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Degrassi: Don't You Want Me (1)

When Alex and her mom, Emily, become victims of credit card theft, from Chad, Emily's boyfriend, Alex gets a job as a waitress at Club Zanzibar. With the threat of being evicted from their apartment, Alex becomes desperate for money. Emma and Sean find out that the pill isn't always fool proof.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x18
Production Number: 618
Airdate: Monday May 07th, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

US (Teennick) Jul 27, 2007

Guest Stars
Conrad DunnConrad Dunn
As Vlad
Debra McCabeDebra McCabe
As Emily Nuñez (as Debra Lynne McCabe)
Kristina PesicKristina Pesic
As Mel
Tony MunchTony Munch
As Chad
Episode Notes
Alex gets a job at Club Zanzibar first as a waitress, but switches to a stripper to make more money.

The episode came with a Viewer Discretion label and was also rated 14+ on CTV.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Hello Operator55 Regrets 
Shinjuku ZuluMake Me Shake (Gimme Some Crush Crush) 
Vivian GeorgeWake to Weep 

Episode Quotes
Mel: (with a fake accent) Girls on the other side are rich and happy like movie star.
(one of the strippers walks off the stage)
Alex: She doesn’t look so happy to me.
Mel: Maybe not, but she is paid well.
Alex: Small price to pay for your soul.
Mel: Lexy, if you are so against stripping, then why are you working here?
Alex: Why else? I need the money.
Mel: So does she. The only difference between her and us, is that she needs it more.

Alex: We’re getting evicted?
Emily: Yup. We have 10 days to come up with the money. You know anyone with a spare two grand kicking around?
Alex: Just how? How did this happen?
Emily: Well we’d been bouncing rent checks for the last two months and I had no idea.
Alex: Mom how could you not know that?
Emily: Chad hiding the letters from the building manager, that’s how. And no, I’m not proud I trusted that scumbag.
Alex: Okay. So what do we do now?
Emily: Well I asked for a raise again. They turned me down again. I never wanted it to be like this, Lexy. I let you down and-
Alex: Chad did this, mom. Not you.

(Alex is practicing her dance moves)
Alex: Okay tell me I don’t look completely idiotic.
Mel: Well not if you’re on your way to a rap video shoot.
Alex: Or say the stage at Zanzibar.
Mel: Woah, woah, woah. This is why you called me here at 9:00 in the morning?
Alex: Kind of.
Mel: Whatever happened to a small price to pay for your soul?
Alex: Well my soul just got a whole lot cheaper.

Sean: Emma I thought you’d be happy for me. You know spreading democracy, peace keeping, protecting our country. These are all good things.
Emma: Sean you would hate it. The army is all about taking orders and being told what to do and what to think.
Sean: So being told what to think is wrong? Isn’t that what you’re doing?
Emma: This is different.
Sean: How?
Emma: Because I’m your girlfriend, Sean! If you join the army, you could get hurt and I need you right now.
Sean: Why? Tell me. I can take it.
Emma: Honestly I’m not sure you can.

(Paige kisses her)
Alex: Why do you keep doing this to me?
Paige: Sorry I…I thought the door was kind of open.
Alex: Yeah it’s been open for weeks. The problem is you keep opening it and then closing it and opening it and closing it. Just make up your mind!
Paige: Look you’re cool with being a lesbian, but I don’t know what I am.
Alex: The word is bisexual Paige and it’s just a label. Who cares?
Paige: My parents already have one gay kid.
Alex: So?!
Paige: So I just dropped out of university! Let them deal with one major parental crisis at a time.
Alex: Great. Everything’s always on your schedule, isn’t it?
Paige: I am supposed to give them grandkids one day. You do not get the pressure I am under.
Alex: Pressure? Excuse me for finding your idea of pressure pretty…pretty damn pathetic right now.
Paige: Hon, don’t cry.
Alex: Stop. You don’t get to break my heart and then comfort me too.

Emily: You think they’ll remember us at the women’s shelter?
Alex: We’re not going back there mom, ever. I know what to do.

Mel: So you just changed your mind?
Alex: Life changed it for me, Mel.
Mel: Lexy, I have seen so many girls do this. If you go out there, it changes you.
Announcer: And now let’s welcome newcomer to our stage, the beautiful Lextasy.
Alex: I’m not going out there, Mel. Lextasy is.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Don't You Want Me

"Don't You Want Me" is a song by The Human League.

Episode References
Sean: Emma! What was so important that you couldn’t tell me on the phone? I’m worried about you.
Emma: You might want to sit ‘cause this is gonna freak you out.
Sean: I don’t need to sit. I know what’s going on. You’re emotional, you’re scattered, you have trouble concentrating. It adds up. You’re anorexic again, aren’t you?
Emma: No. Sean you’re not even close. I’m pregnant.
Sean: You’re right I am going to freak out. Uh are you sure? You do a test?
Emma: We’ll do it together, okay?

He's talking about when Emma was anorexic in the episodes "Our Lips Are Sealed (1) and (2)".

Sean: I thought we had all the bases covered.
Emma: And sometimes you hit a homerun. Accidents can happen. Maybe the pill didn’t kick in.

In the season 3 episode "Accidents Will Happen (1) and (2)", Manny becomes pregnant.

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