Degrassi (season 13)

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Degrassi (season 13)
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Title card
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 40
Broadcast
Original channel MuchMusic (Canada; first block)
MTV Canada (Canada; second block-present)
TeenNick (United States)
Original run July 11, 2013 (2013-07-11) – present
Season chronology
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The thirteenth season of Degrassi premiered July 11, 2013, in Canada and the United States, and consists of 40 episodes.[1] Degrassi, previously known as Degrassi: The Next Generation, is a Canadian serial teen drama television series. Although only four school years have passed in the story timeline since season six, season thirteen is set in the summer and the following school year in the years it aired. Writers have been able to use a semi-floating timeline, so that the issues depicted are modern for their viewers. This season depicts the lives of a group of high school freshman, sophomores, seniors and college freshman as they deal with some of the challenges and issues that young adults face such as cancer, texting while driving, death, sexism, sleeping disorders, cyber bullying, domestic violence, sexual assault, racial profiling and relationships.

The thirteenth season was announced November 30, 2012,[2][3] however MuchMusic and TeenNick did not announce picking up the season until a month before the first episode was scheduled to air.[4][5] The show moved to MTV Canada part way through the season. MuchMusic had aired the series in Canada since 2010, and TeenNick has aired the series in the United States since 2002. Production for the season began in April 2013 at Epitome Pictures' studios in Toronto, Ontario.[6] This season departs from the telenovela/soap opera format used in the previous three seasons.

Cast[edit]

The thirteenth season has twenty-four actors receiving star billing, include Craig Arnold as Luke Baker, Luke Bilyk as Drew Torres, Stefan Brogren as Archie "Snake Simpson, Munro Chambers as Eli Goldsworthy, Sarah Fisher as Becky Baker, Jahmil French as Dave Turner, Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak, Alicia Josipovic as Bianca DeSousa, Demetrius Joyette as Mike "Dallas" Dallas, Cory Lee as Miss Oh, Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan, Aislinn Paul as Clare Edwards, Cristine Prosperi as Imogen Moreno, Chloe Rose as Katie Matlin, A.J. Saudin as Connor Deslauriers, Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin, Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari, and Jessica Tyler as Jenna Middleton. Jordan Todosey (Adam Torres) starred in only the first portion of the season, leaving the show in the 7th episode, "Honey".

Joining the main cast are Ana Golja, Andre Kim, and Eric Osborne as Zoe Rivas, Winston "Chewy" Chu, and Miles Hollingsworth III. Sara Waisglass and Nikki Gould are introduced later in the season as Frankie Hollingsworth and Grace. After guest starring in one episode, Niamh Wilson as Jack, was given star billing.

The six actors from season twelve who did not return this season are Shanice Banton as Marisol Lewis, Annie Clark as Fiona Coyne, Daniel Kelly as Owen Milligan, Justin Kelly as Jake Martin, Jacob Neayem as Mo Mashkour, and Alex Steele as Tori Santamaria. All left the series.

Crew[edit]

Season thirteen is produced by Epitome Pictures in association with Bell Media. Funding was provided by The Canadian Media Fund, The Shaw Rocket Fund, RBC Royal Bank, The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.

Linda Schuyler, co-creator of the Degrassi franchise and CEO of Epitome Pictures, serves as an executive producer with her husband, and President of Epitome Pictures, Stephen Stohn. Matt Huether is also credited as a co-executive producer, Karen Hill as consulting producer, Sarah Glinsli an executive producer, and Ella Schwarzman an executive post producer. Stefan Brogren is series producer, while David Lowe is credited as producer, and Stephanie Williams the supervising producer. The casting directors are Larissa Mair and Krisha Bullock Alexander, and the editors include Jason B. Irvine and Gordon Thorne.

The executive story editor is Matt Schiller, the story editors are Ian Malone and Sadiya Durrani, and Courtney Jane Walker is the senior story editor. Episode writers for the season include Ramona Barckert, Karen Hill, Michael Grassi, and Matt Schiller. The director of photography is Mitchell T. Ness, and the directors include Stefan Brogren and Bruce McDonald.

Episodes[edit]

The summer block began with a one-hour special, and aired weekly with an after show, After Degrassi.[7] Other one-hour specials are in production.[8] The fall block ran from October 3 to November 21, 2013, on MTV in Canada.[9]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Canadian airdate U.S. air date Production
code
1–2 318–19 "Summertime" July 11, 2013 (2013-07-11) July 11, 2013 (2013-07-11) 1301 & 1302

It's summer for the students at Degrassi and Maya is happy to spend it with Tristan in Paris until his favorite TV star, Zoe Rivas, who threatens to separate their friendship. Maya also meets a guy named Miles, who encourages her to let her wild side out. While trying to make her long distance relationship with Eli work, Clare finds out that she has cancer and has to undergo chemotherapy. With his girlfriend Becky going home to Florida for the summer, Adam gets a job at a kids' camp at Degrassi and becomes close to Imogen, which makes Becky grow jealous.

Guest star: Fefe Dobson as herself. 
3 320 "All I Wanna Do" July 18, 2013 (2013-07-18) July 18, 2013 (2013-07-18) 1303
The reality of Clare's condition continues to sink in for her, and she worries she will lose Eli. Clare dresses up for a date night with Eli, but Eli accepts that he has a girlfriend with cancer, and loves her unconditionally. Alli has trouble finding people to hang out with in Paris without Clare, but eventually finds Leo, a boy who recovered her stolen phone. Tristan gets a room with Miles and Winston in Paris, initially worried they were homophobes he plays straight, with Maya his girlfriend, but learns they are accepting. 
4 321 "My Own Worst Enemy" July 25, 2013 (2013-07-25) July 25, 2013 (2013-07-25) 1304
Clare worries her cancer is getting worse, and learns her friend from group has died. Drew helps her leave the hospital, and they go to the summer camp at Degrassi. She later returns and decides to face cancer head on. Alli tries to get Leo's attention, but after he agrees to go on a date Alli must leave for an assignment which hurts him. Tristan's attraction to Miles grows and he kisses Miles, then finds out he likes Zoe. 
5 322 "About A Girl" August 1, 2013 (2013-08-01) August 1, 2013 (2013-08-01) 1305
Adam find out Becky has been hanging out with another boy while in Florida, and looses one of his campers while checking his phone. Adam decides to pose as Becky online to end it with the other guy, Becky finds out and end it with him. Tristan is becoming sick of watching Miles and Zoe making out all the time, so Maya steps in and says something, but Tristan ends up hating her. Leo cooks Alli a dinner date, and Alli worries it is going too fast, so invites Jenna and Connor. 
6 323 "Cannonball" August 8, 2013 (2013-08-08) August 8, 2013 (2013-08-08) 1306
Dallas convinces Adam to pursue Imogen while he still has feelings for Becky. They go on walk and kiss, but Adam wants to make up with Becky, he steals the camp van in order to get cell reception. Tristan disappears in Paris, so Maya goes to look for him, but needs Miles' assistance. Maya apologizes to Tristan, but realizes she may have feelings for Miles. Alli sets Jenna up on a blind date, she does not like it, and Alli helps Jenna and Connor get back together. 
7 324 "Honey" August 15, 2013 (2013-08-15) August 15, 2013 (2013-08-15) 1307
With Alli's trip to France about to end, she brings up their relationship to Leo, which he abruptly ends. She goes to win him back, and he says he can move to Toronto, but then breaks-up with her when he finds out Dallas has a thing for her. After Adam is hospitalized due to a texting while driving collision, Drew returns to camp at Degrassi while he is in surgery. Adam does not survive. Maya, hoping to show up Zoe, for the attraction of Miles, buys an expensive dress. Miles breaks-up with Zoe, which increases Zoe's hate for Maya. 
8 325 "Young Forever" August 22, 2013 (2013-08-22) August 22, 2013 (2013-08-22) 1308

Everyone is coping with Adam's death. Drew blames Becky for Adam being on the road texting her, then blames himself. Hoping to honour Adam, Becky plans a bonfire and invites the Degrassi students, many come and catch up on the summer's events. Clare has trouble honouring Adam, revealing he is how she got through the summer with cancer. After Drew wanders the city streets alone, he watches a memorial video of Adam, and goes to the bonfire. He sees the impact Adam has made on Degrassi and apologizes to Becky.

Note: Final episode to air on MuchMusic in Canada. 
9 326 "This Is How We Do It" October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)[9] October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)[10] 1309

The new school year begins and Drew as president wants to kick things off with a beach bash dance while his council wants to have a texting and driving awareness event in memoriam of Adam. He tries to get his way while battling with insomnia and uses Zoe and a group of niners in order to do so. Alli doesn't tell her friends that she is still seeing Leo, who has moved to Toronto in order to be with her. Zoe has a rough start at Degrassi and wants to leave so that no one figures out she has dyslexia and the real reason she got kicked off of Westdrive. She also develops a crush on Drew.

Note: First episode to air on MTV Canada
10 327 "You Got Me" October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10) October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10) 1310
Zoe tells everyone she is going to the dance with Drew, but when she finds out he has a fiancee, she grows worried and gives Drew sleeping pills in exchange for taking her to the dance. When Zoe's ruse fails, Maya decides to patch things up with her, not knowing that Zoe has a agenda of her own. Alli's plan to get her friends to like Leo, at first doesn't go well, but later on they soon grow fond of him. Now off the pills, Drew is stressed out trying to organize the dance. After Drew embarrasses himself, he realizes he misses Adam more than he thought and patches things up with Clare. 
11 328 "You Oughta Know" October 17, 2013 (2013-10-17) October 17, 2013 (2013-10-17) 1311
Clare gets the chance to have her article featured in a national magazine, but has to make it about Zoe. After Zoe lies to her, Clare makes it up and thinks her cancer returned after she suffers from memory loss. Tristan and Miles join the basketball team, but Miles is upset because his dad will be disappointed that he isn't a starter and considers taking steroids. Tristan, wanting to be best friends gets Miles what he needs. Imogen starts a club called Degrassi TV and looks for on-air personalities. Becky auditions but Imogen doesn't want her to join due to guilt over what she did with Adam. 
12 329 "Everything You've Done Wrong" October 24, 2013 (2013-10-24) October 24, 2013 (2013-10-24) 1312
After learning that her memory loss is a side effect called chemo brain, Clare attempts to lie about Zoe in order to get into the magazine, but after everything fails, she comes clean and is given another chance. After Miles promises to give the whole team steroids, Tristan reveals that the steroids he gave him were fake and later has to clean up his mess before the whole team finds out. Imogen contemplates telling Becky the truth about Adam, knowing that it will hurt her. She tells Becky that Adam really loved her, but decides to keep the kiss a secret. 
13 330 "Who Do You Think You Are" October 31, 2013 (2013-10-31) October 31, 2013 (2013-10-31) 1313
Zoe convinces Maya to make a music video and directs it. After it is put on YouTube, someone starts a Facerange page that is filled with derogatory comments and internet memes of Maya's face photoshopped on scantily-clad bodies, leaving Maya hurt. Drew tries to get Dallas to take school seriously after he ditches school to get drunk and hook up with girls. Alli decides to retake her SATs in order to get into MIT, but is torn when Leo gets mad due to the fact that they will be separated. When Alli comes up with a plan, Leo freaks out and slaps her in the face and she runs away. 
14 331 "Barely Breathing" November 7, 2013 (2013-11-07) November 7, 2013 (2013-11-07) 1314
Maya is upset over the attention she is getting. After finding out that Zoe started the page, they get into a physical fight. To avoid getting into trouble, Zoe pretends to apologize, leaving Maya furious. She later presents a song in class threatening to kill Zoe and is suspended. Miles appears at Maya's home and they kiss. Drew finds out that Dallas got cut from the Icehounds. After a heartfelt talk, Dallas decides to stay in Toronto. Leo attempts to apologize to Alli, but she doesn't want to hear it. While taking her SATs, Alli decides to take him back but not without a few conditions. 
15 332 "Black Or White" November 14, 2013 (2013-11-14) November 14, 2013 (2013-11-14) 1315
On Degrassi TV, Winston does an insulting story of school president Drew. Drew fires him which starts a riot looking for Drew to be impeached. Drew realizes where Winston is coming from and they make up. In class, Tristan is assigned to do a comedic monologue which upsets him because he wanted a serious one. Tristan decides to do it anyway. Zoe wants Tristan to join her theatre troupe leaving him conflicted since Maya still hates Zoe. Clare is excited about Eli's return, but on their date there is a distance. The next day, he tells Clare that he cheated on her which hurts her feelings. 
16 333 "Spiderwebs" November 21, 2013 (2013-11-21) November 21, 2013 (2013-11-21) 1316
Drew is ecstatic over Bianca's return for Thanksgiving but when they reunite, she breaks up with him. Drew convinces her to pretend to be his fiancee at the family feast event at school to make his mother happy, but also to show Bianca that he has changed, but his plan fails. Tristan is performing a skit with Zoe at the family feast, but Maya wants him to sabotage it. Tristan eventually gets Maya and Zoe to call a truce, if only for him. Clare is still upset over Eli's betrayal and in a spur of emotions kisses Drew. When Eli shows up at the family feast, Clare forgives him but is still torn about her kiss with Drew. 
17 334 "The World I Know" January 28, 2014 (2014-01-28) January 28, 2014 (2014-01-28) 1317
On Ali's birthday, she can only think about Leo being sent away; Maya returns from suspension; Drew works with a mayoral candidate. 
18 335 "Better Man" February 4, 2014 (2014-02-04) February 4, 2014 (2014-02-04) 1318
Ali continues to lie to protect Leo; Maya proves she is not a princess; Drew needs help preparing for an important interview. 
19 336 "Dig Me Out" February 11, 2014 (2014-02-11) February 11, 2014 (2014-02-11) 1319
Drew tries to keep things with Zoe casual; Imogen protests against the Degrassi dress code. 
20 337 "Power to the People" February 18, 2014 (2014-02-18) February 18, 2014 (2014-02-18) 1320
Drew decides to break up with Zoe; Alli and Dallas team up to stay focused, Imogen takes her dress code fight to the Internet. 
21 338 "No Surprises" February 25, 2014 (2014-02-25) February 25, 2014 (2014-02-25) 1321
Miles begins to question his family life after discovering a shocking secret; Clare grows closer to Drew. Dallas wants to be with Alli, but her relationship with Leo could send him over the edge. 
22 339 "Basket Case" March 4, 2014 (2014-03-04) March 4, 2014 (2014-03-04) 1322
Clare tries to get over her feelings for Drew; Dallas comes up with a plan for Alli to confront Leo about him beating her; and Drew becomes angry when he is tricked by Miles and Miles throws a party without his dad's permission. 
23–24 340–341 "Unbelievable" March 11, 2014 (2014-03-11) March 11, 2014 (2014-03-11) 1323 & 1324
Rumors of Zoe's drinking prompt Becky to file a report about teen girls and alcohol; she discovers a video of Zoe and two strangers. 
25 342 "What It's Like" March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18) March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18) 1325
Jenna believes everyone thinks her and Connor are a weird couple; Becky gets jealous at Imogen's attraction to the new girl Jack; Maya tries to find Zig a place to live when she finds out he's homeless. 
26 343 "Close to Me" March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25) March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25) 1326
Maya invites both Zig and Miles to the dance, hoping to smooth things over between the two. However, both Tristan and Zoe believe it to be a bad idea given both the boys clear interest in her. Maya blows this off, believing that if Miles and Zig knew each other, they could be friends. At the dance, things don't go well between Miles and Zig. Things get worse when someone tells a rumor that Zig has drugs in his locker. Grace accuses Miles of making the accusation, and Maya does not believe her until she asks Miles for the truth and he does not reply. Maya goes home upset, and single. Zig comes home, and Maya asks if he got caught by Mr. Perino about the drugs. Zig assures her that there were no drugs to begin with. He also reminded her of when he said that he would wait for her. She says she does as he leans in to kiss her, but says that he wasn't allowed to due to the living arrangements. He tells her goodnight as Maya is left standing alone in the kitchen.  Jenna and Connor try to get voted queen and king at the dance... where an unfortunate event happens. Alli and Dallas announce the names of the king and queen. Jenna and Connor get voted to be king and queen, and when Connor takes Jenna's hand and raises her arm, her dress slips off uncovering one of her breasts. Jenna runs off the stage and into the bathroom where Alli meets her. Alli assures her that it was fine, and leaves the bathroom. Connor walks in the bathroom with a shirt to cover Jenna. Jenna tells Connor that she was jealous of the 9th grade girls, and Connor assures her that he does not love them. This is when Jenna and Connor exchange "I love you's." Becky becomes jealous when Jack tags along to the dance with her and Imogen, ruining their girl's night. Imogen, Becky, and Jack are practicing their project, and when Imogen leaves, Jack tells Becky that she was going to ask Imogen to the semi-formal. Becky tells her that she is going with Imogen, but Jack questions her liking girls. At the semi-formal, Becky and Imogen are dancing to a fast-beat song, when suddenly a slow song comes on. Becky tells Imogen that she has never slow-danced with another girl, and Imogen shows her how to. Becky realizes that she can't dance with girls and Imogen is thankful because she wanted them to stay friends. Later, Becky meets up with Jack and tells her that she can go dance with Imogen, because they are just friends. 
27 344 "Army of Me" April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01) April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01) 1327
Dallas tries to win over Alli at the science fair, but an explosion happens where all black guys are asked to stay behind for questioning. Later, Connor and Dallas are on their way to the science fair when they get pulled over. Tristan, Zoe and Maya have Grant Yates a new teacher that sets up a secret society of writing. Tristan's parents are fighting and he thinks that they might get a divorce, the new teacher talks to Tristan and says that that happened to him and offers him a ride to his dentist appointment that his parents wouldn't take him to. Later, Tristan figures out that Zoe got an invite to the society, but Tristan didn't. He tracks the society down and finally was voted in by the members of the society. Clare tries to find Drew a new girl to make sure nothing else happens between them because Becky tells her that 93% of Degrassi thinks that she and Drew are dating. Clare confronts Drew about how the school thinks that they are dating and offers to find him a girlfriend. Clare keeps getting responds Drew's page on a dating site, and Becky and Imogen make the remark that she is popular. Clare tells her that it's Drew's dating profile and Imogen tells her that if she hurts Eli then she would be upset, and tells Clare that she is not Drew's type. Because of this, Clare sets up her own dating profile under a different name and presents her fake profile along with two other girls to see if Drew would pick Clare over the other girls, when Drew picks a different girl.  
28 345 "Everything Is Everything"[11] April 8, 2014 (2014-04-08) April 8, 2014 (2014-04-08) 1328
Dallas finds out shocking news at the science fair. Tristan starts developing feelings for his new teacher. Clare tries to sabotage Drew and his date when she becomes jealous. After Drew's date, he tells Clare that Eden is amazing. Clare becomes jealous talks to Eden about how some people think Drew is not over Bianca. Later, Drew tells Clare that Eden cancelled their 2nd date because she got nervous about Drew still liking Bianca. Drew then tells her that she was the one to tell Eden. Clare tells Drew that ever since Eli cheated on her, she feels sad, except when she is with Drew. She then admits to being Annabella as a test to see if Drew liked her. Drew said that he knew Annabella was Clare, and reminded her that she has a boyfriend. He said that if she was single, things would have been different. Later, Eden apologizes about breaking the date to Drew, and he forgives her. She asks if they could get coffee, but he turns her down. She realizes that he likes someone else, and that someone else is Clare. 
29 346 "Sparks Will Fly" Part One[11] April 15, 2014 (2014-04-15) April 15, 2014 (2014-04-15) 1329
Miles top priority is settling the score with Zig as they fight for Maya's affection. The dream role that Zoë finally lands hits too close to home after her assault. Clare is in a pickle as she searches for a date to Wild Wild West Night. Is it Drew? Or Eli?  
30 347 "Sparks Will Fly" Part Two[11] April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22) April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22) 1330
The dream role that Zoe finally lands hits too close to home after her assault; Claire is in a pickle as she searches for a date to Wild Wild West Night; Miles top priority is settling the top score with Zig as they fight for Maya's affection.[citation needed] 

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