PLOT A: Fitz returns, and causes problems between Clare and Eli.
People give Eclare a lot of crap…it’s mainly directed toward their fans because their belief of Eli being this hot, perfect guy. I don’t like or dislike Eclare (in a shipping manner). I was burned out earlier in the season (around the whole Clare divorce/Eli hoarding stuff), but now I’m back on board with them currently being the most interesting couple on the show.
Fitz’s return boasts very clear pros and cons. The pro is obviously the rift it causes between Eli and Clare. The con is that for whatever reason, it’s hard to believe Fitz’s “I found God” mentality. The primary reason seems to be JEC’s acting…there’s no way I should’ve been laughing when he told Clare he’d found Jesus.
Based solely on the writing I think Fitz has changed, especially after the scene where Fitz was at Clare’s house, but JEC is trying too hard to sell the audience on Fitz’s spiritual change.
Is this the episode, especially Part 2, where people FINALLY start to realize that Eli is mentally unstable? Because Clare sure as hell did. He’s unpredictable, and by dramatic standards, a crazy, unpredictable person is the most entertaining to watch. It’s heartbreaking watching Clare stuck between a rock and a hard place: her feeling obligated to help Fitz conflicts with a need to avoid provoking Eli.
The final scene where Eli talks about the ending of “Stalker Angel” is one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen on Degrassi in a long time…it’s disturbing because he dead serious. Eli is not the “perfect” person his fans have fantasized him to be. His downward spiral mimics so many real-life instances of thinking people are great, until you really get to know them or there‘s a *moment* where they do something that hurts your opinion of them. This Eclare storyline is engaging and well written in the fact that they only make Eli “lose his shit” in spurts, and the thing is we haven’t seen the worst of it yet.
PLOT B: The Bhandari family worries after Alli winds up missing.
The interesting thing I liked about this plot is how it was Sav-centric. Normally it’s the lead character who is dealing with the “major” issue, but we watch from Sav’s perspective as he feels the consequences because of Alli’s actions, past and present.
Kudos to Sav for standing up to Alli and calling her out on her crap. I’ve been back and forth of Sav over the years…for the longest time he was a completely useless character. But love and compassion he showed for Alli, and the guilt he had about yelling at her shows he’s a good guy at heart. It was also good to see that Sav’s dad could actually show some sort of emotion as well. This plot is a solid setup when we switch gears and see things from Alli’s perspective in “Hide and Seek.”
PLOT C: KC and Jenna try to prepare for parenthood.
I could give or take Part 1, but they stepped things up in Part 2. Caleb’s presence allowed for some pretty funny moments (him kicking KC and of course, the special hotdog club). I loved the irony in one of the most underrated aspects of life…people seem to be overly fixated on the idea that by watching people, you’re learning “what to do.” Is it not possible to watching people and learn “what not to do” as well? KC and Jenna learned that they didn’t want to be as ridiculous as that crazy woman.
I honestly don’t care about KC or Jenna on the show…they’re reached the point where with the other storylines floating around, Kenna could disappear for weeks and I wouldn’t notice. But the level of maturity and understanding in this plot makes them inoffensive for now.