PLOT A SUMMARY: Drew is one of the volunteers for grade 9 orientation, and wonders why Bianca is a volunteer as well. She tells him that Vince hurts her and is making her sell drugs, and she’s doing it so that Vince doesn’t come back and kill him. Drew wants to fight Vince, but Katie talks him into going a more peaceful route. Drew then gives Bianca a prom ticket so she can spend the night away from Vince. Drew then secretly meets with Vince and tells him that his days of controlling him and Bianca are over. Drew also taunts Vince by talking on the phone to Bianca about prom in front of him.
Katie is upset that Drew invited Bianca to prom because she feels like it’s ruined their night. However, Drew tries to smooth things over by dancing with Katie, and Bianca starts having fun by dancing with Adam. However, Vince shows up and Drew confronts him. They fight and Drew wins, but Vince then pulls out a gun and shoots into the crowd…one of the bullets hit Adam in the shoulder. Vince drops the gun and runs off
While Adam’s taken to the hospital, Drew and Katie search for Bianca, who has the gun and plans to kill Vince. They find her standing outside of Vince’s hideout, and convince her to call the cops instead. Adam is okay, and Drew promises to help Bianca get a lawyer so they can put Vince and his thugs away for a long time.
So here’s the dilemma I have with this plot…I was sitting here on the edge of my seat enjoying the episode, then the climax hit (aka the shooting). After that, it felt like someone had deflated my balloon of excitement. And suddenly that excitement was replaced by a sense of “I don’t care what happens because it’s all going to wrap up in a neat little bow.”
The exact moment of disappointment was when they revealed Adam had been shot…in the shoulder. No I wasn’t expecting anyone to die, and anyone who thought someone was gonna die in this episode was clearly not paying attention when this season’s death happened earlier in the season. But this is television, and someone being shot in the shoulder (BY A GANG MEMBER) is an instant cue that they’re going to be ok. There was no reason for me to worry at that point, and it sucked the life out of what was supposed to be an emotional moment. A shot to the middle of the body would’ve provided far more uncertainty, and would’ve at least milked the worry of not knowing Adam’s status until the hospital scene.
Before the shooting I‘d say it was a solid “B” plot, with the potential to reach “A“ level depending on Part 2. I keep thinking about to Season 10 when I talked about how pointless Drianca was because they had no chemistry. Now Drew and Bianca are at the point where they show more and more chemistry with each episode, and they put Krew to shame.
I enjoyed Part 1 tremendously and was it was a fantastic setup for Part 2, even if it was caused by Drew’s dumb ass taunting Vince. I thoroughly enjoyed that scene and the ridiculousness of them drinking tea together. The scene in Part 2 where Bianca stood outside of Vince’s hideout was also great. It’s definitely Alicia Josipovic’s standout moment on this show.
But here I am still, analyzing a plot that did a lot of good things, but managed to screw up the episode’s most critical moment. A moment that will forever define this episode (the first thing that will come to mind when you mention Dead And Gone is the shooting)…one minor tweak is the difference between this being stellar as opposed to forgettable.
PLOT B SUMMARY: Clare and Jake are getting ready for prom when Clare’s mom says she wants them to hang around for a dinner with her and Glen. At the dinner, Helen and Glen announce that they’re getting married. Jake’s fine with it, but Clare is stunned and reveals that she and Jake are dating. Upset, Clare walks all the way to the prom. She tells Jake they need to stop their parents wedding because Clare thinks her mom isn’t ready for another relationship, but Jake is just glad to see his dad is happy. Clare also can’t believe that Jake is so calm about the situation…then Jake breaks up with Clare because he’d rather it happen now than later when they’re living together.
Cake plots are one of the few that make my eyes roll to the point I have a headache. This has just been one of those storylines over the course of Season 11 that’s made no sense on so many levels. And the fact that Clare’s character has deteriorated makes it difficult to watch. You can compare the emotional breakdowns of two female characters because of relationships, Fiona and Clare, and Clare’s is so infinitely inferior…and I was incredibly high on both characters coming into Season 11. In this episode instead of coming off as someone who is genuinely concerned about her mom’s well being (thank Jake actually accomplished this with his dad), she just came off as whiny.
The only upside to this plot was that it broke up yet another pointless couple, and it allowed us to get a little peak at Jake outside of Clare’s shadow.
PLOT C SUMMARY: Sav wants to go out on a date with Ms. Oh, but their schedules just won’t allow it. Because prom is the last chance they’ll ever have to see each other, Mo gives Sav the idea to plan a date at Degrassi since prom is off campus. On prom night Sav tricks Ms Oh into going to Degrassi to “get the prom king and queen crowns,” and unveils a romantic setting where they slow dance and kiss. However, their night is interrupted when they learn of the shooting at prom, and when they return to the prom venue Ms. Oh says them leaving prom was a mistake. The next day Ms. Oh apologizes, and says she was having a great time on their date before the shooting. She also says if things had been different they would’ve gotten together, and they say goodbye.
There’s not much more I can say about this plot than I’ve already said before…that it’s bland filler material. We knew where it was going (because there’s only one direction it could go aka them not getting together), and there was still zero chemistry between them despite them finally being in a romantic setting. The only notable thing about this has nothing to do with them as a ship, but the final episodes with Sav walking away from Degrassi was endearing.