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- Posted on 04/15/2014 by Rachel1016
Giddy up, Degrassians, because the Wild Wild West Night is approaching, and you know someone's bound to kick up a row! On last night's episode, Clare lost her patience for Eli, Maya found herself embroiled in a love triangle, and Zo� fought her way back to the top of the acting game. If you haven't seen "Sparks Will Fly" Part One yet, watch it online then read our recap below!
IT'S NOT ENOUGH
It's no secret that there's something (okay, a LOT of things) going on between Clare and Drew. When Prez. Drew finally revealed his true feelings for his VP last week, Clare began to reconsider the fate of her relationship with Eli. But despite the mega-flirtation that seems nearly inevitable when the two are together, Clare was ready to patch things up with Eli. He was coming back to Degrassi for Wild Wild West Night, and they'd get to spend some much-needed QT together.
...Until he wasn't anymore? Eli called Clare and confessed that he couldn't leave school to travel back to Degrassi for Wild Wild West Night. And at this point, Clare was at the end of her rope. She knew long distance was going to be hard, but should it be this hard?
It only took one intruding rat and a heroic Drew (who helped usher the grimy creature back the gutter from whence it came) for Clare to realize that maaaaaybe she needed to face the facts: Drew was there. Eli was not.
And then, Drew laid it out on the line:
Clare had a decision to make. Was she drifting from Eli because Drew was available? Or had too much changed in the past few months? Could it be that she was just in love with the idea of Eli from before?
Clare decided to call Eli one more time, but when he didn't pick up, it was the last straw. As she left her message, she told Eli it was over. And maybe it had been for a while.
CALL IT A COMEBACK
After a hiatus from acting on West Drive, Zo� was ready to get back into the game. She was hard-pressed to land a role on a renowned director's new project, but a less-than-stellar audition had her hopes knocked pretty low.
To make matters worse, her performance at school wasn't ovation-worthy, either: When an F on her history test required Zo� to join the quiz team for extra credit, she not only had to agonize over a botched audition, but she faced (as Tristan suggested) social suicide on the "Nerd Squad."
Zo� desperately needed to get the part, so Tristan suggested she tap into her personal experience for inspiration. Tristan encouraged Zoe to channel the anger and hurt she felt after she was assaulted. And when she did, she became overwhelmed by the still-painful memories from that night, and whacked her co-star in the face.
Zo� was sure she had ruined her chances of being cast, but after explaining to the director that she could pull through, make it real, and give a good performance...
He gave her the part.
WHAT'LL I DO ABOUT YOU?
Even though Miles' jealousy drove him to frame Zig at the Sweethearts Semiformal, Maya confessed she missed her boyfriend. She worried, however, that if she took Miles back, Zig would fly off the handle, do something reckless, and cause even more drama than was already brewing between the three of them.
So the perfect solution? Date Miles in secret.
Miles, happy to have Maya back, agreed to be a clandestine couple. But little did he know, Zig decided it was time to make proper moves on Maya.
Zig gave her his bracelet and asked her to give him a chance when the time was right. Maya, not ready to let Zig down, said, "Of course," as Miles bitterly watched around the corner. What a mess.
So, let's break it down: Zig is under the impression that Maya is into him, even though she's actually back with Miles. Zig basically marked Maya with his bracelet, and has since subtly been rubbing it in Miles' face. Maya said she made her choice, but is that enough for Miles?
Miles finally said that he couldn't be in a secret relationship with Maya anymore. Not only was Zig acting like he'd won, but it seemed suspicious that Maya continued to string him along. And when Maya said that she "just didn't want anyone to get hurt," Miles made it clear that someone (read: HE) already was.
Man, you guys, so much happening and there's only one episode left in the chapter! Will Clare make a move with Drew now that she's single? Will Maya have to tell Zig the truth in order to save her relationship with Miles?
Next week is the Winter Chapter Finale, and to celebrate, we're inviting you to a VERY special Degrassi Twitter Party. We'll be taking to @TeenNick and @Degrassinsider to live tweet the entire episode as well as give away some awesome prizes! Check out all the deets and contest rules right here! We can't wait to do this finale right!
- Posted on 04/09/2014 by Rachel1016
Tuesdays are all about Degrassi, and last night we brought you a fresh batch of delicious Degassi drama! This week's episode tackled (SURPRISE!) the ever-changing relationship feels. From Dallas and Alli, to Drew and Clare, to Tristan...and his teacher (?) you're gonna want to watch "Everything is Everything" online and then read our recap below!
THE GOOD FIGHT
Last week, Dallas and Connor were pulled over on their way to the science fair under the suspicion of a stolen car. After spending the night at the police station, the officers determined that the car wasn't in fact stolen, and the boys were free to go. But Dallas was still upset at the likelihood that he and Connor were pulled over because of their race.
When they finally reached the science fair, Dallas was approached by one of the judges. As he fixed a few items on Alli's display, the judge asked him to "step away" from the table. When Dallas explained that he was Alli's partner, the judge did not understand, and rather insisted that he come with him to sort the situation out. Dallas, suspecting similar racism, became defensive and aggressively refused.
Later, when the judge returned to evaluate their project, Dallas had another heated altercation. Dallas thought the judge was surprised at his articulate explanation of their findings, and Dallas called him out for having low expectations from a black man. The judge was taken aback, and Alli was not only confused, but furious that Dallas would jeopardize her chances of impressing the judges in such a reckless way.
As Dallas tried to figure out a way to fix his mistake, Alli's dad approached him and told him story of when he was similarly profiled at an airport. But when Dallas maintained that he wouldn't sit back and let the persecution just happen, Alli's father gave him some wise advice:
Dallas apologized to the judge, explained the reasoning behind his impulsiveness, and encouraged him to give Alli another chance. The judge agreed, and before we knew it, Alli took home the gold.
But it looks like Dallas did, too. :)
Dallas told Alli he was going to file a proper complaint with the police department about the way he and Connor were treated, proving that he could win the girl, win the fair, and win the cause.
And that's how to fight.
Ever since Mr. Yates told Tristan that he was his favorite student, Tristan assumed that his relationship with, ehem, Grant was going to be a special one. However, Mr. Yates gave Tristan a hard time at the next meeting of the play-writing collective. Apparently, he deemed Tristan's writing both "boring" and "lacking depth." Ouch.
Why was Mr. Yates being so hot and cold?
When Tristan approached him, Yates admitted that he didn't want to show Tristan any favoritism. But, I mean, anyone that knows anything about body language could tell that he was hiding something. Why was Mr. Yates being so volatile and sending Tristan signals about actually being friends?
Well, things got even more suspicious when Mr. Yates then asked Tristan if he had ever heard of the love story of Heloise and Abelard.
Tristan quickly learned that the story tells the tragic tale of a teacher who falls in love with a student.
...And we quickly learn that things between Tristan and Mr. Yates are about to get complicated.
GET A #CLEW
Clare was surprised to find that Drew's date with Eden went really well. According to Drew, not only was Eden pretty, but she was funny and they had a lot in common.
Plus, Imogen approved.
But as the idea of Drew and Eden together became more real, Clare started to regret helping Drew find a new girl. (Ya always want what you can't have, HUH, Clare?!) She also still hadn't revealed the true identity of Annabella, the girl in the fake profile that Clare created last episode. But it was time to tell Drew that she was Annabella.
Turns out Drew knew the entire time, and he confessed that the reason he chose Eden was not because "Annabella" wasn't his type, but because she had a boyfriend.
And... KABOOOOOM! <-- That's the onomatopoeia for a #truthbomb.
So, now that the mutual feelings between Drew and Clare were on the table, it was time for Drew to let Eden down easy. He came clean about his feelings for Clare, but, even after breaking it off with Eden, he made it clear that the chances of him and Clare working were slim. Ugh, so now what? The ball's in Annabella's court?
Oy yoy yoy, we hope you're bracing yourselves, Degrassians. Will Clare and Drew challenge the universe and get together? Will Tristan find himself in a tricky situation with Mr. Yates? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
- Posted on 04/02/2014 by Rachel1016
Hey, Degrassians! Did you catch last night's new episode? Between an act of domestic terrorism, a tough (but cute) new teacher, and an ongoing game of "He loves me, he loves me not," these kids better see all the drama a-brewin' before things get out of control! If you haven't seen "Army of Me," watch it online and then read our recap below!
THE SCIENCE OF FAIR
It was finally time for Alli to present her project at the science fair. She was so excited because she and Dallas had been working tirelessly for weeks, and only few loose ends stood between her and total science domination. But when Dallas and Alli went to the mall to pick up her posters, a frightening incident shook things up. Literally.
Someone set off a homemade dry ice bomb in the middle of the food court and forced everyone to duck and cover under tables. No one was hurt, but when the police cleared out the room, they asked Dallas to stay behind for questioning.
And before long, he realized that both he and Connor were being profiled as suspects because of their race.
After waiting for a long time, disgruntled and upset, Dallas and Connor were finally released. Unfortunately, the bus to the fair had already left without them. They had to figure out a way to meet Alli and Jenna at the fair, and thankfully, Principal Simpson let Connor borrow his car so they could make it in time. (It pays having the principal be your legal guardian!) Keys in hand, Dallas and Connor hit the road.
But while they were on their way, the boys got pulled over by two cops. And since Dallas was positive he wasn't speeding, he asked the officer why he was stopped. The officer scornfully replied, "Your exhaust is very loud." Dallas knew this wasn't a legitimate violation, and when the officers questioned the boys' permission to use the car, he was sure they were being persecuted. Because of their race.
Do you think will Dallas' anger inspire him to make a stand in a constructive way? Or will it lead to even more trouble?
There's a new teacher at Degrassi, and his name is Mr. Grant Yeats. He stands on desks, prefers that students and teachers "teach each other," and has this super-secret-invite-only play-writing collective (because multi-hyphenates = prestigious, obviously).
Tristan really wanted to get into Mr. Yeats' play-writing collective to keep his mind off of how things weren't going so great at home. But when Zoe got her invitation to the collective, Tristan was confused about how and why his invitation was, er, lost in the mail?
Well, turns out, Mr. Yeats didn't think Tristan's work was deserving of admittance into the collective.
Determined to get a spot in the super-secret society, Tristan followed the group to their meeting place… in the middle of the woods. But as he spied on them behind a tree, Mr. Yeats noticed him. (Let's be real, when you swat a fly like a kung fu warrior, you're bound to get noticed.)
At first Mr. Yeats was a little confused, and suggested that Tristan's boldness might not have been in the best taste. But after the meeting was dismissed, he told Tristan individually that he admired his determination. And even said that he could foresee Tristan being his favorite student.
NOT HIS TYPE?
After Becky called Clare and Drew "work spouses" (y'know, because they finish each other's sentences, know the intimate details of each other's candy intolerance, and basically are in LURVE), Clare became worried that everyone at school thought she and Drew were dating. And since they kissed that one time (oh, riggghhtttt), Clare decided that it would probably be better to have no suspicions floating around. So, she set out on a mission to find Drew a girlfriend.
She created an online dating profile for Drew, and it didn't take much time for her inbox to be flooded with responses. Clare thought she was being sneaky, but Imogen sensed her ulterior motives for playing matchmaker: "You're trying to avoid your feelings for Drew," she said.
But when Clare asked Imogen to keep her "stupid crush" on the down low (HEY, ELI), Imogen tried to ease her fears by saying that Drew wouldn't actually date her, anyway. She wasn't his type.
To see if Imogen's hunch was true, Clare made a fake profile for a made-up girl named Annabella. And this girl was basically Clare—she had all the same interests and attributes, just without the picture.
However, when she gave Drew his options, he chose another girl named Eden based on her looks. Was Clare a little bummed? We think so.
Will Clare finally face her feelings and tell Drew the real identity of Annabella? Will Tristan and Mr. Yeats form a bond? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
- Posted on 03/26/2014 by Rachel1016
Valentine's Day may have been a month ago, but this week at Degrassi was all about sweethearts and love triangles! And chalk it up to pre-dance jitters, but a few things went down last night. If you haven't seen "Close to Me" yet, make sure to watch it online before reading our recap because, you know, spoilers.
SNAP OUT OF IT
The incarnation of Connor 2.0 made quite the impression at Degrassi and the lovable-nerd-turned-total-hunk started to get a lot of attention: Grade Nine girls were suddenly in dire need of biology tutoring, and Jenna, sensing some ulterior motives, didn't feel too great about how in-demand her boyfriend had become. With the semi-formal coming up, she felt like she had to pull out all the stops, "wow" Connor with a stunner dress, and bury those creeping jealous feelings!
But when it came time to get ready for the dance, Jenna found herself not loving any of her outfit choices (been there!) and she started to get frustrated. She knew that if she wanted to show up the younger girls, her dress had to be perfect.
A few dozen outfit changes later, Jenna arrived at the gymnasium in her chosen frock that, well, turned a few heads. And despite the fact that Alli thought her dress selection was a bit bold, Connor, being the adoring boyfriend that he is, said she looked great. He gave her the reaction she was looking for, and she was happy.
Later on, Dallas and Alli announced that Connor and Jenna won King and Queen—everything was going as planned! They took the stage to retrieve their crown, and Jenna was all, "You can call me Queen Bee." But just as she addressed her adoring subjects, Connor took her hand, raised it in a triumphant "BOO YAH!" and caused her dress strap to snap right off.
Mortified, Jenna quickly ran off stage.
As much as we wish Jenna could just rewind a few hours, let's face it, we've all been there before. Sometimes a fashion risk turns out to be a mistake, and you suffer through the embarrassment.
But as Connor walked into the bathroom to comfort Jenna, he made it clear he didn't care about those Niners, anyway: "They only like me now that I'm conventionally dressed," he said. "You liked me before then." Jenna was so caught up in creating the right image that she forgot why her relationship with Connor was so strong in the first place!
Plus, he didn't love any of those other girls.
And that's the way the #Jonnor cookie crumbles, my friends.
GIRL FRIENDS, NOT GIRLFRIENDS
Last week, Becky accidentally asked Imogen to the Sweetheart Semi-Formal, as her date. And even though she did want to go to the dance with Imogen all along, she wasn't really sure whether or not she like liked her.
Jack, on the other hand, totally had a thing for Imogen. And when she told Becky that she wanted to ask Imogen to the semi-formal, Becky wasn't about to let the new girl threaten her friendship.
…But was she getting in too deep?
At the dance, Becky and Imogen danced their tushes off, and seemed to be having a great time. But when the slow dance music forced everyone to couple off, they had to figure out what in the world was going on between them. After about a millisecond, she realized:
Becky admitted that she wasn't actually gay. She told Imogen that she just didn't want to lose her first best friend. And Imogen was so relieved, too, because Becky was her first best friend who wasn't her girlfriend.
After they officially solidified their BFF (not GF) status, Becky realized that she needed to make things right with Jack. She told Jack about the mix-up and encouraged her to ask Imogen to dance. Now the question is, could there be another budding romance in the works?
I TOLD YOU I'D WAIT
Since Zig moved in with Maya, things got a little tense between Maya and her boyfriend, Miles. Miles didn't totally trust Zig's motives, and sure as heck didn't want Maya in close quarters with him. But Maya, hoping that everyone would just put a little kumbaya in their hearts, had a plan to ease the tension: She thought that if everybody hung out together at the dance, maybe Miles and Zig could get along!
But Maya soon realized that her friends (Tristan, Zoe, Grace, and Tiny, to be exact) thought it was a useless idea to try to make BFF out of two hotheaded boys who clearly had feelings for her. And even though Maya didn't want to give up, Zig put his foot down and said that it wasn't his responsibility to fix her problems with Miles. He didn't want anything to do with the dance.
Back at Matlin household, Maya confronted Zig right before the dance. She told him she was really upset that he was "such a jerk" about the whole situation, and even though Zig scoffed it off, you could tell that he cared.
Oh, he cared.
Zig eventually showed up to the dance, and much to Maya's surprise, chatted with Miles by the punch table. They started talking man-to-man and everything was going fine until Zig, well, said some stuff that didn't exactly sit well with Miles. He talked about living with Maya and provokingly joked, "It's gonna be kinda hard to be just friends when you're sleeping down the hall."
Yikes, you could practically see the steam coming out of Miles' ears.
In fact, Miles was so mad, he tried to get Zig out of the picture for good. He went to Mr. Perino and got two cops to accuse Zig of hiding drugs in his locker. They whisked Zig away to investigate, and Maya stood there, dumbfounded and shocked. Miles insisted that he just did it to protect her, but Maya couldn't believe Miles would do such a spiteful thing. Holding back tears, she told him, "I need some time to think."
Back at home, Maya waited to for Zig to see what happened with Perino. Turns out, there were no drugs in his locker, and Miles had just thrown him under the bus. But when Maya tried to explain that Miles wasn't a bad guy and couldn't understand why he'd so something like this, Zig said he had an idea. And it went back to a promise he made Maya months ago.
"Remember when I told you I'd wait for you?"
Well, what say you, Degrassians? Will Zig test #Matlingsworth's fate? Is Imogen on her way to a new relationship? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
- Posted on 03/19/2014 by Rachel1016
Hey, Degrassians! Did you catch last night's all-new episode? The guys and gals readied themselves for the Sweethearts Semiformal, and, well, you know what happens whenever a Degrassi dance comes around… There's never a shortage of
dramaschool spirit! If you missed last night's episode, catch the full video online before reading our recap!
I SUPPOSE WE COULD GIVE IT A TRY
Since spending more time together on Degrassi TV, Becky and Imogen started to get really close. And we've all been pretty stoked that both Becky and Imogen finally found a friend in each other! But when a new girl, Jack, started at Degrassi, things began to change.
Jack and Imogen totally hit it off. It was pretty clear that they were, y'know, kindred spirits: They liked the same things, they had a similar sense of humor, they got each other. But their mutual love for Radiohead, high art culture, and macchiatos sorta put Becky on the outskirts of their conversation.
And there was one more thing: Jack like likes girls.
Feeling left out and afraid of losing Imogen before she even got a chance to get close with her, Becky decided that she had to do something major to lock in their BFF-ship. So, she asked Imogen to go with her to the Sweethearts Semiformal. As her date.
So, Jenna had this sorta silly notion that everyone at school thinks she and Connor are a "weird couple." And even though we think they're just fab, she was determined to prove that they're a little less random and a little more royal. With the Sweethearts Semiformal coming up, Jenna nominated them for king and queen, but Jenna had a hypothesis: If Connor changed his appearance, they would increase their chances of winning.
Connor was skeptical at first, but she convinced him that the campaign was merely an experiment. So he agreed to swap his glasses for contacts, and his polo for pleather. But as the changes got a little more intense, Connor became skeptical of Jenna's motives. Why did she want him to change so much, so suddenly? She fessed up about her insecurities, and he said something really poignant: "I don't think the problem is other people. I think it's you."
Eventually, Jenna apologized to Connor for trying to make him change his looks for a competition. But it turns out, a good relationship is all about compromise. Yep, Connor knew this to be scientific fact, so he went through with the makeover.
As he turned around all shiny and new, Jenna basically had cartoon wolf eyes O_O coming out of her sockets! (And we don't blame her! The good sir looked fiiine!) It appeared that they were ready for their king and queen nominee photos, watching the throne like Jay and 'Ye.
But then Jenna realized something… She wasn't the only one who liked Connor's new and improved image. Uh oh.
YOU HAVE NO IDEA
When Maya couldn't find her laptop in her backpack, she suspected Zig of stealing it. She swiftly put on her best Sherlock cap (metaphorically, of course) and followed him from the school parking lot to see if he really swiped her computer.
As she stealthily watch Zig approach an abandoned house, she saw him jigger open a window and climb in. Confused, and frankly worried, Maya decided she had to investigate.
When she knocked on the door, Zig answered upset and flustered. "How did you find me here?" he said. "You need to go." Maya knew something was up, and realized it wasn't really about the laptop anymore.It was about Zig, living alone, squatting in an uninhabited house… and how it maybe, might have broken her heart to witness it.
She started to feel really guilty about Zig's situation and told Miles, Tristan, and Zoe that she worried she might have been part of the reason he was in such a tough place. After all, she did blow him off last summer. Unsurprisingly, Zoe had a thing or two to say about it…
But Maya still felt responsible for helping him. Miles, however, was confused about why Maya suddenly had such an interest in Zig's well-being. He made it clear that he thought Zig was bad news, and that his personal life wasn't her problem.
Hm… we guess his suspicions aren't totally off-base, but let's be real for a second: We know Miles is aware of Maya's history with Zig. Could he be skeptical because he was, well, jealous?
Without much encouragement from her friends, Maya sought advice from Ms. Grell. After explaining that Zig was, er, hanging his hat on plywood, Ms. Grell assured Maya that she'd take care of the situation.
But Maya quickly learned that no good deed goes unpunished, as Zig stormed out of school, livid at Maya for not minding her own business. Turns out, Zig's parents kicked him out of their home, and since he had nowhere else to go, he would probably have to go to a group home.
Maya talked to her mom about the predicament. She was determined to make things right with Zig, and so they decided to offer him a place to stay in their extra room. Then, when Maya told Zig that he'd have a temporary home, his reaction was…
And so, Maya and Zig became housemates! But um, *raises hand* something tells us this situation is going to be more complicated than who's hogging the bathroom. Maya surely did the right thing by helping a friend in need and mending a wounded friendship, but are they really just friends?
What did you think about this week's episode? Sound off in the comments, Degrassians!
- Posted on 03/12/2014 by Rachel1016
Degrassians, thank you for joining us last night for a truly heart-wrenching and pivotal episode. There is much to discuss and reflect upon, and we're here to break it down with you. As always, if you haven't seen "Unbelievable" Parts 1 & 2, watch the hour-long episode right here before reading our recap.
The episode began with Zoe waking up in Miles' pool house the morning after his outrageous party, with little recollection of what happened. When Miles' little sister Frankie woke her up, she showed her a series of compromising photos that ended up online. Although Zoe seemed confident that the photos were only a blip on the radar (nothing that couldn't be erased by a stellar performance at the Degrassi Sing Off), this was only the beginning.
As the photos began to spread around the school, Becky pitched a story to Degrassi TV about the dangers of underage drinking. At first, she was determined to prove herself a serious journalist by getting to the bottom of what really happened at Miles' party. But when an anonymous person using the pseudonym "The Watcher" posted a video of Zoe, drunk on the floor in nothing but her bikini, Becky realized that there was more to the story. In the video, it appeared that two boys tried to jokingly harass Zoe as she lay near-unconscious. Becky realized that the real message here wasn't just about holding teens accountable for their actions under the influence. It was about how no one, under any circumstances, should be taken advantage of.
Becky, Drew and Imogen sifted through the photo evidence from the party, and were determined to figure out who took the video. They couldn't seem to get a lead on anybody until The Watcher posted another anonymous video containing security camera footage of Miles and Winston carrying Zoe into the pool house. Now, it appeared that the two boys were lead suspects.
Later on, at the Degrassi Sing Off, Zoe, Frankie and Keisha took the stage. In the middle of their performance, however, Zoe started having flashbacks to the party and became distraught by the fear of what may or may not have happened to her in the pool house. She quickly ran off stage and went to the doctor to get some answers. There, she learned that she was sexually assaulted.
Becky noticed as Zoe became increasingly tormented by the incident, and she realized that she couldn't keep the story to herself any longer. Becky informed Principal Simpson of her suspicions about Miles and Winston, and he immediately decided to involve the police. When the police questioned the boys, however, Winston was able to pull up a time code in the security footage to prove that it wasn't them in the assault video. So, if it wasn't Miles and Chuey, who was it?
Eventually, Grace came forward as The Watcher and told Becky, Imogen, and Drew that she wanted to help them figure out who was in the video. They determined that Becky's brother Luke and his friend (who, incidentally, was the same guy that tried to put his hands on Maya in 'Barely Breathing') were involved. And even though Becky didn't want to believe that her brother could be capable of such a disgusting act, she found the assault video on his phone. Luke Baker was Zoe's attacker. And Becky was dazed and devastated.
Zoe meanwhile learned that the pep rally for the basketball team was cancelled because of the accusations. Zoe didn't make the claims (she had, in fact, kept pretty quiet about the whole thing), but angry students started spreading nasty rumors that Zoe wasn't actually assaulted. They said that she willingly had sex with the two boys in the video, regretted it, and then decided to tell the police that she was violated. It's important to understand that Zoe was not only being ostracized by her peers for the events that took place, but they were now falsely accusing her of making the whole thing up. And despite her reputation for getting entangled in controversy, Zoe was the victim here. The victim who was being portrayed as the villain.
After it came to light that Luke was in the video, he approached Zoe to ask her to drop the accusations and "just forget everything." He even dared to suggest that no one would believe her side of the story anyway: "I'm a good Christian guy, I'm a hockey star," he said. But right before the basketball game, Zoe saw Luke carelessly flirting in the background, she charged toward him. She mustered enough infuriated strength to announce in front of everyone that he was other person in the video. He sexually assaulted her. And before he could try to defend himself, Becky jumped in and confirmed that her brother was indeed guilty. As swift as a coursing river, he was carried away by police.
The next day, Zoe walked in to school as Miles, Maya, Tristan, Drew, and Dallas waited for her. They promised to have her back and to be there for her as she began her recovery process. But before taking Miles' hand, Zoe turned around and saw Becky. She walked over to her and thanked her for coming forward, for speaking up against her own brother. And even though Becky said it wouldn't be easy, she knew she had to do what was right. In that moment, we felt our hearts swell to burst.
Zoe's story in this episode sheds light on the complicated issue of sexual assault. It can happen to all kinds of people, and all-too often blame is assigned to the victim. Situations like these aren't easy to talk about, but if you or someone you know have been affected by sexual assault, there are resources available and it is never too late to get help. Tell someone you trust. You don't have to deal with this alone. Call the Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE or go to www.rainn.org.
- Posted on 03/05/2014 by Rachel1016
It's that time again, Degrassians! We've got another all-new episode under our belts, and it's time to break down the moments that left us, as usual, wading in a pool of feels. Last night's episode was chock full of the capital D Drama that makes Degrassi sohellip;Degrassi, so if you haven't seen the full episode of "Basket Case," watch it online before reading our recap!
NO PARTIES, NO GIRLS
As Miles' parents were on their way out of town, they called upon Drew (of all people) to look after Miles in order to make sure he didn't get into any trouble. Miles was pretty annoyed at his parents for hiring Babysitter Drew and, really, we can't blame him. I mean, not only do we have every right to question Drew's capacity to supervise, but Mr. H was treating Miles like a baby when, really, he had been acting like a child himself.
Miles still hadn't forgotten about his father's affair. And because his father was doing whatever he wanted, Miles decided that he had license to do the same. In other words, it was time for a party.
After ditching Drew (by fooling him into thinking he'd have to run errands for Mr. H all evening), Winston quickly spread the word about the Hollingsworth rager. And the sun hadn't even set by the time the Degrassi student body gathered around Miles' pool, red Solo cups in hand, Icona Pop blasting. Everyone was having themselves a time, but there was one person in particular who especially enjoyed herself.
As the party got rowdier, Maya walked in and made it clear she was upset at Miles' carelessness. His relationship with his father was already strained and she knew that lashing out in this way was a mistake, no matter how much Miles believed that Mr. H deserved it.
To make matters worse, Miles was already pretty inebriated at this point. Maya tried to talk to him, but after one too many drunken slurs, she decided to leave. Miles was bent out of shape.
As Miles stumbled his way to an empty couch to sulk, Zoe walked over pretty intoxicated herself. She removed her dress, left only in a bathing suit, sat on Miles' lap, pitied his fight with Maya, and proceeded to pass out with her arms around him.
As if things hadn't already gotten out of hand, Winston and Miles had no idea what to do with unconscious Zoe. After Winston snapped a photo of the three of them to use as "ammo" against Zoe, they picked her up and brought her into the pool house. Suffice it to say, they acted with really impaired judgment.
WAKING UP IS THE HARDEST PART
You know what they say about dreams: You act out what you can't real in life.
After waking up from a
fantasydream in which Clare got pretty steamy with Drew, she admitted to Alli that she was crushin' hard. Like real hard. Alli made it clear that Clare's dream could have real-life implications (you are NOT innocent when you dream!), and they both resolved that Clare would have to keep her distance.
Her willpower didn't last very long, however, because when Drew asked for Clare's help with the campaign materials that Miles duped him into getting (right, that happened), she barely hesitated before saying, "Yes, Drew. For you, anything." (Okay, those weren't her exact words, but they might as well have been.)
Drew and Clare spent the entire day together, and as Drew dropped Clare off at her house, she finally got real: She admitted that she was having "too much fun" hanging out with him. And just as they were about to actually confront the maybe feelings they had for each other, Eli showed up at Clare's door. Yes, that Eli! Drew quickly assessed the situation and let Clare go. But, lest we assume the tension ended there, homeboy looked just about as bummed as every kid on the day after Christmas:
BEND, NOT BREAK
After finding out about Alli's violent attack, Dallas decided to stake out Leo's home. With his arms crossed and his hood up, it looked like he had every intention of giving Leo a taste of his own medicine.
But when he heard his son Rocky's voice, Dallas was reminded that fighting violence with violence wasn't the right thing to do. And it's not an example he'd want to set for his son.
Alli confessed to Dallas that she wished there was a way to make Leo realize just how much he hurt her. So, he accompanied Alli to Leo's house, where she was able to express to Leo face-to-face just how much turmoil he put her through, and how his severe anger management problems had the potential for an even worse outcome. Dallas was right by her side the entire time, but Alli mustered enough strength to say her piece: "You beat me, but you didn't break me."
Of course, the confrontation wasn't easy for Alli. The weight of that painful emotion left her in tears, but even though she is clearly still deeply wounded, Dallas' support helped her get the closure she deserved.
And as she sat on the curb, she said, "You're one of the good ones, Dallas." :`)
That about wraps it up for this week, Degrassians! Tell us what you thought about the episode in the comments below!
- Posted on 02/26/2014 by Rachel1016
Far be it from us to suggest that episode titles of Degrassi should have anything to do with the actual events of the episode, but can we be real for a second? There were most certainly one or two surprises in this week's brand-new Degrassi. If you haven't seen "No Surprises" yet, be sure to check it out here before reading our recap, because we actually might spoil something for you!
A FAMILY AFFAIR
While Maya and Miles hung out by the pool after school (you know, just to be cool), Miles convinced Maya to skinny dip with him. It only took minimal convincing for Maya to strip down and jump into the pool with Miles sans clothes. But before things could get too steamy, Mr. Hollingsworth walked in with his campaign staff, caught Maya and Miles, and quickly disapproved of the situation.
After the awkward encounter, Miles was determined to get back in his father's good graces. So, he set out to help with the campaign and really change his dad's mind.
But while he was helping organize campaign materials, he overheard his dad having an intimate conversation with his campaign manager, Andrea. Miles was suspicious about his father's relationship with Andrea, and decided to find out what was going on.
Right before his family's campaign media training, Miles planted a necklace in Andrea's bag to gauge her reaction. If she was disgusted that a married man would try to woo her with gifts, there was nothing to worry about. If she seemed happy, Miles would be sure his father was having an affair. Unfortunately, Andrea smiled as she found the gift box in her purse, and Miles' heart sank to the very nadir of his stomach. His dad was cheating on his mom.
In a fit of rage, Miles made a scene during his family's media training. And as he stormed out of the room, his mother followed him. When Miles told his mom about the suspicions, he was shocked to find out that she not only already knew, but that she chose to ignore her husband's indiscretions for the sake of the campaign. Miles couldn't believe what he was hearing. His family was on the verge of crumbling for the sake of a mayoral campaign. Could you imagine how much it must hurt to see your parents being so dishonest?
Later on, Miles confided in Maya about his family situation. It seemed like she was the only person who could make him feel better, the only person who could keep all of his family problems at bay, even if just for a little while. As they were laying on the couch together, Mile looked in her eyes and dropped the L-bomb. *gasp* And then Maya said it back.
TAKING THE PLUNGE
When Clare found out Eli wouldn't be able to come home to help celebrate her 6 months cancer-free bungee jumping adventure, she hesitatingly invited Drew to take his place. She worried that hanging out with Drew might be a little weird considering the fact, oh, right, that they kissed over Thanksgiving while she and Eli were on a brief break.
Tied together with, like, millimeters between them, Clare started to feel some feels. In fact, she could barely form coherent sentences because she was trying to stave off those tingly somethings that Drew was suddenly making her feel.
After Clare and Drew took the big jump (which somehow landed them in a giant pond), they dried off and changed their clothes in her car. Drew offered his try shirt to Clare and then oh-so casually said, "I just realized I don't have another shirt." Oh, heavens. Lest things go any further, Clare suggested that Drew find another ride home. Confused, Drew got out of the car, and Clare sat there wondering what in the world she was going to do with her feelings.
What do you guys think? Is Clare just missing Eli? Or is there a chance she could really like Drew?
THE WAY I FEEL
Alli and Dallas were getting along splendidly as lab partners, but it was pretty clear Dallas wanted something more. He was still unaware of the details surrounding Alli's tumultuous breakup with Leo, and how her healing process was nowhere near over, so he decided to ask her out on a date. And despite a gift basket full of girly, tender-loving-care products (which, hi, we'd gladly accept), Alli said…
Dallas was upset, and assumed Alli wasn't over her ex-boyfriend, or wasn't interested in Dallas altogether. But she eventually told him exactly what happened between her and Leo.
She explained how he hit her and how she was still recovering from both the mental and physical effects. Dallas listened intently as Alli described the horrific altercation, and his blood began to boil.
As much as we all would like to see Dallas pummel Leo into the earth, Alli asserted him that it wouldn't change anything. But if one thing's for sure, Dallas cares about Alli. That much is clear. He's on her side, and even if she can't give him what he maybe wants right now, we really hope he's going to be there for her.
That's about it for this week, Degrassians! Tell us what you thought about the episode in the comments below!
- Posted on 02/19/2014 by Rachel1016
Degrassians! It's safe to say that no hyperbole in the English language could adequately describe the craziness that was last night's episode of Degrassi. Seriously, it was so epic you might as well have called it "The Degroddyesy." (We know. It's so bad, it's good.) If you haven't seen "Power To The People" yet, make sure to watch it online right here before reading our recap!
ARE YOU PLEASED WITH YOURSELF?
Drew enthusiastically began his volunteer position with Mr. Hollingsworth's campaign, but his new girlfriend, Zoe, was beginning to get in the way. She made unannounced appearances while Drew was on the job, talked about doing whatever she could to spend more time with him, and displayed a wee bit too much public affection in front of Mr. H.
Worried that Zoe's clinginess might put his job in jeopardy, Drew felt like he needed to break it off with Zoe completely. But when he tried to tell her he wouldn't have "time" for a relationship, he didn't make it clear to Zoe their (very brief) romance was officially over. He made a vague statement about how busy he would be with the campaign and she, understandably, didn't realize his words were, well, breakup words.
When Zoe showed up at Mr. H's campaign speech, an unknowingly not single Drew, became a little bit... well, confused? Agitated? Perturbed? All of the above? He tried to tell Zoe he did not want to be with her once and for all, and she was completely heartbroken. She reminded him that they slept together, which...
And she made it clear how dastardly it was of him to diminish what a HUGE deal sleeping together actually was.
Well, Drew got what was coming to him, as Zoe's fierce mother marched into the auditorium like a lioness protecting her baby cub and demanded to know why Drew thought it was acceptable to take her daughter's virginity and then proceed to drop her like a hot potato. Ms. Rivas let it all out in front of the school, and Drew was completely mortified.
After a brief meeting with Principal Simpson, Drew realized that he didn't think clearly about how his actions might have affected Zoe, and how sex is actually a huge deal, especially when it's someone's first time. Drew walked into school the next day, bouquet in hand, ready to apologize to Zoe, but it was going to take a lot more than flowers to make it up to her.
With a little guidance from his mom, Mrs. Torres, who poignantly explained how selfish and insensitive his actions were, Drew reflected on his behavior. He decided it was time to be a more thoughtful, compassionate guy. Now, let's see if he can really apologize to Zoe.
DRESS TO PROGRESS
Imogen continued her dress code crusade this episode, but when she showed up to school dressed as a nun, it seemed like the movement was a little more spectacle and a little less progress.
Imogen was delighted to see other girls getting involved, but several of the freshmen took the protest as an opportunity to dress promiscuously.
Principal Simpson, however, was nun too pleased about the Niners chanting "Bra rules are for fools!" throughout the halls. So, he encouraged Imogen to turn her fire into a real opportunity for change, and Imogen took to amending the dress code!
As she and Becky began to brainstorm changes, they came to the realization that any dress code could, theoretically, infringe upon people's freedom. They came to the conclusion that dressing appropriately is all about intention: If you're trying to distract guys with a low-cut shirt, you're going to get in trouble. If you forget to wear a bra one day, you deserve a hall pass. Specific rules were out the window, and the new mission of the dress code was to respect the school and respect yourself. Amen, sister friend!
CHEMISTRY IS SCIENCE
Alli asked Jenna to be her lab assistant, but Jenna was more concerned with Alli getting therapy to help her cope with the Leo debacle. Alli was all�
And she got annoyed with Jenna for insisting upon something she just wanted to put out of her mind. In Alli's eyes, science was supposed to an escape, and it was frustrating because she couldn't even do it as well as she used to. A few minutes of arguing with Jenna in the hall, and Alli's lab coat was in the trash.
But guess who fished it out for her?
Dallas sympathized with Alli over losing something important to him (he got kicked off the ice hockey team, remember?) and helped her realize that it wasn't like her to give up so easily. He even offered to be her lab assistant, but under one condition: They couldn't talk about anything "personal."
Iiiiintersting. Does this mean Dallas has personal feelings to not talk about?
I mean, he did ask Drew for advice on "unrequited love for a science nerd."
That's about it for this week, Degrassians! Tell us what you thought about the episode in the comments below!
- Posted on 02/12/2014 by Rachel1016
Last night's episode of Degrassi was all about taking things to the next level. Drew and Zoe got closer (much closer), Imogen started a girl-power protest, and Alli began to feel like her old self. If you haven't seen "Dig Me Out" yet, make sure to watch it online right here before reading our recap!
SO OVER BOYS
After two painful episodes, Alli finally was able to begin the healing process. She started to get back on her own two feet, both regaining her independence and focusing on her old love, science. But now that Leo's behind her, there was one thought we all couldn't help but think: Maybe, just maybe, she'll finally give Dallas a chance.
Take this moment, for instance: As Alli was trying to open her locker with one arm in a sling, Dallas stopped in the hall to help her out. She insisted that she had it under control, but let us shamelessly over-analyze her look of longing as he walked away:
I mean, don't get us wrong, we are thrilled that Alli is "so over boys," and we think it's important for her to embrace her independence and love herself for a while. But you know what they say… one dreamy stare is worth a thousand words. (Yeah, yeah, we know they don't say that.)
IS THAT A BRA-BLEM?
While Alli was contemplating her feelings (or lack thereof), Imogen was busy getting dismissed from class for forgetting to wear a bra. According to Madame Jean-Aux, her wardrobe was "distracting" to the other students, which, in translation, means that Luke Baker and a few other boys in the class couldn't be mature enough to not make fun of her unsupported lady parts. Come on, the girl was just running a little late!
Imogen was humiliated, so she told Simpson that there was no specific language in the dress code about wearing (or not wearing) a particular undergarment. She made an excellent point and, although Simpson referred to "community standards" for appropriate dress, Imogen thought the reasons for her dismissal were unclear, unfair, and sexist.
Imogen decided to use Degrassi TV to protest the preposterous dress code violation. She told Simpson that he would never have to question whether or not she was wearing a bra again and, man oh man, did she keep her word.
A handful of other girls joined the movement by wearing their bras over their shirts, and before we knew it, the halls of Degrassi turned into some sort of amazing feminist tacky day. Imogen's bravery totally deserved a round of applause, but we probably could have guessed that Simpson's reaction was going to be a little less "BRA-VO!" (pun 100% intended) and a little more "I'm taking away your broadcast privileges."
But Imogen's fight wasn't over! She decided that if she couldn't make her voice heard on-air, she'd do it online. And thus, she made an "Anti-Degrassi Dress Code" FaceRange page. So the battle continues…
Hot off the heels of their first official date, Zoe and Drew started getting closer. Serious make-out sessions between class and Zoe getting Drew to ditch his poker game with Connor, Dallas and Clare for a party, would suggest that they were in an offish relationship. Drew insisted they were not.
Later on at the party, Miles nearly humiliated Zoe by saying she wasn't invited. So Zoe, trying save face in front of her frenemies, introduced Drew as her boyfriend.
Drew eventually confessed to Zoe that he didn't want anything serious. And at first she was disappointed, but then she said that they should just keep having fun, and there was no need to label it. Drew liked the sound of that.
But then they took a big step that neither of them will ever be able to take back: Zoe and Drew went all the way. And when Zoe crashed the rescheduled poker game the next day, it was clear the whole "let's keep it casual" thing was officially chucked out the window. Final bets were placed, and Zoe said…
When Drew realized that his odds weren't looking so good, he decided to be straight with Zoe. But before he could cut ties, Zoe dropped a bomb on him: Their one time together, was her first time.
In order to not hurt her feelings, Drew decided they should change their FaceRange status to "In A Relationship." And even though it might have seemed like the noble thing to do, it was pretty clear where Drew's heart was. (Like, somewhere very far away. Maybe Egypt). What do you think? Was he a knight in shining armor? Or making way for an even bigger disaster?
Until next week, chat all things Degrassi in the comments below!