PLOT A SUMMARY: Drew and Bianca must deal with Bianca’s dangerous ex, Anson. Anson stalks Bianca at the Keke Palmer concert, and tries to rape her in an alley. Drew comes to her rescue, and during their fight Bianca hits Anson on the head with a brick, killing him. Drew and Bianca then must deal with Vince, who wants retribution for Anson’s death…Drew must either shoot someone, or be shot. In the end, Drew chooses to confess everything about the situation to Dave’s dad.
What’s that slogan The-N had several years ago? Oh yeah….100% Intense. That describes this plot. Well more like 90% intense, because there was a stretch where it cooled off for a bit. Not only would this have worked as a Season 10 finale (it’s infinitely superior to Drop The World), it also held its own as one of the best season premiere main plots in the show’s history.
The storytelling is extremely overdramatic, but it works because it’s so engaging. Everything about Bianca’s body language when Anson was around screamed that he was trouble. I loved the feeling I got when we saw the fear in Bianca’s eyes; a girl who has a reputation of being a cold bitch is humanized once we realize how terrified she is. I was impressed with Alicia’s acting until after Anson‘s death….then there wasn‘t much for her to do. I’m hoping this leads to the expansion of her character, in the same way we saw Alex Nunez develop in Seasons 4 and 5.
The casting for the bad guys (Anson and Vince) in this plot was perfect. That is all. With Drew, I’m still confused with how they want us to view his character. He went from horny rebel to good guy caught up in a bad mess…I just wish they’d pick one perspective and go with it.
It was a solid setup, not only for this storyline, but also the impact it will have on Drew and Bianca’s future…together and separate.
PLOT B SUMMARY: After Fiona’s Spring Break plans are ruined, she decides to take an art class with Holly J. There she falls for the art model, Charlie. The two spend a lot of flirting together, and end up hanging out alone together at Fiona’s place. They plan to do sketches of each other, and end up kissing. Fiona stops midway because she thinks they’re moving too fast. The next day Fiona apologizes for being awkward, while Charlie apologizes for being too aggressive. The agree to take things slow and become friends first.
It worried me that Fiona was going to be pursuing a relationship with a random new character, but Charlie was handled well. I was not blown away with this plot like I was Drianca’s, but the major thing that kept it enjoyable for me was Fiona’s awkwardness. I loved the innocence and newness she projected with the situation, though there were times I were hoping the plot would pick up the pace to get to the heart of storyline (Fiona and Charlie making out in FiFi’s apartment).
Degrassi did a spectacular job of developing Fiona in Season 10, and while her timidness about diving into the lesbian world is endearing now, I hope her finding her comfort zone isn‘t the only thing she becomes…not after everything she’s been through.
PLOT C SUMMARY: Sav still feels heartbroken over Holly J. While out with his sister Alli, Sav meets a random girl who invites him to a concert. It turns out the girl is Keke Palmer. Sav can’t stop thinking about her, and decides to stalk her at her hotel. They end up running off to The Dot together and have a coffee date. Her conversation with him (as well as one final, surprise video chat) boosts Sav’s confidence.
This plot was as expected…completely useless. It was almost like watching a random dream. I was expecting Sav to wake up at any minute. Alli was kinda funny though…she’s normally pretty good as a support character. This plot brought me back down to Earth and made me realize this episode was originally part of Season 10…In “In Too Deep,” Degrassi had a tough time with their C plots, churning out quite a bit of filler crap that made me wish they’d just cut out and given the extra time to the other two plots instead.
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