Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 5

Anywhere I Lay My Head

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 28, 2004 on Much Music
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Episode Summary


Sean asks Ellie to move in with him, and she is not sure at first, thinking that her mom still needs her. After her mom sets the house on fire, Ellie decides to stay with Sean, and decides it is time to tell her mom she needs help. Paige is sick, and Manny is in charge of running the Spirit Squad car wash. She asks Spinner to help, and the two of them get flirty.


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  • Ellie's mom's drinking is getting worse.

    "Anywhere I Lay My Head" is a fantastic Degrassi episodes. This episode is so intense. So Ellie's mom's an alcoholic which is one of the reasons Ellie was cutting in season 3. Anyways, the fire at Ellie's house was so intense. I love how Ellie decided that she can't live and take care of her mother anymore. My favourite scene which is also so heartbreaking is when Ellie told her mom that her drinking was the reason that she cut. I love Elie decides to move in with Sean. I think I like Sean and Ellie as a couple more than Sean and Emma. I give this episode a 9.5/10.moreless
  • Ellie and Sean are better then Seema

    Sean and Ellie's relationship gets deeper and stronger than ever. So strong that Sean wants Ellie to move into his apartment with him. But is she ready to leave her drunken mom and be with the one she truly loves? Meanwhile, with the spirit squad's captian Paige sick, Manny is in charge of their carwash. But will her emotions for Spinnner get in the way? This episode is great. I love that Ellie moved in with Sean. they are way better then Semma. Spinner and Manny are just gross. They look like brother and sister. it's very creepy, but all and all it was an excellent episode.moreless

    I loved this episode!!!It was so sad!!I feel so bad for Elli.Her mom is so mean!!I am glad she is no longer living with her mom.Her mom does'nt deserve her.I am glad her mom is going to stop drinking.When her and her mom got home and Ellie pulled out all that stuff to cut with and scremed at her on why she is always gone and why she cuts herself that just broke my heart!!I am glad ellie is not living with her mom.Also I love that farret!!Great episode!!!moreless
  • Just proves how much I hate Spinner and Manny

    This episode shows why I can't stand Manny. Everybody knows she is easy so that is the reason Spinner is so drawn to her. She flaunts the fact so what guy wouldn't go after her? If my boyfriend were around her, I would be sure to keep an eye on him at all times. Manny cannot be trusted and Spin is slime...Paige deserves so much more than him!
  • Ellie has been having more problems at home and sean helps in a weird way.

    Ellie and Sean have been dating for a while now and Sean wants to take their relationship further. He asks her to move in and she turns him down. I could tell that she really wanted to but her mom would never allow it and her mom was still drinking.

    It really surprised me that Ellie's mom set the house on fire but it worked out in the end. Ellie moved in with him but her mom found out and took her home, after slapping Sean. I just busted up laughing when Mrs. Nash slapped him, but it was sad when Ellie started to cry. I really liked the fact that he told Ellie's mom that he cared about her and that he told Ellie that he loved her earlier in the episode. When Mrs. Nash took Ellie home, she told her mom off and showed her the scars on her arm from when she cut herself. Ellie's mom wnt to rehab and she stayed with Sean.

    The sub-plot with Spinner and Manny was the start of everything bad that happens in Spinner's future. Spinner likes Manny and she likes him to. I think the writers were very clever with this storyline and how it all fit together in future episodes.moreless
David Orth

David Orth


Guest Star

Kirsten Kieferle

Kirsten Kieferle

Mrs. Nash

Recurring Role

Andrew Gillies

Andrew Gillies

Mr. Kerwin

Recurring Role

Michael Kinney

Michael Kinney

Mr. Armstrong

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • J.T. is the mascot of the school, and the mascot is seen a couple of times throughout the episode, however, Ryan Cooley, who plays J.T. is not actually seen at all, hence why he was uncredited. It is most likely they had someone else in the costume for the filming of this episode.

    • As Mrs. Nash is telling Sean to stay away from her daughter, right after she slaps him, Ellie leaves. Then it shows a close up of Ellie, and she again leaves.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Spinner: Okay well three to two! Manny will be stoked!
      Craig & Ashley: Manny?!
      Jimmy: Speaking of smoking hot!

    • Sean: Looks at the clock) Oh, wow.
      Ellie: Double wow. I'm late. "Home by eleven" does not mean am. Did you turn the ringer off?
      Sean: Um...
      Ellie: I need a cab. I need ten dollars to pay for a cab.
      Sean: Ringer's on, nobody's called.
      Ellie: My mom probably lost your number or fell asleep watching the same lame movie we did.
      sean: Or snuggling up with a few empty bottles.
      Ellie: I'm not talking about this.
      Sean: You know you're welcome here.
      Ellie: Let's see if I'm even allowed back.
      Sean: No, I meant to stay, as in move in.

    • Spinner: (about Ashley) Anymore bitter and she would a lemon.

    • Jay: Nice housewarming...
      Sean: Yeah. But she'll go back home. Maybe next time her mom'll burn down the whole place.
      Alex: Now that would be a housewarming.
      Jay: So basically this is a bon voyage, good bye, thanks for all the sex party.

    • Sean: It's a weasel!
      Ellie: It's a ferret. I saw him at the pet store and--
      Sean: Shouldn't we have talked about this first?
      Ellie: A home isn't a home without a pet!

    • Mrs. Nash: (slaps Sean) Don't you ever come near me again...and don't come near my daughter...

    • Ellie: I can't. My dad is in the service! If the call came in that he was injured, or worse, my mom would-
      Sean: Would what? Crack open her a third bottle for the night?
      Ellie: I'm not talking about this.
      Sean: Let me make it simple: move in! With someone who loves you.
      Ellie: I'm sorry. She needs me.

    • Mrs. Nash: (back at the house) This was a blessing. You know only a blessing. You know old furniture, grimy paint. We can start from scratch. I don't know what do you think? How about a periwinkle blue in here?
      Ellie: (says shakily) Mom you slapped my boyfriend.
      Mrs. Nash: Ugh, Ellie that boy's no good for you. (Ellie snaps her elastic) I know you think i'll be hard. That you love him. I know what's best. (watches Ellie snap her elastic) Eleanor stop doing that!
      Ellie: (pulls out CD case and dumps out her cutting equipment) Pick one Mom! Knife? Razor?
      Mrs. Nash: (looks confused) What are you doing? What is this?
      Ellie: What's best for me Mom. (rolls up sleeves to reveal her scars. Ellie's mom looks shocked) Because if I stay here, I'm gonna do it again. You're making me do it again!
      Mrs. Nash: (looks shocked and whispers) Ellie!
      Ellie: This is what it causes. Your drinking made me cut myself.
      Mrs. Nash: (starts crying) No baby! No I can't. You need to understand-.
      Ellie: No you have to understand. Why I can't keep living with you.
      Mrs. Nash: (starts sobbing) No! Oh my God! (collapses onto a chair crying.)

    • Ellie: Yesterday, you might've mentioned the words 'move in'?

    • Ellie: (to Ashley about moving in with Sean) You know, move in, cohabitate, live in sin...

  • NOTES (2)

    • Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty), Ryan Cooley (J.T.), Jake Goldsbie (Toby), Pat Mastroianni (Joey), Stacie Mistysyn (Caitlin), and Dan Woods (Mr. Raditch), do not appear in this episode.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Shenae Grimes (Darcy), who becomes a main character in Season 6.


    • Ellie: I don't have black lung, Marco.

      After escaping from her smoke-filled house, Ellie made a reference to the disease Pneumoconiosis (CWP), or anthracosis that coal workers get after breathing in small amounts of coal dust over the years, commonly known as "black lung".

    • The title of this episode is the same as a song by Tom Waits from his 1985 album "Rain Dogs".

    • Mrs. Nash: Like the cartoon, that's priceless.
      Ellie's mom makes a reference to the popular animated show The Simpsons.

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