Two

Aired Daily 9:00 PM Sep 17, 2003 on Much Music
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Father Figure, Part Two

With Craig's help, Emma finds her birth father. However, she finds out he's not who she expected him to be.

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  • Emma finds her father, but he's not what she expected. Spike has her baby.

    "Father Figure" part 2 is a terrific Degrassi episode. So many good things happen in this episode. First of all, Emma finds out her biological father is brain damaged and he's a patient at the hospital. The second thing I love about this episode is that Emma finally accepts Spike as her step dad. The third thing I love about this episode is Spike giving birth to Jack. The scene was so intense because Shane shows up and is having a huge fit, and Spike's having her baby, and it's all just intense. The last thing I love about this episode is the subplot. The subplot is much more interesting this episode with Spinner embarrassing himself infront of the class in order to get Jimmy's locker for Paige. I give this episode a 9.5/10.moreless
  • Wow!

    When I first saw this episode, I wanted to cry. I had just started watching Degrassi and did not really know who Snake and Spike were. I caanot believe that Emma had to deal with seeing her father like that. I love the scene in which Shane only remembers Emma as a little girl. I do not know how I would deal with something like that. Also, when Shane starts destroying their living room because he feels like he has been left out of the family, I felt sad and scared for Emma and Spike. This is probably one of my favorite Degrassi moments.moreless
  • gd

    Emma is in the room with her dad and she finds out he is brain-damaged. She tells him she is Emma and she embraces him but soon the nurse discovers she sneaked upstairs even though Craig was keeping the look out. So Emma gives him her address so they can write to each other. Joey has to drive to Stouffville to pick them up and Spike isn't happy when she gets home. Emma tells her mom off for lying to her. The next day at school Snake tell Emma Spike didn't tell her to protect her. Meanwhile Shane shows up and makes a horrible racket at the house while Spike goes into labor.moreless
  • Emma sees Shane for who he is, and he shows how he has thought of her. Spinner must humiliate himself and Paige to get her a good locker, and they fight. Shane confronts Spike at home while Emma is trying to call her to talk. Baby Jack is born healthy.moreless

    While I was disappointed that Bill Parrot didn't resume his role as Shane, Jonathan Torrens looks enough like him and did a good job portraying him. I think I read that Bill had been contacted and asked to do this, he said no. For his sake they may have done best to write Shane out as dead, but this was entertaining enough. Spike would be contradicting herself in a way. In the old series, she is saying how some kids will do what they want anyway, whether their parents want them to or not. Like, with having sex and being for condoms in school bathrooms. And with Stephanie dressing like she did at school while coming to school in other clothes. And she even saw Emma sneak out to meet her e-boyfriend, and never even thought that she would go search for Shane? Emma is as old as she was when she and Shane had sex and conceived her; she definitely is old enough to learn the truth about her birth father. It was good to bring that out, though, and show how they all worked through it. And wonderful to see that baby Jack comes and isn't hurt from any of this either. Yeah; I too wonder how Shane would've snuck out and gone to their place. He would've had to ask the staff in the home and they would've had to drive him there, and with confidentiality laws being as they are, they would've had to call Spike and ask her permission.moreless
  • Emma's Little Brother

    This is where two things are finally resolved. Emma finally accepts the truth and understands why her father couldn't be there but also the coming of her little brother Jack which of course will cement the relationship between Emma and Snake. Though these things Emma is able to accept that Snake is her dad. All this I found heartwarming.

    Although my only complant about the episode was that confrontation between Spike and Shane. I didn't thing it completely worked, it seems implasable that Shane would even remotely excape from the hospital he was in, and how would he have been remotely capable of finding Spike's place. This sittuation I felt didn't seem well thought out. But yet it kept things in the episode from being boring so I can't complain too much, and we got to see Emma's heroic side when she took control of matters and just like how the sittuation was handled the episode went well.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Spinner: I have no backbone.
      Mr. Armstrong: Excuse me?
      Spinner: I have no backbone. I'm whipped. I'm totally spineless. My girlfriend completely controls my life.

    • Spike: You have a lot of explaining to do. You're not talking to me? Emma, you start talking right now!
      Emma: You lied to me Mom. I found him.
      Spike: Shane? You found Shane?
      Emma: Right where you left him. In that prison in Stouffville. How could you?
      Spike: I did not put him there. His parents did.
      Emma: And you didn't stop them?
      Spike: I was 16!

    • Snake: Emma, sit!
      Emma: You don't talk to me like that. You're not my dad!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Adamo Ruggiero (Marco), Andrea Lewis (Hazel) Cassie Steele (Manny), Christina Schmidt (Terri), Daniel Clark (Sean), Jake Goldsbie (Toby), Melissa McIntyre (Ashley), Ryan Cooley (J.T.), Stacie Mistysyn (Caitlin) and Stacey Farber (Ellie) do not appear in this episode.

    • Music:

      Michèle Vice-Maslin & Matthew Gerrard
      Courtesy of Sweetsongs & Gmatt Music

      "Hard Road"
      Written and performed by Sam Roberts
      Courtesy of Universal Music Canada

      "Love 101"
      Written and performed by Meeka

      "(You're a) Strange Animal"
      Written by Gowan
      Courtesy of Mark-Cain Music