"Actually, I'd like to answer that. That was my only experience, and I certainly would not have chosen to lose MY virginity upstairs at a house party with a guy I've known for an hour!"
— Paige during her case.

Ghost in the Machine (1) is the first-part to the season premiere of Season 4 of Degrassi: The Next Generation. It originally aired on September 7, 2004 on CTV Television and on October 1, 2004 on The N. The episode was written by story editors James Hurst and Shelley Scarrow and directed by Phil Earnshaw. The episode shares its title with the song by Sadistik.

Main Plot

After two years of her waiting, Paige's rape case comes to trial, and she's committed to testifying against Dean, and making sure justice prevails. She falls into a deep fear and begins to develop fear of human contact, especially sexual contact, causing her relationship with Spinner to go on the rocks. Eventually she decides that the case is too much for her to handle and she nearly ends it. This aggravates Spinner, causing him to break up with her. 


She then decides that it is time to put away her fears and testify against the man who raped her.

During the case, she is grilled with questions about her sexual interactions by Dean's lawyer, who goes as far as to ask how many men she had slept with.


Although Paige's lawyer objects to these questions, Paige answers that she had only been with Dean, and would have never given up her virginity to him, specifically because of her then-young age and the fact that she knew him for only about an hour. Although her testimony was good, the lack of evidence causes the Judge to find Dean not guilty, albeit reluctantly.

Sub Plot

For his 16th birthday, Craig inherits $10,000 after his father's death and Ashley knows 10,000 ways to spend it. Unfortunately, it turns out that Joey had plans for that money, which hurts Craig, who now believes that Joey only sees him as a bank.