Accidents Will Happen (Degrassi: The Next Generation)

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"Accidents Will Happen"
Degrassi: The Next Generation episode
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A devastated Manny, after thinking she is pregnant, runs to visit Emma's mother, Spike, for advice.
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 14 & 15
Production code 314 & 315
Original air date 26 Jan & 9 Feb 2004 (Canada)
26 August 2006 (U.S.)
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"Accidents Will Happen" is a two-part episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation that aired in the middle of season 3. The first part aired originally on 26 January 2004, and the second part originally aired on 9 February 2004. Due to the content discussed in this episode, it was not aired in the United States until a later date. It was aired in the US for the first time after, the television station, The N, decided to air it during, what was called, "Cast Picks." Cassie Steele, who plays Manny Santos, the main character of this episode, chose this as her "pick." It was not shown again until a later date, when The N decided to air an "every episode ever" marathon, before the premiere of the 6th season.

Plot Synopsis[edit]

Part One[edit]

In the first part of this two-part episode, Manny lends Hazel a tampon and a concerned Emma asks why Manny has not had her period yet. Manny checks her calendar and discovers that she is late. After receiving advice from Paige, Manny asks Craig if he used a condom when they had sex. His response is no and she runs to Emma's mother, Spike, for advice. After a positive result on a pregnancy test, Spike tells Manny to do what is best for her and not for the father or the baby.

Part Two[edit]

Manny decides to tell Craig who then tells her that he wants to have the baby. After Craig gives Manny a book called "So You Need A Name," Ashley steals it, and announces to the whole school that Manny and Craig are going to have a baby. After hearing several remarks and comments, Manny decides that having a baby at this time in her life would ruin her plans for her future. Manny tells Emma that she is going to have an abortion. When Emma hears this, she becomes furious and says that what Manny is planning to do is wrong. Manny then tells Craig - he tells her no and that the baby is his too. Emma steps in and says that it is Manny's body. Manny tells her mother and her mother takes her to the clinic to have an abortion.

Sub Plot[edit]

Part One[edit]

When J.T. is invited to go to a concert with Jimmy, Toby feels left out, and tries to impress Jimmy, by hacking the school computer and changing his grade. When they are caught, neither of them can go to the concert because they were given Saturday detention on the Saturday of the concert.

Part Two[edit]

J.T.'s finally had enough of Liberty's crush on him and tells her to move on. So when she's paired with Sean on a history project, she decides that he's the latest target of her affections. In the end Liberty gets paired up with Towerz.

Reactions[edit]

Many US Degrassi fans were upset that this episode was aired in Canada and not in the United States.[1]

DVD Release[edit]

The episode was released in the Season 3 DVD box-set, before it was aired in the United States. The box clearly says, "Includes 'Accidents Will Happen' — The Episode You Can’t See On TV!" On newer versions of the box-set, it still has the line written across the lower part of the box.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://flowtv.org/?p=2213

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