Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 17

Queen Of Hearts

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 17, 2005 on Much Music
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Ellie has started to play cards with her friends, and she becomes good. She gets invited to play with Dylan and his hockey team, for money, and has to risk losing all of her rent. Paige thinks Mr. Orleander might be cheating when he refuses to let her come over to his place.


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  • Ellie starts gambling so she can pay rent.

    "Queen of Hearts" is a great Degrassi episode. I love how this episode deals with another issue like gambling. In this episode Ellie starts playing cards with Craig, Alex, Dylan and Marco for money. I really love how she teams with Alex. It's cool watching them have scenes together. This episode was about Ellie needing money to pay the rent and it was also about her being lonely. I love how her mother is sober and is trying to have a relationship with Ellie again. I don't like the subplot in this episode. I usually like a good student/teacher relationship, but I don't like Paige with Matt. After what happened with Paige in season 2, it doesn't make any sense for her to date Matt. She should be dating someone her age. I give this episode a 8/10.moreless
  • Loved It!

    In this episode, Ellie deals with the fact that Sean will never comeback home and finds a new hobby... GAMBLING! After Marco teaches her a new card game she realizes she cannot only win big but score big with money. She also goes through the painful heartache of her sobbering mother wanting her back home. After playing cards with her guests Alex throws her some words of advance that she needed to go back home and be with her mom, and don't hold a grudge against her because of their past. (I was proud that they used Alex more within this episode as well.) When she comes senses, Ellie gets her mom to promise her that she won't get drunk again, her mom promises her it will take time. Ellie says it will take time for her to give her that daughterly trust back. Paige and Matt continue their on going down low relationship from everyone (except Manny). Paige starts getting fed-up that Matt has never invited her to his home. Manny tries to give words of advice to Paige about his ways. Paige finds out where he stays, the place looks like a dump and finally Matt calls them being together a "relationship." Paige doesn't dump him and they embrace in a kiss.moreless
  • Exactly what this season needed...whether or not anyone realized it

    "queen of hearts" falls into the category of one of my favorite episodes of Degrassi. A lot of people called this episode a filler episode, but I completely disagree. We needed to see this episode, for closure reasons. I also missed seeing the Ellie/Marco friendship and this episode brought that back to life. The new Ellie/Alex friendship was enjoyable to watch as well. The subplot was nicely done as well. It was the perfect segway into the next episode's mainplot ("modern love). I also loved the music score.moreless
  • Ellie is gambling on her future.

    In Queen Of Hearts, Ellie is living by herself. Ever since Sean left she's been alone in the apartment. But Buller her ferret keeps her sane. Until he dies in a freak accident Ellie is sent into a path of aloness and just wants somebody to be with her. And she gets an outlet that makes her feel better, gambling. Marco comes over and shows her how to play euchre and she quickly catches on. In this part I liked how Ellie showed interest in playing cards but I kind of wished that Marco would've explained the game a bit better.

    Anyway Ellie soon has her monthly dinner with her mom so she can get her rent money. But Ellie just takes the money and turns down her offer to live with her mom again and tells her that's the last time she'll ever get money from her. I felt bad for Mrs. Nash cause she looked like she really was trying to change but Ellie jsut brushed her off quite harshly. So Ellie, Jimmy, Alex and Craig skip calss to play euchre and they start playing for money. Ellie and Alex win the money and Ellie tells her she knows where real money is gonna be.

    Soon after Dylan's hockey team arrives to play euchre for serious money, Ellie and Alex who now seem best friends and start playing. The scenes with her and Alex palying against the guys with the song is one of my personal favorites scenes of the season, I really like it. After a while Alex decided to go solo and Ellie soon get panicky of losing all her rent money, after Ellie tells her to sit down she does and Alex shows her hand and they win the game. Alex then gives Ellie her portion of the money and tells her she needs to trust people more. I agree with what Alex said, Ellie was being very selfish the whole episode especially to her mom. Ellie soon relizes it and calls her mom and is ready to go home.

    I really liked this episode although i wished they would've gone deeper into the gambling storyline, it was still a good episode, two thumbs up!moreless
  • This episode wasn't that special. nothing exciting really happened. ellie meets with her monthy dinner with her mom and words go down between them. ellie, alex, jimmy, craig, and marco play cards. ellie and alex play cards with dylan's hockey teammoreless

    this episode was nothing special. all that happened was ellie decided to move in with her mom after alex told her off. they also ditch class to play cards and ellie and alex played cards with dylans hockey team for some serious cash. i was happy to see jimmy with a smile on his face in this episode
Ted Ludzik

Ted Ludzik

Mr. Martin

Guest Star

Tyler Gallagher

Tyler Gallagher


Guest Star

Majorie Chan

Majorie Chan


Guest Star

John Bregar

John Bregar

Dylan Michalchuk

Recurring Role

Kirsten Kieferle

Kirsten Kieferle

Mrs. Nash

Recurring Role

Christopher Jacot

Christopher Jacot

Matt Oleander

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In one sequence, Ellie is dealing the cards wrong. You deal two cards to the player to your left, then three to your partner, three to the player to your right, two to yourself, three to the player to your left, two to your partner, two to the player to your right, and three to yourself -- in that order.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Alex: Ugh, I get a scatter-proof partner, just to be interrupted for French class?
      Jimmy: Well, je suis up for skipping.

    • Mr. Orleander: That's wet. The toilet's above it. Look beyond that, I'm a student like you, except I live in a pit hole apartment. There! All the glamour this relationship ever had: gone!
      Paige: You said relationship, which means I get to stay.

    • Ellie: It's open.
      Mrs. Nash: It's the middle of the night Ellie. There's no emergency?
      Ellie: I had to be sure of something.
      Mrs. Nash: Sure of what?
      Ellie: That you could come over. That you were sober. You weren't drunk.
      Mrs. Nash: You woke me as a test?!
      Ellie: I wrote a letter to Mr. Martin. It says I'm giving two months notice.
      Mrs. Nash: Oh so you're coming home!
      Ellie: I, I said I wrote it Mom. I haven't given it to him. Not yet.
      Mrs. Nash: But you're going to?
      Ellie: No more drinking?
      Mrs. Nash: The best I can do is try. Day by day. Try.
      Ellie: Then promise me you'll try and make it easy for me to trust you.
      Mrs. Nash: Come home Ellie. I'm tired of being alone.
      Ellie: Yeah. Me too.

    • Ellie: Wait, that's my rent money.
      Alex: You're bugging me Ellie.
      Ellie: You know, we'll just forget this hand (stands up)...can I have the cards?
      Alex: SIT DOWN! (Ellie sits)
      Guy: I lead with the ace of hearts...
      Alex: Keep it. Don't bother. (lays down her hand) Four points, we win (hands the money to Ellie). You really ought to believe in people more.

    • Alex: Move to Wasaga with Sean if you're lonely, or suck it up and go home.
      Ellie: My mom was drunk...always drunk...right up to the night she lit the house on fire.
      Alex: But she's sober now. And paying your rent. All the time trying to make things right with, what a monster.

    • Marco: Ferret Bueller is dead?! That's awful.
      Craig: That's terrible.
      Alex: You named your ferret, Bueller?
      Jimmy: Alex, a heart! Try to find one!

    • Craig: Marco With your hair all big like that you kinda look like Ashley.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty), Daniel Clark (Sean), Ryan Cooley (J.T.), Jake Goldsbie (Toby), Shane Kippel (Spinner), Pat Mastroianni (Joey), Miriam McDonald (Emma), Melissa McIntyre (Ashley), Stacie Mistysyn (Caitlin), Amanda Stepto (Spike), and Dan Woods (Mr. Raditch), do not appear in this episode.