Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 9

Mirror In The Bathroom

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 17, 2002 on Much Music
8.5
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Toby wants to get rid of his geek image, and decides to join the wrestling team. To ensure he makes it, he puts his body through some dangerous things. Terri becomes a plus-sized model, and when her poster comes out, another student teases her, and she wants to quit.

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  • Toby wants to join the wrestling team. Terri's a plus-size model.

    9.0
    "Mirror in the Bathroom" is an awesome Degrassi episode! I love how Degrassi tackled the issue of male body image. Usually you see girls develop an eating disorder, but in this episode Toby develops an eating disorder. I love how he wants to join the wrestling team, but he wants wrestle weaker guys, so he tries to lose weight. It's really interesting to see a guy take laxatives or throw up and over excercise instead of a girl. I love Terri's subplot of becoming a plus-size model. It goes against the norm of only skinny girls can become models. I love how Terri tells off that guy at the ice cream stand. I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • 209

    5.0
    The main more important characters are pushed aside tonight to make time for the less important characters. Degrassi tackles the issue of a guy dealing with an eating disorder. The reason why Degrassi wanted to tackle this issue was due to the fact how uncommon males with eating disorders really are. I felt like they could have done way better with this issue. Toby was out of character and seemed to have undergone a character change overnight.



    That wasn't all. Not only Toby's plot was uninteresting and incredibly annoying. We've got Terri's story line. Now I'm not saying anything was wrong with the issue. But did they really have to go to the extreme of making Terri a plus size model. It was just too over the top. Not to mention, incredibly cliche and absolutely predictable. I'm sorry but this wasn't a great episode of Degrassi for many many reasons.moreless
  • Aww. :( Poor Toby.

    8.5
    Aww. :( Poor Toby. Grr. Middle school sucks for kids. No ifs ands or buts. It messes with their minds and terrible things can result, like what happened to poor Toby. :( It sucks being the wall flower. Many many many kids know that feeling. No one hardly ever takes notice of their need for attention, so it continues to grow in the wall flower, until sometimes they'll do something drastic because they want to be noticed. They want recognition and attention. So poor Toby wanted on the wrestling team and lost weight because he started eating a lot less, got really sick, and passed out during his match. :( Aww, poor guy. Thank goodness people actually saw the warning signs and the damage he was doing to himself and cared about him. Too bad he didn't listen. But he got attention (no exactly the kind he wanted) and hopefully he knows know he has people out there that care about him. This episode was alright.moreless
  • Not worth watching

    3.7
    This was honestly not worth watching. It was a waste of time and we see nothing from it. I guess its good to know that plus sized models should be respected too, but other than that is was just basically an excuse to give both Toby and Terri more of a deeper story line. You can pretty much skp this episode.
  • Toby is desperate to make the wrestling team because he doesn’t want to be viewed as a geek anymore. Terri fulfills her dream of becoming a model, but is ashamed to tell her friends because she is a plus-sized model.moreless

    7.0
    This episode is very unique because it's the only episode where the A and B plots focus on the same topic-image. What is really interesting is that they had a boy have an eating disorder. Most of the time when someone thinks of eating disorders, they picture a girl starving herself in order to look more like someone famous. So it was refreshing to see this issue addressed in a non-stereotypical way. Toby forces himself to lose weight because he wants to become a wrestler and be cool. But people already like him for who he is. He even has a girlfriend now. Unfortunately, he had to learn the hard way that crash diets are more harmful than helpful.

    I was really happy when Terri told off that jerk who called her fat. She should be proud of being a model, even though she doesn’t have the perfect body. No one has the perfect body and like Terri said, “most girls on the planet look like this-plus sized.”

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Mony Yassir

Mony Yassir

Nadia Jamir

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Ayo Kamau

Ayo Kamau

Oswald "Ox" Andrews

Guest Star

Melissa DiMarco

Melissa DiMarco

Ms. Hatzilakos

Recurring Role

Michael Kinney

Michael Kinney

Mr. Armstrong

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Katie Lai

Katie Lai

Kendra Mason

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • After Toby orders his hamburger, Sheila is putting on the sauce, then she hands it to him and suddenly the bun is on top. No way she had time to do that, nor did it look like she moved to do that, just handed it to him directly.

    • During the end credits they always show which characters were in that episode. They credited Dan Woods (Mr. Raditch), however he did not appear, his voice was heard, but usually, they don't credit him for that.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • J.T.: Laxatives: tasty going in, nasty going out!

    • Mohammed: Hey, it's the "More of Everything" girl! I think you should join the sumo team. Seriously.
      (Terri starts to walk away, but turns back around)
      Terri: Hey! Most girls on the planet look like this, so get used to it!
      Paige: No kidding.
      Terri: I made $500 today as plus-sized model! Yeah, plus-sized. What do you make, ice cream boy?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Miriam McDonald (Emma), and Cassie Steele (Manny), appear in this episode, but do not have any lines.

    • Jake Epstein (Craig), Aubrey Graham (Jimmy), Pat Mastroianni (Joey), and Dan Woods (Mr. Raditch), do not appear in this episode. However, Mr. Raditch's voice can be heard over the P.A.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The title of this episode is the same as a song by The Beat (AKA The English Beat in North America), from their 1980 album "I Just Can't Stop It".

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