Degrassi (season 12)

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Degrassi (season 12)
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Degrassi Season 12 DVD
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 40
Original network MuchMusic (Canada)
TeenNick (United States)
Original release July 16, 2012 (2012-07-16) – June 21, 2013 (2013-06-21)
Season chronology
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The twelfth season of Degrassi, a Canadian serial teen drama television series, premiered July 16, 2012, concluded on June 21, 2013, and consists of 40 episodes. Although only three school years have passed in the story timeline since season six, season twelve is set in the winter and spring semester 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 again depicts the lives of a group of high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors as they deal with some of the challenges and issues that teenagers face such as homophobia, theft, religion, sexual harassment, dysfunctional families, peer pressure, pregnancy scares, stress, self image, self-injury, suicide, drug use, burglary, parenthood, depression, grief and relationships.

This season again has a telenovela/soap opera format, and the show aired new episodes four days a week, for the first five weeks. MuchMusic announced renewing the series for a twelfth season in June 2011.[1] TeenNick, which has aired the series since 2002 in the United States, announced a summer run, following the season 11 finale.[2][3] Production for the season began on February 27, 2012, at Epitome Pictures' studios in Toronto, Ontario.[4]


The twelfth season has twenty-seven actors receiving star billing with twenty-three of them returning from the previous season. Returning cast members include:

Joining the main cast this season are:

The only actor from season eleven who did not return this season in any capacity was Spencer Van Wyck who played Wesley Betenkamp.


Season twelve 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, served as an executive producer with her husband, and President of Epitome Pictures, Stephen Stohn. Michael Grassi is also credited as a co-executive producer, Ramona Barckert and Matt Huether as consulting producers, Sarah Glinski an executive producer, and Ella Schwarzman an executive post producer. Stefan Brogren was series producer, while David Lowe is credited as producer, and Stephanie Williams the supervising producer. The casting director was Stephanie Gorin, and the editors are Jason B. Irvine, Gordon Thorne, and Paul Whitehead.

The executive story editor is Ramona Barckert, the story editors are Matt Schiller and Lauren Gosnell, and Ian Malone is the story coordinator. Episode writers for the season are Ramona Barckert, Sarah Glinski, Michael Grassi, Lauren Gosnell, Matt Huether, James Hurst, Ian Malone, Shelley Scarrow, Matt Schiller, and Brendon Yorke. The directors of photography are John Berrie and Mitchell T. Ness, and the directors are Stefan Brogren, Phil Earnshaw, Sturla Gunnarsson, Eleanore Lindo, Mitchell T. Ness, Samir Rehem, and Pat Williams.


A writer for AfterElton gave the summer block a positive review, saying that it "has easily been the best-written run of Degrassi episodes in several seasons."[5] At the 44th NAACP Image Awards, Degrassi was nominated for an award in "Outstanding Children's Program".[6] At the 1st Canadian Screen Awards director Phil Earnshaw received an award for "Best Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series" for the episode "Scream" Part Two.[7] In addition, Dylan Everett and Aislinn Paul were both nominated for "Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series" for their performances in "Rusty Cage" Part Two and "Waterfalls" Part Two respectively, also nominated were two performances from season 11,[8] and winner, and fellow Degrassi actress, Melinda Shankar for her performance in How to be Indie.[7]

Degrassi was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Drama Series category, alongside Grey's Anatomy, The L.A. Complex, True Blood, and winner Smash.[9][10] These awards, honour works that fairly and accurately represent the LGBT community and issues. At the 17th Annual PRISM Awards, Degrassi received an award in the Teen Program category for their portrayal of "drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction, as well as mental health issues".[11][12]


The first run, of 20 episodes, aired in July and August 2012, for a total of five weeks. Except for the fall finale, this season again aired episodes on the same nights in Canada and the United States. Three one-hour specials aired, the fall finale, another three weeks later, and the finale three weeks before season 13. The opening credits were revised twice this season, to reflect the changing cast, Sam Earle was removed in the 15th episode, and Dylan Everett was removed in the 33rd episode.

No. in
No. in
Title Canadian airdate US airdate Production code
1 278 "Come as You Are" Part One July 16, 2012 (2012-07-16) July 16, 2012 1201
With Katie back from rehab, Drew struggles with finding a way to break up with her. Meanwhile, Clare is confused about how Eli feels about her after their kiss last term. Also, after comments are made about her flat chest, Maya begins to feel self-conscious.
2 279 "Come as You Are" Part Two July 17, 2012 (2012-07-17) July 17, 2012 1202
While nursing a hangover, Drew doesn't understand why Katie thinks they’re back together. Meanwhile, Clare has to figure out a way to cancel her first date with Eli when she begins an important internship. Also, Maya begins to wear chicken cutlets and auditions for Mo's band.
3 280 "Walking on Broken Glass" Part One July 18, 2012 (2012-07-18) July 18, 2012 1203
Katie can't get over her heartache and decides to get revenge on Drew and Bianca. Meanwhile, Eli is forced to work with Becky Baker on the school play. Also, Tristan develops a crush on the new student Campbell Saunders and poses as Maya online to talk to him.
4 281 "Walking on Broken Glass" Part Two July 19, 2012 (2012-07-19) July 19, 2012 1204
Drew deals with his concussion symptoms while trying to win back Bianca. Meanwhile, Eli and Becky clash while casting Romeo and Juliet, but after learning of her religious beliefs, he finds a way to force her out. Also, Tristan tries out for the play and continues to pose as Maya online in order to talk to Campbell.
5 282 "Got Your Money" Part One July 23, 2012 (2012-07-23) July 23, 2012 1205
Zig has difficulty concealing his poverty when Tori makes a big deal of their four-month anniversary. Meanwhile, Dave has trouble adjusting to the idea of playing a gay Romeo in the school play. Also, Fiona returns to Degrassi, thrilled to see Imogen but unsure the feeling is mutual.
6 283 "Got Your Money" Part Two July 24, 2012 (2012-07-24) July 24, 2012 1206
Zig is put in a difficult position when it comes to impressing Tori and contemplates stealing again. Meanwhile, the anticipation for his first time with Alli is ruined when the hockey players make fun of Dave playing a gay character. Also, Fiona learns that Imogen may be questioning her sexuality.
7 284 "Say It Ain't So" Part One July 25, 2012 (2012-07-25) July 25, 2012 1207
Alli finds out that she can finish school a year early and get an exclusive place at MIT. However, she grows sick and questions if she's pregnant. Meanwhile, Jake decides to forego college and work for his father. Also, Campbell has trouble fitting in with the hockey team.
8 285 "Say It Ain't So" Part Two July 26, 2012 (2012-07-26) July 26, 2012 1208
Scared about the fact that she may be pregnant, Alli makes a big decision regarding her future. Meanwhile, Jake tries to construct a rooftop garden at Degrassi but finds it hard to do without his father. Campbell lashes out at Maya due to the stress that he is being put under.
9 286 "Closer to Free" Part One July 30, 2012 (2012-07-30) July 30, 2012 1209
Jenna is opposed to a friendship with Becky until she meets her attractive brother Luke. Meanwhile, Clare receives advice from Asher and is embarrassed when Connor and Adam post their comments on Twitter. Also, due to his concussion, Drew's schoolwork begins to suffer.
10 287 "Closer to Free" Part Two July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31) July 31, 2012 1210
Jenna gets baptized in order to be with Luke but soon realizes her intentions for doing so were a mistake. Meanwhile, Drew considers dropping out of school in order to work at the mall. Also, Clare is letting the Twitter trend affect her personal and professional lives.
11 288 "Waterfalls" Part One August 1, 2012 (2012-08-01) August 1, 2012 1211
Clare, who wants Asher's approval, pitches a story about the play. Meanwhile, when K.C.'s mother smothers him and his friends, he and Bianca decide to set her up with their teacher. Also, Maya and Campbell go on their first date with Katie as nuisance chaperon.
12 289 "Waterfalls" Part Two August 2, 2012 (2012-08-02) August 2, 2012 1212
Clare attempts to move past the fact that Asher kissed her and keep working with him until he inappropriately touches her. Meanwhile, K.C. and Bianca celebrate the success in their plan until he receives life-changing news. Also, Maya and Campbell's relationship is threatened.
13 290 "Rusty Cage" Part One August 6, 2012 (2012-08-06) August 6, 2012 1213
Campbell begins to feel the pressure of leading the hockey team to victory and skips practice to be with his friends. Meanwhile, K.C. contemplates giving his father a second chance after he is released from prison. Also, Fiona and Drew blame each other for the mess in the loft.
14 291 "Rusty Cage" Part Two August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07) August 7, 2012 1214

Campbell decides to get rid of the pressure and attention he gets from hockey by committing a dangerous act. Meanwhile, K.C. realizes his father is a bad influence on his mother and decides to cut ties with him for good. Also, Drew and Fiona attempt to move past their arguing.

Note: This marks the final appearance of Sam Earle.
15 292 "Never Ever" Part One August 8, 2012 (2012-08-08) August 8, 2012 1215
Imogen designs an elaborate set for the play and is forced to ask her estranged mother for money. Meanwhile, Becky interferes with the play's ticket sales by asking for donations to feed the homeless and butts heads with Adam. Also, Katie likes Jake but is convinced it's not mutual, and instead, Dallas catches her eye.
16 293 "Never Ever" Part Two August 9, 2012 (2012-08-09) August 9, 2012 1216
Imogen is in denial when her father is diagnosed with dementia while attempting to juggle completing the set, Fiona, and an overbearing mother. Meanwhile, Becky feels guilty and wants to connect with Adam, not knowing that he's transgender. Katie and Jake become a couple, which doesn't sit well with Dallas.
17 294 "Sabotage" Part One August 13, 2012 (2012-08-13) August 13, 2012 1217
Clare continues to avoid telling anyone the truth about her internship and makes enemies with the Ice Hounds when she writes a nasty article about them. Meanwhile, Dave enters a contest with Tori and Tristan to win a role on "Westdrive." Also, Drew feels left out and spends money to impress his friends.
18 295 "Sabotage" Part Two August 14, 2012 (2012-08-14) August 14, 2012 1218
Eli convinces Fiona to organize a surprise 17th birthday for Clare and discovers she's keeping a secret. Meanwhile, Dave feels that he and Alli aren't considering each other first and makes a decision about their relationship. Also, Drew's mother wants him to return home and go to school, but he has other plans.
19 296 "Scream" Part One August 15, 2012 (2012-08-15) August 15, 2012 1219
Eli has to juggle opening night, fighting off Dallas, the Bakers, and a group of parents set on stopping the play while also seeking revenge for Clare. Meanwhile, Tristan wants to find someone to be his first kiss in the next 24 hours before the play opens. Also, Becky can't accept the fact that Adam is transgender.
20 297 "Scream" Part Two August 16, 2012 (2012-08-16) August 16, 2012 1220
Tristan is nowhere to be found on the opening night of the school play. Meanwhile, Clare, along with Katie, concoct a plan to get revenge on Asher by planting nude photos of her on his computer. Also, Becky feels guilty for her actions and tries to earn Adam's forgiveness.
21 298 "Building a Mystery" Part One October 12, 2012 (2012-10-12) October 12, 2012 1221
Becky begins to fall for Adam and worries about how her conservative parents will react. Meanwhile, Eli struggles to make a two-minute production for a school project and smokes marijuana after learning Jake has taken it up. Also, Bianca doesn't know how to tell Audra that she and Drew are engaged.
22 299 "Building a Mystery" Part Two October 19, 2012 (2012-10-19) October 19, 2012 1222
Becky decides to tell her parents that Adam is transgender but realizes that she may also not be ready to accept the truth. Meanwhile, after coming off the high, Eli realizes that his film is terrible, and Clare helps him make a new film. Also, Bianca wants Audra to accept the fact that she and Drew are getting married.
23 300 "Doll Parts" Part One October 26, 2012 (2012-10-26) October 26, 2012 1223

Maya feels unappreciated by her boyfriend and her band, so Tori gives her a pageant-style makeover. Meanwhile, Marisol thinks Mo, her boyfriend, is hiding something from her and finds syringes in his bag. Also, Adam tries out for the boys volleyball team but needs to convince his mother to give him permission.

Guest star: Ben Mulroney as himself.

Note: This is the 300th episode in "The Next Generation" series, and the number 300 was said in dialogue three times.[13]
24 301 "Doll Parts" Part Two November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02) November 2, 2012 1224

Tori and Maya become enemies as they compete against each other in a beauty pageant and Maya goes after Zig. Meanwhile, Marisol accuses Mo of being a drug addict when, in actuality, he is hiding his diabetes from her. Also, Adam's nose gets broken in volleyball practice, and he attempts to keep it from his mother.

Guest star: Ben Mulroney as himself.
25 302 "I Want It That Way" Part One November 9, 2012 (2012-11-09) November 9, 2012 1225
Alli, who is extremely stressed with her school work and her tutor sessions with Campbell, decides to have a little fun. Meanwhile, to be the lead in Eli's latest film and to catch the eye of Fab, Tristan decides to go on a cleanse with Tori to lose weight. Also, Imogen's mother disapproves of Fiona.
26 303 "I Want It That Way" Part Two November 16, 2012 (2012-11-16) November 16, 2012 1226

Alli convinces Dallas to give her pills in order to stay awake, but they soon threaten her health and relationships. Meanwhile, Tristan becomes obsessed with losing weight, which could lead to deadly consequences. Also, Fiona bonds with Imogen's mother more than Imogen does.

Note: This episode features a reference to Drake, the second time in the series, and the third time that a former Degrassi actor is referred to in the Degrassi universe. The first being Shenae Grimes in Degrassi Goes Hollywood, and the second being Drake in Degrassi Takes Manhattan.
27 304 "Tonight, Tonight" Part One November 23, 2012 (2012-11-23) November 20, 2012 1227

Whisperhug have made the finals of the Battle of the Bands, and Adam catches the eye of the lead singer of another band. Meanwhile, still reeling from the kiss, Maya attempts to get Zig interested in Tori again. Also, Clare feels like there is a double standard at home in regard to what she and Jake are allowed to do.

Note: This is the 400th episode in the Degrassi franchise.
28 305 "Tonight, Tonight" Part Two November 23, 2012 (2012-11-23) November 20, 2012 1228

As WhisperHug prepare for the band competition, things get messy between Adam and Missy. Meanwhile, Zig tells Maya that he wants to break up with Tori in order for them to be together. Also, when Jake receives no punishment for smoking weed, Clare decides to arrange a family meeting.

Guest stars: Chaz Bono and Lauren Toyota as themselves.
29—30 306—307 "Degrassi: Las Vegas" December 14, 2012 (2012-12-14) December 14, 2012 1229 & 1230

Drew and Bianca fly to Las Vegas, along with Adam, Fiona, and Imogen, to elope. Meanwhile, Katie gets accepted into Stanford but finds out that her family can't afford to send her there. With their spring break trip to Puerto Vallarta cancelled, she, Marisol, Jake, and Mo go to Las Vegas instead, where she plans to win her tuition. They run into the others, who invite them to the wedding. Drew begins to have second thoughts about getting married. Also, Katie gambles at a blackjack table and loses all of her parents' savings. She meets FaceRange creator Darrin Howe who will give her money if she sleeps with him.

Guest stars: Hedley as themselves, and Erik Knudsen as Darrin Howe, inventor of FaceRange, Facebook in the Degrassi universe

Note: This is a Las Vegas themed one-hour special, and airs as "Lovefool" in half-hour syndication. It may also be referred to as "Viva Las Vegas".[14]
31 308 "Bitter Sweet Symphony" Part One February 15, 2013 (2013-02-15) February 15, 2013 1231
Campbell is reluctant to go back to school and grows insecure about his romance with Maya when Zig becomes a threat. Meanwhile, Dallas makes it his mission to win a date with Alli. Also, after Clare moves into Eli's locker, Eli reads Clare's diary and becomes jealous when he sees intimate details about Jake.
32 309 "Bitter Sweet Symphony" Part Two February 22, 2013 (2013-02-22) February 22, 2013 1232
The school reacts differently when Campbell commits suicide in the school garden. Everyone worries about Maya, who seems to be the only person unaffected by what happened. Dallas blames himself for Campbell's death and lashes out at Alli. Eli has trouble coming to terms with seeing Campbell's dead body.
33 310 "Ray of Light" Part One March 1, 2013 (2013-03-01) March 1, 2013 1233
Eli has nightmares about Campbell, and tries to forget what he saw in the garden, burying himself in video making. Meanwhile, Jenna tries to prove Luke wrong about Connor but regrets it when Connor asks her out. Also, recovering from the events in Las Vegas, Katie hangs out with Maya's friends.
34 311 "Ray of Light" Part Two March 8, 2013 (2013-03-08) March 8, 2013 1234
Eli tells Clare he took MDMA at the paint party, which causes her to worry more about him, thinking he needs to talk through his issues. Meanwhile, Jenna is embarrassed by her relationship with Connor when her friends begin making comments. Also, Katie tries to win Jake back by getting the garden reopened.
35 312 "Karma Police" Part One March 15, 2013 (2013-03-15) March 15, 2013 1235
When Drew moves out of Fiona's loft, Fiona gets a job and discovers the joys of Tweeting. She later comes across a burglar in her home. Meanwhile, Zig is tired of everyone talking about Campbell and acts out in French class. Also, Dallas finally gets Alli to go out with him but hides the fact that he has a child.
36 313 "Karma Police" Part Two March 22, 2013 (2013-03-22) March 22, 2013 1236
Fiona resorts to extreme measures to feel secure and decides to get a gun. She later endangers herself in the process. Meanwhile, Zig is forced to confront his demons about all the bad things he has done so far. Also, Dallas tries to prevent Alli from finding out about his son while dealing with his son's mother.
37 314 "Zombie" Part One March 29, 2013 (2013-03-29) March 29, 2013 1237
After being rejected by Zig, Maya tries to shed her good-girl reputation by dressing provocatively and acting wildly at Drew's senior party. Meanwhile, Drew decides to run for student council president and is up against Clare. Also, Connor is tired of Alli taking his time away with Jenna and attempts to set her up with Eli.
38 315 "Zombie" Part Two April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05) April 5, 2013 1238
After posting her make out session with Harry online, Maya has to deal with the consequences of her actions and finally confront her true feelings about Campbell's death. Meanwhile, Drew thinks he isn't cut out to be student council president. Also, Connor wants Eli to get back together with Clare.
39–40 316–317 "Degrassi: The Time of My Life" June 21, 2013 (2013-06-21) June 21, 2013 1239 & 1240

With prom and graduation on the horizon for the Degrassi graduates, Imogen soon finds out that she failed all of her classes and will unfortunately have to repeat her senior year. Meanwhile, when Fiona is offered an internship in Italy, Imogen does everything in her power to make sure Fiona stays in town. Also, with Eli pursuing her relentlessly, Clare finds a lump on her back and grows scared of the fact that she may have cancer. And Mo thinks his friendship with Jake will end right after graduation and wants to lock down a bromance before the summer but by doing so jeopardizes his relationship with Marisol.

Note: This is a one-hour graduation special, and airs as "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" in half-hour syndication.

DVD release[edit]

Complete 12th Season
Degrassi Complete Season 12 DVD Set details[15] Special features[15]
  • Back to Degrassi
  • New Kids on the Block
  • Shooting the Opening Sequence
  • 300th Episode Celebration
  • A Day with the Ice Hounds
  • Goodbye Uniforms
  • Inside Fiona's Birthday Brawl
  • Say Cheese – Photoshoot with Demetrius, Vanessa and Justice
  • The Making of Romeo & Jules
  • Bloopers
  • The Inside Look – Bitter Sweet Symphony
  • The Table Read – Bitter Sweet Symphony
  • Graduation Day
  • Prom Night
  • The One and Only – Dylan Everett
  • Eli's Short Film – LIFE
  • Eli's Short Film – NYU Portfolio
  • Video yearbook
  • Commentary
Release dates
CanadaUnited States Region 1
October 29, 2013


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