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"You don't talk to me that way! You're not my dad!"
Emma to her stepfather

Father Figure (2) is the second part to the two-parter season premiere of Season 3 of the Canadian television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation. It originally aired on September 17, 2003, on CTV Television and on October 3, 2003, on The N. The episode was directed by Bruce McDonald and it shares its title with the song by George Michael.

Extended Overview

Emma finds her father, Shane McKay. She discovers he is living in an assisted living residence in Stouffville, Ontario. Emma (alongside Craig) enters the residence and sneaks up to Shane's room. She finds him turning a plate several times.

She is shocked to find out that Shane is developmentally disabled, specifically Acquired Brain Injury due to him falling off (or jumping off) a bridge after taking acid when he was in grade nine.

Emma ends up accepting him. When she has to leave, Shane becomes agitated and throws his plate across the room in protest. The support worker redirects Shane to his knitting in a condescending tone of voice.

Emma gives Shane her address so they can write each other. Soon after, Shane shows up at Spike's house and realizes that Spike has married Snake and is pregnant with his child.

Shane becomes angry and when Spike tries to call for help, he destroys the entire room as Spike goes into early labor.

Emma comes home and realizes what is going on. She calms down Shane by letting him knit. Luckily, the baby is born safely. Shane gives Emma the hat he knitted, and Emma gives Shane a new picture of them together.