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"Ash, have you been drinking?"
"No, A, B, C, D... E"
— Jimmy arrives and finds Ashley high.

“Jagged Little Pill”
Season 1, Episode 15
115 002
Can. Airdate

March 3, 2002

U.S. Airdate

October 21, 2002

Prod. Code



James Hurst (story)
Aaron Martin (story & teleplay)


Bruce McDonald

Episode Guide

Under Pressure


When Doves Cry (1)

Jagged Little Pill is the fifteenth episode and finale of Season 1 of Degrassi: The Next Generation. It aired on March 3, 2002 in Canada, and on October 21, 2002 in the United States.

Main Plot

Ashley and Toby's parents are going away for a bit and allow them both to invite one friend over each. However, both of them end up inviting more than one friend. Ashley then invites Paige, Terri, and Hazel. Toby invites J.T. and Sean in order to get Manny and Emma to come over. When J.T. brings ecstasy that he bought from his cousin, Sean takes it downstairs into the kitchen to 'cut it' but instead switches the pill with a vitamin, giving the real pill to Ashley to throw away. However, Ashley, who was told by Paige to be more cool, decides to take the drug.

Ashley taking the Ecstasy pill.

Soon, Jimmy and Spinner (with a watermelon) come over with a few other people. When Emma sees Sean, she leaves the party, prompting Sean to cry at the top of the staircase. When Ashley sees him crying, she leads him into her room where they begin making out. Jimmy walks up the stairs just in time to see Sean leaving Ashley's room and she walks out, her hair and clothes clearly disheveled. They go downstairs where they get into an argument in front of everyone and as she insults Jimmy more and more, Paige calls Ashley a hag, and Ashley tells her that she is the hag - in appearance and personality. Everyone begins to leave, leaving Ashley alone with Terri and Toby.

It cuts to a scene of them recapping the party in the torn-up house the next day, and Spinner comes by to drop off Jimmy's things, saying it's over. The episode ends with Ashley slumping down the wall, crying. Toby and Terri try to comfort her.

  • This episode shares its title with an album by Alanis Morissette, who later played herself in Goin' Down the Road (1).
  • This marks the end of Ashley's popularity, as all of her friends (except Terri) turn on her.
  • This also marks the end of Ashley and Jimmy's second relationship.
  • On The N, this episode was held over to Season 2, and combined with Karma Chameleon.
  • Spinner brings a watermelon to the party.
  • Spinner win's Mrs. Kwan's Most Unforgettable Student award, while Ashley wins the award of Student of All Students.
  • Ashley and Sean make out.
  • Emma and Sean both cry over their breakup in the previous episode.
  • This is the only episode in the series where a party was held and attended by literally every student character who was credited as a regular.
  • The N refused to air this episode, until further edits were made.

  • After their break up in Under Pressure, Emma is still angry with Sean for pushing her, and acts hostile toward him.
  • J.T. winks at Paige, displaying his ongoing infatuation with her.
  • Paige mentions how Sean has become a "total babe" since his fight with Jimmy in Under Pressure.
  • In Ashley's room, a poster from her presidential campaign during Family Politics is hanging on the wall.
  • While on ecstasy, Ashley tells Jimmy that she should have broken up with him on his birthday, her original plan she was considering in Coming of Age.

  • J.T.: "Ecstasy is the love drug, right? There's a whole room of girls down there needin' some love."
  • J.T.: "Toby, I'm floating on a fluffy, white cloud. Can't you feel it? How can you not feel it?"
  • J.T.: "Girls, say hello to your destiny."
  • Ashley: "Liberty! I didn't invite you! How did you know?! Was I sending out psychic vibrations?"
  • Ashley: "Get down, Liber-tay!"
  • Ashley: "I'm going upstairs. I'll drink some water... from the toilet."
  • Sean: "I just thought Emma was so different."
    Ashley: "Why? She's just like Jimmy. She only sees..."
    Sean: "What she wants to see."
    Ashley: "Exactly. Sean, don't cry! Don't cry!"
  • Jimmy: "There you are, Mr. Drug Dealer."
    Toby: "What?" Jimmy: "Don't you know that E leads to harder things? Like my fists?"
  • Toby: "What do you care if I did E?"
    Jimmy: "'cause you didn't. Ashley did. She said she got it from you."
  • Paige: "Ash, would you just stop being such a hag already?"
    Ashley: "Paige, you are a hag on two fronts: your looks and your personality."
  • Terri: "Ash, Paige won't talk to you. Do you really think Jimmy will?"
  • Manny: "Guys, this is gonna be great. A real party. But if my dad finds out I'm here, I'm going to grounded until my wedding day".

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