“Are you really going to lie for this guy?”
At the beginning of the episode Maya overhears Dallas talking about his car being involved in a hit-and-run, and she puts two and two together. She goes to Miles’ house to talk to him, but he insists all he needs to do is take his car to the shop before his dad notices. However, Mr. Hollingsworth spotted the car and demands to know what happened. When Maya sees Mr. H grab Miles, she lies and tells him they were hit by a car that took off. Mr. H then demands they go to the police station to report it.
At the station, Maya lies to the officer and tells him they were shopping at the mall and were hit in the parking lot. He tells her to draw a diagram of the parking lot and list which stores they visited, and as long as her story matches Miles’ they’ll be alright. At school Maya freaks out because she knows they’re going to get caught, but Miles is high. She realizes she lied for nothing when Miles doesn’t care that they’re going to get in trouble, and in the moment he decides to confess to Dallas that he was the one who hit his car. Miles also tries to provoke Dallas into hitting him, but Alli convinces Dallas to walk away. Maya winds up back at the police station and her mom’s upset because Maya’s hurting herself trying to save Miles. Maya’s mom tells her she can’t help Miles if he won’t help himself, so Maya tells the officer the truth this time. Afterward, Miles thanks Maya for caring about him and the two learn Mr. H used his power to make sure they won’t have a criminal record. Maya tells Miles that he needs to start trying to help himself, but Miles somberly tells her that he can’t tell anyone about his dad.
QUICK REVIEW: I’ve finally reached the point where I’m suffering from “Maya trying to save Miles and destroying herself in the process” fatigue. Thankfully, Maya’s mom hit the nail on the head with the point of this plot: you can’t help people who aren’t willing to help themselves. There’s some scary scenes in this episode though when it comes to Miles, because it’s as if he’s so beaten down that he doesn’t care anymore. He practically begs Dallas to hit him, and despite finally realizing Maya’s been trying to help him, he sees no way out in dealing with his dad. The ball has officially been placed in Miles’ court when it comes to dealing with his personal demons.
Inspector Imogen on the case
Imogen is presented with the perfect opportunity for a juicy Degrassi News story: Hunter reveals someone at Degrassi is sending pictures of their boobs for money and shows Imogen a pic, so she decides to investigate.
Jack repeatedly tries to discourage Imogen from looking into Degrassi Nudes for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t stop Imogen from wanting to find out who’s responsible. Imogen’s investigation is interrupted when she accidentally reveals what she’s doing to Simpson, who shuts down her story and tells her investigating Degrassi Nudes is a police matter. Jack continues to shrug off the idea of someone sending nude pics for money as no big deal, and Imogen realizes Jack is the one sending pics. Jack also confesses that the entire cheerleading squad is doing it, and Imogen’s furious because she feel as if Jack cheated on her. After a talk Eli, Imogen talks to Jack and forgives her.
QUICK REVIEW: This isn’t the sexiest of plots and it’s one that’s just waiting to be forgotten. However, wading through my indifference toward Jackogen reveals Degrassi doing something they rarely do: give Imogen’s character some depth, and that’s something worth praising. She’s angry at Jack for two reasons: one reason is Imogen feels Degrassi Nudes reinforces the idea that women are seen as little more than objects, further strengthening the belief that women aren’t viewed as equal to men (*gasp* continuity from the Imogen we saw in Dig Me Out and Power To The People!). Another reason is she views Jack’s willingness to show her boobs to anyone, even boys, as cheating. Imogen and Jack are two quirky girls seemingly attracted to each other’s quirkiness, but as we’ve seen multiple times they’re often on different levels about things. It’s good to see Imogen standing up for herself instead of “Spineless Imogen” rearing her ugly head and just accepting whatever Jack does because Imogen doesn’t want to rock the boat.
Of course the most underrated aspect of the episode is the fact Simpson now knows about Degrassi nudes. He will address the school about it. Police will be involved.
The hot mess that is “Eclewcky”
Drew’s got a choice to make: he’s either got to go with Clare to her birthing class, or have dinner with Becky and her grandmother. Drew chooses the latter, but finds himself distracted during dinner once Clare texts him to tell him their baby kicked. After unintentionally revealing to Becky’s grandmother that he’s having a baby with another girl, Becky’s upset and Drew feels torn between Becky and Clare. Drew decides that he needs to be there for Clare and the baby, so he chooses to break up with Becky.
Drew goes with Clare to her first ultrasound and they discover they’re having a boy; they both agree to name him Adam. Once Drew leaves so Clare can finish the rest of her appointment, she tells the doctor that she’s amazed they can tell the sex of the baby at 12 weeks. The doctor tells Clare is 16 weeks pregnant, which would mean Drew isn’t the father.
QUICK REVIEW: The bombshell at the end is a monster of its own that we can hold off discussing until next week. However, the meat of this episode made me proud of Drew. In a rare move, he doesn’t have to be told what to do, he makes the responsible decision on his own. Also, kudos to Becky for acknowledging that because of the situation Drew can’t give her what she needs. Degrassi gives fans an early Christmas present: the end of one of the show’s most-hated couples of all time.