Degrassi The Next Generation (2001) s01e10 Episode Script

Rumours and Reputations

1 I've just got to hand this in to Armstrong.
I'll see you later.
T: So, I'm telling my mom that joke you know, the one about the duck? That one's pretty good.
And when I tell her the punchline, she spews milk out of her nose.
Uh, Emma? Milk.
Out of my mom's nose.
Funny? Huh? Oh, yeah.
Funny, J.
What's going on? Nothing.
Just writing some emails.
Um, I wanted to ask you I saw you and Armstrong this morning.
And what's your point? Uh, it looked like Looked like what? I had a few questions about equations.
So? Are you trying to read my emails? No, not at all.
Emails are private.
Mind your own business.
(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 I know, I know, I I know I can make it through.
(BELL RINGS) Don't you think you're being a bit obvious? About what? Sean.
If you stare any harder, your eyeballs will pop out.
, what do you think of Armstrong? I mean, as a person.
Teachers aren't people.
They're teachers.
You know what I mean.
Do you think he's OK? Oh, yeah.
Armstrong's given me lots of extra help.
He's been really nice.
To me, anyway.
Come to think of it, he's nice to everyone.
You going to eat that? Huh? No.
You take it.
Something I said? Hey, Sheila.
Two specials, please.
What is that? Nuclear waste? I don't want to hear about it, Gavin.
Hey, guys.
Did you see the sign in the bathroom? "Flush twice it's a long way to the cafeteria'.
It might take you a few extra years, but I can't wait for the day you graduate.
Oh, man! Eugh! What is it? Eugh! Eugh! Sheila, there's a bug in my squash.
I think the joke goes, "Waiter, there's a fly in my soup.
" I'm serious.
It's right up Yeah.
Nice try, Gavin.
By the way, don't forget to pay for that.
It's $4.
99 plus tax.
So, Em, for Media Immersion, should we use HTML? Yeah, sure.
Manny, has Armstrong ever touched you? What?! No.
Did he touch you'? No, no, not me.
I saw him touching Liberty.
Are you sure? Yeah.
I know what I saw.
I don't know, Em.
Armstrong's a pretty physical guy.
Maybe you got the wrong idea.
I hope so.
But this morning he had his arm around Liberty.
And I saw him pass her a note outside.
It really looked like he was coming on to her.
Mr Armstrong? ASHLEY: You've got to be making this up.
No, I swear.
It just so happens you're always complaining about the food and now you find a bug? Hmm.
Come on.
Does this look like the face of a liar? (Scoffs) You want an honest answer? Why won't anyone believe me? Tell her, Jimmy.
There was some kind of weirdness on his plate.
Are you sure it wasn't just a hair? A moth, I think.
An earwig, dude.
An earwig.
See? You two can't even get your story straight.
Boycott the caff! Hey, guys.
The caff has bugs.
Boycott the caff! That's a serious accusation.
Ms Kwan, I found a bug in my food an earwig.
And where's this offensive creature now? Stuck to a kid's shoe.
Gavin, defamation and rumour-mongering are serious offences.
The next time you have an accusation like that, you'd better have proof! PAIGE: What's with you? You look awful.
Thanks, Paige.
I mean, what's going on? It's good to get things off your chest.
You'll feel way better.
I guess so, but Terri, we're friends, right? Friends talk to each other.
But you have to promise to keep it a secret.
I really mean it.
Of course.
What is it? You know Liberty? That kid in seventh grade? Well, I heard Armstrong was coming on to her.
Eugh! You're kidding, right? No.
I overheard Emma.
She saw him with his arm around her.
And on the steps, he gave her a love note.
So, what do we do? Report it? Hon, you can't report a rumour.
(BELL RINGS) Afternoon, everyone.
Is something wrong, girls? Oh.
(Chuckles) No, nothing, Mr Armstrong.
Today we're going to take a look at distributive properties.
Alright, in review, you'll remember the three main rules do the operations in the brackets, multiplication, division (PHONE VIBRATES) Get this Liberty and Armstrong were seen kissing outside.
They were in his car, kissing, in front of everybody.
She got a ride in with him this morning.
Do you think they spent the night together? How could Coach Armstrong do that?! Dude, Liberty and Armstrong are doing it! (Mouths) BO Y: There she is! (Boys both laugh) Next on the agenda, the motion that Liberty put forward last meeting.
About the talent show.
So, what do you think, Ashley? Should we have one? Sure.
Sounds great.
That was easy.
We argued about it for hours last week.
(Whispers) Yeah, I know.
Guys, you can stop whispering.
I know what you're talking about.
Um, you do? Of course.
Everyone knows what happened, so we might as well discuss it.
Um OK.
But don't you want to discuss it in private? It's no secret, Ashley.
We all know some microphones were stolen at last year's show.
But it won't happen this year.
I promise.
(Sighs) Liberty? If it's about the microphones It's not.
Do you even know what's going on? People are talking about you and Armstrong, that you're pretty close.
What does that mean? It means that people think you two are, um extra friendly.
They they think he's doing things to me? Yes.
Is it true? Of course not! If it is, we have to report it.
Liberty, please, just wait.
We can talk.
I knew something was going on.
You did? We talked about it yesterday.
I just couldn't believe it.
I still can't.
Maybe we should report it.
Armstrong would be toast.
That's true.
We should wait and find out for sure.
This whole thing, it's disgusting.
Just the thought of it.
Ugh! It makes me want to take a shower.
That wouldn't be such a bad idea.
EMMA: So, what do we do now? Leave me alone, Emma.
Liberty, what you need right now is a friend, someone to talk to.
But there's nothing to talk about.
It's OK.
You can tell me.
I am telling you! Are you sure you're not lying? Because we really have to report it.
Emma! I swear on my life that nothing's going on.
The whole school is talking.
I know.
And it's just a vicious rumour, honest.
What if it gets to Raditch? To my parents? What'll Mr Armstrong say when he hears this? Then there's only one way to handle this stop the rumour and track down its source.
Then give whoever started it A good, swift kick? I was going to say a good talking-to, but that'll do.
Hey, Spinner.
Find any bugs in your breakfast this morning? (Sarcastically) Very funny.
So I made a mistake.
Why did you say you made a mistake? Because I did.
What?! I'm always complaining about the food, right? So I must've made it up.
Now I'm completely confused.
It would've been totally different if someone else found that bug.
Then everyone would believe it, even the "Wrath of Kwan'.
I guess so.
Better not be tuna salad in here.
Ugh! Today's special earwig surprise.
It took me hours to collect them.
When I get done, the caff'll be closed permanently.
Are you sure it isn't true, though? When I talked to Liberty yesterday, she was really defensive, like she was hiding something.
She was probably just upset.
Wouldn't you be? Yeah, I would.
Poor girl.
Who would spread a rumour like that? That's what I'm trying to figure out.
Who did you hear it from, Ashley? It was Jimmy.
But he heard it from Spinner.
It wasn't me who started it.
Talk to this guy.
Sean?! What? He's the one who told me.
About Coach Armstrong and Liberty? Oh, man.
That's just sick! It's not true, Sean.
It isn't? No.
(Sighs) Man! I knew it sounded fake.
I should've never believed her.
Believed who? I'm innocent.
Talk to Paige.
(TOILET FLUSHES) I was merely imparting information.
And besides, I heard it from Terri.
She's the one you need to speak to.
I need to talk to you.
The whole school's gossiping about Liberty and Armstrong.
Oh, no kidding.
I have ears too.
Well, it's not true.
It's just a rumour.
Paige spread it around, but she heard it from you.
I swore her to secrecy.
As if she'd keep quiet! Paige lives for rumours.
I was upset, OK? I was shocked.
I had to tell someone.
I'm sorry.
Well, too late.
I hope you're happy.
Me? Hello! You're the one who started the rumour.
I hate to tell you, but no.
It was right here yesterday.
You were talking to Manny about Liberty and Armstrong, remember? You started the rumour, Emma.
Spin, are you sure you want to do this? Don't you think it's a bit drastic? Nope.
All is fair in love and war.
And, dude, this is war.
You're eating the cafeteria food again? I decided to be, you know, mature.
I probably never even saw that bug.
Good for you, Spinner.
Jimmy, can you pass me the pepper? Thanks.
What are you smiling at? Oh! You put bugs on her tray?! Nobody believes me, but they'll believe her.
Oh, Spinner, you idiot! Ash, calm down.
I told you there's bugs in the food.
Because you put them there.
What's in that container? Nothing.
Ugh! MS KWAN: Gavin, what is going on here?! Math class.
I've been dreading this all day.
So, did you track down the rumour? Yeah.
But I need to say something to you first.
Today we're going to be working on equations.
Now, in dealing with equations, we always use the BEDMAS rule.
Now, who can tell me what that stands for? What's with everyone today? OK.
Why don't you tell us, Liberty? You and I have been working on it.
(Snickers) (Laughs) (Other kids laugh) What is so funny? RADITCH: That's enough.
Mr Armstrong, could I have five minutes of your time? I was just about to get started here.
Mrs Smith will take over the class.
Uh, OK.
Uh, class, I want you to begin working on the order of operations exercises, on page 129.
Liberty, would you join us, please? What are you doing here? Emma, go back to class.
I need to talk to you, Mr Raditch.
Well, it'll have to wait.
I'm in the middle of something right now.
It can't wait.
You see I'm in the middle of it too.
You'll help me serve at every lunch and then after school you can help me clean up.
(BELL RINGS) Oh, and, uh, don't forget about this.
I'm not wearing that.
Health regulations, princess.
You do know about health regulations? Hey, Spin.
How long are you (Laughs) (Laughs) Nice net, Spinner.
(Both laugh) Oh, cheer up.
It won't be for long only for about two months.
Two months? You owe the school $300.
That's what it'll cost to exterminate the cafeteria.
But the caff needed to be exterminated anyway! Sure it did, Gavin.
(Clicks tongue) Sure it did.
Liberty? I know you're in here.
I was responsible for the rumour starting, but I didn't spread it.
And there's a difference?! You're lucky Mr Armstrong didn't lose his job.
And you know what makes me really mad? That you thought I could do that! Do what? Be violated? And what were you doing with Mr Armstrong, anyway? He had his arm around you.
Passed you a note.
You want to see my note? "Dyscalculia'? It's a learning disorder, like dyslexia, but with numbers.
I've been really upset about it.
Mr Armstrong's been helping me.
So that's the explanation? Why didn't you say something? Because it means you're not perfect? Because it means I'm stupid! Stupid?! You're one of the smartest kids in school! Not in math, I'm not.
Who cares? I do! It's important to me to be the best.
You don't understand.
Liberty, I feel really bad.
Is there something I can do to help? No, Emma.
Go back to saving rainforests and whales.
'Cause when it comes to helping people, you suck.