Degrassi The Next Generation (2001) s01e05 Episode Script

Parents' Day

Would you stop with the countdown, please? Sure.
You've got Parents' Day in the bag.
What?! OK.
You, Einstein.
Me, brain dead.
I mean, your parents aren't homicidal maniacs.
I thought Kate and Jeff were getting along great.
I'm not talking about Kate.
Your mom's coming tomorrow? Oh, man.
I should sell tickets.
Remember that time at camp when they BOTH came to pick you up? Don't remind me.
Well, can't you just ask your mom not to come? Sure.
If I want to start a nuclear custody war.
Maybe they won't start screaming this time.
Maybe Mr Armstrong won't tell your parents about the D on your last math test.
How much time do we have left? (Children sing) Whatever it takes I know I can make it through (Woman sings) Uh-huh, oh, yeah If I hold out If I do I know I can make it through Mmm Be the best The best that I can be Hear what I say to you Whatever it takes I can see, yeah I know I can make it through I know, I know, I I know I can make it through.
The way it works now is perfect every other weekend with my mom, the rest of the time with my dad.
As long as they don't have to talk to each other, everything's fine.
Sorry, man.
I didn't know it was that serious.
Yeah, well, it is that serious.
Hey, we could contaminate the water fountains with E.
Coli! That way they'd have to shut down the school, right? There probably IS E.
Coli in the fountains.
Actually, we test our water on a daily basis, boys.
It's fine.
(SCHOOL BELL RINGS) (All talk excitedly) OK, guys, quiet down.
We don't have Ashley today, but we do have this week's "News about Kids' broadcast.
(Flatly) Ugh.
"NaK' again.
Em? Something you want to share? No, Mr Simpson.
I'm Ryan and this is Nicole.
And welcome to NaK News about Kids.
Today we'll be talking about something that infests major cities everywhere.
And we're not talking cockroaches.
We're talking squeegee kids.
Stalking street corners, waiting to pounce on unsuspecting cars, hijacking your hard-earned cash to waste on drugs and tattoos.
NICOLE: Are squeegee kids legit or lazy? Are they just another ‘cool trend' for today's media-saturated youth? (NEWS BROADCAST MUSIC PLAYS) Remember, guys, you're here for media studies after lunch.
Em, it was just a TV show.
Squeegee kids are very annoying.
No! Squeegee kids are poor.
They live on the street and they wash windows.
It's their living.
My father says that if another one of those ragamuffins tries to dirty up his window, he'll call the mayor.
(Haughtily) He knows the mayor.
Last week "NaK' told us to join the army.
What's tomorrow? A hole in the ozone is good because it makes a better tan? Imagine being a squeegee kid.
Out in the cold, no school, no parents.
No parents?! Toby, this isn't a joke.
Oh! He stared right at you.
Yeah, because I bumped right into him.
Here we go again.
Here we go what again? Every time "NaK' claims your airspace, you go all manic-depressive.
That is so not true.
I just (Sighs) Look at this zit! That's a pore.
And Paige has a point.
Terri! I don't get why you get so bothered.
Everybody loves your morning announcements.
Even Heather Sinclair said you're better than those lame-o "NaK' hosts.
(Sarcastically) Oh, yeah.
Big accomplishment.
They're total freaks.
(Flushes toilet) Heather even has an agent.
You could totally get an agent.
Heather Sinclair has an agent?! With that overbite? See? Ashley's got the look and TV experience.
It's perfect.
Where would Ashley find an agent? Guys, Toby's mom is a casting agent.
Terri, you rock! J.
, come on.
We've got to come up with an anti-parents plan.
What does it look like I'm doing? Uh laying the seeds for a massive heart attack? To plot evil, I need energy.
Hey, just the person I was looking for.
Your mom's a casting agent, right? Yeah.
So? So, is she coming to Parents' Day? Thank you for reminding me.
Is that a yes? Yeah.
Why? No reason.
What was that about? I have no idea.
MANNY: It's not like people really think about it.
That's the thing.
They don't WANT us to think.
They want us to become brain-dead "NaK' robots.
What's with her? "NaK' rage.
Kind of like road rage.
And the announcements they have commercials! They are trying to buy our brand loyalty in home room.
Emma, who are you talking to? I could talk.
Or I could take action.
Imagine being her for a day.
OK, so then the guy goes, "What are you going to do for a face when the monkey wants its butt back?" (Laughs) What, you don't get it? The guy has a face like a monkey's butt.
Spinner, do you think Ashley's prettier than me? What? Because she's thinking about getting an agent.
Oh, Ashley's getting an agent? I could totally see her on TV.
What? And you couldn't see me? I didn't say that.
So, you think I can get an agent too, right? Uh, yeah, sure.
Why not? OK, so back to my joke.
So then the guy goes No, wait.
Is that the right one? Yeah.
Yeah, yeah.
So then the guy goes Mr Raditch, could I talk to you about this morning's "NaK' broadcast? I'm all ears.
"NaK' is totally biased.
This morning, they tell us squeegee kids suck and then they tell us what kind of running shoes to buy.
It's wrong.
Have you seen the new computers in the media immersion lab? In exchange, we show their morning broadcast.
Whatever they want to report? But that's bribery! No.
That's 18 new computers we wouldn't have otherwise.
The parents voted for it.
And remember, not everyone at Degrassi has a computer at home.
But if you feel strongly about it, write an opinion piece.
Make sure you get it in by 4:00, make the Parents' Day edition.
Think you can do it? (SCHOOL BELL RINGS) So, I've signed us up for the welcome committee, Terri, which means I'll be the first person Toby's mother sees.
Unless she sees me first.
What?! Well, I AM helping out tomorrow.
Since when? Ashley, you asked me, like, three weeks ago to volunteer, remember? Anyway, see you two later.
(Sighs) I can't believe the principal's asking you to do this.
You're, like, attacking the school.
I know.
It's very cool.
I'll stand.
OK, so let's try to imagine you're a squeegee kid.
I'm a squeegee kid.
So how does it feel being compared to a cockroach? I'd say"Hey, preppy kids, get off my case.
We're people too.
" Oh, please.
Could We need the chair.
Talk about negative energy.
Emma's right.
I can whine or I can do something about Parents' Day.
So, what are you going to do? Convince my parents that there's no need to show up.
I download the logo from the Degrassi website.
Then, I scan Mr Simpson's signature from the last letter her sent home.
It's a masterpiece.
Masterpiece or insanity.
OK, your parents don't have to come because of your exemplary performance in all of your scholastic pursuits.
What?! Translation I'm aceing school.
It's all in the details, my friend.
This will work.
It has to.
(PRINTER HUMS) Liberty, my "NaK' editorial I just finished.
You're 17 minutes late.
I'm sorry.
The "Grapevine' deadline is 4pm.
I'm trying to run a professional operation.
Even professional newspapers give extensions.
It's 17 minutes.
I suppose I can make an exception for you.
But please, try not to get used to it.
Remember, as editor, I am only as strong as my weakest link.
(Sighs) I was shocked more than anyone.
Who knew I was doing so well? You know, this transfer to Degrassi has really "Uplifted Toby's grade classification to a premium standard".
Interesting choice of words from Mr Simpson.
Well, you know, he's a computer guy.
Writing isn't really his thing.
Neither is spelling two "E's in" premium'.
(Sighs) What's going on? Nothing's going on.
You don't want me to go to Parents' Day? I didn't say that.
You didn't need to.
Are you doing that badly in school, or what? (Sighs) Talk to me, Toby.
Mom called, OK? She wants to go tomorrow.
And she didn't even tell me.
You know, that is SO typical of your mother.
She just wants See?! You guys can't be in the same room without freaking out.
(Sighs) Toby, we're on much better terms now.
It's not like it used to be.
So, what you don't want me to go? I want you to go.
And I want her to go.
I just don't want the two of you to go there together.
(Chuckles gently) Come on, buddy.
Everything's going to be fine.
No fights.
Look at me, I'm shaking.
You do it.
Ow! Be careful! That's my eye.
It's what I see with.
I'm not good at this.
Why are you dressed like that? It's Parents' Day.
I have the right to look fabulous, don't I? Fabulous? For who the parents? Or Toby's mom? (Chuckles) See you out there.
(Sighs) I guess she forgot.
You know your mother.
Give her two more minutes.
Hey, Tobes, it'll be fine.
Mrs Damkowski, room 102.
Thank you.
Can I help you? Uh, Terri, this is Toby's mom, the casting agent.
Welcome to Degrassi, Ms Isaacs.
Can I just say that is a great outfit.
So avant-garde.
(Chuckles) Thank you.
Holt Renfrew, on sale.
Hey, Mom.
Hey, tiger! I'm sorry I'm late.
Anne Marie.
Flat tyre? I told Toby that I might be held up at work.
Parents' Day isn't over already, is it? No.
We'd better get moving, though.
Paige Michalchuk.
It's very nice to meet you.
I've heard so much about you.
Smooth, Michalchuk.
Bet you're on the next flight to Hollywood.
Hon, um, I'd rethink the eyeliner.
You're looking a little washed out.
Uh there's no doubt Toby's a bright kid, but, uh, he has trouble with detail, particularly his spelling and some of the basic points of grammar.
This tends to bring down his marks.
For example, in media immersion, Toby could be at the top of his class if he just applied himself.
"Apply' is such a relative term.
Toby, come on.
Your last media assignment was three days late.
He's just not getting the results he should for someone so bright.
Three days late? First I've heard of it.
Toby? Jeff, I'm talking to you.
This is Parents' Day.
You're the parent.
We're BOTH the parents here.
And we'll discuss it later, OK? We will discuss it now.
Why aren't you helping Toby get his work in on time? Why is he underachieving? Toby and I will work it out.
Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
I'm so proud of you.
Rave review after rave review.
Mom, my editorial! So, what, you have to watch this video every morning? A free computer's a free computer, man.
What idiot wrote this? Excuse me.
I wrote that.
Oh, sorry.
I was Don't look at her.
It's my piece, and I'm right.
Students shouldn't be force-fed advertising when we're at school.
If you don't get it, you're the idiot.
Emma! Look, it's not that serious.
What? Expressing my opinion isn't important? Well, that's all my brother's trying to do.
I could tell.
And he's wrong.
I'm wrong? Tell me, Emma, is it fair or is it wrong that Sean here has fallen behind in school because we can't afford a computer? He can do his homework here.
What, yeah, on the free computers, huh? If you read the entire article, you would know that That it's a piece of garbage.
It is NOT garbage.
Looks like garbage to me.
Smells like garbage.
Tracker, come on.
All I'm trying to say is that there's two sides to every story.
Try to remember that next time.
It was only once, but still, uh, skipping a class, even once, at this grade level What is going on here?! One class.
I got carried away in the computer lab.
I thought moving in with you and June Cleaver was supposed to be good for Toby's grades.
Wasn't that the point? What are you saying? Dad, come on.
I'm saying maybe we need to reassess Toby's living arrangements.
(Scoffs) Don't threaten me.
Hey, that's your game.
What, and breaking commitments is yours? That's why Toby lives with me.
Mr and Mrs Isaacs, these are common problems for many students.
So, it's my fault? Jeff, let's not even get into the reasons why I left, OK? (Voice becomes faint) Reasons why you left? There's only one reason, Anne Marie your career.
Your career that meant so much more to you than we ever did.
That's why Toby lives with me and he'll NEVER be with you.
Mom! Dad! Yeah, my assignment was late.
Who's to blame? Video games.
I'm telling you, they're destroying my generation.
Toby, this isn't a joke.
I'm not joking, OK? I don't have an excuse.
But Dad can't do my homework for me or make sure I go to class.
It's my life, right? So it's my problem.
Stop blaming each other and then using me as another excuse to argue.
"Cause it's not fair.
I'll try harder.
I promise.
Moving on? Alright, then.
Let's take a look at some of the recent test results.
(Types) Oh, hey.
Um, how did it go in there? Oh, uh, it went, um OK.
Toby just has to apply himself more.
Yeah, we're going to make sure that he does his homework on time.
But it went OK.
Toby, hon, that's so great.
Honey, listen.
I've got to run.
Got to get back to work, huh? Yeah.
But, hey, listen.
Your message came in loud and clear back there.
Toby, I'm really sorry.
All the stuff between your dad and me (Inhales deeply) it's tough.
(Softly) I know.
I love you so much.
Ashley, you have my permission to keep this monkey in line.
Oh, I will, don't you worry.
And it was a pleasure to see you again.
An absolute joy.
By the way, um Something to remember me by.
If you're interested in acting, give me a call.
You have an interesting look.
I'm sorry too.
I'm a little outspoken.
Runs in the family.
Maybe it's contagious.
Did you hear my brother? "Looks like garbage.
" "Smells like garbage.
" It wasn't garbage.
MR SIMPSON: I'm happy with what you're doing.
Just keep it up, OK? BO Y: Great.
Toby! Can I speak with you for a minute? Listen, yesterday I just wanted to apologise again for my parents' behaviour.
Oh, Toby It wasn't your fault.
Are they always like that? Only when they're together.
(Chuckles) Honestly, Mr Simpson? Yesterday was good.
It cleared a lot of air.
I'm glad.
Oh, listen, before I forget next time you want to forge my signature, maybe you should spell my name correctly.
And erase the file from the server.
Mr Simpson, I can explain.
Why don't you start with a 10-page essay on why it's wrong to falsify documents, say, by, um tomorrow morning? You know what? One final thing.
Good work yesterday.
Your parents should be proud of you.
I certainly was.