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"No, Emma, you don't know. Everything I have ever tried at, I have failed."
Sean, believing that he failed his Media Immersion test

“Under Pressure”
Season 1, Episode 14
Under pressure, emma
Can. Airdate

February 24, 2002

U.S. Airdate

June 24, 2002

Prod. Code



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


Stefan Scaini

Episode Guide



Jagged Little Pill

Under Pressure is the fourteenth episode of the Canadian television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Main Plot

Emma heads over to Sean's house to study before the Media Immersion final. At random, Sean's brother thanks Emma for being a good influence on Sean, especially because of what Sean has been through. Emma asks Sean later what his brother meant by this, and Sean then tells her how he got in trouble a while back at Wasaga because he got in a fight with another kid and deafened him in one ear. Sean is stressed out over exams, especially over his Media Immersion online test, and is convinced that he failed it. The pressure gets to Sean and when little comments from Jimmy toss him over the edge, one thing leads to another, and Sean and Jimmy are fighting after school. Emma comes and tries to stop the fight, but the anger gets a hold of Sean, and he accidentally pushes her down. When Sean tries to apologize to Emma, realizing his mistake, Emma is scared and avoids him. The next day, Sean finds out from Mr. Simpson that he actually did well on his test. Sean then apologizes to Emma for yesterday and tells her about his grade but she doesn't forgive him.

Sub Plot

Meanwhile, Spinner is trying to avoid his English exam by pretending to be sick, until he finally takes the test and realizes it wasn't so hard.

  • This episode is named after the song "Under Pressure" by Queen featuring David Bowie.
  • The password for Mr Simpson's internet test was 'Broomhead', a word used as an insult in Degrassi Junior High back when Mr. Simpson went to Degrassi.
  • In this episode, it is revealed why Sean moved to Toronto from Wasaga Beach.
  • At the end of the episode the freeze frame was Sean (first time).
  • This episode marks the end of Sean and Emma's first relationship.

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