After delivering a pretty solid premier in This Is How We Do It, Degrassi delivers another decent, yet uneventful episode in You Got Me. Drew’s inability to cope with Adam’s death remains a strong, reliable focal point of the episode. However, the other two plots are still in setup mode, delivering what are ultimately faux happy endings. There’s some good stuff here, but nothing stands out as great.
DREW PLOT REVIEW: Any worries that Degrassi would immediately up and forget Adam’s death have been calmed by Drew’s storyline, one that even now seems far from over. Drew is stressed out over planning the dance, which he’s doing all by himself. Dallas steps in to help and all Drew is responsible for is the sound system and music, but he can’t even concentrate on that once he stumbles upon one of Adam’s old music playlists. After having told Zoë earlier in the episode that any nightly advances he’d made toward her were a side effect of his medication (which he‘s run out of), Zoë offers him more sleeping pills as part of a personal scheme she‘s working on. Drew ends up taking them and Zoë drags him to the dance, where he hallucinates and sees visions of Clare talking about Adam. He also strips down to his underwear and finds himself jumping into a kiddie pool.
Degrassi used to be a show that would use drugs as focal point of a storyline, doling out life-altering consequences that come across as a PSA to the audience about the dangers of drugs. Nowadays the focus has shifted a bit, with situations such as Jake smoking weed and Eli doing the same, as well as him taking MDMA at one point.
In Eli’s case there were consequences, but they never involved getting caught doing drugs by an adult or his parents. Instead, more emphasis was placed on the reasoning behind Eli’s drug use, which is happening this time with Drew. The writers hinted multiple times in this episode that Drew could’ve become addicted to his sleeping pills, but they chose to forego the predictable addiction path, instead sticking with the simple and most important fact through the episode‘s touching, final scene: Drew finds himself unable to cope with the loss of Adam. The death of Adam Torres is one that still hurts the characters and fans alike, and a strongpoint of this show, especially when it comes to Drew mourning the loss of his brother. It is expected that Drew will have trouble coping for the remainder of his tenure on Degrassi.
ZOE PLOT REVIEW: Zoë continues to be the odd man out at Degrassi, with bridges burned when it comes to the Tenners and her romantic prospect coming unhinged. As a ploy to make Miles and the gang jealous, she brags to them that she’s basically dating Drew. The Tenners are baffled, given that even they know Drew has a girlfriend who’s away at college. Zoë confronts Drew and he explains to her that he’s engaged, and that if he’s been hitting on Zoë it was a side effect of the sleeping pills he’s no longer taking.
During school Zoë approaches Zig, assuming by his attire that he’s got a drug connection. The two chat and Zoë offers him money for sleeping pills, which she gives to Drew. She drags Drew to the dance while he’s high on the pills, dancing with him in order to make Miles and Maya jealous. However, Drew starts hallucinating and runs off.
While initially coming off as a diva in the early episodes of season 13, Zoë as of late is more like a fish out of water at Degrassi. Because of the industry in which she was raised she doesn’t relate to anyone at the school, and every attempt to be accepted by her peers (the Tenners and Drew) has failed. Maya tries to befriend Zoë and the two share a hug, but it’s obvious Zoë has found her way in to ultimately get revenge on Maya for “taking Miles from her.”
Little has changed from This Is How We Do It, as this is all setting up for what will eventually (and hopefully) be an exciting feud between Zoë and Maya. Another setup comes in the form of Zig Novak returning after having been missing in season 13 for the first nine episodes. His limited role throw us a curveball as he’s spotted hanging out with a sketchy group of kids, and he’s wooed enough by Zoë’s cash to secure drugs for her. Oddly enough it’s not surprising that he’d somehow get caught up in that kind of thing, but it is exciting thinking about the capacity in which he‘s involved and how it all may play out.
ALLI PLOT REVIEW: The romance Alli compares to a Nicholas Sparks movie continues to drag along at an inoffensive pace, which is still a step up from the nonsense we had to endure in Paris. The plot in You Got Me is predictable, but it contains several noteworthy moments. Jenna and Alli aren’t talking because Jenna doesn’t agree with Alli dating Leo. Clare suggests that Alli invite Leo to the dance so that they can get to know him. Leo declines at first, but shows up anyway. Determined to show people he isn’t the guy they assume he is, Leo kindly interacts with Dallas (whose text messages to Alli he was jealous of in Paris), and he also dances with Jenna and Clare.
While Alli continues to see this as a fairytale romance, it’s good that we have outside eyes weighing in on the situation. Jenna is extremely against Alli and Leo, but Clare is more moderate in her views, and more willing to reserve full judgment on Leo before meeting him. By showing off his charming side, Leo slowly breaks down the negative view Clare and Jenna had toward him. For me that’s the most interesting part of this plot: they have a preconceived idea of someone that they don’t know, but find it difficult to retain those ideas once they’re face to face with Leo. Is Leo someone who’s good at manipulating people, or is he just a guy with a bad temper? Hopefully we’ll find out the answer soon, for our patience with this storyline could run as thin as Leo’s patience in Paris.