We wrap up West End Girls with Toby, wearing a maroon tee and his usual glasses. But his hair is kinda spiky, and that’s cool. We briefly see him at the dance being kinda rapey… I don’t know why the writers did that. I mean, you gonna make Toby a creep or not? Pick one.
Here’s where I round up the random and group photos from the episode. First are a couple shots of Spirit Squad, in their white tennies and Degrassi attire. Next is a group shot in the hallway featuring many sets of belted, low-rise jeans. Then is Kevin Smith’s insufferable music guy acting coked out in a leather jacket. This next shot, just a random girl at the dance – tell me that’s not Rochelle. “Hey Rochelle, wanna have lunch?” Holly J asks this girl in the hallway much later on and she smiles all big. This girl looks like Rochelle. Maybe there’s too much time between this episode and that future one, but I’m going to try to keep an eye out. And finally is an overhead shot at the dance, of these little youngsters enjoying themselves.
West End Girls being the Manny vs. Paige episode means we get a good helping of Paige. And Paige in pink is just me favorite! First she’s seen at Spirit Squad, forgetting the dance routine. Notice her super grunge-looking eye makeup. I guess it’s better likened to raccoon eyes given the era though. Next she’s seen at the store Pretty Pretty Pretty or whatever, trying on that gorgeous dress with her big black bra straps hanging out. I’ll say it again, this cropped length is a really weird pairing with a dropped waist. Next we see her with Matt wearing a very Paige-y top, silver jewelry, and frosty makeup. And even with a broken leg, Paige won’t miss that dance. She clomps on in, corsage in her boot, raging on pain killers. She wears a cute pink furry bolero with the dress, and one strappy pink heel.
What a surprise… after being kicked out of Degrassi for dating a student, Mr. O doesn’t want to go to the dance at that very school with that very student?! Come on, Paige. What did you expect? He’s not gone full greasy vagabond yet, he just wears a long sleeve white tee under a short sleeve navy tee, lookin like a standard 2000s dude.
Marco’s brief little friendship with Manny is cute. It’s nice to see her really finding her own way, independent of Emma. Now she’s even chilling with upperclassmen. However, Marco is forced to make a choice, and ultimately Paige is more important to him. Awkward. He’s first sporting curly hair and a white button down over a blue tank. Then he’s in a bandanna and a long-sleeve tee. For the dance, his hair is straight and he wears all black everything except for a white tie. Hope his date choice (Paige) was worth it.
This is an interesting little episode, where Paige really starts to wear Manny down, making her life miserable. Manny tries her best to fight back but I think Paige holds more power here. I wish this saga could have been drug out a little bit. Oh well! First Manny is seen in Spirit Squad practice. Then she’s wearing a matchy-matchy velour set over a tube top with those square hoop earrings. And that pink plastic watch still, lol. She’s also still wearing her VEGAS necklace, which I still love. And unfortunately she has picked the same dress as Paige for the dance. I love it – pink, ruched, and super ruffly strapless with a dropped waist. However, the length of the dress is kinda weird, cutting off at like mid-calf, which doesn’t seem like something someone would wear during this period. Next we return to school and see the Spirit Squad uniform on her, and later those famous low-rise jeans paired with a red athletic-inspired top. Her hair looks amazing here btw. Next… Manny is being tortured in the mascot outfit. And then she returns to the dress store – I guess Paige chased her out last time – and tries on a funeral ensemble. Ultimately, though, she decides on the pink because she broke Paige’s leg and decided she deserved a treat. That’s where you can see the odd length of the dress – it kinda makes her legs look ultra-short. The shoes are odd too, like, kitten pumps. Aaand, uh oh – Paige shows up at the dance, and they have the same dress! So, Paige rips Manny’s off, and here is her underwear. Never seen a teenage girl wear underwear like this before. Finally, she’s in the locker room in a hoodie. We don’t really see Manny in hoodies, do we?
Liberty’s dress for the prom looks almost like one of those Bride-of-Dracula dresses worn for the play. We can’t really make it out well, but it’s grey and ruffly. She also wears an extra-long pearl necklace giving painful 2000s vices.
Kevin Smith Infiltrates Degrassi Part 1. Here he is, y’all. Kevin Smith playing Kevin Smith on Degrassi. He’s making a movie and using Degrassi as his set. Heck, I think they should have gone ahead and actually made this a movie in real life. Anyway, Kevin wears glasses, huge jorts, a long trench, and jackets that kinda look like bowling jackets but I’m not really sure what they’re called. Don’t worry, he’ll be back.