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"In the horror movies, bad stuff happen to people who go out of the woods. And considering you're the skanky bitch in this die first."
— Bianca to Alli

“Nowhere to Run”
Season 11, Episode 30-31
Jake & Alli Kissing & Clare & Bianca Watching
Can. Airdate

October 24, 2011

U.S. Airdate

November 18, 2011

Prod. Code



Michael Grassi


Pat Williams

Episode Guide

Dead and Gone (2)


Underneath It All

Nowhere to Run are the thirtieth and thirty-first episodes of Season 11 of Degrassi. It aired as a hour-long special, and the mid-season Halloween special on MuchMusic on October 24, 2011 and November 18, 2011 on TeenNick.

Main Plot

After the wedding between Glen Martin and Helen Edwards, Jake begins to believe his feelings for Clare are unrequited and escapes to his cabin with some friends, hoping one last summer bash will help him move on. Alli, one of the invited guests, is devastated when she discovers that Dave had sex with another girl while she was away at Science camp, although he states that he ended things with the other girl.

After everyone leaves for the party, Clare gets a phone call from Bianca, who is looking to get a hold of Drew so that she and Adam can find a missing XBox controller. She tells Clare about the cabin party, and eventually decides that the two will crash the party. The two arrive just in time to catch Jake and Alli sharing a kiss. Clare, heartbroken and betrayed, runs away into the woods once the power in the Cabin goes out and Jake and Drew leave the cabin in search of Clare.

The boys become increasingly scared after finding Clare's bloody headband, not knowing that the blood was a result of Clare tripping and cutting her hand. After being missing for a few hours, Clare is found by Eli, who was invited to the party but came late because he had to take a bus and bike his way to the cabin. He explains that he arrived at the cabin only to find a terrified Alli and Bianca, who told him that Clare was missing in the woods. The two share a brief moment before Jake and Drew find them and bring both of them back to the cabin. Jake and Clare finally talk, and Clare reveals that she had thought about kissing Eli to get back at Jake for kissing Alli.

Jake reveals that Alli was the one that kissed him first and that he regrets kissing her back more than anything. They realize they both have feelings for each other even though their parents are married and Clare and Jake will now live in the same house, but finally accept those feelings and rekindle their relationship.

Sub Plot

Katie returns from her soccer tournament to find that Bianca spent the summer getting close to Drew’s family. She is convinced that Bianca wants to steal Drew, and becomes even more paranoid when Bianca arrives at the cabin with Clare. Throughout the night, the girls are throwing insults at one another. When Katie goes into an outside shed to stay with Marisol while she smokes some weed that she found in Jake's couch, she starts venting to Marisol about her feelings regarding Bianca.

As Marisol fills the shed with the smoke from her joint, Katie starts to get high from the secondhand smoke and becomes even more paranoid, although she was just giggly at first. The girls realize that the shed door was locked from the outside, Katie is convinced that it's Bianca trying to get Katie out of the way so that she can make her move on Drew. Katie finally decides to force her way out of the shed and finds a chainsaw on the wall. She cuts down the door and the girls run screaming out of the shed.

Katie confronts Bianca about her jealousy and paranoia, and Bianca makes fun of her before revealing that she locked the shed door as a prank when she went outside to roast marshmallows at the fire. Katie keeps yelling at Bianca until finally, Bianca tells her that she has no intention of stealing Drew and that Katie clearly doesn't trust him if she can't stand the thought of another girl being friends with him. Katie realizes that she cannot allow her jealousy to get the best of her and tells Drew to walk Bianca alone to her broken down car in the woods the next morning, finally trusting him.

Third Plot

Jake tells a frightening story about the murderous previous owners of the cabin, and no one is scared as much as Marisol. A prank pulled by Katie and Drew only serve to frighten her even more to the point where she is convinced that Clare is going to be murdered and that Drew and Jake will be attacked as well. She finds weed in the sofa and decides to smoke it when Katie says that she'll make Marisol some herbal tea to calm her down. Katie goes with Marisol to a shed outside to make sure she's okay while smoking, but gets high from the secondhand smoke. The girls realize when they want to leave that the shed is locked from the outside and that they're trapped.

Unable to get out, the girls attempt to dig a hole underneath the door with a garden shovel but end up finding an old, buried box containing the rings of the previous owners, and are horrified, believing that it's a sign Jake's story was real. Katie finds a chainsaw on the wall and cuts down the door, only to discover that Bianca had been the one to lock the tool shed door as a prank. When everyone returns safely to the cabin, Marisol spots someone in the woods and screams, though nobody believes her at first. Drew and Eli look outside and see someone approaching the cabin and picking up the chainsaw that Katie left on the ground. They scream and everyone calls for Jake. He comes into the living room and tries to keep everyone calm, although he is afraid as well, and grabs an axe.

The group huddles together in fear as Jake unlocks the door. The door opens and everyone screams again, only to find that it's Jake's father and Clare's mother, who returned early from their honeymoon and came up to the cabin when they hear that Jake had decided to throw a party. Jake asks his father about the story and the rings, and his father says that he found the rings when he bought the cabin and decided to bury them under the toolshed. His father then tells the kids that they have to fix his door before they return to the city, and they all go outside to fix it, finally calm knowing that the parents are with them.

  • The title of this episode is named after the song "Nowhere To Run" by KISS.
  • This is the first time since Breakaway (2) that the Canadian viewers get to see the episode before the American viewers.
  • This episode is the fourth to take place during Summer Vacation. The prior three were School's Out!, Mother and Child Reunion, and Degrassi Takes Manhattan while the next one was Summertime.
  • This episode marks the first time in Degrassi history that stepsiblings have been in a relationship.
  • Now or Never episodes will be played back-to-back leading up to the premiere of Nowhere to Run on TeenNick.
  • Darcy wasn't seen or mentioned in this episode, even though it was her mother's wedding, although there was deleted scene where it is mentioned that Darcy sent her mother a fertility statue.
  • Jake and Alli kiss in this episode.
  • Eli finds Clare in the woods before Jake and Drew.
  • This episode contained a lot of foreshadowing and set up many plots such as:
    • There was a bag of marijuana in Jake's couch, Marisol finds it and smokes it with Katie in the shed. This foreshadows the later revealed fact that Jake is a regular pot smoker, and also foreshadows that Katie will later develop a drug problem.
    • Dave mentions to Alli that he cheated on her with a girl over the summer, without mentioning Jacinta's name. This sets up the plot for the Dave-Alli-Jacinta Love Triangle.
    • Eli is seen riding his bike and being in the outdoors, like his therapist suggested in an earlier episode. This foreshadows his more controlled and happy behavior in Season 11.5.
    • Clare is shown growing jealous of any girl who talks to Jake, and even chooses her relationship with her step-brother over her friendship with best-friend after a confused Alli kisses him. This sets up the plot for Clare to become obsessive with Jake and enemies with Alli and Jenna.
    • This episode is the first time Bianca and Katie directly discuss their hatred for each other over their feelings for Drew. Katie begins letting her guard down and trusting Drew with Bianca - setting up the plot of the Drew-Bianca-Katie Love Triangle.

  • Bianca (To Alli): "In the horror movies, bad stuff happen to people who go out of the woods. And considering you're the skanky bitch in this die first."
  • Bianca (To Clare about Jake): "Please girl. You love your step-brother."
  • Bianca: "Oh my God! He’s outside! He wants to kill us...or kidnap a virgin! Clare, Katie, sacrifice yourselves!"
  • Marisol: "You think this is funny? You didn’t hear what Jake told us! There’s someone out there, a murderer, and he walks at night with a fire poker!"
  • Clare: "Jake? Alli?" Bianca: "Now that's just wrong."
  • Marisol: "Ugh, kill me now." Drew: "Hey. Don't mind if I do."
  • Bianca (To Katie): "If you can’t trust Drew in a room with another girl, you’ll never last. Good luck with your relationship, honey. Real stable."
  • Katie (To Marisol): "You want to smoke something you found in a couch?" Bianca: "Looks legit. Try it."
  • Katie (To Marisol about Bianca): "Starts with B and rhymes with... actually it doesn't rhyme with anything... sucks for her!"
  • Jake: "Alli kissed me." Clare: "Really?" Jake: "Yeah. Kissing her back was the stupidest thing I've ever done."
  • Marisol: "There's something in the woods!!" Drew: "Could someone please sedate her?"
  • Jake: "Everyone stay calm." Drew: "Calm? Then why do you have an axe man?"
  • Katie: "Clare still mad at you?" Alli: "Leave it to me to lose Dave and my best friend in less than 24 hours. (Sarcastically): Back to school's gonna be so fun."
  • Marisol: (To Katie & Alli): "The bus is leaving this hell hole. Let's go."
  • Jake: "Hey. Feel better after the shower?" Clare: "Much. Are you eating my face?" Jake: "Only if you let me." Clare: "Gross." Both: (Laugh)
  • Bianca (About Clare): "The girl came all the way up here for her step-brother. Then found him kissing Bhandari."
  • Drew (To Katie): "We've been watching a lot of horror movies."
    Bianca: "(Laughs): Yeah. When you're not hiding under a blanket."
    Drew: (Laughs)
  • Eli: (To Clare): "Stop... you're overwhelming me with details."
  • Clare: (To Eli): "Is it weird to be glad you were the one to find me?"
  • Jake: (About Clare): "Eli, you found her."
    Eli: "I did."
  • Alli: "So you have murderers with fire pokers and wolves. Anything else?"
    Jake: "Oh. No, there are a few coyotes too."
  • Bianca: "Don't answer it."
    Alli: "What if it's Clare and Jake?"
  • Bianca: (About Clare ignoring and glaring at Alli): "Someone's frosty."
  • Alli: (To Bianca): "Excuse me? This coming fom Boiler Room Bianca ring a bell? you and Drew, my boyfriend at the time?"
  • Jake: (To Alli about Hooking-Up with someone over the Summer when he was away from Clare): "I thought about it. Even though we were broken up, it still felt like it'd be cheating."
  • Alli: "What was that?"
    Jake: "Ah, probably just a wolf."
    Alli: "A wolf? You can't just shrug and say 'wolf'."
    Jake: "(Laughs): Sorry."
  • Jake: (About Clare): "You think she'll ever forgive me?"
    Drew: "Maybe. If you find her and save her from the 'dark scary woods'. (Laughs)"
    Jake: (Laughs)
  • Marisol: (To Drew and Katie): "Screw you! Screw both of you!"
  • Bianca: (To Alli): "That's different, you weren't my best friend forever.
  • Bianca: (To Alli): "I've never roasted a marshmallow before, interested?"
  • Marisol: "Guys I'm actually really scared."
    Drew: "Y-You're kidding right?"
  • Marisol: "Tell your boyfriend to stop talking to me like that!"
    Katie: "Drew come on."
    Drew: "Come on it's (makes a ghost noise)"

  • "The Sun Shines At Night" by The Submarines took place at the end of the episode.
  • "Celebrate Love" by Michou took place during the wedding scene.
  • "Legendary" by Mr. Downstairs as they're driving away from the cabin.

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