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This episode is part of the Saga of Dean series.
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"How Soon Is Now?"

Season 2 Episode 20
Canadian airdate: February 9th, 2003

Boycott the Caf name: "Paige Gets Raped II: The Saga Continues"
Important characters: Paige, Dean, Marco, Ellie
Issue of the Week: Rape (II)

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Marco and Ellie are currently dating. Well, not anymore. They aren't so much dating as creating a front to hide Marco's homosexuality. They aren't doing a very good job, if you ask me, because no straight man in his right mind would find season 2 Ellie desirable. Hey, dreadlocks on a female, awesome.

I think Craig even said "Ew" when they kissed.

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Ellie and Marco are filming a commercial for Media Immersion. Marco goes out all gay for it with pink and boas and curtains and prancing. Ellie doesn't want to use that commercial because it is too gay. But Marco is like, "What do you mean gay? How is this gay? Ellie I'm offended you would say that. You are very intolerant." Jesus Christ, Marco open your fucking eyes. You even said the commercial would be fun and fabulous. I wish Rick would take you to that field full of cinder blocks.

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Ellie proposes a new commercial in which Marco is dressed like a German, the polar opposite of gay. Finally one thing leads to another and Marco and Ellie realize they can't be dating each other because Ellie does not have a penis.

Ok, now it's time for A plot.

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Paige is feeling fine, she's in counseling for her rape back in "Shout", and is still being very nice to people. She is even talking to JT, because he can entertain her with his mime routines. But Spinner is still angry that Paige ditched a date with him to get nasty with Dean. "Your boyfriend's back," Spinner says (Ha!) when he announces Dean's school will be coming to Degrassi for the upcoming basketball tournament. Paige is distressed Dean will be returning. I don't understand why this problem didn't come up sooner, say in the regular basketball season. Did Degrassi just not play that school until now? Or did Paige "stay home sick" every time they did play one another?

I don't know the answer to that question, but I do know that black kid walking on his hands is 100% INTENSE. Why isn't he a major character? He'd be way cooler than Chris.

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Paige is worried. She apparently didn't sleep all last night. Then she has to deal with her alarm going off. Christ those alarm clock noises are fucking annoying.

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Dean shows up. He comes up to Paige and starts talking about what a fun night they had. Dean, that is cool. Who else goes up to a girl they raped a month ago and brags about it to her face? Well, probably quite a few rapists. But how about Dean, not only will he use you for sex against your will, he'll rub it in your face every chance you get. He adds insult to injury.

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There's Dean sweet talking Manny. Oh no, Dean plans to rape Manny. Too bad that won't work. Manny may not be a total whore yet, but she has the whore inside her, waiting to burst out and wear a thong that can't be confined by her ultra tight jeans. Dean will try to rape Manny, but Manny will already be on the bed moaning "Yes, YES YES!" before Dean has even unzipped his pants. Dean will be so freaked out he'll run out of the room, and Manny will just orgasm off of air pockets entering her vagina.

Paige doesn't know Manny is a whore yet, so she is worried for Manny. Paige asks her if she knows who Dean is, and this is what Manny says to Paige:

"I know you guys had a date. I And I know he never called you back, and you're jealous. Get over it." Ha! Ha! Leave it to Manny to have no concept of rape. She couldn't understand how someone could have sex but not want to.

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Paige doesn't know what to do. She can't get her band together on such short notice, so Dean looks to be sticking around. JT comes by to see what is bugging her. Aw, JT looks so cute in his little mascot suit, he appears to be eight. Paige spills the beans to JT that she was raped.

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Ok, now it's time to roll. It's a little known fact JT stands for "Justice Time" and it is about time to unleash some street justice on Dean. JT attacks Dean in the middle of the basketball game, but that doesn't go so well for JT since Dean actually has muscles. Dean is about to kill JT by destroying his skull, when he is suspended from the game. This is one of Degrassi's most awesome moments, and perhaps the best that features neither Spinner or Sean.

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Some other stuff happens, but I don't feel like writing about it. JT's attack on Dean has made Paige decide to charge Dean with rape. Spinner has also learned about the rape, because Hazel just suddenly remembered and told him. It's possible Hazel completely forgot about it after Paige told her in "Shout" and now just remembered. "Oh that's what Paige was nervous all day," Hazel thought, "I would have said something to her, but I never talk."

Spinner is just glad Paige does not have a thing for Dean. Yup, Paige loves Spinner completely and unconditionally. Spinner shows his appreciation by treating Paige to date of sandwiches and apple juice. Awesome.

Now we know how soon is now.

Rating: F
This was a fairly good episode, actually, and may have gotten a C on its own, but, thanks to the-N, I will have forever link this episode as the ending to "Shout" which got an F.

Intensity Level: 5% Intense
That's entirely for JT fighting Dean.

Final Thoughts:
Does anyone else find it odd that Dean appears to be several years older than Paige, possibly college aged? What is he doing playing basketball against high schoolers then? Maybe he's a very bad soccer and basketball player, so the college teams demoted him. Dean was pissed, but he decided to turn lemons into lemonade and just use the opportunity to have sex with high school girls.
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