Degrassi Recap: 'Better Man'
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!