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MILES’ REBELLIOUS BASH

Quick Recap: The Hollingsworth parents are headed out of town for the night, and Mr. Hollingsworth assigns Drew to keep an eye on Miles while they’re away.  Miles is pissed that his dad is controlling, and decides to throw a party at their house.  Winston helps Miles trick Drew into thinking Mr. Hollingsworth needs more campaign material ASAP, leaving the two free to throw a massive pool party.  Maya shows up to the party and is angry that Miles is behaving recklessly.  A drunk Miles yells at her, and she walks away.  Later, Miles and Zoë, both inebriated, almost make out until Winston intervenes and tells Miles that he should be trying to make things right with Maya. Before leaving, Miles and Winston take Zoë, who’s passed out, and carry her to the pool house.

Miles shows up at Maya’s window to apologize, and she essentially tells him to grow up. The next day, Mr. Hollingsworth discovers that Miles had a party.  Miles tells his dad that he knows about the affair, and wants nothing to do with the campaign.

1322-1The previous episode, No Surprises, left me feeling sorry for Miles.  He’s essentially a character who feels like he will never be able to live up to his dad’s standards.  However, sympathy wears thin in this episode, as Miles intentionally sets out to be on his worst behavior fueled by his dad’s infidelity.  “If they think I need a babysitter, then I might as well act like I need a babysitter,” he says.  From an outside perspective it doesn’t make sense for him to complain about his dad treating him as if he’s a bad kid, then for him to run off and behave like one.  But that might be the point of all this; the situation with his dad is so personal that his emotions have consumed him and he’s no longer thinking clearly.  We even see him push Maya away, after him saying in No Surprises that she’s all he needs.  “YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING!” a drunken Miles yells at Maya during the party.

With Miles and Zoë both drunk and getting too touchy-feely with each other, Winston tells him he shouldn’t cheat and should, you know, actually make an effort to apologize to Maya.  When Miles does apologize Maya doesn’t coddle him, instead she’s stern because she refuses to tolerate his nonsense.  “I just want him to stop treating me like crap,” Miles says about his father.  Before shutting the window in Miles’ face Maya simply says, “So don’t give him a reason to.”  While 13C looks to run female characters on Degrassi through a series of very tough situations, the show also seems to be doing something with some of the male characters as well.  Even though Drew didn’t seem to fully grasp the concept and consequences of his actions, Audra made sure to chastise him for how he handled things with Zoë.  Here in Basket Case, we see both Winston and Maya call Miles out on his crap, once again reminding us that being in a crappy situation never justifies crappy behavior.

1322-2The final scene is a weird one…just as Mr. Hollingsworth is about to yell at his son, Miles stops him in his tracks by telling him he knows about the affair and how he’s not okay with it.  After Miles tells his father he’s going to clean up the party mess as opposed to a cleaning crew doing it, the camera lingers on Mr. Hollingsworth as if to suggest he sees his son is trying to be a good kid.  But at the same time, the moment is also mixed up in a scene in which they ultimately brush over the affair because both characters get something they want:  Miles gets out of being part of the campaign, and Mr. Hollingsworth is willing to comply with anything as long as nothing stands in way.  While Miles seems to be fairly content that his behavior didn’t end with his father berating him as usual, neither are aware of the ripple effect Miles’ actions in this episode will have on the immediate future.

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CLARE’S NOT-SO-INNOCENT DREAM

Quick Recap: Clare has an intense dream where she and Drew get hot and heavy, and it leaves her feeling guilty.  She can’t avoid Drew at school, so Alli suggests Clare set boundaries so that she doesn’t act impulsively.  However, the tactic doesn’t work when Drew asks for Clare’s help gathering extra campaign materials for Mr. Hollingsworth.  Afterward, Drew drives Clare to her house and suggests they go for coffee, but she declines.  They spot Eli at her front door, and Clare lies to him about what she and Drew were doing.  Eli brings up wanting to go bungee jumping and Drew covers for Clare since Eli doesn’t know Clare and Drew went without him.

1322-3“Have you ever heard the expression, You’re innocent when you dream?” Alli asks Clare after hearing about Clare’s steamy dream involving Drew.  That line is like Degrassi’s own weird version of Inception, referencing a song that ironically happened to be the name of a season 9 episode where Clare Edwards also had lustful dreams about a boy.  Back then it was so absurd that it was hilarious, but things are more serious now with the stakes being much higher for her and others involved.

It’s still unsettling that nothing has really been addressed between Eclare, a couple who since their reconciliation in season 12 has been fine until the moments when the show makes them inept at communicating with each other in order to generate drama.  The issues with their relationship are being addressed through Clare’s crush on Drew, and it’s what Clare isn’t saying that should garner the most attention.  Her feelings for Drew have become a big deal; Drew is a broomhead and even he knows something’s up when he covers for Clare, who didn’t bother telling Eli that she’d already been bungee jumping with Drew.  We see her freaking out over the dream so much that she sets “boundaries” for interacting with Drew, which ends up being a pointless declaration because she quickly accepts Drew’s request for help with Mr. Hollingsworth’s campaign.  The look in her eyes in that moment are of someone in a giddy honeymoon phase, latching onto these feelings because there’s nothing else within her grasp to hold onto.

Meanwhile, earlier in the episode she says “I still love Eli, and only Eli,” a statement that, given the current circumstances, feels disturbingly hollow.  She loves him, but it no longer has the feel of the “fairytale romance” network marketing has tried to sell us for well over three seasons.  We’re now just watching Clare swim in a tide of secrets and guilt, a saddening affair as she battles the distance that is making her heart grow less fond, and simply more distant.

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ALLI SEARCHES FOR CLOSURE

Quick RecapStill angry after finding out what happened to Alli, Dallas stalks Leo outside of his residence in Toronto.  Dallas almost approaches the house alone, but a kid playing in the street reminds him of his son, who he immediately calls to calm himself down.  With physical and mental effects from the abuse still lingering, Alli wishes she could confront Leo.  Dallas takes Alli to Leo’s place, where she tells finally tells him how much he hurt her.  Later, Dallas finds Alli crying on the sidewalk and thinks him helping Alli confront Leo was a bad idea.  Though she’s in tears, she tells him that she needed to talk to Leo to give herself some closure.

1322-4Everyone wants closure.  Heck, when a Degrassi character just ups and leaves the show without an explanation, fans are upset because they want to see the character receive a “proper sendoff.”  When it comes to the real world though, it’s not so simple.  Often times you aren’t going to get closure.

That doesn’t stop us from daydreaming about it though, wishing we had a chance to say those final words to someone who’s no longer in our lives.  “I wish I could’ve shown him how much he hurt me, but I’ll never get the chance,” Alli says to Dallas about Leo.  At first Dallas seems as if he’s going to take things into his own hands and confront Leo on his own, but then he doesn’t.  The kid playing in the street stops him from acting on impulse.  The tender moment in which he pauses to call his son Rocky is reminiscent of a scene in season 12’s Bitter Sweet Symphony, when an upset Dallas is reminded that he has someone else to live for.  This plot has been from Dallas’ perspective, but jumps over to Alli’s in the end.

As satisfying as it would be to see Dallas kick Leo’s ass it’s ultimately not about him, it’s about Alli standing up to tell Leo everything she needs to say before he disappears from her life permanently.  “Nothing gave you the right to hit me,” she says, “No excuse, no justification for the violence you put me through.  Leo looks on as Alli’s last words are chilling, yet empowering.  “You beat me, but you didn’t break me,” she says before walking away.

All signs in the universe point to Bhandallas in the future, but the final scene between them is interesting, primarily the physical distance between them as they sit on the curb discussing what just happened.  “You’re one of the good ones Dallas,” Alli says, while the fair amount of distance in between them seems to say that even though she’s received some closure with Leo, there’s still a ways to go before these two are ready to become one.

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Posted by Kary

12 Comments

  1. As what Stefan said in his tweet.. Everything changes after this EP. And now I understand why. Then next week we have Zoe. So I guess Unbelievable is that same day Miles, Frankie and there Dad talk. I think someone forgot about Zoe in the pool house. I can see Drew & Miles blaming themselves over Miles drunken, heartbroken behavior.. This next EP is going to be an very ugly domino effect due to Miles and what happen to Zoe behind the screen.. Cause & Effect of horrors.

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  2. The Next ep is going to be epic i see drew, miles, zoey conflict escapades

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  3. The repercussions with the aftermath of this party scares me. Poor Zoe.. Its going to effect everyone in different ways.

    As for Clare I think she needs to talk to Eli and break up to figure out what she really wants. It would not even surprise me if she wants an open relationship. she is really confused and I think Eli’s cheating being friends with Lenore is really getting to her. Plus he missed there bungee jump of celebration.. And thank to Drew’s quick save I think save his & Clare’s butt.

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  4. i think we’ll be seeing leo again. As for claire “everyone wants to be like you eli” . haha

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    1. No that was Leos last appearance. Alex Harrouch confirmed it on his twitter.

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  5. Anyone know the last episode of 13c and when it airs, and the first episode of 13d? Any speculations or guesses as to when they’ll split?

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    1. 13C’s final episode will be 1330, which will air on April 22nd. 13D will be the final 10 episodes, but they haven’t said how long the hiatus will be in between 13C and 13D.

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  6. Dang, that’s going to be some nasty PR for Mr. Hollingsworth. I bet that he and his people are going to do all they can to cover this up and throw the blame at Zoe.

    I know that this show doesn’t like to acknowledge siblings once they graduate, but if they wanted a guy to go after Leo on Alli’s behalf, it should have been Sav. It’s less of a white knight situation that way. No matter how much chemistry Alli and Dallas might have or how well-played their inevitable romance is, I refuse to embrace Alli with another guy so soon. She should just be single until graduation. It’s not the end of the world if a character in this show remains unattached, FFS!

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    1. I would have loved to see Sav make an appearance! Too bad he’s gone to the Degrassi Bermuda Triangle with Darcy.

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  7. Hey this is a really randomly question, and I’m sorry to bring this up, because I know it upsets a lot of degrassi fans. But I randomly started watching Bittersweet Symphony this morning, and i started asking myself if they ever had a funeral for cam? I know that before Adams funeral, a lot of fans saw the promo pics regarding the funeral, and everyone thought it *might* be cams funeral. So because I’ve forgotten exacltly what happened, can someone remind me: did they ever end up having a funeral for cam? Thanks so much:)

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    1. I know there was a vigil, but I was just wondering if the funeral ever happened and I just forgot about it…?

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      1. The funeral photos were actually for Adam’s funeral, not part of season 12. People did speculate it being Cam’s funeral but it was well past that point :)

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