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"We Got The Beat"

Season 7 Episode 7
American airdate: November 16th, 2007

Boycott the Caf name: none
Important characters: Manny, Jay, Manny's parents, Jimmy
Issue of the Week: Immigrants, lousy immigrants

B Plot: Jimmy Comes to His Senses and Realizes Ashley is a Cunt

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Jimmy has been waiting to hear word from the record company about his and Ashley's lame song from "It's Tricky". But hey, if Craig can get a record deal, Canadian record companies sure aren't going to be very selective. Jimmy is pissed when he discovers that Ashley deleted his rap track and sent in the version of the song with just her.

"I wasn't trying to hurt you," Ashley says, making an excuse for herself like always. "You've had so many disappointments."

"Yeah," says Jimmy, "and you're the biggest." Damn right. Dating Ashley is worse than getting shot in the spine. I don't think any long time Degrassi viewer could disagree. What Jimmy said packs extra punch because he then wheeled away from Ashley. I think that looks way better than walking away because Jimmy can throw his arms with a lot of power to wheel away from her and then coast a little on the momentum.

Newton's Second Law, bitch.

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Jimmy meets a girl in physical therapy who really impresses him because she can walk with the help of braces. I will call her Gimp Girl from henceforth. Jimmy tries to walk with her braces but falls down in what I think was a very funny thing to see. Gimp Girl is bullshiting us with those braces as she already knows how to walk. I spent the weekend with my dad and when he saw part of the episode he remarked that Gimp Girl was faking it because she wasn't using her arms on the parallel bars. Now you all know where I get it from.

A Plot: Manny Suddenly is Good at Science

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Manny is taking a dance lesson in preparation for her deih-boo, a Philippine tradition where a young girl is put into a nice dress and shown off to men who wish to purchase her. Manny is forced to dance with her cousin Jewbert, who wants to have sex with her despite the fact that they are cousins. Oh no no no, Manny don't play that. It's hard to believe that Manny will be selective about who she sleeps with, but everyone has to draw the line somewhere, and thank God Manny drew it at family. I'm sure she limits the ban to relatives she has known for at least five years, but still it's something.

Manny does not want to go through with the deih-boo, but her parents insist because it is tradition. Manny will be attending the deih-boo in the same dress her mother wore to her deih-boo when she was purchased by Manny's father for $43.

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After the opening credits, Manny bangs up her parent's car because she is a girl. She takes the car to the mechanic's shop where Jay works. Emma came there with Manny so Jay gave them the ravine discount. Manny needs the car fixed that day so her parents do not find out about this. Expecting a mechanic getting a car fixed in a reasonable amount of time? Manny is pretty naive about the world. But Jay manages to fix the car by the end of the school day. I don't know how he was able to do it so quickly. He must have stolen various parts from other cars.

Manny decides that Jay would be just the right badboy to bring to her deih-boo in order to rebel against her parents. Sean is in the army with Ellie's dad and Spinner is recovering form his nut removal, so Jay is the best available badboy. Jay agrees to go because there will be an open bar.

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Jay goes to Manny's house to have dinner with her parents. Manny expects to horrify her parents by bringing over a high school dropout. She didn't even mention that Jay's bullying led to a school shooting or the sex van he has in the ravine, she just expected that being a high school dropout would be enough. But Manny's dad is really impressed by Jay. Manny's dad has good taste. Manny's teenage rebellion has been thwarted! When Manny tries to interject and tell her parents what a bad egg Jay is, her father tells "Don't interrupt. Men are talking. Go clean the bathroom." Jay gets the Mr. Santos seal of approval.

Manny's dad is really on the ball. He likes Jay and wants his daughter to go to college to pursue something where she will have a future rather than acting, where--if we go by the skills of Cassie Steele--Manny will spend several years in a future effort to get into movies before being spit out into prostitution. Not that Manny isn't well suited to be a prostitute.

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Oh, I should mention that Manny's father is pushing her to study science in college. I don't know which science Manny's father expects her to study, maybe all of them. Manny is not happy about the prospect of spending her life in a lab, she would rather pursue acting. Because being a scientist is such a dead end job. But Manny is good at science all of a sudden and she even gives a report in class about cold fusion.

Manny being good at science seems to have come out of nowhere. She's never demonstrated this talent before. She's only ever been good at studying anatomy--male anatomy. Whoa! No doubt Manny only gets good grades in science because the science teacher has the hots for her. Look at the way he looks at her.

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Jay escorts Manny to her deih-boo. Manny tries to be a bitch to her dad until he decides it would be fine if Manny studied acting. The deih-boo is a success and Manny is sold for $540 to a banker from Manila.

Rating: B
A fine episode, I would say. The show usually does alright the few times when they go the more light hearted route and don't go for the campy teen drama bullshit they always pull. Degrassi doesn't need to strive for 100% Intense all the time, they can shoot for a much lower intensity and still do a good job. This episode had two things I enjoy: Jay and characters interacting with one another who have never done so before. I hope Manny and Jay have more time together (I have a theory that Manny had some part in Jay setting up the sex van. I bet Jay mentioned he had this beat up van and it was Manny who recommended that the best thing to do was park it behind the school and have sex in it). Rumor has it Jay and Manny will get married by the end of the season after knowing each other for just a couple of months. This makes sense because Jay is a sex predator and Manny is an idiot.

Does It Go There? Not Really
After a season beginning with date rape and cancer and grand theft chocolate, this was a very mild event. As I mentioned above, that's not necessarily a bad thing, because a good episode and an episode that GOES THERE is not the same thing.

Who Should Get Kicked In The Face This Week? Ashley
If only Jimmy was capable.
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