Beat It (2) is the eighth episode of Season 9 of Degrassi: The Next Generation. It aired on November 1, 2009 in Canada, and November 19, 2009 in the United States.


When Riley is accused of gay-bashing Sam, he's ostracized. Would he rather be a "homophobic jock" or gay...or is there a third solution? And when Sav finds out about Anya's secret life, he feels betrayed—and a little weirded out.

Main Plot

After unsuccessfully trying to sleep with Fiona, Riley is accused of gay-bashing after an openly gay student ends up in the hospital, suffering of a brutal attack at Degrassi (This is due to one of the victim's friends overhearing some homophobic comments.) and is ostracized. Feeling desperate, he decides to search for a de-programmer to make himself straight.

The LGBT club leader, Larissa, confronts Riley and asks him to join the club. Riley refuses, rudely. He tells Peter that he feels sorry for those freaks.

This worries Fiona and Peter and they try to help him come out by explaining to him that his refusal to come out is really destroying his dream of being the popular football star, as everyone now thinks of him as a gay basher.

Riley is confronted by Sam in the bathroom and they get in a fight. Riley admits he's gay and tells Sam to beat him up. Sam refuses to do that and comforts him. Sam tells him that he doesn't have to come out until he's ready.

Sub Plot

Meanwhile Sav finds out about Anya and Leia LARPing. He is upset and bewildered in Anya for why she would hang out with the "weirdos" and "losers". Anya tries to convince him it's fine, but she says the wrong thing by saying his band is stupid. He asks her if she will be his girlfriend or "fairy princess". Anya replies and says "you better hope I can be both"..

Anya continues to LARP and has a "wedding" to unite the enemy tribes. Sav is there and Anya is happy and surprised. Sav plays a mandolin during the wedding, and Anya steps up and smiles at him.

Third Plot

Jenna finally admits to Dave that she is not romantically interested in him. However, to soothe his hurt feelings and protect his ego, she publicly puts on the act of a hurt girlfriend who just got dumped. Clare and K.C. approach Jenna and Clare tries to comfort her by saying; "You'll find someone someday, Jenna." Jenna looks at K.C. and he smiles. Clare begins to piece it together that K.C. and Jenna are beginning to like each other.

  • Riley finally admits he's gay to Peter.
  • This marks the last appearance of Blue Chessex.

  • Fiona: "You can't cure homosexuality."
    Riley: "Yes, you can. It's like a disease."
    Fiona: "Wow, you must really hate yourself."
    Fiona: "Too bad you can't cure bitch!"

  • "Woah California" by Stüdz
  • "Now We Can See" by The Thermals
  • "Girls and Boys in Love" by The Rumble Strips
  • "Hibernation Song" by Whale Tooth
  • "The Feel Good Song" by Andrew Hunter and the Gatherers