Gawd. Ellie being a drummer is the most unconvincing thing I’ve ever seen. I’m squirming. I really don’t like Ellie much from this season forward, but her situation in this episode is kinda sad. She’s being shunned by Craig and desperately she hangs out with Paige and Hazel at lunch. She momentarily convinces them to revive Hell Hath No Fury, but then the next day they’re like “umm what are you even talking about?” El’s style these days is a little less mix-n-match-DIY-mall-goth and a little more… emo meets biker or something. She’s got normal girl hair and wears a series of arguably “classier” black outfits.
Craig “We Hung Out All Summer” Manning is treating Ellie so badly that we maybe should be worried. Honestly I’ve never seen him more filled with rage at any woman. Why her? Why hate HER so much? It’s clear he’s got no respect for her, yet it’s unclear why he’s even her friend. What are they friends about? Anyway, first he’s in a leather jacket and red tee, then he’s in an Irish looking green tee and baggy jeans. And I’m still sad he doesn’t have that cool shag haircut anymore.
Here’s Chantay, just being so helpful, wearing a yellow zip up. She unzips it to pretend to flash everyone. Thanks. I mean, I guess Paige would have found out some other way but still. Also, that girl to Chantay’s right in the second pic, she goes to Degrassi about as long as Chantay. I’m pretty sure that’s “hey Rochelle, do you wanna have lunch?”
Degrassi is using this episode to teach us about plastic surgery, but perhaps they should really be teaching us about some personal finance. Here’s Manny back at Dr. Andras’s office wondering why this doctor’s office can’t serve as an ATM for her credit card. He’s got a tan color scheme going on that somehow does look dated. Well, this is the last we’ll see of Andras! Bye!
Spinner’s not dressed very excitingly, but I do enjoy his overall skater look. Earrings, tongue ring, a ball bearing necklace, tee shirts, and so on. The tongue ring is really interesting, ya know? I don’t think I knew many high schoolers with their tongue pierced. That’s pretty adult. He’s also seen here in his Dot work shirt. And he is still VERY much disliked and ostracized amongst his peers in the aftermath of Jimmy’s paralysis.
Oh, hey! I took about a week off from posting because I ran out of storage space here on my site. I use WordPress, and I had filled up my Personal plan to the limit. I thought I was on Premium already and thought I couldn’t afford the next upgrade. Turns out I only had Personal, so now I’ve upgraded to Premium, and hope to have a few more years of doing this with y’all! I mean, I have like 14 more seasons to cover! Let’s hope Premium gets me through that!
Anyway, I’ve got the rando roundup for you today. First is the Tankini Tramp, who reminds me of Sara Paxton. Then is this group shot of the Grade 8s (I know, they’re older now) which is undeniably awesome. Ya know, I tend not to question these pants. Ever. Because those were the only pants I knew at the time and still feel like “normal” pants to me, even as trends changed. But like… objectively… do they look.. BAD?! Ill-fitting, even? Unflattering? Well, even if they do, skinny jeans are MUCH worse.
I had to include this mannequin shot because you can see the low-riseness of the pants, the tightness of the shirt, and that grommet belt, oof. Also at the mall, Manny is looking at this girl wearing a low-rise mini skirt, and the girl is also wearing the wig that Manny tries on… yeaaaah y’all can’t get anything past me!! I’m onto your secrets! Also at the mall is this gorgeous blonde with fillers and heavy makeup, also a miniskirt. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I still love and always have loved that golden Playboy blonde color that’s currently “out”. It’ll be back, just you watch.
Why do all the adults wear 70s-inspired clothes? Huge collars and bell sleeves? Does the wardrobe dept do that on purpose to show they’re from a different generation? Anyway, this rude receptionist for Bernice wears a terribly uncomfortably looking tweed blazer over a collar that reaches the ends of her shoulders. Gross.
Back at school, we see an assortment of cross-body bags and messenger bags. At the hot-girls-only party, Tankini Tramp Sara Paxton is apparently friends with Emma now, and her bra straps are hangin out – a favorite look! And finally.. the vodka guy is kinda gross, isn’t he?
INTRODUCING Peter Stone. Wow. Well, here we are folks. Look, not gonna lie, Peter was kinda cute at the beginning. In this like, overprivileged preppy boy way. I think he was well-cast. I don’t know how they let him turn into such a slobby looking guy later. But anyway, I also have huge issues with this character, besides the obvious. First of all, he’s one of the most inconsistent characters ever on this show. But let’s get into this current Peter. Umm, like, can we explore why we never get the REASON for his bizarre actions? Why exactly is he doing this? I do love the whole “creepy-guy-who-likes-to-photograph-beautiful-women-as-if-he’s-collecting-their-souls” thing. I know some of those guys in real life. It’s a thing, and it’s perplexing. They should have played into that more – and I’m glad that he did it again for consistency’s sake. And yeah, Peter being a pervert is totally believable – but even then, they didn’t really depict that as being the reason for his “movie”. And we also aren’t really shown answers. WHY leak the video? What was the thought process behind that? What was he trying to gain? WHY no repercussions? WHYYYYYYY did everyone just brush it off and decide Peter was fine? That’s insane. But yeah, when I watch early Peter, I wonder, “what’s his deal?” and I can’t figure out an answer.
Ugh, I could go on about this forever. But let’s move on. Peter is riding the last wave of spiky hair being acceptable on men (RIP). He dresses in button downs, polos, and casual khakis, just looking like a total prep!
Oh right, the B plot – Ellie and Craig’s birthday party fallout. Well, Paige is here for that, and you can read it on her face that it’s not going well. We’re going to be seeing this “fabric flower” thing on some more clothes as we go along. It’s crazy, I had clothes with fabric flowers on them too and just thought nothing of it. Paige wears this open-front shirt thing over a cami. She also has this sparkly decorative scarf, which I think is pretty congruent with the things Paige wears – slightly off, but somehow, Paige makes it cool.
And here is Manny’s mom again, Julietta. She too has a look that says “disheveled yet trying my best to hold it together”. Both parents convey a lot with their attire here – like they are stressed and under pressure. Like they’ve placed their wants, needs, personalities, and self-expression to the side to work work work and do what they’re supposed to do, like earn money and raise a family. And deep down, though they’re surely worried for Manny’s safety, they’re probably also resentful that Manny is exploring life, experimenting with fashion, and trying out unconventional pursuits.