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"Eye of the Tiger"

Season 4 Episode 16
Canadian airdate: December 14th, 2004

Boycott the Caf name: "The Fall of Spinner"
Important characters: Spinner, Jimmy, Liberty, JT, Webster
Issue of the Week: Why honesty is wrong

B plot:

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JT and Liberty's relationship has moved to the stage where they spend all their time making out in Liberty's hot tub. The hot tub phase is an important part of any relationship, be it two people dating or two people in starting a business together. Webster is no fan of this and he tells his dad on them. Liberty's dad busts up this hot tub party. He is disgusted by this as the viewers.

Seriously, I know you can show more extreme stuff on broadcast TV in Canada than in the US, but JT and Liberty kissing is pushing the line farther than it should be pushed. Bunch of sick fucks in Canada. You thought the Janet Jackson boob thing led to serious FCC fines? Well, if anyone in the US besides teenage girls and drunk college virgins knew about Degrassi, this single scene in the hot tub would bankrupt Viacom in FCC fines and lead to a cruise missile attack on Toronto.

Fun fact: when the foley artists had to make the sound effect for the two of them kissing, they took a elderly possum and rubbed it on some cheese that had been out in the sun for too long.

Anyway, JT then breaks Webster's skull during a sissy fight and he and Liberty get back to together, this time in secret.

I think Liberty's dad was in the right here in breaking them up. If Liberty would have obeyed her father's orders in this episode and stop seeing JT, she never would have gotten pregnant. Way to disobey your father, Liberty. Good idea there, dumbass. Worked out brilliantly, Einstein. Have a good time while you're not a parent yet, Emmanuel.

A plot:

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Jimmy is out of the hospital and back at school. Unfortunately, no one bothered to make Degrassi wheelchair accessible so he's having trouble getting around. Before, handicapped students had to attend the other school on the opposite side of Canada that doesn't have the same level of funding. In that school, computers aren't everywhere and the asbestos has yet to be cleaned out.

That's where Spinner comes in. Spinner gets Degrassi up to code with wheelchair accessibility all by himself. Spinner helps Jimmy get books out of his locker, get water out of a bottle, and tapes down wires so they don't connect with the metal in his chair and cook him. Though, it was kind of mean when Spinner ordered Coach Armstrong to name the basketball trophy after Jimmy. Jimmy will feel just super with his name on a trophy that has the figure of a guy jumping.

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Here's where things take a turn for the shitty. Spinner meets Jimmy in the basketball court. The two of them are alone. I assume they were given the school to themselves for some private time. Jimmy is sad he can't play basketball anymore since Canadians will not learn about wheelchair basketball for another year.

Spinner starts crying and admits to Jimmy that he told Rick that Jimmy dumped the paint on the kid. Rick then shot Jimmy. Now the secret is out. Jimmy wheels away angry, while Spinner keeps crying on the gym floor until he has to go to the bathroom to change his tampon.

When Spinner enters school the next morning, everyone stares at him. Yes, that happens every day, but instead of being the result of lust and jealousy it is because everyone knows he got Jimmy shot. Now no one wants to be Spinner's pal. Craig and Marco try to run Spinner out of the school because Spinner was obviously the only person who was ever mean to Rick. Craig and Marco never did anything to make Rick feel bad. They were all movie trips and tea parties with Rick.

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Jay decides to drown Spinner's sorrows by introducing Spinner to rum and coke. Then they walk around in the woods and whine. I think they could be doing something more fun. They have booze, they are in the woods, they should just head out to Jay's van and have sex with some girls.

Jay uses the mixture of rum and coke as an analogy for his friendship with Spinner. You see, Jay tastes like fire and rubs people the wrong way. But Spinner is sweet and refreshing. And when they get together, someone ends the day in a wheelchair.

You know, people say Jay is a bad guy, but he's the only one who figured out that everyone is placing the blame for the shooting on Spinner and him, because people need a bad guy to take the blame away from themselves since everyone in the entire school did their very best to make Rick feel like shit. This is the FUCKING OBVIOUS part of the plot that everyone is ignoring except for him.

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Spinner gets really drunk off the rum and coke. The new haircut has made him a lightweight. Spinner crashes the party for Jimmy at Craig's house. The party is just a lame karaoke shindig. No one even brought Doritos. (Spinner used to like to lick all the spices off the Doritos and put them back in the bag. No one ever objected.) We see that Craig sings about as well as he plays guitar. This is the boring party you get when you don't include Spinner Mason.

Spinner pleads with Jimmy to be his friend again while rubbing his crotch in Hazel's hair. Everyone acts like it's Liberty who came to the party and they tell Spinner to go away, no one likes him. My advice is that Spinner should at least go to a barber before he tries to get his friends back. They already have one guy in the gang with a gay person's hair style.

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Spinner then takes the keys to Joey's car and heads outside for a joyride. Now the crew is concerned about Spinner. They don't want him to go drunk driving and possibly hurt himself and others. A season ago, no one would have dared get in the way of Spinner endangering other people's lives. But now they are all "Stop trying to put people in wheelchairs, Spinner. One is enough."

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Jimmy wheels in front of the car, stopping Spinner from taking off. I don't know how Jimmy got out of the house and in front of the car as fast as he did. I imagine him being from the future has something to do with it. Jimmy is from the future.

What I found interesting is that people are concerned that Spinner is going to drive a car drunk, but no one points out that Spinner is stealing Joey's car. It is only Joey after all.

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The next day, Spinner confesses to Principal Hotass that he and Jay dumped the paint on Rick. Hotass expels Spinner, telling the boy that Rick's death is all his fault. Spinner is expelled, because according to Hotass, Degrassi has a zero tolerance policy on bullying. No you don't, you fucking ass. If you had a zero-tolerance policy on bullying, you'd have to punish 90% of the students in the school. And maybe it would have been a good idea to practice that zero tolerance policy before Rick shot up the place. Everyone was bullying Rick for about a full semester.

Fuck you Hotass, you are a horrible principal.

Rating: F
I can barely put into words how inane the plot for this episode is. Jesus Christ, Spinner. Why did you have to admit that? Now you lost all your friends and were expelled from school. Spinner from a few seasons back would have found the sight of a black kid in a wheelchair hilarious. New Spinner had to let the cat out of the bag and now it's running amok. I blame the new haircut for making Spinner lame. He's not the man he used to be. The cool kid on the block now is Sean.

But that doesn't excuse everyone else on the show from being such a bunch of self-righteous assholes to Spinner. It's just like Jay, in his infinite wisdom, pointed out. The school has this fucked up obsession with putting all the blame for this on one individual and ganging up on him so they can ignore the fact that they are all equally responsible for causing Rick to bring the gun to school. I think the whole "get the entire school to pick on a single individual" is what led that last kid to snap and shoot up the place. You guys deserved Rick.

The real question everyone needs to ask themselves is: "Do we really like Jimmy all that much? Is it really worth losing Spinner over?" Some time next season everyone will realize Jimmy is not.

Also how about Alex wasn't expelled? I'll complain more about that in the next episode review. Degrassi is getting really lame. I tend to say that every third review, but this time I mean it more than before. Fucking producers now aren't even bothering to come up with plots that don't have a bunch of gapping illogical holes.

Intensity Level: 93% Intense
Why am I rating episodes on Intensity anymore? It's been like three years since the-N used that "100% Intense" line in the promos.

Final Thoughts:

A lot has been said on the internet about how Shane Kippel, the actor who portrays Spinner, cannot act sad and whenever he tries, it looks like when you drain a sponge. I believe Shane Kippel cannot make a sad face because Shane Kippel has never known sadness.

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