Maya’s finds herself losing sleep and stressed out because she keeps having a recurring dream about Miles jumping off the balcony at Degrassi. In order to take her mind off things she volunteers to organize the music for the cheerleading squad’s performance, but she still finds herself thinking about Miles. Grace and Zig take Maya to a park for Zen, and when that can’t calm Maya’s nerves they decide to hack Miles’ Facerange account. Miles wasn’t at school and when they see he responded to Tristan’s wellbeing message by saying, “I want to kill myself,” the trio break into Miles’ house to check in on him.
Miles is fine, but freaked out that Maya keeps bothering him. Tristan thinks Maya’s constant obsession with Miles is because she wants him back, but as she leaves she pleads for Miles to just talk to her. When Maya goes to check Miles’ social media accounts, she starts freaking out when she realizes he’s blocked her. Zoë walks in to confront Maya about bailing on the cheerleading squad, but Maya freaks out, saying “I won’t let it happen again,” as she flings the laptop across the room and has a panic attack. That night she continues to have the recurring nightmare about Miles, and Zig suggests she get professional help for what she’s going through.
QUICK REVIEW: Long forgotten are the days when we assumed Degrassi would never have Maya suffer longterm emotional trauma because of Cam’s death. Nearly everything since has been about him, and now those feelings are overwhelming her. Maya’s breakdown gave me chills, period. If you’ve ever been so anxious about something that it literally consumes your existence and affects you physically, then you know exactly what Maya’s going through.
What Is Hunter Hiding?
Frankie’s worried about her computer science grade, but Lola and Shay are too busy to help her study. They suggest she ask her brother for his homework to help her, but he refuses to do anything that would help the cheerleaders. When Hunter walks away Frankie looks at his computer and finds a graphic comic book he’s drawn, one where the hero character kills the cheerleaders. Frankie and Chewy investigate and find the rest of the comic. They realize Hunter isn’t planning to kill the cheerleaders, but the comic represents him saving their classmate, Arlene, from being teased by them.
Upon learning that Hunter has a crush on Arlene, Frankie sits with her in class instead of Lola and Shay, and Frankie invites awkward Hunter over so he can spend time with Arlene.
QUICK REVIEW: The plot was amazing in two ways: first off, we’ve got Frankie discovering that Hunter has a very disturbing way of expressing his feelings. Even when he speaks you get vibes of anger and seclusion from him. Secondly, Frankie introducing herself to Arlene for Hunter’s sake was amazing. It’s little things like that scene that are compiling to make season 14 solid so far.
There’s also what could be Hunter’s eerie foreshadowing of the upcoming episode, Firestarter. “I would sooner see all the cheerleaders die in a fire than help them.”
No Love Triangle For Jackogen
Imogen tells Jack that she loves her, but Jack simply responds by saying “Thanks.” Later, Jack tells Imogen they should break up because she doesn’t believe in monogamous relationships. Imogen reluctantly agrees that she enjoys polyamory so that Jack will still want to be with her.
Eli advises Imogen to tell Jack how she really feels, and Imo is motivated to do so when she sees Jack is on a date with another girl. Imogen busts in on Jack’s dance class and tells her how she feels. Jack admits she’s afraid of commitment and tells Imogen she loves her.
QUICK REVIEW: I’m not interested in Jackogen as a couple, but I loved that Imogen stood up for herself in this episode. We’ve seen this before from Imogen, where she goes along with whatever Jack is saying or doing in order to impress her. Sometimes it takes a slap in the face from reality (seeing Jack on a date with another girl) to stand tall and say what’s on your mind. Communication is one of the biggest killers of relationships; you have to speak up and tell people what you want, otherwise things will go nowhere.