401/402 – The Ghost in the Machine 1 & 2: B
Lauren Collins establishes herself as one of Degrassi’s standout actresses.
403 – King of Pain: C+
An OK episode that brings Alex to the character forefront.
404 – Mercy Street: A (Emma/Rick) | A (JT/Manny)
Emma leads the way in an emotional, well-written storyline. JT’s penis pump brings humor without being crass.
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405 – Anywhere I Lay My Head: C
Ellie-centric episodes are heavy, but seem to lack the engaging nature of other characters’ storylines.
406 – Islands in the Stream: B+
The end of Spaige, but the (very) beginning of Palex.
407/408 – Time Stands Still 1 & 2: A+
Part 1 is a great setup; Part 2 is a great finish. This is Degrassi’s most intense, and most-memorable episode.
409 – Back in Black: B-
Just as we’re enjoying a well-rounded Sean, he leaves.
410 – Neutron Dance: B
More entertaining than the re-ignition of Crash is the reactions from the rest of The Squatch.
411/412 – Voices Carry 1 & 2: C+
Well acted by Jake Epstein, but it quickly becomes Craig overload.
413 – Bark at the Moon: B- (Manny) | B+ (Paige/Mr. O)
A focus on Manny’s mental state makes up for the weak couple this plot revolves around. | Paige and Matt’s secret relationship is crafted in an interesting way that avoids it being a standard student/teacher scenario.
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414/415 – Secret 1 & 2: B+
Watching Emma breakdown is far more interesting than watching her protest.
416 – Eye of the Tiger: A-
Spinner’s confession serves up some killer conflict between him and Degrassi’s top clique.
417 – Queen of Hearts: B
A solid episode about trust, and Ellie’s lack of it.
418 – Modern Love: C
Paige and Mr. O feel more like a filler couple.
419 – Moonlight Desires: C-
The beginning of the kind of Marco episodes that we HATE.
420 – West End Girls: C+
The Manny/Paige interaction is good. Everything else is not.
421/422 – Going Down the Road 1 & 2: D
Congratulations Degrassi, you’ve jumped the shark.