"You don't wanna be friends...?"
"Not with a stuck-up prude princess."
"...Good... because I don't wanna be friends with the school slut. "
Manny and Emma ending their friendship.

Against All Odds is the ninth episode of Season 3 of the Canadian television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation. It originally aired on November 12, 2003 on CTV Television and on December 5, 2003 on The N. The episode was written by story editors Aaron Martin, Craig Cornell, and James Hurst and directed by Stefan Scaini. It shares its title with the song by Phil Collins.


Emma decides it's time to move on in matters of the heart when she realizes she has feelings for Chris, until she finds out he has a girlfriend. Manny says she should go for it, but is Emma that type of girl? Spinner and Jimmy ask Marco to tutor them in math, and Spinner starts to think Marco likes him.

Main Plot

Emma wants to leave Sean and the past behind her, because she really has her eye on Chris. He's hot, smart, and knows what he wants. So, all Emma has to do is go for it, right? If only it were so easy. No such problems for Craig and Manny's new relationship -- that is, as long as Ashley doesn't find out...

Sub Plot

Spinner is very convinced that Marco has a crush on him, and it's freaking him out.

  • This episode is named after the song "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins.
  • Emma begins to express romantic interest toward Chris Sharpe in this episode.
  • Emma and Manny end their friendship, although they make up later in the season.
  • Ever since sporting her new look in U Got the Look, Manny begins to frequently wear outfits with different colored thongs visible to the eye. In the outfit that she wore to the rave, she was wearing a bright pink thong.
  • Marco reveals that he learned the Heimlich Maneuver in First Aid.
  • Spinner thinks that Marco has "bad taste" because he is not attracted to him.
  • At the rave, you can see Craig in the background. The scene then switches and Craig is now at home with Joey and Sydney. He then leaves, and goes to the rave.

  • Manny tells Craig that she misses him after they had sex back in Should I Stay Or Should I Go?. They hook up again, continuing their affair.
  • After their break up was back in Gangsta, Gangsta, Emma and Sean are not on speaking terms.
  • Even after Marco came out to his friends in Pride (1), Spinner is still displaying homophobic tendencies, as he is still uncomfortable with the revelation.

  • "Relevant? Shakespeare's some old, dead white guy from 500 years ago. What does he know about my life? Nothing." -Sean to Mrs. Kwan
  • Marco: "Seeing naked ladies doesn't burn my eyes out. Besides I wasn't looking at them." (Jimmy smiles)
    Spinner: "So what were you looking at?"
    Marco: "The drapes, Spin. You know, the curtains."
    Spinner: "Huh?"
    Jimmy: "He was looking at the the dudes. You're such an idiot."
    Spinner: "Oh, gross. Can we get back to work? I kind of care about my studies."
  • "Okay, one more thing. No talking about the environment! The environment is not sexy. Do NOT talk about it!" -Manny to Emma
  • Chris: "So how's the environmental club going?"
    Emma: "Yeah, it's....let's not talk about that. Let's talk about you."
  • "You abandoned me at the rave so that you could come here with Craig?!" - Emma to Manny
  • Emma: "You don't want to be friends.."
    Manny: "Not with a stuck-up, prude princess."
    Emma: "Good 'cause I don't want to be friends with the school slut."

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