Michelle Accette was a student who attended Degrassi Junior High School from September 1986 to June 1989 and Degrassi High School from September 1989 to June 1991. She was a shy girl who grew in confidence over the years. When she was sixteen, she moved out on her own as she had a poor relationship with her father, who disapproved of her relationship with B.L.T. Thomas as he was black. She also dated Archie Simpson. Her best friend was Alexa Pappadopolos-Dexter and she was good friends with Simon Dexter and Nancy Kramer. She was played by Maureen McKay.
Starts as: Grade 8
Degrassi Junior High Season 1
In Kiss Me, Steph, Michelle was seen in the corridor reacting with shock to Stephanie Kaye's new wardrobe and later in Mr. Raditch's Grade 8 homeroom. At the end of the school day, she walked past the broom closet in which Yick Yu had been locked by Joey Jeremiah. Although he banged on the door to be let out, she did not appear to notice.
In What a Night!, Michelle was one of many students who watched the soap opera Days of Passion in the resource centre.
In It's Late, Voula showed Michelle and Alexa photos of her newborn nephew Alexander Gregory.
Degrassi Junior High Season 2
In Stage Fright, Michelle received her first storyline. She was established as being a shy girl who did not like to make speeches in front of the class. Joey picked on her because of her shyness, referring to her as "Mouse." Her best friend Alexa told her to stand up for herself and later advised her to tell Mr. Raditch that she had cramps but Michelle did not want to do as it would be too embarrassing as she could not even discuss that with her mother. She instead told him that she had lost her voice but Raditch did not believe her, describing it as "the oldest excuse in the book." He reassured her that she would not find it that difficult and told her to speak about something that she knew.
The next day, as Michelle made her way to the front of the class, Joey said, "Squeak! Squeak!" but Mr. Raditch stopped him. She spoke about the problems that she faced as a shy person. Her speech was very well received by both Mr. Raditch and her classmates. Joey was due to make a speech the next day and offered Michelle money and a Zit Remedy demo tape to write it for him but she refused.
As the series progressed, she gradually got over her shyness.
Degassi Season 3 (Junior High Years)
In Loves Me, Loves Me Not, Alexa and Michelle were in the cafeteria when Alexa said that she was really looking forward to the dance that Friday and that she planned to dance with every cute guy there. When Michelle pointed out that Simon became jealous when she did that, Alexa replied, "I don't care. Simon's boring. We might split up." The two girls sat down and Alexa told Michelle that her mother had bought her a new sexy dress which made her breasts look big. As she smiled, she said that she hoped that the boys did not try to look down it as she hated when they did that. However, Michelle was not listening as she was too busy staring at B.L.T. Thomas who was sitting several tables away. Alexa realised that Michelle had feelings for him and said that she had great taste. Michelle lamented, "I don't know what to say to him. Alexa, I'm not like you. I'm shy." Alexa suggested that she coach her best friend. Michelle did not think that it was a good idea but Alexa assured her that she knew all about boys.
After Math class the next day, Alexa asked B.L.T. if he wanted to join herself, Michelle and Simon for lunch in the park in spite of the fact that Michelle did not think that that was a good idea either. He gladly accepted. A confused Simon asked, "We're having lunch in the park?" while an irritated Alexa responded that they were. After she had finished eating, Alexa asked the other three if they had seen any good films lately. B.L.T. said that he thought that Teen Academy IV was fabulous and Alexa agreed. When Simon began to say that he did not really like it, Alexa snapped at him to finish his lunch. She then asked Michelle what she had thought of it and Michelle admitted that she did not like it very much.
As Alexa and B.L.T. began to discuss their favourite moments from the film, Michelle began to worry that the two of them were getting on too well and Alexa was overshadowing her. When Simon attempted to interject, Alexa irritably told him to get to the point. Michelle then said that they should start making their way back to Degrassi so they would not be late. However, Alexa and B.L.T. walked in front of Simon and Michelle and continued their easy conversation. They both loved the horror film High School Massacre and, when B.L.T. pointed out that they were making Teen Academy V, Alexa suggested that the two of them go and see it together. Both Michelle and Simon became even more worried.
When leaving Math class again on Friday, Alexa and Simon looked at each other without saying anything before he left. When Michelle asked Alexa if she was waiting for B.L.T., Alexa replied, "Maybe" in a tone of an excited tone of voice. Michelle then thanked her for all of her help, attempting to get rid of her. Alexa replied that she did not think that Michelle and B.L.T. were suited to each other. Her offended best friend asked how she knew this and Alexa pointed out that she could not even talk to him. Michelle said that Alexa knew that she liked B.L.T. but Alexa responded, "Michelle, don't take it so seriously. Boys are like buses: if you miss one, another one will come along in a few minutes!" As an annoyed Michelle left, an oblivious Alexa cheerfully told her that she would see her at the dance. Michelle said that she was not going to the "dumb dance." When B.L.T. exited the classroom, Alexa began to excitedly discuss the dance with him. Outside of Degrassi, Simon offered to walk Michelle home as they lived in the same direction. He said that he was not going to wait for Alexa as she was clearly busy. He then asked Michelle if she could do him a favour as he had an idea on how to make the dance considerably more fun.
That night at the dance, Alexa began stroking B.L.T.'s muscles and asked him if he worked out. He told her that he did so almost everyday. Michelle and Simon then walked over to them with their arms around each other. Michelle said, "Hi Alexa. Waiting for a bus?" before she and Simon entered the gym and began dancing. An angry Alexa told B.L.T. that she wanted to dance. He said that he was fine and she repeated that she would like to dance. When B.L.T. pointed out that he had not finished his drink, Alexa irritably commented, "I said dance!" and dragged him onto the dance floor.
In Star-Crossed, Alexa had come to regret her decision to break up with Simon as she missed him and she and B.L.T. did not have as much in common as she thought. As they were boarding the bus to Borden High School, Michelle walked away when she saw Alexa approaching. Alexa then told Simon that her mother had made baklava the previous night and, as it was his favourite, she invited him over to her house. However, he turned down the offer, which disappointed Alexa.
At the charity Bowl-a-thon the following Saturday, Alexa was worried by the fact that Michelle and Simon were getting on very well and worried that they were dating. She said that she wanted him back but Michelle told her that Simon did not belong to anyone and that the two of them were just friends. Alexa wondered why he would not talk to her as she had tried everything. When Michelle asked her if she had tried apologizing, Alexa asked what for. Michelle replied, "For treating him like dirt. He was really hurt when you started flirting with B.L.T." Alexa said that she did not mean to hurt anyone. She then realized that she owed her best friend an apology as well and Michelle forgave her. Shortly afterwards, B.L.T. offered to walk Michelle home.
In Black & White, B.L.T. and Michelle start showing interest in each other and he asks her to the school dance. Her parents say she cannot go to the dance with him after meeting him and seeing he was black. Despite Michelle's parents being racist, she goes to the dance with him, beginning their relationship.
In Bye-Bye, Junior High, B.L.T. and Michelle attend the graduation dance, managing to escape after the school burns down.
Degrassi Season 4 (High School Years)
In this season Michelle cannot live with her father anymore after her dad and her mom get divorced as he has too many strict rules. She moves out with the help of her friends, but later cannot handle work, school, and a social life.
Degrassi Season 5 (High School Years)
In Bad Blood (1), it was revealed that Michelle had been away for a month and, in her absence, B.L.T. had been cheating on her with a girl named Cindy. On the first day of Grade 11, B.L.T. and Cindy were walking to Degrassi with their arms around each other. However, when they reached the school, he said that they had better stop as he did not want anyone to see them. When Cindy asked whether he would tell Michelle about them, he was non-committal as he had to do it when the time was right since Michelle was very sensitive. Cindy told him to get it over with as she wanted to be with him. B.L.T. returned the compliment.
Several minutes later in the school foyer, Michelle ran up to B.L.T. and gave him a big hug and a kiss, telling him that she missed him so much. He jokingly told her not to cry and she said that she was sorry but she was so glad to see him. B.L.T. was about to tell her about Cindy but he chickened out and instead asked her how her trip had been. Michelle admitted that, while it had been nice of her mother to pay for her to visit, it had been boring and she had thought about him all the time. When she chastised him for not writing as he had promised, he pointed out that she had only been gone for a month. She commented that she had arrived home on Friday and had tried to call him all weekend, asking him where he had been. B.L.T. was about to answer when Alexa ran over to Michelle and excitedly greeted her with a hug. Although Michelle repeated that her trip was boring, Alexa nevertheless wanted to hear all about it. When they entered their homeroom several minutes later, Lucy Fernandez told them that L.D. Delacorte's leukemia had gone into remission and that she and her father had bought a boat and were sailing around the islands.
At the end of the school day, Michelle asked B.L.T., Alexa and Simon if they wanted to go for pizza or something. Alexa agreed but asked whether Michelle had to work. Her best friend happily told her that she did not start back until Thursday. However, B.L.T. said that he and Simon had football tryouts as the first game was in two weeks' time. Alexa teased Simon by saying that she and Michelle would go for coffee and discuss interesting things like clothes and men. After she kissed B.L.T. goodbye, Michelle asked him if he would call her that night. He hesitated before saying, "Yeah, sure" and Michelle began to suspect that something was wrong.
The next day, Michelle was chatting with Caitlin Ryan about the new condom machines in the washrooms when B.L.T. approached them. After Caitlin left, a slightly hurt Michelle said that he had not called her the previous night. B.L.T. defensively claimed that he had gotten home late. Michelle asked him if she had done something wrong and was about to say that she sensed something but attributed these feelings to her own insecurities before asking how the tryouts had gone.
Two weeks later in Bad Blood (2), Cindy was still pushing B.L.T. to break up with Michelle. He defended his inaction on the grounds that he had helped Michelle through a lot of rough stuff during their relationship and did not want to hurt her. Cindy reasoned that she would be hurt no matter what if she still liked him and B.L.T. said that he would break up with her but in his own way.
The next day, B.L.T. met Michelle in the foyer and, after giving him a kiss, she sympathised with him over the fact that the football team had lost their first game. He then told her that they needed to talk and lead her into the school theatre. He commented that they had been dating for a year and a half, which was a long time. Michelle said that she did not know how she would have been able to get through the previous year without him. B.L.T. claimed that he needed some breathing room and an extremely upset Michelle realised that he was breaking up with her. As she began to cry, she once again asked if she had done something wrong and said that she did not want to break up. B.L.T. said that he thought that they should cool it for a bit but that she should remain friends as they still liked each other. He asked Michelle not to cry but he could help it. He told her that he needed some space and some time to think. When she asked him if there was someone else, he denied it and Michelle left.
Later that day, Alexa, who had learned of the breakup from Michelle, was in the library looking for a book when she overheard Cindy and her friend discussing the fact that B.L.T. had finally broken up with Michelle after he had been dating her for four weeks. Cindy told her friend that Michelle had apparently "cried like Niagara Falls" and claimed that she felt sorry for her "but not too sorry." They did not notice Alexa, who immediately left to tell Michelle. Her best friend was doing homework in the cafeteria when Alexa sat down opposite her. Michelle said "hi" but realised that there was something wrong. Alexa told her twice that she did not want to know before saying that she had a right to know. Referring to B.L.T. as a "slug, a big slug," she said that he had another girlfriend and repeated the conversation that she had overheard.
Michelle was furious and confronted B.L.T., who was sitting several tables away with Simon. She accused him of lying to her but he claimed that he did not know what he was talking about. She then told him that she knew all about Cindy. B.L.T. defended his actions by saying that he was trying to be nice but Michelle yelled, "Nice? You call that nice? Four weeks you've been going out with her!" When he said that he was trying to spare her feelings, she sarcastically replied, "Because I cry like Niagara Falls?" He tried to explain further but she called him a pig and a liar before throwing his milk all over him, to the amusement of everyone else in the cafeteria, and storming out.
In Loyalties, Archie and Michelle were in the school library preparing an oral presentation on acid rain for geography class. She began to read what they had written so far to see what he thought of it. However, Archie was not listening as he was too busy staring at Michelle, on whom he had developed a big crush. She thought that it was too dry and lamented that she hated presentations as she always became very nervous. Archie admitted that he felt the same way and suggested that they refuse to do it. However, he said that if they did so, they would fail and would not be able to get into university or get good jobs, which meant that they would have to live on the street and beg for change and sleep under the viaduct where they would eventually freeze to death. Michelle resumed working on the presentation and Snake resumed staring at her.
After the presentation the next day, Michelle believed that the geography teacher had really liked it, even the part in the middle when they made a mistake. However, Archie pointed out that she had changed the overhead so the teacher did not even notice. Michelle thanked him for being her partner. As she walked away, she said "hi" to Wheels, who noticed how Archie was looking at her. He realised that he had feelings for her. While Archie tried to deny it at first, he said that Michelle was sweet, gentle, very smart and really pretty. Wheels advised him to ask her out as she was no longer dating B.L.T. but Archie said that he liked her too much, adding that he always messed it up when he really liked a girl. Joey then approached them and offered them a ride in his new car. Wheels told Joey that Archie liked Michelle and Archie sarcastically commented, "Thanks a lot. Announce it on the PA, why don't you?" To Joey's amusement, Wheels then shouted, "Attention all students! Snake has the hots for Michelle!"
Several minutes later, Alexa was passing by when she noticed Michelle looking out the window at B.L.T. She sympathised with her best friend over the break up but Michelle claimed that he was the best thing that could have happened. When they saw Cindy walk over to B.L.T., Michelle claimed that she felt sorry for him as "Bambi" did not look too bright. However, Alexa claimed that she was alright. When a confused Michelle asked whether she had spoken to her, Alexa defensively said that it was hard not to talk to her as B.L.T. and Simon were best friends. She then told Michelle that she had to go as Simon was waiting for her. Michelle commented that she had finally gotten a couple of days off work and asked whether Alexa wanted to do something that night. However, to Michelle's disappointment, Alexa revealed that she and Simon were going to a film after the football game. She then invited Michelle to come with them to the cinema, where they would be seeing Return to Sender. Michelle commented that it was supposed to be good and suggested that they come to her apartment beforehand as it was playing nearby. After Alexa left, Michelle looked at B.L.T. and Cindy wistfully.
Shortly afterwards, Simon asked Alexa if Michelle had to come with them as she had been out with them "like a gazillion times" since breaking up with B.L.T. and she was "such a downer." Alexa pointed out that she would be a downer too if Simon cheated on her. After some prompting, he denied that he would ever do so. B.L.T. and Cindy then approached them. Cindy said that her uncle had four free tickets to the Savages' concert that night and he was giving the tickets to them. B.L.T. told them to be at his house at seven and not to be late. Alexa was excited until she realised that she had already made plans with Michelle. Simon claimed that Michelle would understand as she loved the Savages but Alexa said that that was not the point since she could hardly tell Michelle that they were going out with B.L.T. and Cindy instead.
Archie, Joey and Wheels were in Joey's car, which he was desperately trying to start. A confused Wheels asked Archie if he only intended to ask out girls whom he did not like in future before telling his friend that Michelle seemed to like him. This pleased Archie but he did not know how to go about asking her out. He said that she was always with Alexa and Simon and he did not want to ask to speak to her alone as it had to be casual and spontaneous. Joey suggested that since his mother allowed him to borrow the car, Archie should just casually drive past Michelle's apartment on the way to school. When Archie said that she lived in the opposite direction, Wheels suggested that he should say that he was visiting his grandmother. Not getting it, Archie commented that his grandmother lived in Montreal. After Joey was finally able to start the car, Archie realised what his two best friends meant. When he got home, Archie practiced ways to ask Michelle out in front of the mirror with little success.
That night, Alexa phoned Michelle and claimed that her aunt Helen had invited them to dinner, suggesting that they go to a film the next night if Michelle was free.
The next morning, Archie was still trying to think of the best way to ask Michelle out as he waited for her in his mother's car. After she exited her apartment, he drove up alongside her and honked his horn, telling her that he was visiting his grandmother as Wheels suggested. He then offered her a ride to school, which she accepted. When she said that she did not know that he had a car, he admitted that it was his mother's. As she got into the car, Archie once again began to stare at her but this time she noticed. Michelle asked whether there was something in her hair but Archie said, "No, it's fine. Great, in fact." He continued staring at her for several seconds before Michelle pointed out that they should go. Due to his nervousness, Archie was unable to start the car on his first attempt. On his second attempt, he accidentally turned on the windshield wipers, to Michelle's amusement. He succeeded in starting the car on the third attempt. When they arrived at school several minutes later, Michelle thanked him for the ride and he said that he would give her anytime that he had the car. However, he had still not asked her out. Joey and Wheels chastised him for this but he said that he could do it.
The next day, Alexa and Simon were excitedly discussing the concert. Alexa said that it was the best concert that she had ever been to while Simon commented that he loved it when they smashed their guitars on stage and when the lead singer dove into the crowd. Michelle approached them and asked if they were still on for the film that night. Alexa said, "Sure" but Simon claimed that he was kinda broke after the previous night. His girlfriend coughed to get him to shut up but he continued speaking, telling Michelle that he had spent $10 on food and $15 on the Savages T-Shirt that he was wearing. Michelle realised that they had both attended the concert the previous night. In an annoyed tone of voice, she told Alexa that she should have just told her that she did not want to go out with her. Alexa said that it was not like that but Simon, once again putting his foot in his mouth, said that that they were going to go with her but Cindy's uncle got them free tickets. A very hurt Michelle was shocked that they had gone to the concert with B.L.T. and Cindy, saying to Alexa that she thought that they were friends. Alexa said that they were friends and she had not told her the truth as she did not want to hurt her. Michelle replied, "So you lied. That's logical. I don't care what you do. Go and play with Bambi or whatever her name is." Alexa retorted that she was not the only person in the world and that she had a life too. However, Michelle countered by saying that she did never did anything without Simon. When Alexa said that they would not go to the cinema with her again, Michelle replied, "I don't care. Do what you want. I don't need traitors for boyfriends or best friends" before storming off.
Shortly afterwards in homeroom, Archie walked over to Michelle but did not say anything. When she noticed that he was there, he asked her if she wanted to go for pizza or to a movie with him that night. He was so nervous that he did not notice that she was very upset as she had just had a big argument with Alexa. After hesitating slightly, Michelle said, "Sure. Why not?" Archie was a little surprised that she said "yes" but said that he would pick her up at 6:30. At the end of the school day, Joey and Wheels congratulated him on making the date, jokingly referring to him as a stud.
At the cinema that night, Michelle was very depressed and, as a result, was not speaking. Archie asked her whether he had done something wrong as she was so quiet. Michelle snapped, "What? We have to talk? It's a rule?" Archie sheepishly apologized but she told him that she should be the one to apologize. She said that she should not be there, assuring him that she did not mean because of him, as she had a great deal on her mind. Archie assumed that she meant B.L.T. When she asked why she should be thinking of him, he pointed out that they had gone out for a long time. Michelle irritably told him that she had only gone out with him for a long time as it had taken her that long to realize that he was a jerk and that she has realized that her best friend was a jerk as well. Archie tried to tell her that things were not that bad but she snapped, "Oh, no? How did you know?" When he referred to the fact that she was upset, she denied it but it was obvious that she was lying as she began to cry and ran outside.
The next morning, Joey was once again trying to fix his car as Archie was telling him and Wheels about his disastrous date. When he said that he had Michelle crying ten minutes into the date, Joey joked, "Ten minutes?! You're good!" Archie said that he would join a monastery and work with lepers, claiming that he would get along with them as they had so much in common. Wheels alerted Archie to the fact that Michelle was approaching. Archie nervously walked over to her and apologized for upsetting her. Michelle assured him that she was the one who should be sorry as she had wrecked his evening. He claimed that she did not wreck it; it was just "really different." Michelle told him that after she had gotten home, she had realized that she was bottling a lot of stuff up and would not be ready to date for a while. However, she suggested that they try it again when she was ready. Archie asked her whether he had messed up and she told him that he had not at all and that he was great. After she left, a delighted Archie said, "I didn't mess up!" to himself.
Several weeks later in Body Politics, an apprehensive Alexa was waiting for Michelle outside Degrassi. When Michelle approached, they exchanged awkward greetings. Alexa then said that she was wondering if Michelle wanted to go out like old times, just the two of them. Michelle hesitated before smiling and telling Alexa that she had Tuesday evening off. Clearly disappointed, Alexa revealed that Simon had invited her over for dinner and she could not ask him to rearrange it. Michelle was very annoyed by this and replied, "Why did you even bother asking? Go marry him or something!" Her former best friend was crestfallen that they had not been able to settle their differences.
On their way to school the next day, Simon told Alexa that he and B.L.T. were thinking about renting a limousine to take the three of them and Cindy to the semi-formal. Michelle then walked past and Alexa said "hi" but she ignored her, to Alexa's disappointment. Alexa asked Simon if he remembered when it was two of them, B.L.T. and Michelle. Simon responded, "Sure. Now it's us, B.L.T. and Cindy." As she entered Degrassi, Michelle glared at Alexa, who then admitted to Simon that she missed her as they used to be best friends.
The following day, Alexa nervously approached Michelle at her locker. After Michelle told her to go away, Alexa said that she would if that was that she wanted but invited her to come over to her house on Tuesday if she was still free. Michelle asked about Simon and Alexa replied that she could go out with him any time and, in any event, he did not own her. Alexa then said, "You and me haven't had a good gossip in a long time...I miss that." Michelle smiled and admitted that she felt the same way. The two girls apologized to each other and then hugged. They said, "It was my fault!" simultaneously before Michelle commented that she should not have treated Alexa in the way that she did.
In Crossed Wires, Michelle bumped into B.L.T. while he was walking with Cindy in the corridor. Michelle was still upset by their breakup but B.L.T. barely looked at her.
In School's Out!, Archie mentioned that he and Michelle broke up.
- She was the first character ever to move out her parents' house and live on her own.
- Michelle was the first character in Degrassi history to have a drug problem. The others were Craig Manning, Riley Stavros, Victoria, Peter Stone, Anya MacPherson and Katie Matlin.
- Michelle was the first character in Degrassi history to develop an addiction to caffeine pills.
- She was the first character to have ever been cheated on. She was cheated on by B.L.T. Thomas with his new girlfriend Cindy for two weeks prior to Bad Blood (1).
- In Stage Fright, Michelle was picked on by Joey, the best friend of her future boyfriend Snake.
- She attended the funeral of Derek Wheeler's parents John and Helen Wheeler in Can't Live With 'Em (2).
- She was a big fan of the Savages.
- She and Archie never had sex as he was still a virgin after they broke up in School's Out!. She was likely still a virgin as well as there was no indication that she and B.L.T. ever had sex.
- Prior to moving out of her father's house in Sixteen (1), Michelle was a straight A student. However, her grades suffered after she began working at Donut Express.
- In A New Start, it was revealed that Michelle was pro-life.
- Main article: B.L.T.-Michelle Relationship
- B.L.T. Thomas
- Main article: Archie-Michelle Relationship
- Archie Simpson
- Main article: B.L.T.-Michelle-Cindy Love Triangle
- B.L.T. Thomas and Cindy
Alex • Alexa • Archie • Arthur • B.L.T. • Bartholomew • Caitlin • Christine • Raditch • Wheels • Erica • Heather • Joey • Karen • Kathleen • L.D. • Liz • Lucy • Maya • Melanie • Michelle • Rick • Scooter • Shane • Simon • Stephanie • Susie • Voula • Yick
Alex • Alexa • Archie • Arthur • B.L.T. • Bartholomew • Bronco • Caitlin • Christine • Raditch • Wheels • Diana • Dwayne • Erica • Heather • Joey • Karen • Kathleen • L.D. • Liz • Lucy • Maya • Melanie • Michelle • Scooter • Simon • Tessa • Yick