TRISTAN PLOT RECAP: Tristan is elated after being named emcee for the fashion show. He asks Mr. Yates for help writing his script for the show; Yates agrees and invites Tristan to his apartment. Yates offers Tristan alcohol and the two end up kissing. Yates tries to undo Tristan’s pants, but Tristan panics and leaves. Tristan apologizes the next day, but Yates is cold toward him and calls him immature. Tristan shows up unannounced at Yates house to apologize, and after Tristan tells him that he is mature and ready for it the two have sex.
This storyline is wonderfully disturbing. It did its job as I sat there, uncomfortable, for most of the episode. “I thought you were mature Tristan, obviously I was wrong,” Yates says, clearly guilting Tristan after he abruptly left Yates’ apartment the night before. It’s just another instance of Yates masterfully manipulating someone who is easily manipulated.
It’s intensified by the fact that Tristan has a crush on Yates. Tristan is falling right back into the same trap that’s gotten him into trouble when it comes to romance. He becomes blindly infatuated with them, and makes poor choices.
There is a very interesting moment in this episode where he hesitates though. As Yates starts to unbuckle Tristan’s pants, Tristan stops him. He is a virgin after all, so there’s a question of whether things are moving too fast.
I love what Tristan’s scene with Zig represents. Tristan seems desperate for advice. He’s on the fence about Yates, and needs someone else’s opinion to validate either of his conflicting thoughts. If Maya had indeed been home, she would’ve scolded Tristan and told him that what he did with Yates was wrong.
Zig had no clue what was Tristan’s situation was, so he naturally gave the kind of advice you’d expect from a horny teenage boy, effectively talking Tristan into thinking he should go for it.
Tristan is not the kind of person who will lose their virginity and keep it a secret, so things will obviously explode when others find out. I remember one of my biggest criticisms about Degrassi’s weekly format in previous seasons where the episodes were labeled “Part 1” and “Part 2” is that there were a lot of “Part 1” episodes that never ended with a strong cliffhanger. Despite giving every episode its own title, Degrassi is still following the two-part episode format for plots here in season 13. As Yates seductively pulls Tristan into his apartment and the ending credits began to roll, “Hypnotize” legitimately has me on the edge of my seat, anxiously awaiting to see what happens next week.
IMOGEN PLOT RECAP: Imogen is afraid to ask Jack out, but Becky forces her to. Imogen finally does and they agree to meet up later that evening. Imogen arrives at Jack’s dance session and finds out another girl, Lucy, also has a crush on Jack. In order to prove she’s as cool as Lucy, Imogen smokes gets high to impress Jack. After everyone else leaves, the Imogen and Jack have their own private dance session and wind up sharing a kiss. The next day Becky scolds Imogen for showing up late and not doing her work for the fashion show because of her date.
But what I am interested is in how Imogen Moreno is suddenly doing things simply to impress this girl she likes. Why do we do that, changing who we are for someone else because we don’t believe we’re good enough for them? Imogen is unique (as is Jack), and Jack has never implied that Imogen isn’t cool enough to date her.
And someone else liking your crush? Heck, I’m going through that right now and just knowing someone else is interested makes you paranoid. It’s a simple plot about how quickly one’s self esteem can alter how we perceive reality.
FRANKIE PLOT RECAP: Frankie tries out to be a model for Degrassi’s fashion show, but Winston tells her that he didn’t think she was into that. Zoë and Keisha are accepted, but Frankie isn’t, and it leaves her feeling as if she isn’t pretty enough. Frankie’s mom tells her to talk to Becky and Imogen again and ask for a second chance. She does so and Becky agrees to let her model in the fashion show.
Winston is far more involved in this plot than the handful of lines he had in this episode, but for now this plot was simply building up to what is coming up in the next episode. Similar to how Imogen’s self esteem was affected by the presence of Lucy, Frankie’s confidence in her looks is affected by Winston saying he didn’t think modeling was “her thing” as well as Frankie getting rejected for the fashion show.
Winston obviously didn’t mean what he said in the way Frankie interpreted it, but again we’re getting another quick example of one of my favorite sayings, the idea that “There is no reality, only perception.”