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Degrassi: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 21

Tears Are Not Enough, Part One

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 16, 2003 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary


Craig is stressing over his Science exam when his father shows up and wants to be a part of his life again. Craig is a bit nervous, but gives him a chance, and sees him behind Joey's back. J.T. needs help on his exams, so he agrees to go to the dance with Liberty in exchange for her tutoring.


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  • Craigs dad returns

    "Tears Are Not Enough" Part 1 is a fantastic Degrassi episode. I love how intense this episode gets. Craig's father returns in this episode saying that he's changed and so Craig gives him chance. Everything seems to be going fine when they have dinner together and he helps him study. But then it gets all intense when Craig doesn't want to move back in with him, and so he pushes Craig to the ground. It's so heartbreaking to see Craig bleeding on the ground. The subplot was nice and enjoyable and balances out the intense scenes in this episode. I love how Liberty blackmails JT into going out with her if she's going to be his tutor. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Craig's Dad (part 1)

    In this episode, Craig is struggling to pass his finals when he recieves a suprise visit from his dad, wanting to get involved in his life again, saying he's changed. They then meet up and study/reconcile their relationship. However, Craig's dad wants him and Craig to move back to London (his original home) but Craig doesn't want to, as he's happy with his life. Craig's dad then... hits him again. Wow, yet another sad episode. There's something about Craig that makes him very likeable and sympathetic, and here it works well. Lets hope part 2 lives up to part 1. 10/10 A+moreless
  • Craig\'s dad comes to visit him and school. They meet for dinner. The next day he goes to his dad to help him study. And after Craig aces his final, he and his dad get into an argument and his dad hits him again. Then his dad gets killed in a car accidentmoreless

    This was one of my favorite episodes ever. I wanted to cry because i felt so bad for Craig and everything he had been through. It just seemed like his dad was doing so well and that everything would be okay, but then he hit him and I knew then it was over. And then his dad died, I mean come on, hasn't he gone through enough for one episode!!!
Hugh Dillon

Hugh Dillon

Albert Manning

Guest Star

Melissa DiMarco

Melissa DiMarco

Ms. Hatzilakos

Recurring Role

Kit Weyman

Kit Weyman


Recurring Role

Adamo Ruggiero

Adamo Ruggiero

Marco Del Rossi

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Mr. Manning: (after hitting Craig) Craig, I'm so sorry. It'll never--
      Craig: It'll never happen again? HUH?! Is that what you were gonna say? Cause that's what you've ALWAYS said!!
      Mr. Manning: Because you always screw up. (walks away)
      Craig: No Dad, you're the one who screws up. It won't change! EVER!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Daniel Clark (Sean), appears in this episode, but does not have any lines.

    • Stefan Brogren (Mr. Simpson), Aubrey Graham (Jimmy), Miriam McDonald (Emma), Christina Schmidt (Terri), Cassie Steele (Manny), Dan Woods (Mr. Raditch), do not appear in this episode. However, Mr. Raditch's voice can be heard over the P.A.


    • The title of this two-part episode is the same as a song by ABC from their 1982 album "The Lexicon of Love". It is also a song by Northen Lights which was a Canadian group of famous singers, including Gordan Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Neil Young and Bryan Adams. The song was released in 1985 for charity.