Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 16

Take On Me

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 16, 2004 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary


Sean, Ellie, Hazel, Jimmy and Toby are stuck in Mr. Raditch's Saturday detention. Despite being in different cliques, the students come to realize that they're all in the same boat together and start to get along with one another.

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Ellie initiates the game of truth or dare she's sitting at a table. However, when they go around the room and each kid says truth, they come back to her and she's sitting on the steps holding on to the railing.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sean: So why do you cut?
      Ellie: I think it's because it's the only pain that I could control.
      Sean: That makes sense.

    • Jimmy: C'mon Cameron you scared?
      Sean: No, I don't do group activites.
      Jimmy: Yeah, tell that to Jay next time you two plan to steal stuff.

    • Sean: You don't seem scared of me.
      Ellie: No, you don't seem freaked of me either.
      Sean: Nope.
      Ellie: (pulls down the sleeve of her shirt and shows Sean the scars caused by her cutting) Are you freaked now?

    • Sean: You carry that bag everywhere, huh?
      Ellie: It's a psycho girl thing, emphasis on psycho.
      Sean: I think you're cute. (Ellie smiles) I guess I got to you.
      Ellie: Dream on.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is the only episode of the series that does not have any type of subplot. There are other episodes with only one plot, but have mini subplots within them. For example, in Season Six's "Rock This Town" there is only one plot, but within it, there are smaller plots, based off of the story arcs of the time.

    • Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty), Lauren Collins (Paige), Jake Epstein (Craig), Shane Kippel (Spinner), Pat Mastroianni (Joey), Miriam McDonald (Emma), Melissa McIntyre (Ashley), Stacie Mistysyn (Caitlin), Adamo Ruggiero (Marco), Christina Schmidt (Terri), Cassie Steele (Manny), and Amanda Stepto (Spike), do not appear in this episode.


    • The noise that Sean was making at the elevator was the same noise played throughout the Friday the 13th Film franchise.

    • This episode pays tribute to the 1985 movie "The Breakfast Club." The roles of this episode are similar to those of the characters in the movie: Jimmy (the jock), Hazel (the princess), Toby (the nerd), Ellie (the misfit) and Sean (the criminal).

    • The title of this episode is the same as a song by A-Ha from their 1985 album "Hunting High and Low".