Last Shift at The Dot
By Last Shift at The Dot
Hello! We're Last Shift at The Dot, a new podcast about all things Degrassi! Join us as we discuss each episode, how much we hate Clare Edwards, why Millennials can't stop watching this damn show, and most importantly, where the fuck is Kendra? Who here is ready to do whatever it takes?
17. Hate Someone Based on the Content of Their Character
Hello friends! We come to you with a new episode covering the ONLY time Hazel will ever get an A plot, Season 2's Episode 11, "Don't Believe the Hype". Natasha serves as host for the hour and navigates us through this poorly thought out A plot that takes place on International Day at Degrassi Community School, in which Hazel pretends to be Jamaican to avoid telling her friends and classmates that she is, in fact, Muslim. This episode came out in 2002 so rampant Islamophobia is front and center of the conversation the Degrassi writers are attempting to depict, albeit poorly. Our B plot is also about hiding something about yourself except it's even more stupid because it's about JT pretending he doesn't know how to sew because it's not masculine or something dumb along those lines. Gender stereotypes of the early aughts, how oh how did we all make it through? Along the way, we discuss Jesse Williams' "Don't Believe the Hype" denim jacket because Natasha would be remiss to let any of us forget it, speculate on who really destroyed Fareeza's project (completely ignoring that they do figure it out in the episode), and wait....hold up...is Ashley not being insufferable for once? As our episode title very clearly states, hate some of these kids not because they may be Jamaican, Somalian, Muslim, or a secret seamstress - hate these kids because they're awful. Seriously, you know there's a problem if Emma "Ear Hustler" Nelson and Ashley "Hurt People Hurt People" Kerwin came out of this episode looking the best. So claim the D (as Liberty says *wink*), fry up some jerk chicken, and enjoy the episode! xoxo, Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino
November 12, 2022
16. C is for Craig who Choked on Cotton Candy
Hello Degrassholes - we've missed you! We're back with one of our favorite episodes of Season 2 (which also happens to be one of the few good ones this season), "Take My Breath Away", hosted by our very own Morgan! Sweet little Manny Santos is going on her first date with Craig Manning but things take a turn when after the date, both of them have a different version of how well it went. Meanwhile, our B plot involves Ellie cryptically trying to convey (in a way only a mall goth can) to Marco that she has a crush on him. But Stephan's favorite, Hazel, may throw a wrench into Ellie's plan. This episode brings about a lot of different opinions amongst our hosts as we discuss topics such as: Was Marco just really dumb or did he know it was Ellie the whole time? Perino finally repenting for ever thinking there was a "Cool Toby". But is it enough? Is it? Speaking of, this episode is also the decline of any notion of "Cool Ellie". Aren't baboons always naked? Our armchair psychologists analyses of Craig Manning's mommy issues. Our most debated "Who was the Clare?" yet. And oh hey, Emma isn't the biggest cockblock of an episode! That honor goes to none other than Angie. So grab an Edward Gorey book, decorate a locker of someone you're obsessed with, and enjoy this episode! P.S. Forgive us for the audio quality, it's Anchor's fault. xoxo, Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino
October 21, 2022
15. "Are we back to The Human Centipede?"
Trigger Warning: This episode deals with a storyline about eating disorders. Some listeners may find this content disturbing and we advise they skip this episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation as well as this episode of the podcast. We're baaaaaaaaack! Unfortunately, we're back with Season 2, Episode 9 of Degrassi: The Next Generation, "Mirror in the Bathroom". There's a reason this episode of the podcast took the longest to edit and it's not because we decided to improve audio quality or upgrade our editing software (Your move, Anchor). And it's certainly not because your dear hosts have been trying to hold on to the last days of summer by traveling anywhere and everywhere throughout September. No, it's because this episode is about Toby. And...wrestling. Our dear resident Toby correspondent, Perino, guides us through this train wreck, and if all other episodes prior to this one weren't already enough to dispel the myth of a "Cool Toby" (a rumor created and perpetuated by Perino and no one else), this is the episode that vanquishes that myth once and for all. Along the way we discuss important topics such as: MVP side characters and our love for Andrews (What's HIS backstory? Give us more of Andrews and less of Toby FOR THE LOVE OF GOD). Our continued fascination with the deterioration of Jeff and Ann Marie Isaacs' marriage. An extended rant about Craig Manning even though he has nothing to do with this episode (because we will do anything and everything in our power to not discuss the A plot at hand). But for real though, how did Toby NOT shit himself this episode? And would that have been enough to make this episode a good one? Oh, and unlike the writers of this episode, we did not forget there was a B plot, in which #QueenBeeTerri is unjustifiably given two minutes of screen time for the rare storyline she's featured in. So grab a drink, smother a burger in the mystery that is Sheila Sauce, and pour one out for our girl Nadia, because we will probably never see her again. xoxo, Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino
September 30, 2022
14. "Sry 2 Bail, Grandma in Jail"
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! We're back with a doozy of an episode, covering Season 2 of Degrassi: The Next Generation, "Shout" parts 1 and 2 (hosted by our dear Stephan)! These episodes begin with Paige (Spirt Squad Captain!) ready to pursue her crush, Dean, the soccer superstar of Degrassi's rival school, Bardell. But things take a turn when Dean reveals himself to be a complete monster who refuses to slow things down with Paige at a weekend house party. Any avid Degrassi fan knows that what follows makes these not the easiest of episodes to cover but we do our best. And despite the heavy subject matter at hand, we wouldn't be the podcasters you know and love if we also didn't discuss at length: Which Degrassi character we would want to share a locker with in high school (shoutout to the godawful B plot of Part 1). Our go-to selections at Blockbuster, which we've definitely brought up before and definitely will bring up again. Ashley somehow making this all about her. Speaking of people that make things all about them, we also rag on theater kids quite a bit, despite 3/5 of your hosts having been art majors in college. Did Natasha somehow find a way to draw a likeness between Clare Edwards and Dean? How did Grandma Michalchuk end up in jail? We have so many questions! Even though we completely invented the scenario up! Also, RIP to Nina, who died of secondhand embarrassment while discussing the complete messes that were Terri and Liberty in Part 2 of Shout, may she never have to hear Hazel try to sing "Amazing Grace" again. You know the drill! Get a drink (just not whatever concoction JT was creating in Part 1, unless you enjoy food poisoning), remember that Ellie's opinion never matters, and get upset that unlike the Pro-Voice songwriting contest, we aren't sponsored by Pantene (but we gladly would be)! xoxo, Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino
September 02, 2022
13. "Excitement makes me fart."
So we made it to lucky number 13! And you know what? We kinda are feeling lucky because this episode features the least amount of Emma we can possibly hope for (yet she still manages to piss us off this week!). Season 2, Episode 6 is titled "Drive" and your host Nina leads us through an episode most remembered for the Spinner fart that dear Marco had to unjustifiably sit in the backseat with. At least that's what your hosts most remember about this useless episode. And if that weren't enticing enough, the B plot is an Ashley one, where she continues to find novel ways to rival Emma in being the absolute worst. Along the way, we discuss everything we can only assume you pressed play on this episode for: 1. Memories of our childhood sleepovers 2. Our apparently collective "10th grade Wiccan phase" where the majority of our weekends were spent in the New Age section of Borders Books and Music (you know exactly what we're talking about if you're someone listening to this podcast) 3. Kate Kerwin's secret piercings (this is not speculation, we all know Kate is that bitch) 4. Falling into a Pat Mastroianni hole (against our better judgement) 5. George Buza's (Atilla!) prolific career 6. Ashley Kerwin is definitely an anti-vaxxer, y/y? and much, much more! So grab a can of Easy Cheese spray cheese (or don't, because you deserve better), your Kid Elrick tickets, and enjoy the drive (in your hopefully non-Jeremiah Motors vehicle!) xoxo, Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino
August 14, 2022
12. "The pu**y ain't that good, Archie."
Happy Saturday everyone! Yeah, we're late on this release but your hosts got a little bit lit together in person last week. And honestly, maybe we spared you. Because this is an Emma episode. Season 2, Episode 5 is titled "Weird Science" and our lovely host Natasha guides us through the absolute shit show that is the Grade 8 science fair. We discuss our own science fair experiences, remember the character that was Nadia, ask why JT's tortilla tit project was OK'd at this school, and damn it Emma, NOT EVERYONE LIKES GRANOLA AS MUCH AS YOU DO. By the way, the B plot this episode is not for the faint-hearted as it involves Spinner...and his boner. A classic Degrassi episode such as this can only mean a classic Last Shift episode: 1. Do we talk (at length) about Snake and Spike's sex life? Check. 2. Do we talk about different flavors of chicken wings at the very end of an episode where it is, once again, completely irrelevant? Check. 3. Do we talk about Swimfan even though 3/5 of us haven't even watched that movie? Absolutely. You know the drill: Grab a drink, a Nature Valley granola bar (or any food that tastes like happy!), and remember that there is no sex good enough for dealing with Emma. Live, Laugh, and Liberty Van Zandt (Agent of Chaos), Stephan, Natasha, Morgan, Nina, and Perino
August 07, 2022
11. Hurt People Hurt People, Part I
Get ready folks! This week on the podcast, if it isn't the consequences of Ashley's actions (coming back to haunt her whiny ass). Your host, Perino (our resident Toby correspondent), guides us through Season 2, Episode 4, "Karma Chameleon" in which Ashley embarks on an ill-fated apology tour after her disastrous experimentation with ecstasy last season. Did you think any of us, let alone Paige "Definitely a Scorpio" Michalchuk, would forget about Ashley "Hurt People Hurt People" Kerwin calling her a hag? Along the way, we meet "Cool Ellie" (another one of Perino's fabrications?) as well as Kendra, one of only two girls we ever see fall under the spell of the equally fictional "Cool Toby." Oh yeah, by the way, if an Ashley A-plot weren't bad enough, you've just been warned that this episode contains a Toby B-plot - so pour your drinks accordingly for this one. Throughout this episode, we discuss important topics such as bathroom etiquette, the earth-shattering and reputation-ruining power of a Terri MacGregor eye roll (#QueenBeeTerri), our continued speculation of what exactly happened between Sean and Ashley when they hooked up (Like Craig, we're gossips and nosey, let us live!), and...The Human Centipede? Also, side note: Shut up, Jimmy. As always, grab a sweet cocktail to pair with this episode (because witnessing Ashley's downfall is downright delicious), hide your hentai, and never forget that everything is always Ashley's fault (if it's not Emma's). xoxo, Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino
July 29, 2022
10. "You may have the grooves, but do you have the moves?"
Hello Degrassholes! This episode starts with an explosion of hemp. Weirdly enough, we aren't referring to Emma though it seems like an apt way to begin an episode where Emma's life deliciously combusts over the course of 21 minutes. This week, Morgan walks us through Season 2, Episode 3, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Our favorite episodes are school dance episodes and this one doesn't disappoint as we discuss the following and more: Jimmy and Spinner embarrassing themselves and exclusive information from our very own Stephan on Miss Kwan's whereabouts at that exact moment. Ashley (deservedly) getting paid dust by the rest of the girls. Your hosts' collective schadenfreude as we watch Emma realize the world doesn't revolve around her. Middle school nicknames and high school boiler rooms. And another week, another episode we spend an inordinate amount of time speculating about Spike and Snake's bedroom shenanigans. You know the drill! Grab a cozy seat, grab a drink, and if you're Emma "Hurt People Hurt People" Nelson, grab some tissues to cry into because nobody likes you. xoxo, Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino
July 22, 2022
9. Craig's Dead Mom (Has Got It Goin' On)
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. Dear listeners, today we begin our journey through Season 2 of Degrassi: The Next Generation with the episodes "When Doves Cry" parts 1 and 2 (hosted by Natasha)! We are introduced to the character of Craig Manning, a student at the school with an abusive father. Despite the heavy subject matter (which we discuss at length, so please heed the trigger warning above) and these episodes ostensibly being about Craig, we wouldn't be us if we didn't spend an inordinate amount of time on the following subjects: The pot roast Dr. Manning serves for dinner and his use of an electric carver. Our very likely theory of how Joey Jeremiah and Julia Manning met. The trifecta of creepy places Craig goes to photograph a child: the playground, their preschool, and the graveyard where their mother is buried. Whether or not Chantay was actually an undercover agent at Degrassi (Is that why she was there for so long? Wait, why are we talking about Chantay again?). The adults of this saga and namely, their sex lives. And of course, our problematic crush on Dr. Manning. Don't @ us. Or do. And while you're at it, please rate and review the podcast and tell us which Degrassi parent you inexplicably have the hots for so we feel less alone. So grab a drink, be mindful of the fact that we definitely kept forgetting there was a B plot in these episodes, and we wouldn't be the concerned and attentive hosts we are if we didn't remind you to watch your fucking ears around Sean Cameron. xoxo, Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino
July 15, 2022
8. "Let's pretend we don't have these sh***y kids."
We did it, kids! We made it to the last episode of the season and if you took a glance at the length of this episode you must already know it's a doozy! This week your host Stephan leads the gang (along with special guest TéQuan!) on the absolutely bonkers journey that is Ashley "hurt people hurt people" Kerwin's first (and possibly last) ecstasy trip in the season 1 finale, "Jagged Little Pill". It's the end of the school year and you know what that means: an episode where all the characters on the show come together inexplicably at one kid's house for a party bound to end badly (our favorite kind of episode!). Having so many characters in a room together gives us a lot to discuss but this episode has left us with more questions than answers in the way only a Degrassi episode can: Where did Jeff Isaacs and Kate Kerwin run off to for the weekend and why is it a marital therapy retreat? Why did Spinner bring a watermelon to a party and more importantly, why did he leave the party with it intact? Are prank phone calls a lost art form? Is "hag" really the worst thing Paige has ever been called? Why is Toby? So cheers to the summer, our wonderful special guest TéQuan (@nrmlyoga), the end of Season 1, as well as the end of Ashley Kerwin's unjustifiable reign as Queen Bee at Degrassi (Rise #QueenBeeTerri)! And always remember to BYOTP to any parties from now on! A B C D E FU Ashley Kerwin, Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino
July 08, 2022
7. Hark! The Herald Chantay Sings!
Hey Degrassholes! We're here bringing you two more episodes from Season 1 of Degrassi: The Next Generation. Natasha begins our episode this week with a discussion of "Cabaret", which literally starts with the "funeral dirge" that is Ashley's song for the upcoming talent show. How does anyone put up with her? Do panthers actually exist? And most importantly, is that motherfucking Chantay Black in the background of one scene? How long has this woman really been at Degrassi? We talk about Sean Cameron having to do the absolute least to make Emma swoon, #QueenBeeTerri having to resort to communication through tarot cards to deal with a toxic friend, and OMG TOBY SHE IS NEVER GOING TO LIKE YOU BACK. Next up, Nina guides us through the murky waters of "Under Pressure", one of the rare episodes where a clear "Clare of the Week" can not be agreed upon. Remember that kid who would want to talk about the answers on the exam immediately after the test was over? You do, don't you? The image of their face just flashed clearly into your mind even if your last day of school has been 10+ years ago. You're welcome. We talk through the trauma of exams (and having to deal with that kid), welcome Miss Kwan back from her much needed leave of absence ("New Year, New Look, New Kwan"), and once again feel the need to scream at the top of our lungs "STAY OUT OF IT EMMA!" So cheers to the weekend, to panthers, to Miss Kwan, and to the specter of Chantay Black! And remember everyone, as Morgan and #QueenBeeTerri (if they gave her enough screentime) would say: You can't pour sherry from an empty cup. Take care of yourselves! xoxo, Stephan, Morgan, Natasha, Nina, and Perino
June 11, 2022
6. "I'm tired of feeling like Miss Kwan."
Oh boy! We made it to two Emma-centric episodes, one of which where Emma shouldn't even really be the main character (because that should ALWAYS be Manny Santos) but she's Emma so she will make this about her. First up is "Friday Night" where Perino guides us through the absolute disaster that is Emma and Sean's first date as well as the infuriating B plot where Spinner and Jimmy get "revenge" on a woman juggling multiple jobs, a sick husband, and at least 30 or so piece of shit kids each day in class. Are we older than Miss Kwan? And more importantly, is it ESL, ASL, or "Eh"-SL? Also Rule #1: You gotta let your co-hosts know if you're about to improv! Next up is probably one of the worst episodes of the season/series due mostly to a B plot involving Spinner, Toby, JT, and Liberty all getting basic math wrong and eating way too much chips. We also get a lot of Manny being adorable and Emma seething about it in her green with jealousy Shakespearean villain turtleneck. How much do we love Cassie Steele? Enough that one of us had a Manny Santos blue thong birthday cake last year. Enough that several of us may or may not have purchased Ms. Steele's Hot Lava (this is not spon but we're open to it!) thong collection. Enough to get through this episode. And if this episode sounds convoluted, it has absolutely nothing to do with us being drunk. That would be irresponsible. It really is all the fault of the episodes. Really. We would never. So put on your bluest thong, grab a can of Pringles, and think about how adulthood is essentially summed up in the image of Miss Kwan crying outside her car after working too late and having nothing left to give. xoxo, Stephan, Natasha, Morgan, Nina, and Perino
May 27, 2022
5. Wings or No Wings
Hello Degrassholes and happy Friday the 13th! Are you feeling superstitious? You should! Because today you will be unluckily subjected to two episodes featuring a lot - A LOT - of Emma "Hurt People Hurt People" Nelson and Ashley "Hurt People Hurt People" Kerwin. First up, Nina covers the 9th episode of Season 1, "Coming of Age" in which Emma gets her period for the first time. There's also an A plot about Ashley but no one cares about it. We're talking shitty birthdays, Sean Cameron's suspected love of shark week, and learn that there is in fact a disrespectful way to eat chicken wings. Next, Morgan hosts the frustrating episode that is "Rumors and Reputations." Why does Emma continue to insert herself in situations she's too stupid to understand? And how is Ashley still somehow the worst? Have you ever found an earwig in your food? Mostly, we discuss #BadBitchTerri shutting down Emma in the way only #QueenBeeTerri can. Can one of your hosts be the Clare of the episode? Did you want a really bare bones lesson regarding the laws surrounding free feminine products in public schools? Listen for all this and more! Grab a drink or two or three (because these episodes are trying), some buffalo wings, and we know you can make it through! xoxo, Stephan, Natasha, Morgan, Nina, and Perino
May 13, 2022
4. Ball is Life
Hey frosh! Welcome back to another week of Degrassi: The Next Generation! Unfortunately, that week includes discussing episodes 7 and 8 of Season 1, "Basketball Diaries" and "Secret and Lies", neither of which deserve any awards. Your hosts Natasha and Stephan do their very best to guide us through these two mediocre episodes. First up is a Jimmy-centric episode, which does nothing to convince us that the writers of this show attempted to give Jimmy Brooks any discernible character traits other than "good at basketball." Listen to us try to talk about sports. No really, it's cute. Next up, in "Secrets and Lies", not only do we learn that Ashley's dad is gay, you'll also get a crash course in the (likely in)correct syllable count of haiku. Is the word "idea" two syllables or three? Finally, it wouldn't be a true episode of our show without a digression into the embarrassing fan fiction we all wrote as teenagers (and if you listen to this podcast, it's a safe bet you wrote some too), the ever-present clinking of our wine glasses, and at least 1-2 off-topic conversations about #QueenBeeTerry. So grab your drinks, some poutine, and enjoy! Live, Laugh, and Liberty Van Zandt, Stephan, Natasha, Morgan, Nina, and Perino
April 30, 2022
3. There was no "Cool Toby"
Welcome back to another episode of Last Shift at The Dot! This week, our dear hosts, Perino and Morgan, tackle the giant steaming pile of dog shit that is the next two episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation, Season 1, "Parents Day" and "The Mating Game". Again, who thought Toby and Ashley-centric episodes were a good idea? While we do our best to make sense of the ridiculous notion that Ashley should get an agent and put to rest Perino's theory of a "cool Toby", we also address the following questions: Did Jeff and Ann Marie Isaacs' marriage end due to infidelity and how did Jeff end up with custody of Toby? Did only one of us actually receive Sex-Ed during our schooling? Why are Nina, Natasha, and Morgan so eager to learn to pee standing up? And finally, is Tim Horton's the best thing to come from Canada, eh? So grab a seat, grab a drink, and pour one out for Mama Onu! xoxo, Stephan, Natasha, Morgan, Nina, and Perino
April 16, 2022
2. "Boobage, here we come!"
Hey Degrassholes and welcome to the next episode of Last Shift at the Dot! This week, we're discussing the horrendous "Family Politics" episode (who thought a Toby and Ashley-centric episode so early on, or ever, was a good idea?) followed by season classic, "Eye of the Beholder". We'll talk about early internet family-caught-us-with-porn experiences, whether or not any of us have been classy enough to try sherry, Natasha regales us with a tale of ordering a $9 cup of broth in NYC, and if you make it through all that (we know you can!), the scintillating drama that is Paige's sabotage of Terry and Spinner's burgeoning romance (It.Was.Never.About.The.Notes.) So pull up a seat, take a shot every time Jimmy condescendingly mentions Sean having to repeat 7th grade, and enjoy! xoxo Stephan, Natasha, Morgan, Nina, and Perino
April 02, 2022
1. "Keep the Cyber Stalkers out of Her Room"
Hey Degrassholes and welcome to the very first official episode of Last Shift at the Dot! We're starting from the first episode hard and strong. "Mother and Child Reunion", Parts 1 and 2, in which we play a round of To Catch a Jordan. We'll talk about how nobody except Perino knows the song this episode is titled after, Spike's bad parenting, the unparalleled mess that is Caitlyn Ryan, and judge Emma for the first of a lifetime of truly bad decisions. And is pizza from Toronto truly worth putting your life on the line for? So stay tuned, make it through, and put on your paisley jackets! xoxo Stephan, Natasha, Morgan, Nina, and Perino
March 19, 2022
0. Last Shift at The Dot Teaser - Our First Times
Today, we are releasing a teaser before we get into our deep dive of Season 1 of TNG. So grab a seat, grab a drink, and enjoy a mini episode where we talk about each of our first times....watching Degrassi. Which of course inevitably leads to a discussion on strip club dancer shift hierarchies, getting a WWJD? bracelet from your middle school boyfriend who happened to look like Marco DelRossi, and being made fun of in Starbucks for pronouncing cappuccino the correct way. We hope you enjoy and always keep asking yourselves the most important question there is: Where the fuck is Kendra? Your hosts, Stephan, Natasha, Morgan, Nina, and Perino
March 13, 2022