RECAP: Zig discovers that Hunter and the gamer club are behind Maya’s online trolling. Zig confronts and punches Hunter after Hunter tells him that Maya deserved it. While the two are in Simpson’s office, Hunter blackmails Zig into keeping quiet about the trolling with a copy of the video of Zig and Zoë hooking up. Zig initially agrees, but eventually tells Maya the truth about Hunter. He also confesses to hooking up with Zoë, leaving Maya speechless.
The combination of Zig’s selfishness and Hunter’s cutthroat behavior makes this plot so juicy. Zig knows what he did was wrong and doesn’t want Maya to suffer more than she already has, but throughout this episode Zig’s also motivated to keep quiet because he knows Maya would break up with him if she found out he hooked up with Zoë.
Degrassi is taking Hunter Hollingsworth down a disturbing path that still has my jaw on the floor. He truly believes Maya deserves the harassment campaign he’s orchestrated, and he arrogantly flaunts the fact he has no intention of stopping. While he and Zig are focused on their own agendas, Maya’s the one who continues to suffer because of their actions.
Maya only makes a handful of appearances in #SinceWeBeinHonest, but you can tell how this situation has affected her. She looks drained, physically and emotionally, until she returns from telling her mom that Hunter is the troll. Seeing that joy on Maya’s face makes Zig’s cheating confession even more heartbreaking, as we watch the life instantly get sucked out of her.
Zig’s internal conflict. Hunter’s mercilessness. Maya’s emotional beating. Moreso in Next Class than in previous seasons, Degrassi is using emotions to carry the storylines instead of the topics themselves.
RECAP: In order to keep Miles’ mind away from drugs, his therapist suggests Miles find a way to keep himself occupied. Despite Tristan’s skepticism Miles offers to help with the Snow Ball, but Miles instantly because distracted when Esme seems to be in trouble. She leads him to believe she hurt herself because of him, so he feels obligated to help her. He soon realizes she faked a suicide attempt and he demands she stay away from him. At home, he tells his mom that he almost took drugs that day, but didn’t. He’s not sure he’s strong enough to overcome his addiction, but his mom finally gives him emotional support.
This plot is really, really great. While Miles’ brother is exhibiting the behavior of a sociopath, Esme’s character is more on the psychopathic track. We have Miles realizing he’s hit rock bottom and trying to battle his demons, but then Esme attempts to manipulate her way back into his life by once again playing on his emotions.
Esme is a dangerous, but fascinating character in her own right. She feels the need to manipulate others in order to keep them around because of whatever she’s going through, on top of the buttloads of medication she’s forced to take just to remain “normal.” I can’t wait for Degrassi delve deeper into her character, but as of right now Esme’s tactics are too toxic for someone like Miles to handle.
Miles’ scene with his mother is beautiful. This day was hard for him. He almost relapsed, but he didn’t. Once again Eric Osborne paints a vivid scene of life as an addict, showing how difficult the road to recovery can be. We also see Mrs. Hollingsworth is trying to change as well, learning to become a more attentive parent instead of brushing him off. “You made it through today and I’m proud,” she tells him. Those seldom-used words could be what help him make it through tomorrow.
RECAP: Frankie had a sexy dream about Jonah! She searches for information about him online, but can’t find anything because he doesn’t really use social media. Lola and Shay put it in Frankie’s mind that people who aren’t online have secrets to hide, so she confronts him. She’s upset he hasn’t tried to contact her since their kiss and is convinced he must be keeping secrets from her. Later, she ends up accepting Winston’s invitation to the Snow Ball.
As wishy washy as Frankie’s been, that’s exactly what makes this storyline so frustratingly real for me. Frankie’s been pulled in two separate directions for quite some time now. In #TeamFollowBack she found her feelings fading for Winston because trying to move past how their relationship ended was too hard. Now she’s trending back toward Winston, a safe zone, because the uncertainty of where Jonah stands is too hard.
What we’re seeing here is an all too familiar situation where someone’s too afraid to take a risk and go after what they really want, so they just settle for the easiest option instead.