Zaya Parties Too Hard
Maya wants to visit Zig’s new place, but he doesn’t want her to because seeing anything drug/gang related might drive Maya away. Zig asks Vince and Tiny to stay away for the night and they leave, but they eventually return with a slew of people and host a party. Vince offers Zig and Maya “Molly,” and while Zig doesn’t want Maya taking it, Maya says they should take it together. The two get high and end up having sex. The next day Zig regrets them having gone so far, and tells Maya she’s better off without him.
Vince thinks Zig is overthinking things and offers to take him over to Maya’s to apologize, but they need to make a stop on the way. While waiting on Vince and Tiny to take care of business, Zig calls Maya and apologizes. He regrets that they had sex while high, but not that it was with her. They two make up, but Zig suddenly hears gunshots. Vince and Tiny rush back to the car and yell at Zig to speed away.
QUICK GRADE: C
QUICK REVIEW: This one is difficult to grade because you have this fantastic concept (the gang plot) wrapped inside a romantic relationship I’m having trouble defining without the use of foul language at the moment. I’m not exactly sure what happened in the transition from 14A to 14B, but the Tenner square (Zig, Maya, Miles, Zoë) is now a mind-boggling piece of work that’s all over the place. Maya goes from being the most supportive character on the show to seemingly caring about nothing more than swapping spit with Zig. In this episode Zig seemed to put Maya on a pedestal; “She’s not that kind of girl,” he tells Vince. “That kind of thing (drugs) is a dealbreaker for girls like Maya,” he tells Tiny. But do we even know who Maya is anymore? And after all she’s done to protect him over the course of two seasons, why is Zig not physically carrying the girl he loves out of the house the second Vince whips out the Molly? Surely this isn’t the future fans of this couple were hoping for when Degrassi foreshadowed Zaya two seasons ago.
I’ve mostly been ignoring the Zaya stuff because it comes across as more of a plot device for the gang storyline, but a lot seemed to get crammed into this episode: the drugs, the sex and the “we’re almost going to break up, but we didn’t” moment. It’s to the point where I can’t decipher between what’s real with Zaya and what’s being done purely to move the gang plot along. Despite that, there were some good things in this plot. One of the most memorable episodes for me is season 8’s Heart of Glass, where Alli loses her virginity and regrets it. In a world where males, especially young ones, a viewed as always wanting sex, it’s interesting to see Zig regret having slept with Maya. It’s also crazy that once again Vince says something very insightful. Actually, it was the best line of the night: “You know what your problem is? You always talk yourself out of a good thing like you don’t deserve it.”
And now that I think about it, that might be one of the most-relatable quotes ever spoken on this show. The cliffhanger ending was great, it just took traveling through an arduous maze of “What the hell is happening?” to get there.
Clare vs. Ms. Pill
Clare’s nominated for Valedictorian, along with Alli and Connor, but Clare isn’t interested. Ms. Pill tells her running for Valedictorian will be good for her in the face of recent tragedy, revealing to Clare that Ms. Pill has been listening to students’ conversations through the new camera system. Clare feels violated, and uses her nomination speech to inform the entire school of Ms. Pill’s behavior.
Ms. Pill doesn’t suspend Clare, but continues to give her advice by telling her the she and Clare’s friends are worried Clare will throw away her future. Furious, Clare grabs a bat and smashes a couple of the cameras.
QUICK GRADE: B-
QUICK REVIEW: Clare’s thing is that she wants to mourn in private and tell people about the baby on her own terms. She’s said multiple times she doesn’t want people treating her differently, and that comes into play when Ms. Pill starts giving her advice out of the blue. I believe Ms. Pill overstepped her bounds in this case, listening to Clare-related conversations and then jumping in to give unsolicited advice to someone she doesn’t really know (despite the fact her advice was actually really good). Losing a child isn’t something you just get over, and Clare’s still in mourning. She just wants to get through the end of the school year without any issues or anyone treating her like a charity case; I can’t be mad at her for that.
Frankston Fights On Set
Frankie’s having trouble concentrating during rehearsals because she’s still angry Winston kissed Lola. Imogen tells Frankie if she can’t get it together they’ll have to replace her. Frankie has no plans on leaving the musical, but she doesn’t want to work with Winston anymore. She doesn’t want to end up like her mom, who spends all of her time being sad these days instead of doing the things she loves because of the separation from Mr. Hollingsworth.
Instead of letting Winston’s presence continue to but her, Frankie decides to work through it and rehearse with him anyway. She also encourages her mom to quit moping over Mr. Hollingsworth and get back to doing something she loves: shopping.
QUICK GRADE: A
QUICK REVIEW: Bless this plot for addressing one of the life lessons I value the most: you can’t control other people’s actions, but you have a choice in how you choose to react to things. Imogen is fantastic in this plot, not only doling out advice, but also sharing how she had to work through a project with Jack after they’d broken up (continuity FTW). “If you really don’t wanna give up the musical, give up some anger instead,” Imogen says. “It’ll make you feel better.” Noticing the parallels between her life and her mom’s, Frankie helps to pull her mom out of her own funk.
I think about this daily because I’m too old and tired to be getting worked up over everything, or to let anyone or anything ruin the things I enjoy. Why waste your time choosing to be miserable when you could be enjoying life instead?