Drop the World proves that the negative impact of social media on Degrassi is real. If it wasn’t enough that spoilers the confirmed what was the heart of this final episode (just because I pretty much already knew what was going to happen, it doesn‘t mean I wanted to see it a week in advance), even worse was Stephen Stohn’s need to spend the past two weeks posting overhyped tweets on twitter. Emotionally, the excitement of watching the episode’s suspense was ruined without remorse.

From a technical standpoint, in no way is Drop The World in the category of elite Degrassi finales (forever Season 2, followed by Season 1), but by default it’s barely better than an overwhelming majority of the finales…because Degrassi does have a habit of creating very mediocre finales.

 

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PLOT A: Clare finds herself wanting space from Eli.
Despite Eclare’s “Stalker Angel” being published, Clare starts to show signs of pulling away from Eli. Feeling Clare slipping away, Eli tries to reconnect with her by planning a spring break road trip. She reluctantly agrees at first, but eventually decides not to go because she believes Eli is acting out because Julia died a year ago around this time. She feels suffocated and decides they should take a break, to which Eli responds by blaming Julia and shooting a picture of her.

Eli decides to give her space, but secretly alarms Clare when she discovers his shotgun in the back of Morty. She alerts Bullfrog to the situation, but eventually Clare and Eli discuss the situation. She insists on going to the dance, while Eli plans to still go on the road trip. He tells her that if she wants to go with him, to meet him at their special bench that night.

Clare never shows up. An upset Eli confronts Clare over the phone, where she breaks up with him. She mentions how she hates the hearse, and Eli responds by vowing to “get rid of it.”

The next scene implies a car crash, and we witness Clare running to find Eli in the hospital. Eli reveals that he crashed Morty for her, and that he knew she’d come running if she thought something that happened to him. At that point Clare states that he scares her, and leaves him in the hospital. The episode ends with Clare meeting up with Alli outside of Degrassi, as she returns to the dance to try to get her mind off of what just happened.

I’m left torn on the overall state of this plot because there are parts that are simply wonderful, and others that make no sense. At times I was confused what the story’s driving conflict was, because they kept shifting back and forth between two things: 1) the fact that Eli’s mental instability is finally starting to push Clare away, and 2) Eli and Clare are suddenly this couple that’s arguing all the time. Remember at the end of Season 4 when Joey and Caitlin broke up? They had a conversation before that where one of them said “All we ever do is fight.” Since when?!?! The situation is similar here, and I don’t get why they tried to create contrived tension between EClare when the existing tension stemming from Eli’s behavior was more than enough.

The most disappointing part of this plot is the poorly-executed climax, where Eli crashes Morty. Here you have a chance to create a lasting visual impression on fans, and the only way we even know there’s a car crash is because of a crappy car crash sound effect.

The story, when on track, moves along fine. However, it’s nothing special until the end. It’s basically the same story of Eli melting down that we’ve seen all season, but Munro Chambers and Aislinn Paul deliver exceptional performances. Their acting makes the final five minutes of this episode disturbing, yet moving. If Eli creeped you out or made you feel sorry for him in the hospital scene, it’s because Munro did his job. His talent pushes this seemingly-predictable plot into something that’s slightly above average.

PLOT B: Holly J wants to end things with Sav; Fiona still has her eyes set on Holly J.
Remember when Sav and Holly J first got together, and they talked about how their relationship was going to be temporary? Well we finally reach the end of their fling in this episode. Holly J has finally lost interest in Sav, but doesn’t know how to break up with him. Anya suggests that she force Sav into a situation where his parents know about them…Sav will be too scared to stand up for Holly J and they’ll be forced to break up.

Holly J resists at first, but finally does it by introducing herself to Sav’s mom as his girlfriend. Her plan backfires though as Sav sticks up for her, and her parents actually encourage him to keep dating her. At that point Holly J is forced to come clean, and breaks up with Sav.

Fiona is happy about the breakup of Sav and Holly J, and ends up revealing her love for Holly J to Anya. Anya promises not to say anything, which in the Degrassi world means Anya winds up telling Holly J that Fiona is in love with her. This leads Holly J to try to not be awkward around Fiona by acting awkward (canceling their sleepover and trying to hook Fiona up with a random girl at the dance).

The truth finally comes out and because Holly J wasn’t straightforward, Fiona thinks she’s lost her best friend. But Holly J assures her that things don’t have to change between them, and become bff’s again.

Way to completely rush through Holly J breaking Sav’s heart. We all knew this was coming eventually, but their breakup was literally just a speed bump in the way of the impending Fiona/Holly J love saga. I didn’t like the two major things about this plot in Part 2: Fiona acting as if she’s completely come to terms with her unrequited love (I don’t buy it), and Holly J’s initial reactions to finding out about Fiona’s feelings. I’m disappointed with the weakening of Holly J’s character that’s been happening since the moment she first started dating Declan. I get that she’s currently dealing with health issues, but it’s almost ridiculous that of all people Holly J lacked the confidence to deal Sav and Fiona in a direct manner to begin with.

The plot is saved by the ending, which met my expectations. I loved that instead of making it some sort of emotional mess (9 times out of 10 situations like this end up with the people no longer being friends), they were able to show that both Holly J and Fiona were mature enough to handle the situation in a way that doesn’t ruin their friendship. But up until that point the entire plot felt completely off.

PLOT C: KC and Jenna prepare for the baby.
After her baby shower, Jenna discover’s KC hasn’t built the baby’s crib yet…so she goes and rips into him while he’s playing basketball with the boys. Believing she overreacted she apologizes to KC, and secretly asks Dave to throw KC a baby shower.

Dave does so, but during the shower they get the call that Jenna‘s water has broken. The final scene is everyone gathered around Jenna as she’s given birth.

Disappointing. Missed opportunities. Pointless. A waste of a plot. If I were grading this on the quality of quotable moments (“YOU TOLD ME TO PLAY BASKETBALL!!”), it’d receive an A+. But nope.

After Part 1 I thought they were going somewhere with this…maybe something dealing with KC struggling with wanting to have fun and having parental responsibilities.

Nope.

Watching Part 2 I thought this might become a comedy relief plot. The fact Dave and Drew were so amused as they presented their extremely lame gift (handcuffs) to KC was funny to me. KC cuffing himself Bianca then learning that the baby is on the way was surely going to lead to a wacky race to get to the hospital.

Nope.

For the second time in six seasons a character gets pregnant, only for the birth to be completely overshadowed by another plot within the episode. It’s as if they wanted to just get it out of the way, but it could’ve easily been transformed into a main plot. I guess the good thing is that Eli crashing Morty took precedence over Kenna’s baby, instead of something like Craig’s overblown I’ve-got-to-sing-because-this-is-my-grand-exit-from-the-show plot.

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Degrassi Extras
*CLICK HERE to read Ology’s interview with Aislinn Paul, it was released today!!

*Ahhh yes, the Season 11 Teaser promo….the VERY brief footage used in this teaser is taken from the Spring Break Special, which will air this summer (even though it was filmed last year).  Remember when Luke Bilyk did a radio interview late last year where he mentioned spoilers about what could happen in “In Too Deep?” I just wanted to point that he’s been right about all of the ones that have happened so far. If you want listen to that interview, CLICK HERE (SPOILER NOTE: If you’re still in the “I don’t want to know” mode about Drop The World, it’s better if you wait until AFTER tonight’s episode to listen to the intevieww).

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229 Comments

  1. Aislinn says there are only THREE new characters…what happened to Mo?

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    1. my guess is they dropped his characters completely because he was either not popular, or he would’ve been a completely pointless, temporary character

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    2. Three MAIN: Jake, Katie, and Imogen became regulars (they were in the opening credits. Mo wasn’t.) He’s a recurring character. Though, I don’t see how he’s gonna have a plot anymore now that Sav’s graduated.

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  2. Anyone else think that Degrassi is getting to much like their grandmother’s soap operas? Seriously, Its getting WAY to over dramatic and thats saying alot since this is degrassi were talkig about. The boiling point was amazing. good pace. very intense. But the fall episodes and the in too deep epsidoes have been boring.
    Like Holly J. having that illness? It was just weird! Degrassi has been changing, some in good ways, but most in bad ways.
    the new summer promo look intresting and honestly i got goosebumps, so i cant complain, but i dont think degrassi schould be the show to give you goosebumps. I hope the summer episodes will be good and better and back to the same old relatable degrassi.
    and i know this is minor right here, but why did the season have to have 48 epsidoes and be split up? Like the boiling point couldve been season 10 since it had 24 episodes standing alone, it couldve been its own season, and the fall and into deep episodes couldve been season 11. It would made things less complicated, (for the dvds and for the people who are tuning in) anyone else agree?

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    1. Hunter Ann- Marie April 25, 2011 at 12:10 am

      i totally agree. plus. jenna had her baby in the time it took KC to get to the hospital. WTF?!~??!?!?!? lol

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  3. Is That The Promo They Are Going To Be Using For The Finale? I Hope They Would Just Give Us A LITTLE Bit More Than That

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    1. Agreed.
      Hopefully tonight a longer clip will air. =D.

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    2. They’ve only been at filming season 11 for a few weeks. I guess that’s why they didnt have much to show. Stephen Stohn (Exec. Producer) tweeted there would be a promo around May.

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  4. Intense! Does anyone else think, after seeing this teaser, that Bianca is the one with the cocaine story-line? I mean, drug-dealing and drug-dealers make up a really serious and dangerous issue, one that could be harmful to anyone who gets involved. Since Bianca’s genuinely scared, it seems like a logical assumption that she’s the one who gets involved with cocaine.

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  5. Wow, Aislinn’s interview was great to read!
    And honestly, it sounds like she’ll be getting with Jake…but this could be like when she was with KC. She thinks he’s hot, (Like KC) and then he gets bored of her, and she gets cheated on again.
    I can’t wait for July. It’s going to kill me for the next 3 months. But it’ll be worth it for 4 episodes a week.

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    1. I like how Clare is painted as the brain who gets walked over by every guy who looks her way.

      She needs to get back more bible thumping and drop the fun loving dancing persona. It’s so whack..

      Speaking of which, Bianca needs to do the same and get back to being a super bitch

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  6. Related to the first part, but I love how they have Anya not giving a shit about Sav’s and Holly J’s relationship.

    Sav basically says that his parents are proud for him not dating a total retard like empty headed Anya. And she’s essentially right next to him while he says this!

    Oh well..I guess she still has googly eyes for her creepy pervert doctor

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  7. Lol@Dave with the gun. Stupid teennick promos <_<

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  8. AS MUCH AS I HATE ELI,MUNROE CHAMBERS CAN ACT HIS ASS OFF,I’LL GIVE HIM THAT.

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    1. Yeah… I hate to admit it, but I have goosebumps.

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    2. lol whatever, his acting was so laughable. Aside from Jenna, he gave the worst performance of the episode.

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      1. You is cray cray if you think that

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  9. lol…that dialogue and scene from Eli and Clare was so damn overdramtic

    Even for Degrassi

    Too bad Eli didn’t shout “IT’S NOT OVER” like every other abusive boyfriend

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    1. Eli’s abusive now?

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      1. Yes he is. It’s called emotional abuse. He could have died and completely ruined Clare’s life, and then she would be emotionally scarred, like Eli was with Julia.

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      2. Silly me, I thought they were implying physical abuse, because he grabbed her arm or whatever.

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  10. okay. we already knew eli lost his knapsack episodes ago, but his creeper laughing when clare said they were growing apart is….like, no.

    and then he smooshed poor morty.

    he’s throwing degrassi’s meaning all over the place.

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    1. and sound the liberty bell, it’s finito for Eclare.

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  11. I swear to God, if the Eli fangirls STILL think Clare is selfish and Eli is the best thing ever since sliced bread, I’m quitting the Internet. LOL

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    1. Amen. I can’t agree with you more.

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    2. Right? I’m to quit being a teenage girl.

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    3. Then you shouldn’t read the Degrassi facebook fan page…

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      1. Oh, believe me, Lewomack, I’ve had many arguments with those stupid girls through the facebook fan page. I’ve learned my lesson and won’t do it again. Apparently those chicks see Eli as a God with no flaws whatsoever.

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    4. you have to admit though, clare’s behavior was totally out-of-character. obvs she was right to break up with him, but someone like clare would NEVER frigging dump him on the anniversary of his ex’s death and then leave him alone in the hospital to go back to school…and dance.

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      1. The dance thing is the only really “huh?” thing. I would have gone home, told my mom, and then if he kept pestering me, gotten a restraining order. That shit is wack, but if she was honest-to-blog scared of him, she did the right thing by cutting all ties then and there.

        Point is, anyone who is willing to crash their car for you is also probably under the impression that by crashing their car, you’re eternally indebted to them. If she stayed with him, it would only be a matter of time when he would say, “BUT I CRASHED MY CAR FOR YOU, WHY WON’T YOU DO THIS ONE THING FOR ME?!”

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      2. yeah, im sure she was overwhelmed. Eli is a total mind fuck. But dont bash on the people who love him. It’s just a tv show and I love munro chambers and i love his character. but if the little girlies want to be inlove with eli and have his babies its all good cuz its not gonna happen eli is made up just like all the characters. every body is entitled to their opinions, and their favorites.

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      3. The only thing that really bothers me about the fans is the fact that they think he’s the ideal boyfriend. I personally enjoy Eli as a complex character, like I enjoyed Craig, but the idea of these girls thinking he’s the perfect mate is a little disconcerting.

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  12. Bells and Whistles April 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Ugh, Anya is a such a douche–why would she tell Holly J about Fiona?

    She’s super rachet.

    Maybe it’s because of all the spoilers, but…I was underwhelmed.

    Looking forward to seeing what the summer eps bring.

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  13. What a bad season finale. Maybe it was because of the spoilers. But even if you forget about them, it’s like you knew what was going to happen. Why would they kill off Eli, a fan favorite? The only part that I liked was the fact that Jenna FINALLY had the baby!

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    1. I agree! It was so predictable even without the spoilers.

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  14. Damn… I was sort of hoping that Clare would be all “I’m done with you” and then Eli would commit suicide and then cliffhanger.

    But he is signed up for season 11, so.

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  15. Wow. That- that was the season finale? That was such a disappointment. No lie. I can’t believe they made such a a bigger deal then that. The acting was fine it was just the story lines. Hope this summer will be better

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    1. Albert Smarowsky April 23, 2011 at 2:25 am

      I was bummed at how boring it was given how usually Degrassi and dances equals a lot of action and drama, and it wasn’t there like the past few seasons. I am hoping to see Eli get some help, and maybe Clare and Fitz to get together.

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  16. My only thought was “Oh no, Morty!”
    So Eli is officially insane, and season eleven is gonna be like awesome and stuffffffffff because u know, the problem has been identified…dundundunnnnn
    WHY CAN”T PEOPLE JUST BE HAPPY
    I was seriously scared of Eli though, good acting on Munro’s part.

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  17. soooooo no death. no shooting. and a strange sense of deja vu. oh wait i know why, i already saw the whole episode the past week lol. anticlimactic…I was a big eclare shipper in the beginning of the season and i was expecting to be all depressed after this episode but frankly i feel strangely relieved? Eli needs to just calm the heck down…I mean she didnt say she was definatly meeting him at ‘their bench’…YOU TOLD HER TO PLAY BASKETBALL!!! …sorry XD but ya, fiona/holly j storyline kinda boring, kc jenna storyline reaally boring, hoping for a new promo to get excited for season 11!

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    1. me too! At the beginning of the season I would of killed someone if they had broken up but no I’m so glad they did

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    2. Why does everybody expect death in every episode? What highschools have that high of a death toll?

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      1. True dat sista yo

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      2. I expected it cuz Stephen stohn said someone was going to die but he ment morty all along which is complete bullshit.

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      3. Compton,…….. lol

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    3. “YOU TOLD HER TO PLAY BASKETBALL!!!”

      lmao i officially love you

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    4. Hunter Ann- Marie April 25, 2011 at 12:25 am

      @marie. my thoughts. PRECISELY. i was so mad that they made jenna have her baby. IN THE TIME THAT IT TOOK KC TO REACH THE HOSPITAL. degrassi producers: please research how long labor takes. i promise it is not a ten, fifteen or even fifty minute long process. thanks for making jenna having a baby the least exciting thing ever. i would rather watch grass grow than rewatch jennas part of the episode. (you told her to play basketball xDDDDDD YOU WIN MY FRIEND!)

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  18. Even though this was quite underwhelming, I have to say that Eli creeped the hell out of me and it was very entertaining. Seriously, goosebumps.

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    1. Same here! It was very predictable, but Eli and Clare’s emotional build-up was so exciting to watch.

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  19. …and so ends another season of Degrassi. My thoughts?

    Eli and Clare: It was predictable, but I was still entertained watching Clare’s emotional build-up, and Eli’s of course. He really needs help. I wonder what they’ll do with him next season. I think Eclare will never be exist again, and if they do, I’ll probably quit watching the show altogether. I don’t see how people saw them as the cutest couple. The writers always gave them problems and they were never happy.

    Fiona and Holly J: It was a decent filler plot. I hope we can see Fiona next season, even if she’s in college. She’s easily become one of my favorites this season.

    Jenna: WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS CRAP. I can’t even explain how this storyline irritated me so much. I was looking forward to Jenna finally having her baby, but seriously, this episode rushed it so much, just like Liberty’s. I wish they didn’t rush these things, because it feels like we watch an entire season of build-up just to see the climax for barely anytime in a side plot! Gah. I’m so mad.

    Despite some overhyping, and some lously acting here and there, this season blew me away. I loved watching some characters rise to become the leading actors of the series. I can’t wait for Season 11!!!

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    1. If you never saw Eli and Clare happy you missed a lot of episodes. Namely every episode with an Adam plot. Certainly, when Eli and Clare were the stars of a plot they were in a bad place but that is how plots work. The eps where they acted as Beta to Adam showed them genuinely in cute romantic ways.

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      1. oh yeah, in the beginning they were happy. but that really didn’t last very long for me. i always felt they would grow apart

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  20. So, Eli totals his doom mobile and comes away barely unscathed? Much less, not causing any injuries/fatalities and/or property damage?

    What are the odds???

    Oh wait…this is a soap opera

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    1. Nah, that’s realistic. I know plenty of people who have totaled their cars and wound up with no injuries, at all. And he was pretty badly hurt.

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  21. The finale was horrible in general. Stephen Stohn always hypes sh*t up and it ends up being a total epic fail. Like this finale an EPIC FAIL. Degrassi needs to get back to like it was during the DJH, DH, and the first 4 seasons of The Next Generation. Because in my honest opinion the only good episodes/storylines of season 10 was the Fiona abuse storyline and the Adam storyline. Other than that the season overall was lame. Just my opinion.

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    1. Bells and Whistles April 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      true story.

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  22. P.S. Tell me you honestly didn’t laugh when Eli was mocking cliches to Clare on his cell…while driving a fucking hearst and wearing a Michael Jackson jacket from K-Mart

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    1. IS THE JACKET REALLY AT KMART? CUZ I WANT ONE OF THOSE SO BAD,THAT’S THE ONLY THING I LIKE ABOUT ELI IS THAT DAMN JACKET

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    2. hahaha this literally made me laugh outloud

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    3. Arghhhh I wish they would go back to only doing 2 plots an episode. The Boiling Point was perfect, but every episode after that was too rushed. They’re trying to fit too much in, and don’t give the characters the proper development they need. What was the point of the Jenna storyline? What was the point of KC handcuffing himself to Bianca? That served absolutely no purpose but to waste 5 minutes that could have gone to a storyline that actually mattered.

      The writing for this show just keeps getting worse and worse. It’s no wonder all these actors are giving unconvincing performances – the lines they are given suck so much ass.

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      1. It’s not as if Jenna’s storyline was pointless (it’s her having a baby for Christ’s sake), it’s the WAY it was written that sucks. It could’ve been re-written to be a main plot in another episode. But like you said, they’re insistent on trying to cram too much stuff into every episode now. It’s fine when the 3rd plot is being used to set up something in a future episode (they did that a lot in The Boiling Point and it worked), but if it’s like Drop The World where you have 3 big plot ideas going at once, in the end all three are getting screwed. I get that they used to do 3 plots in Degrassi Junior High/Degrassi High episodes, but back then the plots would have a common theme. The plots in any given episode in Season 10 have nothing in common with each other.

        Another thing I noticed is the writing style of the episode never changed after The Boiling Point, and the problem is it needed to. Telenovela-style writing works when they’re airing four new episodes per week, but not when we’re getting just one episode a week.

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    4. Lmao! Omg that was hilarious.

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  23. Well, of course the episode was underwhelming, as I expected due to spoilers. But I have to admit that Munro/Aislinn were amazing tonight.

    KC and Jenna’s stories were awful. I mean, she had a baby and I seriously could not have cared less. Too rushed, imo.

    And on another note, my dad does some construction work on the set and told me that Morty is still in one piece, and is still on set. So I’m assuming that means Eli will be getting it fixed for Season 11?

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    1. LOL of course it’s in one piece, he didn’t actually get into a car accident haha

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      1. Of course, but because it’s on set there’s a possibility it’s going to be used again. I thought Morty was supposed to be “dead”. Ah well.

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  24. Even though it’s good they broke up, I felt it was wrong of Clare to leave Eli in the hospital.

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    1. You’re right. She should’ve gave in to his manipulation. The guy does anything for her attention. He deserved to be left in the hospital, it’s not like he was in critical condition or anything.

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      1. Now that i’ve thought about it I agree with you. If she would’ve stayed it might’ve lead him on.

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  25. I liked Jenna’s storyline was the best. It was almost a sitcom in a way, kind of funny. It’s kind of what I needed after Fiona being all “I love Holly J” and Eli all “Look at me I’m not mentally stable!” Anya was funny too, though.

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    1. Yeah, I know with the heart thing in the background when Fiona was talking to Holly J XD

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  26. ^ funniest shiz ever.

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    1. degrassiobsessed April 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      hahaha…my life story kid.

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  27. Eli would have been fined for talking on his cell while driving in Toronto! The boy needs to invest in a bluetooth!

    That was a pretty underwhelming finale.

    Fiona/Holly J was cute, fluffy filler. Nice to see Fiona settling comfortably into her lesbian identity. Anya provided some good comic relief, too.

    As for the Kenna baby…wow…to have a BIRTH relegated to a c plot, especially with the amount of time the story’s been given this season…that’s just sad. We don’t even know the sex of the baby!

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    1. We’ll find out next season

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    2. The Holly J storyline should have not been as big as it was, what were they thinking? Who cares if Anya tells Holly J or if Holly J confronts her, especially when there’s some serious stuff going on. I would have loved to see KC and Dave attempt to come up with humorous situations to try and get out of those cuffs. That should have been the comedic relief, not Holly J’s awkward reaction to Fiona’s love. It just felt off. it just took up way too much time.

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  28. Honestly I have no true feelings on this episode…seeing it wasn’t written as a finale, the spring break episodes are honestly what i’m looking forward to….because that was written as a season ender, not drop the world. When it comes to stephen stohn and the spoilers I paid no attention to it…and judging how all falls down turned out I would think people would stop bitching about how spoilers and what so and so tweeted!

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    1. Exactly, stupid fans need to stop spoiling the show for themselves…they’re called spoilers for a reason..because they spoil things. I haven’t visited a message board or blog about the show all season and I’ve enjoyed the show much more that way. People need to stop taking this show so seriously and obsessing over it. The extreme expectations and hopes people have from shows like these is the only thing that’s ruining it.

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  29. AND DID ANYONE ELSE HOLLER WHEN BULLFROG TOLD ELI SHOOTING JULIA’S PICTURE WON’T MAKE HER ANY DEADER? I ALMOST FELL OFF THE BED LMAO

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    1. hahaha me 2!!

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    2. LMFAO!!! Dude I no I was cracking up!! And I love how Eli refers to his mom as cece and admits he’s a weird kid. And I was like holy shit bullfrogs actually taking responsibility and trying to discipline Eli (even tho it didn’t do shit) by taking his car and trip away. Just lol at the whole conversation between bullfrog and Eli lolzzz.

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    3. Tuxedo T-Shirt April 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      That and “The Hangover” reference made me laugh XD

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  30. mercifully, i was able to avoid any spoilers besides the original teennick promo, but i was still disappointed with the ep. comparing it to Time Stands Still (which i consider to be the single pivotal point of the series), i think they need to go back to having one-part episodes so that the big storylines are two-parters, and are actually a big deal. also, TTS had immediate fallout because it was the middle of the season; now we have to wait 3 months after a season finale. and, these scares in All Falls Down and Drop the World are getting annoying. We need an event with actual lasting effects! (i know eclare broke up, but its not like eli’s gonna stay injured, and any couple breaking up is not that big a deal at this point.)

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  31. That Holly J/Fiona plot was really pointless.Stop throwing Holly J in every chance you get writers.

    KC and Jenna should have been the A-Plot. Having a child should have been more important than Eli’s stupidity. But it should have been done entirely different. A much more interesting plot would have been to have KC, Drew, Bianca and Dave take shrooms. These characters all share the same trait of making irresponsible, hasty, and utterly stupid decisions. By doing this we could have had an entertaining story about 4 drugged up teens trying to make it to a hospital without driving to be there for Jenna. Jenna would have of course be appalled that KC did such a thing and not trust him, leading to a character arc of KC trying to get his act together to redeem himself in Jennas eyes and be a good father. KC could then realize that his friends are not only irresponsible and immature but at times a bad influence on him. He could have the struggle of being a teenager and being a father. Instead we got a supposedly comical situation of him being handcuffed to Binaca (lucky sod) that goes NOWHERE.

    Eli is a popular amongst the girls, I know, but to everyone else he is irritating. If I’m supposed to like this guy the writers are doing a terrible job. Due to his popularity amongst girls, I have no doubt by the time he is a Senior he will be the lead male actor on the show. The problem is that we have no reason to like Eli other than his tragic past. Everything he does he does for selfish reasons. While it is sad that his girlfriend died and he was bullied, that doesnt excuse him getting Fitz arrested and putting Clare through all this drama. Clare is 15, she shouldnt have to deal with the pressure of worrying if she will cause Eli to die. The fact that Eli puts people through this makes him very unlikable and at this point unsympathetic. Unless next season revolves around him getting his act together, they should really focus on other characters like Connor, Zane, KC, Bianca, and other characters we dont see often.

    Once again the trailer for this episode was a poor representation of the episode. The first 6 seasons of Degrassi didnt advertise every episode like something life changing was going to happen and you got your ratings just fine. See when you prep us up for this dramatic intense episode, and you dont deliver, you severely ruin the tone and our enjoyment of the episode.

    Also the trailer for next season was bullshit.

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    1. While I’m not an Eli or Eclare fangirl by any means, I think it’d be really interesting if they decided to dig deeper into the whole Eli/Julia thing. I still feel like why she died is a huge mystery. They could do a lot of good subplot twists if they went that way. Otherwise, I completely agree. Eli is unlikeable because so far his backstory is really no excuse for his behaviour.

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      1. Yeah I would like to see him deal with Julia more myself which is why I’m glad hes no longer with Clare. We should get to know the characters before they are dating others.

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      2. For the most part, this has been Clare’s story. Eli’s rarely been the point of view we get in the narrative (when Fitz is involved Eli’s a bit more the narrative protagonist). We’re seeing most of it from Clare’s point of view, and how this changes and shapes Clare.

        I figured eventually they’d give us a proper Eli story for just Eli eventually, just next season.

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      3. Claire’s 16… didnt Eli start to teach her to drive? i think the legal driving age anywhere is 16…

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    2. I’m not a fangirl by any means and I find Eli’s storyline-regardless of Claire-absolutely fascinating. Has it not hit fans yet that Eli is mentally unstable and quite possibly manic depressive? He’s had moments of mania all throughout the season. The time he tried to poison Fitz-this was a very unorthodox moment because when does that ever happen? When is that considered a balanced action? Eli’s issues with hoarding went into the fact that Eli has not properly coped or dealt with his girlfriend’s death. He managed to keep things together probably because of the stability of having Claire as a girlfriend. After he stopped hoarding how did he cope? I’m assuming that he transferred all of his energy and emotions toward Claire, convincing himself that he loved her. So when she rejected him he had a mental breakdown. I find this more realistic because often people will go back into their normal routine after a traumatic event and bury the trauma as a survival mechanism.

      I don’t think his character is irritating, I think this is one of the most interesting storylines Degrassi has ever done. Perhaps the couple and pairing of Eli and Claire was irritating, I’ll give you that. Fangirl romance is always kind of irritating for me. The storyline itself been extremely continuous and doesn’t wrap up in three seconds. Let’s hope the writers continue to explore how Eli and his family deal with this issue including therapists, possible relapses, medications and side effects would be a fascinating thing to go into. His father looked so sad when he found out Eli took a gun and started shooting his dead girl friend’s picture. There’s definitely a communication gap there. Depression is something Degrassi has never really done. Yes we’ve seen bipolar disorder, but we’ve never seen the depression side of manic depression. We only saw Craig’s anger and then the story idea just sort of disappeared. It would be great to see the writers further explore this. And minus Claire because she really has nothing to do with this.

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      1. I like and agree with everything in this post. I don’t even necessarily like Eli as a person at this point, but DAMN, he is for sure the most fascinating character on this show, hands down. I am just so excited to see what’s in store for his character next.

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      2. First thing, manic depression is the old term for bipolar, I think what you are referring to is massive depressive disorder. However I believe that Eli has borderline personality disorder. The disorder often manifests itself in idealization and devaluation episodes, as well as chaotic and unstable interpersonal relationships, self image, identity, and behaviour; as well as disturbance in the individuals sense of self.

        I really wish that Degrassi would do a proper story on depression. They did a great job back in Degrassi Junior High when Stephanie Kay was depressed, it would be nice to see how they could explore it in this decade. Depression would be a better topic to explore than borderline personality disorder because more people can identify with depression. Most of the comments about Eli’s behaviour have been negative, commenting that he is a “complete mental freak”. BPD is not easy to understand or explain.

        On another topic did anyone notice that Jenna gave birth while in her dress from the dance, not a hair out of place and looked happy and energetic minutes after? It would be nice to show the pain and duration of typical birth. For any person not educated enough may think that birth is a quick and easy process. As someone who grew up watching Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High I think the biggest problem with the decline in quality is due to not showing adequate or real consequences for most situations. This makes it seem less real and more like a typical drama series.

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  32. Haven’t seen the episode yet, but I actually that this season was WAY better than season 7/8/9. Best episode would be MBIAC, lol. Anyone who disliked this season, care to explain? I I’m the mood for a good debate, lol.

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    1. care to explain what MBIAC is?

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      1. ClosetDegrassiLover April 23, 2011 at 3:09 am

        My Body is a Cage – Adam’s Transgender plotline.

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    2. omg. yes, not i know. that was a great episode! love that one. :) thnks for explaining closetdegrassilover. im not good with abrviations. or spelling.

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  33. I just realized…are we going to see the seniors graduate this season if the season is over now?!

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    1. Season 11 doesn’t have to start at the beginning of next school year. It’ll probably pick up for the end of the current school year.

      We’ll probably see a cast culling after the 7 weeks of tele novela, same way Leia and Peter were cut halfway through S10. Since none of the seniors have really finished their plots.

      Holly J and Dec is still open ended.
      Fiona still has issues to work through.
      Riley and his parents haven’t been settled.
      Anya and Dr. Chris is still up in he air.
      Sav still has family issues to handle, and crazy schemes!
      Chantay…. okay, I got nothing.

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      1. Hahah Chantay, is she EVER going to graduate? I thought she joined the cast a year prior to the current seniors..

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      2. Oooh I see. I can’t wait for the next season now!
        Part of me really wants to see Holly J and Declan together again, but the other half tells me they’re over now. And of course I want to see what happens with Fiona, Riley, Anya, and Sav (they’re some of the strongest actors on the show). Oh and then Chantay…she was…yeah I got nothing either.

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      3. “Season 11 will consist of 44 episodes (one of which is an hour-long episode). The summer episodes depict the remainder of the 2010-2011 school year. The Seniors will graduate and the season will start back up in the fall with the 2011-2012 school year.”
        from Degrassi Wikia

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    2. They’re going to graduate halfway through season 11.

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    3. Season 11 is when they graduate.

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  34. Truthfully Tonight’s Degrassi alone should get a A++++ based on the acting. Plot aside, this was amazing everyone was so good and funny and just great. I enjoyed this episode even after seeing ALL those spoilers because it was acted way differently than I expected and it occurred in such a natural way.

    My only complaint, the Eli and Clare plot is took front seat this season and other plots and characters are almost getting cheated out of the good writing they give to their plots.
    They need to share the good ideas next season or else it could end up like a repeat of in too boring which almost felt worse than Season 9 at times.

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    1. I crunched some numbers earlier on, due to all the complaints about “Eclare got too much screentime.” They did get a lot, no question, but they didn’t get ‘too much.’ The average is 5-6 plots per character this season where the character is the protagonist (which means that from storytelling purposes we’re following them around, “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself” had Sav in this position in the A plot, even if he had a lot of help from Eli and Adam.) Clare, Holly J, and Alli shared in having 8 plots where they were the hero. Holly J and Clare also had a lot of time in the secondary roles in other plots, high but not absurd.

      Those with fewer than 5 plots as protagonist are Connor (2), Declan (1), Chantay (1), Owen (0), and Bianca (0). Eli and K.C. were in a lot of plots, but if you ignore plots with Clare and Jenna respectively, they both scored very low (2 each, both of said plots included their girlfriends but focused on the boys with equal flow.) Owen and Bianca are ANTAGONISTS explaining them, and Landon was working on other projects explaining Declan.

      Onto Eli and Clare, this was trying to build an ACTUAL RELATIONSHIP without the complaint most seasons give where ‘and suddenly, Danny and Leia are in love’ happens. Replace Danny and Leia with any two characters who matter more to the season *coughPiacough*. Which takes time, and time is a commodity on a show like this. Both of the power couples storywise this season were worked into other plots in the background (Eclare to Adam, and Kenna to Alli and Drew) which probably helped some with the flow of the season, but hurt the idea they were getting ‘too much screen’.

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      1. ….That’s nice but completely besides the point. I said they put them in the front seat writing wise as in their plots this season were the better and were written well, while everyone else had quite the boring amount of writing and badly executed plots.

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  35. Well by morty looks like Eli will finally get a regular car next season lolz I knew morty was the 1 who was gonna die the promo wasn’t intense enough for an actual character to die.

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  36. im going to say this the nicest i can, wait scratch that–
    this episode was bull shit! what the heck, eli being all crazy (majorlyy good acting munro, he did great) and alli practically telling clare to break up with him, the convo between them was goood tho. it was intense i was like :O. but anyway, the hospital scene, eli grabbing clares hand , what the hell? come on, that scene could have been so much more meaningful.
    jenna and kc : omg, honestly. what the hell was that crap? the END of the episode, last 10 seconds showed her unknown sex of the baby, which was just plain crap. maybe it would have been better if it showed them all happy, then clare walking away crying, and them seeing her.

    and the ending with clare and alli, god why the hell would they even put that shit in there? like, clares “love” just fucking crashed a car and got his bones all broken up, then completely goes nuts, and she goes back and wants to “dance”. dude, what the hell? shoulnt she be like depressed or whatever?

    anyways, this finale made me mad as fuck that i even got excited for that dissapointment. disagree with me if you want, i dont care. but i just didnt like it. at all.

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  37. I haven’t even tried to start writing the review yet….I can’t concentrate. I made the mistake of going on tumblr after the episode. The thought that anyone could just brush off what Eli did as ok because he’s sick, or not acknowledge that he was being manipulative makes my head hurt.

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    1. i just read a comment from a fan girl that said:

      clare is a bitch. she can go die. i hate her because she left eli all alone in the hospital when he needed her. he loves her thats why he does these things she is so heartless.

      if that aint “creepily dejavu eli obsessing over clare” fan girl obsession, idk what is. those indenial fan girls are so annoying!

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      1. Ok that’s out of control I mean I’m a huge fan of the couple but not like that. I was actually kinda glad they broke up becuz it’s just not a healthy relationship as much as I love them. The only thing I’m worried about is they will never get back together after awhile but I guess that’s my true fan-ness kicking in :_(

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    2. This is kinda my huge issue with Twilight. Twilight teaches kids that removing the engine from your girlfriend’s car shows you care.

      Clare taking a stand is the right thing to do but the fangirls won’t see it thinking they can fix Eli on their own. When Eli has far too many issues for any girlfriend to handle, let alone a 15 year old girl with her own troubles.

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      1. ClosetDegrassiLover April 23, 2011 at 2:10 am

        Preach. That’s why I hate Twilight too. It’s suggesting girls can’t take care of themselves and having an oppressive boyfriend is alright if he says he loves you. My dad and I watched the movie together and I turned to him and said, “If a guy sneaks in my room to watch me sleep, I won’t invite him into bed, I’ll call the cops.”

        His response? “That made me feel a hell of a lot better.”

        Yeah, I’m so glad Clare is a character that defies that – the healthy alternative.

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    3. He wasn’t being manipulative, he was in a state of mania. What is it that people can’t seem to grasp there? It wasn’t like he was doing it to purposely threaten or scare Claire, he did it because he wasn’t in a proper mental state. Claire wasn’t a bitch, I would have done the same thing. Claire cannot help Eli, Eli needs his family and a therapist to help him get through whatever he’s going through. I think the crazy thing here is that it’s left so unresolved, we’re never given an explanation as to why he did it. I just assumed after a couple of views that Eli was definitely going through a mental breakdown. He never dealt with his girlfriend’s death properly, he started hoarding until Claire and Adam got him to stop. He then transferred his emotions into “loving Claire,” as an attempt to move on. I think the writers really need to explore this issue in season 11, rather than just send him away to some institution and “viola he’s better and how will Eli make it up to Claire?” This is supposed to be a show about teen issues and I want to see Eli deal with this issue, rather than just cast it aside like every other issue.

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      1. It doesn’t matter if he was doing it on purpose or not, that’s not the point. His state of mania caused him to engage in manipulative behavior. Of course he wasn’t trying to scare her, but he knew crashing Morty would make her come running back to him (which is what he wanted). You don’t have to be in a proper mental state to try and manipulate people into getting what you want.

        I agree with everything else you said though, but part of me thinks the writers won’t necessarily send him away…I have a bad feeling they’ll pull a Craig where he goes to therapy for a while and after that it’s like his illness never existed.

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    4. Hunter Ann- Marie April 25, 2011 at 12:48 am

      if you are a true fan of their characters and you truly love them, you will want what is best for them. for clare that is someone else and eli that is mental help. it sucks that it didn’t work out between them but any sane person can see that no one was “at fault” for their break up. it’s not clare’s fault she’s not super woman and it’s not eli’s fault that he needs some serious help. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT SEASON 11 HOLDS (bring DJH and DH feeling producers! YOU CAN DO IT!!)

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  38. And I thought they said someone would die. Who is this they speak of?

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    1. Morty…died.

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  39. while i don’t think eli’s behavior is okay AT ALL, i am kind of upset with how degrassi continues to portray people with mental illnesses. there are plenty of people who with therapy and medication beat their diagnosis. we really don’t need degrassi perpetuating the stereotype that having a mental illness means that you are a disaster waiting to happen. jared loughner brought the stigma back to the forefront recently…we don’t need shows for teenagers confounding it. i really hope that they show eli in therapy and put him on medication so that teens with mental illnesses can see that it’s possible to have a normal life in high school in spite of your diagnosis. i did.

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    1. I agree, Eli’s troubled side being untreated was a good storyline device, but its a bad message to send. Hopefully the writers realize this and work him into stability over the next season.

      Honestly it’d be a good plotline for him separated from Clare. Since he’s not had a lot of plot without her.

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      1. It was just kind of necessary to develop his illness first before just treating it. So as long as the writers decide to get him help, I don’t think this has been a bad message to send, it’s just been setting the whole thing up so that people who would relate to this storyline have a chance to. If you bring in a character who’s already being treated, then you can’t relate to the part of the audience that hasn’t gotten that far yet. I think they did it very well: he was probably already inclined to depression, it was worsened by a traumatic experience, trying to deal with it himself made it even worse, eventually leading to these obsessive, possessive tendencies. Since a lot of people with depression don’t want to get help, it usually takes something like this, the car “accident” and break-up, to push them into it. If the writers want to get down to it, he’ll probably meet with a psychiatrist before he even leaves the hospital.

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      2. I meant its a bad message if they never get him treatment. Setting up his illness is needed, but it should eventually lead to treatment.

        I misworded that thought. ^_^;;

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    2. They did it with Craig’s character, remember? He was bipolar for half of Season 4, and by the time Season 5 started he was fine again…I assume they’re going to eventually do the same thing with Eli. But it’ll definitely get old if we have to go through another full season of Eli being unstable…they’ve gotta level him out at some point.

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      1. Indeed, but I’m hoping they don’t rush this like they did with Craig. Craig just seemed “magically” better after a few episodes. Eli’s problems stem from something else entirely, his inability to deal with his emotions and depression after the death of his girlfriend. Craig was abused and it’s possible that his manic depression was a genetic thing, considering how imbalanced his father was. So Eli needs therapy, they should really go into how his family deals with this because I really enjoyed the scene between Eli and his father. Also, where was his mother? He needs to open up and talk with his parents rather than just his friends. I feel like Degrassi has lacked that parental touch since Emma left the show.

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  40. uggh those dam fangirls calling clare all these names need to goo…”IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO READ SOMETHING THAT HAS VERY ADULT THEMED LANGUAGE AND CUSSING, PLEASE READ NO FURTHER”
    continued:
    choke onn a dick and get some dam common sense! how the hell are you going to call clare a bitch for not wanting to be in a relationship where ol dude is crazy as fuck? dude LAUGHED when she was breaking up with him. stop being dumbasses and posting shit about clare being wrong when eli was. you crazyy ass fan girls.

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  41. @Kary Hey will you be posting episode grades after your review of Drop the World?

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    1. Yeah i’m gonna start working this weekend to gather all of the grades from this season

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      1. okay cool! I like to look back at the grades

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  42. Perfect cliffhanger.. Instead of Eli just “crashing Morty and no one gives a shit” like what happened, Eli should have seriously got injured during the crash, Clare comes in the hospital and sees Eli like slowly dying.. Instead of the conversation they had, Clare says I love you and crap, and the life monitor thing starts to fade and the doctors come running because they think Eli is dying.

    Season 11, Eli is alive, just was in like a coma or something.

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  43. ayoo.its.daly.x3 April 23, 2011 at 12:45 am

    This Episode Was EXTRA Lame , It Was A Damn Dissapointment , I Dont Even Think I Want Too Continue Watching Degrassi Anymore Cause All These Episodes Are Getting Super Predictable Ughh

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  44. EClare: This plot has just divided the Degrassi fanbase. While I totally agree that it was time these two split and Eli is mentally unstable, the writers just pissed off a bunch of angry fangirls. The plot was well done, a bit overdramatic, but well done. It was nice to see Clare stand up for herself and see Alli as Calre’s sidekick ofr a change (instead of the other way around). I admitt, Munro is a fantastic actor. His acting impressed in this episode and really made me believe every word he said. Seeing a clingy, unstable Eli was disturbing but made for geat tv.

    HollyJ: Her break up with Sav seemed rushed because after Halo, I thought it was going in a different direction. I think they just split them up so that they could follow up with Fiona being lesbian (which makes me think that when writing season 10, they didn’t make her a lesbian until they wrote chasing pavements and then they’re like ‘well, better break up holly j/sav and forget how couple-y they got in Halo and Hide and Seek). My favorite part was Anya’s comic relief, like saying how all her friends are gay and gesturing to Fiona when holly j was putting that flower in her hair.

    Jenna: About time! It was kind of flat for me but I liked the party for KC. It seemed very in character for drew, dave, and kc. It’ll be interesting to see how this storylin differs from mia’s teenmom one. (and may i say, drew and bianca looked great together in this episode while chantay needs to go die in a hole or something because she’s really useless)

    Promo: I’m not even going to make any comments because I’ve decided to not even try because lets face it, theres not a lot to go on for predictions. plus, i kinda want to stay in the dark and just see what happens, u kno?

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  45. what a horrible finale. i hated it. i thought i was going to love it, but oh HELL nah. i didnt like it that much. but i am glad that jenna had her friking baby alread. that baby was adorable. :). i dont like how eclare ended. im…ok with clare breaking up with eli, but i dont like how she did it. but im not against clare. i just wish he wasnt so god damn crazy! oh, and did anyone notice that eli had a huge smile on his face when he said “i crashed morty”. im like wtf man! i loved morty and how can clare not like morty? thats…thats…just not right. oh well. that boy should go to therapy. yeah, i no im going to get a lot of hate mail cuz i like something that not many people like and apperently everytime i speak my opinoin, i get shit but, i like eclare. i love them, and, of course, im not happy with the ending. duh. there you go, go ahead and yell at me and make yourself look like a fool for yelling at a kid for liking something you didnt, haters. so, im not happy. and whats the gender, name, etc of jenna’s baby? we didnt find that out? i really doubt that fiona will get over hj. i feel as if though if clare HAD to brake up with him, she shouldnt have done it when hes in a hospital bed. also, i feel as if alli pushed clare to brake up with him. she urged her too and the she goes back and dances? wtf?! i dont get this finale. its doesnt make any sense to me. and the new promo, confusing. whos yelling “i cant believe this”, is it eli or drew? which one? all in all, i didnt like this finale. hated it. (angry face)

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  46. also, im tired of everuthing being about fucking julia. its annoying. he needs to get a life. thats why i was happy when he was with clare and there was those couple of scenes where he wasnt all about julia, which was nice!!! shes not even a charcters on the show, why is she mentioned so many damn times? its sooooo annoying.

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    1. ikr,everything with Eli is about Julia!
      It would be better if we got to know the Eli before Julia becuase(this may sound insensitive)I’m tired of constantly hearing about someone who isn’t even alive!

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  47. I can’t wait to read your review. I do so look forward to your story grades!

    I’ve got my recap/review up now! I’d love your thoughts on it. Reader comments and feedback on the article are welcome and appreciated!

    http://thetwocentscorp.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/degrassi-%E2%80%93-recap-review-%E2%80%93-drop-the-world-part-two/

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  48. All the finales (All Falls Down, Halo, Drop the World) have been pretty good, but not as intense as Stohn makes them seem. I hope season 11 takes it up a little bit higher. What if the death that Luke mentioned was in the spring break special that was supposed to be the season 10 finale?

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  49. During season 8, when i began to watch, i lobed degrassi. I loved it more and more until season 10. At the beginning of this season (boiling point) I was excited every day for a new episode and that’s all I cared for ALL summer! The plots were amazing! When degrassi first got uniforms, the plots were Ok but now, the wrIter are seriously acting like a 4th grade English class! The plots are ok….but I except more from my favorite tv show!

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    1. You loved season 8? Enough for you to keep watching? That’s a new one.

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      1. Hunter Ann- Marie April 25, 2011 at 12:53 am

        @Rachel… HA.

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  50. I knew no one was gonna die lol. Haven’t seen the ep yet, but I already knew what was gonna happen, so I’m taking it at face value when I’m watching it.

    Real degrassi fans know that degrassi hasn’t had a finale worth a damn since season 2.

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    1. Obvs you’re tots forgetting Season 3’s finale. Billy Ray Cyrus = AWESOME SUPERFANTABULOUS FINALE.

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      1. Season 3’s was considered one of the worst until goin down the road aired. Then keep on loving you took the crown.

        Don’t get me wrong though, I liked power of love, and billy ray = winning

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  51. I actually thought it wasn’t a bad episode. The way I see it.

    Eli & Clare: This was their season. And since it was a long season we got pretty Eclared out. So it made sense that they would end this way. Basically an Eclare overload that imploded on itself. Clare had enough. I really like their story. IDK if this is it for them. Eli has so many issues to work out.

    Holly J & Fiona: A part of me was wondering what they would be like as a couple. But Holly J is straight and not looking to experiment which is fine. I felt it was a real and honest ending. Fiona has a crush on her but they won’t let it ruin their friendship.

    Jenna & KC: NEVER THOUGHT I’D SAY THIS: not enough Jenna! We had two scenes right? Her water breaking and then carrying in that big baby as if she had just given birth to it. Is there a certain reason why we don’t see them delivering? Even like a 5 second scene of her just going into labor would have been something. This was the one story that was around for all 3 blocks of season 10 and it deserved more of an ending. I feel like Jessica Tyler was robbed of a potentially great acting opportunity and the fans were robbed of a huge moment for the story.

    BTW Bullfrog said it best when he was talking to ELi. The things that seem so huge when you’re a teenager and then you get older and you realize there is life after high school.

    The ending made me smile. Something so Emma and Manny about it. I love the friendship between Alli and Clare.

    Probably my second favorite season of Degrassi. *Season 3 being first of course. I know this summer it’ll be sad saying goodbye to about half of these people. But I’m also excited to see where these characters and new characters go.

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    1. While I recognize that the lion’s share of Jenna’s unlikability is due to the writing, let’s be honest here: Jessica Tyler was never going to win a Gemini had she filmed a labor scene.

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  52. The fact that Jenna actually had a healthy baby makes her 50 percent less interesting to me. Of course, 50 percent of zero is still zero.

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  53. First time posting here but this episode was so lackluster I had to vent.
    Disappointing episode. Especially because I know that a Linda Schuyler/Stephen Stohn series can do an amazing car crash scene and aftermath. If you want to see how it’s done right, check out episodes 304/305 of Instant Star.

    Punk/goth/alternative/whatever character has a huge blowout with her best friend and boyfriend. Gets into her old black Cadillac (not a hearse but close enough) is drunk off her ass and not holding the steering wheel and rams right into the side of a bridge. And fucking dies.

    Holly J/Fiona: Meh

    Jenna: Sweet the birth of your kid got even less air time and presence than Liberty. That’s an accomplishment.

    Side note (and yes I’m well aware it’s just a tv show) But Eli must get a ridiculously huge allowance. Considering gas prices and he has no job and up until this episode drove a 30+ year old hearse that gets 5 miles to the gallon on a good day.

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    1. Jenna: Sweet the birth of your kid got even less air time and presence than Liberty. That’s an accomplishment.

      lmfao post here more often

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      1. Cosigned.

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  54. kayla chambers April 23, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Ok this ep was ok i guess , eli is crazy for wat he did to morty (i wonder wat car he ganna get next) clare was rite for dumping hem. .

    what i ndt get is why would KC hand cuff his self to bianca out of all people ?

    this ep wint bye fast it should have been a hr long .

    but shit happens.:\

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  55. Let me make one thing clear: I do not hate Clare and am not mad she left Eli at the hospital. In fact, I am actually kind of proud that she did that. But, Clare, Ali, and a few others are seeing Eli’s behavior as clingy behavior and something they can’t control. There is a deep mental illnesss, and I have a feeling that he was never in full control of his actions, it’s not a good sign. Anyway, the episode was predictable, but that doesn’t mean it’s my least favorite. It’s not a very good finale episode, and people would have probably been acting this way if it wasn’t the season finale.

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  56. A lot of people say the episode was predictable, yes the baby was but some of the Eli stuff wasn’t unless you seen some or all of the spoilers this past week. Even though I seen every spoiler possible I was still shocked at what happened, I didn’t expect Eli to freaking grab Clare. Also the Fiona stuff I did not expect Hj to just ship her off with the first lesbian she found XD. I liked even though there was so much “drama” going on they included such a simple and innocent plot like HJ coming to terms with Fiona being lesbian without going over dramatic.

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    1. Oh and another thing, Degrassi is starting to become “bad” in the sense that they don’t wanna go over dramatic and want to educate at the same time but they aren’t doing either right. Their making awareness plots come off boring (like HJ and Fiona) but then their over dramatic plots come off rushed and bad (Eli and Clare). They need to figure out some middle ground, they did a good job with My Body is A Cage so they should capture that and input it into every episode they do. That was a perfect example of how they used the two part episode on two different nights correctly without making it boring or taking it over board.

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      1. I was thinking the same thing. Degrassi is (or at least, was) educational, but it is/was very dramatic too. They are focusing on the drama of the episode over the education. I’m a Kenna fan but I think that their whole pregnancy storyline was un-educational. It gave teenagers/kids an unrealistic example of teenage pregnancy.

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  57. We’ll. This episode was really disappointing to me. Everything was so obvious. We knew Jenna would have the baby because in the promo shantae yelled call 911 and like we knew Eli wouldn’t die,well I did but like if he died it would of made the show more dramatic. But also I don’t think that much people would care because hendoesnt have a lot of friends. I’m also making a prediction since Eli and Claire broke up maybe fitz and Claire will get together. The last thing I was mad about was when Jenna said to KC when like she already had her baby and all KC walks in and Jenna is like “glad you made it!”
    Him: I wouldn’t miss it
    Like yeah he did miss her giving birth actually! Haha.

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  58. The Eli fangirl comments on the Degrassi facebook page are literally painful to read…

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    1. I know right? They all sound like a bunch of little Eli. Degrassi RIPPED THEIR HEARTS OUT! lol

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  59. I have no feelings towards DDrop the World” as a finale, because I don’t consider it so. I just consider it a regular episode that just so happens to be the last episode until the summertime (since they are using the remaining episodes of season 10 as the beginning episodes of season 11).

    I understand people’s love for EClare as characters which is great, because they are great characters, but I feel as if the die hard fangirls are totally blind to the point of the message Degrassi is trying to send about people being victims of emotionally abusive and manipulative relationships. I’m glad CLare stood up for herself and went through with ending the relationship. No one should have to put themselves through such emotional pain and confusion, especially as 15 year old girl.

    So on another note, I do agree with those who were upset that KC/Jenna’s plot was a C-Plot. It could’ve been a B-plot with much more build up, it just seemed random lol.

    R.I.P Morty

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  60. The downfall of this season was definitely the over dramatic promos. They make every episode look like there’s going to be a freaking apocolaypse! Instead of just saying “woah Fitz is back” they have us saying “OMFG FITZ IS GOING TO GO CRAZY AND RAPE CLARE AND SHOOT ELI!!” Ok maybe not that crazy, but you get my point.

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  61. What no sex of Jenna ‘s baby. Come on Stephen Sthon we wait scene the boiling point. They rushed through the episode . I thought Holly J and Fiona and Anya love triangle. That was you less.

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  62. What no sex of Jenna ‘s baby. Come on Stephen Stohn we wait scene the boiling point. They rushed through the episode . I thought Holly J and Fiona and Anya love triangle. That was you less.

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    1. perfect example of broken enlish rightnhere

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    2. perfect example of broken english right here

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  63. Thoughts of episode:

    Eli- Eli and clare finally broke up so that is good. Clare did the perfect thing to break up with him. Eli is a pshycho. I don’t see them talking to each other anymore,

    Holly J and Fiona- Good set up for Fiona’s secret crush on Holly J. I wonder how it is going to turn out next season.

    Jenna- Finally Jenna baby come. I thing we find sex of the kid in season 11. Storyline was too rushed and we didnt see her give birth.

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    1. you do know that her ‘secret cruch’ isn’t a secret anymore right? anya told holly j and then fiona told holly j she’d get over her because she’s not that awesome

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      1. Yes I meant If Holly J and Fiona ever get together next season

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    2. KC & Jenna’s storyline wasn’t rushed… it was given no time because it was sub-plot B. You can’t show a whole birth along with KC’s party/ KC’s rush to the hospital in two scenes.

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      1. I meant sub-plot C

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  64. What makes me ridiculously mad about this episode is how inaccurate Jenna’s birth was. One minute her water broke, the next she went into the hospital with a baby. Hey, guess what? IT TAKES AT LEAST HALF A DAY FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.

    I know, Eli and Clare’s plot was the way more important of the two in the show’s eyes, but dammit, make it accurate! That just totally pisses me off.

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    1. Not necessarily, people go into labor before their water breaks. It’s different for everyone, it could take hours, or it could take a matter of minutes.

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      1. On average, the first labor takes 13 hours though, and then it decreases with the successive children. I highly doubt that this girl who’s giving birth for the first time (with possible complications because she is a teenager) would give birth during an ambulance ride to the hospital. It’s not unlikely, but it’s really uncommon.

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  65. Here’s what I concluded from the episode: I think it’s important to acknowledge that Eli was not being “Abusive” intentionally, but rather was in a state of mania. I think the character is manic depressive, throughout the show he’s had his good days and bad days. He tried to deal with it by hoarding, which probably worked until Claire and Adam tried to stop him from doing that. So he focused all of his energy on “loving” Claire, but it was really just his way of trying to transfer his emotions over the situation of Julie’s death to something else. After Claire’s rejection, he snapped and had a mental breakdown. If their world is thrown out of sync, manic depressives can hurt/kill themselves or others. Remember how Craig beat the crap out of Joey? Was Craig “Being abusive or a jerk?” He wasn’t really in a state to make any sort of proper moral judgement, he was in a state of mania. I like the fact that Eli’s storyline was not resolved in a 3 second storyline, much like Craig’s was. In fact…his deterioration alone has taken how many seasons? So it’s interesting because this is one of the longest and most continuous plotlines they’ve dealt with on Degrassi. I hope they don’t resolve this too quickly over the summer. I also loved the interaction between Eli and his father, he looked so worried and I hope the writers show the family unit trying to deal with Eli’s problems rather than just Claire moving on.

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    1. I agree with you completely. He wasn’t trying to manipulate her intentionally, he has mental problems and keeps channeling it through different sources…

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    2. This is a spot-on analysis of Eli’s mental state, which I think a lot of viewers are failing to grasp. I said this before and I’ll say it again: Eli really has no stable control over himself. To me, he is seriously mentally ill.

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  66. The one part of the episode I hated was the Holly J/Anya/Fiona storyline, which is ironic because I love these simple storylines about dealing with average things. The awkwardness of dealing with a friend who’s gay and in love with you has got to be the most awkward thing ever. Holly J’s reaction was also brilliantly done, but it just felt so out of place here. It was so trivial compared to everything else that was going on. I just wanted the storyline to move along so we could see what was going on. To have Anya tell Holly J so quickly and have Holly J confront Fiona seemed unrealistic. What they should have done was have Anya tell Holly J at the dance and left it on that note, then focus more on the other plotlines. I would have loved to see many failed attempts to unlock KC from those handcuffs, perhaps a forlorn Jenna being stood up at the dance until her water breaks. I also would have loved to see more of an interaction between Bullfrog and Claire over Eli’s state of mind. Instead…we had incessant dialogue between Anya/Holly J/Fiona over something I was not invested in at the same. I’ve been watching this show for over 10 years and it just seems that this was not the time or place for combining a silly storyline with a serious and dramatic one. They should have made KC and Jenna’s storyline the comedic relief, having two extra subplots is not working out so well for this show.

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    1. I completely agree! It should be a main plot and a sub-plot, The episode can go more places when it has more time to move.

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  67. DON’T KNOW IF ANYONE ELSE SAW THIS BUT THIS IS MY FIRST TIME SEEING IT. SOME SEXY ASS GUY THAT WILL BE IN 1 EPISODE IN SEASON 11

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    1. He looks like a hoodrat… But it will be interesting to see him on the show.

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      1. HOODRATS>>>>>

        THEY’RE THE BEST!

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    2. I was going to post about this,
      ****SPOILER*****

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      I went on his facebook and he shows a picture of his shoes before and after a fight scene. So in the premiere there’s a fight scene :O His character’s name is Anson
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  68. @Lewomack first off im on my phone and it doesnt have the ‘reply’ button. anyway not neccessarily. my mom was only in labor for an 1hr and a half with me…

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    1. I’m not denying that it doesn’t happen. I’m just saying it’s uncommon, and typically it’s a lot longer for first time mothers (especially teenage mothers). My mom spent 11 hours in labor with my brother (first child) and 6 with me (second child). And when I volunteered in a labor and delivery ward over the summer I don’t think anyone who checked in during my time gave birth 2 hours later.

      I’m sorry if I seem argumentative, but those are just the facts I learned from my health classes in college. But you’re right, everyone’s different :)

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  69. http://lifeintechincolor.tumblr.com/
    hey guys! follow me on tumblr! i’ll be talking a lot about degrassi ahahah

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  70. saw this on tumblr, just had to post it here:

    THAT AWKWARD MOMENT WHEN THE ONLY LONG TERM COUPLE THAT HAS LASTED IS KENNA…..

    :(

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    1. saw that too! i found it funny though. What couples are actually left on Degrassi?
      KC+Jenna, Zane+Riley, Drew+Bianca…I think that’s it.

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      1. what about Dave and Sadie

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      1. oh yeah! totally forgot about all these people. I wish they gave Wesley more screentime, he’s the best.

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    2. Yea seriously wtf?? I hate Kenna with a passion why can’t they brake up?? Kcs such an asshole and Jenna is annoying as fuck. Put them together and u have the most irratating couple ever.

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      1. omg i totaly agree. but why did kc handcuff himself to BIANCA. why not drew or dave or someone else. why bianca?

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  71. I really think KC & Jenna’s plot had A LOT of potential, and really… that’s the only part I cared about in the episode. Since Eclare just trumps everything on Degrassi, of course that was going to be the main plot of the season finale(just like the main plot of the mid-season finale, hmmm coincidence? i think so.) but I think KC & Jenna’s plot could have easily been the main plot or sub-plot B. I was really hoping their plot could have gone somewhere, but once again i was disappointed by Television and their ever-so-often quick and easy child births. It was all so unrealistic and I was disappointed, It takes hours to have a child not a 10 minute ride to the hospital. This is exactly the reason why part 2 should have been an hour, and KC & Jenna should have been given a chance. We had Fiona last episode & I would have liked to see Holly J find out or figure out Fiona’s secret crush down the road.

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    1. the drew/alli/bianca love triangle was technically the a-plot for the mid-season finale. eclare didn’t have an a-plot until “umbrella” , but it’s easy to feel overwhelmed because they were both present in all of adam’s plots as well

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      1. No, I meant the summer finale, with the dance, Fitz, Eli, Clare, and the knife.

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  72. […] Degrassi Episode Review: Drop The World I’ve watched the episode, but I’ve been too distracted with the discussions happening online to write up my […] […]

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  73. Tuxedo T-Shirt April 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Saw this on Degrassi’s Facebook Page, “i hate clare!!!!Poor Eli.” smh

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    1. ughh i know, those comments are seriously painful to read.

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      1. i hate reading that annoying crap. makes me want to cuss them out in every language (see my post above)

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  74. So after seeing what seemed like an infinite amount of huge spoilers for this episode, I thought to myself “aw bump DTW (2), ready for the Season 11 promo”! I was also happy how I didn’t fall for ANY of Stephen Stohn’s over hyping tweets (learned my lesson from AFD lol) so I wasn’t that disappointed with the episode. I agree with all the grades Kary! The Season 11 promo got me excited though because Bianca may get more character development this year! :D

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  75. Can we all just take a moment to step back from the analyzing and acknowledge how beyond BRILLIANT Aislinn Paul and Munro Chambers’ acting was? I always doubted Aislinn’s acting abilities, especially her unconvincing mental breakdown during Clare’s divorce saga, but DAMN, did she steal the show–perhaps even from Munro whose acting is exceptional as always. I am just so impressed with them. To me, Aislinn and Munro’s acting was the best part of the episode. If it wasn’t for their exceptional acting, this plot would have done nothing for me. I like many others was spoiled beyond all belief, but I still found my heart racing throughout the entire finale just because it was just such an emotional rollercoaster. And I think what made this episode emotional for me was the fact that I could actually feel Eli and Clare’s anguish and sorrow. Basically, this was a predictable plot (even without the spoilers) saved by the characters’ human emotions which was fueled by great acting. So kudos, Munro and Aislinn, kudos.

    Let me also just take a moment to acknowledge how wonderful of a character Clare has evolved into. She’s gone from being a character I couldn’t stand to see on screen to now being my current favorite female character. Seeing her stand her ground to Eli at the very end was perfection. Television NEEDS more female characters like Clare who are willing to stand up for themselves in the end, even if they do experience some doubts. I just feel like she presents a great role model to young girls. However, the fact that so many of the female fans are on the anti-Clare bandwagon is pretty disheartening.

    People can hate on Eli all they want, but there is no denying he is thee most fascinating character on Degrassi right now (except maybe Adam). It’ll be interesting to see him in a world without Clare (at least for a little while since it is heavily implied their story will continue into season 11). I have no idea where they’ll be taking his character, but I can’t wait to find out where it leads. I pray to GOD someone gets this boy into therapy because if him almost killing himself in an attempt to stop his girlfriend from leaving him doesn’t sound off mental stability sirens, I don’t know what will.

    Oh, and what the HELL was supposed to be the season finale cliffhanger? Someone point me to the right direction…?

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    1. Munro Chambers’ acting was terrible in this episode. Anyone who says that he gave a brilliant performance does not know what good acting is.

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      1. i totally disagree. Munro and Aislinn’s acting is the only thing that made me actually like this finale. It would have been terrible if there hadn’t been such great acting on their part.

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      2. Munro haters are just as annoying as Munro fangirls. I think he’s a great actor, but he’s not that cute to me (especially after he started acting like a psycho).

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      3. You’re entitled to your opinion of course, but why don’t you explain yourself?

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    2. Agree with 100% of everything you said. And as for the cliffhanger, I dunno, maybe it’s the name of Jenna’s baby? xD

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  76. Oh, and leave it to Kenna to STILL bore the crap out of me, even while giving birth. -face palm-

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    1. Hunter Ann- Marie April 25, 2011 at 1:08 am

      lolz. yes…. xD

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  77. new tumblr: http://helloimanerd.tumblr.com/
    follow me y’all! i’m probably gonna be talking about degrassi a lot.

    Tumblr is soo much fun, especially for being a super-fan of many things. I’ve been talking to fellow Degrassi nerds for two days now, it’s so amazing. :D

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  78. I really wish Degrassi was like how it was back then. We need some EXTREME excitement. We may need another JT, although it won’t have the same effecct.

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  79. I was on degrassi wiki and a went to the bio of Jenna and it said she had a girl. It ‘s like what the fuck. I am really mad. They give it away on the website, but not on TV. who ever created that site . screw you

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    1. I think we should just ignore everything we see and hear until the season 11 premiere. We all ruin episodes because of this. You heard she has a daughter on a wiki, written by some random person. I saw on twitter that she has a son named Tyson. So right now, I don’t think anyone is right and we all should just be patient, we will eventually find out. :)

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      1. thanks for the truth

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  80. This is what I would have done as a Degrassi writer. Firstly, get rid of 1043. In the new 1043, do this:

    Plot A: Have Clare reject Eli when he asks to go on the Spring Break trip, and that should be the scene where she say “You have things to deal with” and leaves him instead of the whole bench scene.

    Plot B: Leave this plot alone. This one was the one no one cared about IMO.. This would be better as a C-Plot and Kenna having the B-Plot, but whatever

    Plot C: Baby shower scene, fight with KC, scrap the “sorry” scene and get right to telling to Dave to throw KC a bachelor party. Then end this plot with Jenna going into labor at the dance.

    Then imagine the promo they could make for 1044 with all the non-intense scenes taken out or put into 1043. Oh yeah, and 1043 won’t have Clare’s talk with Eli (on the phone) and won’t have KC’s bachelor party featured.

    Then we all know how good 1044 would be. A-Plot starts with Eli on the phone with Clare. She says she wants to break up, he says no. End of scene. Then Jenna should be getting rushed to the hospital in an ambulance be like screaming and stuff, then go back to Eclare, and Eli gets into the car crash (actually show something more, c’mon), Jenna then has her baby and like nearly dies, Clare visits Eli, KC comes from his bachelor party to hospital and Jenna is okay.

    Would be much better.

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  81. Ok so who do u think will be clares new boyfriend (or at least first cuz I think both of them will be her boyfriend at 1 point)?? Fitz or Jake??

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    1. Doesn’t matter I think. She’ll probably get them confused like the rest of us all throughout season 11. Seriously, those two look too much alike.

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    2. I’m guessing Jake. But do we know if they are keeping Fitz around? They haven’t shown him since Jesus Etc have they?

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      1. Yes aislinn said on the MTV spoiler clip for drop the world part 2 that we still haven’t seen the last of fitz.

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  82. Who is this Anson guy, Why is he important.

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  83. Also can people stop saying Stephen Stohn or Stefan over hype episodes. I follow both of them on twitter, Stefan rarely tweets anymore, Stephen tweets a lot but most of the “hyping” is so vague. You guys just read too much into those 140 characters. Regardless you shouldn’t even believe what they say especially after All Falls Down.

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  84. WHYYYYYY!!! MORTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  85. Finally watched the episode for myself. It was alright. Pretty underwhelming, but entertainig nonetheless. My only disappointments with it are how poorly handled the kc/jenna plot was, and that the crash wasn’t actually SHOWN. That was so dumb, but munro and aislinns acting made me forgive it. The end of their plot was chilling.

    I had a girlfriend who kinda acted like eli in this episode. Protip boys and girls: threatening to kill/hurt yourself or actually endangering yourself for someones attention is in no way romantic. No matter what twilight tells you.

    On to season 11, and the REAL season 10 finale.

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  86. Stephen tweeted new episode titles: 1114/15 U Dont know, 1116/17 Lose Yourself, 1118/19 Mr. Brightside, and 1120/21 Extraordinary Machine

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  87. I’m surprised you didn’t give the Kenna plot an F lmao

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  88. In Too Deep was all over the place. We went from Eclare being totally fine at the season opener to total chaos! I suppose the clincher was Fitz. He really is Eli’s foil, no matter what. In the Jesus, Etc. episodes we saw the first hint of possessiveness in Eli (which I personally thought was warranted considering the history between the characters). Was it so difficult to believe that Fitz might be trying to use Clare to get back at Eli- at least from Eli’s perspective? I think it’s important to consider his view point. Of course he’s going to think that! The problem with Eli is that everything is black and white- life or death- he can’t reconcile the idea that there is more going on than what he might think. If he wants people to look beneath the black clothing and consider the source, he should do the same.

    Clare…oi, Clare… The writing this season has really diminished Clare’s logic. She’s always been so headstrong and independent but we see how her emotions have taken a major toll on her. It’s to be expected- her parents are breaking up (which is a big deal for a girl with a strict, Christian upbringing), her boyfriend is an emotional minefield, her best friend goes missing, her other best friend is dealing with transgender issues, and a Born Again ex-delinquent professes his love. Bwahahahahaha!! Is this Degrassi or The Days of Our Lives? Seriously, that sum up was quite amusing. That said, she’s been dealing with a lot of crap. I don’t blame her one bit for needing a breather. You can’t be everyone’s everything- you have to have time for YOU. Hell, if you’re not living for you what’s the point of BEING YOU? Yes, giving to others is important but there has to be balance and Eclare was imbalanced (literally).

    Sav, Holly J, and Fiona = weird. The whole dynamic was just so forced. Chasing Pavements was great but, this…lame! They could have done a lot better and really hit on the hardships of being in love with someone who’s straight. Sure, they’ve done it with Reilly’s character (btw, what happened to them? I ADORE Reilly and Zane!) but they really could have shown another perspective with the lesbian storyline (though I suppose the sort of did that with Page and Alex). Huh, this is feeling like a re-run. I think it’s time to get some new material…

    Kenna. Erm, look people, you are usually in labor with your first baby for a good while- this ambulance birth (which could have been so amazing) SUCKED. After all the prenatal crap they put us through the least they could do was show the birthing scene! But NOOOOO, they just had to stretch out the Eclare plot. This annoyed me- Degrassi essentially portrayed creation as an aggravating event with no pros to a million cons. Hell, even the friggin’ baby wailing made me want to shoot myself in the head. Having a child as a teen might not be the best time but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a miracle. Really, really pathetic sub-plot.

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  89. You know, I’m really trusting Degrassi to not glamorize teen pregnancy more than it already is on television, but with what we’ve seen so far of the Kenna pregnancy, I’m experiencing some serious doubts. Jenna going through labor really was something they should’ve shown in order to send a message to young girls that there is nothing glamorous about being pregnant. Instead, they showed a far too happy aftermath for my taste.

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  90. LOL @ crazy Eli fangirls…

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    1. … Oh my God. This actually makes me worried about the mindset of teenage girls these days…

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  91. Personally with Eclare I think the breakup was both their faults. At first they were a cute couple but than they began to turn sour. No you may disagree with me but in my opinion it started with Clare. When her parents marriage started to go south instead of handiling it racionally, she chose to use Eli, bashing him in front of her parents and essentially embarassing him. Not to mention she went through her own crazy phase.

    Now onto Eli. It was his fault because he basically ignored Clare’s wishes. Not wanted to lose her he became an Opheliac[a person abnormally obsessed with something]. By doing this he turned clingy which turned into posessiveness. Mix this with visable issues and you had a trainwreck of a guy.

    Now here is where combined problems come in. Eli and Clare were great as friends but didn’t have great communicatiuon in the realionship and withed combined with their own problems this makes a trainwreck of a realionship.

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  92. Im so happy holy j and fiona still friends i hope holly j and fiona date they could be the next paige and alex fiona really love that girl i think holly j need to give fiona a chance i cant wait to see wat happend wat these 2

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  93. I totally love how I was like bawling at the end of this yet it gets really crappy grades…

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  94. degrassi your shw is the best show i have ever watched and it hasa taught me alot i hope yall keep up with it and plus KC is hhoott. peace out :)

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  95. dismahboomstick May 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    This whole season gets a thumbs down for NER–Not Enough Riley. They really don’t know what to do with the kid anymore. I feel like they just said, “well, Glee’s taking care of the gay kid thing” and moved on.

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