Over the years, 99% of all the Degrassi quizzes I’ve taken have been pointlessly easy.
Yesterday, BuzzFeed created a quiz that now has me questioning my place in the universe.
It’s pretty simple…all you have to do is correctly guess which screenshot the episode came from. I got a 12 out of 15.
It’s a pretty impressive task if you can remember a lot of details from a show that’s been around for 15 seasons, and this quiz exposed the gaps in how I go about memorizing things that have happened on Degrassi.
If you haven’t taken the quiz, you can do so here. Be warned, I’ll be revealing some of the answers below as I looked at how this quiz tripped me up.
A majority of the questions were pretty easy. But then I rolled up onto this question and things went downhill from there:
I actually remember this moment, because there’s no way to forget a plot that involves a sticker book. However, I didn’t remember which episode it happened in. I was able to instantly rule out “We Got The Beat” and “Jessie’s Girl,” so it either happened early in the season or in the middle. I guessed wrong. I think of season 7 as the “Darcy Season,” because her rape storyline is my favorite arc of the entire series. Outside of that arc, “Death Or Glory” and “Got My Mind Set On You,” I couldn’t tell you exactly where a lot of the things in season 7 happened.
But here’s an instance where I guessed right:
I had no earthly idea when this moment happened. Again, I was able to rule out two of the episodes (“Touch Of Grey” and “Heart Of Glass”). Season 8 is similar to season 7 in terms of me remembering storylines, but not remembering which episode all of them happened in. All I know is Uptown Girl happened, Touch of Grey was the first episode I ever reviewed, Heart of Glass is one of my favorite episodes ever, and everything else (things like Clare and the vibrator, Jane on the football team, Spinner getting shot and Riley struggling with his sexuality) happened somewhere in between. Also, for some reason I don’t think of Degrassi Goes Hollywood as even a part of season 8.
I’m now on the hit list of Beckdam fans everywhere, because I forgot when this kiss happened. I do remember specific episode titles in this season, but in general I recall season 12 by thinking of it in three blocks: “Bite Your Tongue,” the “Adam Block,” and the “Cam Block.” Besides the fact Adam had a lot of screentime in 12B, I couldn’t really give you a specific timeline of what happened when during that block without having to research it. It’s crazy how little I can remember about 12B beyond Adam’s cucumber in the pants, but the events of 12A and 12C are practically burned into my memory.
This was a straight up mental flub. Again, I know the plots that occurred in 14B, but I don’t think I even bothered trying to remember the 14B episode titles.
What I’m getting at is my mentality in regards to episode titles has evolved over my nearly 12 years of watching Degrassi. I remember an overwhelming majority of the storylines, but instead of remembering them all by specific episodes, a lot of them I remember by season or block.
During the first few years of watching this show I could’ve effortlessly rattled off every episode title and a detailed description of every plot and subplot. Now there’s just too many damn episodes. Sure, I remember that one time Clare got caught up with a couple of weed dealers in season 11, but there’s no way I’m remembering it happened during the 37th episode, Not Ready To Make Nice Part 2.
The weird thing is that at no point during my life have I ever payed attention to or even cared about the episode titles of any other TV show besides Degrassi. In the case of this show they’re fun and unique, especially the new wave of hashtag titles. I remember way more of the episode titles from the earlier years (seasons 1-5) than I do a season like 13 or 14. For me, the further along the seasonal timeline we go, the less crucial the episode titles have become in regards to how I go about remembering Degrassi.