S2E3: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Aired: 2002
These are the random people and group shots of the episode. First we see a shot of baggy clothes in the classroom, including that boy’s pants that allow you to unzip the legs and turn the pants into shorts. Genius. Then we have an underclassman in the darkened gym dressing a little more like a 70s dance than an 80s dance, in this tie-up top and flare pants. Then we have these asshole DJs from the dance. This is a terrible shot because my original was corrupted and I had to go grab this one off the internet, but I’m like 90% sure this lady is wearing Terri’s PMS shirt, the glittery blue v-neck with those slit sleeves. And the dude is wearing Joey Jeremiah’s shirt from high school.
Little baby Toby is playing basketball with Jimmy in his baggy clothes and horiztonal-stripe shirt. Then he roams the hall stirring up drama in this oversize plaid shirt that he forgot to button all the way, whose sleeves dangle way past his hands. Once again we are generally devoid of color.
Alright SO now we’re here with Emma on this first day of school. My commentary is finna get longer and longer as we are here in 2001. So I remember when this like, halfway-pulled-through ponytail rose to popularity. It is still confusing to me to this day. Why not pull it all the way through? Did you get tired? Did you forget you were making a ponytail and abandoned the project? Is this some version of a bun created by a person who didn’t know how to make a bun? It’s like, the lazy-person’s bun. The unfinished ponytail. And like, the thing is, this isn’t even cute, you know? A ponytail is so much cuter. And pulling it the rest of the way through to make it a completed ponytail, doesn’t even FEEL that different. I used to work with this lady who had gorgeous long red hair and would always wear this …. wait what should we call this style? The unfinished ponytail. She would always wear this unfinished ponytail and it drove me crazy because her hair was so pretty and I just wanted to see that ponytail flow in all its glory. This unfinished ponytail is so repressed, so inhibited, and not to mention it leaves a super weird crease in your hair.
Okay, that was extremely therapeutic and healing for me. But for the record, I am glad Emma is wearing her hair like this because it’s REALISTIC, beautifully awkward, and it also brings back memories of the time period. Let’s move on. She too has a cross body backback, and she wears a little tee with stars on it. Then, she sports the same hairstyle, with a colored striped tank under a blue vest with jeans.
The images within this post bring so many thoughts. Despite his unexplainable loveability, Wheels wasn’t the best person – we all know that. And I feel like in this episode, all his faults and worst qualities culminated into a perfect storm that ended in disaster. This ending was just, such a shocker. I mean, I kinda already knew about it because I watched it in like 2015 after I’d already kinda heard it mentioned in TNG and the internet and whatnot. But I can’t imagine what people were feeling, watching this for the first time in 1992.
Anyway, Wheels’s style has changed a bit by now. His hair is longer and poofier, and his clothes are greasier and dirtier, and he wears more bandannas. It’s a look though, I do like it. But his looks and behaviors do make me uneasy throughout the movie. I don’t know why, it’s like, he’s throwing all caution and care to the wind, and you can see it happening. He’s turned super smug and doesn’t look or seem like himself.
And can we just take a moment to talk about that deleted scene from DTNGS1E1 at the class reunion where Wheels comes to apologize to Lucy? Man that is heart-wrenching. But I’m glad he came out the other side. And I hope he found some joy.
Tabi’s greatest moments are in this episode. The fashion ain’t so bad either. So first we get to see a lot of her sporting bangs, her Degrassi jacket, mini skirt, and hose as usual. And for the dance she’s got an updo, beautiful enormous earrings, and a sort of peasant blouse and skirt.
For auditions, Lucy is wearing a bright blue blouse and headband. OMG in class she is looking so cute in that jean jacket, side braid, and lots of necklaces, and the full outfit includes a hat and jean shorts with biker-ish shorts underneath. Then for the talent show, I couldn’t get the best shots, but she’s wearing this shimmery gold top with a black miniskirt and hose. Again out of order, but again in the auditorium she wears an olive blazer with an orange shirt and headband.
One reason I love this episode is that we get some twin time! Erica cracks me up too, because she hots herself up to sneak around the school in hopes to meet The Savages. Anyway, let’s rewind. For the first outfit: What a coincidence that Erica is suddenly displaying what a huge music fan and Savages fan she is on the day before The Savages come to school. Nevertheless, the outfit is impeccable – a black suspender skirt, a Savages tee, and emerald headband and earrings. The next outfit – “We’re not going to a night club, Erica!” – is the day they hope to run in to The Savages, so Erica upped her game even more than usual. She wears a black bell sleeve blouse, a grey skirt, and freaking panty hose. I think she wears black heels too, but I was unable to capture them.
Caitlin’s nasty dad is wearing a generic, sea foam green button down, and a smile, because he convinced his poor wife to stick around. Side note. I know this shot looks pixelated. But it really is a challenge doing a screen grab sometimes. Because what I do is I pause at the best moment and then take the screen grab. But sometimes, there just isn’t a “best moment”, especially when there is movement in a shot. Additionally, I swear that Degrassi High gets a little more blurry or something.