[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
You know it’s not a good day when even a WESLEY plot makes me just shrug my shoulders and say “Ehhh.” Poor pacing, storyline fatigue and an absurd means to an end plague an episode that should’ve been so much better than it was. The God of Mediocrity strikes again (sans the Chicken Dance).
PLOT A: Holly J doesn’t know what’s causing her to feel sick.
Watching Part 2 of Hide & Seek only made me more annoyed about the lack of anything that happened in Part 1. The plot is very straightforward: Holly J and Chantay are doing a work study program with a local government official, and have been putting together a pitch on how to get teens active in voting. Unfortunately, Holly J’s been feeling under the weather.
Throughout the episode her symptoms get progressively worse. It goes from the standard symptoms of a sore throat, vomiting, feeling tired, etc., to point where she passes out and even becomes incontinent (aka she pees on herself). For me this storyline moved at an unbearably slow pace, spending too long (especially in Part 1) having Holly J go through all of these symptoms and leaving us completely hanging as to what the heck’s going on, and why the heck she refuses to go to the doctor.
Part 2 finally steps things up, offering up symptoms that paint a more serious picture. I’m also impressed that the storyline didn’t turn out to be about Holly J being afraid of going to the doctor; it was her not realizing the severity of her illness and ultimately thinking she could just bulldoze her way through whatever it was until it went away.
However, in the scope of things I know this is a plot that, despite finally getting its act together at the end, is one that I have no interest in watching again. Kidney failure from a streptococcal infection is serious business, but the storyline to get to that is just too flat for too long. It would’ve worked much better as single 30-minute plot.
PLOT B: The Bhandari family searches for runaway Alli, who thinks she can make it on her own.
Inspector Sav continues The Case of the Missing Bhandari by searching in the one place no one had thought of: Johnny DiMarco’s dorm room. Johnny, now a college student, denies knowing of Alli’s whereabouts. However, we all know she’s been staying with him. Johnny’s role is interesting: he’s pissed off because Alli’s using him to hide from her parents. He spends the entire episode trying to convince Alli that running away isn’t the answer, providing an awesome display of maturity that we never saw in the Johnny that was at Degrassi. Ironically, it also makes Alli’s LACK of maturity even more apparent.
Everything comes crashing down when Alli’s dumb ass decides to talk to a stranger and he steals her purse, along with it her bus ticket to “anywhere but home.” She hits rock bottom and returns to Johnny, only to find out that he ratted her out to Sav.
Has anyone else noticed that this plot has spanned over the last six episodes? I figured more people would be screaming “Alli overload” by now. However, I simply can’t get enough of Sav. This plot has cemented him as an incredibly awesome guy. I remember when I couldn’t stand him because he was so annoying and immature. Now he’s a character who shows the greatest of compassion and has the confidence to stand up to his father, not only for himself, but on his sister’s behalf as well.
Unfortunately, the plot itself seems to run out of steam in Hide & Seek. By the end of the episode everyone basically gives up: Alli gives up running, their parents give up being demanding (kinda like how Manny Santos’ dad just suddenly stopped being a jerk), and the Bhandari’s take a “happily ever after” family photo. The Alli/Sav plot is better than it was in The Way We Get By, but not as strong as it was in Jesus, Etc.
PLOT C: Wesley tries to break a world record.
Is it sad that I thought the best part of this storyline was seeing Clare in a shot with Eli nowhere to be found? Wesley’s 16th birthday is coming up and he’s still yet to accomplish his goal of setting a world record. So he decides to go for the record of most jumps on a pogo stick in a 24-hour period.
Come on now, did anyone seriously think he was going to break the record? As soon as he announced what he was going to do there was no point in continuing to watch this plot. The only logical outcome of this story was that it’d end up with him getting a girl (I mean seriously, what else would there be?). While it’s cute that a girl is finally into Wesley, it’s all futile.
I am a huge fan of Wesley (and Spencer Van Wyck), but this plot is downright disappointing. I thought it completely lacked humor and entertainment value, something that Wesley has done beautifully throughout this season. It’s just so obvious that this girl won’t be around for long (she’s not a main or secondary character). In the comments below Jay Jay said “I think Wesley found his own Kendra.” Nah, it’s more like a Liberty finding her own Towerz. Or better yet, this Hannah girl will be Rachel version 2.0.
Rachel who? Exactly my point.
Below’s the promo for Chasing Pavements and Drop The World, plus some other Degrassi News. Lol at Fiona creeping into Holly J’s bed….
* CLICK HERE to read DJGENERAL’s interview with Charlotte Arnold.
*And do not forget to vote in the Championship Round of Degrassi March Madness. You have until Sunday night to vote….CLICK HERE to vote for either Semma or EClare.
* Finally, CLICK HERE to read the latest press release about Degrassi Season 11…we’re getting 7 weeks of new Degrassi episodes this summer instead of 6!!