"Free Fallin'" Part 1Season 6 Episodes 14 & 15
Canadian airdate: March 28th and April 4th, 2007
Alright, the first new Degrassi episode in about three years. I swear this show takes longer breaks than The Sopranos. I think there was confusion between The-N and CTV over who was supposed to be airing episodes. Do you know who suffers in this situation? Not the teenage girls who love Degrassi but can easily find something else to do on a Friday night. No, it's the twenty something virgins who need to live vicariously through Degrassi episodes each week to make up for their inability to interact with people or meet girls. Not that I know anybody who would fit that description. I'm just saying.
Paige is at college and not doing well on an exam. She has blurred vision, trouble breathing and muscle weakness. Oh my God, Paige is having a stroke!
Paige is not doing well in college in general. There is a party going on in her dorm in the middle of the afternoon. I guess no one has classes or a job to go to. I told you Banting was just a huge party school. That's why they let Paige in even after she was high on pot in front of her admissions rep. But Paige is too stressed out worrying about failing her classes to want to get high. At least on a weekday. Notice the screencap in the middle. The solitaire game on her computer symbolizes how alone Paige feels at college. Also, it symbolizes that she never gets any school work done.
Paige misses her friends back home, as we see from the way she looks longing at photos of old friends. I like the photo of Alex because it looks like she either was trying to hide from the camera or about to punch the photographer. Marco just wanted to look pretty.
Paige heads to Marco and Dylan's for the weekend. Ellie is gone, but Alex is there, because no straight kids are going to be allowed in the house this weekend. Paige has to use the time to get caught up in the class she had a stroke in. Turns out she hasn't been doing any of her work so she needs to write a 20 page paper and make up the exam this weekend, or else she will fail the class. And if she fails the class, she will lose her scholarship and get kicked out. That's a bit too much pressure to put on a freshmen in her first semester, but like most college's, Banting doesn't seem to have its act together in any real way. So there's no plot error there.
Darcy and Peter bring up the rear this week. Peter is trying to get into Darcy's pants by pretending that he is sorry for showing her scantily clad photos to a pedophile. Darcy tries to be the good Christian and will forgive Peter if he volunteers at a soup kitchen. He just has to peal apples with an angry Asian woman.
At the crack of cock-a-doodle dawn, Paige wakes up to try and do her homework. But she finds it hard to focus and instead plays solitaire. That's pretty much how most college kids go about homework. They should show her going on Facebook and looking up random Wikipedia pages too. That would be realism.
Marco and Dylan take it upon themselves to cook the big Thanksgiving dinner. There is going to be a big Thanksgiving dinner at Marco and Dylan's (Thanksgiving in March? I'll get to that in Final Thoughts). But since we all know how good cooks twenty year old men are, Paige takes over making dinner so no one will die of food poisoning. This puts even more pressure on our girl Paige and she has another stroke. Instead of getting medical help, She locks herself in the bathroom and calls Alex a loser.
Marco's parents arrive for the dinner followed by Paige and Dylan's. Alex arrives with her new girlfriend. Oh, man does she ever look like a lesbian. I bet this is how her conversation with her parents went when she came out.
Alex's Girlfriend: "Mom, dad...I'm a lesbian."
The Mom: "We know dear. We've known for a while."
Alex's Girlfriend: "What? How?"
The Dad: "The hair, first of all. Only lesbians have that short little fro type thing."
The Mom: "And the clothes. You're always wearing dull earth tones. I mean, hello?"
The Dad: "It's like your a TV station broadcasting the Dyke Network 24/7 all over Canada."
Back at the soup kitchen, Peter is impressing Darcy by pretending to speak Greek to a crazy person who is just talking in gibberish. Yeah, Darcy is starting to fall for Peter.
WHAT THE HELL??
Back at the house, everyone gets ready to eat. I like the fact that there is not a single straight kid at this dinner. Paige carves the turkey, but she overstuffed it and the bird explodes all over her. Everyone laughs at her. Paige starts crying and then goes back to college so she can try to get some work done and not fail.
Peter gives Darcy a ride home from the soup kitchen. Darcy is getting quite smitten with Peter because she is retarded. A cop stops them and we find that Peter has been driving with a suspended license, which he received in "True Colours." Darcy pops him in the face with a pie.
Back at school, Paige is feeling the pressure. So she decides to do the only logical thing: burn the school down. This works out well until she realizes that fire is dangerous.