Last Shift Lunch Break: Favorite Degrassi Couples

Happy Valentine’s Day, Degrassholes! Before we dive into Season 3 of Degrassi: The Next Generation, we’re dropping a brand new “minisode” to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a discussion on some of our favorite Degrassi love stories!

And no, none of us chose Eli and Clare as a favorite so if you’re looking for that content, look elsewhere. Icons only: Paige and Alex, Manny and Craig, Manny and Jay, Imogen and Fiona…all the couples that brought the feels, the laughs, and of course, the drama.

Along the way, we discuss some of our dream ships that never came to be (Would Perino date Ms. Kwan or Ms. Hotsauce?), Sean Cameron’s drag career (Wasaga Bitch!), and which couples have us looking for that switch to flip to erase them from our memory.

So grab a box of candy, a yummy pink drink, and if no one’s celebrating you today in the way you deserve, know that we here at Last Shift love you so treat yourself!

xoxo,

Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino

26. Abusive Dinosaur Roars

Trigger Warning: This episode deals with a storyline about child abuse. Some listeners may find this content disturbing and we advise they skip these episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation as well as this episode of the podcast.

Hello and happy holidays, Degrassholes! For our last episode of the year, we present to you the last episode of Season 2 of Degrassi: The Next Generation, Tears Are Not Enough Parts 1 and 2. Can you believe we actually recorded this on NYE of 2022? Probably. Well, it’s edited and here for your listening pleasure if you need an escape from family time this holiday season. Or maybe you were more naughty than nice this year and this is your consolation prize – an episode chock full of Angie Jeremiah and Ashley Kerwin. You’re welcome. Be better next time.

The A plot of this episode finds Craig cramming for finals, which is downright impossible when living with Hurricane Angie. As such, he finds an unexpected getaway from all of the chaos with his father, Dr. Manning. But has Albert truly changed for the better?

The garbage B plots of this two parter center around the upcoming year end luau dance. We’ll let you decide which one is worse: Liberty holding JT hostage for a date to the dance or Spinner and Jimmy continuing whatever this frenemy-ship is over who can get their respective couple crowned luau king and queen. Hey, at least there’s no Emma?

Along the way we tackle the burning topics and questions such as:

  • How we all apparently wanted to go to boarding school (“A sleepover with your friends every day!”).
  • Again, why weren’t Paige and JT a thing for real?
  • Julia Jeremiah’s (RIP) absolute chokehold on the men in her life.
  • Why was Simpson giving the entire school every lurid detail about Craig’s dad’s death?

And much much more. So pull up a seat, a hearty glass of eggnog (or just plain whiskey, whatever), and remember that the ultimate Christmas miracle may just be Season 2 finally ending so we can get to the truly good stuff (MANNY’S REIGN COMING FOR US ALL IN 2024)!

xoxo,

Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino

Last Shift Lunch Break: The Woman in Me by Britney Spears

Hey all! Before the release of our Season 2 Finale, we found ourselves with the rare lunch break and thought we’d switch things up a bit with a “minisode” of sorts discussing the new memoir by our very own Princess of Pop, Britney Spears. Your hosts all read or listened to the book and found ourselves talking about it almost as much as we talk about Degrassi so here we are.

To tie it all together, we explore some of the similarities we noticed between Britney and the Princess of Degrassi, Manny Santos. Along the way we explore topics such as their families, love lives, and most importantly, THAT clip of Michelle Williams from the audiobook.

So grab a drink, some PROP knives to twirl around your room with because it’s iconic and freeing, and never forget that Diane Sawyer is the worst.

xoxo,

Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino

25. “Marco couldn’t keep a straight face.”

Trigger Warning: This episode deals with a storyline about sexual assault and rape. Some listeners may find this content disturbing and we advise they skip these episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation as well as this episode of the podcast.

Hello Degrassholes and happy spooky season! In the spirit of spooky…BOO! Dean’s back! SO sorry about that but unfortunately our A plot for Season 2, Episode 20, “How Soon Is Now” involves the return of those rich assholes from Bardell High to Degrassi’s hallowed halls for some basketball tournament. Paige is making progress with her healing journey by attending counseling sessions at school until she learns that she may have to come face to face yet again with Dean. Poor girl can’t catch a break this season.

Our not-much-happier B plot finds Ellie and Marco working on a group project together involving a perfume ad? Whatever, Media Immersion is a fake class. If you don’t recall (because Marco certainly doesn’t), he and Ellie are “dating” as he navigates his sexuality and how and if he wants to come out to his other friends. Unfortunately, as usual, Ellie can’t take a damn hint and the group project is thrown into chaos when she decides (quite wrongly and to the detriment of their grades and our viewing pleasure) that a Bollywood themed perfume ad starring Heather Sinclair was too much of a gay agenda for the Nash family.

Along the way, we tackle some discussions that maybe should have been left on the cutting room floor (but where’s the fun in that?) such as:

  • Awkward group projects in school. Was it our teachers’ way of trolling by always pairing us with someone who was the absolute worst match for us in the classroom? Just wondering all these years later…
  • How amazing a power couple would Paige and Jimmy have been? Why was this never explored?
  • Speaking of interesting couples the writers didn’t explore and thus could have spared us from the interminable Spinner-Paige pairing, why do JT and Paige have so much chemistry though? Wouldn’t that have been fun? Just us?
  • We ask this every episode she makes an appearance in this season but what in The Crow rejected costumes hell was Ashley wearing?

So grab a pumpkin spice latte (maybe with a dash of cinnamon whiskey? Try it – have we ever led you astray?), your best carving knife for the pumpkin you’ll need to angrily decimate every time this show insists on giving Ashley unwarranted screentime, and enjoy the episode!

xoxo,

Your friendly neighborhood Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino

24. “Clearly the Clare here is Monsanto.”

We’re baaaaaaaaaaaaack! But so is an Emma A plot. Yep, not going to sugarcoat shit. And it is by far one of the worst Emma A plots in history as one could tell if they somehow managed to get through this whole episode. All you need to know is Emma is on her soapbox this week pontificating on something that she, once again, actually knows nothing about.

Snake is watching Emma for the week while Spike pretends she’s not on a girls holiday. “Their relationship is weird in this episode and I don’t like it.” declares Perino and thus begins our journey into the A plot of Emma protesting genetically modified foods which sure, sure, sure a pressing issue…but is it as important as dissecting the weird vibes between Emma and Snake this episode? Surely not!

The B plot manages to be more interesting and less uncomfortable, cementing this episode as one of those instances where the A plot remains largely forgotten whilst the B plot has implications that carry on into future seasons. Jimmy’s dad just bought him a bunch of new expensive shit and Spinner is jealous. These two “best friends” then proceed to have yet another fight that makes us wonder if there ever was a time they actually liked one another.

Along the way we have extensive discussions on a myriad of topics (such as 90s baby doll toys and how no one ever gifted us a Baby Alive for better or for worse) and ask the hard hitting questions Ellie would never dream of tackling in her budding journalism career such as:

  • Does anyone actually believe Spike’s at a hair stylist convention? I mean, we’ve seen her work in other episodes of this show. Is she even licensed?
  • We’ve definitely led you astray before but is this ACTUALLY Nadia’s last appearance on the show?
  • How many of Jimmy’s birthdays has Mr. Brooks missed?
  • And somehow…this leads to a discussion on cannibalism. Just go with it. Maybe not the content you came for but the content you stay for.

So as Stephan would say, “Give me a wolf! Give me a puffin!” Hell, give us some Sheila Sauce because we were so hungry this recording session we’d probably eat it, and enjoy the ride!

Affectionally, your favorite bitches,

Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino

23. Hurt People Hurt People, Part II

Happy Summer, Degrassholes! We hope it’s been a sunny and fun one thus far because we’re back with a new episode about the one thing sadder than it raining on the beach day you played hooky for: Ashley Kerwin.

Nina hosts Season 2, Episode 18, “Dressed in Black”, this week and we wish we could tell you it was a treat and that despite an Ashley A plot, this episode was a lot of fun.

But we can’t. Because the B plot involves Toby Isaacs and condoms.

Ashley and Jimmy are back together! Yay, right? LOL JK. She wouldn’t be Ashley if she didn’t immediately ruin something positive in her life (beginning to think she and Craig really did deserve one another) with constant unwarranted criticism and a profound lack of self-awareness. Despite their rekindled romance, Ashley and Jimmy are having a hard time seeing eye to eye on her new look and even more aggressive nagging. Will Jimmy finally tame this shrew? And if not Jimmy, can someone else put us out of our misery and do it? Anyone? I suppose Season 3 Craig does but I digress…

Meanwhile, Dr. Sally decides to fake her death because she didn’t want to deal with JT and Toby finally getting a sex talk from a professional. Smart woman! The two aforementioned dweebs then decide to buy condoms despite their chances of getting laid being even more remote than Anchor/SpotifyforPodcasters finally giving us our promised advertisements. Hilarity doesn’t ensue as it should because again, this plot involves Toby Isaacs and condoms.

Along the way, we sprinkle in discussions and questions to allow us to deal with both these annoying storylines:

  • Songs we hate even more than the Ashley one that opens this episode
  • The introduction of Sully aka “Great Value Peter” in the words of Morgan
  • Finding the good…in Spinner? (We surprise even ourselves sometimes!)
  • And most importantly, did Toby graduate a virgin?

So grab a drink, a bowl of Jeff Isaacs’ lukewarm Kraft dinner, and remember, in the words of Stephan, THERE ARE ALWAYS FREE CONDOMS. Stay safe, Degrassholes!

xoxo,

Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino

22. “Because you’re the weakest link!”

Happy MDW Degrassholes! We’re back (did you think you had gotten rid of us so easily?) with a new episode just in time for the long weekend! Unfortunately, all of the build up and anticipation and bated breath over the last month has only led to… Season 2, Episode 7 of Degrassi: The Next Generation aka “Relax” aka “The one where we all realize we don’t know anything about Napoleon, the French Revolution, or really any history at all.” Thank you, US education system.

In this very, very, stupid episode (many thanks to Morgan for hosting this hot mess), our A plot involves Liberty overcompensating for failing to make the floor hockey team by emulating a dictator, in which the only silver lining are some peak Kendra moments (we miss you, girl). Our B plot somehow manages to be even dumber as it recycles the “Terri isn’t a professional tarot card/palm reader” plot from last season.

Along the way, we tackle only the most pressing questions such as:

  • Was there no other business in the greater Toronto metropolitan area that could sponsor the floor hockey team? Surely, Mr. Brooks or Mr. Manning (may his soul not rest in peace) could have spared 1/3 of their hourly rate for this shit.
  • Who asked you, Ashley?
  • Could this episode have been better if the B plot turned out to be both Paige AND Terri faking their belief in the former’s imminent demise?
  • And lastly, would it be correct to assume that Natasha’s summary of Napoleon’s significance in history comes down to him “trying to start some drama and stir up some shit.”? Because again, that’s the extent of our understanding. Don’t come for us, France.

So grab your finest cape, a 7th grade World History textbook, and never forget to “do a 360 before you tell the goss.” You just never know if Emma or Ashley is around eavesdropping.

xoxo,

Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino

21. “Two white people making sushi? In 2002?”

Hey Degrassholes! It’s been a minute but we’re back with Season 2, Episode 16, “Message in a Bottle”. Your host, Natasha, guides us through the rare Sean-centric episode, made even rarer by the fact that Emma isn’t the biggest asshole for once. That’d be Spike, so…close enough.

Our A plot concerns Sean going to Emma’s house for dinner with the parents and things colossally going downhill for him anytime Spike says something more inane than the last thing she’s said. Our B plot is unfortunately about Jimmy and Ashley and the possibility of them reconciling. Ew. But hey, in the words of Jay Hogart, “At least there’s a party.” And nothing’s better than a Degrassi house party where our A and B plots collide.

Except for maybe episodes without Ashley. Yeah. Those are definitely better…But I digress.

Along the way we ask the big questions that must be on everyone’s minds:

  • Was this Sean’s first time getting drunk?
  • How twisted was Snake at this dinner and was that his way of coping with Spike too?
  • Is Tracker played by Isaac Hanson? (We thought so in 2002 and we are standing by that theory in 2023. )
    Of Degrassi’s house party episodes, which party seemed the funnest?
  • Are Spinner’s only insightful moments throughout the run of this series the instances where he warns Jimmy about how godawful Ashley is to be around?
  • Is it possible Sean was throwing up because the sushi was made by Christine and Archie (Gotta use their real names for this question to drive the point home)? Yeah, half a bottle of tequila is bad and all but…could it be worse than Spike in the kitchen?
  • So grab a drink (a white wine or Sprite bottle full of stolen Casamigos pair nicely with this episode), a pillow to scream in whenever Spike says something stupid, and for the love of God, just order a pizza if introducing someone you’re dating to the fam. Enjoy!

xoxo,

Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino

20. “Ellie, those bangs are as good as Ashley’s poem.”

Hello Degrassholes! We’re back with Season 2, Episode 15 of Degrassi: The Next Generation, “Hot for Teacher” hosted by the one and only Morgan! Unfortunately, this episode (like so many others this season) is a steaming pile of garbage but as Stephan so aptly commented during a recent discussion about this recording, “We really do turn a turd into a gold brick.”

The A Plot is about JT. More specially, about JT being super horny for his science teacher, Ms. Hatzilakos aka Ms. HotSauce aka Get This Poor Woman A Drink and a Restraining Order Against All Teenage Boys Stat.

The B Plot is about how Spinner smells. Well, not really, but that’s the most memorable part about it. The B plot is actually about Spinner and Jimmy’s TOXIC friendship. More toxic than Ashley’s poetry. More toxic than Ellie’s godawful bangs in this episode.

But not more toxic than Toby motorboating JT.

Has this moment replaced Toby wearing a training bra as the most disturbing moment in Degrassi history? Mull that one over.

Along the way we ask even more important questions such as:

  • Who knocked up Isabella the guinea pig?
  • Why is there a class pet in high school?
  • Was Peter Stone conceived on the back of a motorcycle during Ms. HotSauce’s young, wild, and free days?
  • Can everyone stop looking at everyone else’s computer screens in this episode? Privacy, people!
  • And how cool would it have been to see a scene of a wine drunk Ms. Kwan and Ms. Hatzilakos bitch about how unfair it is that they’re stuck working in this shitty school system?
  • You know the drill! Grab a drink (or 5, to rid your memory of that Toby moment), your strongest clinical strength deodorant, a book of Maya Angelou poems to throw at Ashley, and enjoy!

Xoxo,

Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino

19. Kate Kerwin: A Woman After Our Own Hearts

Hey Degrassholes! We’re back with our first episode of 2023 and even though we’re down three hosts this week, we are still here to give you everything you came for! And we’re really hoping you’re here for an A-plot about Marco that is unfortunately overshadowed by how awful every other character is in this episode (minus Kendra. Kendra never disappoints.) If that’s not what you’re here for…well, that’s what you’re getting anyway.

Stephan guides us this week through Season 2, Episode 14 “Careless Whisper” which also gives us our first Marco Del Rossi A-plot! It’s been a while since Ellie and Marco told each other they like one another and Ellie wants to take their friendship to the next level. However, Marco has a secret and his friends and Ellie are damn well making sure he doesn’t have the space and time to come to terms with it in peace.

That said, THIS IS AN EMMA-FREE EPISODE. We repeat: THIS IS AN EMMA-FREE EPISODE. Yes, there’s still Toby but we can’t have it all and a small win is still a win. Speaking of small wins, how nice was it to see Kendra completely destroy any shred of self-esteem Toby may ever have had with just an eye-roll? #JusticeForKendra #WhereIsKendra

Along the way we discuss a myriad of topics that mostly have nothing to do with the episode:

  • Our worst crash and burn relationships.
  • Do you really need to play shirts and skins when there’s only 4 people playing?
  • How did the Gulf War end? Are we smarter when we’re drinking?
  • Would an air fryer change Kate Kerwin’s life? We think so.
  • Do we talk at length about our favorite Degrassi mom (hence the episode title) despite her not being in the episode? Yes, and we have nothing to apologize for!
  • Oh hey, nice to see you again, Dr. Sally!
  • And yes, we still found a way to drag Emma in an Emma-free episode. Old habits die hard.

So grab a glass of water from the upstairs kitchen at Ashley’s house, decorate your crush’s locker to their dismay (quite the theme this season!), and never forget that we don’t need an excuse to name an episode after Kate Kerwin.

xoxo,

Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino