[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIK8IF-zCLM
MAIN PLOT: Riley’s hazing of Drew could lead to big trouble for Degrassi’s football team.
Before we can even blink, the Riley and Owen haze Drew at the beginning of the episode by tying him to the flagpole in front of the school. Drew’s mom is livid and wants whoever did it to pay. Though parents like this exists, it’s annoying that she’s the main vehicle for this plot because she’s more angry that her son isn’t the guaranteed starter than she is about the actual hazing.
It also slightly waters down the rivalry between Riley and Drew, because Drew keeps quiet about who did it, and he also drops the notion of outing Riley to the team. Basically the plot goes into a direction where it forces Riley to confess that he hazed Drew (Drew’s mom fulfilled her promise to complain to the school board), and he’s suspended for five games. Zane is such a great character because he serves as Riley’s reality check. Riley also implants a little hope that someday he’ll be able to come out to the world.
SUBPLOT 1: Alli starts her own dance team.
Alli starts the “Big D Dance Crue,” and recruits new character Bianca. It turns out Bianca’s an experienced dancer, and she looks to whip the team into shape. The problem is Alli doesn’t want that; the whole point of the group is that SHE would become popular because of its existence…she doesn’t want to actually work for it.
The team quits on her, leaving her out to dry, but the episode ends with her and a bunch of random people humorously dancing around at the football game. The best part of this plot is the introduction of Bianca. The instant vibe is that she’s very Alex-ish…a blunt, no nonsense girl. But it’s also good that she’s played by an actress (Alicia Josipovic) who seems to fit into the role pretty naturally.
SUBPLOT 2: Jenna finds out who has been calling KC.
You know that girl whose been calling KC’s phone so much lately? Well it’s KC’s mom. She’s out of jail, and she wants to see him. To be honest, the Jenna being jealous thing was pretty silly. Really Jenna, Marisol is calling KC during the middle of the schoolday knowing that you’ll probably be with him?
It still serves as a solid setup for the return of KC’s mom into his life. She’s nowhere to be found yet and KC’s already shutting down and pushing people away. I can only imagine how far he’ll spiral once he reaches his boiling point.