Zaya Gets Caught
Maya and Zig are caught kissing in the kitchen by Maya’s mom at three in the morning. With “no hanky panky” as one of the conditions for Zig being able to stay there, Mrs. Matlin tells Maya that can never happen again. Maya and Zig confess their love for each other, but the problem is they’re going to have to hide their relationship from Mrs. Matlin. Zig doesn’t want to do that because he’s grateful for everything Mrs. Matlin has done for him, and he wants to be honest with her in return.
Maya tells her mom she and Zig are in love and now dating and Mrs. Matlin is okay with it. However, Zig still must move out because she doesn’t want Zaya shacking up under her roof. Maya doesn’t want Zig to move out, but he tells her he’ll be alright despite not knowing where he’ll go.
QUICK GRADE: C+
QUICK REVIEW: When it comes to Zaya, they are whatever you want them to be based on how you decide to interpret their history. While Maya’s concerned about where Zig will live, there’s a vibe that she’s now become emotionally dependent on him. Heck, even he agrees it’s time he moves out. Zig continues to impress with his growth and maturity, deciding to take the honest route when it comes to whether or not they should hide their relationship from Maya’s mom. I’m neither here nor there on Zaya, so for me all of this (for the moment) is just standard protocol; the show is pushing the story in the direction it needs to go in order to get to the meat of 14B’s bread and butter, aka the gang plot.
Eclare Deals With Devastating News
After learning the baby no longer has a heartbeat, Clare learns she still has to deliver the baby because she’s so far along in the pregnancy. Trying to avoid dealing with the loss, Clare plans a spontaneous trip to New York to talk the admissions officer at Columbia into reaccepting her. Eli comes along and doesn’t think it’s a good idea, and he tries to get her to go back home. However, when Clare freaks because her world has come crashing down, Eli agrees to drive her.
On the way, the two break down and mourn the loss of their son, believing life with him would be beautiful and amazing. Clare changes her mind about going to New York and the two go home. Clare chooses not to commemorate their son’s life (an option provided by the doctor), choosing to just hold onto the memories in her mind and heart. Clare and Eli then depart for Clare’s procedure to induce labor.
QUICK GRADE: A+
QUICK REVIEW: Genuine. Heartfelt. Heartbreaking. Fantastic performances from Aislinn and Munro. This is the best Eclare-related plot to have ever happened on Degrassi. Eli is a wonderful, supportive boyfriend in this episode. Clare’s heartache resonates as she struggles to understand why this happened. Clare and Eli wondering “Why?” and “What if?” as they both broke down in tears was incredible. “I just can’t believe we’re never gonna get to know him,” Clare says, a statement that hits way too close to home for anyone who’s gone through this.
Hunter likes Arlene, but the two friends are pretty mean to each other. As set designers for the musical, they end up putting down each other’s ideas. Imogen tells Hunter that if he wants to date Arlene, he needs to be nicer to her and woo her with romantic gestures. Hunter has flowers sent to Arlene in class along with a “secret admirer” card, but Arlene thinks the gesture is cliché and dumb. She still wants to meet the secret admirer to see how creepy his is, and asks Hunter to come with her.
When the secret admirer doesn’t show, Hunter agrees with Arlene that it must’ve been a prank. Saying that upsets Arlene, because she thinks Hunter’s agreeing with the idea that no one could ever like her. The two end up reconciling, and while Arlene appreciates Hunter being their for her she now views him as her best friend.
QUICK GRADE: B
QUICK REVIEW: Things between Hunter and Arlene were awkward, confusing and exactly what you’d expect from these two young kids. They have the type of friendship that you see a lot of in real life, friends constantly taking sarcastic jabs at each other. At the same time, both Hunter and Arlene also have trouble expressing their emotions. Hunter tries to step out of his comfort zone and do the flowers thing, but it fails miserably. He gets a lesson in how confusing girls can be; Arlene thinks the “secret admirer” thing is stupid, but at the same time she wants to meet the person and looks disappointed when they don’t show up.
We’ve seen before that Arlene is viewed as the nerdy girl at school and others pick on her, so even if she wasn’t interested in the admirer she still might long to be admired by someone. It might not be the outcome Hunter wanted, but these two loners may have found something new and even better in becoming best friends.