MAYA/ZIG PLOT RECAP: Maya wants to create an art exhibit with Zig to keep him out of trouble. She’s even more determined to get him involved once she finds out that Zig is involved with a gang and selling drugs. One day she discovers weed in Zig’s bag and flushes it down the drain. When Zig finds out he’s furious, because now he owes gang members money for it. Maya gives Tiny money for the drugs, hoping it will clear Zig’s debt and allow him to quit working for the gang. However, the gang still asks him to run errands. Maya, desperate to keep Zig from meeting up with the gang, kisses him and he agrees not to go.
I might be completely wrong about this by the time everything is all said and done, but when Maya repeatedly says she’s not interested in Zig in “that way,” I believe her.
Her actions have been consistent since Zig’s character reappeared in You Got Me. She never seems interested in him as more than a friend. And as his friend, Maya’s become completely obsessed with trying to protect him.
In Sparks Will Fly, we saw that the death of Cam still weighs on Maya’s mind. It affects the way she views her relationships with those around her. For two people who come from completely different backgrounds, Miles and Zig have one thing in common: Maya’s fear that they will self destruct, and ultimately end up like Cam.
In You Are Not Alone we see Maya is hellbent on keeping Zig out of trouble. It’s the reason why she suggests she and Zig spearhead the Degrassi Panorama. “To keep him busy,” Maya says when asked why she’s so adamant about getting Zig involved.
At long last we see what Zig’s been up to: Tiny’s in a gang who’s looked after Zig since his parents kicked him out. However, all of that has come with a price; for their help and protection Zig has been doing “odd jobs” for them (aka selling drugs and other gang-related activity). Maya thinks you can simply walk away from that life, but rarely is it that simple. Upon finding the weed in Zig’s bag Maya has the best of intentions as she flushes the drugs down the drain. However, she’s unaware that how she’s going about protecting Zig is actually placing him in even more danger. Grace explains the dynamics of gang life to Maya, who then decides to give Tiny $300 in exchange for letting Zig off the hook. When this doesn’t work, she kisses Zig and begs him not to meet up with the gang.
There’s this glamorous idea of friendship that we have in our minds, that a friend will be there for you and they will help you, and their help and support will make everything alright.
Degrassi is crapping all over that concept in this storyline.
Don’t get me wrong, Maya’s heart is absolutely in the right place, but as the episode progresses the steps she takes to keep Zig safe make the situation worse than it was to begin with. Even with Zig’s gang ties, the biggest misstep came when Maya kissed Zig. She knows he likes her. She’s desperate to keep him from winding up dead. The kiss has zero romantic value on her end, but it’s going to make Zig believe she’s interested in him. Learning that she lead him on could crush Zig, sending him deeper into the life that Maya’s trying to pull him out of. This is a friendship storyline that’s become complicated, enough to keep my attention from beginning to end.
WINSTON/FRANKIE PLOT RECAP: Winston starts up a comic book club with the hopes that he’ll be able to meet the girl of his dreams. He’s freaked out when he learns that Miles’ sister Frankie has joined the club. After thinking that she joined the club just to mess with him, he finds out that she actually likes him and the two share a kiss.
When it comes to Winston and Frankie I have two thoughts: on one hand, their story is quite relatable. You’ve got a classic tale of a semi-forbidden romance between someone’s best friend and their sibling. We’ve all been there, either having a crush on a sibling’s friend or someone’s sibling having a crush on you.
On the other hand, it’s difficult to immediately buy into this budding romance given that we know so little about them as individuals.
The good news is Winston and Frankie have a long-established history, even if it’s all happened off screen. “I’ve known you since you were five, and I’ve never seen you read a single comic book,” Winston says. Just like in this episode, he’s always viewed her as Miles’ annoying little sister who’s always getting in the way. As he sees her in a bikini (presumably for the first time at this age), it’s funny watching how Winston’s perception of Frankie instantly changes. Have you ever had that type of self-aware moment where you realize, at that exact moment, that your opinion of someone has changed drastically?
Winston was under this notion that Frankie is just trying to make him look dumb, but it turns out she likes him. “Miles can never know about this,” they both say after sharing a kiss. They’re young and inexperienced, a refreshing pace from the veteran characters we see jumping from relationship to relationship. But the big question is will Winston and Frankie reach that point where they’re an item? Miles might be the only thing that’s standing in their way.
CLARE PLOT RECAP: After her breakup with Eli and rejection at the hands of Drew, Clare decides to train for a triathlon. Jack coaches the Triathlon Club and ends up inviting Clare to join an axe-throwing league. Since Jack’s a lesbian, Alli gives Clare the notion that Jack might be interested in her. However, Jack informs Clare that she’s not interested and the two become friends.
This plot is really simple: Clare is looking for a distraction, and finds one in physical activity. It gives her a way to work out all of the anger she’s built up, especially toward Drew. We’ve all been there, using things in our lives to distract us from the nonsense that stresses us out.
The only major knock on the plot at this point might be Alli planting the see in Clare’s mind that Jack might be developing feelings for her. It didn’t really add anything significant to the plot, so I don’t see why it was added into the story. Anyone who watches the show regularly enough to know the logistics of how things are going to play out in the near future know that Jack liking Clare isn’t plausible.