PLOT A SUMMARY: Alli still hasn’t told Dave that she’s going away for the summer, so she invites him over for a special night. However, Dave thinks she wants to have sex, so he goes out and gets condoms. Alli’s upset that he thinks she wanted to sleep with him, and upsets him by telling him she’s leaving for the summer. Alli learns Dave was only wanting to make the night special for her, so to make it up for him she uses money she won playing poker to get him tickets to a basketball game. Dave invites her to meet his parents, but she fakes sick in order to play in a poker tournament.
Dave is upset when he finds out, but the two work it out and Alli wants him to come along for the next tournament. Alli loses money and doesn’t want to stop playing, despite Dave urging her to. After losing all her money, she then bets her $2,000 scholarship. She anoints herself winner before the other guys reveal her cards, then proceeds to explain in detail how she figured out their hands. The two guys accuse her of card counting, and before anything happens Dave’s dad busts in and breaks up the game (Dave had called him while Alli was playing). Dave tells Alli that his parents want him to have nothing to do with her, and he also tells her that they should take a break and see what happens when she returns at the end of the summer.
Oh Alli Bhandari, once again displaying that she’s a smart girl who consistently makes bad decisions. It’s almost like she falls into a trap where she can’t see that she steers her life down a destructive path. I like how there were two issues to this plot: her needing to tell Dave the truth about the summer, and her gambling addiction. Dave has been transformed back into a likable guy, and the only reason he stuck with Alli through her lies is because he likes her so much.
What’s compelling about this plot is that it highlights Alli’s strengths and weaknesses at the same time. She’s incredibly book smart, but she lacks street smarts despite the many life lessons she’s had to learn the hard way. If there’s one thing that seemed random in the story it was her eagerness to run off and play poker with a bunch of strangers.
It’s interesting watching the dynamic of Alli’s gambling addiction. She’s not necessarily addicted to winning the money (I think that’s just so she can find a way to be with Dave over the summer), but she got her emotional high off of using her math skills to calculate every scenario…she became obsessed with outwitting other people. Though I like Bhandurner, I thought this was a solid episode to paint the fact that someone’s actions can get in the way of a relationship, no matter how much they like each other. Seeing as how their “breakup” is open ended, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of them.
PLOT B SUMMARY: Wesley and Hannah pair up on their project to build a Rube Goldberg machine, and Liam asks to join their group. They agree, but Wesley is immediately threatened by Liam’s presence; Hannah seems to like Liam’s idea for the project more, and she and Liam ride the same bus home together. To impress Hannah, Wesley tells her that he has her license, and offers to drive her home. The only catch is he doesn’t have his license yet, and he’s taking his uncle’s car without permission.
Liam and Hannah want Wesley to drive during lunch so they can visit a Goldberg exhibit to get ideas, but Wesley’s reluctant at first. Eventually he agrees, and he’s pulled over by a cop for driving too slow. He gets in trouble with his parents, and Hannah tells him that she likes him for who he is.
This is such an endearing storyline, and sorta takes me back to when we first met Wesley. I like how we got a look into his lack of confidence. His “I have no idea why you like me” quote sums it up perfectly. And this plot is a good lesson on how your perception of things can completely warp the reality of a situation. Liam was a good fit to play Wesley’s counterpart…mainly because he’s unknown and there’s no other male character on the show that would’ve made since had they been inserted into this plot.
PLOT C SUMMARY: Bianca is still hanging out with Vince, who is using her to sell drugs around town. However, he wants her to start selling them at Degrassi. She doesn’t want to meet with him after school, so Imogen helps her get detention. While in detention Imogen goes to use the bathroom, and Bianca steals her birthday money. Bianca tells Vince she doesn’t want to sell drugs at Degrassi, but he threatens to hurt Drew if she doesn’t continue to do what he says. He ends up hitting her, but apologizes, and gives her lingerie as an “I’m sorry” gift. Bianca apologizes to Imogen for stealing from her and gives Imogen the lingerie Vince gave her.
What a heartbreaking plot. She isn’t dramatic in her emotions, but Bianca’s eyes tend to say everything that needs to be said. I feel bad for her and the position she’s in with Vince. I enjoyed this plot because we needed to see how the events from this gang storyline were affecting more than just Drew’s life. We get more Bianca development in this episode and they do a good job of slyly setting her and Drew up to cross paths again by integrating her with Imogen. And we see that she’s desperate to get out, but is willing to keep going in order to keep Drew safe. I’m not really sure what to think of Bianca and Imogen as friends, other than the fact that they’re two people who are looking to cling each other for their own individual reasons.