Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 4

Pride, Part One

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 08, 2003 on Family
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Ellie refuses to pretend to be Marco's girlfriend, but he still can't admit that he's gay to his friends. Things gets more complicated when Marco has his eye on Paige's older brother, Dylan, while Spinner is determined to hook Marco up with Hazel. Mr. Simpson gets sick, and spends the weekend at Joey's. When he almost passes out, Craig gets concerned that it is more than just a cold.


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  • Marco comes out (part 1)

    "Pride" part 1 is an amazing episode!!! I love how the character Marco realizes he's gay Marco coming out is his best storyline on Degrassi. I love how Ellie doesn't want to pretend to be his girlfriend anymore because it wasn't good for either of them to pretend, since Ellie had real feelings for him. The end of the episode was just so intense when Marco came out to Spinner. It was so cute when Marco went on a double date with Hazel and he made all these excuses to go home. The subplot was kind of scary with Mr. Simpson going to the doctor and the doctor saying he could possibly have cancer. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Marco's coming out experience is surprisingly true-to-life.

    This review goes for both parts of "Pride."

    To tell you the boring truth, I find the newer episodes of "Degrassi" (season four) even more over-the-top and hokey than they should be. And it's not a good thing. Obviously, this show isn't a Godsend of perfection regarding TV shows; it's almost always cheesy, dripping in sentimentality and very "of it's time" (some of the episodes in season three and before are almost beginning to look dated!). But it's an enormously entertaining guilty pleasure.

    Season three rings more true to me, even if it can have it's slightly over-the-top moments (but those are to be expected). No Wacko Craig here, no Suddenely Slut Emma. Just good old fashioned Degrassi.

    However, "Pride" stands head and shoulders above most of the season's episodes in the quality department. It carefully and exceptionally explores the subject of homosexuality, never rendering a false moment. And this is coming from a gay guy.

    In fact, this episode has it so correct that it's almost shocking. The only other show that handles such an "issue" so well is "Six Feet Under." ("Queer as Folk" is.. meh.)

    In one of those is-he-or-is-he-not roles, Adamo Ruggerio plays Marco, who at the beginning is in the closet to everyone except his fake girlfriend (Ellie). However, throughout the episode, we go through the following stages:

    1. Having a severe crush on a guy (who, thankfully in this case, is gay) but not being able to show it;

    2. The hell that is dating a girl when you're gay;

    3. Coming out;

    4. Dealing with a friend who is unaccepting;

    5. Getting gay-bashed;

    6. And finding comfort with a few friends after being bashed.

    That's a lot of ground in the span of a fifty or so minute episode, but it never feels rushed. Adamo does an insanely excellent job here, as I saw myself in him in many well-thought out scenes.

    When Jimmy finds out and instantly accepts, you feel happy for Marco (he deserves it). And after being bashed, Jimmy finds Marco bruised and bloodied and the hug they share (Jimmy: "It's gonna be OK") is probably one of the series' most affecting moments. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.

    Spinner is a complete ass in this episode. He soon learns the error of his ways (in the almost as excellent episode "It's Raining Men") but for the most part is totally and brutally unaccepting of Marco's "choice."

    "Why not?" he shouts at Marco, wondering why he can't be straight. It's a dumb question and an unfair knee-jerk reaction to deal with, but this happens. People are like Spinner, people are like the bashers, people are like Marco. Same goes for Ellie and Dylan and Jimmy. And it's surprising to see it so refreshingly honest and true-to-life on what is essientially a teen soap opera.moreless
Melissa DiMarco

Melissa DiMarco

Ms. Hatzilakos

Recurring Role

John Bregar

John Bregar

Dylan Michalchuk

Recurring Role

Mike Lobel

Mike Lobel

Jay Hogart

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the season two episode "Drive," Ashley said she was afraid of needles and wouldn't get her bellybutton pierced. However, when she and Craig are making out on the couch you can see her bellybutton ring.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Spinner: (sees Paige and Dylan checking out hot men) That's just wrong!
      Jimmy: What? He's gay. So they do that.
      Spinner: Yeah but, it's gross! I mean touching another guy and kissing!
      Jimmy: You were all over Marco just a second ago!
      Spinner: Ha ha, very funny.

    • Spike: (after Mr. Simpson sneezes a few times) If you are sick, you cannot stay here. Jack just got over a cold.
      Emma: Mom, Jack's not in a bubble.
      Spike: Really. Do you want to breast feed him while he's running a fever?
      Mr. Simpson: No, and neither do you.

    • Spinner: I didn't mean 'homo' as in 'gay', I mean 'homo' as in...
      Dylan: ...Milk?

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of The Dot, which is the hangout spot for the Degrassi kids.  It was named after a popular thread on the message boards titled "."

    • Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty), Daniel Clark (Sean), Ryan Cooley (J.T.), Jake Goldsbie (Toby), Stacie Mistysyn (Caitlin), Christina Schmidt (Terri), and Dan Woods (Mr. Raditch), do not appear in this episode.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Mike Lobel (Jay), who becomes a main character in Season 5.


    • The title of this two-part episode is the same as a song by U2 from their 1984 album "The Unforgettable Fire". The full name of the song is "Pride (In The Name of Love)". This is the second time only a part of the song is used for the title.