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- Posted on 11/22/2013 by Rachel1016
Well, well, well. Here we are mid-November, readying ourselves for the willful indulgence of Turkey Day. For Degrassians, however, Thanksgiving came one week early. We celebrated both the holiday and the fall finale all in one night, gorging on green bean casserole and mashed potatoes heavily dressed in drama. If you haven't seen "Spiderwebs," watch it online, then check out our recap below!
Awaiting Bianca's return from University, Drew busily planned the Degrassi Family Feast, a Thanksgiving dinner for needy families. He was excited to show Bianca all of his hard work, but when he found out that she had already returned home without telling him, it appeared that Drew was in danger of being "Turkey Dumped." According to Winston, Bianca's elusiveness was symptomatic of the particular holiday dumping style in which a significant other goes off to University (or you know, "college" for us Americans) and returns for Thanksgiving break with plans to end the relationship. Woof.
Upon hearing this information, Drew decided he had to see Bianca. When they reunited, she confessed in so many words that she was growing out of their relationship; University opened her mind, and she revealed that her friends at school thought their engagement was "crazy." Drew tried to make her see that their relationships was worth salvaging, but her mind was made up. Blergh, Happy Thanksgiving.
However, Drew quickly turned his broken heart into a full-on quest to prove to Bianca that he's changed. He convinced Bianca to come to the Family Feast and pretend that they were still together by exploiting his mom's fragility. He said to her, "My mom already lost a son, she couldn't stand losing a daughter." He hoped that in the meantime she would see him in his element and change her mind.
Bianca agreed to put on the act, but she made it clear she was only acting.
SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE
Last week, Zoe covertly enlisted Tristan to become a part of her sketch comedy group and, you'll remember, the whole thing had to remain a secret because Maya and Zoe were still sworn enemies. But when Tristan said he felt like he was friendship cheating, Zoe cut to the chase: "Time to pick a side, Tristy."
It actually didn't take too long for Tristan to tell Maya the truth about his commitment to Zoe, and Maya surprisingly understood! ...For a flaming hot second! In one last dangling attempt to secure revenge, Maya showed up at the Family Feast to get Tristan to pie Zoe in the face on stage.
But then things got real: Tristan fired back and said to Maya that both she and Zoe cared more about revenge than being his friend. It was true, Tristan was caught in the middle of their vendetta. He insisted a truce and, perhaps in the spirit of the holiday, they shook on it. Two chapters worth of scheming and hostility? I'd say it's about time!
ARE YOU THERE, ECLARE?
After finding out the news about Eli cheating, Clare began the episode sulking in her pajamas (but like, rightfully so) and insisted that her relationship with Eli was over forever. Alli came over to try to talk some sense into her, and was determined to get Clare out of her mope robe and into clearer head space. (LOL isn't it interesting how Alli has all the answers about boys when she's not the subject?) Eventually, Clare decided to talk to Eli and get some answers.
The more questions Clare asked, however, the more upset she got. It was one of those situations where she couldn't not know, but that didn't mean it was any easier to stomach. She told Eli about how she screwed up her magazine deal, which all but ruined her chances of getting into Columbia and being in New York with him. It seemed like, as if the relationship wasn't already hurting, perhaps it really was on its last leg.
At the Family Feast, Drew found Clare crying alone. Both heartbroken, they commiserated over the fact that their relationships with the supposed loves of their life were crumbling beneath them. Since over the course of the last two chapters Clare and Drew have grown much closer, their leaning on each other seemed right. Seemed natural. But then, in a moment of equal parts pure emotion and complete delusion, they kissed.
Of course, after Clare realized how royally stupid it was, Eli showed up at the Family Feast to try and reconcile. He gave Clare a collection of their emails since they had been apart, and Clare realized how much he really meant to her. Drew, however, decided that ultimately he and Bianca should stay broken up.
The rest of the kids convened around the Degrassi Thanksgiving table, and the fall finale came to a close as Drew proposed a toast to carrying on through the tough times. But we all know there are things unresolved. And Degrassi never forgets.
Let's hear your thoughts in the comments section! We've got some time to kill until January!
- Posted on 11/15/2013 by Rachel1016
Did you catch last night's episode of Degrassi? The dramacrobatics were in full force, and it's time to break down every last detail! In the wise words of Space Jam, y'all ready for this?! (But really, if you haven't caught up, watch the full episode of "Black or White" online [LINK] first before we spoil it for you!)
BEEF WITH THE PREZ
Drew was none to pleased when Winston aired a very edited version of an interview he conducted on DegrassiTV. In what turned out to be a televised lambaste, Winston accused Drew of being a non-starter president with no platform who was elected based on his looks. Ouch.
Suffice it to say, Drew was miffed. He decided to use executive power to nip Winston's condemnatory bud by firing him from Degrassi TV. But soon thereafter, both Imogen and Becky insisted that if Winston was ousted, they would quit DTV in solidarity. The situation quickly escalated into a full-on "Occupy Degrassi" movement wherein Drew was labeled a fascist who should be impeached.
To make matters worse, when Drew tried to take control of the situation, he found out that Winston's unforgiving tirade was inspired by personal grievances. Winston revealed that it was "guys like Drew" who have picked on "guys like Winston" his entire life. The conversation quickly went from heated to violent, and the next thing we knew, Winston was on the ground.
Unsurprisingly, Drew began to worry that everyone (read: Bianca, his fianc�) would start to think he was same the screw-up he's always been. After seeking a little encouragement from Dallas, Drew was able to reconcile with Winston and the rest of DegrassiTV. He even proposed a Thanksgiving dinner for needy families instead of his original carnival idea. Winston was receptive, admitted that he may have misjudged Drew, and all things were copacetic once again.
FOOL FOR LIFE
For a drama class assignment, Mr. Townsend chose roles for each of students that he thought reflected their personality. Tristan hoped he would get exercise his acting chops with one of Shakespeare's great dramatic roles, like Hamlet or Macbeth. Much to his disappointment, though, he was left with Bottom, a comedic character from A Midsummer Night's Dream who turns into a Donkey. And to add insult to injury, when Mr. Townsend said, "I'm counting on you to deliver a flamboyant performance," Tristan felt he was being pigeonholed (and more to the point, stereotyped).
Determined to prove himself as more than just a colorful jokester, Tristan used a healthy dose of creative freedom to re-interpret the role and perform the monologue very seriously (I mean, he was talking to a skull. How more serious can you get?). Unfortunately, Mr. Townsend wasn't too keen on Tristan's dramatic choices, and warned him that if he didn't stay true the comedic nature of the role, he would fail the assignment.
Then, as Tristan was starting to feel like one big blergh, Zoe surprised all of us and actually had some words of wisdom for him! (And yes, we realize she does have a lot of experience in the field, but her helping someone out is always an unexpected occasion!) She told Tristan that even if he wanted to prove he could be a leading man, choosing to perform the piece different than the way it was written, merely proved he could do nothing. Touch�.
Tristan ultimately decided to embrace the comedic role, to willingly (and literally LOL) make an ass of himself. Unsurprisingly, he killed it on stage. Zoe even she invited him to join a sketch comedy troupe she was starting. But *lodges wrench into premature celebration*when Tristan agreed, he deliberately dishonored his allegiance to Maya. Zoe said she could keep a secret, but yeah... we all know where this one's headed.
IT WAS JUST ONCE
Clare was so excited for Eli's visit home from school, she planned romantic a night for them to watch a movie under the stars. But as Eli sat next to her, aloof and struggling to stay awake, it was clear that their night wasn't going as smoothly or as romantically as Clare had hoped it would. Eli seemed distracted, preoccupied even, and when he stepped away to take a phone call from New York, Clare found a pack of cigarettes in his coat pocket.
Clare was ready to confront Eli about the smokes, speculating that they had something to do with his being distant, but it turned out Eli had a secret much bigger than a newly-formed nicotine habit. As she stood there in her kitchen, she slowly pieced together the truth. Eli cheated.
Well, Degrassi fans, it's safe to say that this episode introduced new matters that could change Degrassi forever. What were your reactions? Let us know in the comments!
- Posted on 11/08/2013 by Rachel1016
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!
- Posted on 11/01/2013 by Rachel1016
Nevermind the fact that you're still recovering from last night's Halloween sugar high, we're still trying to get over what happened on Degrassi! It was an eventful episode to say the least, and we're sure you've got lots to say. Check out our recap of ''Who Do You Think You Are'' below, but if you haven't seen the episode, watch it online first!
STRIP ME BARE, I DON'T WANT YOU TO
Maya performed a new song in class and everyone really seemed to like it, especiallllly Miles. He finally made the move to ask her out after class, but Zoe wasn't exactly as cool with it all as she might have insisted. I mean, we were never convinced that Zoe was over the Miles drama anyway, but this episode it became increasingly clear that she was out for revenge.
Zoe offered to shoot a music video for Maya's song, but had one condition: she would get to direct the video. The song was all about finding someone who can look beneath surface, see the real Maya, but Zoe chose to take the video concept in a decidedly more literal direction. Yep, she got Maya to strip herself bare in front of the camera.
Not only was Miles upset when he saw the video (he flat-out called it porn), but someone started a pretty nasty FaceRange page with racy Photoshopped images of Maya. She started getting attention for her video, but the kind that had nothing to do with music. In fact, other students at Degrassi began to ostracize her, calling her a 'slut' and 'whore' to the point where she was shamed in front of her entire class.
Despite Maya's questionable decision to give Zoe creative control, the concept of publicly making a person (usually a girl) feel guilty or inferior for appearing promiscuous is a very real thing. And it's exactly what Maya's classmates did by making her out to be, well, a disgraceful tramp. The issue itself certainly isn't black or white, but it's really important to understand what's at play here. Like Maya's mom said, it was bullying.
PLAYING WITH FIRE
Apparently, Dallas has been skipping school. Like, royally skipping school to drink and hook up with girls. Drew was worried about Dallas' behavior and decided to try and scare him by paying one of Dallas' lady friends to pretend she was pregnant. Only problem was, Dallas and said lady friend never had sex. Oops!
Drew's attempted "intervention" of sorts escalated into a full-on confrontation between the two best friends. in which Dallas told Drew he couldn't tell him "how to live his life" and that he wasn't exactly an exemplar of moral behavior. Ouch. The only thing is... wasn't it just last week that Dallas was Mr. Upright And Principled about those darn (although fake) steroid pills!? Can we take a moment to acknowledge that? Shakin' my head.
SECOND CHANCE, FIRST MISTAKE
While Alli stressed about the upcoming SATs, she worried even more about her future with Leo. Leo was less than pleased to hear that Alli's dream was to attend MIT ("I thought I was your dream!") after he made the leap across the pond to Canada for her. Alli would do her darnedest to have the best of both worlds, but things didn't quite turn out as she hoped.
Unfortunately, Leo's temper returned. They got in a heated argument about their uncertain future and, in one of the most shocking and alarming moments so far this season, Leo hit Alli. Again. She ran away and exclaimed "I never want to see you again," but we can only hope to goodness Alli keeps her word. What were your reactions to this moment? Do you think Alli is finally going to walk away from Leo's continued abuse?
We've given our two cents, now it's your turn. There's much to discuss about this episode, so sound off in the comments!
- Posted on 10/25/2013 by Rachel1016
Last week's Degrassi left questions unanswered and fates undecided. Tristan supplied Miles with what looked like steroid pills, Imogen grappled with the guilt she felt over her last moments with Adam, and Clare began to worry that her forgetfulness was a symptom of her cancer returning. Let's talk about what happened this week and, as always, watch the episode online first if you haven't seen it!
CAN'T STOP, WONT STOP
When Tristan handed Miles a bag of pills last episode, we were almost certain the story line would follow a clear trajectory: Miles would start to grow questionable facial hair and become an addict, Tristan would become the resident Degrassi drug dealer and turn into a hardened criminal... You know how it goes. But fool us twice Degrassi, those pills were FAKE!
So the good news was that Tristan was in the clear legally (and in life as a human), but the bad news was that he still lied to Miles and a few of the other guys on the team. And it was a situation he was none too keen to face considering his full-on campaign for Miles' best-friendship. Despite the fact that Miles actually made starter on his own merit, he was upset that Tristan not only duped him into thinking that he was taking the real thing, but that he had mislead a handful of guys on the team, as well.
So, to get back in Miles' good (albeit troubled) graces, Tristan had to come up with a plan: He gave the other teammates a "flush capsule" in order to pass their next drug test, making the fact that they would actually pass anyway not suspicious. You know, because they never actually took any drugs.
I'M COMING CLEAN
Remember when Clare sort of panicked about her future and made up an entire story about Zoe to get published by a national magazine? And then found out her cancer might have returned? Well, we fairly quickly we found out that Clare's cancer did not return and did not spread to her brain, but the reason for her unusual forgetfulness was a post-cancer condition called "chemo brain." And it was that very forgetfulness that led Clare to fabricate the story about Zoe. This episode, Clare grappled with her own guilt over those lies had to figure out how to get herself out of the mess.
When Clare's editor Meredith told her she loved her article, she decided the truth would have to wait. And even though Meredith ensured Clare she would be fact-checking every detail with Zoe herself (RUH ROH), she continued to dig herself deeper. Zoe was unsurprisingly none too pleased about the lies that Clare wrote, and when Clare sought a little mercy, Zoe said, "Cancer didn't make you lie, Clare. You did that all by yourself." Who knew Zoe had some words of wisdom in her? But also, didn't Zoe just lie to Clare about everything in the first place? Ugh.
Just before Clare went so far as to suggest that Alli impersonate Zoe and confirm the story, she decided to fess up. At first, Meredith gave her a look so cold it was positively arctic�like, you would not want to be on the receiving end of that reproval� but then Clare explained her situation, and Meredith was actually very understanding. She even got a second chance. Pheeeee-ew.
DON'T MENTION IT
After Imogen reluctantly agreed to give Becky a role on Degrassi TV, Becky brought up questions about the night Adam died, and how she suspected people were "covering up" what happened. Imogen, knowing full well what happened, couldn't bring herself to say that she kissed her dead ex-boyfriend.
When Imogen confided in Drew about the situation, he had some interesting words of advice. He asked Imogen, "If you were Becky, what would she want to hear?" She had to decide whether or not coming clean would be merely for her own guilt's sake. So, when Imogen finally opened up to Becky, she decided to focus on nothing more than how much Adam loved her. And even though we would ordinarily say that full honestly is the way to go, it seemed to work. Imogen said exactly what Becky needed to hear without hurting her. Then, they shared a hug that could seriously buoy a sinking heart and it was the BEST.
We could go on and on, but now it's your turn. Let us know what you thought of "Everything You've Done" in the comments below. Go nuts!
And, dare we forget, here's the music from last night's episode:
"Run Run" by The Black Cadillacs
"Holograms" by Founds
Listen to all of the songs from Season 13 here!
- Posted on 10/21/2013 by Rachel1016
Anybody want to talk about last night's brand new episode of Degrassi? If you haven't seen "You Oughta Know" watch it online first!
In order to beef up her college applications, Clare set out to prove her journalism skills to a national newspaper. She pitched the idea of exploring how Zoe's celebrity wasn't helping her social adjustment at Degrassi (an AWESOMELY interesting topic in my opinion), but the story proved more difficult than she anticipated.
Not only did Clare realize that Zoe lied about people, well� hating her, she also realized that she was becoming unusually forgetful about very ordinary things, like the names of people and places. And when the girl with an otherwise encyclopedic brain forgets the country Greece, there's cause for concern.
Then, when Clare tried to confide in Eli about how stressed she was, he seemed a little distracted. (Right, just rip your heart into shreds.) And dare I point out that as Drew and Clare have continued to get closer, he seems to be there for support when Eli isn't. (Yes, I realize that Clew is just about the most unpopular prospect in the history of Degrassi prospects. So, all you you Eclare loyalists out there, please don't torch my house!) Perhaps we'll have to turn a blind, dismayed eye for now and see what happens.
Toward to end of the episode, however, she started to realize that her forgetfulness was more than just being exhausted and anxious over the news pitch. When she completely forgot to turn in an essay (and used the word "perspire" instead of "inspire"), she started to worry that her absentmindedness was perhaps a symptom of cancer returning. I'm not going to jump to any conclusions right away, but words fail to describe how deeply I hope this isn't the case.
Meanwhile, Miles explained how he felt undue pressure from his father to make starter on the basketball team. Even though we learned that making starter as a sophomore is unusual and, in the words of Tristan, "a little ambitious," Miles revealed that making the team just wasn't enough for his dad. And upon finding out that he didn't make the starting lineup, he was crushed.
Miles confided in Tristan about how important it was to get an extra "edge" to make the coach notice him. But *RED ALERT* such a boost to Miles actually meant jucin' it... You know, taking steroids. Argh, just the word makes my skin crawl! Did you EVER listen in health class, Miles? Weren't you scared away by all those pictures of guys with oily skin and excess hair growth?! Oy vey.
Tristan was aware of how royally STUPID steroids are, but he also made it clear he was desperate to befriend Miles. And in a move that may or may not be just as braindead, Tristan gave Miles a bag of pills said to have been from his brother. Oh, brother. To be continued.
FOR DEGRASSI TV, I'M...
Imogen, the newly appointed head of Degrassi TV, was on a mission to find the perfect on-air personality for her show. Becky auditioned and pretty much killed it, but Imogen didn't want her to be the face of Degrassi TV. Even though she wouldn't admit it, Imogen was harboring guilt over what happened between her and Adam over the summer (remember, they kissed in the back of a van), and didn't know how to face Becky. But it also seemed like Becky was bummed to have not been chosen. And I don't know about you, but we think that homegirl maybe deserves to have something good happen to her!
Alas, Imogen ended up choosing Winston for the job even though he was hilariously and unsurprisingly terrible. Becky remained persistent, though, and when she asked if she could be involved with the show in any capacity, Imogen eventually opened up to the idea. I wonder if this will be an opportunity for Imogen come clean? To talk openly about what happened with Adam? We shall see... We shall see.
Where are your heads, Degrassi fans? Do you think Clare might be getting sick again? Is Miles headed down a dangerous path? Will Imogen be able to open up to Becky? Let us know how you feel in the comments below!
And, as always, here's the music from last night. Check out all of the songs from this season in our Spotify Playlist!
P.S. Here's the music from last night. Head out over our Spotify playlist to hear all the tunes!
"Heads Up! Watch Out!" by Dear Rouge
"Dreaming" by Smallpools
"The Sun Will Set" by Tick Tick Boom!