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"Pride" Part 2

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A new day at Degrassi school. Spinner is sitting down with a skateboard he must have stolen from some loser skater boarder and is going to sell it to buy Chuck Norris DVDs or something else equally sweet. No way Spinner would be lame enough to skateboard. A crowd of kids gather around Spinner to tell him how cool is his and offer him money to be his friend. Typical Spinner morning.

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In private, Marco asks Spinner if he told his secret. Spinner asks "What secret?" "You know, Spin," replies Marco, but Spinner just looks confused. Finally Marco has to remind Spinner that he is gay. "You're gay? Whoa," says Spinner. Spinner has a poor long term memory.

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Finding out Marco is gay for the second time really bothers Spinner, who writes "Marco is a fag" in the boys bathroom. Jimmy enters and now knows that Marco is a gay. Jimmy tells Spinner, "So Marco's a fag? What's your next one gonna say? Something about me being black?" Spinner should write that on the wall, it would be funny:

Ha ha. Take that Jimmy.

Anyway, Dylan has given Spinner, Jimmy, Craig and Marco tickets to his hockey game that night. Spinner rightly points out that you're not supposed to take a gay to a hockey game, because that's bad etiquette, but Jimmy and Craig still invite Marco along.

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It's night. Marco heads to the hockey game alone but gets lost. Damn homos have no sense of direction, you know. That's when Marco stumbles into Gay Town.

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Gay Town is a small section of a city block in Toronto somewhere in between Degrassi school and the hockey rink where all the queers hang out to wear leather and kiss. Also, they may have a gay hotdog stand. Marco is confused by all the disgusting and creepy older men making passes at virginal young him.

Look over there, it's that one guy from No Doubt. I always knew No Doubt was gay.

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Marco wants to get the fuck out of creepy Gay Town and crosses the street to a nearby park. But woe is Marco, for the park is full of gay bashers! The bashers automatically assume Marco is gay because he was briefly in Gay Town. I don't think that's really enough to assume Marco is gay, so boy are they lucky Marco really is a homo. Score!

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Meanwhile, the straight kids enjoy the hockey game. Jimmy wonders why Marco hasn't gotten here yet, while Spinner assumes he's at some highway rest stop.

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Marco is not fairing too well against the gay bashers, who are bashing the hell out of his gayness. That will teach Marco to like men.

In the first panel there, Marco's kind of aroused, but then he gets kicked some more, and is scared again.

Hey, residents of Gay Town, way to not help Marco. This is going right across the street from Gay Town, I'm sure you can see it going on from there. Jerks.

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But Jimmy comes to the rescue by using his GPS locator, that's linked to a chip implanted in the back of Marco's neck, to find the queer and summon the police. Jimmy has a lot of technology at his disposal, being from the future and all.

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It's a brand new day, and—hey what the fuck is Lunch Lady doing with hedge clippers? Snake is getting his head shaved to raise money for something, I think the cheerleading squad, which has to have a fundraiser three times a year to earn those new uniforms. Since Snake is going to lose his hair to chemo, he wants to hide his disease by getting rid of his hair now.

Degrassi The Next Generation episode forty two

In the bathroom, Jay now knows Marco is gay because he read what Spinner wrote on the wall. I didn't know you're supposed to take bathroom scrawl as fact, but I guess that's how the gay bashers in the park knew Marco was gay.

Poor Marco, he has no pride.

Rating: C+
This was a pretty action packed show. I don't care for Marco, but he is less lame in this episode here than he will be in episodes that follow. Plus, we have the first appearance of Jay and plenty of Spinner. An above average episode.

Intensity Level: 100% Intense
Marco really got the shit kicked out of him twice, which creates a lot of intensity.

What The N didn't want you to see (banned in America!):

  • They edited out pretty much every use of the word "fag." In the bathroom, they used high powered computers to change what Spinner wrote from "Marco is a fag" to "Marco is gay."
  • They cut some footage of Marco getting beat in the park.

    "Pride" Drinking Game:
    Take a shot every time you see Marco's disgusting chin hair. Goddamnit Marco, shave under your lip. I want to kick the shit out of you myself for the fucking stupid chin hair. Shave under your lip. Fag.

    Final Thoughts:
    The first BIG MESSAGE episode of the season, tackling homosexuality. The Spinner-Marco tension will last for all of four more episodes, before Spinner learns to accept his fellow effeminate man.

    The big question I want to know is how the geography of Degrassi works out. Based on this episode and few others, I have put together a map of what the area around Degrassi must be like.

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