"Em, you'll always be the most important person in my life."
— Spike

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is the third episode of Season 2 of the Canadian television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Main Plot

The episode begins with Spike telling Emma that her long time friend Snake, a.k.a Mr. Simpson is her new boyfriend. At first Emma doesn't mind the relationship and is happy for her mother... until she goes to school the next day and Mr. Simpson continually asks her if she's okay with their new relationship. Later on that day, Craig Manning asks Emma and Manny if they're going to the Seniors' Dance later that night. They both say 'no' since they aren't seniors yet, and that they're planning to have a girls' night out with Emma's mother that night. Sure enough, the Junior Degrassi students have their own 1980s dance later on in the day in which Mr. Simpson is DJing. When Mr. Simpson asks Emma if she wants to attend the dance, she rudely says no and that she's having a girls' night out with her mom and Manny.

When the two girls finally arrive home they see Spike all dressed up and not dressed for their girls' night. Spike apologizes and tells the girls that Mr. Simpson invited her to an Elvis Costello concert, and that she couldn't refuse. After her mother leaves, Emma becomes upset and wants to do something to take her mind off of Mr. Simpson and her mother, so she and Manny decide to crash the Seniors party at Degrassi. When the girls arrive the principal is standing at the entrance, so with the help of Craig, the girls get inside the dance. Once a slow song comes on, both of the girls are convinced Craig will ask Emma to dance, until out of the blue he asks Manny, which leaves Emma shocked and heartbroken.

As Emma walks home, she notices Spike and Snake making out on her doorstep. Emma becomes extremely upset and rushes upstairs to avoid the two of them. When her mother comes upstairs, she then explains to her that she feels left out.

Sub Plot

Jimmy Brooks and Spinner Mason are plotting to beat Marco Del Rossi (who is introduced in this episode, albeit without any lines) in a dance competition that will be held at the dance. However, both their egos become inflated and they decided to go solo. Jimmy shows up dressed up as Michael Jackson. At the dance they compete for the tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs Game. Both friends try to sabotage each other, which in the end, sabotages themselves, leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs tickets to Marco. Spinner took Jimmy's change of clothes, and Jimmy had stolen Spinner's music.

  • This episode is named after the song "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper.
  • This is Marco Del Rossi's first appearance, although he had no lines. While he is portrayed as a rival to Jimmy and Spinner in the dance costume, they later become two of his closest friends. He would speak for the first time in his second appearance Drive.
  • The scene where Emma is dressed as Cyndi Lauper is one of the clips used in Miriam McDonald's video montage in the Season 7 opening credits.
  • This episode marks the beginning of the first relationship between Snake and Spike.
  • When Emma gets dressed for the seniors' dance, Manny mentions that Emma looks just like her mom in her high school years. Spike later thinks that Emma dressed as her rather than Cyndi Lauper.

  • Spinner: "I get it. I can't dance 'cause I'm white.
    Jimmy: "That's not what I'm saying.
    Spinner: "Yes it is. Polar bears are white; I'm white; and you're a racist.
    Jimmy: "Okay, I'm not saying you can't dance 'cause you're white. I'm saying you can't dance 'cause you suck."
  • Paige: "I saw better dancing at Heather Sinclair's grade 3 sock hop."

  • "Abstract Minds" by Rarefaction
  • "Everybody Wants Something" by The Zit Remedy
  • "I Dreamt" by Rarefaction
  • "Once In A Longtime" by Christopher Ward
  • "Where Are You Now" by Tuuli