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- Posted on 02/12/2014 by Rachel1016
Last night's episode of Degrassi was all about taking things to the next level. Drew and Zoe got closer (much closer), Imogen started a girl-power protest, and Alli began to feel like her old self. If you haven't seen "Dig Me Out" yet, make sure to watch it online right here before reading our recap!
SO OVER BOYS
After two painful episodes, Alli finally was able to begin the healing process. She started to get back on her own two feet, both regaining her independence and focusing on her old love, science. But now that Leo's behind her, there was one thought we all couldn't help but think: Maybe, just maybe, she'll finally give Dallas a chance.
Take this moment, for instance: As Alli was trying to open her locker with one arm in a sling, Dallas stopped in the hall to help her out. She insisted that she had it under control, but let us shamelessly over-analyze her look of longing as he walked away:
I mean, don't get us wrong, we are thrilled that Alli is "so over boys," and we think it's important for her to embrace her independence and love herself for a while. But you know what they say… one dreamy stare is worth a thousand words. (Yeah, yeah, we know they don't say that.)
IS THAT A BRA-BLEM?
While Alli was contemplating her feelings (or lack thereof), Imogen was busy getting dismissed from class for forgetting to wear a bra. According to Madame Jean-Aux, her wardrobe was "distracting" to the other students, which, in translation, means that Luke Baker and a few other boys in the class couldn't be mature enough to not make fun of her unsupported lady parts. Come on, the girl was just running a little late!
Imogen was humiliated, so she told Simpson that there was no specific language in the dress code about wearing (or not wearing) a particular undergarment. She made an excellent point and, although Simpson referred to "community standards" for appropriate dress, Imogen thought the reasons for her dismissal were unclear, unfair, and sexist.
Imogen decided to use Degrassi TV to protest the preposterous dress code violation. She told Simpson that he would never have to question whether or not she was wearing a bra again and, man oh man, did she keep her word.
A handful of other girls joined the movement by wearing their bras over their shirts, and before we knew it, the halls of Degrassi turned into some sort of amazing feminist tacky day. Imogen's bravery totally deserved a round of applause, but we probably could have guessed that Simpson's reaction was going to be a little less "BRA-VO!" (pun 100% intended) and a little more "I'm taking away your broadcast privileges."
But Imogen's fight wasn't over! She decided that if she couldn't make her voice heard on-air, she'd do it online. And thus, she made an "Anti-Degrassi Dress Code" FaceRange page. So the battle continues…
Hot off the heels of their first official date, Zoe and Drew started getting closer. Serious make-out sessions between class and Zoe getting Drew to ditch his poker game with Connor, Dallas and Clare for a party, would suggest that they were in an offish relationship. Drew insisted they were not.
Later on at the party, Miles nearly humiliated Zoe by saying she wasn't invited. So Zoe, trying save face in front of her frenemies, introduced Drew as her boyfriend.
Drew eventually confessed to Zoe that he didn't want anything serious. And at first she was disappointed, but then she said that they should just keep having fun, and there was no need to label it. Drew liked the sound of that.
But then they took a big step that neither of them will ever be able to take back: Zoe and Drew went all the way. And when Zoe crashed the rescheduled poker game the next day, it was clear the whole "let's keep it casual" thing was officially chucked out the window. Final bets were placed, and Zoe said…
When Drew realized that his odds weren't looking so good, he decided to be straight with Zoe. But before he could cut ties, Zoe dropped a bomb on him: Their one time together, was her first time.
In order to not hurt her feelings, Drew decided they should change their FaceRange status to "In A Relationship." And even though it might have seemed like the noble thing to do, it was pretty clear where Drew's heart was. (Like, somewhere very far away. Maybe Egypt). What do you think? Was he a knight in shining armor? Or making way for an even bigger disaster?
Until next week, chat all things Degrassi in the comments below!
- Posted on 02/07/2014 by Rachel1016
Never underestimate what lies inside a child's mind! Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica and the gang might may have barely had their baby teeth, but they taught us that the simplest of things can become the greatest of journeys. Check out some of our favorite Rugrats memories below, then share yours in the comments!
Aw man, Grandpa Boris and the babies are trapped in the attic on Passover. To pass the time, Boris tells the story of the story of Moses, in which Angelica fittingly imagines herself as the Pharaoh who oppressed the Hebrews. Pharaoh Angelica sits pretty on her throne, but it's not too long after she's showered with cupcakes and Rockstar Cynthia dolls that Moses demands, "LET MY BABIES GO!" And that's why Passover is so important.
Chuckie finds an old photo of his mom, who passed away sometime ago. Despite his pop's hesitation to share memories with Chuckie, he opens up about the mom his son never got to know. He shares a moving poem that Chuckie's mom wrote for little Chuckie, and we share a good cry with our computer screen.
How 'Reptar On Ice' never became a real, beloved, skating spectacular, we will never know. I mean, is there anything more touching than the love between a woman and a dinosaur?
There's no business like show business! Phil and Lil are off to become big baby diaper stars, but it appears the twins are having trouble really sharpening their craft. That, or they're just babies.
Tommy decides to illustrate his life in a home movie, and even though some some might consider a magnificently squiggly mess, it's really bonafide artistic masterpiece.
Holy horse feathers, the play ground is turning into the Wild Wild West! Tommy and Chuckie are the new cowboys in town, and Junk Food Kid is a total scalawag (who actually makes Angelica look like a saint). When Tommy decides that someone needs to teach this Junk Food Kid a lesson, he stands up for kid-kind, saves the school playground, and restores all that shines!
When Rugrats see a giant pool of water, they don't think pool, they think giant toilet. And since nothing is more fun than flushing toilets, the baby sinkers mount the diving board (which they mistake for the handle flusher) and launch all the parents into MAJOR panic mode.
It was only a matter of time before Stu's crazy inventions got him in trouble... When he falls and hits his head, mild amnesia leads Stu to believe he's a baby! And Tommy and the gang realize that Stu has "growed down" into the biggest baby "they ever sawed."
Everyone knows that Angelica is a big bully and a liar, but after believing her own fib about the sky falling, the group prepares for the End of the World. And we don't know about you, but if regular Angelica sounds bad, post-apocalyptic Angelica sounds pretttty miserable.
Meet Susie Carmichael! She just moved in next door, and she's really excited to show Tommy her new room. Only problem is, she can't quite find it in the house�
What are some of your favorite memories from Rugrats? Share them with us in the comments!
- Posted on 02/06/2014 by Melinda Shankar
You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!
FAN QUESTION: I'm so lazy in the morning and I rarely have time to put on any makeup. Do you have a good five minute plan that I can follow?
Although we'd like to look red carpet ready every moment of the day, we simply don't have the time each morning to get that dolled up. I came up with a basic makeup routine to say "I care about my image..and my beauty sleep!"
1. A light liquid foundation that doubles as extra skin moisturizer to keep skin looking healthy and fresh. Apply it over your entire face with either a sponge, a foundation brush, or even with your own fingers!
2. A rosy pink creme lipstick. It's neutral but alive, a subtle touch of glam.
3. Optional: A skin-coloured eye shadow all over the lid (feel free to use shimmer or non shimmer options).
4. A healthy dose of mascara. On top of completing your makeup look, it will also open your eyes up giving the illusion that you're wide awake!
5. With a foundation or concealer 2 shades lighter than your skin tone, use your fingers and pat the product under your eyes to highlight and brighten up your look!
If you have extra time (for a bold touch): Liquid eyeliner on the top lid only, slightly winged out.
Et voila! A little more than a fresh face, but less than your party look!
Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.
- Posted on 02/06/2014 by Rachel1016
Ever wonder how Jimmy is connected to Declan? Or how Miles is connected to… Fiona? Well Degrassi fans, in honor of Valentine's Day fast approaching, we decided to map out every major couple that's ever existed over thirteen seasons of the show. That's right, we dug deep into the Degrassi relationship archives to show you all of the characters who've done a little dating do-si-do!
Now, for all you Degrassi purists out there, we couldn't count every single kiss that's ever been shared on the show. (And really, who wants to remember that one time Declan and his sister kissed, anyway?) But you'll know that Miles dated Zoe, who kissed Drew, who broke Katie's heart, who ended up with Jake, who once had a thing with Clare, who's dating Eli, who used to be with Imogen, who was in love with Fiona! Behold.
- Posted on 02/05/2014 by Rachel1016
Last night, in an all-new Degrassi, we watched the Degrassians begin to pick up the pieces that were left from an epic premiere episode. If you haven't seen "Better Man" yet, make sure to watch it online right here before reading our recap!
Maya really wanted to fit in with Grace and the rest of the students in the Rubber Room, so she asked Tristan to give her a total bad-girl makeover.
As she walked into class wearing her new look (which was complete with heavy eye-liner, combat boots, and a nose ring), Grace noticed and determined that Maya, y'know, could hang. Grace invited her to skip class with the rest of the Rubber Room kids, and even though BF Miles questioned her need to fit in based on appearance and playing hooky (to be fair, not without calling her a "cute weirdo"), Maya gladly accepted Grace's invitation.
While Maya and the rest of the crew were hanging out at the picnic tables, Zig straight up pulled out a BB gun. And while we were all, "Ummm, I think we're moving a little too fast? Let's take this slow?" Zig insisted that if Maya really wanted to hang with them, she had to hold on to the gun. Next thing we know, Maya's standing in an empty classroom aiming the gun at a fish tank. �A fish tank! Clearly desperate to be initiated into the Rubber Room crew, Maya pointed the gun at the fish tank, prepared to vandalize the school and kill a bunch of innocent gill-bearing creatures, when…
…she realized the gun was just a toy. Oh Zig, that was some high caliber humor. (Not.)
Thankfully, the prank brought Maya to her senses, and she realized that trying to fit in with the kids in the Rubber Room wasn't worth the terrible decisions that would likely ensue. She stood up to Zig and Grace, and insisted that she, and in fact they all, deserved to get out of the Rubber Room and be treated as students, not delinquents.
In the end, Grace actually respected Maya for having the guts to speak her mind. And we sure do, too.
YOU MEAN A REAL DATE?
Still a little wounded by Clare's apparent lack of interest in him, Drew hoped landing a Youth Advisor job on Mr. Hollingsworth's campaign would restore his confidence. (Side note: Is Drew, like, worried that the universe will implode if every single girl doesn't want to scrawl "Mrs. Drew Torres" in her notebook or something?) He was stressed about being ill-prepared for the interview, so Dallas suggested that Drew find someone who gives him all the attention that he needs. Enter Zoe: who conveniently showed up and offered to coach him.
When they got together, Zoe started giving Drew advice like, "Lean forward. Look deep into their eyes. Command the space." And well, things got a lil' intimate. After one obligatorily long stare into eachother's eyes, boom: Drew kissed Zoe. And before we could say "pump the brakes," Zoe told Drew he could kiss her any time. So he continued.
When it finally came time for Drew's interview with Hollingsworth, he barely said "hello" before Mr. H discovered a little love bruise on Drew's neck. Apparently one thing led to another with Zoe and, yep, always good to have a potential employer spot a hickey on your neck. But Drew, being the natural born politician that he apparently was, recovered and landed the job.
Not long after, Drew shared the good news with Zoe and asked her out to celebrate. Somehow, Zoe got Drew to define it as a real date, and it occurred to us that things might be getting serious. But then, he walked by Clare and said "I guess some girls just like sideburns," and three words came to mind: Not. Over. It.
What do you think? Is Drew using Zoe to stroke his ego? Or should we expect #Zrew coming down the pike?
JUSTICE AND TRUTH
At the end of last episode, moments after they got married, Alli was brutally attacked by Leo. To cover up the fact that her new husband had abused her (for the third time), Alli told her parents she was mugged. And as the investigator tried to gather facts about the incident, Alli made it clear to us that she wasn't ready to face the reality of her situation. She couldn't turn Leo in, so she continued to give them false information. Regardless of the fact that this terrible, terrible thing could have been prevented, how confusing and devastating must it have been for Alli to grapple with truly loving someone who so deeply, and unforgivably, hurt her.
Amidst all of this, Leo made multiple attempts to get in contact with Alli; texts and missed calls started to flood her phone. She finally answered one of his phone calls and told Leo that if he agreed to annul their marriage, she wouldn't go to the cops. Leo, however, vowed that he couldn't and wouldn't live without her. He followed Alli to school, waited for her outside, and stalked her until she finally told both Jenna and Clare the truth about incident.
They immediately insisted she call the cops.
As Alli watched the police handcuff and arrest Leo, it was a moment both triumphant and heartbreaking. She had the courage to bring him to justice, to stand up to her abuser, but you could see the hurt in her eyes as she realized, once and for all, the love of her life was a total stranger. Alli's story painfully but poignantly illustrates the truth about domestic violence: it is a very complex, serious, and real issue. Remember, if you or anyone you know is involved in an abusive relationship, you are not alone. There are resources available, and people who want to help.
Toward the end of the episode, Alli started to get rid of everything in her room that reminded her of Leo, including her engagement ring. Jenna walked in and brought her the annulment papers wrapped in a bow, a belated birthday cupcake, and a much-need reminder that best friends really are the best.
Alright, Degrassians. You've heard our thoughts, now we want yours! What do you think about what you saw? Will Alli find the strength she needs to recover? Will Drew and Zoe become an official thing? Will Zig and Maya continue to butt heads? Sound off in the comments!
In the meantime, here's what's happening next week!
- Posted on 02/05/2014 by Rachel1016
TeenNick fans, it's time to keep the HALO spirit alive!
Since announcing our year-long initiative to spread the HALO Effect, we've received many nominations recognizing teens who inspire to Help And Lead Others through service. The HALO Effect is all about celebrating young people who do good, and we're so excited to congratulate our February HALO Effect honoree, a true champion of change, DeQuan O'Neal!
DeQuan is a high school senior from Detroit, Michigan, who has devoted himself to several organizations that directly and positively impact his community. He is an advisory board member of the Neighborhood Service Organization's Youth Initiatives Project, a representative of the anti-violence "Hugs Not Bullets" Campaign, and a founding member of the "Grads Not Inmates" Campaign at his own school.
A truly driven and compassionate young man, DeQuan gave us exclusive insight into his work aimed at suppressing violence, promoting education, and empowering at-risk youth. Read his full bio here, and check out our exclusive Q&A below!
Congratulations on your HALO Awards recognition! What inspired you to get involved in the Neighborhood Service Organization's Youth Initiatives Project?
My mother and teacher, Mr. Miller, inspired me to get involved in the Neighborhood Service Organization Youth Initiatives Project. Mr. Miller made a promise to my mother. He promised my mother he was going to give me the guidance to become a man.
Gun violence is an extremely pressing issue in our society, and as a youth advocate you bring a very important point of view. Tell us a little bit about your involvement with the 2012 "Hugs Not Bullets" Campaign.
In 2012, I hosted the 8th Annual "Hugs Not Bullets" Press Conference. I encouraged my community to put the guns down and celebrate the New Year [a night typically fraught with violence] with a hug.
"Grads Not Inmates" is a wonderful campaign you helped launch at your high school to help promote educational opportunities for youth, while staying away from situations that might cause incarceration. What has been your most proud achievement with this initiative?
My most proud achievement with "Grads Not Inmates" was our Empowerment Breakfast. The breakfast was the first time some young men in my community ate and had a positive conversation with [other] grown men. Also, young men had the opportunity [to find] employment. Ninety-five percent of those men who attended gained employment for the summer.
Since you've already been accepted to college, do you plan to continue your efforts while you pursue your degree? Have you thought about a major?
Yes, I will continue my efforts of advocating for my community while I pursue my degree. I will never stop advocating for change. I plan on double majoring in Marketing and Social Science.
You were recently appointed an Advisory Board Member for the Chief of Police Department of Detroit. As the only youth member currently on the Board, what does your involvement entail?
As the only youth member on the Advisory Board for the Chief of Police of Detroit Police Department, my involvement is the same as all the other members. I just bring a youth perspective to the table.
What advice would you give to kids who want to make a change, but worry their voice won't be heard?
Advice I would give to youth who want to make a change: "Youth hold the keys to any revolution".
Through your work and dedication, what long term effects do you hope to see within your community?
I hope to unite people within my community, and I hope to see everyone working together: One cause, one purpose, one movement.
Do you know any truly inspiring teens who are making an impact like DeQuan? Nominate them here!
- Posted on 01/31/2014 by Rachel1016
The birds are warbling, love is in the air, and this Valentine's Day, the 90's Are All That is giving you a head-over-heels, love-filled weekend! From Rugrats, to Hey Arnold!, and even Kenan & Kel, join us for your very own '90s Valentine's Day Mixtape as we air a mix of some of our best episodes about that pitter-patter kind of feeling.
And it doesn't stop there! We're asking you to dedicate a very special Valentine's Day gram to your favorite 90's Are All That character. Tweet us @TeenNick your Vine or InstaVid with #90sNickLove and show Helga some of that love she so desperately needed from Arnold. Or convince Kel you're worth loving as much as Orange Soda! But whatever you do, make sure it's heartfelt, because some of the best videos will be featured on air!
It's time to channel your inner Shakespeare, get to dedicating, and tune in this Valentine's Day Weekend, February 14th -16th at 12am ET! After all, if mixtapes be the food of love, mix on!
- Posted on 01/30/2014 by Rachel1016
In the fictional city of O-Town, an Australian wallaby by the name of Rocko spent his days weaving in and out of rollicking conundrums. With a little help from his hypochondriac pal, Filburt, and the lovable orphan, Heffer Steer-Wolf, it made for one of the greatest cartoons of the '90s. It was weird, it was wacky, it was even a little risqu�. Check out some of the most memorable clips below!
So THAT'S how a cartoon is made! Ralph Bighead has to make a new pilot for the network, but he wants to get out of his contract and make shows he actually cares about. He calls on Rocko Heff, and Filburt to help him make a pilot that is sure to totally bomb. And when Rocko and boys decide that that deli meats are the stuff of animated genius, Ralph Bighead is excited to share the utter disaster that will end his contract. Only thing is, Sammy Salami, Betty Baloney, and Mr. Cheese turn out to be more successful than he thought.
When Heff invites Rocko over for dinner, Rocko discovers that Heff was adopted by his parents who are, incidentally, not wolves. Rocko let's it slip during dinner that he wasn't aware of Heff's situation and, as obvious as it was to everyone else, it comes as a complete shock to Heffer. He proceeds to have a cow (*ba dum tsh*), runs away, and becomes hell bent on finding his birth parents. Before long, however, he realizes that his adopted family are the ones who really care about him.
The devil's not happy. He has not been delivered a mortal in over 600 years, and he calls on his minion to bring them to tarnation! The little Beelzebub takes over a game show, and rigs it so that the winner "wins" a trip to the underworld. Muahahaha. Heff, whos's been dying to get on a game show, gets the opportunity to compete on Triple 6 (the title of the show). Uh oh, let's hope the odds are (or aren't?) in his favor?!
Rocko's unrequited love, Melba, has a new boyfriend, so it's time for Rock to try his hand at dating. He appears as a contestant on the Love Seat Show and, after going all googly cartoon eyes (literally) over two beautiful eligible bachelorettes, he's a little, well, deflated when they reveal his match.
Words can't quite explain what is going on here. Black cats? Nipples of the future? We might be hallucinating.
All Rocko wanted was a sensible TV, but he somehow ends up with the Wibachi Big Screen. And, well, let's just say that this TV offers some unusually special features.
It's April Fool's Day for Rocko and the gang! After playing a few pranks on the townspeople, Rocko finds himself in a bit of a pickle and needs to secure some help to pick up his grandmother from the airport. Heff ends up having to pick up the slack, and after a miserable day of entertaining and transporting Granny Rocko, Heff starts to believe that Granny Rocko is just in fact Rocko, in costume, pulling another April Fool's Day prank on him. Heff isn't about to be out-pranked, so he decides to rocket "Granny" Rocko out to space. But right as he lights the fuse, he realizes he's got it all wrong.
Who knew Filburt was such a crooner?! Well� apparently nobody, because Filb's a bit of stage-fright. After calling upon the help of Rocko and Buddy Gecko's motivational tapes, Filburt begins to make his secret dream of becoming a lounge singer a reality! And ooh, just listen to that smooth, buttery tone.
After learning about the horrible treatment of dogs in the pound, Rocko decides to run for the Office of Dog Catcher to make a positive change. Stubborn Mr. Bighead, however, doesn't like Rocko's free thinking and decides to run against him. He launches a dirty smear campaign against Rocko filled with slandering campaign videos, lies, and one unforgiving slogan: "Ed: Good. Rocko: Bad!"
Rocko and the citizens of O-Town are out to fight City Hall when they realize the town's industrial eye soar is polluting their city. With their hearts, minds, and vocal chops in the right place, the only way to fight corporate America is to break out in song.
What are some of your favorite memories from Rocko's Modern Life? Share them with us in the comments!
- Posted on 01/30/2014 by Rachel1016
Where will you be on February 2nd when the Seattle Seahawks face off against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII? The pinnacle of sporting events is upon us, and we've made it our personal mission to give you everything you need for the best Super Bowl party ever!
Whether you're a devoted fan, or are just looking for an excuse to throw a fiesta in the dead of winter, check out all of the fun things we have lined up for football's biggest night. After all, this Sunday is considered to be a cherished American holiday! (No, we're not referring to Groundhog Day.)
TUNE IN TO TEENNICK TOP 10'S SUPER BOWL PARTY PLAYLIST SPECIAL
This Friday, January 31st at 10pm ET, we're getting the party started with a very special, totally amped-up, Super Bowl-themed episode of TeenNick Top 10!
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will join Nick Cannon for an exclusive countdown of all of the tunes to get you straight revved for The Big Game! That's right, we're talking anthems about teamwork, courage, and determination. Will Gaga make the cut? Is Eminem going to kick up the intensity? Will One Direction keep us motivated? Find out this Friday!
PLAY SUPER BOWL BINGO
Is your competitive spirit desperate to be unleashed? Print out these custom Super Bowl Bingo cards here and keep an eye on things that happen on and off the field! Get in the game because, who knows, you might go home a double winner!
WOW YOUR FRIENDS WITH THESE TOP 10 SUPER BOWL FUN FACTS
You don't have to be a football expert to impress your friends this Sunday. Quickly study these ten fun facts about the game and whip them out when you wanna show off your knowledge!
1. The Green Bay Packers were the first team to win the Super Bowl in 1967.
2. The Vince Lombardi trophy, which is awarded to the winning team every year, is named after the legendary coach who lead the Packers to that first Super Bowl Victory.
3. The longest field goal in Super Bowl history was scored by Steve Christie of the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII against the Dallas Cowboys. The field goal was a whopping 54 yards long.
4. The Super Bowl is the only major sporting event to be measured in Roman numerals.
5. Holy guacamole! The Hass Avocado Board predicts that Super Bowl fans will consume a whopping 208 million avocados on Sunday.
6. This year is the first year the Super Bowl will take place outdoors in a cold weather city. Brrrr!
7. Opera singer Renee Fleming will sing the National Anthem at this year's game. She is the first opera singer to be awarded the honor!
8. No Super Bowl game has ever gone into overtime.
9. Super Bowl XLV in 2011 was the most viewed show in U.S. television history.
10. The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record for the most Super Bowl victories, having won six times.
So, what will you be doing in preparation for Sunday? Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to catch TeenNick Top 10 this Friday, January 31st at 10pm ET!
- Posted on 01/29/2014 by Rachel1016
Last night, we kicked off Degrassi's winter chapter with an unforgettable premiere episode. If you haven't seen "The World I Know" yet, catch up on the full episode online, then check out recap where we break down everything that happened.
BUT…I'M EVERYONE'S TYPE
At the end of last chapter, Clare and Drew briefly shared a kiss (or, as Drew put it, something in between a make-out and a kiss) that may or may not have signaled a few "OH NO THEY DIDN'T!"s around the world. After the smooch, Drew quickly assumed that Clare was deeply in love with him, obviously.
But as Drew approached Clare to "let her down easy," she didn't quite pick up what he was puttin' down. In fact, she made it clear that the kiss was a terrible mistake, that she's still very much in love with Eli, and that Drew is straight up deluded (no really, she used that word). A little surprised to find Clare not head over-heels-in-love after their lip lock, Drew consulted Dallas, who, in typical Dallas fashion, encouraged Drew to find a rebound girl. Oh, brother. Wonder who that will be? Anyone care to place some bets?
Anyway, while Drew was nursing his bruised ego, he was simultaneously trying to impress Mr. Hollingsworth (Miles' father), who visited Degrassi to deliver a speech about his campaign for mayor. Luckily, Drew was able to charm Mr. Hollingsworth, and scored an interview for the youth advisor of his campaign. Aw, look at that, Drew might slowly be getting his mojo back.
NOT THE RUBBER ROOM!
After being suspended from school for threatening Zoe's life (in a song), Maya had to complete her punishment in the Remedial Room, aka the infamous "Rubber Room." Maya wasn't too excited about it to begin with, but things went downhill when newcomer punk girl, Grace, made it clear she thought Maya was a total "princess" with a chip on her shoulder. Ouch! Yeah, Maya might have some trouble fitting in.
The students in the Remedial Room got assigned a character interview project, in which they were paired up and instructed to interview each other, as each other. By some stroke of luck, Maya got paired with her former almost-flame (and total bad-boy) Zig, and *PAUSE* things are about to get interesting.
For the new or rusty Degrassians out there, here's a quick background on Maya and Zig's complicated relationship: In Season 11, Maya had a crush on Zig, but didn't realize her feelings until Zig got back with his then-girlfriend, Tori. Maya eventually moved on with Cam when Zig started to have feelings for Maya again. But when Cam devastatingly took his own life, Zig blamed himself for telling Cam to get out of Maya's life and Maya had serious trouble coping with the loss. When she was finally being able to express her grief, Maya started to have feelings for Zig again, but said she wasn't ready to be in a relationship. Zig told her he would wait for her, and it seemed like they would eventually find their way back to each other. But over the summer, Maya met Miles Hollingsworth III and, you know, #Matlingsworth happened. When Zig came back, though, he made it clear he didn't forget their promise.
When the two sat down to work on their assignment, Zig started to talk about the Roman legend, Brutus, who famously betrayed his friend Caesar, and who, in this case, we're pretty sure represents Maya's forgotten promise. So, Zig is a little hostile! That much we know! But he took it to the next level when it came time to present their assignment: While impersonating Maya, he made fun of her and pretty much laid out their baggage for everyone in the class to see. Maya quickly fired back, and Zig walked out. Oof.
So�does this mean a Zaya comeback is in the works? Should we prepare for one of the most epic love triangles of all Degrassi time?!
ALLI AND LEO
Alli was getting ready to celebrate her birthday when she received some bad news from Leo. His transfer credits from France didn't come through, preventing him from obtaining a student visa and ultimately forcing him to the leave the country. Leo, wary of the stress that long distance relationships inevitably cause, insisted that it would be best if they broke up. But Alli, not ready to give up on the man she loves, had a crazy idea: marriage.
Despite Jenna and Clare's caution against making such a hasty decision, Alli and Leo booked it to City Hall to tie the knot. Moments after they became husband and wife, however, Alli and Leo got into an argument about her not telling her parents. Leo became convinced that Alli was ashamed of him and his temper escalated to new, devastating heights.
As they argued in the car, Leo struck Alli multiple times in the head to the point where she fell out of the passenger seat and was left bruised and bleeding on the side of the road.
Alli returned home to a surprise birthday party that Jenna, Clare and her parents threw for her. As she walked in the door, severely injured, they rushed to her with utter shock and concern, and when they asked what happened, Alli lied and claimed she was mugged.
Over the past two chapters, we've watched Alli continue to go back to Leo despite his previous outbursts. Now, the consequences of her choices have reached a truly devastating conclusion. Alli has a long road ahead of her, for sure, but her story is a powerful reminder that relationship abuse is a very serious issue. Abuse is never justified, and it's important to remember that we do have the power to make our own choices. If you or anyone you know is in an abusive relationship, know that you are not alone -- go to loveisrespect.org for help, or call 1.866.331.9474 at any time.