[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk0jxrA8pYM
MAIN PLOT: Holly J thinks Declan might be cheating on her.
The pressures of a long-distance relationship are starting to get to Holly J. Declan invites her on a roadtrip (where they’ll also get to visit Yale), but Holly J doesn’t have the money to get to NYC, and she’s still thoroughly tied down to her studies.
After a “thrilling” job interview and shopping with Fiona, Holly J stumbles upon pictures of Tinsley being TOO friendly with Declan. Then after a very shady skype session where Declan says Holly J shouldn’t come to NYC, she decides to end their relationship.
But that’s not the end of it! As Holly J enters The Dot, thinking she’s going to meet up with Fiona, she’s surprised to see Declan sitting there. The episode doesn’t really end with a cliffhanger, I actually feel the same way Holly J feels…like “Uhhhh, What are you doing here?” I get that in Part 2 they’re either going to stay together or break up, but I just can’t see how they story will proceed in a way that’s interesting.
And speaking of interesting (or lack of), I think my love of Holly J and Declan as a couple has reached its boiling point. I like both characters as individuals, but with Holly J being overly obsessed with Yale, etc. BECAUSE of Declan, I’m suffering Relationship Overload. And if you don’t know what that feels like, go watch all of the Semma episodes in Season 6.
SUBPLOT 1: Eli deals with Fitz’s bullying.
Well…this came out of nowhere. I don’t what had convinced me that Eli was a pushover (maybe the fact that people have been saying all Spring/Summer that he’s going to commit suicide, and one of the reasons could be bullying), but he’s definitely not a pushover in this episode.
Eli stands up to Fitz after homeboy damages his hearse. He also steps in to protect Adam from getting his ass kicked. Clare wants Eli to end the feud, but after Fitz kicks Eli in the nards that’s not happening. Eli’s plan to get him back involves faking a truce, where Eli creates a fake id that will get Fitz into big trouble in Part 2.
I enjoy rivalry storylines and that’s what fuels my enjoyment of this plot. The weird thing about this one is that Eli seems to be the driving force behind the drama, because I highly doubt Fitz is actively searching out Eli to harass him. Still, I can’t get enough Eli (and his sidekick Adam).
SUBPLOT 2: Connor, Wesley and Dave start a band.
The explanation is pretty self explanatory. The boys start a band in order to get girls. It’s Wesley and Connor’s idea, and they drag Dave into it by signing themsevles up for Degrassi Band Slam auditions. If you’re thinking what I’m thinking about this plot, then nothing more needs to be said.
But if not….after how Dave awesome was last year, I hate how they’re wasting his character this season. And Connor and Wesley aren’t strong enough to carry any sort of storyline. I know Stephen Stohn’s favorite part of the show is the sound and (most importantly) the music, but not every single character needs to be in a band, or have their real-life musical skills incorporated into the show. And if you’re going to do that…give us at least one freakin’ musical episode before the series ends. LONG LIVE DOWNTOWN SASQUATCH!