PLOT A SUMMARY: Drew has been doing MMA training at Degrassi with Julian and Owen. Because there’s a no-tolerance policy at school when it comes to fighting the group decides to cool it, much to Drew’s dismay. Katie catches Drew fighting with Mo, and then tells Drew she’s doing an article about fighting. He opens up to her a bit, but the article she writes leads Principal Simpson to put tight restrictions on the weight room.
Drew blames Katie, but then apologizes and asks to be a sports reporter for the newspaper. Julian and Owen tell Drew about an underground MMA fighting ring, and Drew gets his butt kicked. He’s insistent on training harder, and he also can’t focus on writing his article for the paper. He tells Katie about him getting jumped over spring break, and kisses her. Drew then goes back to the fighting ring for a rematch. He wins, but afterward uses all the built-up rage he has to beat the guy until he’s unconscious. Katie escorts him out and she’s intent on connecting with him and teaching him a more peaceful way to defend himself: tae kwon do.
This plot has been rolling at high gear for me the entire season, and I’ve considered it one of the top two plots of Season 11. I knew it’d eventually hit a wall of sorts, and it did in this episode. I’m not sure what in the heck happened, but Luke’s acting felt very forced in this episode. And in the storyline Drew comes off as over-the-top gung ho about everything. The Drew/Katie interaction intrigued me. I liked it as long as it was just Katie “being curious” about Drew and her being a piece of stability for him, but I’m not on the Krew bandwagon because there wasn’t enough chemistry established between them yet. Heck in Part 1 Drew was mad at Katie because he felt betrayed by her, and he was throwing out all this stuff about trust when he’s known her for all of five seconds. Part of me feels like they are “destroying” Katie before she truly begins. She is a very straightforward, tough and precise girl, but it seems to be fading away with her pining over a guy. We still saw glimpses of it no doubt, but it’d just be nice to flesh out a female character before throwing her into a relationship.
The overall theme of the plot is what kept me interested, and that goes back to Drew’s mentality. He’s scared and he doesn’t want to be perceived as weak. The strongest scene was after Drew won the MMA rematch and started to pummel the guy, it was powerful to see him getting out the emotions he’s desperately wanted to take out on the guys that jumped him (too bad it had to be that guy). It looks like this plot has cooled down for now and that’s a good thing because this part of the storyline simply wasn’t as strong as previous parts. Hopefully things will pick back up when Bianca and Vince return.
PLOT B SUMMARY: Alli’s parents have given her more freedom, but they still don’t like the idea of her dating. So she introduces Dave to her parents, asking him to dress super nice and pretend to be someone he’s not in order to impress them. This upsets Dave, so Alli agrees to talk to her parents. She tells them that Dave is her boyfriend, and they are ok with him coming over again. Dave dresses and behaves normally, and they all play cards together. With Dave getting along so well with her family that means they can spend a lot of time together over the summer. However, Alli learns that she’s been accepted into a science program, and she’ll have to be away for the entire summer.
I rarely ever ship couples, but Dave and Alli is one I can get into. If you look at many of the other couples/failed ships on this show this season and Bhandurner has the one thing they lack: natural chemistry. They’re so freakin’ cute.
I genuinely liked how undramatic this plot was. With Sav and Anya and Sav’s parents it was just a back and forth mess. Here Dave said he didn’t like being fake, Alli manned up and told her parents, then she introduced him again and things didn’t go as terribly as they expected. See? Sometimes good things can happen when you don’t lie and sneak around. The Bhandari parents were entertaining in this episode. Alli’s dad was hilarious. It’s good to see a more relaxed side to his character, just like it was when he saw a less uptight Mrs. Torres. And of course I enjoyed at the end the subtle setup for Bhandurner’s future plot next week.
PLOT C SUMMARY: Fiona decides she’s going to give Holly J the $20,000 to give to Dawn for the kidney transplant, until they learn that trading money for organs is illegal. Holly J then begs Dawn to donate her kidney, but she declines. Holly J calls Dawn selfish and storms out. Later she’s upset because she feels like she’s ruined her chance to get to know Dawn. Holly J apologizes and instead decides to focus on getting to know Dawn. While working on Holly J’s prom dress, she shows Fiona pictures of Dawn’s old prom dress. Fiona wants the dress and says she’ll pay Dawn $20,000 for it. Dawn agrees, and that also means Dawn and Holly J can go through with the kidney transplant.
This was a predictable plot that could’ve been wrapped up in Part 1, but it was still interesting to watch. One major thing they’ve done with some of the plots this season is write them in a way that makes both sides understandable. It was easy to hate Dawn at first, as the plot moved along it’s also just as easy to see how difficult of a position it was for her like it was for Holly J. And I’m glad they never lost sight of the tidbit that Holly J also wanted to get to know her biological mom.
Fiona and Holly J have to have one of the best friendships in the history of the Degrassi franchise. It’s so endearing watching these two interact. I can’t even find the words to describe how much I’m loving their friendship right now.
Other Degrassi News
*So it’s listed on IMDB that Landon Liboiron (Declan) and Jamie Johnston (Peter) are making an appearance in Drop It Like It’s Hot (formerly called Pokerface). This is FALSE, though I’m not sure why anyone would believe this in the first place for obvious reasons (Jamie’s off doing his own thing, and Landon’s been on a completely different continent shooting Terra Nova).
*Epitome is updating the Degrassi Mobile Game so that you will be able to download future episodes for free with Degrassi points. Originally you just had to pay 99 cents to download a new episode (they’re releasing a new episode every month). Now, you can still buy the episodes if you want them asap, but you can download an episode for free with 100,000 Degrassi points.
I like the idea of this, but I was very disappointed in fans reacting so negatively to the realization that they had to pay 99 cents for each individual episode when Episode 2 came out (apparently no one realized this). I see it this way: if you’ve somehow found a way to possess one of the platforms to play the game (ipod touch, ipod, etc), then you can find a measly 99 cents every month to pay for a new episode. I don’t know, all of the complaining specifically about having pay just rubbed me the wrong way.