PLOT A SUMMARY: Jenna is depressed and tired of being at home with Tyson all the time, so she decides to return to Degrassi. She doesn’t feel like she knows how to have fun anymore, but she finds an outlet by helping Sav create a song for the school play. While at home she works on the song…Tyson is on the changing table behind her and falls off. Jenna rushes Ty to the hospital, and he’s ok. However, the nurse says that she’s required to inform child services.
Before the meeting Jenna is at Degrassi and catches KC getting in a car with Marisol. Alli and Dave tell Jenna that KC has been cheating with Marisol. At home, Jenna confronts KC, and in the heat of the argument she hits him in the face with her guitar. The child services rep arrives and insists that she be there on a regular basis to monitor what happens at the house. Jenna then begins to inquire about adoption, which KC rejects. The next day, Jenna tells KC that they should consider adoption, but he doesn’t want to give up on Tyson. Jenna says that he doesn’t really want to be a father, and that they’re failing as parents. Putting up Tyson for adoption would mean Ty could get the life he deserves, and KC and Jenna could move on with their lives…apart.
Do I really have to write out a long, thoughtful review about this plot? If you watched it, it basically speaks for itself. It’s an emotional, well-written storyline with fantastic acting from Jessica Tyler and Sam Earle. The fact that this plot is drenched in frustration and desperation is what keeps it engaging from beginning to end. Every season has a quality storyline that stands above the others of that season….so far Kenna’s is it for Season 11.
It’s about time we get a raw look into the world of teen parenthood. It’s impossible not to sympathize with Jenna. She’s doing her best, but the burden is too much. Despite that, she still shows that she loves Tyson more than anything. It’s a given that KC has been an asshole. But the final scenes allow us to see an inner conflict within him; he doesn’t want to be a dad, but he also doesn’t want to give Tyson up for adoption because he doesn’t want to be a failure like his father. I don’t think it was a matter of him not knowing how to be a father that scared him off, it’s just that not wanting to be like his dad wasn’t a big enough motivator for him to step up and fulfill his role as a parent.
The final scene was brilliant, addressing how difficult the decision to give up Tyson will be, despite the fact that both Jenna and KC love Ty. Jenna’s maturity level skyrockets even more at the fact that she admits both of them are suffocating under the pressure of parenthood, and Tyson is the one who will ultimately suffer. I can’t even think anymore…such a good plot. That’s all you need to know.
PLOT B SUMMARY: Sav wants to impress Ms. Oh by creating a song for the school play, but Mo is determined to be the play’s composer. Sav wins the contest to create music for the play, but Ms. Oh suggests he collaborates with Mo; Sav declines. Mo takes Sav’s hard drive and threatens to send the song Sav created about Ms. Oh to her if Sav doesn’t make him co-composer. The duo creates a killer track, and plan a meeting with Ms. Oh. Sav arrives at the meeting and learned Mo couldn’t make it, but e-mailed a track to Ms. Oh. She plays it and it’s Sav’s love song.
Mo says he sent it to her to help Sav get her, and the two decide to go to a contest to help Sav get over his crush…however, Ms. Oh is there. She introduces Sav to her friends as the guy who wrote her a song, and they watch the concert together. At school Ms. Oh responds coldly as Sav refers to her as Winnie in front of Mo, but after Mo walks off Ms. Oh delivers a coy smile at Sav.
This plot was kind of ok, but that’s about it. Part 1 wasn’t very interesting. Thankfully Part 2 provided clarity on Mo, who I’m convinced can play a pretty solid support character. I don’t have much commentary on this plot because it didn’t do very much over two episodes besides establish a hint that there’s sparks between Sav and Ms. Oh. The best aspect of the story is the fact that the plot centered around creating something for the play…Degrassi has done a fantastic job of tying in a lot of characters and storylines into this play. As for Sav and Ms. Oh, It’ll probably take us actually seeing them together for me to develop any interest in them as a couple.
PLOT C SUMMARY: Clare learns that Jake is helping build sets for the school play. She then becomes paranoid that Eli is out to hurt her boyfriend, so she decides to “join” the set crew as well. She tells Jake that she thinks Eli is trying to sabotage their relationship and that everything in the play about her character is a lie…that’s when Jake reveals Eli’s asked him to read for the role of “Fritz.” Clare decides to crash a reading of the script and is kicked out after complaining about how Clara is portrayed in the play. Jake gives her a copy of the play and she tells Eli that it was beautiful. Eli had made Clara the hero, because “she IS the hero.” The plot ends with Eli and Clare silently staring at each other.
This plot was annoying until the finale scene, which was a beautiful display of emotion (I‘m not an Eclare fan, but I do admit it was an endearing scene). I find myself suffering from Eclare burnout because they had a plot in all four episodes this week. All that just to get to the point we already know…that Eli will try to win Clare back. Clare continues to be all over the place, which is frustrating. Thankfully there were a few funny moments, all of them involving Jake saying something unintentionally funny. He’s just there to provide conflict for Eclare, but at least they didn’t make him completely dull as a rock like they did last week.