First off, what did everyone think about the 4-plot format for the episode? I think I liked it here. As a whole the episode was only fairly strong, but having so many moving parts made mediocre plots seem less overbearing and the solid ones more concise than they would normally be if there had been just two or three plots. They’re also showing off the fact that they’re keeping us updated on ongoing plots (Drianca) and setting up for their future installments, without having to dedicate much screen time to them. I consider that a plus.
I don’t really wanna review these plots yet since most of them are being continued in Idioteque (What’s My Age Again and Idioteque are basically Part 1 and 2), but whatev.
PLOT A SUMMARY: Anya about to turn 18 and can’t wait so she can date Dr. Chris. But there’s a problem…Dr. Chris plans on going to Kenya for a year after receiving a job there. Anya doesn’t get into Toronto U and decides she should try to go with Dr. Chris to Africa. However, she realizes she’s being overeager when Dr. Chris points out that the barely know each other. Fiona and Holly J throw Anya a surprise birthday party, and the episode ends with her and Owen hooking up in a bed.
I wasn’t that big of a fan of this plot as a whole. Anya’s behavior seemed a little too unrealistic at times. For instance, you don’t get into college and respond “Oh well that’s ok, I’ll just go with my soon-to-be boyfriend to Africa.” It’s yet another case of “Ellie Nash Syndome,” when a girl on the show just loses her damn mind over a guy to the point where she behaves like a completely different person.
The entire Dr. Chris thing has just been silly since the beginning. I don’t like it when they try to make characters establish relationships with people so far outside of Degrassi’s core universe…Dr. Chris is basically on an island by himself.
I need to make it clear that I DO NOT SHIP OWNYA after watching this episode. However, I do like the scenario that they’re in. I’m emotionally conflicted because their hookup at the end felt random and rushed, but I also acknowledge that that’s the entire point…we respond to Ownya by saying “WTF?” now, and Anya will be saying it in Idioteque.
PLOT B SUMMARY: Connor has taken a liking to staring at girls’ chests….specifically Hannah’s. Wesley informs Connor that he can’t do that, and tries to help get Connor a girlfriend…sort of. Basically they go to Anya’s birthday party together, and Wes tells Connor to find a girl to talk to. He tries and fails to talk to Fiona. He runs into FiFi’s bedroom and happens to come across her underwear drawer. Intrigued by the panties, Connor takes them and leaves after almost getting caught by Anya.
At first I was slightly disappointed because this plot doesn’t have the extreme creeper vibe I was hoping for (I mean him sniffing Fiona‘s panties would‘ve been one of the most hilarious scenes ever), but it does a really good job of showing us exactly how socially awkward Connor is. It’s just very interesting to me watching someone who has little concept of what is considered socially acceptable, and lacks an ability to interact with new people normally (Fiona). The humor factor also returned to the Tenners because Connor did throw out a couple of unintentionally funny lines on his part.
PLOT C SUMMARY: KC feels trapped at home with Jenna and Tyson. To get out of the house, he makes up an excuse to go get diapers. Seeing that there’s a part-time job opening at Little Miss Steaks, he applies in the hopes of getting the job so he doesn’t have to be on baby daddy duty during the evening time.
See? Why couldn’t there have been a Kenna plot like this in LoveGame? They go from a ho hum plot to one with an actual hook, because we FINALLY get a true sense of what direction KC’s character is going in this storyline. It’s established that KC is, once again, going down the path of being a jackass.
However, it’s the way he’s doing it that’s so brilliantly written. He feels so trapped that instead of just blatantly disregarding Jenna to go do whatever he wants, he’d rather have a job as an excuse to get out of the house and avoid his responsibilities as a father. Now how sneaky is that?
PLOT D SUMMARY: Drew learned that his self-defense claim in Anson’s death will probably hold up, and Vince is in police custody. Drew thinks he and Bianca are home free, but learns that Vince has been released. Drew’s mom blames everything on Bianca and her past, while Drew just wishes things could go back to the way they were.
This plot wasn’t sufficient enough in this episode to give it any sort of grade. It really served as nothing more than a setup for Drianca’s larger role in Idioteque.