PLOT A SUMMARY: After learning about Katie going off to rehab, Fiona and Imogen see this as the perfect time to get revenge by stealing the student council reins from Marisol. Meanwhile, Eli figures out that Fiona has a crush on Imogen, but Fiona downplays it because she doesn’t think Imogen is interested. Fiona comes up with a plan to one-up Marisol and pitches her plan to Principal Simpson: she wants to create a holiday carnival. Fiona wants to withdraw money from her trust fund to cover the cost of the carnival, but her mom won’t let her for reasons she refuses to explain. Fiona writes a check anyway and begins to coordinate the carnival with Imogen. Fiona returns home one day to find the police and her lawyer in her loft. Her lawyer informs her that her mom was arrested because of pending financial issues with her mom’s foundation. Fiona chats with her mom, who is under house arrest, via skype. Her mom tells her that their assets are frozen and she wants Fiona to move back home to New York. She also sent Holly J to stay with Fiona for a few days and help her pack.
Fiona starts feeling the pressure as Simpson wants her to scale down the carnival and she doesn’t have the $11,000 she needs to pay toward the carnival, all while Marisol is gloating at Fiona’s impending failure. Fiona takes out her frustration on Imogen, telling Imo that she’s moving away and the carnival isn’t going to happen. Imogen is upset that Fiona’s giving up so easily, so Fiona comes up with an idea to get the cash by selling all of her stuff. Fiona raises the cash and ends up riding the Ferris wheel with Imogen, and Fiona finally confesses her feelings and ends up kissing her. Imogen kisses Fiona back and tells her she feels the same way, but isn’t completely sure about her sexuality yet. Fiona also plans to do whatever it takes to make sure she can stay at Degrassi.
Fimogen in this episode suffers from the same issue that has plagued them since their inception: their development is rushed. Fimogen’s chemistry as friends is strong and enjoyable. The best thing about watching them is that fact that we get to see Imogen be her fun, quirky self. But up until the moment where Imogen initiated a kiss with Fiona there was never a hint of where Imogen stood on the matter, let alone a reason as to why Fimogen should be a couple. Everything about them has almost been completely one sided because we’ve only seen Fiona’s side of the story, and even that seemed to be a hodgepodge of randomness in this episode. Her family’s money issues felt contrived and bled irony as Holly J was there as Fiona’s support system (If you’ll remember Holly J had her own money woes not once, but twice).
Even more random is Fiona magically selling her possessions to come up with the necessary cash for the carnival. And that beef with Marisol? By the end of the episode it had been dropped like a hot potato. It’s bizarre that the only consistencies within this episode are the flat momentum and the inconsistencies within the story itself.
PLOT B SUMMARY: With Katie out, Liam has decided to postpone the school paper for the rest of the semester. Clare’s against the idea, and decides to find her own team of writers to help her put together the paper. Clare asks Alli, Jenna, KC and Connor for help, but Alli scoffs at the idea. KC and Connor eventually get on board, voluntarily creating the paper‘s layout. Clare tries to apologize to Alli, who finally gets everything she’s been feeling about their feud off her chest. Clare begs Alli to give her another chance, but Alli just walks away. Eventually Alli and Jenna come around to help with the paper, and so does someone else from Clare’s past: Eli.
After Clare proofreads Eli’s article he asks her out to lunch. She abruptly declines because she doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Later Clare finds Eli in the memorial garden and apologizes for overreacting because she didn‘t want them hanging out to trigger his issues again. Eli asks Clare if they could ever pick up where they left off before things went awry in their relationship and Clare accidentally spills soup on him. Clare and the gang successfully complete their newspaper, and afterward she and Eli hang out at the carnival. He asks Clare if she was really worried about them hanging out setting him off and she says “It wasn’t you I was worried about.” As Eli walks away to meet his dad he turns around because he needs to know what Clare meant by that, and that’s when she kisses him. Before Eli can say anything Clare tells him to hold onto whatever he’s thinking and they’ll talk about it when he gets back from winter break.
Everything involving the core group of Clare, Alli, KC, Connor and Jenna was simply fantastic. Them coming together to work on the newspaper is one of those moments where truly appreciate them as a group because of the realization that they’ve drifted apart, and it’s been ages since they were together as a whole.
As far as Eclare goes, on one hand I enjoyed the way they ended the episode. To me the kiss doesn’t signify their immediate reconciliation, but only establishes that they’ll slowly work on rebuilding their relationship in the future. The one nagging issue though is Clare’s behavior…where in the heck did this come from?
Thinking back Degrassi does have a tendency to make certain major couples rekindle their relationship out of nowhere. For the most part Cranny basically went a year without speaking to each other before Manny randomly started seeing Craig in a positive light (and Craig kissed her) in “Weddings, Parties, Anything.” Even though they hung out in the same social circle, Jimmy and Ashley literally went years without acknowledging each other’s existence. Then not only does Ashley return to Degrassi out of the blue in “High Fidelity,” but she randomly tells Jimmy how amazing he is and kisses him. Looking at the bigger picture of Season 11 Clare and Eli hadn’t talked to each other since the end of the summer. With Eli we could always assume that he’d have lingering feelings for Clare, but we hadn’t received enough clarity on where she stood on things (besides her forever being overly cautious). The way that Eclare got from “Point A” to “Point Kiss” is the direction things needed to go, I’m just disappointed that they packed all of this into one episode just to rush things along.
PLOT C SUMMARY: Maya is getting bored with her music class because she’s far more advanced than the other students…she’s so bored actually that it causes her to talk back to Ms. Oh. Maya can’t even practice at home because Katie needs her rest after long days at rehab, so Maya begins to feel like she’s losing her passion for music. She wants to be bumped up to a more advanced class, but because she can’t Ms. Oh suggests Maya spend class time studying music theory. While doing that she finds an ad in the paper for an Indie band looking for a string musician. She tries to sneak out to the audition which is at a bar, but her dad catches her. She tells him how she feels like music is no longer a challenge, and her dad tells her she has to find a way to make it challenging for herself. Maya rejoins the grade nine band and has found a new way to challenge herself by taking up the trumpet.
Maya’s plight is very relatable, but ultimately forgettable in the scope of things. People will remember Fimogen, Eclare, and the “old school niners” from this episode (none of them being overdramatic in any fashion), not the fact that Maya’s losing her passion for music and decides to start playing the trumpet. Part 1 did a good job of setting things up, but then Maya’s plot gets lost in the shuffle of the episode’s big carnival theme in Part 2. She’s still so incredibly likable and hands down my favorite of the niners, but there’s nothing that made this stand out to me.
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