Degrassi, Season 8
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The bell rings, signalling a new school high school and university year for Degrassi: The Next Generation, which continues to explore new and provocative territory for adolescents and young adults grappling with "first" experiences. Season 8 finds favourite characters dealing with the social and academic pressures of becoming high school juniors and seniors, while introducing exciting new characters to the world of the Degrassi Community School. Last year, chaos reigned as students from rival school Lakehurst were forced into the halls of Degrassi. This year, Lakehurst's contribution is much worse with its "anything goes" principal, The Shep. While The Shep's love for football and the popular crowd doesn't jibe with most of the student body and faculty, his attitude is especially hard on Degrassi's newest students — a Grade 9 gifted class. And just as the Grade 9's explore their new surroundings, so too do the recent graduates and Smithdale College freshmen. This season Emma, Manny, and Liberty navigate their way through the trials of higher education, residence life, and being far from home.
|1||VideoUptown Girl, Pt. 1||Relieved of parental duty for the year by mom, Mia starts the school year off with a bang by bonding with new girl, Leia, and getting scouted to be the new face of football star Tom Blake's shoe line. Mia wants to get this job. But just how far will she go to get it? All the way to Tom's bed perhaps? But she's not that type of girl. Or is she? When Emma and Manny are assigned different rooms at the Smithdale U dorm, Emma's horrified. After spending hours negotiating with the housing department to get them reassigned, Manny and Liberty are not as excited as Emma had hoped. And mystery roommate Kelly adds something new to the mix. Will rooming together bring these girls back together or push them even further apart?||22:20||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoUptown Girl, Pt. 2||Mia does what she can to ensure her success. Besides, Tom is handsome and famous, so Mia thinks being with Tom to get ahead isn't such a bad trade. But she's having difficulty balancing school, beginning a relationship with Danny, and going to wild parties with Tom at night. But all that doesn't matter because Mia wins the coveted job! But at the big photo shoot, she learns a shocking truth - the decision was made entirely without Tom's input. Now, she's a bona fide model, but at what cost? Is this new glamourous path worth losing her new friend, a great boyfriend, and her self-respect? As we get better acquainted with the gifted class we see the relationships come together between Connor and Clare. Clare says she doesn't care what people think but when new boy K.C. shows obvious interest, she begins to care what K.C. thinks!||22:17||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoFight the Power||Jane wants to play football but since there is no girls team, then boys' football it is. The Shep doesn't like the idea one bit, but once Jane proves she's faster, stronger, and more athletic than most of the team, he relents...with a warning: she'll be treated like every other player. The guys on the team razz Jane, but she deflects their jabs playfully, determined to be a part of the team. During the final moments of Degrassi's first-ever football game, Jane is not protected by her team, gets hit, fumbles the ball and costs them the win. Jane weathers the relentless harassment to stick with the team, but when an altercation between Jane and Derek turns violent, Jane finds herself on the losing end of the fight. What's worse, The Shep chalks it up to boys being boys. Jane must decide if playing a sport she loves is worth the constant struggle against this entrenched misogyny. Jane knows she can play football with the best, but can she win the hearts and minds of her teammates in this battle to belong?||22:17||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoHalloween Special: The Curse of Degrassi||The Curse of Degrassi, on the surface appears to be a regular Next Generation episode with students preparing for the annual Harvest Dance. Jane is anxious to see Spinner, for a night of fun. But when he realizes that it's the anniversary of Jimmy's shooting and Rick Murray's death, he is just not in the celebrating mood and renegs. Meanwhile, Holly J is in charge of the dance set-up, and is nowhere to be found. When she's finally discovered, Holly J isn't acting like her bossy, domineering self - she's been completely taken over by the spirit of school-shooter, Rick Murray! Why is Rick at the school and using Holly J as his vessel of evil? Why is he eliminating defenseless students? Like every horror movie, this one needs a hero - Spinner - who has to set things straight before the bewitching hour comes to an end and Degrassi is cursed forever.||21:54||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoDidn't We Almost Have It All||Eager to make the most of her college experience, Liberty jumps at the chance to rush the most popular sorority at Smithdale. Determined to get in, Liberty slowly exchanges old habits and old friends (Manny and Emma) for sorority approved ones. Despite a new look and a posse of supportive rushees, Liberty lets loose and the sisters love it. But where will all this behavior take her? Front of the school paper. Liberty worries she'll be cut. Turns out, she had nothing to worry about; the sorority needs a token minority. Now what will she do? Back at Degrassi, Holly J enters this year with an aggressive "to do" list: rule the school as student council President, take the Power Squad to the city finals and get the grades that will get her into a top university. When she assumes she's the only virgin on the Power Squad, she adds "lose her virginity" to the list. And who will be the lucky young man?||22:17||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoMan With Two Hearts||Peter begins a relationship with Mia and a friendship with Riley. Finding a balance between a new girlfriend and a new guy friend gets confusing, especially when Riley is suddenly kissing Peter. Riley immediately runs off, leaving Peter really confused about their friendship. Peter struggles to understand. Did he encourage Riley? And when he confronts him with what happened, will the truth bring his friend closer, or only drive them further away? Meanwhile, while working on a project with Connor at Simpson's house, Clare and Alli find a vibrator under Mr. S's bed! Caught off guard by Spike's arrival, the sex toy ends up in Clare's bag. Trouble really strikes when Connor accidentally sets off the vibrator in class and Mr. Armstrong confiscates it. Clare's mom, now scandalized, is called to the school, and is horribly embarrassed by The Shep. Despite being totally humiliated, the incident forces Clare to challenge her parents on their don't ask/don't tell approach to sexuality.||22:21||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||VideoWith or Without You||Sav and Anya plan to celebrate their six-month anniversary on the school's overnight trip. Only problem? Alli, Sav's sister, convinces their parents to let her go on the trip on the condition that Sav spend every second with her. Forced to choose between his girlfriend and family responsibility, whats a guy to do? Compromise. Trouble is, can Sav trust his sister to behave? All signs point to no when Alli is anointed with the nickname "Backwoods" Bhandari. Sav is furious. How could she do that to their family? Alli is furious back. How could he believe those rumors? And more importantly, how can Sav make out with Anya and be upset if Alli does the same? Alli accuses Sav of having some serious double standards. And Anya knows it too! Over at Smithdale, both Manny and Emma are crushing on their roommate, Kelly. The two girls know they can't compete over the same guy. They've been down that road before. They are older and wiser now. They know their friendship is too valuable to risk over a guy. Isn't it?||22:18||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||VideoMoney For Nothing||Mia’s T-Bombz campaign is hitting the city, and Degrassi. But Holly J has bigger and better things going on. She’s prepping the Power Squad for an out-of-town competition, and things are looking good. Her crush, Blue, has even asked her out! Holly J has all her ducks in a row, until, she learns her parents in real financial turmoil so no more rides to school. Also, from now on, brown bag lunches, and no more trips to the mall. Desperate to keep up her top dog appearance and appease her financial crisis, Holly J spills her guts to Spinner in order to land a job at The Dot (despite her atrocious waitressing skills). Hurt by her family’s struggle, Holly J lashes out at Mia and plans to destroy her new glam status. Mia’s secret about Tom has landed in Holly J’s hands, and she’s thinking of sharing it with the world. Things are close to perfect for Peter who is happily enjoying the band, Mia, and his pad. Until, Ms. Hatzilakos unexpectedly drops in for a visit. She’ll be staying with Peter for a bit while she’s in town. Peter quickly discovers that his life isn’t so rad with mom around. She’s treating Peter like a kid, when he feels he’s becoming a responsible adult. What does Peter need to do to show his mom he’s grown up?||22:18||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||VideoLost In Love, Pt. 1||Spinner and Jane have plans for next year – she'll start pre-law and he'll attend police college. When he doesn't get in, he can't bear to tell her, so he lies. Jane catches him and starts to wonder if her future includes him. Clare gets invited to the dance by K.C. and Connor. When it looks like their struggle for her attention will jeopardize Robot Wars, she decides to go with neither. Kelly and Emma finally admit they have feelings for each other and agree to go out on a date.||22:19||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||VideoLost In Love, Pt. 2||Desperate to win Jane back, Spinner sneaks into the Leadership Convention Jane is speaking at and proposes. When Jane turns him down, Spinner breaks up with her – nothing he does is ever good enough. But soon Jane realizes she needs Spinner in her life. Will she be able to win him back? Clare agrees to go to the dance with Connor to avoid hurting his feelings. But when she shares a dance with K.C., the person she really wanted to go with, she hurts Connor anyway. Kelly nearly loses Emma before he’s even got her! What will he have to do to prove his feelings for her?||22:17||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|11||VideoBad Medicine||Riley's the star of Degrassi's first ever football game win! The Shep is floored at how much Riley's improved. Things seem like they can't get any better for Riley, except for the fact that he's keeping some serious secrets. Not only is he repressing the fact that he's gay, Riley is also using anabolic steroids. He uses them and girls to complete his "real man" image but when his social life leaves him unsatisfied, he is driven to take more steroids as an "antidote" to his gayness. With the steroids' side effects ramping up – Riley begins to lose his temper and acts out at school. Will he be able to maintain this straight jock persona he’s created? Or will his efforts to be someone else lead him to crash into his true self and hurt the people he cares about? Danny and Derek both have it bad for Leia. How will that affect their friendship?||22:18||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|12||VideoCausing a Commotion||Clare stands up for Connor when he receives unfair treatment from The Shep.The result of their peaceful protest? Detentions for everyone. No one is more frustrated by the detention than Alli. It wasn't her idea to protest. And Connor is being super annoying. When he doesn't listen and continues tapping his pencil, she grabs it and breaks it, sending Connor into a violent rage. He is expelled. After some testing, it is confirmed that Connor is affected by Asperger's Syndrome but The Shep will not treat Connor "specially" and sticks to the expulsion. Clare thinks The Shep is wrong. And she stands up against the administration. Sav and Anya have started hanging out again – as friends. But when Sav thinks he's winning her back, she explains that they didn't break up because she doesn't love him, they broke up because he couldn't balance their relationship with the demands of his family. To prove things are different this time, Sav finally invites Anya home to meet his parents. But when the meeting doesn't go well, Sav fears Anya will end the relationship for good. Is he right?||22:23||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|13||VideoHeat of the Moment||Pushed to the edge by Holly J, Alli begins posting nasty things about her on the "anti-Grapevine" blog, the underground school on-line site. When nasty turns to hateful and then to threatening, Alli is expelled from school and questioned by the police. Has Holly J met her match in the mean department? Mr. Stone, always "Daddy of the Year", pressures Peter into helping out with his half-sister and Peter reluctantly agrees. But when his Angel starts to interfere with Peter's fun, Peter decides responsibility for someone else's child shouldn't fall on him (an opinion that hits his girlfriend, Mia, hard). Will Peter turn his back on his baby sister and let her be raised without a good male role model or will he decide to become a stellar big brother?||22:19||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|14||VideoJane Says, Pt. 1||The Shep has returned after his sensitivity training and it's Spirit Week at Degrassi! However spirits are anything but high at home for Jane as she struggles to get her dropout brother Lucas off the couch. Despite Jane's efforts, Jane's mom believes Lucas could benefit from some father/son time. Jane doesn't want her father in her life. Her friends and family don't understand why she hates him. Truthfully, neither does Jane. Danny's new girlfriend Leia has a problem - she doesn't fit in with Danny's friends and lies compulsively to avoid them. Her chance to impress Danny's posse arises at a co-ed sleepover at Peter's pad. Truth or dare, anyone?||22:17||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|15||VideoTouch of Grey||Emma's (Miriam McDonald) tired of being referred to as Kelly's (Evan Williams) girlfriend and Blonde Emma - she's not even blonde anymore! Determined to create a distinct university identity, Emma borrows some pot from Kelly and smokes up with Becca (Nicole Dicker) and Gwyneth (Hayley Andoff). Emma wants to uphold her new stoner persona and shares pot brownies with everyone at the Floor Olympics event. But when campus cops raid the room, will Emma stand up and take responsibility or will someone else take the fall?||22:16||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|15||VideoJane Says, Pt. 2||Jane admits to herself that her issues with her dad go deeper than the divorce and she thinks maybe he used to touch her inappropriately, leaving her feeling confused and alone. Lucas gives Jane a hard time for creating tension between mom and dad until he learns the truth.||22:19||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|16||VideoHeart of Glass||Alli (Melinda Shankar) wants Johnny (Scott Paterson) to like her. She worries she's going to lose him to an older more "experienced" girl. So to make sure she keeps her man close, Alli decides to play with the big kids at a ravine party. Peter's (Jamie Johnston) been talking to Darcy (Shenae Grimes) and planning to visit her. Torn between two girls, Peter chooses Mia (Nina Dobrev). But will she want him now that she's uncovered his secret?||22:19||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|17||VideoUp Where We Belong||Mia has to make a difficult choice: her education or her modelling career. Meanwhile, Sav wants to pursue a music career but isn't sure how to get his parents to support him and Holly J.'s art teacher thinks she doesn't have what it takes to make the grade.||22:17||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|18||VideoDanger Zone||Holly J is crushing on co-worker Spinner but when held at gunpoint, Holly J is the one who must hold it together.||22:19||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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So much better than I expected!
After many complaints and boos that the old cast is being taken over, well mostly, I thought Degrassi was coming to it's end. But I was wrong! The new characters just need some getting used to. The old characters are still in there... just not as much. The story lines so far are good... It's a lot better than everyone including me was expecting. Although it's still not like it was back in season 3, its still pretty good. It deserves its chance.. WATCH IT!
This season of degrassi is already amazing! I can't wait for the rest of the episodes to come on iTunes!! Degrassi is one of my favorite shows, and its CANADIAN TO!!!
Yes! Love the new characters :) Congratulations Melinda, I'll buy every episode! Love u! (from roger)