"Do you like girls... at ALL?"
Ellie to Marco

“Careless Whisper”
Season 2, Episode 14
Can. Airdate

January 3, 2003

U.S. Airdate

January 13, 2003

Prod. Code



Aaron Martin (story)
Craig Cornell (story)
Aaron Martin (teleplay)


Laurie Lynd

Episode Guide

White Wedding (2)


Hot for Teacher

Careless Whisper is the fourteenth episode of Season 2 of the Canadian television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Main Plot

Marco's been acting very strange, and Ellie wants to know how to help him. But Marco's convinced that his secrets will drive her away and all of his friends, too. He may be in for a surprise.

Sub Plot

Toby and Kendra seem to be having 'marital problems'; Toby doesn't know when to chill out and stop being so clingy. Somebody is going to have a conversation about space and relationships.

  • This episode is named after the song "Careless Whisper" by George Michael.
  • Marco is revealed to be gay in this episode, but he does not officially come out until How Soon is Now?.
  • Marco and Ellie each have their first kiss in this episode.

  • Spinner: "Hey, Marcy don't forget your 'fem care.'"
    Marco: "Shut up."
    Spinner: "What, distracted by Dr. Sally's advice on boy-on-boy love?"
    Marco: "Spinner, shut up! Okay?"
    Spinner: "Um, it was a joke dude."
    Jimmy: "Just tune him out. He's just trying to get you started."
    Marco: "I hate fags, okay? What they do makes me sick..."
    Jimmy: "...hey Marco..."
    Marco: " just quit it! I mean like yesterday okay?"
  • Ellie: "Are we just...friends?"
    Marco: "Ellie, I like you... a lot. And I mean you like me too, right? (Ellie nods) So let's go out, like on a real date."
    Ellie: "You're serious?"
    Marco: "Yeah...totally."
    (Ellie hugs him)