The Gang Drama Escalates
Zig learns that Damon was shot the night before by either Vince or Tiny. Tiny says his brother did it when confronting Damon got out of hand. He also warns Zig not to tell the police anything. Zig is scared and asks Maya to say they were together that night, because if authorities found out he was the driver he would go to jail. An investigator comes to Degrassi and interrogates Zig, who denies everything. Later, Vince is concerned that Zig might’ve snitched, but Zig assures him of his loyalty.
In order for Zig to prove he’s loyal, Vince wants him to shake down a customer who owes him money. Zig and Tiny find the customer, Jonah, and get $200 from him. However, the two also learn that people from Damon’s gang are planning to attack them…especially a guy named Jason, who also goes to Degrassi. With their backs against the wall, Zig says they have no choice but to fight.
QUICK GRADE: A+
QUICK REVIEW: FINALLY!! This is the drama I’ve been waiting for, the kind that has me on the edge of my seat. In life you always want to try and do the right thing, but there’s time where it’s incredibly difficult to do so; this is one of them. Zig truly is in between a rock and a hard place. If he rats out Vince and Tiny, all of them will be punished. If he does nothing, he still has to deal with the rival gang’s retaliation.
Jonah being involved in this story was an amazing surprise. We knew Jonah had some type of skeletons in his closet, but I wasn’t expecting him to owe a drug dealer money. Jonah’s role was well crafted in that it played right into Becky’s storyline, so we briefly had two plots collide to further connect this Degrassi universe. I love how over the years Degrassi has ramped up its efforts to find creative ways to have characters from different social groups interact with each other, even if only briefly.
As they’re in the final stages of preparing for the musical, Frankie finds herself falling for Winston again. However, she’s afraid Winston might cheat on her again so she decides to test him. Frankie sends Lola to flirt with Winston, but he realizes Frankie was setting him up and gets upset.
He calls Frankie a psycho for playing games and not just coming to talk to him, and an angry Frankie decides to drop out of Winston’s play.
QUICK GRADE: B+
QUICK REVIEW: “Tell me again why you couldn’t just talk to him?” Shay asks Frankie. “I mean aren’t relationships supposed to be about honesty and communication or something?” Lack of communication is by far the number one cause of interpersonal drama on Degrassi, so this is nothing new. But we are getting a good look at how complex someone’s emotions can be when it comes to a failed relationship, and the lingering or revived feelings surrounding it. On paper it’s easy to say “I’m done” if the relationship reaches a breaking point, but in reality sometimes the heart and the brain aren’t in sync.
Frankie’s actions and words aren’t matching up in this episode. Shay reminded Frankie that Frankie said to never let her get back together with Winston. Frankie also admitted she still likes Winston, but turned right around and said she doesn’t trust him. Winston got a little mean at the end, and I disagree with his “You can’t punish me forever,” comment; she doesn’t ever have to forgive him for cheating on her. However, Frankie’s playing mind games and it’s only making the situation worse.
Is Jonah A Good Guy?
Drew and Becky are working as volunteers at the hospital, and Drew’s still droning on about how he doesn’t trust Jonah. Becky says you can’t judge someone you don’t know, then Drew proceeds to make assumptions about the patient who’s room they’re in (Damon’s) based on his injury (he got shot), saying the kid is probably a criminal. At Degrassi, Becky tells Jonah about the encounter with Drew, and Jonah says that Drew’s just jealous of their relationship.
When it comes time for everyone to pay for their yearbooks, Becky notices the $200 in her wallet is missing and assumed Damon stole it earlier when she accidentally left her purse in his hospital room. She goes back to ask him and learns he can’t walk, so he couldn’t have stolen the money. While walking the halls at Degrassi, Becky see Jonah get jumped by Zig and watches as Jonah gives him Zig a wad of cash…her cash.
QUICK GRADE: B-
QUICK REVIEW: Gotta love this story about judging people you don’t know. Drew knew nothing about Jonah, but it turns out he was right about the “bad vibes” he felt Jonah gives off. Then Becky assumes that because Damon got shot that means he’s a thug, so he must’ve stolen her money. The biggie is of course Becky witnessing Jonah getting cornered and giving money to Zig. I feel bad for her because once again her world, one where she’s trying to do the right thing and see good in people (i.e. she initially didn’t view Damon as a criminal), is flipped upside down by someone’s crappy behavior.
I can’t wait to hear the conversation between Becky and Jonah when she confronts him about the money. And hopefully this doesn’t transform into a “Hey Drew was right, now Becky’s madly in love with him again” story, because despite being right about Jonah, Drew Torres has been a grade-A jackass in 14B.