Degrassi High

Season 2 Episode 10

Showtime (1)

Aired Monday 8:30 PM Jan 07, 1991 on CBC
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Episode Summary

Auditions are being held for Talent Night at Degrassi, and the acts range from dramatic poetry to singing hats to dancing. Also, Joey is struggling with science; it's clear he's going to need some help. Alexa is thinking of breaking up with Simon. But then everyone is thrown into turmoil when a student commits suicide in the boy's washroom after he didn't get picked for Talent Night--especially Caitlin, since the student is her ex-boyfriend, Claude. The students don't know how to react, and counselors are made available so the students can talk about how they feel. Caitlin feels at fault, and feels even worse when she finds that Claude sent her a farewell letter with white flowers. To be continued…moreless

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  • Claude commits suicide.

    "Showtime" part 1 is one of my favourite Degrassi High episodes. In this episode, Claude commits suicide and kills himself in the bathroom with a gun. Now, I didn't like Claude at all, so his death wasn't sad, but I love everyone's reaction to his death. I felt so bad for Snake because he's that found the body. I love hearing everyone's opinions on his death. I love how some people thought they should have paid more attention to him, others thought he was going to hell. I love Lucy's and Spike's opinion on the topic. I agree with them the most. I think Claude committed suicide to make everyone feel bad. It was just awful at the end of the episode where Caitlin gets a letter from Claude and he basically says she's the reason he committed suicide. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Claude tries out for the talent show and doesn't make it. He also talks to Caitlin asking for another chance; she rejects him. He then gives her a flower to say goodbye. Next thing Snake finds him dead in the boys' bathroom and everyone is upset.moreless

    This episode is very sad. I understand Caitlin's dilemma, but I appreciate her honesty, to be courteous to Claude, but not to get back together with him if she's not comfortable. It might be easy to do that, since she apparently hasn't had a boyfriend since. But it also shows that Caitlin did move back in with her parents and is respecting their decision to try to work things out. And then wondering if she had made the right choice after she found out Claude was dead. The flowers at the end, that was so hurting. I'm glad they show students trying to share their feelings. In a case of suicide, there are no right answers. Shows in how Bronco wanted to cancel the talent show, but Lucy thought it should still go on. And Joanne, who really tried. And that one black girl who said he's now in hell. In all the times I've watched this episode I've never, ever, seen the part where Alexa was considering breaking up with Simon. Someone help me out here!moreless
Gwen Tolbert

Gwen Tolbert

Geography Teacher

Guest Star

Dona Hird

Dona Hird

Mrs. Ryan

Guest Star

Adam David

Adam David

Mr. Walfish

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: While Bronco and Lucy are watching Caitlin's audition for the Degrassi High talent show, Lucy gives him a jab during Caitlin's "Roaring 20s" dance number. This shows the continuation of their relationship that began when Bronco first asked her out in Body Politics.

    • Trivia: Scott (Byrd Dickens) is the last person to talk to Claude before he commits suicide.

    • Trivia: In this episode, Joey has a new nickname for Caitlin, "Ice Maiden", as he is still bitter about their breakup. Joey referred to Caitlin as "Ice Princess" in All Nighter, 3 episodes before this one.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Claude's Poem
      autumn leaves, dying leaves
      season of death
      when winds blow cold
      thoughts of death creep in as i sleep
      i dream i'm in a coffin
      safe from the life i don't want to lead
      i'm not afraid
      soothing, black and warm
      soothing, black and warm
      safe from the pain
      and safe from the fools
      safe, soothing, black.

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