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"Ladies Night"

Season 7 Episode 20
Canadian airdate: May 26th, 2008

Boycott the Caf name: "Jay Stops Being a Sissy"
Important characters: Jay, Manny, a bunch of new people
Issue of the Week: Being hungry and poor but not at the same time

Mm oh yeah,what a night

Oh yes it's ladies night

And the feeling's right

Oh yes it's ladies night

Oh what a night (oh what a night) - Kool & The Gang

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As the show opens an MC thanks the kids of Degrassi for giving up their weekend for 'We the Children' some sort of charity group. Everybody's there, Darcy, Peter, Doo Rag, the Websters, Holly J, I think Spinner's girlfriend might be back there someplace, all kinds of people. They are here to fast for 24 hours which will help starving Africans somehow. They also have to boil tap water to simulate life of poor Africans who don't have clean drinking water. They do this while hanging out in a high school because Africans live in high schools.

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The event is being run by Anya who you may know better as Holly J's slave. She's the one on the right. If you are anything like me you didn't pay any attention to her in any of the previous episodes because she is lame and sucks. The dude in the picture is Sav who is Anya's boyfriend. Holly J walks up to Anya, complains about having to carry buckets, calls Anya an attention whore, and tells Sav to go to hell all within 30 seconds. Keep in mind that Anya is Holly J's closest friend. Anya thinks that Holly J will be nice to Sav once they get to know each other. Anya should know from experience that is not true.

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Six hours pass during the credit sequence. What adventures occurred during this time period we shall never know. It's almost a guarantee that Webster and White Webster were both rejected from many girls and took solace in each other's arms.

Sav tries to become friends with Holly J because he is a dude and he knows this will earn him relationship points. He's saving up his relationship points so that he can turn them in for a hand job. Holly J says they should prove their friendship by exchanging secrets. Sav reveals he is in Studz, which I assume is some sort of support group. Holly reveals she has low self-esteem and worries about always being in her sister's shadow. Sav says that Holly J has a fire inside of her and could never be in anybody's shadow. He means this figuratively. She isn't some sort of fire demon. That kind of shit happens on Inuyasha not Degrassi (Although the shows are similar when you think about it, both are from a foreign land, both are poorly written, and both are watched by idiot teenage girls).

Sav asks Holly J for advice; it turns out he has an arranged marriage because people still do that and he wants to know how to tell Anya. Holly says the best thing to do is keep it a secret. Nothing helps a relationship like secrets.

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Meanwhile Manny and Jay are looking into the window of a pawn shop. Jay's dead mother's wedding ring is being displayed in that window. Manny pawned this a few episodes back to buy tickets to Malta to visit Jay's father and step mother who don't actually live in Malta. I like that of all the potential continuing stories, this is the one that the writers keeps coming back to. It's all very much like a sitcom right down to the poor acting.

Jay considers getting the ring back by smashing the window and stealing it. Manny prevents this because she doesn't want to be an accomplice to burglary.

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Like any sitcom there has to be a crazy scheme. Jay and Manny try to auction of the plane tickets because they are apparently the kind that can't be returned. Jay is upset that the tickets were only sold for 500 dollars and nearly gets himself kicked out of the auction place with his lame whining. Candy Bandit Jay would never have found himself in this situation. He would have had his ring and all the Hershey bars in that pawn shop within his grasp in less than a week.

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Holly J and Anya look a lot alike. Also Anya is a stupid name. Anya is happy that Holly and Sav are now friends and makes a comment about how Holly can come to the wedding. This is creepy because she is 15 and has been dating him for about a week. Holly says she has to tell Anya about Sav's secret but the scene cuts away before she finishes. What is the secret! What is the secret of Sav! Also Sav is a stupid name.

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Damian gets some baseball cards from the auction people. Is he the black dude that dated Liberty and Manny? Why is he hanging out with Emma? I have no idea. Damien makes fun of Jay because Jay acted like a little baby earlier. Jay responds by saying "Hilarious" in a New England accent. I'm not sure why. Jay then acts like a dick to the auction people. Manny is upset that Jay is an asshole, asking "Where's the person I fell in love with," the obvious answer being "right here, Jay has always been an asshole." He also has an excuse since he desperately wants his dead mom's ring back. Manny breaks up with Jay because he is upset about the ring and because she is stupid. Isn't this like the fifth time they've broken up?

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Anya confronts Sav about the arranged marriage but Anya is fairly reasonable and realizes that the arranged marriage is not Sav's fault and that it won't happen for some time. Also Sav says that Anya would be worth fighting the arranged marriage for, earning him ever so much closer to that hand job.

They decide that Holly J must pay because she tried to destroy their relationship with the truth.

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Step one of the plan is to give Holly J a cookie. Shit, I hope Anya tries to get revenge on me sometime.

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Oh snap! Anya is actually taping Holly J eating the cookie. Everybody at the event is upset because they are supposed to be fasting. They are all disgusted and throw garbage at the screen.

Later on Holly J is called the Cookie Monster and even White Webster is able to burn her. You know you've sunk low when White Webster gets one over on you.

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Studz come out to play their set. Either they all liked Donnie Darko too much or they felt like ripping off Lullabies to Paralyze era Queens of the Stone Age but couldn't afford wolf masks. Hiding your identity is counter productive to the only reason to form a band in high school, getting chicks.

Studz sings a song which is basically them yelling "Holly J sucks." None of them seem to know how their instrument works and the singing is reminiscent to how I sing while drunk but they're punk and I guess it's okay. After all, Meat Puppets II is a classic album and only two of the songs on that album are pleasant to listen to.

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That black chick is super pissed at Holly J for eating a cookie. I think she is taking it personally because she is African. She may also be Doo Rags girlfriend.

Holly J declares war on Anya. Oh no!

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Jay is free from the ball and chain, replacing it with a rock. A rock he uses to smash the pawn shop window and get his mother's ring back. So he got the ring and 500 dollars from the tickets. When you get down to it not a bad night for Jay.

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Anya awakens all the 'Freedom Fasters' from their slumbers to tell them they have four more hours before they can eat. They are all pissed that she didn't let them sleep longer.That tent belongs to the Websters. It was put up by request of all the girls who were afraid of being seen by the Websters in their pajamas. White Webster is all high on the trash talking he gave Holly J earlier and tries to make snarky comments towards Anya. Anya will have none of this, threatening to reveal to all the girls that White Webster has morning wood every day. First off, how does she know, and secondly is anybody surprised?

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Holly J's idea of war is ordering three pizzas before the deadline. Oh know at most five people are going to eat before an arbitrary amount of time is up! Given how young people react to free pizza I doubt even five students will be fed. The Websters will finish that off by themselves. I've seen people eat entire pizzas by themselves for no other reason than because it was free. They didn't even want pizza until they found out it was free. Add extreme hunger and a lack of social grace and nobody else is getting near those pies.

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Be the Change guy is completely flabbergasted. He might be upset that people are eating but I think he probably is confused that somebody could find an open pizza parlor so early in the morning.

At The Dot, Jay reads an apology letter to Manny and gives her the ring back. Manny questions how Jay got the ring and Jay says he just got it. It's not until she walks by the pawn shop and sees the police tape that Manny realizes Jay didn't earn thousands of dollars and bought the ring back during the middle of the night while the pawn shop was closed.

Over in the other plot, Anya asks Holly J why she hates her. Holly J says she doesn't and reveals that she only treats Anya like dirt because Anya lets her. Also Holly J is a bitch.

Quick back to the B-plot! Manny is pissed that Jay stole the ring, saying "breaking and entering is a whole new level for you" no it isn't Manny. Jay broke and entered a snack machine in like his second appearance on the show. He also stole thousands of dollars worth of overhead projectors. Jay calls Manny a bitch. For real this time, I can't believe Degrassi said bitch. That's extreme!

Jay and Manny break up yet again. They are a horrible couple.

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I was right about the pizza. Anya totally did not get any. Holly J comes by and Anya yells at her for awhile ending their friendship. Holly J's attempt to be the next Paige ends because the next Paige has to have at least one friend.

That's just how things roll when it's Ladies' Night!

Rating: D
The A-plot was stupid and pointless. Oh dear me, Holly J and Anya are no longer friends. Maybe if there was more than one episode about them being friends then this would matter.

The B-plot was kind of entertaining but I have a feeling it wasn't in the way that the Degrassi people wanted. Plus Manny and Jay was the stupidest couple ever. When the hell did they stop being a fake couple and became a real couple? I don't know. Do any of you know? I don't think the show even knows. They've also broken up in every episode I've seen since they became a couple.

Intensity Level: 50% Intense
Mostly for them saying bitch on a children's show. Jay robbing a pawn shop was pretty intense too. The A-plot though, that was a 0% all the way.

Final Thoughts:
This episode was all about break ups. Anya and Sav for a few minutes, Holly J and Anya, Jay and Manny, that window and itself. If I cared about any of those relationships then this would have been a rollercoaster of emotion. As it was I was mostly bored. I don't care about the new people and the things the old people are doing is so retarded that I can't even watch without shaking my head in shame. Manny is getting so much dumber as the show goes on that by the final season I don't think she will be able to feed herself. The only redeeming grace was that Jay acted like a bad ass again, but even as a bad ass he didn't do anything entertaining enough to make me enjoy the episode. I don't know what's going on in Canada but it's obvious that the Degrassi writers have no idea where they are going with the show anymore.

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