"You don't know how to say it Craig because you don't really love me!"
— Ashley to Craig.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? is the seventh episode of Season 3 of the Canadian television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation. It originally aired on October 29, 2003 on CTV Television and on October 31, 2003 on The N. The episode was written by story editors Aaron Martin and Shelley Scarrow and directed by Stefan Scaini. It shares its title with the song by The Clash.


Ashley and Craig have been dating for some time now, and Ashley's ready to take a big step, so she tells Craig she loves him. That wasn't exactly the step that Craig had been hoping for, and he's faced with saying it back, but he doesn't know if he can.

Main Plot

Craig has a hard time telling Ashley how he feels, so he writes her a song instead. Grateful, Ashley decides to finally have sex with him following Paige's birthday party, but decides to call it off when she notices that Craig has already bragged to Spinner. Manny sees it as an opportunity to move in on Craig.

Sub Plot

As Snake undergoes chemotherapy, he then becomes sullen and depressed, and in an attempt to cheer him up, Joey takes him to a bowling alley with their old friend, Wheels. While there Wheels and Snake talk about the accident. Wheels was in jail for killing a kid years ago, and Snake asks Wheels for advice about getting over his depression. When Snake gets home while in the car with Wheels and Joey they sing the old song from their old band, The Zits, titled "Everybody Wants Something".

  • This episode is named after the song "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash.
  • This episode marks the beginning of Craig and Manny's first relationship.
  • This episode marks the end of Manny and Sully's relationship.
  • Craig (15 years old) and Manny (14 years old) lost their virginity together in this episode. They were the first characters to have consensual sex in Degrassi: The Next Generation.
  • Paige celebrates her 16th birthday in this episode, as Spinner and Ashley throw her a "surprise" party.
  • Jake Epstein (Craig) was nominated for a Gemini award for his performance in this episode.
  • This is Sully's final appearance.
  • This was also Wheels' final appearance.

  • Ashley mentions that her mother is overprotective now since her last party, referring to her party in the Season 1 finale Jagged Little Pill, where she took ecstasy.
  • Snake is dealing with his cancer as he undergoes chemotherapy.
  • During a conversation with Archie, Wheels talks about the time that he was drunk driving and killed a child, saying he knew what it felt like to want to die.
  • Manny and Craig begin their affair that will last until Holiday (2).
  • Snake, Joey, and Wheels sing their song "Everybody Wants Something" from their old band, The Zits.

Character Revelations

  • This episode marks the final appearance of Wheels.

  • Snake: "Filthy bowling balls, used shoes."
    Joey: "Can't you just smell it?"
    Snake: "It's not good for my chemo-compromised immunity, and I don't feel like---"
    Spike: "Put the shirt on, Archie. You are not dead yet. Put the damn shirt on and go."
  • Snake: "I'm really scared, Wheels. I can't even tell my wife."
    Wheels: "You have to keep fighting, buddy."
  • Joey: "To heads that match our bowling balls and to old friends! Cheers!"
  • Manny: "Craig, you're the best and.."
    Craig: "And what?"
    Manny: "And if Ash doesn't see that, then she doesn't deserve you."
  • Marco: "Manny's just putting it all out there, huh?"
    Craig: (sarcastically) "Never noticed."