Degrassi Recap: 'Barely Breathing'
The drama of last week's Degrassi pretty much pummeled us with the force of a freight train. Drew was on the outs with Dallas over his wayward behavior, Maya felt the wrath of the internet when her controversial music video went viral, and Alli found out that Leo's violent behavior returned. This week's episode picked up the pieces, but it conjured up an entire spectrum of feels: good, bad, and confused. Check out our recap below, but if you haven't seen the episode yet, watch it online first!
DO PEOPLE CHANGE?
When Leo physically struck Alli last week, she said she never wanted to see him again. When Jenna and Clare commented on the cake job that, obviously, was an attempt to cover up her bruises, Alli deflected and said she had been up all night studying. Even though she did tell them that she and Leo got into a fight, she withheld, um, a few crucial details. Leo made several phone calls and delivered a half dozen apology balloons, but at this point, Alli actually seemed to be holding her ground. After all, she had to focus on her SATs.
But when she came upon a question during her exam that asked, "Do people change?" she thought twice about her decision to write Leo off forever. In that moment, she found some part of her that did believe Leo was capable of changing. And ultimately, she forgave him under the condition that he would get therapy.
Now, we'd be surprised (and perhaps a little concerned) if this decision didn't faze you. Though every case of relationship abuse is different, domestic violence tends to follow a generally prescribed path: if it happens once, it will happen again. And again. You've even seen it played out in the Degrassi of yore (remember Rick and Terri? Or Fiona and Bobby?). Even though Alli is convinced that she and Leo have something "special," something that's worth fighting for, we'd be remiss not to assume that their issues are far from resolved. And we hope you all watch and absorb Alli's plot line with caution, too. It remains to be seen exactly what will happen, but my goodness, how many times has this story been told? And how many times has it ended in tragedy?
ONE REASON TO STAY
Last week, Dallas started to act with questionable judgement by skipping school, drinking, and hooking up with girls. His behavior came somewhat out of the blue, and Drew's concern for him caused a rift in their relationship. Like all of us, Drew was confused about what inspired Dallas' delinquent behavior, and after their confrontation last week, he didn't have the chance to reconcile.
Dallas packed up his room and essentially went MIA for a while before Drew sought answers from Dallas' hockey teammates. (BTW, what's up, Luke Baker? So nice of you to show your face! You're lookin' great!) Turns out, Dallas was let go from the team to make way for new talent.
After a slew of missed phone calls left Drew more worried than ever, Dallas finally showed up to class. And he made about half way through his presentation before tossing his drunken cookies. Blech, at least he made it to the trash can?
Drew and Dallas were finally able to real-talk, and it became clear that Dallas was struggling to accept the fact that his dreams of making it to the NHL had been all but crushed. When Dallas revealed that he was considering leaving Degrassi, Drew said something that really hit home: "I already lost one brother this year. I can't lose another." In the end, Dallas moved back in and promised to quit the drinking. (However, he maintained that he couldn't do anything about the ladies loving him. Because, obviously.)
Things turned from bad to worse in the Maya FaceRange scandal when a random dude tried to grope her in the music room. Fortunately, Miles entered swiftly (if somewhat gangly) and punched the guy before he could lay another finger on her. Miles then apologized for joining the forces of shame, for calling her slut, and even admitted that his own behavior more deserved a humiliating FaceRange page. Aw, Miles. Good job. HOWEVER, Maya very astutely pointed out an undeniable truth: The difference in the way promiscuity is perceived between guys and girls is that, "They'd probably build you a statue." Uh huh.
Maya had had enough and she was on the hunt for whomever started the infamous page. With Miles' help and a little recon in the rubber room hallway (which, BTW, I guess that's just like the punk rock hallway?), Maya found out who the culprit was. Dun dun dun... ZOE RIVAS, Y'ALL.
And cue the breaking loose of all H-E double hockey sticks.
When Maya confronted Zoe about starting the page, the altercation turned into a full-on brawl wherein clumps of hair were yanked and clothes were mercilessly ripped. The girls landed in Principal Simpson's office and were given a week of detention, but Maya thought Zoe deserved to have criminal charges pressed against her.
Zoe, of course, put her acting skills to work and feigned remorse, which naturally left Maya even more upset. So much so, that she decided to write and perform a kiss-off tune dedicated to Zoe in which she, erm, basically threatened Zoe's life. And then Maya was suspended.
But by the end of the episode, it appeared that suspension was actually treating her pretty well. Miles came to her window that night, told her how awesome and talented and beautiful she was, and they finally kissed.
/*/*`\**`*/`\*\`/`*\*\/ <-- Fireworks.
Alright, it's your turn, Degrassi fans! What did you think of this episode? Let us know in the comments! And watch the video below to see what's happening next week!