PLOT A SUMMARY: Eli wakes up to Imogen taking pictures of him, and asks her if she wants to spend the night. However, Eli’s dad Bullfrog ruins everything by insisting Eli rest. Bullfrog also tells Eli that he shouldn’t be dating, which angers Eli because he thinks his dad is being too controlling and scaring Imogen off with bipolar talk. Eli meets with Imogen in the art room and she shows him a collage she made of him, representing him overcoming mental illness. He loves it until he finds out Imogen showed it to everyone in her class, and he accidentally breaks her camera and freaks out on her. He apologizes by getting her a brand new camera, which she reluctantly accepts. Eli tells Adam that he pawned Bullfrog’s guitar to buy the camera, and when Eli can’t find her at her house or get a hold of her by phone he freaks out because he’s convinced she’s cheating on her.
Eli asks Imogen where she was and she lies to him, saying she was at home doing homework. Then in class the two have an awkward exchange where Eli asks if she’s friends with Jake and questions what plans for the night are, which visibly irritates Imogen. She tells him she’s hanging out at Fiona’s, so Eli and Adam head to Fi’s place and sneak in through a window. Eli thinks he’s catching Imogen cheating with a guy, but it turns out Imogen and Fiona were watching a movie. That leads to Eli and Imogen arguing: Eli feels like everything is about his bipolar disorder and Imogen feels like nothing she say to Eli will ever be right. Eli storms off to his house where he starts trashing anything that reminds him of Imogen. Eli doesn’t understand why he’s behaving this way when he’s done everything the doctors have asked of him, and his therapist tells him he’s just dealing with hormones. Eli and Imogen break up, but they still remain friends.
We could talk all day about how ridiculous Imogeli was as a romantic couple. Yes, their setup was rushed. No, there was no romantic chemistry between them…ever. But when it comes down to it, does any of that really even matter? It’s a tough pill to swallow for anyone who jumped on the Imogeli ship that despite any hoopla from the fandom, networks or Degrassi execs, Imogeli as a couple was a plot device and nothing more.
As bad as it was set up, Imogeli’s romantic relationship was necessary. When it comes down to it, this plot was all about Eli. It was basically a test run to see how he could cope with a romantic scenario breaking down before his very eyes without “Craiging out” and crashing hearses. I loved the complexity of Eli and Imogen’s positions and how they intertwined to make you feel bad for both of them. Eli felt like any time he reacted negatively Imogen assumed he was becoming manic: he was right. Imogen felt like anything she said positively would be taken the wrong way by Eli: she was right. The scene is in Part 2 where they’re talking in class (ultimately about Imogen’s plans to hang out at Fiona’s) kills me. The level of fear and paranoia both characters display is heartbreaking.
The scene with the therapist seemed really weird at first, as if the woman were brushing off Eli’s problems by basically saying “Oh it’s nothing to worry about, it’s just hormones.” But the more I watch it the more her saying Eli has to learn to deal with it (the heartbreak) makes sense. Though he is bipolar and he will have breakdowns at times, sometimes he’ll be reacting the way most people react in a negative situation.
I can’t tell you how much I loved Imogeli’s breakup scene. It has nothing to do with liking or disliking their ship, it’s all about what Imogen said:
“I spent a year fantasizing about you…dreaming about being your girlfriend, but now that we’re together it’s like I barely know you.”
She admits that dating him didn’t live up to the expectations she had in her head. Oh how often that will ring true in our lives now and forever, not just with relationships, but with anything really. Imogeli fans can relate at the moment. And just like Eli, they will have to learn to deal with the heartbreak.
PLOT B SUMMARY: KC finds a letter from the Powells that is an invitation to Tyson’s christening. KC tells Jenna about it, but she’s not interested in going so he goes by himself. He learns the Powells have changed Tyson’s name to Doug, and KC is determined to be a part of his life again. KC starts lashing out at Jenna because she wants nothing to do with Tyson, so he decides he’ll do it on his own. KC randomly drops by the Powells’ house because he wants to spend time with Tyson, but they tell them they’re headed to visit family. KC tries to invite himself, but they tell him that’s not a good idea, and that they’ll just call him to schedule a time for him to visit Ty. KC wants to get a lawyer to sue and regain custody of Tyson, but KC’s mom talks him out of it. KC apologizes to Jenna for being mad at her, and learns that getting over Tyson has not been as easy for her as it seems. KC joins the Science Olympics Team with the realization that he can strive to become someone Tyson will look up to someday.
Just like Eli’s plot, KC’s does a good job of making your feel *something* while you’re watching it. His storyline is saddening on many levels. KC’s in full regret mode, and despite all of his good intentions what happened can’t magically be undone. He wants as much time as possible with his son, but he can’t accept the fact that there’s no room for him to suddenly insert himself into the Powells’ lives, even if he is Tyson’s biological father.
Though this storyline is from KC’s perspective, I love what we saw when it came to Jenna. KC misinterpreted her lack of interest as her being “over it.” In reality she was being smart. Why beat yourself over the head with hurtful thoughts only to drive yourself as crazy as KC was doing? And kudos to us finally seeing the gifted version of KC for the first time in quite a while.
PLOT C SUMMARY: Tori tries out for the Power Squad, but it’s not good enough for her to get a spot on the team. However, Marisol adds Tori to the squad after one of the other girls get injured. Tori agrees to help videotape Zig for a skateboarding competition, but by doing so it makes her late for Power Squad practice. Marisol kicks her off the team, and when Tori pleads for a second chance Marisol makes Tori the mascot until she can find a replacement. Humiliated, Tori wants Zig to be by her side as she parades around the halls in the mascot suit, but he’d rather skate with the guys instead. She tries again to get him to support her by asking him to go to the football game, but he refuses. Tori is hurt because she doesn’t feel like Zig supports her and calls him out on it. Later, Marisol tells Tori to suit up for the Power Squad because someone has volunteered to be the mascot…it turns out it was Zig and Tori forgives him.
The niners have been on a roll in Season 11.5. I knew that had to come to an end at some point. Yes, it’s a filler plot, but even fillers need to have some sort of entertainment value…this one doesn’t. Zig is an unbelievably boring character and has yet to offer any value to the show.
I love Tori and Tristan, but Tori and Zig on their own lack any kind of energy. It’s a shame that Zori shows more enthusiasm in their promo pics than they do in the actual episodes:
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