“Bitter Sweet Symphony (2)”
Season 12, Episode 32
February 22, 2013
February 22, 2013
Eli finds Clare and manages to win her forgiveness. As they walk past the greenhouse, Eli finds a horrifying sight and quickly pulls Clare away to tell her to call 911. In front of the school as Dallas, Katie, and Maya are talking about Cam and his odd behavior in the past days, a number of emergency personnel drive by. Madame Jean-Aux insists that Maya and Katie go to see Principal Simpson. In his office, Snake reveals that Cam has passed away via suicide.
Everyone in the school reacts differently: Tori and Tristan both collapse into tears upon hearing the news; Katie is supportive of her sister, as is Tori, who wants to help, but Maya coldly rebuffs them and insists on preparing for her music tryout that afternoon. Dallas is inconsolable, feeling terribly about how he treated his teammate. He ends up exploding, tossing a garbage can at a display.
Alli attempts to comfort him only to be rejected due to her prior knowledge of Cam's issues. Dave asks Eli what it was like to find Cam and tries to offer suggestions on how to move past it based on his dad's experiences in dealing with bodies. Eli reveals that he can't just forget what he saw so easily.
The student council tries to figure out ways they can help while reflecting on the suicide in their own ways. After Fiona breaks the news that Spirit Week is cancelled, Marisol insists that they hold a vigil in memory of Cam, Mo attempts to joke to lighten the mood and quickly stops when he realizes that his attempts are not helping; Fiona is sympathetic towards the situation. Connor doesn't understand why the entire school is taking pause while Becky insists that the suicide was a selfish act and earns scorn from the council.
Zig feels incredibly guilty for his comments towards Cam and can't understand why Maya is acting so indifferent. Eli breaks down in the hallway and then retreats to smoke marijuana with Jake, hinting that the death has affected him far more than he's let on. Jake solemnly reveals that if Eli and Clare had not found Cam in the greenhouse, he most likely would have.
Marisol offers Maya the position of speaking at the vigil; Maya begrudgingly accepts. On the roof, Dallas gets drunk and nearly commits suicide out of guilt for what he feels is his role in Cam's death. Fiona manages to convince him not to jump and to seek counseling. At the vigil, Maya snaps. She tells everyone that she will not cry or light a candle and that she blames Cam for his decision and unwillingness to ask for help before storming off.
The next day, Tori approaches Maya again, with Maya finally breaking down in her best friend's arms. Dallas also apologizes to Alli for his actions the day before and acknowledges Fiona as the friend who convinced him to speak to someone.
The episode finishes with Maya briefly pulling Hoot out of her backpack, smiling at it for a moment and then walking to class.
- The title of this episode is named after the song "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve.
- After this episode, MuchMusic will air a half-hour special, Much Talks: Degrassi, to help viewers process the impact of the episode. The special will feature cast members along with a panel of experts.
- This episode marks Degrassi/Degrassi: The Next Generation's first suicide by a main character. And second overall after Showtime (1).
- This episode marks the third, on campus, death of the Degrassi Franchise and second in Degrassi/Degrassi: The Next Generation.
- This was the second time a Degrassi student found the body of one of their peers on campus after they committed suicide. The first was Archie Simpson who discovered Claude Tanner in a bathroom stall with his face blown off from shooting himself, and the second (in this episode) was Eli Goldsworthy who discovered Campbell Saunders in the greenhouse.
- Maya was the last person Cam texted, Alli was the last person Cam talked to in person as a friend, Zig was the last to speak to Cam, Dallas was the last to yell at Cam, and Eli was the first to find Cam's body after his death.
- All of the reactions seen regarding Cam's suicide are natural ways that people deal with death in real life: Numbness (Maya), Sadness (Alli, Tristan, Tori), Comedy (Mo), Sympathy (Marisol, Fiona), Wondering (Jake), Helpfulness (Tori, Katie), Guilt (Zig, Dallas), Curiosity (Dave, Connor), Anger (Becky), Relatable (Simpson), and Denial (Eli).
- Jordan Todosey was at the table read even though Adam wasn't in the episode.
- Tufford Kennedy (Bullfrog Goldsworthy) is credited for this episode despite not actually appearing.
Regular Cast (Ordered Alphabetically)
- Shanice Banton as Marisol Lewis
- Stefan Brogren as Archie Simpson
- Munro Chambers as Eli Goldsworthy
- Annie Clark as Fiona Coyne
- Dylan Everett as Campbell Saunders (past footage)
- Sarah Fisher as Becky Baker
- Jahmil French as Dave Turner
- Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak
- Demetrius Joyette as Mike Dallas
- Justin Kelly as Jake Martin
- Jacob Neayem as Mo Mashkour
- Lyle O'Donohoe as Tristan Milligan
- Aislinn Paul as Clare Edwards
- Cristine Prosperi as Imogen Moreno
- Chloe Rose as Katie Matlin
- AJ Saudin as Connor DeLaurier
- Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin
- Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari
- Alex Steele as Tori Santamaria
- Jessica Tyler as Jenna Middleton
- Allison Hossack as Dr. Tara
- (Maya at the candle light vigil) "This is so stupid... is so stupid!... Cam doesn't deserve a candle light vigil, he made a choice. It was the wrong one... But us standing here, feeling sad like this, everyone blaming themselves feeling guilty! It's no one's fault - I mean, it's his fault!"
- (Katie to Maya) "Maya, he was sick..."
(Maya to Katie) "He should have fought."
(Katie to Maya) "He was really sick."
(Maya) "He should have fought harder! Or found someone to help - I would have helped him; but he didn't give me the chance. Cam had so many reasons to stay, but instead he just checked out, well fine... But I'm not lighting any candles. And I won't cry, I won't..."
- Dallas: "I'm so messed up. I thought about jumping."
Fiona: "But you didn't."
Dallas: "It's my fault Cam did it. I know how hard it is to be away from home, and he hated hockey, but I didn't care. I still pushed! I should have been easier on him. No one would miss me."
- Fiona: "There must be someone you should stick around for."
Dallas: "Yeah, there is."
- Jake: "Hey, you know if you hadn't found Cam, it probably would have been me, so thanks for that."
Eli: "You are welcome, good sir."
Jake: "Thanks. Is my garden going to be haunted now?"
Eli: "Nah. Just me."
- Alli: "Spirit Week is back on?"
Dallas: "Fiona convinced Simpson it'd be a good way to get the school back on track."
Alli: "Are you still planning on winning, Mike?"
Dallas: "All I can do is try."
- Archie Simpson: "I'm very sorry to have to tell you this Maya... Campbell Saunders is dead."
Katie: "Oh my god.. Oh my god.."
Mr. Simpson: "It appears that he committed suicide in the green house overnight. A student found him about a hour ago."
- Becky: "So the whole student body has to suffer because of what one kid decided to do?!"
Becky: "I'm sorry, but suicide is selfish. Didn't he think about his family and his friends?"
- Alli: "Dallas! It's going to be okay!"
Dallas: "What?! It's going to be okay?!"
Alli: "I don't.. I don't know what to say!"
Dallas: "Say it's our fault! Say we failed him -- you and me!"
Dallas: "You knew he had problems. He was crying, he was upset! Why didn't you do something? You should have done something! YOU DID NOTHING!"
- Announcement: As the news spreads about Campbell, please let your friends know that there's a team of counselors here to help the school through this difficult time. There's no right way to respond to a suicide. Some of you might feel sadness, grief, anger, guilt, others may be less affected. All of these emotions are completely normal. But no matter how you feel, the best thing that you can do is stay open. Talk to your parents and your teachers and your friends. And more importantly, listen, listen to what others have to say. Just know that you're not alone.
- "Star in You" by Wanting - Heard when Maya and Tori rekindle their friendship.
- "The Earth Prelude" by Ludovico Einaudi - Heard when Maya plays the cello.