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  • Love is complicated

    Posted on 08/17/2011 by Lisa

    Relationships are tricky sometimes (as everyone working on Eli's play "Love Roulette" knows!), but they become infinitely more complicated when there's a baby involved. WARNING: Spoilers below. Don't read any further if you haven't seen the latest episode!

    In "Extraordinary Machine, pt. 1," Eli seems more messed up over Clare than ever, and Owen calls Anya "pathetic" before ditching her at the pool hall. It's always hard to watch relationships crumble, but can you imagine if there were a baby involved in either of those situations? I'm cringing just thinking about it.

    K.C. and Jenna both had so much going for them last year. He was a star athlete at Degrassi, and her music career seemed to be taking off. Then, Jenna found out she was pregnant, and they had a baby, and K.C. cheated, and Jenna hated being a teen mom, and they couldn't agree about what to do next.

    If they weren't parents, K.C. and Jenna could just go their separate ways, but they've got someone else to think about -- Tyson. According to StayTeen.org, he could be in for a tough life. Children of teen mothers typically do worse in school than kids born to older parents. They're 50% more likely to repeat a grade, they're less likely to complete high school, and they get lower scores on standardized tests. I read that, and was like "But he's just a baby! A cute baby! Don't tell me he won't graduate!"

    Jenna, Tyson, and K.C.
    Is Tyson better off with other parents?

    Predict Tyson's Future... adoption or no adoption. What do YOU think is best for him?

    * If you could fast-forward time and see Tyson enroll at Degrassi, what do you think his life might be like if he's raised by Ed and Kathy? (Keep in mind, it's an open adoption, so he won't have to wonder who his birth parents are -- he'll know.)

    * What do you think Tyson might be like in high school if K.C. and Jenna raise him? Do you think he'll turn out ok?

  • Kidneys and Cash

    Posted on 08/16/2011 by Mary

    THARS SPOILERS DOWN BELOW. Avert your eyes until you've seen "Mr. Brightside, pt. 2".

    Well! GIANT relief on the Holly J front! Not that kidney transplant surgery is a walk in the park, but it sure is nice that there's a kidney to transplant!


    Holly J and her birth mom Dawn, changing the subject to something besides kidneys.

    I know after last night's ep, some people were feeling pretty anti-Dawn:

    "Holly J's mom has entered my "degrassi enemies" list. COME ON LADY GIVE YOUR DAUGHTER THE FLIPPIN KIDNEY! Way to be there for your kid. Good job." - ALLABOUTELI<3

    But after tonight's episode... did anyone change their feelings toward HJ's birth mom after seeing how hard she was struggling with guilt? I have to say, it was weirdly kind of a relief for me to see her feeling terrible. Like she's at least human.

    I also maybe feel a teensy bit weird that Fiona kind of bought Holly J's way out of this? The ethics of paying living donors for their organs are really slippery -- the problem is that, taken to one extreme, it would mean only rich people could have their lives saved by organ donation and poor people would be out of luck. And you definitely don't want a situation where, say, people can pay as much as they want for a kidney (above and beyond reimbursing expenses) because then it would create situations where financially desperate people would be selling their organs to wealthy recipients.

    But, doing a little research today, I'm seeing that there's some talk out there about loosening the laws about reimbursing living donors for lost income, since financial hardship is a common reason for people to not donate. In fact, Canada (British Columbia, anyway) is one of the places where it's somewhat allowed (though the lost wages reimbursements are still not much). Anyway, it's... a pretty thorny topic, to be sure. What? A thorny topic on Degrassi? Whodathunk!

    But enough kidney talk:
    What do you guys think of Drew and Katie? Datie? Krew? Dratie? Isn't it interesting that Drew is such a magnet for over-achiever girls (Alli, now Katie)? I guess they want to overachieve on the hotness of their boyfriend, too?

    Also interesting that Adam just kind of let that one go. I guess since he has a definitive answer about her not being into him, he had a minute to get over her. Plus there was that time Fiona chose Adam over Drew, so.

    And UP TOP ALLI BANDHARI! Finally broke the Bandhari sibling dating curse! Anyone out there want to hire her to talk to your parents?

  • Is Drew OK?

    Posted on 08/15/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILERS BELOW! Don't read any further unless you've seen "Mr. Brightside, Pt. 1."

    Is fighting making Drew a stronger person... or not so much?
    Is fighting making Drew a stronger person... or not so much?

    Drew has always been a star athlete, but his new method of training isn't exactly principal-approved. Watching those guys beat each other up made me cringe. I know mixed martial arts is a real thing, but I don't get it. Even on my most stressed-out days, I don't think I've ever been in the mood to just fight someone.

    I guess I'm with Adam when he says "I like my violence virtual." (Though sometimes, even violent video games are too stressful for me to handle. I prefer the kind with rainbows and unicorns.)

    This is probably a dorky thing to say, but I kind of wish I could read the article Katie wrote for the paper about violence in youth culture, just so I could hear her perspective on the whole thing. Though... I was a little worried about her at the end of the episode, when Drew came in to confront her -- he seemed like he was *this* close to losing control. Drew seems to view the no-holds-barred fights as a way to let off some steam, but lately, he seems even more on edge. I wish he could just sign up for yoga or something!

    What do you think Drew is getting out of this?

    Do you think Katie (or anyone else in Drew's life) is in danger?

    p.s. One non-Drew question: Anybody out there have a kidney for Holly J?

  • OK. Jenna Has Officially Had Enough

    Posted on 08/11/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW; wait until you've seen Lose Yourself, pt. 2 to scroll down.

    Just because Jenna hasn't had it hard enough lately, she gets dealt yet another blow: finding out that KC has been out cheating on her with Marisol while she attends to the never-ending, all-consuming needs of their baby.

    Jenna and KC talk about putting Tyson up for adoption on Degrassi.
    "We're struggling, we're hurting each other, and you're never here." - Jenna to KC

    It looks like being overwhelmed, depressed, and now totally betrayed have pushed Jenna to consider what she was unwilling to before: maybe Tyson would be better off with adoptive parents. And come to think of it, it's interesting that K.C. was so resistant when Jenna brought up the possibility.

    Why do you think KC wants to "make this work" so badly, when he doesn't actually want to be there to parent Tyson, and he's cheating on Jenna anyway? Does "making it work" come at a different price to him than it does to Jenna?

    I doubt that KC is proud of himself, and the situation Jenna's in right now is so unbelievably stressful and painful, it seems like it has to be rare and extraordinary. But really, everything about what Jenna and KC are going through is a pretty predictable outcome for them. Since they were having sex but chose not to think about birth control, a pregnancy was basically inevitable -- sexually active teens who don't use protection have an 85% chance of pregnancy within a year*.

    And since eight out of ten fathers don't marry the teen mothers of their babies*, their break-up is just as inevitable.

    But that doesn't make it any less sad.

    How do you guys feel about Jenna's decision to consider adoption?

    [* Stats according to StayTeen]

  • Jenna really needs a break.

    Posted on 08/10/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILER WARNING: Don't read this post unless you've seen "Lose Yourself, Pt. 1."

    On tonight's episode, Jenna seemed to be at her breaking point. As a teen mom with no way to pay for childcare, she's stuck at home all day, every day, and it's making her crazy.

    "When I'm alone with Ty, I get so depressed. I need to see my friends... be normal." -Jenna

    Jenna seems surprised to hear that K.C.'s mom never went back to school after having K.C., but that's pretty normal for a teen mom. According to Stayteen.org, less than half of teen mothers ever graduate from high school and fewer than two percent earn a college degree by age 30.

    Parenthood is the #1 reason that teen girls drop out of school, and things aren't looking good for Jenna, in my opinion. She's already missed a ton of class. Even if K.C.'s mom helps out, Jenna can only go to school in the mornings -- and whenever she has to use her breast pump, she'll be missing more class. I want to believe things will settle down, but at this rate, how long will it take her to graduate? (Keep in mind, she's only back for "two classes a day, plus lunch.")

    Prediction time: Do you honestly believe Jenna will graduate from Degrassi? Where do you think she and K.C. will be five years from now?

    If Jenna and K.C. asked you for realistic advice, what would you tell them? I emphasize "realistic" only because I just remembered Drew's quote from last season, "My only solution involves a time machine and a big box of condoms." Not helpful, Drew!

    K.C., Jenna, and Tyson
    If you were Jenna, would you keep going to school, leaky breasts and all?

  • Stressy Times for Holly J!

    Posted on 08/09/2011 by Mary

    Yikes. The amount that Holly J is going through in the span of a couple days is stressing me out -- and I'm just sitting there with my dog and a bowl of pistachios watching! Can't imagine what it would be like for a real-life HJ.

    Holly J, stressing the hell out on Degrassi
    Holly J, stressing the hell out. Justifiably.

    It was so crazy seeing her birth mom tonight... but even crazier thinking about her trying to digest 1) a potentially fatal diagnosis 2) a completely earth-shattering revelation and 3) a supersuper awkward meeting with the stranger you LIVED IN for nine months, all in the course of a week!

    I was personally kind of shocked that her parents wanted to wait until she was 18 to tell her... that seems a lot older than my real-life adopted friends were when they found out. If you were adopted or have a friend who was, when did your/their parents reveal it?

    Anyway, what do you think of Holly J's birth mom... and her $20,000 request?

    I hope that's not what stands between HJ and life because we need her to graduate and change the world! Even if @degrassitextfam thinks she should get held back to hang out with Fiona. Which would undoubtedly be more fun for us, but we must be strong and noble and selfless -- we must think of Holly J and what's best for her.

    PS: Can't say I'm Imogen's biggest fan in terms of her influence on Eli but, just on a sisterfriend level: that "We're not together" scene? OUCH! What happened to whisper-whisper-tee-hee-hee on the bench, Eli? The signals! They are mixed at best!

  • Eclare fans, please check in.

    Posted on 08/08/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILER WARNING: Don't scroll down unless you've seen "U Don't Know, Pt. 1."

    If you loved Eli and Clare as a couple on Degrassi, how are you holding up this summer? Last week, we had lots of Clare and Jake "cake-out" sessions... and tonight things got pretty steamy during Imogen's audition.

    If you consider yourself an Eclare fan (or ever did), please answer the following questions:

    1.Do you think Eli and Clare will get back together?
    2.How long do you think Clare and Jake will last as a couple? Is Jake a rebound for Clare?
    3.How do you feel about Eli and Imogen's big ole kiss tonight? (He didn't kiss Sadie during her audition.)
    4.Imogen was pretending to be Clare during that kiss. On a scale of 1 to incredibly-freaking-weird, how weird is that?
    5.How will you feel if Eli and Imogen start dating? Do you see it as a rebound thing or do they have real potential?

    I know we've got some really sensitive Degrassi fans out there, so if any of you are having a tough time coping as Eli and Clare kiss other people, I just want you to know that the whole Degrassi community is here to support you. Feel free to discuss your feelings in the blog comments, on the message board, on Facebook, or Twitter. We're here for you.

    p.s. If you've got something to say about Holly J's health situation or the Adam / Katie storyline, feel free to share your thoughts on those, too. (Holly J was trending worldwide on Twitter tonight! Nice job, HJ.)

    Imogen and Eli kiss
    Elmo or Elimogen or Imogeli or whatever you want to call them.

  • Did Dave Do That Right?

    Posted on 08/04/2011 by Mary

    BEWARE! SPOILERS AHOY.

    Time for a fun game of... "LET'S BOSS DAVE AROUND!" If you were the boss of Dave, how would you have told him to handle his Sadie/Allie conundrum?

    Dave and Alli on Degrassi
    Dave and Alli, thinkin' 'bout it.

    Obviously it's easy for us to play Armchair Love Quarterback now that we know how things turned out, but let's put ourselves at the crucial decision moment and take it from there:

    - Dave had been harshly rejected by Alli more than once, but thought this time... maybe there was a vibe. Was it possible he was crazy and wishfully misinterpreting "signals"? Yes.
    - Dave liked Sadie a lot. Sadie's a great girl and a great girlfriend. But he had a bigger heart-spark for Alli.

    So: dump a good, solid thing for an enticing question mark?

    One way to look at it is: if he doesn't feel 100% about Sadie, maybe he shouldn't be with her anyway.

    Another way to look at it is: being single when you had a decent thing and blew it... not as fun as the other kinds of being single.

    What would you have bossed Dave into doing?

    And on the Cake front: Well, well! Looks like Clare's not actually getting taken for a ride by Jake! I think he really likes her... I think he finds her refreshing. Plus, let's not discount the fact that they knew each other when they were little. The whole "throwing frogs" at her thing -- is there any surer sign of a youngster crush? What do you guys think of their long-term potential?

    And: I'm really glad Adam and Drew aren't leaving Degrassi. That would have been the biggest bum out ever.

  • Can Clare Keep It Casual? Can Anyone?

    Posted on 08/03/2011 by Mary

    HEADS UP! SPOILERS BELOW!


    Clare has a totes casual sexy kissing dream about Jake. Easy breezy!

    You know... Clare is many things, but "casual in the romance department" does not strike me as one of them.

    Although... maybe I shouldn't jump to conclusions. I mean I also never would've thought she'd date a guy who wears guyliner. Hell, a few years ago, I never even thought she'd wear actual non-uniform clothes. Clare's growing up, and maybe this is one symptom.

    And maybe it'll even be good for her. She could definitely use some fun. And what's more fun than making out with a Lumberjake?

    I don't know though. There are some who would argue that casual relationships (...or dating more than one person at once ...or friends with benefits) ever really work in the long run.

    What do you think? Can casual relationships work, and under what circumstances?

  • Anya, listen up.

    Posted on 08/02/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILERS BELOW. Don't read this post until AFTER watching "Paper Planes, Pt. 2."

    Anya's reflection.
    Be nice to that girl in the mirror, Anya.

    Yesterday I asked the wise, Degrassi-loving readers of this blog to give Anya some advice. Here's some of what came in:

    "I'd ask her what she wants. If Anya wants to do coke um... I can't help that. If she wants freedom and happiness and stuff, I'm pretty sure we can find some other options. Especially since addiction and crashes are kind of the opposite of freedom and happiness." - Dulcinea

    "I'd tell Anya to just stop for a minute and breathe. She's had so much stress in her life and she needs to just chill for a minute. Drugs really aren't the answer." - Krystal Marie♥

    "I think that the best thing for Anya would be to just slowly get into a conversation about what happened, but not rush it and make her upset. Then when she's done telling you what happened just tell her that it's her decision to do what ever she wants but some things can really hurt her and mess her life up in the long run, and she has a lot of family and friends that want her around... they may seem like their telling her what to do but they just don't want to lose her." - I_<3_23

    "I would sit her down and talk to her and let her cry on my shoulder and be the friend she really needs." - EastCoastSwag13

    "I would just be there for her, I think she really needs a friend. Someone who doesn't tell her what to do. I don't think she would stop doing coke by being lectured or walked out on, she just needs a good influence, someone on her side." - Charlotte_sometimes311

    I wish I could zap all of you lovely advice-givers into the Degrassi world. Your real-world friends are lucky to have you.

    Meanwhile, as Anya said "Now!" to more coke, Fiona struggled with saying "Never" to champagne. Fiona seems determined to do what's best for herself (even if it means no more hooking up with Charlie), but that didn't look like an easy choice.

    Mr. Tuxedopantsp.s. I miss Mr. Tuxedopants already.