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“Up Where We Belong”
Season 8, Episode 17
April 5, 2009
July 24, 2009
Mia needs to make a choice. School and friends, or modeling.
Mia realizes she must choose between school and friends, or modeling. After her breakup with Peter, she knows what she should do, but realizes that she would regret not having an education or a social life. Mia forgets her essays and homework, so her school life begins to crumble. She quits school, much to her friends' dismay, but after thinking about it, she decides to come back.
Sav's parents want him to study engineering in college. However, Sav is more interested in pursuing a music career, but isn't sure how to get his parents to support him.
- This episode is named after the song "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker.
- Shay Mitchell from Pretty Little Liars makes a guest appearance in this episode as a model who dropped out of school.
- When Mia's mom was naming off the things Mia wanted to be when she grows up, one of them was "vampire slayer", which could have hinted that Nina Dobrev was leaving the show to be on The Vampire Diaries.
- The originally planned title for this episode was Express Yourself.
Regular Cast (Ordered Alphabetically)
- Raymond Ablack as Sav Bhandari
- Dalmar Abuzeid as Danny Van Zandt
- Charlotte Arnold as Holly J. Sinclair
- Nina Dobrev as Mia Jones
- Jordan Hudyma as Blue Chessex
- Jamie Johnston as Peter Stone
- Shane Kippel as Spinner Mason
- Jajube Mandiela as Chantay Black
- Samantha Munro as Anya MacPherson
- Anousha Alamian as Photographer
- Paula Boudreau as Ms. Dawes
- Gina Clayton as Anna Jones
- Marvin L. Ishmael as Mr. Bhandari
- Kevin Jubinville as The Shep
- Djennie Laguerre as Makeup artist
- Linlyn Lue as Laura Kwan
- Shay Mitchell as Female model
- Jennifer Podemski as Chantel Sauvé
- Ed Robertson as Mr. Fowler
- Larissa Vouloukos as Isabella Jones
- Sarah Barrable-Tishauer as Liberty Van Zandt
- Paula Brancati as Jane Vaughn
- Stefan Brogren as Archie Simpson
- Marc Donato as Derek Haig
- Sam Earle as K.C. Guthrie
- Judy Jiao as Leia Chang
- Argiris Karras as Riley Stavros
- Miriam McDonald as Emma Nelson
- Scott Paterson as Johnny DiMarco
- Aislinn Paul as Clare Edwards
- AJ Saudin as Connor Delaurier
- Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari
- Cassie Steele as Manny Santos
- Evan Williams as Kelly Ashoona
- Natty Zavitz as Bruce
- Holly J.: "You can't punish someone for producing something from a textbook. This is school!"
- "Google My Own Name" by Stüdz
- "Baby, What's Your Sound?" by Beats For Beginners
- "Waltz Of The Flowers" by Jim McGrath
- "Re: Model" by Dances With Voices
- "60 Seconds" by Tamara Miller