Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 8 Episode 3

Fight The Power

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 2008 on Much Music
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Fight The Power

Jane wants nothing more than to play football, but being on the boys' team leads to some major bullying, and her making a decision. Darcy reveals to Peter that she is leaving to go build schools in Kenya, which leads him to consoling in Mia.

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  • Jane joins the football team.

    "Fight the Power" is a fantastic Degrassi episode. I love Jane's plot of wanting to join the the school's football team. The Shep is a jerk. He is a sexist pig. I'm glad that Jane eventually was able to join the football team. It was intense how the football team treated Jane. They basically beat her up, which I find is very scary because it's like they had no conscience. I am so glad that Danny and Riley stuck up for Jane and that by the end of the episode, everyone was on Jane's side. It's sad to see Darcy leave. She become one of my favourite characters. And her write off was so lame, but at least she got one. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Yay Jane

    I liked this episode, and I genuinely felt bad for Jane. The guys on the team just did not want a girl obviously ,so their solution is to make her feel like crap and bully her. The scene when she is beat up by another two players is probably one of my favorite moments from the episodes I've seen, you just want to try and do something. I thought the emotion in that was well-done. I also liked the ending when some people accepted Jane as part of the team. So, my overall grade is an A+, one of my favoritesmoreless
  • Jane proves that some girls can play football, too. But most can't fit in with the guys, though.

    Jane tries out for the football team, and shows her stuff off at practice. She beats Derek in some plays, forcing him to run laps, which angers him. But Spinner is there to show his great girlfriend some support. The Shep is against it mainly at first, but there aren't any rules that disable girls from playing football, so he can't turn her down.

    She's really pretty much the greatest player on the Panthers' roster, but because of a missed block from Derek, she catches a ball in a 17-17 tie in her first game and is hit immediately, forcing her to fumble the ball, which is ran back to the end zone by the opponent. Spinner realizes the mistake (I've always liked him) but nobody else does. Everybody else saw Degrassi lose, 24-17, because a GIRL fumbled a ball.

    In the end, Danny and Sav, (I believe Sav, too) convinced the guys to let Jane feel like part of the team, which was very nice of them. So no more attacking Jane in the hallways, guys!

    Meanwhile, Darcy is trying to tell Peter that she's leaving for Kenya to build a school for some children for the rest of the semester. (really just to leave the show for Beverly Hills 90210, ugh.) I'll really miss Darcy. Obviously, she doesn't come back in Season 9 for the second semester, so they lied, and displeased many fans, like me.

    When she finally tells Peter, he gets upset and is sad, on his own couch at his party after the game. He's shocked and mad when Darcy doesn't come to the party but is calmed down by Mia, who he eventually starts dating. But he eventually loses HER to Paris in Season 9. Poor Peter.moreless
  • Degrassi Episode 803 "Fight the Power"

    OK so basically Jane goes out for the Football team, which half the team and the coach disapprove of. Her best friend, Darcy, moves to Kenya for the semester but doesn't tell Peter until the last minute. He gets all cranky and puts a downer on his own party until Mia and him hook-up during a walk. Then Jane gets laughed at after screwing up at Degrassi's first ever football game. Then Darcy sends her a gift telling her to be strong and she also sends Peter a gift and he realizes that he wants both girls but hides the fact he still likes Darcy from Mia. Jane, Sav and Danny stand up to the "Shep" and Jane decides to assert herself. Clare and Alli's random appearances in this episode were amazing. The acting was OK at the most but it was written well and a great episode! '

    P.S.: Mia sucks!moreless
  • ep. 3. Degrassi: TNG


    soo sadd darcy leavesss

    well honestly i guess that is her story line that she goes eh? soo sadd..

    buh i really like the new characters on here in Degrassi Community School. :)

    buh how did u find out and what site did you find out that darcy leaavess in diz episode???

    man i cant wait for this episodeee.

    i heard there is gonna be a special episode in toronto tho near Halloeen.

    Can you tell me where u get the info about the amazing SHow Degrassi: TNG?

    likee u post up whats gonna happen n so n so

    buh its too revealing :P lolz

    hope you reply to meeee.


Shenae Grimes

Shenae Grimes

Darcy Edwards

Recurring Role

Kevin Jubinville

Kevin Jubinville

Mr. Sheppard "The Shep"

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During the football game, where Jane is fumbled, the person who gets hit really isn't her, but a stunt person with a ponytail. When the stunt person was holding out their arms, they have veins in their arms before they catch the ball. In the next frame, Jane is on the ground and she doesn't have those veins.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Darcy says she is going off to Kenya to build a school, which is exactly what some of the actual cast of Degrassi did during the "Degrassi in Kenya" special.

    • Jajube Mandiela (Chantay), appears in this episode, but does not have any lines.

    • Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty), Sam Earle (K.C.), Jordan Hudyma (Blue), Judy Jiao (Leia), Miriam McDonald (Emma), Scott Paterson (Johnny), A.J. Saudin (Connor), Cassie Steele (Manny), and Evan Williams (Kelly), do not appear in this episode.

    • The scene of Jane getting jumped by the football team was edited down slightly in syndication.

    • This episode marks the last appearance of Shenae Grimes (Darcy). Although Darcy claimed it was only for one semester, she never does return to Degrassi, and it never really gets mentioned why.


    • The title of this episode is the same as a song by Public Enemy from their 1989 album "Do the Right Thing". That song was inspired by another song of the same name ("Fight the Power" Part 1 & Part 2), by the Isley Brothers in 1975, in which both use the line "fight the power that be".

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