Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 7

We Got The Beat

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 2008 on MTV - Music Television
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We Got The Beat

Manny is sick and tired of her father constantly making decisions for her, and decides to ask Jay to her debut in order to tick her father off. But they actually bond, frustrating Manny even more, and making her put her acting skills to the test. Jimmy finds out about Ashley deleting his track off the song, and gets upset. At therapy he takes an interest in Trina, who encourages to live out his dreams of walking again.


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  • Manny's 18th b-day is coming out and she does whatever it takes to convince her dad that acting is her passion.

    "We Got The Beat" isn't the best Degrassi episode, but it does show that Degrassi can be humourous instead of serious all the time. In this episode, Manny tries to sabotage her 18th birthday party. I love how her parents are more accepting of Manny. I just love how Manny asks Jay to be his date to ruin her party. I love how Jay acts like the perfect gentleman and her parents actually like Jay. I love how Manny's father is allowing Manny to become an actor. In the subplot Ashley reveals to Jimmy that she deleted his rap on the demo and they get into a fight. I don't think Ashley should have told Jimmy about deleting his rap on the demo. I think she should have gotten a music producer and then leave Jimmy with nothing. I give this episode a 8.5/10.moreless
  • It definitely does not go there.

    Okay so this episode, was probably the low point of the season. Jimmy meets Trina, as everything is out in the open, about Ashley deleting Jimmy's track. She deserved everything that Jimmy said to her. But I think he was being way too defensive, when he was talking to Griffin, so what, wheelchair can be an image. That's who he is, as he said to Trina. I'm not sure what I think of Trina just yet. I'm just glad they didn't add her to the theme song. Manny's plot was pathetic, for an A plot, no go there moments whatsoever. Yes, her dad accepts her now, something that could of been resolved as a B plot. The only development was the Manny/Jay interaction. I liked the Sean mention. Everything else was just so ugh.moreless
  • Manny becomes 18 and wants to make her own decisions...kinda boring but still kinda entertainig.

    Okay. While this episode was one of the more tamed episodes of Degrassi, it was fair. Manny wants to make her own decisions now that she is 18 but her controlling father doesn't think she is ready. Manny starts to take things into her own hands when she tries to make her parents worry about something else instead of planning out Manny's future not accordingto Manny's plans. Manny takes Jay to her Daybo (i know i did not spell that right, but whatever). The only thing is that her parents like Jay. So Manny decides to put her acting skills to work and makes her dad reconsider Manny's future. This is a mediocore A plot that is only slightly entertaining. But the B plot was more entertainig to watch. Jimmy is trying to walk again and he meets a new girl, Trinia who is also having trouble with her legs. Jimmy also finds out Ashley deleted his rap on the cool "Tell Me Lies" track. I think they break up...I think. Then Jimmy disses Griffin...thank you and then finds a potential new girlfriend in Trinia. A plot was okay, the B plot was better, but still it was a very "tamed" episode of Degrassi.moreless
  • Best of Season 7. Low key episode "goes there" when it comes to characterization rather than wallowing in politically correct preachiness. DAY-BOO pronunciation provides comic relief for US viewers. Some screen time for D-N-G's all-time queen: Ashley!!moreless

    Best Season Seven episode thus far. Manny is at her most appealing, and she gets a chance to "act" on several levels. Jay exudes a lot of deviish charm, and surprisingly deviates from the role Manny has planned for him. Evil Daddy Santos breaks out of his previous one-dimensional portrayal. Ashley gets some screen time and proves she is still Degrassi's uber-diva. Jimmy continues treating her like dirt- apparently the bullet trauma has affected his clear thinking! I know the writers are trying to make a point that she is cramping his independence and self esteem, but let's face it, she is a stone fox, and in real life, he would find some way to work it out! As another reviewer has pointed out, this is a thankfully "low-intensity" episode that actually allows some character development. Wish the writers would give us more of these! Griffen gets to chew up a little scenery advising Jimmy on record-biz strategy, essentially reprising his "Question-Mark" schtick from RFR (and I mean that in a good way-this cat is a charismatic actor [don't let the bad 'fro fool ya] and hasn't had much to do on Degrassi) TOP NOTCH D-N-G. Now, if they'll only bring back Spinner's little sister, Mr. Raditch, plus-size dreamgirl Terri, and the Lunch Lady! Oh yeah, and let Jimmy walk again (and not just in a web-i-sode dream sequence)!moreless
  • Manny and Jay. Hmm... I wonder how long this will last?

    Manny and Jay. Hmm... I wonder how long this will last? They don't seem like a very likely couple, but I don't know. Maybe it will end up working. I can't wait to see where it goes from here. Dang, I felt so bad for Jimmy in this episode. :( He wanted the best for Ashley and totally saved her butt on stage that day, and all she can think about is her career. She's so selfish at times and just doesn't care about her guy when he's been really good to her. He wasn't about to steal her chance at making it big. I wish she could have seen that.moreless
Nicco Lorenzo Garcia

Nicco Lorenzo Garcia


Guest Star

Steve Comilang

Steve Comilang

Uncle Eduardo

Guest Star

Melissa McIntyre

Melissa McIntyre

Ashley Kerwin

Recurring Role

Marie V. Cruz

Marie V. Cruz

Mrs. Santos

Recurring Role

Von Flores

Von Flores

Mr. Santos

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Manny opens the car door and starts to climb in, her backpack is on her back. In the next shot, where she is now inside the car, the backpack is missing.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode actually aired as the 6th episode of the season.

    • Towards the end of the episode, Manny's uncle, who has a karaoke machine, is singing a karaoke version of Waste My Time, a song from another TV Show Stephen Stohn executive produces, Instant Star.

    • Dalmar Abuzeid (Danny), Charlotte Arnold (Holly J.), Paula Brancati (Jane), Stefan Brogren (Mr. Simpson), Lauren Collins (Paige), Nina Dobrev (Mia), Marc Donato (Derek), Mazin Elsadig (Damian), Stacey Farber (Ellie), Shenae Grimes (Darcy), Jamie Johnston (Peter), Shane Kippel (Spinner), Adamo Ruggiero (Marco), and Amanda Stepto (Spike), do not appear in this episode.


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