I’m going to take partial credit for the absolutely amazing hallway scene after the opening credits of this episode…all that complaining I did about how we never see characters “just existing” at Degrassi except when they’re directly involved with the main plots paid off!! They mastered that sort of thing in Degrassi Junior High/Degrassi High (watch the background of any given episode), so combine that with the technology we have nowadays and those types of elements look flawless. Just the fact that we saw Katie (even if it were just for a couple of seconds) will make her first full appearance on the show seem natural, because it won’t feel like she just popped up out of nowhere.

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PLOT A Summary: School is back in session after spring break, and Clare can’t understand why Eli’s taking their breakup so well. Jake, a childhood friend of Clare’s, moves back and she tries to use him to make Eli jealous. It doesn’t work, and she freaks out on Eli in front of everyone at Above The Dot. Jake tells Clare she needs to move on with her life, and he kisses her. The next day Clare starts to feel as if she can finally move forward, and she apologizes to Eli. She learns that he’s on anti-anxiety medication, which explains his emotionless reactions toward her.

I thought this was a pretty solid plot. Though very overdramatic on the surface, Clare’s core issue is one that’s extremely relatable on the relationship front. It’s also an issue that’s tough because sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint why you’d still feel things for someone you just ended a relationship with. Through Clare’s outburst you can get why she’d feel hurt and confused not understanding why it took ages for Eli to get over Julia, but when it came to her it felt as if Eli was like “….and you are…?”

Unfortunately Aislinn’s strong point isn’t when she has to show A LOT of emotion in a scene…her character yelling at Eli just came off as hokey. I liked it much more in the scene prior when Clare just watched Eli from afar, and the emotional story her facial expressions told was more natural.

I loved both Eli and Jake in this episode. Eli’s response to everything was perfectly emotionless. Jake made a positive impression on me. His character was instantly charming, and he was that way the entire episode. However, I am NOT sold on the Cake kiss…it felt beyond forced, so Clare’s mini swoon over Jake the next day seemed rushed.

This plot got the job done…now we wait for the X factor: Imogen.

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PLOT B Summary: Jenna feels tired and lonely, while KC lives as if life is the exact same as it was before the baby. KC hangs out with the gang at Above The Dot, but Jenna shows up with Tyson. Jenna tells KC that he needs to step up and take care of the baby while she has fun for once, leaving him with baby duty for the night. Later, Jenna also calmly tells KC that she wants and needs him to be around more….KC then asks Jenna if she and Tyson want to move in with him and his mom.

The end of this plot was endearing when Jenna got emotional over being asked to move in with KC, but other than that this storyline was just kinda there. Kenna seems to always be “just kinda there.” I’m starting to enjoy Jenna a *little* bit, but there’s nothing that ever keeps me engaged when it comes to Kenna. KC is still an extremely vague character because we’re supposed to continue to hold onto the belief that he’s a “good guy who makes a lot of mistakes because of his past.”

Do you know how plots are supposed to work? This diagram will show you the way:

Climaxes don’t need to be deaths or car crashes by the way…but Kenna plots are usually just a straight line. Maybe injecting Marisol into their lives won’t be such a bad thing after all.

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  1. Eli has a cane! From his broken leg from crashing Morty! Poor Eli! :/

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      1. i would totally like this if we still had like buttons!! when i first saw the cane, “Eli has a pimp cane” was what came to mind!

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      2. Bwahahahahaha!! LOVE it…

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  2. This will be the first one part episode since Keep On Loving You

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  3. Great job on the first official Degrassi Extra this season! Loved the part you said about Drew creating a diversion by getting his ass kicked, as is now a common thing for Drew it seems! Can’t wait for tonight’s episode, & yes, I agree Imogen seems a lot more interesting now with those new clips of her released.

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  4. Am I the only one who is the excited to see imogen

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  5. I just hope Marisol will be more than just the girl that cheats with KC.
    Hopefully she gets more and more storylines!
    Im excited to see Katie and Marisol friendship. Kinda like the new Hazel and Paige (but the difference is that they both will be leaders)

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  6. I thought we meet Imogen next week?

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  7. I THINK IM GONNA LOVE IMOGEN,SHE SEEMS FUNNY AS HELL WITH HER STALKERISH CREEPY WAYS. I WAS LMAO WHEN SHE SAID ‘HELLO CLARE EDWARDS’. LIKE WHO THE HELL CALLS SOMEONE BY THA FULL NAME

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    1. LOL I’m excited to see her too. I see her as a representation of all the Eli fan girls out there!

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      1. ….damn I never thought of that. Her character has the potential to be genius.

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      2. Only a matter of time before Imogen says that Degrassi is nothing without Eli :P

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  8. To me, this first week is where I judge if Season 11 has the potential to be my favorite season. I’m trying not to be buy into TeenNick’s game and be overhyped about it like Season 10. Let’s just say that if the rest of Season 11 lives up to Spring Fever, then this is going to be a really good episode.

    In regards to just this episode, I never disliked Eclare, but I don’t like them either. I never “ship” couples.. Since Drop the World, I was sort of interested in the direction their relationship would take, but I’m morst excited for the Kenna plot. I never really liked Jenna or KC but I like the baby plot so I want to see how Jenna deals with it. It’s no shock that KC’s a terrible father..

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  9. kind of late, but i thought this was hilarious:
    KC: Man, Sav is so lucky (Jenna glares)…but ahh not as lucky as me!
    Dave: Hey, didn’t you two just have a baby?
    KC: Yeah, but my mom had the night off. Best grandma ever!!!

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  10. I Checked On Comcast About The Episode And It Said This “Clare’s Unhappy That Eli Isn’t Upset About Their Breakup, So She Begins Dating Someone New To Help Her Get Over Things” So We Should Expect To See Justin Kelly (Jake) Tonight.

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  11. Well time for yours truly haven’t commented in ages! May I get started?

    People: Please do.

    Dr. James: I will.

    First off I believe this season is going to be by far one of the best. I don’t think they overhyped this season at all therefore some of things that may occur seem like a shocker. Also we all know promo can be misleading. Season Ten, in my opinion, was very brilliant. I enjoyed the plots and the writing was fantastic!_! The premier of this season was excellent! I agree with Kary that this would have made a great finale. DEGRASSI has just got REAL!

    These are certain characters I feel will be the most important in this Season.

    Drew Torres and Bianca DeSousa

    You can’t doubt that they are going to be the most important plots of this season. I have always liked Bianca because every since the beginning of season ten I felt as if the actress could deliver more than just being the slut at Degrassi, which steal girl boyfriends. The premier was proof. Not only Bianca was showing emotion, but we finally know some things about her. Like her past! I can’t wait to see where they are taking Bianca. As for Drew. He’s came a long way. From being the guy I hated for blackmailing Riley; ugh! (Riley’s just better than you in football, accept it!) Yeah whatever. But then that horny dude who cheats on his loving girlfriend, Also one of my favorite characters, Alli Bhandari out of nowhere. Soon after we can still see he still cares. When Kary said he doesn’t know what the writers are trying to do with Drew; “He went from horny rebel to good guy caught up in a bad mess.” I really don’t remember, but I have the answer. IT’S LIFE! KARY YOU OF ALL PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THAT!_! People can still be a horny rebel, but then again he caught up in bad mess. Like when he cheated on Alli. He wasn’t thinking until it was over. He realized what he did. He still wanted to be with Alli. In life people make the dumbest mistakes even though they are dating someone. People still do it. Yes, at that time he was inconsiderate. But he does have a heart. He cares for people. Adam, Alli, and Now Bianca. I was okay with Bianca and Drew as a couple. Even though it was just random, but a lot of relationships are random. Drew and Bianca as a couple doesn’t seem like it’s real because it’s not. At the time they were basically friends with benefits with a title. After Spring Fever, I have big hopes this couple is now going to do some real growing.

    Elijah ‘Eli’ Goldworthy and Clare Edwards

    Everyone know they are having some big plots this season. Tonight let’s see how it’s going to start. I can’t wait to see Imogen. I swear I would marry her! Deep down I know Clare still have feeling for Eli. We all know Eli still have feeling for Clare. I wonder how Eli deals. And Clare’s the only one upset? o.O How will this turn out. And what role does Imogen play with Eli? WHat exactly is up?

    Anya MacPherson

    Honestly DRUGS! Poor Anya, why you!? I absolutely thought it would be Bianca. Well I see Bianca is in Anya’s promo. I wonder what will happen to Anya and why she converted to Coke? This is just an Exciting Season and it just got started. Anya is finally getting the plots she deserves. (I don’t mean she deserves to do drugs, but I mean some screen time.) FINALLY! Can’t wait to see hoe the writers made it and how she handles the situation.

    Dr. James: I will stop here. Because I just realize I am typing to much! But those are the three Plots I’m most excited for. I believe they are going to be taking over this season. Oh wait! SAV AND MS. OH!_! Most definitely ecstatic for that plot. 0.0

    Ms. Oh: I was about to say?

    Dr. James: Sorry I forgot to mention you.

    Ms. Oh: It’s fine, but next time don’t forget because it’s going to be intense!

    Dr, James: Spill the goods!

    Ms. Oh: I would….. I will…. But to bad you forgot to mention me. Therefore I don’t excite you. At least I entice Mr. Bhandari. Farewell.

    Dr. James (whispers): Mr. Bhandari? Isn’t he married?

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    1. I agree with a lot of what you just said ,
      But uhmm ..
      I am completely confused as to why you typed in a conversation with yourself ? Whatever floats your boat , I guess…

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    2. I think Kenna will be important to this season, too, considering how much they showed them in the promos. Next to Eclare, Drianca, and Sav/Keke Palmer, they were showed the most in the promos. And the Sav/ Keke Palmer plot is already finished, so they’re not that major.

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  12. Imogen seems very interesting. Possibly the most interesting character in Degrassi history. I see potential in her. Why?
    1) How she dresses. Just throwing that out there.
    2) She’s stalking Eli.
    3) She adresses everyone with both first and last names (Seriously, watch all the promos she’s in)
    4) She always has that dazed, dreamy, but kind of emotional look… Those three things can also describe the tone of voice she seems to talk in. That part reminds me so much of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter.
    5. Well, we’ve all read her character description. Attention seekers usually seek it in interesting ways.

    Katie seemed like she would be really nice. But yesterday, in the promos, she seemed like a jerk. What was going on with her and Clare? And why did she tell Clare she’ll have to spend alot of time with Eli…?

    Jake honestly seems like he’ll be kind of boring to me. I don’t know why… But, it’s too soon to judge. I’ll decide with tonight’s episode.

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    1. i’m agree Imogen does have great potential :) at first (because of my adoration for Eclare) i really hated her. But i love how she acts like she knows something that no one else does, VERY much like Luna Lovegood. Its kinda a cool mystery, very interesting. Especially her use of first and last names, strange but cool.
      I think Katie told Clare she’ll be spending a lot of time with Eli because she hired Clare for the school paper (saw it in that same promo, there was a booth that said ‘Degrassi Newspaper’ or something along those lines) and because Eli is the co-directer/directer of the new play Degrassi is putting on, she must be interviewing him about it? Just a thought but i think it makes sense. Katie did seem really nice until she went off on Clare….new Holly J?
      Jake seems more of a ‘player’ after the new promos….like he’s pushing Clare just to use her. At least Imogen really does like Eli, though she’s a little crazy.

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      1. Truth. and I agree with… Umm… “lame” I can’t wait to meet her character. :)

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    2. Jake probably won’t get interesting until he ditches Claire for the next piece of ass.

      Right now he is K.C., pre-cheating and baby knocker upper.

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      1. I will never take comments like your seriously until you spell Clare’s name right. Jesus Christ, it’s not that hard.

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  13. @ally
    when did katie tell clare that she has to spend a lot of time with eli

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  14. Imogeli is going to be perfect for each other cause it seems like they’re both crazy! Does anyone else think of holly j as a weasley? I keep thinking she’s going to burst into a british accent and cast a spell every scene

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  15. OH I LIKED HOW THIS EPISODE STARTED BY SHOWING ALL OF THE NEW CHARACTERS INTERACTING WITH ANOTHER CLASSMATE IN THE HALLWAY,MINUS IMOGEN

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  16. LOL I loved the hallway scene!

    And alli and Jake xD

    Mama Edwards looked like she wanted Jake’s dad… cant blame her ;)

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  17. LOL, Jake is pretty funny so far.

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  18. I love the quality, this season is AMAZING so far

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  19. Hahaha! Jake’s gotta chill with the food. I loved how he grabbed more when Clare was dragging him. No surprise that so far KC is a bad father.

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  20. LOL Clare is such a fucking dork

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  21. Clare’s face is hilarious! Eli honestly doesn’t care.. Also, I love how Jenna said “new guy” when listing her friends to KC. KC really needs to step his game up but he obviously doesn’t realize the effects of having unprotected sex.. I don’t know if he realizes but a baby is an actual person.. You have to make sacrifices. But I can definitely see him cheating on Jenna with Marisol now. And I feel extremely bad for Jenna right now.. :/

    Notice how they all took new classes and are saying semester? In my school, there’s 2 semesters: Fall and Spring. It’s weird that they just started a new semester after Spring Break when it’s like the beginning of May and there’s (at the very most) 6 weeks of school left.

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    1. WELL HE’S A 15 YO NEW FATHER,DO YOU REALLY EXPECT HIM TO GRASP THE ROPES WITHIN A FEW MONTHS PERIOD?

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      1. I know he is, but acting like nothing happened after his girlfriend had a baby and he’s basically done nothing and ditched her when Jenna is working her butt off…

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      2. No need for CAP ABUSE.

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    2. In Canada (or at least where I live, which isn’t even in Toronto) our March Break is Spring Break. So, I guess that’s what this is.

      Although because Julia died in April the year before, it seems to be the tail end of April right now.

      Actually, don’t worry about the timeline of Degrassi. It’s always been messed up, especially in recent years.

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    3. Dude, the “new guy” line cracked me up! She did a great job pulling that one off.

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  22. I honestly don’t care about clare, jake, or Eli… IMOGEN is who I’m interested in!

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  23. ummm ya that was SO fun to watch, i’m actually liking this Eli…..standing up for himself :) Clare makes sense…..but what did she think was going to happen? He was going to start crying and beg her to take him back? He told her EVERYTHING and then she just left him like nothing….i’m glad Eli is not giving her the time of day. Isn’t that what she wanted? to be left alone? Well know she has it.

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  24. ^ Eli was a psycho, fangirl. Remember him manipulating her?

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    1. Exactly so why does she care if he doesn’t like her anymore? I really want to see how things between Clare/Jake and Imogen/Eli play out know don’t really want them to get back together, simply frustrated at Clare’s mixed up emotions don’t blame her though
      (Maybe i should change my name then, no?)

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    2. Here’s a comment I copy&pasted from Tumblr. Read it.
      I’m sick of people looking beyond the bigger picture and just writing it off as emotional abuse.

      Did Eli ever say or do anything to degrade and demean Clare? Threaten her? Insult her, talk down to her, belittle her until she felt small and insignificant? Throw constant profanities at her? Command anything of her? (Even at his most overprotective, all he ever did was ask of her.) Rip her from her dignity and sense of self worth?

      Emotional abuse is the concept of obtainting complete and total subjugation over another human being through means of aggressive, intimidating, coersive, threatening behavior. Control is achieved by instilling fear and guilt. A good example of this would be holding the constant threat of suicide over someone’s head to get them to stay in a relationship.

      Emotionally abusive individuals treat and address their partners like they’re beneath them and undeserving of respect. They are completely apathetic of their feelings because they don’t have the capacity to care. Victims of an abusive relationship in turn, become so accustomed to their significant others’ treatment of them, that they eventually buy into that they’re as worthless and insignificant as their partner makes them feel.

      With Eli, it was the very opposite. He worshipped Clare. Became so wrapped up in her that she become his entire world and his desperation to keep her from slipping away grew into obsessive-compulsive behavior, which no doubt derives from the fact that he suffers from OCD to begin with. It’s not excusable, but the significant difference is the root of his behavior stemmed from anxiety, fear of loss and co-depencendy on Clare; rather than lack of respect for her and a ruthless desire to control and possess. He never meant to make her feel smothered or trapped in the relationship. He was too far gone in the throes of mental disturbance to even understand or see how his behavior effected and upsetted her until she had to lay it out for him.

      No one is romanticizing Eli’s behavior. Crashing his hearse for her, was not this big elaborate gesture of love or romance, but it doesn’t make him this heartless, abusive monster either. He did not destroy his car so he’d end up in the hospital and Clare would come running to him. He did it because he believed by getting rid of the car, It’d fix everything between them. In addition to his already deteriorating frame of mind and state of anxiety, it had come to the point of which he was so desperate to mend things with her, that he would’ve done anything to achieve that.Ergo, he crashed Morty because by principle of her hating it, he thought it would make her happy. But it was not this premeditated master plan to make her go to him and the reason I say this, is because I highly doubt in those few moments before he crashed Morty he was thinking, “Oh hey, I should crash my car. That way, assuming I even survive the impact, she’ll show up at the hospital to see me.” No, it’s as though he hadn’t even been thinking about the consequences of his physical wellbeing when he crashed Morty. Hadn’t even considered the possibility that crashing Morty would put him in the hospital to begin with. All he could focus on at that given point in time, was getting rid of what he was convinced, was the root of all their problems.

      To further solifidy this, he looked genuinely surprised when she showed at the hospital – as if he could hardly believe she cared enough. The only reason he looked pleased being he didn’t expect her to show at all. And then when she did arrive, his innermost hopes that she still loved him, still cared for him, were restored. If only for a moment of course. All of those feelings went straight out the window the instant she looked at him like he was some sort of deceptive monster and bought into Alli’s preconceived misconceptions about him, rather than bother to evaluate and analyze the circumstances surrounding his reckless behavior.

      I’m not saying their relationship was healthy in it’s final stage nor do I think Clare was wrong to break up with him, but emotional abuse is too steep of an assessment. Eli’s clingyness, desperation, and intense fear of loss is not demonizing of him; it’s a red flag and cry for help. It’s not as black and white than if he was just a self serving, inconsiderate bastard with no regard for other people’s feelings like Owen. There is an enormous difference between the relationship dynamics of Eli and Clare and Owen and Anya. There is also a major difference between the nature of Eli and Clare’s relationship and the violent dynamic that defines an emotionally abusive relationship.

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      1. I don’t agree with the like 3/4s of this. Reading this, it seems like this person is confusing VERBAL abuse with emotional abuse. They’re two different things. An emotionally abusive person uses a person’s feelings for their own personal and selfish reasons, or just for the pure fun of it. To me, that’s what Eli was doing, whether it stemmed from anxiety or not, he still did it. And actually a lot of people are romantazing Eli’s behavior. I read a post on facebook that said she wished she had a boyfriend as clingy as Eli. I was like O_o…….*walk away*

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      2. And also no one was saying he was a monster for doing what he did. He’s sick. He’s emotionally unstable. He needs help, we get that.

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      3. Also (this is my last comment I promise)
        “Emotional abuse is the concept of obtainting complete and total subjugation over another human being through means of aggressive, intimidating, coersive, threatening behavior.” I find crashing his hearse to fit into all of these categories.

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      4. TooDOLooDOLoo July 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

        In the end, it is always up to Eli because it’s HIS life. Clare cannot make or break it. Eli was a drainer, he used Clare as his “fix” instead of trying to fix himself. Your life cannot be about another person, it has to be about you. Smothering a person is stealing their breath– their life force! The key is to understand that self work rolls over into how you approach your relationships with others. A relationship consists of two people, not a single person possessed by another. One flesh doesn’t mean that the individuals who make it disappear– it’s constant duality– two halves that make one whole. Clare is not an object, she’s not a drug– she’s a person and, though she is a seriously strong symbol of light, she can only be the beacon. You can’t acquire the light by stealing if from someone else– you have to discover it within. Hence, why Eli needs to work on himself…A LOT. He’s been running from his problems instead of facing them. Once he starts to rely on himself and not the way others make him feel about himself, he MIGHT be ready to jump back into a relationship (and not necessarily with Clare). Regardless, the issue with Eli is simply a matter of perspective. HE chose to blame himself for Julia’s death, HE chose to react the way he did with Clare– it was ALL ABOUT HIM, dude. Sure, death can be hard, but if we don’t take the time to understand it’s meaning, then we totally undermine the event. Essentially, he made his ex-girlfriend’s death about him– how jank is that??

        Imogen looks like a purveyor of contrast. She should make things very interesting for Eli. Even though I think he needs to work on himself, everything happens for a reason (and the way the writers “write” it). I believe Imogen could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back with Mr. Goldsworthy. Gives new meaning to the phrase, “At your service.” Even the most demented person can serve us if we take the time to understand their message. Awareness– it’s a right, not a privilege.

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      5. @Kay Best post I’ve seen about the Eclare relationship by far. Where did you find this?

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      6. Okay, this really is my last comment. The main argument of this post seems to be abusive people don’t care about their spouses at all. This is not the case.

        Take Rick. Yes, everything he did to Terri was horrible, but he didn’t do it ot of a ruthless desire to have supreme power over her like you’re making it seem. Rick’s behavior was stemming from only wanting what was best for Terri, even though he went way overboard. Rick cared about her, but was still very capable of hurting her.

        This is the same case with Eli. I still believe he was emotionally abusing her, and I’m going to make my case with the gun in his car. He knew Clare knew him well. Knowing this, he left the gun in his car on purpose so she’d feel worry and fear, guilting her into momentarily disregarding about her “space” request. In other words, he scared her on purpose because he KNEW she would cave. “Control is achieved by instilling fear and guilt.” He was trying to control her emotions. He knew she would start to worry, and yet, he made absolutely no effort to console her until she went behind him and called Bullfrog (in other words, only when she went astray).

        Whether he was aware of it or not, he WAS abusing her emotions and feelings, and using them to his own selfish advantage so he wouldn’t have to face his demons. Clare’s a smart girl. I’m sure she knew he was manipulating her emotions, but was in denial because of his past. She was also already contemplating breaking up with him BEFORE talking to Alli, so if Alli did anything, it was confirm what Clare already knew. Besides, sometimes the true nature of a relationship can only be seen from an outsider.

        What you are describing is an emotionally abusive relationship in it’s most extreme case. Sure, you may not believe it was fully emotionally abusive, it was definitely borderline, and most definitely would’ve gotten as bad as what you said if Clare didn’t get out.

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  25. These Degrassi writers are finally hitting it! You don’t need intensity for an episode to be good.. I feel like they understood that but in Season 10 they tried too hard for intensity. I seriously think the writers took writing lessons, either that, or Season 10 was some big experiment for them. I didn’t expect LoveGame to be as good as Spring Fever because it’s half the time, but this episode (so far) proved that they know you don’t need a lengthy episode or so much intensity for it to be good. I think it lived up to Spring Fever. Season 11 is going to be an awesome season, at least with the way it looks.

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    1. IKR? Even though I hate most of the characters in the main plot, it wasnt trying too hard to be shocking or 100% intense… it was a solid episode. I liked the Jenna plot and sincerely felt bad for her as my sister had been in the same kind of situation she did and even as an outsider you can feel how hard it is for someone to carry all of that stress.

      That said,
      -Ooh, Eli is taking meds. So that gives him a right to be a jerk? Ookay, Degrassi writers….
      -Clare acted like a dumbass, but she IS 15. Anyway, I could care less of her Relationship Sue status right now.
      -Alli was funny, I want a plot focused on her.

      I’m excited for the next episode, mainly the Anya storyline. I’ve been in that situation before so… lol, it’ll be interesting. And I’m excited for the Drew plot too! Never thought I’d say that.

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      1. On the your point about Eli being a jerk…he wasn’t being one at all in this episode. When he said he felt nothing, he means he literally feels nothing emotionally. That’s what the types of meds he’s taking does, they make you feel indifferent toward everything.

        I will start becoming annoyed as well if Clare just jumps from Eli to Jake. She developed a lot in Season 10, but she’s going to nosedive quickly if all we do is follow her love life.

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  26. I felt this episode was a nosedive in quality, it wasnt bad but, just meh.

    I liked Jennas plot.

    And Jake seems cool.

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  27. I’ve had an overdose of comments.. This is my last one.. It’s about the promo.. I guess I’m just gonna ignore pre-written plots because last time I checked, the Drianca drama wouldn’t continue until Idioteque. Also, I have no idea which direction this Anya plot is going. Once again – ignoring the descriptions that MuchMusic released yesterday night.

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  28. I think Cake is pretty interesting so far, but I feel like so far it lacks the development that EClare got at the beginning of season 10 last year. I mean, that kiss scene kinda came out of nowhere, I thought. Tonight’s episode definitely seems like only the beginning of the Eli/Clare/Jake/Imogen drama that’s probably gonna go down later.

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    1. I don’t think it needs development, since Jake is a player and Clare needs a rebound. I’m sick of Clare in relationships though. Reminds me of Ashley becoming that after S3

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  29. Does anyone else find it kind of funny that Eli has a can as opposed to crutches? xD

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  30. Underwhelming.

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  31. Love how they used most of the cast in the hallway scene at the beginning! This episode was pretty good but I was really hoping for Imogen to show up. Also annoyed at how melodramatic Clare is becoming…

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  32. Does anyone know/think that Jenna is going to be sophomore or junior next year? I know shes a sophomore but will she be held back for taking time for school?

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    1. She’ll prob. be held back because in “Love Games” she said shes taking the rest of the school year off, which is almost a whole semester and you cant finish your year missing that much of school, unless she goes to summer school, or home schooling?

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    2. She might get held back. In one of the Sav promos, he said “for only 3 weeks” to Ms. Oh, so I assumed whenever his plot is, there’s 3 weeks of school left. But right now, I would say there’s probably like 6 weeks of school left and in my school, you miss more than 12 days, you don’t get any credits for any of your classes.. AKA miss 12 days, get held back. But I doubt they will hold her back..

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    3. I was wondering that too. You can’t just take time off from school whenever you want, especially near the end of the year.

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  33. OMG Jessica Tyler can act!… who knew. I guess all of that sub-par acting in TBP was ” a hormonal imbalance”. I really feel like the degrassi writers stepped their game up, cause if I was compelled by a Jenna plot there’r doing something right :P

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  34. I Actually Like The Episode. I Agree With The Comment That All The Episodes Don’t Have To Be Intense And Gritty All The Time. You Can Have Times Where It Just Addressess An Issue, And To Me All These One Parters Are Setup Plots For An Extension In A Further Episode. So All In All It Was Good For What It Was

    (Side Note: Was I The Only One Who Thought Munro Chambers’ Acting Was Scary? Like It Freaked Me Out With Him Being Soooo…….. Unfeeling.)

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    1. Why Are You Typing Like That?

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      1. I Just Always Have…..

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  35. I’m guessing Dr. Chris rapes Anya? That’s my guess from the promo.

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    1. Didn’t you see Owen in the background, though?

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      1. It was all kind of blurry to me, it could’ve been Owen.

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    2. That or he’s abusive.

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    3. I thought that at first but then I thought maybe he got hurt from either Dr. Chris or Owen and then one of them goes in the room to comfort her?

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      1. I took a closer look at it. It’s still blurry, but in my opinion it looks more like Dr. Chris. And @Woahh, it might be that, we’ll just have to see

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    4. ***SPOILER***
      In MuchMusic’s episode descriptions, they said that Anya got rejected by TU, the only school she applied to and Dr. Chris went to go leave to Africa.

      My thoughts: She gets depressed after that, sparking her “relationship” with Owen and that’s probably why he’s in the room to comfort her, leading her to make some mistakes which probably include doing drugs (look at Idioteque page on Degrassi Wiki)
      ***SPOILER***

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  36. Well of course this episode was underwhelming compared to last nights. I however really enjoyed it… I LOVED the hallway scene I thought it was so great how it tied in 90% of all the characters on the show and we got to know what happened with Drew after he was in the cop car and stuff.

    I think the episode was a great first episode for after the premiere it was heart pounding excitement but it opened up a lot of doors to other plots in the season. I am on the fence about Cake because they are either going to be a terrible couple or a great one. We don’t know enough about Jake to be able to determine what hes like. Im not sure if I like him yet. Especially if they are both going to play one another then it just seems like a waste of a space of plot that could be given to other characters who stories need more developing.

    But either way, this episode did get me excited for the rest of the season. With the premiere being so intense and this one being so interesting I think this season will be awesome!

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  37. Clare: It took you a year! A YEAR to get over your ex, what did you just flip the switch and erase me from your memory! DID YOU EVER LOVE ME AT ALL???!!!!

    Jake:… and scene.

    He’s a boss for that x)

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    1. Ya he was really Funny :)

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  38. For once since they broke this school
    Year up it blends well with season 10 unlike the seasons 6/7 8/9 they didn’t match well for us to believe they were the same school year I’m proud of you degrassi writers lol that was the only thing that really bugged me about the splitting up the school year in seasons it’s flows well now.

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  39. “What have you got to lose” -Imogen.. She definitely takes Eli’s pills from him.. I remember one of them holding a bottle of pills. Just had to point that out.

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    1. In which promo can you see a bottle of pills? But I think your right that he stops taking the meds because he def has some real emotion in some parts for some of the promos.

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    2. Also in her interview she said shewas filming a scene where she crosses Eli and takes something of his. It’s a possibility.

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    3. Oh yeah~!

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  40. Why is this episode titled “LoveGame”? They should have chosen a better title, Anyone else agree with me?

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  41. I’m sorry but how can people hate this episode? ARE U CRAZY?!
    It’s such a great setup for future plots without going overboard. It keeps providing a reason to like the new Jenna and the Kenna relationship. Clare basically got told off by Eli and it was about time because her actions made no sense. NOW we have an explanation for why Eli is acting that way and it’s a legit reason. The cinematography at the beginning of the episode was amazing and showed all the big friendships on Degrassi. Jake made a good first impression and proved himself not to be the one to go face first into drama like the rest of the cast.

    IT was just a ridiculously solid episode. “B”s should go around for all the plots(or even a “A” if you want to be generous)

    This episode definitely reminded me of older seasons (like season 1/2) in how the plot played out without going overboard.

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  42. Overall, I liked this episode. I’m really liking Jake’s character and I’m hoping that Jake and Clare last for a while and it’s not only a little rebound.

    Also, I ABSOLUTELY HATE CLARE’S LOOK. They make her look so frumpy! And I despise that giant green and black bag they make her carry.

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    1. Ya your right, just because she’s depressed about Eli doesn’t mean she should look bad. She’s really pretty by herself, their just trying too hard or something

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    2. THAT GREEN BAG IS SO EPIC. I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THEY MAKE HER JEAN JACKET AND THAT BAG MAIN CHARACTERS

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      1. Yes!!!! hahaaha

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    3. At least they didn’t have her dance at the teeny bopper club

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  43. the biggest thing i got from this plot is that eli is taking anti-anxiety meds so he can’t feel any happiness or sadness. and though clare had alot of fun with jake and wants to have more fun with him (jake is a rebound clearly, but jake doesnt mine because he wants to have fun), you can see from that last second until the credits that the meds are blocking him from feeling anything, and that if he was off the pills he may have feelings about the breakup.

    which leads me to wonder how they’re gonna approach eli this season when hes taking meds. from what the promos tell me so far, imogen is a psycho stalker who wants him, but if eli cant feel anything whats gonna happen? will there be moments where hes off meds? and if he ever gets off the meds, im pretty sure his feelings for clare will resurface over feelings for imogen.

    overall, i like jakes character so far. hes a funny character and very outgoing, not afraid to talk to people. clare and jake look good together, but right now everything is based off of just pleasure and fun. i think their relationship will turn into sav and holly j, a friends with benefits type deal.

    i think im gonna feel so bad for jenna this season. when kc asked jenna to move in, i just thought NO JENNA DONT DO IT HES GONNA CHEAT ON YOU! this is gonna be interesting, and i was pleased with jessica tylers acting in this episode.

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  44. I really liked this episode, dramatic Clare is really fun to watch ( but only once in a while or else it would get annoying) Jake is funny, he seems pretty cool. I feel bad for Eli though, It’s not really his fault that the pills he’s taking make him emotionless, and he probably left the Dot and took a couple more pills just to block out what Clare had said.
    KC’s hard time adapting to being a dad is natural, the whole KC/Jenna think was pretty Blah though.
    Ali and her comments are really funny :)
    This was a really good beginning, just the right amount of drama

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  45. IS IT JUST ME OR DID ANYONE ELSE REALIZE THAT A GOOD 90% OF THE SCENES WE SAW IN THE PROMO’S WERE IN THESE FIRST 2 EPISODES? LOL

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    1. Haha, for sure, but I like that most of the promo material is from the beginning of the season. It just means there’s so much more to the rest of the season that we can’t even imagine.

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  46. Wait so is Eli really emotionless? DO those pills seriously do that to do? Or was that just somthing he said?

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    1. Most depression/anxiety meds stop you from feeling any emotions.

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    2. *SOME* medications have that side effect, but not all, and definitely not most. Some people who have ones that make them lose their feelings (or sex drive) end up going off them without their doctor’s consent, which is what I’m hoping they’ll show happen, because it can be quite dangerous to get off a medication without weaning off.

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  47. Is it bad that I was laughing hysterically right after Clare yelled at Jake?

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  48. I can’t wait to read your review! I’ve got mine up!

    Check out my recap/review of Love Game! I’d love to see your feedback and comments on my article!

    http://thetwocentscorp.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/degrassi-%E2%80%93-recap-review-%E2%80%93-love-game/

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  49. I liked this episode. Like, a lot. I think it was a very good beginning to the season and I love how they had those little interactions between Dave and Adam, and Sav and Holly J. I felt that clued you in on what was going on with the characters without creating a competely pointless C plot. Speaking of which, was there a third plot? I’m not complaining since I found both the Jenna and Clare plots to be interesting, but i was just surprised by the lack of one.

    Anyway, I know a lot people think the Clare/Jake thing that happened would be the start of a new relationship. But, you heard Clare! She was just having fun. And I personally think, nothing’s gonna come from them making out a bit. At least I hope so. Someone said before that they don’t like Clare in a relationship right now, and I have to agree. Maybe something not relating to a relationship for her right now? She’s one of my favorite characters, so I really don’t want her plots just to be consisting of jumping from guy to guy…

    I think Jenna’s plot was surprisingly good. I was worried that after the baby was born, they’d go the “Mia-route”, and have Jenna completely forget she had a child, unless it was most convenient for the plot. But so far, it doesn’t seem like that’s gonna happen, what with her “taking a break” from school for the rest of the semester. I never really liked her character too much, so I was pretty surprised to find myself pitying her. Maybe it’s because I already know KC is going to cheat on her? Whatever it is, she suddenly became likable, which I’m not complaining about. KC on the other hand… I stopped liking him, the minute he broke up with Clare.

    All in all, I thought it was a solid episode. I really liked Jake, and I’m excited to see what’s gonna happen to him this season. I was worried he’d be just a carbon-copy of Drew (the character description for him didn’t help much), but I find him a lot more likable than Drew, and he’s just got a different feel to him. Maybe a little more laid-back? I’m excited for tomorrows episode, mainly because of Anya like everyone else. And the Drew stuff, I’m so-so about. I suppose it’s meant to be a set up for future conflict between Drew and Bianca (just a prediction), but I’m all Drewed out from yesterday. Definitely just made up a word. Like a boss. But yeah, those are my thoughts on today’s episode. I know. Reaaaally long.

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    1. I concur with everything you said! Jenna’s already a better mother than Mia ever was. For a second, teenage selfishness took over, but she realized immediately that her baby needs her more than her friends do. I just love that Jenna’s going to try her best to be the best parent she can be.

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  50. I dont get whats wrong with anya and why she is crying in the room on the promo for tomarrow?

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  51. just saw degrassi. i was so sad to see eli limping and so lifeless. it was interesting to see clare desperate to get something out of him. lets see what happens. since he seems more himself in later episodes im guessing he stops taking his medicines. it was so good to see everybody back. loved the scene where theyre all in the halls. jake seems to be a interesting character. it was funny how he scafed the food. lol. on a positive note, eli is getting terapy!!!!! im so happy about that.
    btw in an interview with cristine prosperi(IMOGEN) she says she has a scene where she takes somethin from eli. im think that imogen takes elis medicines away from him. so his more himself. “what do you got to lose?”

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    1. I thought the same thing (about Imogen taking Eli’s pills away)

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      1. byw kary the degrassi extra about spring fever was really funny

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  52. I think that when everyone is saying “semester,” they don’t necessarily mean that it’s a new semester. Because Spring Break is over, it’s starting to hit them that it’s the end of the year. How the seniors are saying it’s their last semester together, it’s because it’s starting to hit them that they’re almost done, not because their last semester just started.

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  53. @le person

    Hallelujah! Thank you! I’m glad someone pointed that one out!

    I loved this episode! The writer’s did a fantastic job of making everything believable and it worked really well without having to be 100% intense. I love Jake. I love Clare. I love Eli. And I’m sure I’m going to love Imogen. However, I do not like Cake, Eclare, or Elimogen/Imoli. I hate that they focus too much on the relationships. Let’s focus on Eli’s mental stability without it having to be all about Clare. And can’t Clare deal with her mom and dad divorcing without having to have a guy? Why the hell is she friends with Alli if all she does is rely on boys? What happened to old Clare?

    Anyway, Loved KC and Jenna! It’s very realistic that a young father would act like KC and Jenna is acting like a stressed out Teen Mom would! Great acting on Jessica’s part! Loved how exhausted she acted!

    Looking forward to “What’s My Age Again?”!

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    1. But Adam and Clare were taking a new class (civics), Wesley and Connor were talking about their new schedules, etc. so I guess it’s a new semester. I guess their semesters aren’t as long as some other ones in America (my school just has Fall semester and Spring semester – the only in between is winter break. After that, we switch.)

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      1. It could be like a trimester. I had a friend who went to a university up in the northern states and she was always off on funky schedules.

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  54. I liked this episode despite it’s shortened time. However, I think this episode was just used as a set up for later drama between Eli/Clare and KC/Jenna.

    As for Cake, I think we have it all wrong. I’m guessing that it doesn’t turn out to be anything like what we expect. Actually, I think it is just going to be a way for Clare to rebound and doesn’t turn into anything overly serious like EClare was. Perhaps Clare and Jake are going to be something like friends with benefits for her to try to get over Eli.

    I really enjoyed Eli’s emotionless demeanor. A lot of people don’t like that he is on medication to rid him of emotion but I think it is a really great turn in Eli from overly dramatic to nothing at all. I agree with others that Imogen probably takes away his meds and he becomes more animated later in Now or Never.

    I’m glad to see Jenna stick it to KC because that boy needs some sort of sense knocked into him. It’s ironic that KC’s mom (former alcoholic or druggie and jailbird) is Tyson’s babysitter. But I’m also happy to see KC actually trying and doing his best and actually thinking things through for a change.

    On a side note, I loved the opening scene. It was good to see a good amount of characters (which makes sense as this was the original season premiere). I also liked the mention of what happened with Drew because last season we would’ve had to guess at what happened after he confessed. The scene was smooth and showed Katie, Jake, and Marisol. Plus, the Sav/Holly J interaction was actually kind of amusing.

    Another side note, Alli providing comic relief and Adam as a supporting character again. The writers have really stepped up their game with supporting roles like Adam in the past few episodes and previous season 10 ECLare episodes. They have also mastered the art of some comic relief in each plot so that it isn’t so ridiculously drama heavy.

    Based on the season premiere and this original season premiere, I am really excited to see how this season turns out because it seems as though the cast, crew, and writers have all stepped it up for us. Based on promos and new characters, this could turn out to be a fantastic season. One can only hope!!

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  55. loved loved the episode but totally hated how much ‘guyliner’ eli had on in the last scene when he confessed about the meds. like seriously he looked like he had a two yr old play with his make up.

    also i remember anya making a note on a calender that her bday was on the 31st of a month. april doesnt have 31 days unless they have a different calender system in Canada i dont know about.

    anyways loved the episode, fav line when clare asked jake does he ever stop eating and it was nice to see eli all calm and cool. feel the character needs a lil down time since he was soooooo intense last season.

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  56. Is anybody else really sick of watching EClare plots through Clare’s point of view? I feel like we haven’t really gotten to get to know Eli at all. It would have been such a breath of fresh air if they would have shown an intimate scene of him dealing with the breakup and everything that’s happened without Clare being involved. Munro is more than talented enough to handle it and I think people would like him a lot better.

    Also — Jake is really cute. I expected him to be kind of a cheesy, smiley character, but he seems surprisingly even and actually kind of dry, which I love.

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    1. I hope this season we will see more Eli character development when Imogen comes into the picture.

      I think I’m in love with Jake.

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  57. Haha I think Imogen is more of a stalker than anything..but she’s going to be extremely entertaining. And what’s up with Eli’s fascination with jean jackets? Clare…Imogen…and I can already feel the Cake fangirls a-rolling

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  58. Three cheers for the elimination of C plots!

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  59. jake was kinda eating liek pig. it was funny and also was his remarks like “wanna make out now. itll make ur ex jealous” i laughed and when he said “and scene” after her out bursting at eli, that was funny too. but i feel thats its a lil weird that hes ust on meds ust like that. i understand thar hes mental and everything but he was so emotionless and i didnt care for that but it gave the reason why he didnt react to clare at all. poor clare, i think she feels like she put him on the meds. :(

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    1. No I’m sick of Clare, no poor Clare. Its natural to miss or feel a little sad after breaking up with someone, but if the reasons were because that person was “smothering you” then you have no right to get mad when that person is emotionless…. his meds are the real reason yes, but I agree with Jake, why does it have to be so serious? Isn’t that why you broke up with him? Because he had too much drama, and manipulated? Who is manipulating now? Shoving another guy in his face just to get a reaction? Ugh! Sorry, I liked Clare before but this is getting ridiculous. She is supposed to feel bad, that is human, but seems to me like she has done EVERYTHING Eli did to her over the course of 3 months (minus the hearse thing) in ONE DAY. I lose all respect for Clare in this episode. But I absolutely loved it. Eli was really good in it. And I am officially obsessed with Jake. I didn’t think I would like him at all, seemed like a stiff, and he proved me wrong. He is 10 times cooler than almost anyone else at that school. Sorry for the rant, I understand where you’re coming from too I just had to get that off my chest.

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      1. A wild fangirl has appeared!

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      2. Oh wow. Okay, but you have to understand her reasons. Whether she used this against him or not, the Julia thing was very true. I would be pretty mad too if I had a relationship with someone I really connected with, and then they acted like it didn’t mean a thing.

        Really Clare did everything to him in a day? Like what? The jealousy thing? Please, that was hardly manipulation. Eli has done WAAAYYY more to her than she probably ever will.

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      3. I so agree. Clare was being ridiculous in this episode. Kary was right about the scene where they show her watching Eli from a distance. I actually felt a little bad for her. That was just somebody missing an ex. But when she screamed like she did? And when she carted Jake around just to rub him in Eli’s face? I thought that was kind of heartless and bitchy.

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      4. Everyone needs to cut Clare some slack. For the most part, she is mature beyond her years, but keep in mind she’s still a 15-year-old teenager. I think she’s allowed to be irrationally emotional once in awhile, it should be expected. Plus does everyone forget that she apologized to Eli at the end of the episode? Yeah, she lost a bit of herself when she was having a scene, but she acknowledged it was a mistake and apologized for it, a very mature move on her part.

        I’m just annoyed that everyone is holding one mistake against her. I love Eli, but are we forgetting all the mistakes Eli made with their relationship last season already?

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      5. No, I understand she said sorry, and I’m not saying she is a bad person or can’t be forgiven or anything like that. I’m saying after everything you’ve said about the guy, are you seriously going to expect him to cry and chase after you again? I wouldn’t. At all. In fact Eli handled everything around 20 times more mature than most people would have. She is mature usually and did apologize but sometimes saying things so hurtful can’t be taken back or fixed. He was over bearing and needed psychological help and wasn’t good for a relationship at the time. In fact when I watched DTW I was cheering when she broke up with him, but she acted like a child in this episode and I guess I can’t understand that. If you KNOW something will hurt someone, why mention it in front of the whole school? Anyway, I’m not wanting to fight with you guys, even though some people are wanting to call me “wild” and shit. lol. I just love this show and wanted to talk (passionately) about this plot. Carry on.

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      6. @Sophia No it’s fine, you’re allowed to have your opinion, haha, I’m not trying to fight with you. My comment was not just directed at you, but to everyone that might not understand Clare’s side of this whole thing. I’m passionate about this show too, so I can’t help but debate about it as well. Anyways, I don’t think Clare was expecting him to come chasing after her again, but it must’ve been a shock to see Eli go from being completely obsessed with her to acting like her presence has no effect on him at all. I think we all knew he was going to be on meds, but it didn’t make sense to her, so she jumped to the conclusion that what they had didn’t mean nearly as much as what he had with Julia. Yeah, he crashed his car to keep them from breaking up, but to her, it probably screamed as a cry of help instead of a show of love.

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  60. Dear Claire,

    Welcome to Hump & Dump-Ville.

    Population: you.

    P.S. Is Alli single? If so, would she be up for a threesome?

    XoXo

    Jakey-kins

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  61. I agree that the Kenna plot was a straight-line, but it was a setup for the future. I would give the Kenna plot a B and the Eclare/Jake plot a B+.

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    1. I agree with you.

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  62. Lol can’t wait for that crazy scene with Eli, Claire, and Imogen.
    Eli: I have all the help I need.
    Imogen: at your service Eli goldsworthy.

    She’s such a freaking creeper I can’t wait!

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    1. The only thing that could possibly make that scene better? A maid costume and a feather duster in her hand xD. Honestly, I see that as more than a creeper moment…

      I think she’s going to be really dramatic and naive. You know, like those 14 year old emo girls out there that try to fit in and look cool by telling a lot of silly, stupid lies. And I think that she wants the boy who she believes is the biggest badass in the school (in essence, her anxiety-induced idol) and so she is pulling out all of her cards and faking the game the whole way xD

      I hope the writers write her in a lovable way, because I find her absolutely adorable from all of the promo pictures so far xD

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  63. I don’t see how you gave the Jenna plot a C-…? But it was just your opinion of course, but it was pretty good, to me at least and half the other viewers.

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  64. WOAH! Kary are your implying that the Degrassi writers don’t know how to make a plot? You brought out the chart and everything so…..

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    1. No, they obviously know how to make plots….I brought out the chart to show the difference between a normal plot (the Eli/Clare/Jake plot follows the chart just fine) and Kenna plots, which are almost always flat and have no “rising action” or “climax” whatsoever.

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  65. takingbackmonday July 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Did anyone else notice Clare and Jake’s parents making eyes at each other across the table? This is looking a bit far ahead, but is a stepfamily storyline possible? I think that would be great. :)

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    1. Well, maybe… And what if that causes more relationship drama between Clare’s parents? Isn’t that what people said was gonna come up? Hah.

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  66. I don’t quite understand the people hate Eli. Have they not ever been around people with really bad anxiety problems? This is how they act. They take medication to even themselves out. And he wasn’t being an “asshole” in this episode. I thought he was giving Clare exactly what she wanted.

    And no, I’m not some crazy Eli fangirl. I don’t even find him attractive. I just like his watching him. He’s interesting. And Munro plays this character really well.

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  67. Setting: a teen couple, Jenna and KC, has a baby.

    Conflict: Jenna sees KC still living his life, going to Degrassi, etc., she wishes she could, too, but she has a baby.

    Rising Action: Even when KC has spare time, he chooses to go hang out with his friends, leaving Jenna alone, furious.

    Climax: Jenna BRINGS HER DAYS OLD BABY TO A LOUD CLUB! Then leaves him with the inexperienced KC, forcing him to appreciate what Jenna’s going through.

    Resolution: KC asks Jenna to move in with them. Now the young couple can take on the baby stuff, together. The audience’s hearts swell, feeling happy for them.

    ———

    Anyone else think maybe Kary has no idea what he’s talking about?

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    1. Maybe I need to make this extremely clear for you…I watched this episode 4 times last night. I was bored by KC and Jenna’s plot every single time. Telling me I “have no idea what I’m talking about” because I don’t agree with you ISN’T GOING TO CHANGE THE FACT THAT I WAS BORED WITH THE PLOT. End of story. It has nothing to do with the story itself, KC and Jenna are just two of the most boring characters on the show. That is something I’ve said consistently over the past year.

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      1. MannyDegrassi July 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm

        I feel like your opinion on KC and Jenna are biased. Its clear you really favor Clare and certainly Eli. Most people have gotten over the Jenna and Clare situation. Do you ever wonder how the actual people on Degrassi feel if they read this? Poor Jessica Tyler never catches a break on your reviews.

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    2. I don’t think that Kary is biased, but the Kenna plots are all pretty much the same. Kenna plots have been the exact same thing for a long time (as I mentioned previously in another post.) They’re predictable.

      The plots that involve Jenna and KC usually involve KC acting immature and running off to hang out with friends/hit on girls/act like a general jerk and then Jenna gets upset and cries and yells and they make up. It’s a pattern and a trend that pretty much all of their episodes follow (this isn’t to say that there aren’t episodes that don’t follow that trend, but a good amount do)

      As a couple, the two actors don’t have enough stage presence or chemistry to fully dominate the set when they are given a full plot.

      As for EClare, I think that Kary also doesn’t really think of the whole ClareXKCXJenna love triangle at all when he judges them as a Degrassi couple. Paul and Chambers just have REALLY good stage chemistry (it probably helps that they are both strong actors and that they have acted together before Degrassi) and in addition to the writers taking their time matching those two together (meaning they had a lot of time to develop their relationship) an EClare scene could involve nothing other than Eli and Clare glancing at one another for 30 seconds to a minute and still have the audience captivated. Honestly, I can’t see any Kenna scene having a moment that deep because they need more to go off of (dialogue/actions/crazy things going on with them) to translate or convey their feelings to the audience.

      When it comes down to it, Kenna plots are just really simple. They’re vanilla, and not even necessarily the good kind. The writers have kept their plots the same for far too long and they work better as supporting characters (Well…to those who enjoy the characters that they typically support…but I still think Drianca is a little hokey XP)

      For my final point, opinions are opinions. If you like Kenna, all the better for you. I mean, in the end, you probably end up enjoying the episodes revolving around them more than others do, which is all the better for you :D

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  68. I really dislike Clare and Jake after watching last night’s episode. Like many people have already mentioned, plenty of people go through tough breakups and Clare’s isn’t the first or the last relationship she’ll ever had. I don’t think the writers are giving us enough reasons to actually feel sorry for Clare. Besides her parents’ divorce, she has a pretty good life. I’m tired of hearing her complain about Eli, so in that retrospect, Alli and Jake were both right when they said that she needs to get over him because she can’t force him to have feelings for her.

    Basically, Clare is a drama queen and a brat. When Eli was harassing her with that creepy story, crashed his car, and threatened to hurt himself (I guess breaking his leg in the crash counts), Clare wanted to get away and be on her own. Now, fast-forward about 2-3 weeks later (Degrassi’s messed up timeline, mind you) after spring break and the crash, and Clare’s once again all over Eli and begging him to feel something for her. Then causing that scene in the Dot, only confirms that Clare is pretty selfish and only cares about her own feelings, rather than Eli’s It takes two people to make a relationship work. I mean, Clare’s stupid for not considering that Eli practically tried to commit suicide with the car crash and of course, he’s going through some problems of his own that aren’t about her. I don’t really know what else to say about that. I never liked Eclare; I liked Eli because the show FINALLY had an interesting male character, but always disliked Clare because of her pious judgemental selfish bitchy attitude. As for Jake, he’s moving too fast and assuming that Clare wants a relationship. Their pairing would be/will be so boring because as far as we know, Jake doesn’t have any issues. He’s vanilla and Wonder bread. No, he doesn’t have to be a psycho or deal drugs, but he’s too boring.

    Oh, and please hurry up with the Riley and Zane story lines. I’m kind of upset that it appears that Anya’s the one with the coke storyline. It seems so out of character for her and probably won’t wrap up properly because she’s graduating, so this problem, like most on Degrassi, will probably be that one thing they mention for an episode or two and then forget it ever happened.

    sorry for the novel. : D

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    1. The only person that has been a consistent drama queen and brat for almost their entire run in the show is Alli. I don’t think it’s fair to assign Clare the same. Yeah, she was being overdramatic and unfair, but at least she apologized for it in the end.

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  69. herehaveacookie July 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    This might seem weird but I am really offended by the Eli story line. I take anti-anxiety medication and I have for a while and there is just no way that it can make him emotionless in that amount of time. Over spring break, Eli was probably sent to the hospital (in-patient) to be monitored in the psychiatric ward. That was about a week ago. Firstly, medication like that takes six weeks to fully take effect. Second, there is no way that they will immediately put him on a high enough dosage to cause total emotionless-ness in a week, hell not even a month. Third, if he was totally emotionless, his psychiatrist is supposed to switch his medication because that is a bad reaction. Lastly, anti-anxiety medication just doesn’t work that way! It does not get rid of all anxiety, it just allows your brain to calm down. Trust me, after being on Meds for 6 months, I still feel very anxious at times and I am still not on a high dosage. The only way he could feel totally emotionless if they put him on tranquilizers or lithium or something.

    Yeah, I have been thinking about this all night and it has just really been angering. Going to send this to the Degrassi people. I just want them to know.

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    1. Herehaveacookie July 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      And you might ask, why do you even care it is just a tv show. I care because it is showing medication in an unjustifiably bad light

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      1. Well, let me tell you, I’ve been on A LOT of different medications in the past decade- some WILL do that to you. Some meds are used to treat both anxiety and depression (paxil, effexor)- these will not have an immediate or numbing effect, you are correct. My experience: anti-depressants (prozac, welbutrin) take a while to kick in; anti-anxiety meds (klonopin, lorazepam), often used to treat people prone to frequent panic attacks, have an immediate and often numbing effect (also remember that different dosages induce different levels of “calm”). Maybe this isn’t a good long term, daily treatment- but considering everything that just happened, with a car crash that could be perceived by doctors as a suicide attempt, his psychiatrist may think a numb, overmedicated Eli is better than an emotional, self destructive Eli right now. In time, instead of taking the anxiety meds regularly, he’d probably just take anti-depressants regularly with anxiety meds to be taken on the side “as needed.” Different doctors have different ways of doing things- just because one doctor might take a safe and slow approach doesn’t mean that all do.

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  70. This episode really makes me miss the old two-plot format of Degrassi. I feel like the whole three-plot format has usually led to poor pacing and rushed plots.

    Favorite part of the episode by far was that excellent long shot in the beginning. Such a simple concept, but it does wonders. The subtle introductions of Katie and Jake were great. And to let the audience know what everyone’s been up to and what they will be up to was a wonderful way to catch everyone up since the hiatus.

    I really loved the first post-breakup encounter between Eli and Clare… you could feel the tension, mixed emotions, and unresolved feelings between them. Seeing how numb and lifeless Eli is really kills me… Once again, Munro nails his character. Clare’s emotional turmoil was definitely much more stronger in the way she looked at Eli from afar than when she was yelling at him… she’s had less convincing emotional breakdowns in the past though, so I’ll forgive her. It was really sad, watching how much she really does miss Eli.

    Like others, I was really skeptical at Justin Kelly playing a heartthrob, but his acting in this episode totally had me convinced. In the looks department, he might not seem like a player, but just in the way he said some of his lines (ie. “Who’s your friend?”), he’s totally got the player vibe down. My jaw dropped watching Jake befriend Eli so quickly. And I could NOT believe that Helen and Glen were flirting… this will not lead to good things, haha. If Clare’s baggage with Eli doesn’t break up Cake, it’ll be the parentals for sure.

    It’s about time they finally humanize Jenna’s character… I still don’t like her much, but it’s nice to see her as a real person with feelings. It’s endearing to see her do right by Tyson the way her mother never did with her. Yes, Jessica Tyler’s still not a very strong actor, but she came through during the emotional scenes in the end which I appreciate.

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  71. Did you also notice that Clare passed almost right by James when her and Ali walked in?

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  72. I have a theory…Maybe Imogen somehow is related/has something to do with Julia. Eh?

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  73. I got tired of reading all the comments so sorry if this has been said already.

    When I saw the hallway seen, my first thought was “Oh, my god, Kary would be so proud”. I nearly jumped off my bed from excitement.

    I don’t like Jake. I’ve been that 15 year old girl who couldn’t understand why the boy who said he loved you just moved on like you were never there and for Jake to say she “needed to just get over it” pissed my the hell off. I get where he’s coming from, from a guys perspective but still it was a jerk move and when you think/know you love someone, its not something you just ‘get over’. Feelings aren’t that simple. However, maybe she did need that extra push from him to help her move on but if she’s just jumping from one relationship to another then I will find no use for Clare.

    As far as K.C and Jenna go, I still don’t care for them…at all. They aren’t interesting for me to watch. I did, however, like how her brother pointed out that K.C needed to be around more since ‘he helped make the baby’. Also, bringing your baby to a place that may be potentially dangerous only to make a point at the father was stupid and immature. I understand she wanted to spend time with her friends because K.C gets to but that was not the way to go about it. Jenna is doing a pretty good job from what we’ve seen so far but she can’t let petty things get in the way of what is best for Tyson, so we’ll see how that goes.

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