"Don't You Want Me" Part 1Season 6 Episodes 18 & 19
Canadian airdate: May 7th & 14th 2007
Paige is hanging out at the projects at Alex's house with her mom's boyfriend, Chad, and her mom, Mom. I think that is the same boyfriend who will get drunk and beat her up. Yes it is. I'm glad this relationship has managed to get over that rough patch. Chad bought them a big ass plasma screen TV so they can watch Canadian NASCAR. This is good realism on Degrassi's part, because it depicts poor people as spending their money on big screen TVs instead of stocks or retirement plans, which is true, as well as liking auto racing.
The mounties knock on the door and arrest Chad, not for beating women, but for credit card fraud. Women aren't held in high regard in Canadian society. They aren't allowed to vote, drive cars, or use libraries. Alex's mom leaves for the jail to sort this out. Alex is depressed about this and asks Paige to leave. That's Alex for you. A normal teenager would have been like, "Sweet, parents are gone. Let's drink."
Chad put $6000 on Alex's mom's credit card and now Alex's mom has to come up with the money or she will go to debtor's prison. Also, Chad has been unemployed for six weeks even though he told her he got a big raise. Alex's mom is an idiot. And didn't she use to be a brunette? And an alcoholic? Yes, she did.
I tried to go to the internet to see if the same actress plays the mom in both episodes, but information on minor actors on Degrassi is surprisingly hard to find. I'll just assume it is and the character dyed her hair and had to give up booze because that costs money.
Alex needs to help come up with the money to keep her and her mom out of the poor house, or at least an even poorer house in the Mexican neighborhood. Jay's new girlfriend is a waitress in a strip club and she gets Alex a job there, also as a waitress. They don't strip, even though creepy Dracula guy wants Alex to.
What is that thing the guy is carrying behind the bar? At first I thought it was an oil drum, but I guess it would make more sense if it was a beer keg. But it has a giant pull tab on the top, so I think it is just a giant can of beer. A giant can of beer for BILL BRASKY!
More trouble on the Alex's mom is a idiot front: they are going to get evicted. Turns out Chad hasn't been paying rent either with the money he didn't have. Alex needs to make even more money and FAST.
We all know where this is headed.
Alex practices stripping. They apparently sell a video that teaches girls how to strip. I'm just glad we get to see Alex sway in that little skirt. If there are any other males besides Johnny and I who watch this show, I am sure they appreciated it to. The thing that 15 year old boys and I have in common are an equal amount of experience with women, so I'm sure this gets the same reaction out of every male who watches Degrassi: we all get boners just from seeing bare belly on TV.
Alex and Paige get together at some point. They both broke up with their latest dates, Alex with her lesbian and Paige with Editor guy. That was a sudden and convenient plot point for what comes next. Paige and Alex kiss. Alex wants to know what is up with Paige and Paige says she cannot be a lesbian because her parents already have one gay kid and she needs to be the one to give them grandkids. Alex gets mad at what Paige considers being under a lot of pressure when she is going to have to get naked to stop from being homeless.
But Paige has a point. I mean, you can be the most accepting parents in the world with just one gay child. You'll be fine with it and just write that one off as a loss. But if both your children turn out to be gay, then you're going to get pretty pissed, I don't care how liberal you are. If both your kids turn out gay, you're going to be banging your head against the wall asking what you did wrong as a parent.
Ok, let's get to the B plot before I forget. Sean plans to join the army. Emma laughs at this at first because, hey, it's the Canadian army. But Sean is serious about enlisting and Emma gets mad. To Emma the army represents protecting big corporations via the war machine. Yes, she's talking about the Canadian army here.
Emma doesn't want Sean to join the army because she knows what happened to Ellie's dad. You join the Canadian army, you never come back home. And Emma thinks she is pregnant. Sean tells her to take a pregnancy test. Emma said that they will do the test together. Sean should have said that only the woman needs to take the pregnancy test. Emma's such a feminist she probably wanted Sean to pee on it too. Or at least hold it for her while she peed on it.
The test comes up not pregnant. Sean is happy, but Emma still is unsure and wants to go to the doctor.
Well, the entire past 22 minutes were leading up to this: Alex prepares to strip. Jay's girlfriend warns her that she will be changed after doing this, but Alex needs to money. Her stage name is Lextasy, which is so awesome I will now refer to her by that name throughout the remainder of her time on the show. Lextasy heads out to the stripping runway thing. We don't see her take off any clothes just yet, she just swings on the poll and bunch of times and the episode ends. I think she was having fun just swinging.