Can’t Hardly Wait
The-N Airdate: 10/13/06
CTV Airdate: 12/5/06
PLOT A SUMMARY: Ashley is ready to have sex with Jimmy, but there’s just one problem: he can’t get an erection. He follows Spinner’s advice to relax, and randomly gets an erection during therapy. He’s pumped up to finally take things to the next level with Ashley, but finds himself unable to get it up during their romantic evening. Jimmy goes to the doctor and after providing several potential options, the doc gives Jimmy a prespriction viagra-like meds. Jimmy takes them, but they don’t work. He tells Ashley that they should break up because she’s going to eventually leave him if he can’t satisfy her needs. Ashley says it’s no big deal, but he’s frustrated because it makes him question whether or not he’ll be able to do all the things he wants to do in life.
On the surface it seems like a silly episode about a guy’s erection…and it is. And Spinner helps throw a little humor into the mix. But underneath it’s all about how Jimmy’s self esteem is tied to this one simple task. Guys need to be needed by a woman. The feeling is that if we can’t provide the basics (pleasure being one of them in this case), then what’s the point?
Since the shooting Jimmy seems to have accepted the hand life has dealt him, going with the flow and finding alternative ways to enjoy life and express himself. But in this episode we get to watch him lose confidence because he can’t do something that he should be able to do without thinking about it. JimAsh has never exactly been an interesting couple…heck even their “love scene” is one of worst things I have ever see. But at least we have Ashley being supportive without question. It’s easy to feel bad for Jimmy because there is no “quick fix,” and there’s no guarantees that any method used will help him. Jimmy Brooks: Crippled Virgin is not the way you wanna go out.
PLOT B SUMMARY: Darcy begs Manny to forgive her for what happened between them last year and rejoin the Spirit Squad…Manny agrees. They hold tryouts, and the only person who is worthy in their eyes is the new girl named Mia. They invite Mia to The Dot for a meeting, but are surprised to learn Mia has a daughter. Darcy doesn’t like that at all, and excludes Mia from making the squad. Furious, Manny makes Mia suit up anyway and they confront Darcy at the basketball game. Darcy insults Mia, saying Mia having a baby was a big life mistake. Mia pushes Darcy, which ultimately leads to a large brawl between students from Degrassi and Lakehurst. Mia’s kicked off the squad and Manny wants to quit, but Mia tells her not to let Darcy have full control of the squad.
Welcome back judgmental Darcy!! While this plot ultimately sets up the huge Lakehurst rivalry, in the process it gives us an interesting little rivalry among the Spirit Squad leaders: Darcy and her bible-thumping ways vs. Manny’s lack of desire to take anyone’s crap. This pairing is weird because Darcy is similar to old-school Emma…she’s great when things are calm, but it’s nothing for her to turn on you if you disagree with her principles. Mia and her daughter work well as the catalyst fueling Darcy and Manny’s power struggle. The fact that we have two strong-willed characters who refuse to back down is what keeps this ultimately petty argument interesting.