"Rock This Town"Season 6 Episode 11
Canadian airdate: January 9th, 2006
Emma, JT and Manny decide to throw a birthday party for Liberty. A party for Liberty? Yeah, I was wondering why anyone would want to do something nice for Liberty when Liberty shuns being nice to people like Jews shun pork and the Dutch shun soap. Liberty's response when someone says hello in the hallway is to say, "Go to hell, cretin." Really, have we ever seen Liberty be anything but rude to people--even once throughout the six years of this show? No. When Liberty was pregnant with his child, JT wanted to be a man and take care of them instead of walking away from it all. How does Liberty respond? By making JT work to the bone to get them an apartment while Liberty sat on her fat ass eating Fritos and watching BET Canada.
The only reason they are going to throw Liberty a birthday party is because Manny really, really wants to have a party while Spike and Snake are away and it just so happens to be Liberty's birthday that same day. It works for them because they can use her to get a free small pizza and child sized ice cream cone.
But check it, when Manny tells her they are throwing her a birthday party, Liberty is all, "I don't want to. You have to do something for me to get me to come to this party you are throwing for me." God damn, I'll say it again, Liberty is a horrible, mean spirited person.
Most normal people would tell Liberty that if you are going to be a bitch like that then we just won't give you a party. But Manny really wants this party for all the new dicks she will meet, so she agrees to Liberty's demand. Liberty wants Manny to appear at a student meeting between Degrassi and Lakehurst to make peace after those guys from Lakehurst beat up Toby last week. Liberty says, "Experience shows that Manny Santos doubles the male attendance." That's because any time you are in the same room as Manny, there's a 39% chance of at least getting to feel her breasts.
The peace meeting with Lakehurst goes splendid. They agree to ease relations by holding a Degrassi-Lakehurst pot luck dinner. Spinner will bring lemon squares. Manny decides to hook Liberty up with the class president from Lakehurst, pictured in the screencap up there. You can see why they were set up, because they have something in common: they are both high school class presidents.
It's worth mentioning again that Toby was beaten up really badly from that attack. He still has his arm in a sling and had a neck brace last week. That was an intense beating. Toby should press charges on the guys who attacked him, they were more vicious than most school yard hooligans would be. Yeah, going to the cops after a high school fight may not the most honorable thing to do, but it's not like Toby has a whole lot of manhood left to disgrace anyway.
Word gets out via cellphone that there is a party at Emma's. For some reason all the college kids are excited, especially all the people who have no idea who Emma is. Spinner is stoked. Marco finds out about the party during a big shopping trip. This show cannot possibly make Marco any more gay, unless of course he was shopping at a leather and lube store, which he most certainly was.
Manny helps Liberty become proper for the party, because Liberty has no idea how to be a lady. That's hard when you are not even human. Hell, I know more about makeup than Liberty, but that is only because I moonlight as a transvestite prostitute. After the makeover is done, we find that Liberty still looks like she normally does, but now with a really shiny face.
The birthday party is held that night. Emma and Sean plan to have sex later when they can get some alone time. Even with the folks away, Manny still shares that bedroom in the basement. And that can be trouble when Sean and Emma are trying to make love but Manny is in the corner naked and rubbing herself while she watches. Next thing you know, Sean feels someone touching his ass and he looks up to see Manny sticking her finger in his asshole. Sean has to kick Manny to the wall and ask what the hell she was trying to. Manny will say, "I've done it to hundreds of guys and they all liked my finger up their ass." Sean will say, "That only means 1% of the guys you've been with liked it. Go away. I am trying to get my dick sucked here."
The party starts out small with just the four or five people who can tolerate being in a room with Liberty (as long as she doesn't talk too much). But soon the house is crowded with everyone who heard about it through the grapevine. The entire population of Toronto comes by (all 400 of them), including Jay who brings beer. That is not as awesome as the kid who brought the melon. You can see him behind Spinner. Spinner must have gotten tired of always carrying watermelons and other large fruits to parties, so he designated a member of his posse to be the melon man. The only melons Spinner likes to handle these days are your mom's. Take THAT reader! BURN!
The crazy kids from Lakehurst who beat up Toby also come to the party. That's going to be annoying for Toby, now he's going to stay in another room.
The Lakehurst class president arrives and has a little present for Liberty. I can't see exactly what it is, but I know he won that at a grab machine before he got there. Or maybe he swiped it from his little sister's room. Lakehurst president and Liberty do not hit it off at all, despite their shared heritage of running for high school political positions.
The party is very crowded. There are so many people at the party that Toby actually finds someone to makes out with. It's a dude.
Manny tries to keep the house form being destroyed by all the party goers. Emma is no help because she is drunk out her ass. Meanwhile, Lakehurst president does not like Liberty, he likes Manny. So he is just like everyone else on planet Earth. Manny at first doesn't want to be with him because she meant to set him up with Liberty and that would be awkward. This guilt lasts for 0.2 seconds before Manny starts rubbing her ass up against him. For Manny, that is the longest she has ever been able to hold out.
Sean and Emma head downstairs to have sex. Emma is drunk, but that just helps her get to down to business. And Emma's favorite business is oral sex. Emma is still able to get on her knees and put little Sean in her mouth. The network censored this scene, but you can see it going down in the right screencap. There's Sean holding firmly onto Emma's head as she sucks him off under the bedsheet.
The Lakehurst guys give Derek some beer. But they shook up the can first so it sprayed all over him. Jay is super pissed that these guys would waste beer so he and Spinner kick them out of the party.
Anyway, Liberty told JT that she is still in love with him. But JT points out that he is dating Mia. Liberty is angry about this (I guess she just learned about it today) and leaves the party in a tizzy. JT goes to Toby for advice on what to do, but Toby is still in a state of euphoria from actually having kissed a girl. Truth be told, that was the very first time he even made contact with a girl's skin. Kendra wore gloves whenever they held hands, because would you want to touch something that had probably been all over JT's penis the weekend before?
Anyway, JT is torn over whether to date Mia or go back to Liberty. Toby is so spazzed out from making out that he actually recommends JT go with Liberty instead of the hot chick. Of course, instead of talking about Mia and Liberty by name, JT kept referring to Mia as a sub sandwich and Liberty as oatmeal for some reason, so maybe Toby was recommending what JT should eat for breakfast. Either way, JT agrees and chases after Liberty.
JT heads out to find Liberty when he sees the Lakehurst guy peeing on his car. Those guys are total dicks. To rub a little salt on that wound, the other Lakehurst guys stabs JT. Yes, for real. He stabs JT in the back with a knife. After taking a whizz on his car. That was really uncalled for, gentlemen.
The next thing we know, Emma, Manny, Sean, Liberty and Toby are at the hospital. The doctors tells them that JT died.
Everyone gathers for a tear filled hug. You know how distressed and in turmoil everyone is when they don't give a second thought to actually embracing Liberty. Emma and Toby burnt their clothes the next day.
This wasn't a horrible episode, but maybe I am just looking at the episode as it compares to the low standards of season 6. The party gave us several instances of characters interacting who normally don't: Alex with Webster, Jay with Derek, Toby with a female. That is always nice. The death was kind of strange though. These guys pee on JT's car and then stab him. It was kind of random. I would have preferred if they took a dump on JT's car and then decapitated him, but that is just me.
But the death could have been done worse. Lord knows this show is capable of doing it worse. To the show's credit, they managed to pull this off pretty well. Good casting with the two Lakehurst kids, they were believable as crazy goons because they look like they could have been playing banjo in Deliverance. JT's rival, son of Mick Jagger, wasn't in the episode, so I wondered what was up with that. I bet he ordered the hit on JT. Or whatever. I do think it was hilarious that JT died in a puddle of pee. Hee hee.
On a final note, I was trolling the internet after this episode aired and found that an awful lot of girls who were in tears over JT's death. I don't know what to say about crying over the fake death of a fictional character on a TV show that is not real. Just, Christ, girls maybe lay off on the estrogen. Not that I am one to talk. I know what it is like to cry over a TV show. That episode of Drew Carey where Drew gets the Batmobile always makes me grab a box of tissues.
Does It Got There? Yeah, kinda
I was sick of the intensity thing, so now we are going to ask if the episode goes there. The-N hasn't used the 100% Intense promo for years. They probably stopped saying that Degrassi "goes there" as well, I don't watch The-N all that much to know. I stay away from them and get my Degrassi episodes smuggled in from Canada. They are delivered to me in the claws of a messenger falcon. Here is what it looks like: