[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
PLOT A SUMMARY: It’s the beginning of a new school year, and Fiona is determined to make friends. Imogen immediately wants to be friends, but Fiona blows her off to sit with Marisol in class (Katie joins them later). To impress them, Fiona decides to throw a party at her loft. Eli overhears Fiona talking about the party and puts Fi in an awkward position where she begrudgingly invites Imogen. Imogen arrives to the party early, and while at first she doesn’t want to change who she is, she does so anyway by changing from her quirky outfit into one of Fiona’s dresses.
During the party Fiona tells everyone they should do something memorable, and Drew suggests a senior prank. Everyone goes to Degrassi during the middle of the night and covers the entire caf in aluminum foil. Imogen wants to explore the school and Marisol goes with her. They learn the cleaning staff is in the building and everyone evacuates except for Imogen, who is nowhere to be found. Fiona insists that they find Imogen, but because there’s no time she reluctantly leaves Imogen behind. Katie and Marisol are worried Imogen will rat them out, so Fiona tries to convince Imogen to take the blame. Fiona learns Imogen was suspended for a month and that the reason she was caught is because Marisol had locked her in a classroom. Fiona decides that she, Marisol and Katie have to confess. However, when they go to Principal Simpson, Marisol and Katie deny everything and place the blame on Fiona. Fiona’s furious, not because she received a week’s detention, but because she felt betrayed by Katie and Marisol, and she refuses Katie’s apology and friendship. We’re left watching Fiona apologize to Imogen, and the two bond over their situation.
I don’t even know where to begin with this plot because there’s so many layers to it. After Part 1, I said Fimogen felt forced in that part and I still stick by that statement. I was reading somewhere that said the way their “friendship” started with Eli forcing his mutual friends to hang out was realistic. I don’t believe that for a second. Since when are people like the Fimogeli situation where the mutual friend (Eli) is like “Hey friend A and friend B who don’t hang out, yall need to hang out so we can all be bff”s!!!” It’s realistic the way it happened at the END of the episode, when Fiona and Imogen’s walls came down and they were able to click naturally with each other without Eli actively forcing them on each other. Yes friendships start with a mutual friend introducing them to each other and I’m not disagreeing with that, but normal people don’t do it in the way Eli did it. I’m looking forward to more Fimogen in the future, by the way.
It’s funny how both Fiona and Imogen were searching for the exact same thing, but didn’t realize it until things became a mess. Thank goodness Fiona came to her senses because I don’t care if she’s my current favorite character, I spent 90% of the episode ready to rip her a new one. How could you not feel sorry for Imogen? In Now Or Never we only saw her in relation to her interaction with Eli, and after the way people treated her in this episode it’s no wonder she gets over eager when it comes to people.
Does it even need to be said that Katie and Marisol need to be punched in the face? You know the writing is good when you start shaking while watching an episode. My blood was boiling during the scene when Marisol and Katie turned on Fiona in Simpson’s office. With SHUT UP MARISOL trending like a boss, we now have a new term: Marisol Syndrome. Marisol tends to drag down anyone who gets close to her. I first noticed this back in Now Or Never when she and Katie were fighting over Drew. Katie is a no-nonsense perfectionist who we’ve always seen in a position of power at Degrassi. But whenever she’s around Marisol, it’s as if Marisol’s personality is so dominant that Katie becomes submissive around her. The same thing happened to Fiona in this episode, but Fiona was able to break free because she and Marisol weren’t at the point of being friends yet. The most brilliant scene of this episode was when Katie was chatting with her sister and Fiona stormed in. A couple of times in this episode they showed Katie alone with her sister to show that she’s a compassionate character. I do believe she truly felt bad about what she did to Fiona, but what’s telling about this scene is that Marisol is nowhere to be found. Had she been there, Katie’s reaction to Fiona’s anger would’ve been much different. This plot does an excellent job of displaying desperate behavior: we see people realize their mistakes and grow from them, and others give no fucks about how their behavior affects other people. I’ve never witnessed such blatantly selfish, underhanded “mean girl” behavior on this show before….bravo Degrassi.
PLOT B SUMMARY: Clare thinks she’s ready to have sex with Jake, who is more than ready to finally do it. Clare decides the best way to determine if she’s ready is by her and Jake take a sex quiz in a teen magazine. Jake thinks it’s stupid, which frustrates Clare. She later apologizes for overreacting and believes she’s ready, but when she says to Jake “there’s no reason to wait until we’re married,” Jake becomes bothered at the thought Clare thinks they’re going to be together forever. Clare assures him that she knows there are no guarantees, but when it comes down to it he can’t go through with having sex with her. He knows the odds are stacked against their relationship, and doesn’t want to take Clare’s virginity…Clare, hurt by the situation, decides to end their relationship.
Even I have gotten tired of talking about how pointless Cake is, but everyone saw the end of them coming from a mile away. It’s reached a point where watching Clare interact with other people is fascinating, because she is so out of touch with reality. Part 1 showed us she’s isolated from everyone except Jake. Part 2 showed us that even Jake isn’t immune to her isolation. Watching every scene where they interact starting with the teen quiz about sex, she is only concerned about her feelings and whether or not she’s ready. Jake’s feelings are never really entered into the equation, so he feels like he’s being forced to go along with it until the voice of reason (Bianca) tells him otherwise. I thoroughly enjoyed Jake in this episode. Why? Because the episode was from HIS perspective for once, even with Clare spending the entire time being self absorbed. He was funny, and his reaction to the sex quiz was so believable. The end of Cake is the best for both of them. We get to see more of Jake’s personality, and now maybe we can finally see Clare dealing with her overwhelming emotions outside of a romantic relationship.
PLOT C SUMMARY: Maya’s first day at Degrassi becomes interesting when she’s approached by a random guy name Zig, who begs for his help out of a jam by her pretending to be his girlfriend. Before parting ways, Zig invites Maya to meet up at The Dot after school. Maya gets to her music class and overhears two other students, Tori and Tristan, talking about Zig. They warn Maya that Zig is no good and that she should stay away from them. Maya tells Zig about it and he tells her about how he and Tori used to date. A jealous Tori sees the two together, and confronts Maya. Tori ends up spitting on Maya and they get into a catfight before getting sent to the office. In Simpson’s office he leaves them alone to settle their differences and Tori breaks down, because she still doesn’t know why Zig broke up with her. She asks Maya to ask Zig why, and when Maya does Zig decides to talk to Tori. In the end Zig realizes he was dumb for breaking up with Tori and breaks the news to Maya that he and Tori are back together.
For the most part, what little time we saw of the niners I enjoyed. Maya is instantly likable, because she’s not annoying like how Emma and Clare were when they first started out. Things turned sour for me though in the scene where Tori broke down and started crying on Maya’s shoulder. It suddenly became over dramatic and that didn’t sit well with me, and neither did the way it randomly ended with Zig basically being like “Well I was wit dis girl Tori and one day I was like yo I’m out, but now I don’t know why I peaced out so she and me be back together, lulz bye Maya.”
Oh yeah and for your personal enjoyment my rap about Cake: