Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 14

Secret, Part One

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Aired Daily 9:00 PM Nov 30, 2004 on Much Music
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Emma still hasn't fully recovered from the school shooting, and is seemingly distant from everyone and everything. She starts hanging out with Jay, who invites her to a park, where people hook up. At first she is shocked, but soon decides to give into the temptation. Ashley encourages Craig to go to a group to help with his disorder, and he discovers it is the same one Ellie goes to. J.T. and Liberty are running rehearsals for the play, but things aren't running as smoothly as they'd like.

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  • Emma starts hanging around Jay as she's still dealing with the shooting.

    10
    "Secret" part 1 is an excellent Degrassi episode. This is the episode where Emma really changes, but it's not out of character because Emma's been through a traumatic event with having a gun being pointed at her. I love this episode because Emma starts to be bada$$. Jay starts flirting with her and Emma starts giving him blowjobs. I actually like how they included sex bracelets because those were very popular when this episode was airing. This is the episode where I start loving the character Jay. He's a bad boy but he has layers. He's not as scary as people think. Anyways, I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Emma can't get over the shooting.

    9.0
    This episode was really good in my opinion, I think it's one of those episodes where Degrassi really went there. Emma still can't get over the shooting, so she turns to Jay for comfort, meanwhile the Dracula play is opening in a few nights, and everyone is on the edge (Especially JT & Liberty) Turns out Amy's bracelets are from the ravine, and she got them by giving blow jobs. Emma gets one without giving the blowjob to Jay, when she's scared, and everyone starts treating her better ever since she got the bracelet, so then she decides she actually wants to hook up with Jay? Very interesting, but waaaay out of character. And especially when she cries about the shooting to her parents in the end of the episode, to get her off from coming home late, and when they leave, you see her smirk? Wow, definitely a good girl gone bad IMO. Meanwhile Ashley suggests Craig to go to therapy, only to find out Craig is going to Ellie's support group. I liked the followup on Ellie's cutting, and I like the Craig/Ellie frienship that was bonded in this episode. Other than some out of character decisions, a great episode.moreless
  • This is my favorite episode. I love Jay soooo hott!!!!!!

    10
    The episode starts off with Emma about to go on stage for the play. When jay comes up to her and starts rubbing her shoulder saying she's tense then he grabs her ass.She gets distracted and goes on stage late. The credits start then emmas walking out of a class and a teacher tells her that her participating level is really low.Emma walks by Alex and Jay kissing and she stars at them so jay tells her to take a picture it'll last longer.PlotB It goes to Ellie and Ashley talking about Ashley worrying about Craig. Craig comes to their table and Ellie leaves.Ashley tells craig to go to a support group and if he hates it he doesn't have to go. Craig agrees to go.PlotA It goes to the play where Manny and Darcy are doing their parts and Darcy keeps forgeting her words. Emma keeps giving them to her and Darcy gets an attitude. Jay keeps looking up at Emma.JT fires Darcy and then it goes backstage where Manny says they should cancel the play.Amy says she should be Mina(the main character)since Darcy left.She says the beautiful virgin and Alex laughs ya right.Emma starts saying Mina's lines looking in the mirror. Manny says Emma could do it just ask them and Emma says she messed up at auditions there not just gonna change there minds because darcy left.Amy starts looking for her bracelets Alex says those wired things there like a nickel big woop.It is Amy says as she starts looking for them.Manny tells Emma she should come to her house Manny and liberty are going to do mani pedis.You'll have more fun without me,Emma walks to the bench and picks up her jacket under are the bracelets. Amy she says Amy comes over and snatches them from her and says give me those. It goes back to plot B Craigs at his support group some anorexis girl's talking about people knowing what she's eating through her stomach. Craig starts talking about his opinion how hew wouldn't tell anyone he doesn't have to. Ellie walks in saying sorry i'm late. Craig stops talking after that but he looks embarrased.It goes to plot A Emmas walking home when Jay comes by in his car he stops in the drive way right in front of Emma you know my rides got sixteen independent speakers(jay)I do now(Emma)some of us got places to be(jay) Emma gets in his car thanks my house is .....(emma)interrupted I dropped you off before member after sean ran home to mommy dearest, kinda sucks without him.(Jay) Ya I miss him too(emma)I didn't say that don't go getting all mushy on me greenpeace(Jay)They stop at her house.Allright (jay telling her to get out)Allright thanks(Emma)Going to Benit park later(jay)Ya(emma)why don't we hang out there (i think)(jay)Emma walks into her house she overhears spike & snake talking about how there worried about her not being over the shooting.Hello anyone home Emma says.She walks into the kitchen She tells them she can't wait till they see dracula. They made some gardeners pie but Emma says sge ate at rehearsals.She starts walking to her room when Spike says honey are you ok. Ya I have a ton of work to do on my lines though good night she walks in her room(the basement).Emma's sitting in her room when manny calls she doesn't answer.She goes to the little window things they have in basements and jumps out it.she goes to the ravine and walks up to jay. Is this seat taken(emma)It is now(jay)

    Are you surprised to see me(emma)he shakes his head. do you think I'm weird(emma)now theres a loaded question(jay)everyones been acting like I belong in a straight jacket(emma)what's their problem your no weirder then the reat of us(jay)two people get out of a van the girls looks at the bracelets on her hand the same as amy's. What's in the van(emma)what do you thinks in the van(jay)beer,more beer smelly,shay carpeting from the seventies(emma)wanna see(jay)

    they walk to the van and get in.This is fully anti climatic.Jay closes the door.Come out come out wherever you are(emma)hey (jay)turning her around.he kises her she pulls back.looking up It's for hooking up(jay)what(emma)you know what blow jobs are don't you(jay)she walks to the door.Hey every player gets a prize(jay slipping a green bracelet on her hand Green=oral)she opens the door and gets out he looks at her like why are you leaving.she runs back home.Its the next day she's playing with her bracelet from jay. Jt and liberty come by.You fired Darcy and now we have zip,zero,zilch(libery)Emma stands up in front of Jt saying a line from the play.How do you know that(JT)oh no(liberty)I auditioned for mina remember(emma)we need reliable rock solid(liberty)I do rock solid pretty well(emma)day before yesterday you missed your cue last night you didn't even show up to manny's everyone knows your off or whatever(liberty)I'm not off I'm your mina I know the blocking(emma)So corsets even worn one(JT)emma smiles walks away and liberty rolls her eyes.Plot B Ashley walks up to craig talking about her dad Craig walks away ashley follows. They asked about you(Ashley).The crazy craig what'd you tell them oh I bet everything(craig)moodswings are common when you first start meds(Ashley)you sent me to ellies group(craig)which she loves I didn't think you'd mind(Ashley)well you didn't think at all(craig)he walks away Plot A at rehearsals Emma and dracula practice the kissing scene but Emma pulls away laughing when he goes to kiss her.Emma the script says you kiss him so kiss him(jt)ok I'm sorry it's just weird doing this in front of everybody(emma)it's not real there's no fourth wall(jt)Alex roll her eyes Jay watches)Next play liberty you need to pick the actors(jt)ok I'll get it by tommorow promise(Emma)fine tommorow don't let me down,ok set change for scene one go(jt)Emma going back stage passes jay he looks mad.Backstage give you one minute with Nate you'd be better then that(alex to Amy)I'd eat him all up you just see his big manly shoes sticking out she picks up a pair of shoes(Amy)Alex and Amy Laugh. Emma walks backstage.For the sake of guys everywhere I hope she becomes a nun one of those big ones that sings all the time(Amy)aw amy that's mean the poor girl suffers from penisaphobia,her mom can't even buy bananas(Alex)one time they gave her a hotdog she threw up for a week(Amy)Alex walks over to emma ,simpson has to keep his jockey shorts locked in a shed out back or she won't go in the house(Alex)Emma walks over to Amy is and purposely picks up something so she can see the bracelet.Is that mine(Amy)no it's mine(Emma)what was that about(Alex)Amy shakes her head in shock.Emma walks outside after Jay.Jay,you know I've only been in a car with sixteen speakers twice(Emma)poor you(Jay)Amy was being really mean about rehearsal so I showed her the bracelet and she shut right up it's amy kryptonite(Emma)This isn't some browny badge competition maybe your the one that needs to shut up you didn't earn anything Amy did(Jay)she earned them from you(Emma)There's alot of girls down at The ravine Emma I picked you(Jay)he walks away.Plot B Ellie shows up at craig's house asking him to restring a guitar she tells him she used to cut herself and that will always be her even if she doesn't do it for years.craig says hes bipolar and it doesn't matter that he thinks that suck. Neil from group is ok(Ellie) he seemed cool(craig)he is you should come back and probably call Ash(Ellie)why because I bit her head off in the middle of the school(craig)ya maybe cause of that(Ellie)all she talks about lately medication my shrink and my mood swings(craig)she cares about you alot(Ellie)I know(craig)Plot A at the ravine.Emma walks up to Jay.You alredy had the tour(Jay)show me again,show me again for real(Emma)after you(Jay)they walk to the van get in and close the door.To be continued part 2 review soonmoreless
  • Ohhh i luv Emma So much know she finnaly stepped into another light of her character b/c shes was starting 2 bore me if she didnt do something soon && im glad they had an episode where the main character went through this dealing with oral sex WATmoreless

    9.8
    I tHink Miriam mcdonald was phenomenal in this episode she was friggin gr8 i luved the fact that she had a new perspective in life where she jus was numb 2 evryone's actions and theyre words to get her back and i thinl emma has definitely changed from know on she isnt gouing 2 b the whole goody 2 sjoe gurl and not so stuck up and i lik that because shes gong 2 b emma But a bettr Version of Of her i think she is one of the greatest characters in DTNG eh!!moreless
  • Emma, sick of everyone treating her like she's fragile from surviving the shooting, turns to Jay for comfort. Comfort meaning a night one at the Ravine in a van designed for couples to "do more than kissing" Now she will decide between what she was beforemoreless

    9.8
    Never have I seen an episode tackle such a sensitive issue as oral sex. This was a fantastic episode, my favourite from Season 4. They went at oral sex with such class, and tastefulness. The writers managed to play out the issues, relating to teens, but it didn't become so touchy you can't watch it with your parents.

    Secret will always be that episode that I will talk about through out Degrassi: TNG's life, and years after the school is retired.moreless
Dalmar Abuzeid

Dalmar Abuzeid

Danny Van Zandt

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Shenae Grimes

Shenae Grimes

Darcy Edwards

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Mike Lobel

Mike Lobel

Jay Hogart

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Jay is giving Emma a ride home, she has braids in her hair, but when she gets inside the braids are gone. Then when she meets up with Jay again at the ravine, the braids are back.

    • At the very begining of the episode, right after Alex and Amy go sit on some steps on the set of Van Helsing, Emma goes onto the corner of the stage. When they show Jay get up and go over to her she is in the wings.

    • When Emma and Jay are in the car and he parks it in front of her house, she is wearing a seatbelt for a couple of scene changes then all of the sudden she isn't anymore.

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (2)

    • CTV gave this epsiode a TV-14 rating.

    • Daniel Clark (Sean), Lauren Collins (Paige), Jake Goldsbie (Toby), Aubrey Graham (Jimmy), Shane Kippel (Spinner), Andrea Lewis (Hazel), Pat Mastroianni (Joey) Stacie Mistysyn (Cailtin), Adamo Ruggiero (Marco), and Dan Woods (Mr. Raditch), do not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • When Darcy quits the play, she says she curses the play and says "MacBeth".

      Among actors, to say the name MacBeth is to bring on bad luck; to say it in a theater is to curse the plays that are to be performed in the theater.

    • The title of this episode is the same as a song by Madonna from her 1994 album "Bedtime Stories". It is also the name of a song by Maroon 5 from their 2002 album "Songs About Jane".

    • Emma: I live...
      Jay: I know, remember I took you home after Sean went home to Mommy Dearest.

      "Mommy Dearest" was the name of a best selling book and late a movie about actress Joan Crawfod.

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