The Degrassi franchise has always been known for tackling the toughest and most taboo issues that affect young people today, but in this two part story-arch here they've managed to out-do themselves and even the original series in the brutal but empathetic honesty with which they portrayed the scenarios that take place in these episodes. The never-ending torment of always being humiliated in school and bullied with intense cruelty is something that rips apart at our schools across the world every day, and it's a real issue that both youth/teens and adults need to understand, to understand why Rick did what he did in this episode, why what he did was wrong, but most importantly, why what Spinner, Jay, Paige and the "popular" kids did to Rick was also equally as wrong. Forgiveness is an issue that is rarely confronted with teenagers and youth today, it's written off as child's play and scrapped aside as "boys will be boys" or something similarly patronizing, but to see the way Degrassi laid out the issue here in this episode with all of the players, pawns, queens, and kings alike in the same situation and they made sure that every character in this story-arch could achieve our empathy if we, as the viewer, let them is simply beautiful. This is why the Degrassi franchise is so beloved; because they tackle the toughest and most taboo of issues with just the right amount of intelligence, empathy, realism and respect that all comes together to form one cohesive little heart with which the Degrassi fans across the globe can relate to. If you haven't figured it out by now, the score is obviously a 10 out 10 for both episodes in this story-arch. Rarely does a television serial capture such raw humanity in such a groundbreaking way, and we're all just privileged to have been along for the ride. These shows should be shown to at-risk youths in similar situations as well.