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  • 10 Times "It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments" Made Us Laugh, Cry and Laugh-Cry

    Posted on 08/06/2015 by TeenNickBlogger


    We laughed. We cried. And now we're going to do it all over again. Just in case you missed It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments (you can watch it in full here!), we rounded up a few of our favorite quotes from the iconic Degrassi cast members who took a stroll down memory lane. Here are 10 times the Degrassi special was hilarious, heartwarming and so went there.

    10. When we got to see old audition footage...

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    ...and baby Craig (Jake Epstein) owned up to his emotions.

    While Adamo remembered his surprising first day on set:

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    Degrassi: It Goes There

    9. When the actors who played LGBT characters talked about the impact of their story lines.

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    Like Annie Clark on the legacy of Fiona.

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    Degrassi: It Goes There

    Or Marco's unforgettable story and how it connected not only to millions of teens, but also to Adamo's personal life.

    8. When Lauren Collins (Paige Michalchuk) and Stacey Farber (Ellie Nash) remembered how their very different characters came together through Ellie's self-harm narrative.

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    Degrassi: It Goes There

    7. And, of course, the school shooting episode that will go down in Degrassi history.

    What it felt like to film those harrowing scenes...

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    And the importance of doing such an important story and issue justice.

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    6. When Ana Golja simply and poignantly described the weight of her character Zo�'s sexual assault story line.

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    5. And when the cast expressed how Degrassi is more than just a show about teens.

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    4. When executive producer Stephen Stohn acknowledged one of Degrassi's greatest conundrums.

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    Respect for owning up to it. #SeanAndEmmaForever

    3. When Aislinn and Munro proved that they're a perfect a pair off screen.

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    Degrassi: It Goes There

    All #goals: shattered.

    2. When Alicia Josipovic confirmed all of our hopes and dreams about what it's like to be on Degrassi.

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    1. And when co-creator Linda Schuyler perfectly captured the spirit of Degrassi.

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    Do you have any favorite moments from It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments? Share them in the comments! And if you haven't seen the full special yet, check it out here!

  • Top 10 Degrassi Music Moments

    Posted on 07/27/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    This post was written by legendary Degrassi executive producer, Stephen Stohn.

    Music is so integral to Degrassi and there are many ways that it enters the show. There is the score that underlines the scenes and there are the songs that come from both the independent artists and the established artists. Then there are those wonderful moments where songs are performed by cast members and guest stars on the show. Here are my Top 10 unforgettable Degrassi musical performances:

    1. Craig and his band "Downtown Sasquatch" are determined to beat his ex-girlfriend Ashley and her new all-girl band "Hell Hath no Fury" in a battle-of-the-bands competition.

    Degrassi: Top 10 Music Moments


    It was just so iconic seeing the girls in their Hell Hath no Fury tees with Craig's picture on them. It was such a beautiful way to have the battle of the bands act as a metaphor for the battle of the sexes.

    2. Cassie Steele sings "Life is a Show"

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    So much of Degrassi has to do with things that seem to go wrong or that cause pain and questioning. But of course, there are those moments of pure joy. And one of my favorite moments like this was when Cassie Steele (as Manny) performed on top of the bus in a Hollywood Studio lot (with Nina Dobrev played the tambourine) and won her audition for Jason Mewes' movie "Mewesical High".

    3. Natasha Bedingfield sings "Unwritten"

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    It was such a thrill meeting Natasha and her song "Unwritten" truly was one of the iconic anthems of that year. It was super fitting that she sang that song during the prom scene because in essence all of the graduates' lives were still unwritten. She also treated us to a first taste of her next single "Pocket Full of Sunshine", which also did well on the charts.

    4. Whisperhug performs "Superman" in a battle-of-the-bands competition.

    Degrassi: Top 10 Music Moments


    Degrassi: Top 10 Music Moments


    It was great to revisit the classic battle-of-the-bands this many years later. But this time, the performance was the backdrop for some real-life lessons that trans advocate Chaz Bono was able to impart to one of our most beloved characters, Adam Torres.

    5. Hedley performs "Kiss You Inside Out"

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    I've known the Hedley lead singer Jacob Hoggard for almost his whole career and I'd always been hoping we could sneak a performance of his band into the show. We had already used their song "I Do (Wanna Love You)" in the airport scene in Degrassi Goes Hollywood where Craig can't say goodbye to Ellie, so I was pleased to be able to have them sing "Kiss You Inside Out" in person on our set. The scene also played out while Katie (played by Chloe Rose) was being tempted by a wealthy man's indecent proposal.

    6. Ashley is performing at the Degrassi-Lakehurst talent mixer and it's going downhill. When Jimmy intervenes, their spontaneous duet makes the crowd go wild.

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    What can I say? A great foretelling of the future for one of those characters!

    7. Keke Palmer Concert

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    When Keke toured the studio before her performance, it turned out that she knew more about Degrassi than I did. She pointed out so much that I had forgotten long before. Then she just went on stage and blew us away with her performances.

    8. "Here Today" sung by Paula Brancati

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    This song always reminded me of one of my favorite bands Coldplay and I cried when I first heard it.

    9. Fefe Dobson Concert

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    Fefe is one of Canada's secret musical weapons so it made sense to include her. The Fefe Dobson concert in this episode was a great backdrop to the introduction of Miles and Maya so it will always remind me of that.

    10. "Sometimes When We Touch" sung by Stefan Brogren

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    I am friends with the writer Dan Hill (the writer of the song) and had to ask him for special permission for what is probably one of the worst recorded performances of his beautiful song, ever. Simpson croaks the song to entice his wife back to him and it worked!


    Let us know your favorite Degrassi musical memories in the comments! And keep watching the Degrassi two-week finale event with us! Don't miss It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments on July 31st, where we'll count down the most iconic Degrassi moments... with all your favorite cast members from all fourteen seasons!

  • Degrassi: Top 10 Best LGBT Moments

    Posted on 07/23/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    This piece was written by Adamo Ruggiero, who played the unforgettable Marco Del Rossi on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

    Degrassi has always represented the LGBT experience when many television shows did not. For many LGBT kids, Degrassi was like the book you read under your covers after lights out -- hiding from your folks, yet making you feel ever so visible in its stories and characters. Degrassi has deeply informed my personal experience as a gay person, as it did and continues to do for LGBT youth worldwide. So let's take a walk down memory lane and visit my top 10 LGBT moments from the last 14 season of Degrassi!

    1) "Secrets & Lies" - Ashley discovers her dad is gay.

    As a 14 year old viewer, this was one of the first LGBT stories I saw on television -- and certainly was the first time I learned parents could be gay too.

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    2) "Pride-Part 1" - Marco comes out to Spinner in alleyway.

    The Degrassi moment I hold dearest. Part fiction and part reality -- this scene marked the beginning of Marco and my coming out journey. Together.

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    3) "Pride-Part 2" - Marco is gay bashed; Jimmy comforts him.

    By far, the hardest scene I shot on the series. In many ways, it inspired my coming out publicly -- to support LGBT teens like Marco.

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    4) "The Lexicon Of Love- Part 2" - Guest star Kevin Smith advises Paige to follow her true feelings for Alex.

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    A very sweet and endearing moment. Who wouldn't take relationship advice from Kevin Smith? Gay or straight.

    5) "Beat It-Part 2" - Riley tells Fiona he can be "cured" of his homosexuality.

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    Filled with self-hatred, a desperate Riley reaches his breaking point. For me, this scene showed how homophobia from others can make you homophobic against yourself.

    6) "My Body Is A Cage-Part 1" - Bianca rips open Adam's shirt, revealing his "binding."

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    Adam taught me a lot about the challenges faced by Trans teens. Adam feels both socially and physically caged�and in this heartbreaking scene, Bianca exposes Adam's secret and mocks his gender identity.

    7) "Tonight, Tonight-Part 2" - Adam gets advice from guest star Chaz Bono.

    Degrassi: Top 10 Best LGBT Moments

    One of the coolest cameos on Degrassi! Faced with the pressures of being a Trans teen, Adam turns to LGBT icon Chaz Bono for advice. The twist? Adam is Chaz's hero.

    8) "Hypnotize" - Imogen and Jack fall in love through dance.

    The best first date in Degrassi history! Also my fav LGBT couple. Imogen and Jack turn up the heat and find the rock and roll in high school love.

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    9) "Out Of My Head" - Tristan and his teacher, Mr. Yates, secretly kiss in janitor's closet.

    Whether you're gay or straight, young love can be very intoxicating. In this scene, Tristan is tempted by the allure of a mature romance and finds himself in an inappropriate relationship with his teacher!

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    9) "Thunderstruck Parts 1 & 2" - Tristan and Miles have a 'Rom Com' moment in the rain.

    I simply love this scene. And I'm incredibly jealous it never happened to Marco. Or me.

    Degrassi: Top 10 Best LGBT Moments


    Keep watching the Degrassi two-week finale event with us! And don't miss It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments on July 31st, where we're counting down the most iconic Degrassi moments... with all your favorite cast members from all fourteen seasons!

  • Top 10 Degrassi Celebrity Cameos

    Posted on 07/16/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    You are the company you keep, right? Well, Degrassi's made a few famous friends over the years. Check out these familiar faces in Degrassi's Top 10 Celebrity Cameos!

    1) Pete Wentz and Cassadee Pope, Degrassi Goes Hollywood

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    When Ellie ran into Craig with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and Hey Monday's Cassadee Pope in Hollywood, it was kind of a big deal. Apparently, Craig's new life in LA came with new pop-punk musician friends and apparently all it took was introducing them to Ketchup Chips. Seems easy enough... right?!

    2) Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, Degrassi Goes Hollywood

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    When Manny attended a speaking event hosted by these two funnymen, she landed a Hollywood audition in Jason Mewes' directorial debut. It was a huge opportunity, which eventually caused major drama between her and Paige (#FrememiesForever), but it all ended up working out in the end because... whatever it takes!

    3) "Vivica A Fox and Kelly Carlson, Degrassi Goes Hollywood

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    Marco had been in Hollywood for less than a day when he thought he spotted Ashton Kutcher and his famous trucker hat. Good thing these two fabulous and famous actresses stopped by to let him know that, no, it couldn't have been Ashton. He had done away with that trend months ago...

    4) Billy Ray Cyrus, "The Power of Love"

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    Degrassi: Top 10 Celebrity Cameos

    Picture this: It's the last dance of the year for Degrassi, and Jimmy wants it to be perfect. He springs for dinner and a limo, but things get a little hairy when their driver gets arrested. The driver in question happens to be none other than our favorite champion of mullets, Billy Ray, who in one fell swoop managed to do the unthinkable: Break Drake's achy-breaky heart. (Say that three times fast.)

    5) Adam Lazzara, "What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?" - Part 2

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    In this Season 6 episode, Adam and his iconic band Taking Back Sunday played a concert at Toronto University. This was a pretty serious episode, as Ellie missed her interview with the band because she was too distracted by Craig and the drug problem he didn't know he had. In the midst of the intensity, though, the band performed their unforgettable hit "MakeDamnSure" and we made sure to never forget how epically blonde Adam's hair was.

    6) Jay Manuel, Degrassi Takes Manhattan

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    Who could forget that time Holly J. ran into Jay Manuel on the streets of New York City? It was the first day of her summer internship and the America's Next Top Model legend offered some sage career advice and the ultimate compliment: He loved her shoes. BRB, gonna file this one under fierce.

    7) Shay Mitchell, "Up Where We Belong"

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    Degrassi: Top 10 Celebrity Cameos

    Before she became famous as Emily on Pretty Little Liars, Shay Mitchell made a guest appearance on Degrassi as a model who dropped out of school. Remember when Mia felt pressure to choose between school and her modeling career? Well, I think we can all agree that Shay's advice may have been a bit... ill-advised.

    8) Keke Palmer "Spring Fever"

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    Sav was nursing a broken heart over spring break (thanks, Holly J.) when something unexpected happened. Pop star Keke Palmer swooped in to make him forget all about it. Even though it wasn't until Keke stepped on stage that Sav realized exactly who she was, it totally helped take the pain away. And, ah, wouldn't it be nice if we all had a famous pop star to help us get over our exes?

    9) Chaz Bono, "Tonight, Tonight" - Part 2

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    Degrassi: Top 10 Celebrity Cameos

    This cameo was an unforgettable moment in Adam's ground-breaking storyline about gender identity. When Adam got WhisperHug disqualified from a Battle of the Bands competition (in which Chaz played a celebrity guest judge), he sought guidance from the transgender activist. Adam was in the thick of his journey at this time -- reeling from his rocky relationship with Becky, coping with the everyday struggles of being FTM (female-to-male), figuring out the consequences of packing your jeans with a cucumber... and Chaz offered advice for coping with the pain. It was one of those moments where Degrassi just nailed it.

    10) Natasha Bedingfield, "We Built This City"

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    Degrassi: Top 10 Celebrity Cameos

    Thanks to Liberty's award-winning essay in a radio contest, the Class of 2007 scored the pop star as their prom entertainment. Lest you were too distracted by all the drama between Liberty and Damian to remember, Natasha performed her hits "Pocketful of Sunshine" and "Unwritten" while swiftly reminding us just how satisfying it is to belt "FELL THE RAIN ON YOUR SKIN!"


    There you have it, Degrassians! Can you say #SquadGoals? What were your favorite Degrassi cameo memories? We couldn't fit every celeb appearance in this list, so share yours in the comments!

    The Degrassi two-week finale event starts July 20th! And don't miss It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments on July 31st, where we're counting down the most iconic Degrassi moments... with all your favorite cast members from all fourteen seasons!

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Firestarter, Part 2'

    Posted on 01/14/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Holy winter finale, Degrassians. Can you believe the first chapter of Season 14 has come to a close? We're only pushing pause of Degrassi for a bit, but it's a probably a good thing since the Winter Finale is a going to take a minute to digest. Are you ready to recap?

    THESE ARE MY CONFESSIONS
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    Zoë did everything she could to keep the Power Cheer squad together, despite the fact that they found out she started the fake FaceRange page about Frankie. Zoë reminded them that they were so close to making nationals, and, of course, that she was only trying to protect them. It would all be worth it, she promised.

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    When it seemed like she had gotten their forgiveness, Zoë left the gym to meet up with Zig. But when she got to their meeting place, she realized she had been tricked. Frankie and Winston locked her in the room and tried to get her to admit to everything.

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    But then the fire started. And as the smoke billowed, the real talk began. Frankie called Zoë out for everything she had done: "You're a bully," she said. And the Power Cheer girls? "The only reason they stuck around so long is because they're worried about going to jail." She warned Zoë that if she didn't come clean -- that if she wasn't honest for once -- she would ruin her friends' lives.

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    After Zoë escaped the fire, Zig found her outside. Wondering why she didn't compete, Zig asked Zoë if she was OK. "No, but I will be after I take care of something," she replied. Was it finally time for Zoë to humble herself? Right then, she approached a police officer and said, "There's something I need to tell you."

    Let the rain fall down, I'm coming...

    YOU THERE, ECLARE?
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    Imogen spilled the beans about Eli actually being the father of Clare's baby. Eli's attitude toward Clare completely changed with this information and he rushed to be by her side.

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    At first, Clare wasn't too quick to forgive Eli's recent erratic behavior: He punched Drew, called her names, and condemned her for their situation. His recent change of heart wasn't enough. "I don't feel like I can trust you," she said.

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    But then Eli wasn't going down without a fight. He insisted that he was capable of loving and helping care for their child. He was the father, after all, so Clare decided to give him a chance.

    Eclare, how we've missed you.

    EVERYTHING AND NOTHING
    Degrassi: Firestarter, Part 2

    After another heated argument, Mr. Hollingsworth got physical with Miles again. This time, he hit him. When Miles told his mom about it, she was convinced there must be a logical explanation: Had Miles provoked him? Who actually started the fight? They had been at each other for months. Realizing he wouldn't get the support of his mom, Miles decided to take the matter into his own hands.

    He confronted his dad and laid it all out: He told him he was a horrible father and that he used his children as props and lashed out anytime they as much as sidestepped perfection. Mr. H. fired back with anger in his eyes and animosity in his voice. And when it got heated, Miles drew a punch: "Do it," his father said. But Miles couldn't.

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    Feeling helpless, Miles wrote a goodbye letter to his siblings. He felt like there was nothing left to do but leave, and when he saw Maya at Degrassi, he asked her to pass along the message. But when Miles spotted a display for his dad's campaign, he took one the flyers and set it on fire. Almost immediately, the fire started to spread.

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    You know what happens in between, but once the Hollingsworth siblings had escaped the fire safely, Mr. H. arrived at the school to pick them up. He didn't seem concerned that his kids' lives were in danger, just that they had once again skirted their campaign responsibilities. How devastating that even after his shocking and unconscionable actions, Mr. H. reacted this way.

    The three siblings realized they had to stick together against their dad. And they did.

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    Whew, there is a lot to look forward to this spring. But in the meantime, what did you think of the Degrassi winter finale? Will Zoë actually be able to redeem herself? Is Eclare back for real? What is next for Miles and his siblings? Let us know in the comments.

    This episode deals with a very serious topic. 1 in 10 children in this country experience child abuse and neglect. If you or anyone you know has experienced abuse, you are not alone and there is help available. Call the ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) or visit www.childhelp.org for more information.

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  • Degrassi Recap: 'Firestarter, Part 1'

    Posted on 01/07/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    It's hard to believe there's only one episode left in this chapter of Degrassi, but if last night's momentous showing was any indication, there's still plenty of drama to go around. If you haven't seen "Firestarter, Part 1" yet, watch it online and then catch up in our recap below!

    BET ON YOU
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    Tiny and Zig competed for the attention of a visiting cheerleader in a bet that would require the loser to dress up in uniform and perform a cheer at the school. After a minor juice spilling incident, Zig happened to be the one to catch the cheerleader's attention.

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    But when the cheerleader slighted Zoë and Degrassi's cheer squad for sending nude pictures, Zig went on the defensive: "You have no idea what she's been through," he said.

    So, Zig stuck up for Zoë. And lost the bet on purpose... for Zoe?

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    Well, well, well. When Zoë found out that Zig lost a bet sticking up for her, she even opened up to the idea of giving him a chance. Take two for Zoëmund?

    A BETTER LIFE
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    At a PTA meeting, Becky's mom publicly insulted Clare for being pregnant. Clare was ashamed and worried that people would start viewing her as a trashy teen mom (she even made a jab at Jenna, who was in that position not too long ago). But Principal Simpson approached Clare to tell her that his wife was actually a teen mom, and that she had a wonderful life despite the unexpected circumstances: "You can still be a teen mom and have a great life," he said.

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    So Clare decided she needed to take her life into her own hands (not just because of that frightening dream where she was married to Principal Simpson). She would follow her dreams and go to college, no matter what.

    FLAWLESS FRANKIE
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    Frankie worried that her involvement in the Degrassi Nudes scandal would surface and put her dad's campaign in jeopardy. She decided that the only way to cover her tracks would be to get Zoë to take the blame for orchestrating the whole scheme.

    Degrassi: Firestarter, Part 1

    But when Winston showed Frankie a FaceRange page that exposed her as the mastermind behind the whole thing, she also discovered that he was the blackmailer. No, he didn't create the FaceRange page (Zoë did -- surprise, surprise), but he was the person who brought the entire scandal to light. And Frankie was upset.

    Degrassi: Firestarter, Part 1

    When Frankie confronted Zoë about the page, Zoë admitted to sending her down the river because she knew Frankie wouldn't have to deal with whatever consequences would ensue: Frankie's father would bail her out and erase the whole scandal, whereas Zoë would have to relive the dreadful past in the press and at school.

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    Unfortunately for Frankie, though, that didn't exactly happen. At Mr. H's campaign event, a reporter exposed her as the #Oomfchat ringleader long before Frankie had a chance to do damage control. When she came clean that she was involved, Frankie's dad, in typical Mr. H fashion, put the campaign first: He instructed Frankie to lie and take the full blame, with the hopes that the press would see him as a father taking control of the situation. Ugh. Le sigh times ten.

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    Devastated, Frankie decided that Zoë had to pay once and for all. ...What could she have up her sleeve?

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    Degrassi Winter Finale, here we come. Will Frankie really seek revenge on Zoë? Will Clare make more plans for her baby? Will Zoëmund actually give it a shot? Comments: GO!

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  • Degrassi Recap: 'Hero vs. Villain'

    Posted on 12/31/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    They say what goes around comes around� but you don't always see it coming. Last night's Degrassi was all about bad karma, and we're here to recap every fateful detail. If you haven't seen "Hero vs. Villain" yet, watch it online and then join the conversation below!

    SAYONARA, MILES HOLLINGSWORTH
    Degrassi: Hero vs. Villain

    After last week's failed intervention, Tristan was determined to patch things up with Miles. It had been three loooong days, and it was time to kiss and make up.

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    But when Tristan caught Miles staring at Maya from across the hall, he realized that the intervention wasn't what pushed him away. Miles still had feelings for his ex-girlfriend.

    Degrassi: Hero vs. Villain

    A heartbroken Tristan confronted Miles and gave him a piece of his mind. He was done being a victim of Miles' fickle heart. And he was done with Miles.

    Shot to the feels, #Triles shippers! When Tristan and Miles were good, they were great, but was this relationship doomed from the start? Even Tristan himself questioned Miles intentions from the get-go, right? Sure, it's hard to lay blame since Miles is going through a very trying time, but maybe he's just reckless when it comes to love...

    AN HONEST MISTAKE
    Degrassi: Hero vs. Villain

    When Clare found out that her baby was actually Eli's not Drew's, she struggled to find the right way to break the news to both boys. She confided in Alli, who urged her to come clean as soon as possible, but Clare insisted that she needed time to think.

    Degrassi: Hero vs. Villain

    Alli let the news slip to Dallas, who felt obligated to tell Drew. And, oy vey, Drew furiously confronted Clare in the middle of the hall and yelled at her for making such a huge mistake. In fact, he was incredulous about the whole situation: How could she not know who the father was? How could she let him give up everything for her?

    Drew obviously has a point, but, man, Clare's tears were real. It really was an honest mistake (albeit a big one) and Clare never meant to mislead Drew. �Right? What do you think? Did Drew overreact?

    Degrassi: Hero vs. Villain

    Clare went to the Dot to tell Eli the truth before he heard it from anyone else. She hoped that Eli might react the news a little differently, but he didn't even give her a chance to get it out. Still clearly heartbroken, he condemned Clare for ruining their future and even shamed her for her actions. Little did he know, he was attacking the mother of his child.

    So, not the best week for Clare. Do you think Eli will come around once he find out? Or is this a hurdle just too high to jump?

    JUST DESSERTS
    Degrassi: Hero vs. Villain

    Since Principal Simpson found out about Degrassi Nudes, he approached the Power Cheer team to see if they had any information. Zoe, who was at first taken aback, put on her best acting face and played dumb. Then she exploited her past experience to cover it up even more: "I'd like to speak at the assembly," she said. "As you might recall, I have some personal experience with the distribution of naked photos." Simpson ate it up.

    Degrassi: Hero vs. Villain

    She may have put on a brave face in front of the principal, but word was spreading and Zoe needed to act fast. She soon enough found out that Hunter wasn't actually the Degrassi Nudes blackmailer and realized there was only one other person it could be... Frankie.

    Degrassi: Hero vs. Villain

    But here's where it gets mental. In order to make sure Frankie didn't go public, Zoe tricked her into thinking she was invited back on the team. She then snapped a topless photo of her in the locker room as insurance. ...Ksjdfhskdjfh. ZOE.

    Degrassi: Hero vs. Villain

    Frankie was upset, confused and had no idea why Zoe would do such a thing. "Whatever you think I did, it's not me," she said. Did Zoe have the wrong person again? Could this thing spiral out of control anymore?

    Degrassi: Hero vs. Villain

    Apparently, it could. At the assembly, Zoe made her convincing remarks about the emotional cost of distributing nude images online -- she thought she nailed it. She deflected attention off the Power Cheer squad and, in a moment of honesty and remorse, even decided to delete Frankie's photo. But that's when she realized it was time to face her comeuppance: The real blackmailer just exposed her to the whole school.

    Welp.

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    What are your thoughts on this episode, Degrassians? What do you think will happen next week? Get your theories going in the comments!

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  • Degrassi Recap: 'Something's Got To Give'

    Posted on 12/24/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    We'll chalk it up to all those chestnuts roasting, but the Degrassi drama was hot like fiyah last night! Jack and Imogen navigated another more serious rough patch, Maya and Miles bonded over a lie, and Clare found out some big news about her baby. Major spoilers below, peeps, so if you haven't seen "Something's Got to Give" yet, watch it online before reading our recap!

    THIS STUFF MATTERS
    Degrassi: Something's Got to Give

    Imogen found out about Degrassi Nudes and knew it was DTV story waiting to happen. Disgusted, she decided to get to the bottom of it: "Women get exploited enough by the rest of the world," she said. "We shouldn't be doing this to ourselves." Jack wasn't too thrilled at the idea since she and the Power Cheer squad were the ones embroiled in the whole scheme, but Imogen wasn't going to back down.

    Degrassi: Something's Got to Give

    She let her plan slip to Principal Simpson, who said it was a matter for police. And eventually, Jack confessed to Imogen that she was involved in the whole ordeal. Not only did Imogen explain how big a deal it was selling your body for money, she was devastated that Jack cheated on her.

    After Imogen toyed with the idea of getting back at Jack by sending nude pics herself, she confronted her about the situation. "The personal is political," Imogen said. "This stuff matters to the world." Jack said she didn't care about the larger issue of sending topless selfies; she only cared about whether or not she hurt Imogen.

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    And Imogen accepted her apology.

    Okay. So, good things: Imogen and Jack patched things up. Not so good things: Does it feel like Jack is missing the bigger issue here? Is Imogen letting her feelings for Jack eclipse the fact that she was a part of something really serious? ...Something that has implications far beyond their relationship? This isn't the end of the #oomfCHAT saga, and we're hoping to get more clarity soon.

    NEED SOME HELP
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    After Maya and Miles' accident, Maya overheard Dallas saying that it was his car that was hit. Miles had been high when the accident happened and Maya agreed to flee the scene because she knew that if Miles got a DUI, his father would lash out.

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    But when Mr. Hollingsworth saw the damaged car in their garage, Maya panicked and told him that they were the ones who got hit. Miles agreed to the story, and pretty soon they were lying to police about a hit-and-run that didn't exactly happen as they remembered it.

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    Maya became paranoid about getting caught in a lie, but Miles didn't seem quite as concerned. In fact, he got high during school and blurted out to Dallas (with questionable word choice and little remorse) what really happened.

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    Dallas fought the urge to get physical, but ultimately handled it with his words. Miles and Maya realized they had come to clean to the cops and face their parents.

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    Once they came clean, neither Maya nor Miles were charged. But it remains to be seen how Mr. Hollingsworth will handle his disappointment. It might be easy to strike another tally in Miles' long list of missteps, but there's more at play here... and Miles' relationship with his father has much to do with it.

    I'M SORRY, MS. BAKER
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    Drew wanted to make a good first impression when meeting Grandma Baker for the first time. He complimented her key lime pie, knew the names of each of her beloved dogs� and accidently revealed that he had a baby on the way. Woooooooops.

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    Unsurprisingly, Becky was pretty upset that he embarrassed her in front of her very conservative grandmother.

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    And Drew realized that he was once again caught between Becky and Clare. The pregnancy situation was proving to be a distraction he just couldn't ignore, so Drew decided he had to break up with Becky. The baby had to come first and he couldn't keep disappointing her.

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    Now that Drew was committed to Clare and their baby, he joined her for their next doctor's appointment. After finding out that everything was healthy and that they were having a boy (who would be named Adam, of course!!!), Drew let Clare finish the rest of her appointment in private. But when the nurse told Clare she was farther along than she thought, Clare realized something completely game-changing.

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    The baby might not be� Drew's?

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    Holy TWIST! Did you guys see that coming? What do you think will happen now? There is much to discuss this week, so the floor is yours!

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  • Degrassi Recap: 'Hush'

    Posted on 12/17/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Last night on Degrassi, Becky spent more time with Jonah, Zo� tried to silence her blackmailer and Miles got into even more trouble. Watch "Hush" online if you haven't seen it yet, then read our full recap below!

    I DON'T BUY IT
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    When Becky started spending more time with Jonah, Drew became a little jealous. Even though Becky and Jonah were making music together, Drew was convinced that it was impossible for guys and girls to be just friends.

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    So when Becky told Jonah she had a boyfriend, it turned out "getting fresh" wasn't really on his mind. In fact, he was trying to get away from some mistakes that he made in past and Becky, letting Drew's jealousy get in her head, felt a little embarrassed.

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    After Becky and Jonah's performance at the Dot, Drew was totally impressed and even promised to stop being jealous. Good, right?

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    Hmm� As long Jonah really meant what he said about not having feelings for Becky...

    LISTEN, MISS SECRETS
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    The Power Cheer girls had a blackmailer who was threatening to expose their #oomfCHAT scheme. They got Grace to help them track the anonymous messages and when she discovered that the threats were coming from the Hollingsworth household, the girls were convinced Hunter was the mastermind.

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    The cheerleaders ambushed Hunter and demanded that he stop threatening them. He was confused and pretty annoyed at the situation, but agreed to stop sending them messages, anyway. The girls seemed to think they were finally free of their #oomfCHAT problems and ready to rock the competition.

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    And they did! 1st Place at Semis! Power cheer was back on top, and Zo� finally felt a part of something special. (That's all she's ever wanted, right?)

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    ...But they may have celebrated too soon. Later on, Hunter told his new friend Arlene about the confrontation. Apparently, he had no idea why the cheerleaders approached him and just agreed with the girls to shut them up.

    So, the real blackmailer is still out there? Wonder who it could be? Does this mean Zo�'s "ends justify the means" approach will finally catch up with her?

    I CAN'T GO BACK
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    Worried about Miles' excessive weed use, Tristan, Frankie, Hunter and Winston attempted to stage an intervention. Their plan backfired when Miles accused Tristan of going behind his back. He said to Tristan, "You're pathetic, you know that? I treat you like absolute garbage and you keep crawling back for more. Are you really that desperate for someone to love you?" Ouch, grouch.

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    Miles stormed out of school, but as he was about to speed away from the parking lot, he backed into Maya's bike and completely crushed the wheel.

    Fantastic.

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    Miles offered to give Maya a lift to her doctor's appointment, and he found out that she's been in therapy for her anxiety. Considering recent events, Miles knew he was at least part of the equation.

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    Miles waited for Maya to drive her back to school, but decided to smoke up in the meantime. As they were driving, he lost control of the car and blew an open door off of a parked van. Even though Maya was really upset and worried about the accident, Miles refused to go back for fear of getting a DUI.

    Eesh. We knew something was wrong with Miles, but could this be the last straw?

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    So many questions, Degrassians! If Hunter isn't the blackmailer, who is? Is there something more than just melodies going on between Becky and Jonah? Is Miles falling farther off the deep end? Get it all out in the comments!

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  • Degrassi Recap: '(You Drive Me) Crazy'

    Posted on 12/03/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    "Baby, thinking of you keeps me up all night."

    Britney's iconic lyric rung particularly true on last night's all-new episode of Degrassi. Maya's night terrors about Miles continued, Frankie learned something surprising about her brother, and Imogen wrestled with Jack's unconventional ideas about relationships. If you haven't seen "(You Drive Me) Crazy" yet, watch it online and then jump right into our recap below!

    MIND OFF MILES
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    Maya kept having nightmares about Miles jumping off a balcony, so she decided to find a distraction. When neither a Power Cheer music gig nor Tai Chi did the trick, Grace tried to prove to Maya that Miles was OK by hacking into his FaceRange messages. But when Maya saw that he told Tristan he wanted to "kill himself" she started to think that her fears might be realized.

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    So, Maya and her pals broke into Miles' house to see what was really going on. But when Maya confronted a sleeping Miles (who, we find out, merely had a head cold), he lashed out at her not only for breaking into his FaceRange page, but for breaking into his house.

    You guys, is Maya losing it? Or are her suspicions legit and maybe rooted in a past experience?

    HUNTER'S SECRET
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    Frankie needed help with her Computer Science assignment since her partners Lola and Shay were too busy with Power Cheer. She looked to her twin bro Hunter for a little homework-sharing action, but he refused, citing favors to anyone associated with Power Cheer as basically the last thing he would do.
    So, Hunter's not a cheer fan. Noted. But why?

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    Frustrated, Frankie went snooping on Hunter's laptop. She found out that Hunter had drawn a dark comic depicting a brutal attack on zombie cheerleaders... who bore a striking resemblance to the Power Cheer girls. O_O

    Was Hunter actually harboring violent thoughts about the popular girls? Did he want carry out his comic in real life?

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    It was time for Frankie to do some recon. She found the full version of the comic in Hunter's room and noticed one other main character: a princess who looked a lot like Arlene, a girl that Frankie, Shay and Lola had teased once or twice. It appeared that Hunter just liked Arlene, and wished that he could work up the courage to be her hero.

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    Frankie realized the actual situation and decided to do something about it.

    SHARING IS (NOT) CARING
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    Okay. You know that one word you hope your S.O. doesn't say back when you tell her you love her? That one word that in any other scenario would be polite, but in one particular situation is paralyzingly inadequate? Welp.

    When Imogen told Jack she loved her, Jack responded with a lukewarm, hesitant "Thanks."

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    At first Imogen tried to play it cool, but when she confronted Jack about her feelings, she realized they weren't on the same page. Apparently, Jack wasn't into monogamy and being exclusive with Imogen wasn't ever really on the table.

    Imogen was taken aback by all this, but she was too scared to lose Jack to tell her that it wasn't ok for them to date other people... while they were dating each other.

    But after a little pep talk from Eli, Imogen barged in on Jack's ballet class to tell her how she really felt.

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    ...Well, her and her entire class of pint-sized ballerinas.

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    Imogen thought she had blown it for real, until later that night Jack gave her a call. Turns out, Jack was just scared to get too close for fear of her family having to move again. She did love Imogen, and finally got the strength to tell her.

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    Where will the Maya/Miles drama take us next week? Will we see more of Hunter and Arlene? Is Jackogen... backogen, for real? Thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams -- leave 'em in the comments!

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