BECKY/ADAM’S PLOT SUMMARY: Becky has feelings for Adam, but doesn’t know what to do until Jenna suggests that she ask him out. Becky can’t get up the nerve to ask him on a date, instead asking him to volunteer for the school fundraiser (and also asks WhisperHug to perform, to which they agree). The two flirt while collecting donations at the mall and Luke puts a damper on Becky’s mood by pointing out their parents won’t approve of Adam. Becky tells Adam that she likes him, but that her parents are very conservative. The two agree to date and keep their relationship a secret. Becky lets it slip at home that she has a boyfriend, and her dad demands to meet Adam. Becky’s worried that her parents will find out Adam’s transgender, but the dinner goes without a hitch.
Becky starts feeling guilty about lying to her parents and eventually tells them Adam is transgender. At first her parents seem fine with it because they don’t hate Becky like she thought they would. However, when Adam comes over again Becky’s dad suggest that Adam enroll in therapy to “repair” his sexual orientation. Adam storms out and Becky feels betrayed. At the fundraiser Becky yells at her parents, but they tell her that she won’t be able to have kids with Adam, and ask her if she’s willing to give up her faith because Adam is a girl in the eyes of God. Becky is upset and torn between her parents and Adam, until she goes into Adam’s backpack and stumbles upon his tampons. She realizes she can’t deal with the fact Adam is transgender right now, so she breaks up with Adam after telling him that she is enrolling in the sexual orientation therapy because she feels confused.
Ever since the moment it was apparent in Scream that Becky had decided to not care whether or not Adam’s transgender, and in turn develop feelings for him, a cloud of doubt has shadowed over everything. It made zero sense that she would go from wearing her Christian values as badge of honor, to throwing them out the window all willy nilly for the sake of romance. There’s no way I could buy into Becky and Adam as a couple without Becky going through a personal struggle first.
A Degrassi fan commented about Becky, saying “I don’t think the quick change in Becky is strange; she has always known Adam as a boy, and she only seems very conservative because it is all she has ever known.” The key part of the statement is “she has always known Adam as a boy.” Part 1 is almost over-the-top fluff, painting the kind of cheesiness you would expect when it comes to teen romance.
However, in Part 2 reality kicks in the door, destroying everything with a baseball bat. It delivers something deeper than expected by exposing the reality of Becky’s position: she had no true understanding of what she was getting herself into with Adam.
If it weren’t for Jenna pointing it out, Becky would’ve never known that Adam was transgender. By that point Becky had already started developing feelings for Adam. In hindsight Becky really had no idea what being transgender is beyond the most basic “gender is between the ears” explanation. During the episode Becky kept saying that Adam is a boy, but she also seemed to avoid verbally saying the word “transgender.” A mixture of those things and her believing Adam was a boy from the very beginning made it easier for her to disregard him being transgender altogether and fall for him, even if it goes against her beliefs.
That all came crashing down though once she discovered Adam’s tampons, coming face-to-face with a physical aspect of Adam being transgender. The turmoil that Becky feels at the end of this episode is what I was hoping would’ve happened before they actually got together, but better late than never. Either way, it paints a heartbreaking picture of how harsh reality can be for Adam; not everyone is going to be supportive or understanding of him, and it‘s not always going to come in the form of bullying. The kind of rejection Adam deals with in this episode is the kind that makes you surprised he’s willing to put himself out there as he did during his big reveal to Eli and Clare in My Body Is A Cage.
It was expected that Becky’s parents would derail Becky and Adam’s relationship, but even with Becky going to therapy it’s clear this situation with Adam isn’t over quite yet.
BIANCA/DREW’S PLOT SUMMARY: With Drew still refusing to talk to his mom, Bianca feels caught in the middle. She wants to be honest with Audra, so she convinces Drew to meet with his mom so they can announce their engagement. Audra is against them getting married so young because she thinks they‘re rushing into things, and Drew walks away angry. Bianca starts to have second thoughts about getting married, but Drew tells her that Audra is manipulating her. Bianca doesn’t know what she wants, yet Drew assures her that he wants to marry her this upcoming summer. She talks to Audra again, who tells Bianca that she doesn’t want Drew stuck in a mall job and a teen marriage. Bianca thinks that Audra still thinks she’s bad for Drew, so she and Fiona team up for a plan; Fiona wins the bid for the seven airline tickets to Vegas. Bianca wants to go to Vegas with Drew and five of their friends so that the two can get married over spring break.
I can honestly say I know what Audra was trying say to Bianca, but I’m so surprised at how poorly-worded Audra’s comments were. Heck, I would feel insulted and hurt too because the way it was phrase made it seem like Audra thought Drew specifically marrying Bianca is a bad idea, as opposed to saying two teenagers getting married before graduating high school is a bad idea. Bianca has more stability in her life with Drew and Audra supporting her than at any other time before this. This plot is far more interesting with Bianca as the focus, trapped in between Drew and Audra’s conflict yet ultimately jumping onto #TeamDrew. With that said and the intentions of a Vegas wedding Bianca’s still a smart girl, so there’s no telling how things will pan out…oh who are we kidding, is there any way this marriage thing actually goes as planned?
ELI’S PLOT SUMMARY: Film Director Bret Barnett is going to do a guest lecture in one of Eli’s classes, so he sees this as an opportunity: he intends to impress Bret and receive a letter of recommendation to NYU. He annoys Bret by asking too many questions, and is frustrated when he can’t come up with an idea for his short film. He turns to Jake for help, who in turns gets him high, and Eli puts together a film he’s convinced Bret will love. However, Eli’s abstract film about life leaves Bret speechless at how bad the film is, and Eli embarrassed. Clare convinces Eli to try again and he creates a new film about his fear of leaving Clare behind when he graduates. Bret is impressed and agrees to write Eli a letter of recommendation.
As humorous as this plot was, I’m far more interested in what it shows us about Eli. As Imogen once said, he‘s “passionate, impulsive,” and “will do anything for the things and people he loves.”
The difference now is that he can avoid having that big meltdown, and even if things fall apart he’s able to make smart decisions and bounce back with the help of friends, family and his girlfriend.
This plot was predictable, but still decent filler. And despite everyone and their mom still saying that Eli will be held back somehow when the seniors graduate, the show continues to make the same case it’s been making the entire season…that basically Eli is already as good as gone.
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