[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
It’s pretty hard to grade Keep On Loving You, given that it has a different feel than most of the episodes. The actors (Charlotte Arnold, Landon Liboiron) are strong and I expect nothing less from them, but there isn’t much there in the form of actual material in this episode. Filler episode much?
Declan and Holly J end up having sex for the first time, but not before Holly J drops an “I love you” on him. She’s upset when he doesn’t say it back (and rightfully so), and fears that he’s just not that into her. It turns out it’s the exact opposite: he’s loves her, but he’s afraid to say it. Holly J learns this from a tense encounter with Fiona.
Fiona comes off as a b**** in this episode, not hiding the fact that she doesn’t like Holly J…and she blatantly tries to sabotage Holly J and Declan’s relationship by “accidentally” telling Holly J about the Coyne’s plans to move back to Manhattan. Fiona’s behavior seems out of character from the way she’s behaved in most of her appearances this season, except for in Heart Like Mine Part 2 when she also had an unnecessary attitude toward Holly J.
This episode is so rushed in the fact that they learn Declan is leaving, Holly J’s ok with it and Declan directs the play without a problem. It’s only until the last sixty seconds of the episode that we get to the point: earlier in the episode, you see Declan hack into Holly J’s email account. At the end, Holly J receives a text saying she’s been accepted for an internship in New York for the summer.
Alas, the fact that Keep On Loving You was rushed and nothing of interest actually happened now makes sense…this episode is nothing more than a setup for this summer’s movie, DEGRASSI TAKES MANHATTAN!
As great as it is for them to setup the movie they could’ve done a better job with this, especially given that they had two strong characters in Holly J and Declan to work with.
KEEP ON LOVING YOU MAIN PLOT GRADE: C+
Any non Holly J/Declan stuff in this episode involved the play, which characters have been working on for almost the entire season. Peter and Chantay have a part in the play where they kiss each other, and that doesn’t set well with Danny.
So here’s the solution: Danny’s sick so Peter decides to drink from Danny’s water bottle so he can get sick and won’t have to kiss Chantay only Chantay grabs the bottle and drinks from it and she gets sick so now she’s out of the play and mad at both Danny and Peter for being insecure jerks but it’s okay because in the end Peter and Danny book an encore presentation of the play at Above The Dot so that Chantay can be in it and live happily ever after….phew, did you get all that?
And as annoying as the run-on sentence is for you to read, that’s how annoying this subplot was for me.
KEEP ON LOVING YOU SUBPLOT GRADE: D