It’s safe to say that over the past few seasons, Degrassi has done a pretty poor job of ending episodes in the weekly format with a cliffhanger, or creating anticipation in general for the next episode. Who Do You Think You Are manages to successfully do so with all three plots, each leaving a bounty of questions for us to ponder until the next episode.
MAYA PLOT REVIEW: It’s unclear whether the Tenners’ romantic shape is a definitive square or triangle, but one thing is clear in Who Do You Think You Are: Maya wants things to be drama free. Miles asks Maya to a concert, but she‘s hesitant to accept. She wants to focus on her music and she also doesn’t want to risk ruining her new-found friendship with Zoë.
Maya performs a song she wrote for her class, and everyone loves it. She thinks about doing a music video for her song, and Zoë offers to help by utilizing her West Drive contacts. The video is shot on the set of West Drive, and Zoë directs the sexy video, which includes Maya being “undressed“ on camera and sensually making out with a guy while in skimpy clothing. While the Tenners are watching the finished video, Miles is visibly uncomfortable. He’s upset because of the video, and thinks Maya is behaving “like a slut” to get attention, also mentioning that there’s a Maya fan page on Facerange full of people who agree.
Maya checks the page, which if full of derogatory comments as well as memes of Maya’s face photoshopped on scantily-clad bodies. Maya demands that Zoë, the one who uploaded the video, take it down from Youtube. Zoë refuses and tells Maya that if she wants to be famous, she’ll have to endure all attention she receives, good and bad. Maya tells her mom, unsure of how to stop the cyber bullying.
The Tenners finally break through and deliver some interesting and intricate content in season 13. The multiple layers of their interactions move well together in this episode. Just when you’re convinced Miles and Maya might finally take their relationship to the next level Maya slows down, for fear of hurting Zoë. And Zoë seems to be behaving cordially toward Maya, even if it’s obvious the thought of Maya and Miles together still makes her bitter.
Miles’ reaction to Maya’s music video is understandable, but only to a small extent. All he saw was the fact that the girl he likes was half naked and making out with another guy. However, his statement about her being a slut was uncalled for. My reaction to the video is layered. It’s weird watching someone Maya’s age be so sensual in a video. The productions values of the video are almost too good, to the point of making the video itself a distraction. The justification in my head for the video though is that it makes it pretty clear that the video is intended to be artistic, even though its content could also be twisted in a negative way as it was.
Maya doesn’t know who started the hate page, but she does know that the comments are overwhelming her. You feel bad for Maya because she’s being cyber bullied and there’s no way to avoid it. Unless there’s some crazy plot twist, Zoë is obviously behind the scandal. This episode does a good job of setting up what will be a heated and much-anticipated confrontation between Maya and Zoë.
DALLAS PLOT REVIEW: Dallas is a no show for class, leaving Drew hanging for their class presentation. When Drew arrives home he finds Dallas in bed with a girl. Drew scolds Dallas for his drinking and casual hookups, a pattern of behavior that’s been happening for weeks. Drew pays the girl Dallas is seeing to lie and tell Dallas she’s pregnant, but the scheme fails because she and Dallas never had sex. Dallas says he’s fine, but Drew doesn’t believe him, telling him he needs to be a better example for his son Rocky. An angry Dallas doesn’t appreciate Drew telling him how to live his life and walks away.
We don’t receive much in terms of storyline here, and honestly this plot seems to be more from Drew’s perspective as opposed to Dallas‘. It’s weird at first, but keeping in mind there’s been no setup for Dallas’ behavior prior to this episode it’d come off as random if we were seeing it through Dallas’ eyes. Another advantage of this plot being more from Drew’s point of view is that just like us, he doesn’t seem to have a clue as to why Dallas is behaving the way he is. Is Dallas acting out because of Adam, or Rocky, or something else entirely? We’re left eagerly awaiting the answer.
ALLI/LEO PLOT REVIEW: Alli wants to focus on her SAT’s so that she’ll be able to get into MIT. However, the news of Alli wanting to go there doesn’t sit too well with Leo. He’s upset that she wants to go to school far away from Toronto when he just moved there for her. Determined to have both, Alli wants Leo to go to Boston with her when she leaves to school, even filling out school applications for him. Leo is offended because he thinks he’s stupid and only capable of following Alli around and working in coffee shops. During their argument Leo smacks Alli, who afterward tells him she never wants to see him again.
It’s nice to see that “book smart” Alli makes an appearance for once, dominating over the “boy dumb” Alli we’ve seen all throughout season 13. While her plot with Leo makes it seem like he’s the end-all, be-all of her world, it’s refreshing to see that MIT is still her primary goal for the future. Her big mistake though is believing that she can have both MIT and Leo, as he selfishly delivers an ultimatum to Alli without her even realizing it. She tells Leo that MIT is her dream and his only response is, “You told me I was your dream.”
With Leo physically abusing Alli again, I’m left on the edge of my seat waiting to find out if she’s going to stand her ground or fall for his charm once again…it could honestly go either way.