PLOT A SUMMARY: Katie is running for class President. Meanwhile, she finds out Marisol still has a crush on Drew. Drew asks Katie out, but she doesn’t want to accept because she doesn’t want to hurt Marisol. However, Marisol finds out and decides to run against Katie in the election. Katie tries to apologize, but the only way Marisol will forgive her is if she ends things with Drew. Katie doesn’t, and they end up mudslinging at an assembly. Marisol then tells Drew that Katie is bulimic, which Katie denies.
The rumor that Katie has bulimia spreads around the school, and while on Adam and Dave’s radio show she takes a “lie detector test” with an app, and fails when they ask her if she’s ever been bulimic. She binges on food and almost throws up in the bathroom, but stops herself. Marisol walks in and Katie tells her that she hates her. Katie tells Drew the truth and he’s accepting. At the debate Marisol tells the school that she made up Katie being bulimic. Katie wins the election and chooses Marisol to be VP, but Drew tells Katie that he doesn’t want to be around Marisol because of what she put Katie through.
In the end, everything comes down to the fact that Katie and Marisol isn’t a friendship I care about. Before this episode we know they’re best friends only because it’s been stated, and not really seen. This isn’t like watching say Alli/Clare, or Holly J/Fiona or Emma/Manny fight because there’s no emotion for me when it comes to their friendship.
It also doesn’t help that there’s no chemistry between Krew to begin with, so I don’t care who he ends up with. The only emotion came in hating Marisol’s actions, which became more deplorable as they went on in Part 1. And in Part 2, the rumors spreading about Katie and bulimia reached a new level of ridiculous. Really? A lie detector app? And we’re going to confront the girl about a serious issue (rumor or not) on a radio show broadcast to the entire school? No one in the entire school seemed to show any form of concern, and it‘s weird to me that something like bulimia would be treated like it were casual gossip about two people sleeping together or something.
To be honest there were actually some good things about this plot. I didn’t feel like Katie’s bulimia was “wrapped up” quickly, because she said that she still has the urge to purge. In hindsight her rigid, controlling behavior in previous episodes now makes a lot of sense.
Also, don’t forget anything and everything Mo in this episode. Fantastic.
The best part hands down was the ending. I thought it was going to end “happily ever after,” but love how Drew couldn’t forgive Marisol even if Katie could, and has no desire to be around her. If only I were grading the episode on that final scene it’d be get an “A,” but alas these newbies succumbed to mediocrity.
PLOT B SUMMARY: Sav and Ms. Oh continue to flirt with each other through music. Ms. Oh plays a song for Sav that she wrote about him, but runs out halfway through it. Ms. Oh says they shouldn’t see each other outside of class and her feelings for him are wrong, but Sav kisses her. Sav calms a rowdy class for Ms Oh, but she says she doesn’t need him sticking up for her and apologizes for leading him on. Mr. Simpson confronts the two about rumors they’ve been together, and Sav lies and says he’s the one that started the rumor to look cool in front of other students. In the end Ms. Oh tells Sav he’s a great guy, and gives him a cd with her phone number on the back for him to call her after graduation.
There really isn’t much to say about this plot except to point out how boring and disappointing it was. It could’ve been something fantastic, but it became a ho hum, back-and-forth relationship that never even really happened.
Neither Sav and Ms. Oh nor Ray and Cory showed any level of chemistry. They couldn’t have gone anywhere anyway because Sav’s graduating, and it’s not like they’re going to run off together or anything. What makes this annoying is this is the second pointless plot Sav has had with a girl in Season 11. It’s like they have nothing for him to do, but at the same time they don’t want to give him the Riley/Zane treatement. I would’ve rather him been in an Adam-type role, and just appear in a ton of episodes as a support character instead of this. What a shame for Sav Bhandari to exit Degrassi on a lame note.
PLOT C SUMMARY: Eli is in therapy and has learned he has bipolar disorder. He returns to school on a mission: to apologize to those he’s hurt. Fiona accepts his apology, but Jake doesn’t. Eli then becomes fixated on getting Jake to forgive him. When he sees Jake and Clare arguing, Eli thinks he can get Jake to forgive him by helping him deal with Clare. Though annoyed, Jake agrees to work with Eli on building a sweat lodge for a class project, but he also refuses to listen to Eli’s advice on Clare. Eli then comes up with the idea to trap Clare and Jake in the sweat lodge and have them talk things out…and it works. Eli then apologizes to Imogen, and offers her to take her to The Dot because he wants to be her friend.
I found myself enjoying Eli’s recovery, as well as the interaction between him and Jake. It felt realistic that Eli just couldn’t get away with an apology to Jake, and in turn became fixated on receive forgiveness from him because Eli felt like he couldn’t heal until that happened. I’m not sure what we’re supposed to make of Cake, except that their relationship seemed very exposed in this episode. They were slapped together like it was nothing and the perception from that point on has been that they’re a happy couple. But here that’s not the case, and from the way they were arguing this can’t possibly be the first argument they’ve had as an official couple.
Everyone has been wanting Eli to get help, and now he’s doing so. I’m enjoying it (as well as the break we’ve been given from the romantic side of the Eclare drama for now).