Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 4

Mercy Street

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 21, 2004 on Family
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Episode Summary


Rick is back at Degrassi and everyone is shocked and upset. Emma decides to help try and get him kicked out with a protest and campaign. Soon, it seems that Rick is the one being bullied. After Manny sees J.T. naked accidentally, and then J.T. sees Craig naked accidentally, J.T. thinks that Manny and him aren't getting close because he doesn't measure up.


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  • The Return Of Rick

    At one point, I didn't like Rick because he constantly abused Terri. But he was getting help and no one at Degrassi understood that. I've always admired Emma's enthusiasm when it came to protesting and stuff like that and she of all people went against her own protest to defend Rick.
  • Rick returns to Degrassi.

    "Mercy Street" is great Degrassi episode! Rick returns in this episode. And I hate Rick so very much. Terri was my favourite character and he put her in a coma. Even though it's not right, I did enjoy Emma, Paige, Hazel, Spinner, and Jimmy, trying to get rid of him. But all they did was bully him and I'm against bullying him. But Rick should not be returning to school. He should have been charged with something and be placed in juvie. I do enjoy Emma's character development in wanting to gain popularity. I love the subplot in this episode. I love how JT sees Craig's penis in the locker room and then JT feels embarrassed about his size, and so he uses a penis pump. Anyways, I give this episode a 9/10.moreless
  • Rick Returns

    Nobody is happy when Rick returns to Degrassi because all are mad at him for what he has done to Terri last year. So everyone treats him like crap and try t oget him to leave for good.

    A great episode, I really felt for Rick, I mean... he is tripped by Emma and then Jay Hogart gets in a fight with him, and all Rick wants is for people to try to forgive them... it was a very great episode and it is probably one of my new favorites, overall my grade is an A+, a perfect episode methinksmoreless
  • Great Episode About Forgiveness

    I thought this episode of "Degrassi" was great, but hard to watch at times. I felt so awful for Rick. I know that he hurt Terri, but people obviously didn't see that he was trying to apologize. Most of the time I like Spinner, but now I'm starting to hate him. I also hate Jay and Alex. I know what Alex's situation is, but why would Jay care about Terri? I don't think they were friends. It's probably because Jay is just an idiot. Paige and Terri weren't really friends either, except for the episode when they started a band with Ashley. I thought the subplot with Liberty, Manny, and J.T. was great for comedic relief. Overall, this was a great episode about trying to forgive and forget and about bullying.moreless
  • Rick returns to Degrassi, but the "welcoming committee" isn't so welcoming. J.T. tries to "measure up" to Craig after seeing him naked in the locker room.

    In a very bold move, Rick makes his return to Degrassi after putting Terri in a coma last season. My first question is "What were you thinking Rick?!?!" Did he think that people would all of a sudden forget about what he did?

    Ephraim Ellis did an excellent job of playing a tormented soul, searching for forgiveness. I know for a fact that Emma's involvement in the situation made it ten times worse for Rick. The situation definitely went too far when Jay punched Rick, and I respect Emma greatly for stepping in to end it.

    The subplot was funny. Of course any plot involving a penis pump HAS to be funny. It was also saddening because this episode marked the end of J.T. and Manny as a couple. I completely understood why Manny broke up with J.T.: he didn't show any maturity in the episode until it was too late to salvage things with Manny. I think he should have used the pump before Manny came over; I don't think I could ever look her in the face again had she caught me using a penis pump. The scene where J.T. saw Craig naked was unforgettable. I love how they timed Craig dropping his towel right as J.T. was saying "hang down".

    I really liked this episode as it's one of a handful that I watched and felt sorry for Rick. However, I'll end this review with some questions to think about: Why did Rick feel as if he needed to come back to get the approval/forgiveness of his peers? When Rick tried to give Emma money for the ribbon campaign, she would've taken it had Alex not walked by. Did Emma care more about actually raising the money or sticking it to Rick? Why is this the first and last episode we see Emma hanging out with Paige and company outside of school?moreless
Dalmar Abuzeid

Dalmar Abuzeid

Danny Van Zandt

Recurring Role

Mike Lobel

Mike Lobel

Jay Hogart

Recurring Role

Ephraim Ellis

Ephraim Ellis

Rick Murray

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Melissa McIntyre (Ashley) is credited, but does not appear in this episode.

    • When Emma walks over to ther door in the Dot to kick out Rick you see a sign saying Closed. Since they're inside though it means open from outside. When she slams the door the sign flips so to someone walking by, it would say 'closed'. In the Dot everyone's reactions to what Emma just did, are shown and when the cameras cuts back to her, the sign is moving back and forth from the door being slammed. However it now says 'closed' even though she couldn't have flipped the sign that quickly.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Manny: Are you nervous?
      J.T.: Uhm, no, not at all. (kisses Manny)
      Manny: Uhm, your lips are kind of sweaty.

    • Paige: Someone tell me I'm hallucinating.
      Emma: Who is he?
      Spinner: Remember our friend Terri McGregor? The girl who was in a coma last year.
      Paige: He's the psycho that put her there. His name's Rick, her ex. He used to beat her.
      Spinner: Yeah and he's your new classmate Emma. He starts tenth grade tomorrow.
      Emma: We have to do something!
      Alex: I know! Let's adopt a dolphin. Train him to defend us from Rick!
      Emma: Or we can talk to Mr. Raditch.
      Alex: Sure, me and Marco can handle that without you!

    • Alex: What do you know about the cause? You ever ice your mom's lip, bandage her up? Lay awake at night listening to her cry? Didn't think so!

    • Alex: The ribbon campaign is over, Emma.
      Emma: Yeah, and so is this!

    • Rick: What are you going to do, hurt me?
      Jay: One, violence is never the answer; Two, we don't care

    • Paige: Suddenly, Emma is cooler than me.

    • Paige: I'm not so good at this school protest thing...
      Emma: That's okay, cause I am.

    • Liberty: (at the hot tub party with J.T., Manny, Toby, and Danny) To the future, for growing up, and leaving childish things behind.
      Manny: (looks over at J.T. goofing around with Toby) To leaving childish things behind. (Danny comes rushing out, and places an ironing board next to the hot tub)
      Liberty: Daniel Van Zandt! That's Mom's ironing board!
      Danny: It was. Now, it's a diving board. You gotta think outside the box!

    • Toby: (in a cubicle with J.T. and Danny, checking out the penis pump) Let's see how this thing works. (takes out instructions) Step 1, place member into tub.
      J.T.: Tub?! We don't have a tub!
      Danny: It means tube! (points to head)
      J.T. and Toby: Ooooh!

    • Danny: (rushes into the bathroom where he sees J.T. and Toby) Guys! I found the solution to J.T.'s "little" problem! (takes out a penis pump box.)
      J.T.: Penis pump?! Where did you buy this?!
      Danny: I didn't, (holds up a fake ID) Gunther Von Eisenstadt did. Take it out!

    • (J.T., Toby, and Danny are in a cubicle checking out the penis pump Danny bought for JT)
      Danny: The guy said it will change your "garter snake" into an "anaconda!"
      J.T.: (takes out the pump and sees the place to place the penis) I'm not putting my thing in there! (sees a snake logo on the pump) It's a snake! Snakes bite!
      Danny: Don't be stupid it's just for decoration!

    • Rick: All those people who hate me, I want to let them see who I really am. Show them how wrong they are.
      Emma: Well they're not interested Rick.
      Rick: They will be. Someday.

    • J.T.: ...It's just that you hang.. looks at Craig's private part.. down.. I mean, around! Around! Craig: What are you looking at?! You were - you were checking out my-
      Spinner: What!
      J.T.: No! No!! That's a lie! That's a horrible... lie!

    • Toby: (reading the instructions to the Penis pump) "Use hand pup to make fun suction"? Who wrote this?!

    • J.T.: I saw him in the locker room…naked. And it became obvious to me that he has something that I don't.
      Manny: You know what J.T.! Craig does have something that you don't. Maturity! And I don't mean his I mean the way he acts. You're always farting and joking around.
      J.T.: I'm sorry! Just give me another chance okay? I can change!
      Manny: No J.T., I'm sorry. It's over.

    • Emma: We don't want to you at Degrassi.
      Rick: I have the right to an education.
      Emma: I don't care.

    • Spinner's verse from Kid Elrick: I wants to find me a girl to love, A girl with wealth and class. But most of all, I wants to find me a girl, With a bootylicious-
      Mrs. Kwan: Enough, Gavin!

    • (Danny, pulls down J.T.'s trunks, revealing his private) Toby: Look! A stack of dimes!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Stefan Brogren (Mr. Simpson), Pat Mastroianni (Joey), Melissa McIntyre (Ashley), Stacie Mistysyn (Caitlin), and Amanda Stepto (Spike), do not appear in the episode.


    • When asked if her father would be upset over the kids using her father's hot tub, Liberty says "Sometimes, you have to say 'what the heck'".

      In Risky Business, Tom Cruise's character says "Sometimes you just gotta say 'What the f***..'".

    • The title of this episode is the same as a song by Peter Gabriel from his 1986 album "So".