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  • Feb 10, 2006
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Everyone's favourite angst-ridden teens finally come to DVD in DEGRASSI JUNIOR HIGH.

All 13 episodes of the acclaimed second season are featured in this set. The series was a bold spinoff from the short-lived afterschool series THE KIDS OF DEGRASSI STREET, and was groundbreaking in that it approached topics like peer pressure, teen violence, suicide, sex and pregnancy with well-written and intelligent storylines. This series remains, many years later, quality television for the pre-teens and teens sets (adults will appreciate the writing and amazing acting from the talented cast), and stands up well to repeat screenings.

Season Two picks up the pieces from the stories of the previous year. Taking precedence though is the plight of pregnant Spike (Amanda Stepto) and the future of her impending baby. Stephanie Kaye (Nicole Stoffman), still recovering from her disastrous first term as School President, vows to clean up her act, and the antics of the one and only Joey Jeremiah (Pat Mastroianni) almost always land him in trouble.

Includes the following episodes:

"Eggbert" - As part of a counselling experiment, Spike must carry an egg around for two weeks and treat it just like a real baby. The new boy in Grade Eight, Simon (Michael Carry) captures the attention of both Alexa (Irene Courakos) and Stephanie.

"A Helping Hand" - Substitute teacher Mr Colby begins to make unwanted advances toward Lucy (Anais Granofsky).

"Stagefright" - Caitlin (Stacie Mistysyn) returns to school, but doesn't tell her friends that she has been diagnosed as an epileptic. When she suffers a seizure during a slumber party, the story spreads around school that Caitlin is a `freak'. Meanwhile, shy Michelle (Maureen McKay) has to give a speech.

"Great Expectations" - The new girl, Liz (Cathy Keenan) becomes Joey's school partner.

"Fight!" - Joey gets into a fight with school bully Dwayne (Darrin Brown) and the Stephanie-Simon-Alexa love triangle finally comes to a conclusion.

"Bottled Up" - Kathleen's (Rebecca Haines) secret is finally blown when the school's quiz team holds a practice at her house, and everyone witnesses Katheen's alcoholic and abusive mother.

"Sealed With a Kiss" - Erica (Angela Deiseach) dates a boy who loves to French-kiss...and later proves it again by smooching Heather (Maureen Deiseach). But later, both Erica and Heather complain of horrible laryngitis....could the boy have given them mono?

"Dinner and a Show" - The future of Spike and Shane's (Bill Parrott) baby is discussed by both families.

"Dog Days" - Stephanie is plagued by dreams of suicide and depressive moods when her mother announces plans to get married again.

"Censored" - When Spike's pregnancy becomes common knowledge around town, the Parents Committee decide to exclude her from school.

"Trust Me" - A harmless sleepover turns into a nightmare of epic proportions for Joey, Wheels (Neil Hope) and Snake (Stefan Brogren).

"He's Back..." - Mr Colby is back, but this time starts taking an interest in Susie (Sarah Charlesworth). Will Lucy finally report him for abuse?

"Pass Tense!" - The Eighth Grade sit for their graduation exams, but news leaks through that the school will be incorporating the 9th Grade next year. Nevertheless, the students enjoy a well-deserved graduation dance before Spike's labour begins.

A top season which sets the scene for the third and final year of `Junior High'.

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Year 2 of the youth-oriented series from the 1980s, popular in Canada and on American public television, remains uncompromising in its portrait of middle school-age kids as kids: complicated and unformed, a little vague about values and ethics, often powerless to affect their destinies or achieve what they believe to be right. Set in Toronto, the show follows the dilemmas of several students at Degrassi, though season 2 spends less time with the younger set than in the series'debut year. Perhaps that's because there are some truly serious matters for the program's 8th graders (mostly the same kids carrying over from season 1) to confront, including issues of teen pregnancy, alcoholism at home, inappropriate teacher behavior, censorship, sexism, and much more.

The most pronounced storyline in season 2 is the pregnancy of Christine "Spike" Nelson (Amanda Stepto), a situation her peers seem to handle well but not so Degrassi's PTA or the local school board. These agitated adults want to pull Spike from school and force her into some kind of shame-based program for unwed mothers. Spike's friends stand up for her, including the earnest Caitlin (Stacie Mistysyn), whose editorial in support of Spike is rejected by the school paper's faculty advisor and ends up on a flyer passed around campus. (For her trouble, Caitlin receives detention and a lecture from Spike, who doesn't want to be a cause du jour.) Meanwhile, the father of Spike's baby, Shane (Bill Parrott), wants to help but is...

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