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  • Degrassi Showdown: Week 5 Wrap-Up

    Posted on 08/19/2012 by Lisa

    I was seriously impressed with this summer's Degrassi Showdown episodes, and this final week didn't let me down. Let's discuss week five! If you missed any of the Showdown episodes, get caught up here.

    I've posted my random thoughts and observations here (with a few too many exclamation points, but hey, it was a big week!) I want to hear yours in the comments.

    The Ice Hounds... and Clare.
    I like dogs, but I don't like Ice Hounds.

    "Sabotage, pt. 1"

    It hurt to see Clare suffering, and still trying so hard to bring Asher to justice. It hurt even more to see her talking to Dallas about it instead of Eli.

    My lack of respect for the hockey guys continues. I seriously can't believe they were drinking in a school storage room at 11 am.

    Dave's audition for the West Drive guest spot was impressive. He sure has come a long way, talent-wise, from his Three Tenners days!

    Katie looks FIERCE!
    You do NOT want to mess with Katie.

    "Sabotage, pt. 2"

    A surprise party for Clare? Hmm, what could possibly go wrong? (Surprise parties are one of my least favorite things in the world... in my experience, they're always disasters. Or at least, they're always very stressful for the party recipient, and that was definitely the case for Clare.)

    When Eli went to see Asher, all I could think was "This never would've happened if Clare had been honest with him from the start."

    I loved that it totally looked like Drew was going to propose, and then he asked Bianca about sharing a bank account. That was really cute, and I was relieved that didn't propose to her in the mall, haha. When he actually did propose, in a more romantic location, I will admit that I teared up. Aww, Drianca making me cry! I never would've imagined that back in the boiler room days!!

    That fight scene was crazy, right?!! Katie's years of martial arts training finally came in handy. I love that the fight just kept going until the confetti cannon went off.

    I wasn't surprised that Dave and Alli ended things. I feel like that's been coming for a while. They seem like they got bored with each other (in a Sav / Holly J kind of way... they were a cute couple until then the excitement wore off).

    Ooh, hands touching!
    Tristan and his potential romantic interest?!!?

    "Scream, pt. 1"

    I have to say, I love-love-loved this two-parter, and not just because we got to see so much of Romeo & Jules!!

    I want Tristan to find a way to lose his "lip virginity," and NO -- I don't think Dave counts anyway, because kisses only matter if they're the romantic kind, right? I love that he went to Fiona and Imogen for advice, and I'm excited that he has a potential crush!

    I also loved that Eli (and I!) thought the play was being shut down for homophobic reasons, and it turned out to be something totally different.

    The fossil scene was so good, wasn't it? That whole thing about how "The stuff you say makes people think it's OK to bully people..." really got to me. I've said this before, but I have infinite respect for Adam for his ability to stay calm while dealing with intolerance.

    Imogen's line about how she's glad she's no longer "caught up in Hurricane Eli" was a reminder of how far he's come since Love Roulette (and how far Imogen has come, too.)

    A standing ovation for Romeo and Jules
    I'm applauding from home. :)

    "Scream, pt. 2"

    Oh, poor Clare. When she decided to manufacture evidence to use against Asher, I wanted to hug her and take her to a psychologist or something. Taking those pictures was such a HUGE step in the wrong direction, and I'm so glad she eventually figured that out. (That said, I'm glad she went back to the Interpreter office, since she ended up connecting with Jennifer, and that probably wouldn't have happened otherwise.)

    When Becky offered to play Juliet if Tristan didn't show up, I thought Eli's head was going to explode. "We don't need a Juliet." EXACTLY.

    The scene where they find Tristan, and tell him they love him was so nice, but again -- I don't think that kiss with Tori counts at all. That kiss didn't matter at all. I want to see Tristan kiss someone he actually LIKES. That would make my heart so happy.

    I loved EVERY BIT of Romeo & Jules that we saw on screen, and the glimpses of backstage drama, too. That Adam/Becky hug sure seemed meaningful, didn't it? I'm dying to see where that goes.

    When the play got a standing ovation, I was so proud of Eli, and so proud of the whole cast, and basically, proud of everyone who's involved in making Degrassi. And I'm proud of all of us for watching it. I'm giving ALL of us a standing ovation. Yay, Romeo & Jules! Yay, Degrassi! I can't wait until October!!!

  • Degrassi Showdown: Week 4 Wrap-Up

    Posted on 08/11/2012 by Lisa

    It's almost time for the FINAL WEEK of Degrassi Showdown, but first, let's talk about what happened this week. If you missed any of the Showdown episodes, get caught up here.

    Below are what I consider the highlights (and/or random things I want to talk about) from Week 4. Share yours in the comments!

    Cam is having a tough time.
    When Cam cries, it breaks my heart.

    "Rusty Cage, pt. 1"

    I keep forgetting to mention this, but the phrase "puck bunny" bugs me A LOT.

    I love the scene where Tori, Tristan, and Maya try to come up with a new nickname for Cam. It made me feel like he finally has good friends at Degrassi, even if he doesn't seem to feel that way yet. He seems so homesick, though. I just want to reach into Degrassi-world (the alternate universe where Degrassi characters really exist) and give him a giant hug.

    As much as I love Cam, though, I couldn't handle the scene where he threw up in the locker room. I almost threw up, too, out of sympathy. That was the grossest thing I've seen on TV in a while. (The cuteness of the karaoke scene helped me get over it though.)

    BTW, Happy Fiona Coyne Day! I love that every day can be Fiona Coyne day. Or Lisa Beebe day. Or [your full name] day. I approve of this. I really liked the scene where Imogen and Fiona were hanging out at the loft and Fiona tickled Imogen and called her "monkey-related." They are beyond cute together.

    Fiones in cleaning mode?
    Fiona is cute even while cleaning.

    "Rusty Cage, pt. 2"

    Fiona's struggle to adjust to living without maid service made me roll my eyes a little. It's like, "Welcome to the real world, hon!" but I love her, so I'm glad Drew gave her some cleaning lessons. The scene with the clump of hair from the tub drain was soooooooo gross. Between Monday's puke and Tuesday's hair clump, this week's Degrassi was hard to watch -- even before it made me cry all over.

    I'm not a Mike Dallas fan, but I appreciated that he stepped up to field the interviewer questions when Cam froze. After seeing that scene, I wondered: Is junior hockey really that big of a deal? I did some Googling and the answer is YES. Every year, the best Canadian junior hockey players are drafted straight onto NHL teams. If that's what Cam is headed for, that's some seriously intense pressure.

    When Cam's mom sent him that photo of his family in their hockey gear, I felt homesick on his behalf. I totally understand why he wanted to go home. In fact, if Cam wanted to stop playing hockey, and he felt so homesick, why didn't he just go home? Do you think he hurt himself so that he'd get a break to think it over before he decided for sure? If he jumped off that railing so he'd have more time to spend with Maya, that's really messed up. I'm worried about Cam, you guys. I want him to be happy somehow, whether it's on or off the ice.

    We are going to miss you, K.C.!
    I'm gonna miss this guy.

    K.C.'s dad pounding on the door when he was drunk = SCARY. I was shocked when I realized K.C. was leaving Degrassi (the school and the show). K.C. skateboarded into my heart in his very first episode, and he's been through so much over the past few years. I'm sad to see him go. That said, I trust the writers. This summer's episodes have been amazing. If the writers considered all the possibilities and felt like this was the best way to wrap up K.C.'s storyline, I'm sure they made the right choice. But still -- when K.C.'s friends came out to hug him goodbye, and Jenna started to cry, I totally cried too. I wish we all could've been in on that group hug, because we deserve it just as much as his Degrassi friends!!

    Imogen and her mom
    Imogen and her mom (disagreeing about crusts).

    "Never Ever, pt. 1"

    I loooved finally getting to know more about Imogen's family life, but it's heartbreaking that she's having such a tough time. Her mom seems like a nice person, so it sucks that Imogen feels like Natalie abandoned the family. On top of that, I can't even imagine how horrible it would be for a dog-lover like Imogen to go through what happened with Volta.

    When Katie decided to hang out with Mike Dallas because she doesn't know what's going on with Jake, I was just like, "Kaaatieeeee, nooooo!" I feel like it's so easy to make bad decisions about romantic stuff and relationships... and sometimes we don't realize how stupid we're being until much later.

    I was impressed with how Adam confronted Becky, because I feel like he did it in such a calm, intelligent way. I hope they end up becoming friends. I wonder if that's possible, considering how close-minded Becky seems to be at times.

    Fiona, Imogen, and Eli.
    "Nothing can go wrong." - Eli

    "Never Ever, pt. 2"

    When Marisol took that picture of Imogen's dad, didn't you just know she was going to do something obnoxious with it? I want to believe that if Marisol had known what Imogen was going through, she would've been more sensitive... but this is Marisol we're talking about, so who knows.

    When Imogen told her mom, "He thought I was you today," and they hugged, I cried so hard.

    I get how hurt Dallas was when he saw Katie and Jake kissing on the kiss cam, but destroying the garden was obnoxious. That didn't just hurt Jake and Katie -- it hurt everyone from Degrassi who liked being able to hang out there. Argh. Jealousy makes people do crazy, messed up things.

    I really want to like Becky, but she's got a little changin' to do before I'm going to feel that way about her. If she's mean to Adam, I just can't.

    When Eli says. "Nothing can go wrong," at the end of the episode, I had the worst feeling. At Degrassi, there's ALWAYS time for things to go wrong... especially when there are FOUR MORE SHOWDOWN EPISODES coming next week!!

    What did you think of this week's episodes? Comment below.

  • Degrassi Showdown: Week 3 Wrap-Up

    Posted on 08/02/2012 by Lisa

    How's everybody holding up? Tonight's Degrassi was pretty intense, right? (If you missed any of this week's episodes, watch them here before you read any further!)

    I want to know what you thought of everything that happened this week on Degrassi. This post is half recap, half personal reactions to the storyline, and I really want to hear your reactions, too. Anyway, here are my random thoughts on this week's episodes:

    Jenna, her dangerous guitar, and Becky
    Jenna looks like she's about to hit someone with her guitar... again.

    Closer to Free, pt. 1

    As I've said before, I love the song Jenna sings with lyrics about her life. It's been stuck in my head all week -- especially the tomato line. I thought it was a little sketchy that Becky didn't tell Jenna she was inviting her to a church youth group (she made it sound more like a jam session), but I understand that Becky probably just really wanted a friend at Degrassi.

    I also understand Jenna's attraction to Luke, because the way he talked about religion must've felt very reassuring. Not to mention that he's, you know, kinda hot.

    Clare was being a bit annoying with all the Asher-superfan stuff, but do you think she deserved to have everything she's ever said show up as a hashtag joke on Twitter? I feel bad for her, but I secretly love that people started using the #stuffclaresays hashtag in real life.

    Clare, Adam, and Connor
    I like to pretend that they're reading the TeenNick blog.

    Closer to Free, pt. 2

    I don't like that Asher calls Clare "Newsie." It makes me cringe every time.

    I know Jenna got baptized for the wrong reasons, but as sudden as it all was, the ceremony seemed meaningful to her. That said, I'm glad Becky found out Jenna's real reasons for becoming Christian. Otherwise, I'd feel like their whole friendship is based on a lie.

    Drew and Fiona as roommates? I think it'll work. I think roommate situations work best when the roommates aren't good friends beforehand. I feel like whenever good friends move in together, they think everything's going to be perfect -- and they end up hating each other. If Drew and Fiona go into this realizing that they're very different people, it might actually work well. Drew is used to living with Audra (his super-strict mom), and he'll probably be a lot happier with more freedom.

    I'm fascinated by the moment at the end when Becky tells Jenna, "Stay away from my brother." Jenna seems to realize that Luke is a jerk, so what is Becky so worried about? Do you think she has any reason to worry? I'm curious about Luke's past and exactly how much of a player he was before he came to Degrassi.

    Clare and her EVIL MENTOR
    Fact: I'm extremely jealous of Clare's pink laptop.

    Waterfalls, pt. 1

    I found this two-parter hard to watch, because I like Clare so much, and it's heartbreaking when people's heroes let them down. Asher is a successful journalist, and one of Clare's heroes -- and he completely takes advantage of her. I felt like he was preying on her insecurities. I feel sick even writing about it.

    Is Katie the worst first-date chaperone in the universe or what? I'm glad Maya and Cam escaped to the photo booth. That was such a nice moment, right up until the non-kiss.

    Is there a couple name for Lisa (K.C.'s mom) and Mr. T (the Bright Sparks coach)? If so, please share it in the comments. Otherwise I'm going to call them Mr. Tisa and that's just silly.

    I am so, so, so disgusted with Asher's line, "I'm happy to teach when the student is as eager as you are." *Blaeearrragggaaaaa* (That's the sound of me fake puking, fyi.) Watching that scene, I was like "RUN, CLARE, RUN!!!"

    Cam and Maya
    These two restore my faith in humanity and my faith in cuteness.

    Waterfalls, pt. 2

    I was really looking forward to Maya and Cam's do-over date, but WOW was that a bad one. I'm extremely awkward around guys I like, so I can relate to Maya in that scene. Poor girl.

    I pick the scenes that we use for OMG videos on the TeenNick website, and I found the Asher/Clare scenes in this episode so upsetting that I never want to watch them again (That's why I used the Cam/Maya OMG instead.) I freaked out when Asher tried to lock Clare in his car. That was TERRIFYING.

    On a sillier note, could you believe how bad Tori, Tristan, and Maya were at hiding their cell phones in French class? They need lessons in the art of subtle texting.

    How cute was the scene where Cam went to Maya's house to talk to her? They're already one of my favorite Degrassi couples, and they've barely started dating!

    I hope Clare finds a way to get Asher in trouble, but I have no idea how she could possibly do it. He made things look so bad for her. I understand her reasons for not telling Eli... but I feel like holding this in is only going to make things worse in the long run. Big secrets are no good for relationships.

    Alli and Clare
    HUG HER, Alli! HUG THAT GIRL.

    What's going on in your head about Degrassi this week? I want to know, so tell me everything in the comments!

  • Degrassi Showdown: Week 2 Wrap-Up

    Posted on 07/26/2012 by Lisa

    Let's talk Degrassi!! We've got a lot to talk about this week -- from Alli's pregnancy test to Zori's anniversary. *Spoilers below.* (If you've missed any of the Degrassi Showdown episodes, go to the Degrassi video page and get caught up.)


    "Got Your Money, pt. 1"

    Fimogen's back!! YAY! I think they're the cutest ever (which is why I tweeted this cute pic from TeenNick's account the other day).

    I'm looking forward to seeing more of WhisperHug. I just love seeing those characters hanging out together, and I love that they make happy-sounding music. I want to WhisperHug them all, and I'm not even sure what that means!

    I was pretty impressed with Eli's advice to Dave on how to play a gay character. It seemed like once Dave let go of the gay aspects of his character, and focused on playing a guy in love, it made such a difference. Based on how the play is going so far, I think Romeo & Jules: The Musical should do a world tour after they perform it at Degrassi. I want to see it in a huge LA theater... or even on Broadway.

    When Becky gave Dave that "Confused?" flyer, I felt like she was doing it more to stir up trouble than out of legitimate concern. Do you think there's any chance she'll regain control of the play from Eli?


    "Got Your Money, pt. 2"

    Zig may think that stealing money and/or a dine-and-dash at Little Miss Steaks is an acceptable way to spend an anniversary, but I disagree. I think Zori are a very cute couple, but it's time for him to realize that it doesn't matter how poor he is -- he gets an endless amount of cute-boy bonus points just for being in a band. (AND he skateboards, which = even more cute-boy bonus points). While I'm on the subject of Zori: I looooved the scene where Tori got all excited to meet Zig's mom. It made me cry.

    I am glad to see Fiona and Imogen working things out, even if it was kinda gross that Mike Dallas watched them kiss.

    I'm not a fan of the Ice Hounds, you guys. They kinda seem like bullies on skates (except for Cam). Defacing the Romeo & Jules poster was so childish.


    "Say It Ain't So, pt. 1"

    I am SO proud of Alli for getting that scholarship offer to MIT. (BTW, if you think teenagers don't do research at that level, I urge you to read about Brittany Wenger, a 17-year-old girl who just won a big science award from Google for her work to eradicate breast cancer. She's like the real-life Alli!)

    I'm not quite as proud of Jake for considering skipping college. If he's serious about environmentalism and green design, I want to see him go to school for those things and become an expert. I'm a HUGE environmentalist, but I'm also non-violent, so I swear I've never punched anyone for throwing away a recyclable thing. I'd probably just sigh and recycle it myself.

    (I wrote about Alli's pregnancy storyline over in this post, so I won't go into that here.)


    "Say It Ain't So, pt. 2"

    Question for anyone who remembers watching The Best Years on The N: The teacher who gives Alli all those books to read is the same guy who played Noah on The Best Years, right? Randal Edwards? I'm pretty sure it's him, but Google isn't helping. (It's tricky to search, because the results confuse Randal-with-one-l Edwards, the actor, with Randall-with-two-ls Edwards, Clare's Degrassi dad.)

    The scene where Bianca gives Cam advice is one of my favorite scenes in a while. I wish Bianca had been around to give me advice like that in high school. (I didn't have a boyfriend for her to steal, so I have nothing to worry about, haha.)

    Cam and Maya = definite potential. They are so cute together. The fact that they both have lucky four-leaf clover underwear kills me. :)

    The conversation between Alli and her mom about whether or not she should go to MIT made me cry so much. The idea that Mrs. Bhandari was once in a similar situation and gave up science to raise a family kind of broke my heart.

    This little exchange near the end of the episode also made me cry:
    Dave: "I love you, Alli."
    Alli: "I know."

    I wish she had told him she loved him back. They were SO cute and happy for a while there... I hope they can get that back.

    Whew!! I had a lot to say this week! What are your thoughts on this week's episodes?

  • Degrassi Showdown: Week 1 Wrap-Up

    Posted on 07/19/2012 by Lisa

    A LOT happened this week, since we had FOUR new episodes of Degrassi. In no particular order, the things and people that made a big impression on me include:


    Mike Dallas. By getting Drew drunk and insulting Maya, he didn't make the best first impression on me. I am not a Dallas fan at this point.

    The invisible ball. I really liked that "the ball's in your court" scene between Clare and Eli outside of the Torres party. So cute.


    Imogen's musical talent. I love that she plays the glasses. I know someone who does that in real life, and it's AMAZING to see live.

    The "chicken cutlet." I love Maya. I love her just the way she is, and I'm so glad she made the band, despite that extremely embarrassing moment.


    The Krew breakup. It's sad that Drew had to try a few times before Katie really got the point, but I was horrified that Drew basically said, "I'm dumping you, but I need a favor," because he didn't want Katie to tell Bianca they'd had sex. It's seriously uncool to dump someone and ask them for a favor in the same conversation.

    Katie & Jake? Bursting into tears during a first kiss seems like a bad sign, but if they actually tried dating, these two might balance each other out in an interesting way. (First, though, Katie needs some time to get over Drew.)


    Tristan using Maya's FaceRange page. This was a terrible idea from the start. I can't believe Maya went along with it. Has ANY good relationship EVER started with a lie? Nobody likes lies, people. Don't lie!!

    Becky Baker. I respect her for standing up to Eli, but I don't like her vision for Degrassi's drama department.

    Eli's experimental casting. I'd probably never go see a high school production of Romeo & Juliet: The Musical, but under Eli's direction, I'm really interested in how the play will turn out.


    Cam. He's such a cutie, isn't he? I think Declan's famous eyebrows might finally have some competition. I really like Cam, so I hope he forgives Tristan and Maya for messing with his head.

    Drew's brain. Something's wrong in there. Maybe really wrong. I want him to be OK.

    What about you? What were your favorite moments from the first four episodes of Degrassi Showdown?

  • Degrassi: "In the Cold, Cold Night, pt. 2" Recap

    Posted on 05/18/2012 by Lisa

    Did the Frostival live up to your expectations? Let's talk it over from the beginning.

    Warning: SPOILERS BELOW. (If you haven't seen the episode yet, watch it here.)

    Eli and Clare

    I understand why Clare was nervous about having lunch with Eli, but I loved when Connor said "I hate when people do things for my own good." I DO TOO, Connor! I'm glad Clare decided to go have lunch with him anyway, even if it didn't work out all that well for Eli's pants. At least we finally go to hear him say the line "Do you think we could ever pick up where we left off?"

    I miss the Marisol from a few episodes back who cared about treating other people with love and respect.

    Maya

    I know a thirteen year old is too young to audition for an indie band at a bar, but I reeeeeally want Maya to find a way to show off her musical skills. (Oooh, random thought -- do you think she'd ever start a new Degrassi band? I love Degrassi bands, especially when they're full of girls... I still have fond memories of Paige Michalchuck and the Sex Kittens!)

    Poor Simpson. I felt bad for him when Fiona told him all he cared about was "smothering dreams." So much violent stuff has happened on his watch, and he's just trying to keep the kids safe. But still... the Frostival must go on, right?

    I laughed out loud at this exchange:

    Fiona: Do you have any idea how many times I've packed these suitcases?
    Holly J: Once?
    Fiona: Yeah. These are new.

    And then a moment later, Imogen showed up, Fiona told her the truth about everything, and Imogen called her a quitter. Sadness. :(

    Imogen and Fiona

    I get that Fiona doesn't want to leave Degrassi, but now that she's sold most of her clothes and she doesn't have her parents' money, how exactly will that work? Do you think she'll find a way to stay? Will this thing with Imogen work out? I loved their moment on the Ferris Wheel. (Rewatch that scene here!) "It's not the heights I'm scared of." *sigh*

    Clare and Eli

    Eli + Clare + cotton candy = I start to cry. Did anybody else cry at that last scene? I don't even think of myself as an Eclare fan necessarily... I just believe in love and possibilities, and I feel like this episode ended in a way that is absolutely bursting with possibility!

    p.s. I am dying to read that old-timey newspaper. Even Jenna's music review, as rewritten by Eli.

    p.p.s. We'll talk more about the summer promo later, but "Welcome to Degrassi."?!?? Hell yeah! Is it summer yet?

  • Degrassi: "In the Cold, Cold Night, pt. 1" Recap

    Posted on 05/11/2012 by Lisa

    This Frostival thing sure seems to be stirring up lots of drama... but before I go into detail, I want to point out that there are SPOILERS BELOW. (If you haven't seen the episode yet, watch it here.)

    Imogen

    Imogen seems beyond-psyched about the idea of "a festival of frost? No... a FROSTIVAL!" and I get the feeling lots of Degrassi fans share her excitement.

    Fiona has been trying so hard to impress Imogen (and make Marisol look bad), but now she has even more to worry about. Mrs. Coyne was in jail, and now she's on house arrest. That's a huge deal, and it sounds like she's serious about moving Fi back to NYC. I love Fiona, so I hope her days at Degrassi aren't coming to an end just yet.

    Maya

    Meanwhile, poor Maya is so miserable in the ninth grade band. She and Ms. Oh seem like they're driving each other crazy. Sitting through a class where you don't feel challenged at all is the worst. I don't want her to leave Degrassi and go to art school, but I want her to find something that makes her happier. Any ideas what that might be?

    Eli

    And last but not least, can we talk about Eli for a sec? I loooved the scene where he jokes that Fiona and Imogen should make out, and then he can tell from Fiona's reaction that she has a crush on Imogen. To me, that just proves what good friends Eli and Fiona are. He says he doesn't care if she goes after Imogen, and I really hope he means that. I want Eli and Imogen to stay friends, and Eli and Fiona to stay friends, and Imogen and Fiona to figure out where they're headed without ruining their friendship. (I've said this before, but you guys are SO lucky I don't write for Degrassi... I'd be like "I'm making everyone friends forever! No more of that messy drama!" Haha.)

    Back on the subject of Eli: I know a lot of people liked "dark" Eli, but I love this happier version of him. I think he's proving to himself -- and to everyone else -- that taking care of yourself (and taking medication, if you need it) really helps. The old Eli scared me because I was always afraid he was about to do something desperate and drastic to prove his love for Clare, and that's exactly what ended up happening. (Poor Morty. *sigh*)

    Speaking of Clare, she seems to be returning to her overachieving ways. Agreeing to run the newspaper before she has anyone to help her? That's the Clare we know and love! No more running away from home, please.

    I'm proud of Clare for apologizing to Alli, but it was pretty obvious that she waited to do so until she really needed a favor, which made the apology feel less meaningful. The scene where Eli walked in and asked, "Are you still looking for writers?" kind of blew my mind... (Rewatch it here.) I'm dying to see where this all goes next week.

    Next week: FROSTIVAL. I'm tempted to wear a winter hat and scarf next Friday, even though I live in LA.

  • Degrassi: "Hollaback Girl, pt. 2" Recap

    Posted on 05/04/2012 by Lisa

    So... what's your take on the Katie-Drew-Bianca situation? Let's discuss "Hollaback Girl, pt. 2." (Spoilers below. If you haven't seen the episode yet, watch it here.)

    Bianca and Drew

    First of all, I just want to say that I'm really starting to appreciate Drew and Adam's mom, Audra. In the past, Mrs. Torres seemed harsh, but maybe she's just a really protective mom? I absolutely loved the scene where she and Bianca talked on the stairs. It made me cry, because I'm SO GLAD Bianca found someone who's willing to look out for her.

    It looks like she's going to be spending more time with the Torres family, so it's not exactly convenient that she and Drew are in love, and he's still dating Katie. Is this situation good for anyone? I sort of wish Drew had broken up with Katie before she went into rehab, because I feel like she might end up getting hurt worse in the long run.

    Dave and Alli

    The comedian at the Dot (rewatch that scene here) seemed convinced that Dave and Alli were over. At the time, I thought he might be right, but that confrontation somehow seems to have *helped* their relationship. I feel like Dave just has to accept that he's going to be an emotional mess about the accident for a while... and Alli has to accept it, too.

    I think I'm still kind of a mess about Jacinta's accident, too. I don't want anything like that to happen to anyone I know. If you're walking and texting, PLEASE BE CAREFUL.

    Marisol and Mo

    Meanwhile, despite Mo's total inability to understand girls, it seems like Marisol is willing to give him another chance. I felt so bad for Mo when she refused to go on the fancy date, but it makes sense that she was worried about Katie. If they want this relationship to work out, though, they need to take a lesson from Dave and Alli and work on their communication. "None of your business" isn't a phrase that leads to a great relationship.

    I did love the moment where Marisol told Mo, "This is why I like you. You just wanna hold my hand," though. :)

    What did you think of this episode?

  • Degrassi: "Hollaback Girl, pt. 1" Recap

    Posted on 04/27/2012 by Lisa

    Who's ready to talk about tonight's Degrassi? (If you haven't seen it yet, watch it here.)

    *Spoilers below. Don't read any further until you've seen the episode.*

    Bianca and Drew

    So much happened between Bianca, Drew, and Katie tonight that I don't know where to start. Bianca used to stress me out (probably because I would've been afraid of her if she had gone to my high school), but now I really want to see her succeed. I will NOT be happy if she gets in trouble for trying to be Katie's friend. Right now, I can't imagine why anyone would want to be Katie's friend... I feel like the terrible things she said to Bianca in the kitchen (rewatch that scene here) all sounded true. I think she meant all of it. I can't help wondering how much of Katie's usual friendly attitude is fake. Was this a peek at the "real Katie" or is her addiction changing her personality?

    Katie was being so mean to Bianca that I sort of wanted Drew to find out about it and break up with her... but that doesn't mean I'm OK with him cheating on her. I'm not. It's cool that he and Bianca both like each other, but we've seen Drew cheat before, and he'll probably do it again. Maybe this new Bianca is too good for a cheatypants like him? Maybe he and Katie kind of deserve each other? Hmm.

    Mo and Marisol

    During last week's episode, Marisol seemed like she was growing as a person. This week, she seemed just as shallow as ever. Mo really likes her and wants to make her happy, but are they just too different for it to work? Back when Marisol went to The Dot with Drew, she seemed to treat it like a date, but suddenly with Mo, it's just a friend thing? Not cool, Marisol.

    Alli and Dave

    Help me out... is anyone from Degrassi in a happy relationship right now? Not Alli and Dave, that's for sure. It makes sense that he's a total mess after what happened with Jacinta. Do you think Alli's pushing him too hard to talk about it? (It bugged me a little that she invited him over to watch a movie instead of talking, and then as soon as the movie was over, she was like "Let's talk!") I feel like Dave is trying to figure out how to cope, and Alli may unintentionally push him away.

    Will ANY of these relationships survive? Do you want them to? Share your Degrassi love predictions in the comments.

    p.s. I just realized that despite all the complicated relationships happening elsewhere at Degrassi, Tori and Zig seem relatively happy together. Yay for young love.

  • Degrassi: "Smash Into You, Pt. 2" Recap

    Posted on 04/20/2012 by Lisa

    Did you watch "Smash Into You, Pt. 2" tonight? (If not, watch it here.) We've got a lot to talk about.

    *Spoilers below. Don't read any further until you've seen the episode.*

    Jacinta and Dave

    When I watched this episode, I hadn't seen any of the promos, and I screamed out loud during the accident scene (rewatch it here, if you're so inclined). I was horrified. We don't know Jacinta very well as a character, so I was almost more worried about Dave than I was about her. I can't imagine how much guilt and overall horribleness I would feel in his shoes.

    Even aside from the accident, this episode was a stressful one. Watching Jacinta send mean texts to Alli from Dave's phone was heartbreaking, especially since Alli was in the middle of trying to lead a school event, and didn't know they weren't real. I feel bad for all three of them. Sometimes love really sucks, because it makes you so vulnerable.

    On a brighter note, I love-love-loved the song Mo wrote for his Model UN project with Marisol. Want to watch that scene again, and sing along? Me too, so here it is:

    I've never been a big Marisol fan, since we've seen her be pretty mean to other Degrassi students (even Katie, her BFF). But tonight she had two lines that I really liked a lot:

    "If only we judged less and loved a little more, the world would be a better place." Then later, when Mo worries that she's out of his league... "You're not. Leagues are stupid." I barely recognize this loving, open-minded Marisol! If this is how she acts after spending a little time with Mo, I want them to spend every waking moment together.

    Oh, I have to mention, though -- I laughed pretty hard toward the beginning of the episode when Marisol asked Drew, "How do I kill this crush?" and he told her "Just be yourself." She didn't even notice that he was insulting her. Ha.

    Adam and Tori

    As for Adam's "secret admirer" date... once again, I feel bad for everyone involved. Mostly, I feel bad for Adam, because he took a chance, and his "date" wasn't someone he'd be even remotely interested in.

    I feel bad for Tristan, because he thought Adam was gay, and Adam isn't.

    I feel bad for Tori, because she was trying to do a nice thing by playing matchmaker, and it failed in a really big way.

    I even feel bad for Zig, because he had to be there for all the awkwardness, and because he didn't know what the "T" on an "LGBT" pin stands for. Sigh.

    Got anything to say about this episode? Post it below.