PLOT A SUMMARY: Tori is excited for her 4-month anniversary with Zig, who tells her he’s got something wonderful planned for them. She tells him she’s wearing something nice, and that he should wear something other than the old school uniform khakis he always wears. After school Zig sneaks over to the “lost and found” bin and takes a pair of pants from it because he doesn’t have the money to buy a new pair. He also can’t afford a gift for Tori, so his mom gives him a bracelet to give her. Zig is now the lead singer of Mo’s new band WhisperHug, which also includes Imogen, Maya and Adam. Zig shows the band the bracelet and they all look at him like he’s crazy. Maya tells him that Tori’s spending a lot of money on his gift, which makes Zig feel so bad that he cancels on Tori. Zig feels guilty for not being able to give Tori the anniversary she wanted, so his friend Damon tells Zig that if he wants really wants something he should take it, and tells him about how to “dine and dash.” Tori is still upset, but Zig makes it up to her by planning a surprise dinner at Little Miss Steaks. Marisol ends up being their server, and once she delivers the check Zig tells Tori to wait outside for him. When Marisol walks away Zig skips out on the bill.
The next day Marisol confronts Zig and tells him he has 24 hours to pay her $50 for the bill or else she’ll tell both Tori and Mo. As Tori and Zig are walking through the hallway Tori asks when she can meet Zig’s mom, but he says she’s too busy. Tickets are on sale for the school dance where WhisperHug will be performing, but when Zig and Tori approach the ticket table there’s no one around. Zig tells Tori he can get her into the dance without buying a ticket and when she leaves, Zig steals the money bag on the table. Later Zig finds out there’s a locker search happening at the school because of the missing money. Office Turner asks Zig to open up his locker and guitar back, and doesn’t find anything. Zig goes into an empty classroom to pocket the stolen money and is caught by Maya and Tori. He gives them the money without a fight, and walks out feeling ashamed. Zig is too embarrassed to go to the dance now, but his mom gives him the $50 and tells him that his friends won’t care about how much money he has. Zig shows up to the dance and confesses to Tori about their dine and dash, and that his family is poor before performing with the band. Afterward Tori finds Zig’s family’s store, where he apologizes and Tori finally (and excitedly) meets Zig’ mom.
The opening scene of this plot is perfect. It is textbook Degrassi Junior High in its setup and execution. As a matter of fact the entire episode follows that protocol in its simplicity and effectiveness. This plot manages to take a character who’s shown virtually no charisma up until this point and make him endearing and relatable.
There are certain scenes that are tough to watch. When Zig shows the bracelet he wants to give Tori to the WhisperHug gang, his insecurity is compounded by their lack of support. The expression on his face as he looks at the menu at Little Miss Steaks is a double-edged sword of heartbreak and disappointment: it sinks in that he won’t be able to afford the meal, and there’s no turning back in following the criminal advice of his friend Damon.
From that point on we’re shown a character drowning in desperation. Though he didn’t get caught by authorities, he suffered what could be seen as a worse fate: being caught by his friends. The judgment they can impose is far worse than what any court system could dish out in the form of punishment.
With all of the relationships that come and go on Degrassi, Zori showed in this episode how limited teenage relationships can be. The two had been together for four months, yet Zig had successfully been able to hide the fact that he has no money, and prevent Tori from meeting his mom. That implies that a lot of their interaction only happens at school, or that any activities they do cost a limited amount of money (which contrasts the rest of WhisperHug implying that teenagers at Degrassi with no jobs are swimming in money anyway). Zori showed a tender moment as they met at Zig’s store, and we’re shown that these are two people who genuinely like each other. Tori meeting Zig’s mom was icing on this Zigtastic cake.
PLOT B SUMMARY: Dave is excited that he landed the lead role of Romeo in Eli’s play, however, it turns to confusion once he learns that Tristan will be playing “Juliet.” During rehearsal he has doubts because he doesn’t know how to “play gay.” Eli explains the importance of the play showing that it’s ok for two guys to fall in love, and Dave says he’ll try harder. At the next rehearsal Dave performs in an overly-flamboyant way, which offends Tristan. Eli tells Dave to imagine he’s singing to Alli, and Dave and Tristan knock their duet out of the park. At The Dot, Becky approaches Dave and tells him that she didn’t realize he was gay. He says he’s not and she tells him that performing as a gay character may have an affect on him, then gives him a pamphlet for “confused teens” from her dad’s church. Dave starts to worry what people are going to think, but during his conversation with Alli her birth control pills slip out of her notebook. Her parents are going out of town and she tells Dave that she wants to take things to the next level. Dave and Tristan do a photoshoot for posters for the play, but the hockey players notice what they’re doing and mock them. Eli tells them to keep it down, and Luke tells Eli that he should keep the gay stuff to himself.
At the dance Eli shows off his giant poster for the play, which features Dave and Tristan. Dave gets heckled by a couple of the hockey guys and responds by bragging about how he’s going to have sex with Alli, which upsets her. Dave admits to Eli that the hockey team’s comments bother him and that they ruined his night with Alli. Eli tells Dave that he should be having sex with Alli instead of being at the dance worrying about what everyone else thinks. Dave heads to Alli’s house to apologize. As the two get ready to have sex Dave says his condoms are in his car, but Alli says to not worry about them since she’s on birth control.
I really enjoyed watching Dave deal with the fact he felt he was being emasculated because of his role in the play. It would’ve been easy for the show to act is if Dave would have no concerns whatsoever because he dealt with LGBT issues firsthand in Cry Me A River, so now he’s all knowing and completely understanding. However, that wouldn’t jive with the way his character has been established since the beginning…he’s always had the “I wanna be a man’s man” mentality and has gone about trying to show it through trying to obtain popularity and women. I was impressed with the realism of him not being homophobic, but also being ignorant to the fact he was perpetuating a stereotype by “following Tristan’s lead.” It doesn’t need to be stated that Alli and Dave having sex is leading up to one of several possible outcomes. But in the end Dave’s storyline follows a similar pattern to Zig’s: both are trying to avoid being rejected, but realize their fears are overblown when it comes to the people that matter to them most.
PLOT C SUMMARY: Fiona is excited to return to Degrassi so that she can be with Imogen again. Fiona is annoyed that her locker is next the hockey players’, and Mike Dallas immediately hits on her. She tells him that she and Imogen is gay, but he refuses to believe her unless they kiss. Fiona walks away and Imogen seems disturbed by the entire situation and tries to walk away. Imogen tells Fiona about having joined WhisperHug, which Fiona thinks is silly, and Imogen hurries to walk away. Fiona learns she and Marisol are in charge of Student Council and to get back in Imogen’s good graces Fiona wants to throw a dance where WhisperHug can perform. However, that means talking to Dallas because Simpson wants the hockey team involved with the next big Degrassi event to makeup for the botched pep rally. Fiona gets Dallas on board with the dance under one condition: she must dance with him. Imogen finally tells Fiona that she feels like she’s being pressured into everything and Fiona agrees to give Imogen space to figure things out. At the dance Dallas tells Fiona that she needs to just talk to Imogen, which she eventually does. Imogen says she wants to be Fiona’s girlfriend, but she wants to take things super slow.
As hard as I try, I can’t seem to feel anything for Fimogen as a couple. I see no romantic chemistry when they interact, and “have no feels” for them in that regard. In comparison, I went into this episode caring as little about Zori as I did Fimogen, and Zori managed to do something. I was even more impressed by Fiona and Marisol in this episode during their brief interaction (Marisol btw has been awesome in Season 12). However, Imogen calling Fiona out on her way of problem solving was interesting. It points out that Fiona is still in the mindset of using whatever resources she has to provide an extravagant solution to either impress or apologize. We also get a brief look into Imogen’s head, learning that she wants to take things slow at a snail’s pace. The irony is that’s how the show is moving when it comes to showing us anything from her perspective on this matter. On the other hand Fiona is pushy because she’s clingy. She’s always been clingy, but it’s more apparent in this episode because she’s the dominant personality in this situation. I get that Fiona and Imogen are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but the lack of them not even coming close to meeting somewhere in the middle is indicative of how they’ve been handled so far. Even with Imogen’s revelation, Fimogen is still incredibly lopsided.
What would be a ho hum plot was spiced up a bit by the presence of Mike Dallas. I love what the writers did with his character in this episode. Normally the “bad boys” start off bad for a while, then suddenly turn good. Here we get a more realistic look at a teen boy: a guy who can be a douche one moment, and show compassion in the next.
When Fiona and Marisol were talking in this episode, Fiona asked “Doesn’t it bother you that the person you want to spend all your time with is busy with something else?” It’s funny she asked that because that seems to be a silent trend in Season 12. Marisol’s working on student council while Mo has his band. Eli’s working on the play not only to beef up his NYU portfolio, but to also keep himself occupied while Clare’s doing her co-op at the paper. Dave even admits he’s doing the play because Alli is busy doing her own thing. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if Fimogen followed suit…they work better when nothing romance related is being addressed between them anyway.
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