DREW/BECKY PLOT RECAP: Becky’s still upset about her brother, so Drew tries to cheer her up by inviting her to the dance. But when a storm hits the city and the dance is canceled, Becky is nowhere to be found. Drew spends the evening searching for her, and eventually finds her in the boiler room. The two wind up getting locked in the room, which is leaking gas. Thinking they might not get out, the two kiss before they’re saved by Imogen, Jack and Dallas. The next day, Becky tells Drew they should forget the kiss, but he doesn’t want to. He tells her they should take things slowly, and she agrees.
The simple idea of Drew and Becky together isn’t all that bad after watching the episode. As expected, Becky’s feeling vulnerable and looking for some kind of support from anyone right now because her home life is still awful.
One thing that’s unsettling though is how the show attempts to paint Drew and Becky as being “tight,” as Drew describes it, despite showing us very little interaction between them outside of a handful of scenes in Believe. Drew finds Becky in the greenhouse in Thunderstruck and says, “I know where you go when you’re upset.” Since when?
I like how the characters address the reasons Drew and Becky shouldn’t feel things for one another (aka Adam). However, too many contrivances in the plot stick out like a sore thumb. Dallas and Alli go from being against Drew having feelings for Becky, to Dallas randomly guilt tripping Drew about putting girls in danger, to Bhandallas basically saying “Whatever, do what you want” at the end of the episode. If the goal was to wind up with Drew and Becky laying the foundation for a romantic relationship, it wasn’t necessary to jump through the hoops of having them conveniently trapped in a dangerous situation, only to be conveniently saved while locking lips.
Becky might be Drew’s last chance at righting this dating ship Drew’s been sinking the entire season. “We should take this very, very slowly,” Drew says, giving me hope that he’s finally learning something, and Becky could be the kind of girl that keeps him in his place. But of course it can’t possibly be that easy with Drew involved.
MAYA/ZOE PLOT RECAP: Zig is in a bind when he finds himself agreeing to go to the dance with both Maya and Zoë. He invites Zoë over to Maya’s beforehand, and she begrudgingly agrees to hang out with them. Zig brings alcohol as an icebreaker, and Maya gets a little too drunk. She goes off on Zoë, blaming her for ruining things with Miles and getting her sent to the rubber room. Maya drunkenly decides to walk to the dance despite the storm, and Zoë chases after her. The storm is too powerful, and Zoë forces Maya to take shelter at The Dot. Zoë tells Maya she’s trying to work things out with her, and the two admit they’ve been jealous of each other all year. For the first time, Zoë and Maya are truly able to bury the hatchet.
I think this has to be my favorite plot of the episode, because I’m a sucker for characters finally doing this crazy thing where they actually talk to each other. Maya’s been pretty awesome as a character lately, but she still harbors a lot of bitterness toward Zoë. “You’re the reason I spent the entire year in the rubber room, and you keep stealing all my people,” a drunken Maya says to Zoë. “Miles, Tristan and now Zig…get your own people.”
To be fair they’ve both been petty and vindictive toward one another in season 13, but this is the first time they’ve actually stopped to listen to each other. Maya’s an angry drunk, but it becomes amusing once she and Zoë are out in the storm. She delivers some funny one liners, such as threatening to come back to haunt Zoë if she dies, before the two find shelter and get to the heart of things. It’s been obvious since the beginning, but these are two girls who’ve simply been jealous of one another.
I especially love Zoë’s vulnerability. “I’ve never been good at girlfriends,” she says. “I’m always jealous of them.” We’ve seen that many times, even recently when she was jealous of Frankie’s modeling potential. “It’d be nice to be on the same team for once,” she says to Maya. Yes, it would be. Degrassi’s always had prominent a female friendship, and these two are in line to become the next one.
MILES/TRISTAN PLOT RECAP: Miles refuses to go to the dance because Maya will be there, so he invites Tristan over to his house to hang out. Frankie and Winston are there too, and the four play charades. At one point Tristan finds out that Yates touched Winston, and Tristan admits he had a relationship with Yates. Miles scoffs at the idea that Tristan and Yates had a “connection,” and Tristan walks off. Miles apologizes and the two share a bonding moment in the rain. As the four play the game “Murder,” Miles finds Tristan’s hiding spot. The two flirt and end up kissing until they’re caught by Winston. The next day, Miles tells Tristan that he’s confused, but in a good way.
Miles saying that to Tristan pretty much defines this plot. Tristan thought those words were aimed at him; Miles was actually talking about himself. In reality, it describes them both. These are two characters who’ve been going down separate paths in season 13. Tristan is desperate for love, and thinks his chance at it was ripped away when things went awry with Yates. His illusion of how wonderful Yates was is shattered when Winston delivers the shocking revelation that Yates groped him.
Meanwhile, Miles has family issues. He also has a way of scaring people away with his behavior. “You’re a God among men, you get every girl you want,” Tristan says. Miles responds by saying, “Until they get to know me, and they run for the hills.”
Tristan and Miles have kissed before, so it’s not really new territory. But what makes things different now is knowing why Miles is comfortable with it. When Tristan kissed him in Paris, Miles played it off far more calmly than one would expect. In Thunderstruck, he wanted it because “It felt right.”
Miles is kind of a self destructive character, who at the same time is looking for the comfort that he doesn’t receive at home. “I just know that I feel good when I’m around you,” he says to Tristan. I view this as a unique situation for Degrassi to explore in the future, as these two could work out just as easily as they could implode.
CLARE/ELI PLOT RECAP: Clare travels to New York for an interview at Columbia, but winds up in the hospital after running into a pole. She misses her interview, but is given a second chance…the next day. Until then, she has to stay overnight at Eli’s dorm. It’s awkward, but Clare and Eli survive through the night. Clare aces her interview, and Eli confesses that he’s not over her. When Clare returns to Degrassi, she receives a phone call from the hospital in NYC claiming she’s pregnant.
Eclare has been hit or miss since the long distance relationship plot began, but I enjoyed what I saw here. See what happens when Eli comes off being an actual character and not a plot device? This awkward situation they’re in just flows naturally. I can appreciate the maturity these two show toward one another, especially given their last meeting. Clare apologizes for breaking up with him by phone and he’s almost grateful for it. “You know in a weird way you set me free,” Eli says. “You let me experience New York life, normal school life, all of that.”
And of course Eli still isn’t over her. It’s pretty straightforward: if Clare successfully graduates and makes it to Columbia, it’s endgame for these two. However, Degrassi’s decided to drop a pregnancy bomb in Clare’s lap. Why is that?
I don’t feel like I’ve wrapped my brain around it yet. In terms of cliffhanger, it’s a pretty big one. It’s difficult to gauge my feelings on Clare being pregnant when the Degrassian in me’s initial thought is we’ll never see her carry the baby to full term…if there’s one at all.