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“Back In Black”
Season 4, Episode 9
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Can. Airdate

October 19, 2004

U.S. Airdate

December 17, 2004

Prod. Code



Aaron Martin
Miklos Perlus


Ron Murphy

Episode Guide

Time Stands Still (2)


Neutron Dance

Back In Black is the ninth episode of Season 4 of the Canadian television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation. It originally aired on October 19, 2004 on CTV Television and on December 17, 2004 on The N. The episode shares its title with the song by AC/DC.

Extended Overview

Sean is tired of being treated like a hero when he sees his mother on the news doing an interview.

He, Ellie Nash, Emma Nelson and Jay Hogart all go to visit Wasaga Beach to see Sean's parents. In the end, Sean moves back to Wasaga with his parents, leaving Ellie heartbroken.

Meanwhile, Toby is rejected by J.T. and Danny for being friends with Rick.

Then, Manny tells J.T. off, telling him he "out-geeks them all" and that he "just can't be the bigger man." This causes J.T. to rethink his words, and then apologizes to Toby for how he treated him.

In the end, J.T. attends Rick's funeral, along with Manny and Toby.

  • Many flashbacks take place from the incident with Rick in this episode and from Season 4.
  • This isn't the last appearance of Sean. He comes back in Season 6, but doesn't date Ellie again. Instead, he sets his sights on his old girlfriend, Emma, when she is going out with Peter Stone.
  • This episode is named after the song "Back in Black " by AC/DC.
  • The scene where Sean looks sad as his friends leave is one of the clips used in Daniel Clark's video montage in the Season 6 opening credits.
  • This episode marks the end of Ellie and Sean's relationship.

  • (Sean): "The gun went off and I was covered in a warm liquid. I thought I pissed myself until I realized that I was drenched in Rick's blood."

  • "Not So Useless" by Latefallen - Heard when Sean rides out into the water, and tries to drown himself.
  • "America U.S.A. Ok Allright" by Supergarage
  • "Do You Think Of Me" by Hey Stella
  • "Sometimes A Man's Gotta Do What A Man's Gotta Do (Too Late)" by Supergarage
  • "Sweet Confusion" by By Divine Right

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