So, this isn’t actually from Degrassi: The Next Generation — it’s the TV movie that officially ended the original ‘80s Degrassi High series. However, it’s an important episode to note because it essentially kicks off all the misery that is to come for “the next generation.”
Before the TV movie, everyone appears to be doing well. Joey was doing better in school, Wheels was getting his act together and got a good job, Caitlin had recovered from her ex-boyfriend’s suicide — basically, everyone’s in a good place with bright futures ahead.
Then School’s Out takes a massive dump on everyone: Joey and Caitlin get engaged after graduation, but it doesn’t take long for Joey to get bored with Caitlin’s busy work schedule and start cheating on her with Tessa Campinelli. Tessa Campinelli gets pregnant by Joey and has to go alone to get an abortion. Wheels later gets drunk at a summer party, drives his car with friend Lucy in the passenger seat, and gets into an accident. The accident seriously injures Lucy and ends up killing a child passenger in the other vehicle. Wheels is sent to prison. Caitlin discovers Joey’s infidelity and dumps him. Snake is a mess after witnessing the mass destruction that has befallen his friend group. No one is happy, and the viewers never see anyone again until The Next Generation...where their misery can continue.