Becky Baker and the “Sex Things”
Becky is concerned Jonah doesn’t like her, because he barely wants to kiss her. However, Jonah tells her he’s abstaining from alcohol, drugs and sex. He doesn’t want to kiss her because he doesn’t want things to go to far. Becky realizes she wants to do more than just kiss Jonah, but since she knows nothing about sex Imogen casually tells her to look it up. Becky takes Imogen’s advice literally, browsing through many X-rated websites on her laptop, but still finds herself clueless about what to do with Jonah. When Becky and Jonah present their project in class, Becky uses her laptop during the presentation and accidentally reveals her sex-filled search history to the entire class. She receives detention and her mom is furious, but Becky tells her she’s confused because she doesn’t know what God would think about her feeling this way. During Becky and Jonah’s recording session, she tells him that kissing isn’t enough and she wants more. Jonah’s afraid things will go too far, but Becky assures him that she’s has no plans to break her vow to remain a virgin until marriage.
QUICK GRADE: B+
QUICK REVIEW: This plot was really funny as we watched a naive Becky enter the realm of discovering sex, from realizing she wants to put her hands under his shirt to Googling sex-related things. The cool thing is she wasn’t exploring sexuality through actual sexual activity, she was trying to learn about all the freaky stuff people do that isn’t intercourse. There’s also a conflict there, as she doesn’t know if God will approve of her wanting to act on her impulses. The most interesting part of the story is that Jonah wants to refrain getting physical with Becky. He’s had sexual partners in the past, but he’s abstinent now and doesn’t want to jeopardize that. My mind was blown in this episode because every plot had characters actually talking out their issues and communicating effectively. Even Becky’s mom offered useful, non-judgmental advice for once.
Maya vs. Tristan
Maya’s looking to get a good grade in gym class, but that’s going to be an issue when her partner is Tristan. They must do the salsa together, but because Tristan’s still mad at Maya he’s not really interested in cooperating. At home, Zig helps teach Maya the dance and also tells her she needs to talk to Tristan and settle things. Tristan and Maya meet, and he gets everything off his chest. He feels like she gets everything she wants in the world and has taken away the things that made him happy (Yates and Miles). He’s also upset that he lost Maya as his best friend, and she tells him she’s needed him too; the two end up reconciling. Maya returns home in a happy mood, and while horsing around with Zig the two finally kiss.
QUICK GRADE: B
QUICK REVIEW: This plot served two purposes: one was to make Zaya officially a thing, which assists in setting up Zig to leave the Matlins’ house and progress the gang plot. The other was to reunite Maya and Tristan as friends so his character isn’t relying solely on his friendship with Zoë to exist in the universe. Another great conversation between characters is had as Tristan speaks and Maya listens. I’ve loved Maya the last several blocks as she stepped in to help her friends, even when they couldn’t help themselves. “I hate how you always think you know what’s best for me,” Tristan says. I still believe Maya did the right thing when she outed Tristan and Yates’ relationship, but at the same time Maya does have a way of sometimes jumping in to help people without thinking about whether or not it’s the best course of action.
Tristan saying Maya has a “perfect little life” is similar to Zoë believing Frankie’s “rich dad” would bail Frankie out of the Degrassi Nudes scandal if she were to blame. We perceive people’s lives based on surface-level stuff (money, looks, relationships). People’s lives on Facebook don’t tell the whole story, but that doesn’t stop us from assuming they have everything. It makes sense that Tristan, whose Achilles heel is desire to be loved yet can never find it, would feel like Maya “has it all” (despite him having no evidence to support that). I just love that we had a character express there feelings, and the other person sit there and listen to what they’re saying.
Eclare Takes On Parenting
Clare’s been studying up on parenting 101, and since she’s feeling sort of prepared Dallas offers her and Eli the chance to babysit his son Rocky for the night. The two face a couple of challenges during the evening: Clare has a hard time getting Rocky to put his pants on. Eli brings Rocky a watergun to play with, but Clare doesn’t think that’s a good idea. The two try to put together a crib, but Clare’s worried they won’t assemble it properly.
Her true concern is that she’s afraid she doesn’t know what she’s doing and they’ll do everything wrong as parents, but Eli tells her there is no right answer. When two go in for Clare’s next appointment to check on the baby, the doctor has devastating news: he can no longer find the baby’s heartbeat.
QUICK GRADE: B
QUICK REVIEW: Good stuff so far with Eclare looking like they could handle parenthood. It’s amazing how night and day things are when they’re actually communicating vs. the random nonsense they’ve been thrown into for several seasons now. Unfortunately, the moment we’ve been dreading has arrived as Clare has lost the baby. This one hits close to home. There’s a good chance you’ll know someone in your lifetime who’s suffered a miscarriage. I don’t really have anything else to say besides there’s no worse feeling in the world than losing a child.