MAYA PLOT RECAP: After Zig spends the night ignoring text messages from the gang, Maya’s plan is for him to skip school so he won’t run into Tiny. However, Tiny arrives at the Matlins’ home and tells Zig the gang members are pissed. While Maya is running Degrassi Panorama, Zig arrives and tells her he’s leaving. He heads to the bus depot, but before he can leave he’s stopped by Maya, Miles and Miles’ dad. Mr. Hollingsworth tells Zig he knows people who specialize in gang intervention, and offers to introduce them Zig. Though worried at first Zig agrees, but only if Tiny can be involved too.
In You Are Not Alone, we saw Maya trying to solve Zig’s problems on her own. We know she’s constantly concerned about him, and that’s reiterated here in Enjoy The Silence. This plot is primarily from Maya’s perspective, and while I wished it would’ve shifted more toward Zig’s point of view in this episode, his limited role became even more vital. We see he’s scared because he doesn’t know how to get out of the gang’s grasp; he knows hiding from them won’t work. He also believes telling Maya’s mom will only get him kicked out.
“You can’t help him if he won’t help himself,” Alli randomly tells Maya. But how applicable is that statement in this specific situation, when Zig’s back is against the wall and the only option he feels he has is to run? He can’t reach out for help, because he doesn’t know where to get the kind that he feels won’t endanger his life or those around him. Besides, when he’s offered help from Mr. Hollingsworth, Zig accepts it with virtually no resistance.
The show keeps making it blatantly clear that Maya has no romantic interest in Zig, so if viewers ignore the perceived “Zaya” teasing they’ll see this has strictly been a friendship plot. Isn’t this something to be celebrated, friendship between a guy and girl on Degrassi superseding any potential romantic drama between them?
I would’ve like to have seen a conversation between Maya’s mom and Zig. There’s a perception at Degrassi that the rubber room kids are just troublemakers; Maya sees through that. Zig was afraid Mrs. Matlin would kick him out because he was involved with a gang, yet in the end she was completely on board on doing whatever was needed to help him. Often times kids are afraid to go to adults with their problems because they’re afraid of the reaction, so it would’ve been a nice touch to have her reassure Zig in the end that she doesn’t view him as some punk kid whose lifestyle poses a threat to Maya’s wellbeing.
But again, this plot was more from Maya’s perspective. It’s good to see that she realized she couldn’t help Zig alone, so she found someone who could. And not only did Zig accept the help for himself, he agreed to get help for Tiny as well. Degrassi once posed this question:
MEDDLING: When should you intervene in a friend’s life?
Simple, when your friend needs your help. Going back to Alli’s comment, my response is sometimes people can’t help themselves. If Maya hadn’t kept prodding, Zig would still feel trapped in the gang life. Zig has said before that Tiny is a good guy, and once Zig was offered a potential way out he naturally extended the helping hand to Tiny. In You Are Not Alone we were shown how not to help someone. In Enjoy The Silence, we see how beneficial a helping hand can be when offered the right way.
WINSTON PLOT RECAP: Miles’ is on the warpath after finding out an older guy kissed Frankie. To keep his cover from being blown, Winston agrees to help him and points the finger at Damon. Miles eventually discovers it was Winston, but isn’t upset. He’s fine with the two having kissed, as long as they don’t actually date.
There’s not much to see here. The previous episode was a setup for Enjoy The Silence. This episode set up Winston and Frankie actually having a secret relationship in the near future. The only difference is this episode’s setup was less interesting than You Are Not Alone’s. The shtick of Winston trying to throw Miles off the trail by blaming Damon falls flat. Winston isn’t that strong of a character to begin with in terms of comedy relief. There many other characters who, if in his place, could’ve made this scenario humorous.
I did enjoy Winston and Miles’ final conversation though. Miles wasn’t mad about the kiss, revealing that Frankie had a crush on Winston when she was 8 years old. While he finds the situation hilarious, he scoffs at the idea that Winston and Frankie might actually date. “It’s not like you’re gonna date her, she’s in grade 9,” Miles says. Despite this portion of the plot being forgettable, I’m still excited for the potential drama that can come from this storyline.
CLARE PLOT RECAP: Clare is still angry at Drew, and decides to get revenge. She hooks him up to her Degrassi Panorama exhibit, a lie detector, and tries to embarrass him in front of the crowd of spectators. She tells Alli that she feels bad because Drew dumped her after they slept together. But then she decides she needs to not worry about boys as much, and continues to become involved in her new axe-throwing hobby.
That one line from Clare strikes a nerve and defines this entire plot for me. Let me start out by saying Clare took it too far with the lie detector test. Confronting someone publicly about your private matter for revenge is childish. However, I simply like what this plot addresses in terms of Clare’s feelings and how they should and shouldn’t be handled.
Excluding her public outburst, I fully stand behind the idea that Clare is justified in being upset with what happened with Drew. There is no “blame” here because not every situation is black and white, with someone clearly labeled as the “good guy” while the other person is the “bad guy.” Drew was justified in his reasoning for cutting things short with Clare. Things had not been fully resolved between her and Eli like Drew had assumed, so what he did was in his own best interest and rightfully so.
When it comes to Clare, it’s not difficult to understand why she’s mad at Drew. She liked a guy, he reciprocated feelings, they slept together and then he rejected her immediately afterward. In what alternate universe would someone not feel used after that, unless sex is the only thing they wanted (we know Clare wanted to date Drew)? There’s simply no way I could do what Drew did, and then expect the girl to NOT be angry and bitter. My reasoning for rejecting her wouldn’t matter, regardless of how valid it is; it’s the timing of said rejection that’s suspicious, period.
Removing the fact that it involves Clare and relationship drama, the general idea speaks to a much larger audience. In You Are Not Alone, Clare was alright in terms of dealing with her feelings. She was upset, but she found ways to move on by getting involved in clubs. In this episode she suddenly bumps into Drew, becomes consumed by her anger and decides she needs to teach him a lesson. You’re pissed off? That’s okay. Seeing someone makes you daydream of ways to wipe the smug look off their face? That’s cool. But you take that anger and find ways to channel it through something productive. Even in this TV show’s fandom, you see fans viciously attacking other fans they feel have wronged them, and that’s not the way you should handle things.
This is such an important lesson in today’s society, where people feel as if they have to aggressively retaliate any time they’ve been slighted.