Peter Stone (Degrassi character)

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Peter Stone
Degrassi: The Next Generation character
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Peter Stone portrayed by Jamie Johnston
First appearance Venus, Part 1 (episode 5.01)
Last appearance You Don't Know My Name, Part 2 (episode 10.14)
Portrayed by Jamie Johnston
Information
Nickname(s) Pete, Stoner, All-Star (by Riley)
Occupation student (up to season 10)server at The Dot (season 10)
Family Daphne Hatzilakos (mother)
Troy Stone (father)
Angel Stone (paternal half-sister)
Nationality Canadian

Peter Michael Stone is a fictional character on the Degrassi: The Next Generation television series. He is portrayed by Jamie Johnston.

Character's background[edit]

Peter transferred into Degrassi in the beginning of grade 10. He is also the son of Daphne Hatzilakos, the school principal. Unlike most of the other characters, no episode has focused on his family and past life, but parts of his history can be pieced together from conversations.

Apparently, his parents divorced when his father had an affair with his intern. He spent most of his schooling in private school, but for unknown reasons, he started attending Degrassi in the tenth grade.

In the episode Tell it to My Heart it is revealed that Peter's father does not particularly care for his son (as evidenced by the fact that his bedroom is more of a storage room). This may be a contributing factor to his "spoiled kid" personality.

His character has been portrayed as an anti-hero. For example, in the Season 6 premiere Here Comes Your Man, he and Sean Cameron become fast friends, to the point that Peter dressed similar to Sean. However, when Emma Nelson wanted a break in their relationship, he immediately suspected Sean was to blame, and got him expelled. Despite this character flaw, Peter does have good intentions, and when he makes mistakes, attempts to rectify them.

Season 5[edit]

Peter Stone was introduced in Season 5, when he entered Degrassi as a new student. He was first spotted by Emma at a pool, who developed a crush on him. Peter had no interest in Emma, but rather her best friend Manny. Peter continuously tries to engage Manny in flirting, but she turns him down each time. After having a fight with her family (more notably, her father), Manny decides to go to a party that Peter invited her to. Later that night, after becoming intoxicated, Manny takes Peter into a room where he videotapes her taking her shirt off.[1] Later, after being rejected by her, Peter threatens to e-mail the video to the entire school if Manny refuses to go out with him. After some more conflicts between the two, Peter sends the entire student body his video of Manny.[2]

At the start of season 5, Peter begins flirting with Emma, smooth-talking her. At first Emma shuts him out, despite her sexual feelings for him, because of what he did to Manny. She plans revenge for what he did to Manny, so she tries to seduce him, stripping him and taking photos with her camera phone. Eventually, her plan backfires because his bedroom is a storage room, a situation she sympathizes with since she sleeps in the basement of her house. They eventually begin dating in secret.

During the end of the season, Emma and Peter become open about their relationship, which tears Emma between her best friend Manny, and Peter. By dating Emma, Peter discovers that she is suffering from a mix of anorexia nervosa and bulimia. He confronts Manny who goes with him to Emma's parents to set up an intervention to help Emma. She is then put into a hospital. Peter had been extremely supportive during all her recovery.

Season 6[edit]

In Season 6 Peter begins his junior year at Degrassi with a huge bang: he meets his girlfriend Emma's ex-boyfriend Sean when he returns to Degrassi from Wasaga Beach. Emma realizes she may have unresolved romantic feelings for Sean, without Peter knowing. Emma starts hanging out with Sean. Because of her feelings for her former beau, Emma decides to take a break from her relationship with Peter. He begins noticing that Sean may be the cause of the hiatus, and becomes angered. He sets him up for possession of pot in his locker, which leads to Sean being kicked out of Degrassi. Peter and Sean race against each other in a street race, ending up almost killing a man. Jay tells Sean to leave, which results in Sean being arrested for a hit-and-run accident, whilst only leaving Peter with community service and house arrest. Sean is now in jail, while Emma is still working things out with Peter.

After framing Sean by planting pot in his locker, Peter makes a big mistake when he breaks into Emma's locker and leaves a mask there as a surprise. Emma doesn't realize that Peter broke into Sean's locker until Manny points it out to her. Emma proceeds to shove Peter into a locker and forces him to tell her the truth, which makes Emma furious so that she tells him "When you see me in class, don't look at me. When you see me in the halls, don't talk to me because you and me are done!" and gets him in trouble with his mother at the same time by revealing to her that he was there without telling her.

Later on Peter joins the Spirit Squad after Darcy advertises they could use some guys on the team. At first Manny seems unsure of letting Peter join after what he did to her. Darcy feels that he is right for the job, so she gets Peter to pick her up, which stands out in sharp contrast to the lack of ability of all the other boys, who can't even do a simple cart wheel. Now impressed by his skills, Manny doesn't hate him as much.

In his junior year, he begins hanging out with Manny and Darcy more often, which lead to his secret sessions with Darcy for a photo shoot. Peter introduces Darcy to an online friend named Adams, who turns out to be an internet predator, with a desire for "sexy" pictures, for which he sends money. However, he wants Darcy as a girlfriend and subsequently exposes those racy photos to her boyfriend, Spinner, which led to Spinner's breaking up with Darcy and Darcy hating Peter.

Although they were not that close, after J.T.'s death he made a slideshow for his memory at a memorial service.

Later in the year, Peter apologizes to Darcy for the online situation and the two soon become friends. He shows up to help the friendship club and brings her flowers. She is impressed by his work and accepts a ride from him. When he once again lies (his license was suspended), Darcy begins disliking him.

However, she soon realizes that Peter is really trying to be a better person, and after Darcy forgives Peter, the two begin secretly dating, hiding it from everyone by fighting and being rude to each other. Peter and Darcy's relationship becomes complicated because of Peter's house arrest. After Darcy's friend (who Darcy ditched to be with Peter) catches her and Peter in the park, she tattles to Peter's mom. Because of this Peter's parents talk about sending Peter away to boarding school to keep them apart. His mom also tells Peter to keep his distance from Darcy. Peter is about to give up but Darcy tells him that if he believes that love is the most important thing, then he would meet her at their secret make-out area. Darcy waits there and believes that he isn't coming, but as she is about to leave Peter arrives. He also tells Darcy that if his parents send him away, the only thing he can lose is her and share a kiss.

Season 7[edit]

Peter goes on a trip with other Degrassi students to a ski lodge for a night. They attend a party with other teens involving alcohol. At this point, Peter and Darcy's relationship is stronger than ever, but when he wants to have sex, Darcy gets angry and throws him out of the bedroom of the house the party is in. Peter gets drunk later and tells Darcy that he is a virgin too and that he is willing to wait until she is ready because he loves her. The next morning Darcy and Peter wake up next to each other in the bedroom previously mentioned and Darcy is naked. Darcy thinks they had sex, but Peter isn't so sure. Peter tells Darcy he thinks she might have been raped, but Darcy gets freaked out and tells him never to talk to her again. When Darcy attempts suicide, Peter, knowing how important abstinence is to her, gets her ring back and Manny tells her rape didn't count as sex.

After Darcy wants to have sex on the roof he calls her hopeless and says that he doesn't know her anymore. It seems that he was a little jealous though, when he saw Darcy making out with Johnny Dimarco on the roof. Although he and Darcy broke up in Live to Tell, when Darcy's parents send her to a camp for troubled teens during Bust a Move, due to her behavior, he goes with her. He claims that she shouldn't have to go through it alone. When he admits that's why he signed up, he and Darcy have sex in the nurse's office.

In Broken Wings, Peter joins a band that Danny and Sav have started. They ask Spinner to be their drummer, but Spinner scoffs at their polo shirts, "pretty boy" looks and sappy love songs. Later, Peter suggests they get more serious and they start making more hardcore rock songs. They ask Spinner to be their drummer again, but Spinner does not want to be seen with Danny and Sav. Peter comes up with a solution- masks to conceal their identities. After getting their first song on video, it spreads through the school, where it becomes an instant hit. Peter later secretly confides to Darcy that he is the lead singer.

In the season finale, Peter receives news from his mother that they would be moving to Regina, Saskatchewan to live closer to his grandmother. Peter is upset as his relationship with Darcy was finally becoming accepted by her family and would have to end up leaving her. His father refused to have him stay with him, so he turns to Liberty's father who's an attorney for an emancipation.

Season 8[edit]

In Fight the Power, Darcy moves away to help build a school in Kenya, but only tells Peter this at the last minute - the day before she leaves. Later, Peter gets together with Mia Jones at a party. Darcy sends a care package from Kenya for all of her friends, and sends a present to Peter as well. Upon receiving the gift from Clare, Peter throws it out in front of his friend Mia, but later digs the present out of the trash can and puts it in his pocket, along with a note from Darcy implying he still has feelings for her.

In Man with Two Hearts, Peter starts to develop a friendship with Riley Stavros, but blows off Mia more. One day Peter and Riley decide to skip school and go to Peter's condo to play a boxing game (which is shown to be "Wii Sports"). Then when Riley is giving Peter pointers, Riley kisses him on the lips. The next day, Peter makes Mia and him official to prove he is straight, while revealing to her what happened. He then tries to patch things up with Riley, but Riley gets physical, slamming Peter and saying that nothing happened between them. The day afterwards, Peter announces that he's trying out for cross-country when Riley calls him a fag in front of Bruce and Derek. Peter almost spills Riley's secret but decides against it, and the two finally come to an understanding. After this happens, however, a rumor that Peter is gay is spread by a fellow student, most likely Riley. Peter is telling everyone that it's not true, but now he is confused about his sexual orientation and thinks he could possibly be bisexual. He is still together with Mia but he's also still very close friends with Riley.

In Danger Zone, Peter and Mia get back together because Peter tells her that he loves her and they share a kiss. Peter implies he still has feelings for Darcy when he wants to move to Kenya.[3]

Season 9[edit]

In Just Can't Get Enough, Peter begins using methamphetamine before Mia leaves for Paris in the beginning of the season. But life gets complicated when Mia reveals to Peter that she is going to Paris for a modeling contract. Declan and Fiona, the new students, decide to befriend Peter and Mia, so they invite them to one of their diplomat parties. Once Peter finds out that Mia will be going to France, he decides not to go to the party, but when Peter thinks up an idea to go with her, they decide to go to the party. While finding the party boring, Declan suggests that Peter try to play the guitar in front of everyone. After getting embarrassed Victoria, Declan and Fiona's cousin, offers Peter an escape drug (crystal meth). Peter then flees the party and heads home. Mia comes to check on Peter in the morning (she spend the night at Peter's because she knew Peter was high) and finds that Peter hasn't slept all night, and he's still a bit out of it. Although he does promise to never use crank again. Later in the episode, Mia finds that Peter has been using again (the cause of his need for drugs is largely due to his concern for Mia leaving him behind for Paris) but when she confronts him, he starts yelling at her and she leaves saying that he needs help, which results in their breakup. This only upsets Peter even more, and he is seen getting more crystal meth from a dealer in an alley. Peter arrives at the Winter Beach Bash high, and wrecks the Stüdz performance. He then flees the party and Riley (along with the Stüdz) goes searching for him. In the end, Peter calls his mom and she comes home to find that Peter has been doing drugs and that he is going to get help. Mia can also be seen talking to Peter over the webcam before his mom comes in, saying even though they broke up, she worries about him and she is happy that he's safe and that he's not alone.

In Start Me Up Peter has had a tough year. He has a need for some good news and it comes his way! Peter’s been accepted to Toronto University. In need of a summer job, Peter opens a club above The Dot and gets hot new band Fritz Helder and the Phantoms to perform live! Later in the episode Peter gets invited back to the Stüdz. Which is now known as Janie and the Studs feat. Peter Stone.

In Degrassi Takes Manhattan Peter hangs out, and plays with his band. He later hosts, and plays guitar at Spinner and Emma's wedding.

Season 10[edit]

Now graduated, he appears to be a server at The Dot. In "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself", Peter tells Sav that he would have gone to the concert with him if he didn't have his first set of university exams that week. He is last seen serving Drew and his date.

Relationships[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Venus: Part 1". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Season 5. Episode 1. September 19, 2005.
  2. ^ "Venus: Part 2". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Season 5. Episode 2. September 26, 2005.
  3. ^ "Danger Zone". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Season 8. Episode 18. July 31, 2009.