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  • Degrassi Recap: 'Close to Me'

    Posted on 03/26/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    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.

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    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.

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    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.

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    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:

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    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.

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    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.

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    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."



    Ugh.

    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?"

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    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!

  • Degrassi Recap: 'What It's Like'

    Posted on 03/19/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    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 drama school 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
    Degrassi: What It's Like

    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.

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    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.

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    And there was one more thing: Jack like likes girls.

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    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.

    #Bekogen?

    ROYAL TREATMENT
    Degrassi: What It's Like

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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…

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    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.

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    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.

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    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…

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    Impactful.

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    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!

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Unbelievable Parts 1 + 2'

    Posted on 03/12/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    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.

    Degrassi: Unbelievable

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Degrassi: Unbelievable

    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.

    Degrassi: Unbelievable

    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?

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    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.

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    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.

    Degrassi: Unbelievable

    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.



  • Degrassi Recap: 'Basket Case'

    Posted on 03/05/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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
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    You know what they say about dreams: You act out what you can't real in life.

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    After waking up from a fantasy dream 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.)

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    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:

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    BEND, NOT BREAK
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    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."

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    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.

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    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!

  • Degrassi Recap: 'No Surprises'

    Posted on 02/26/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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
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    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…

    Degrassi: No Surprises

    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.

    Degrassi: No Surprises

    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.

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    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!

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Power To The People'

    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?
    Degrassi: Power To The People

    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.

    Degrassi: Power To The People

    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...

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    And she made it clear how dastardly it was of him to diminish what a HUGE deal sleeping together actually was.

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    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.

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    Degrassi: Power To The People


    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
    Degrassi: Power To The People

    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.

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    Imogen was delighted to see other girls getting involved, but several of the freshmen took the protest as an opportunity to dress promiscuously.

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    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!

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    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
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    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�

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    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?

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    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?

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    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!

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Dig Me Out'

    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
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    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:

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    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?
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    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!

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    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.

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    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."

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    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…

    ALL IN

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    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.

    Hmm…

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    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.

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    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…

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    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.

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    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!

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Better Man'

    Posted on 02/05/2014 by Rachel1016

    Last night, in an all-new Degrassi, we watched the Degrassians begin to pick up the pieces that were left from an epic premiere episode. If you haven't seen "Better Man" yet, make sure to watch it online right here before reading our recap!

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    MAKEOVER MONDAY
    Maya really wanted to fit in with Grace and the rest of the students in the Rubber Room, so she asked Tristan to give her a total bad-girl makeover.

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    As she walked into class wearing her new look (which was complete with heavy eye-liner, combat boots, and a nose ring), Grace noticed and determined that Maya, y'know, could hang. Grace invited her to skip class with the rest of the Rubber Room kids, and even though BF Miles questioned her need to fit in based on appearance and playing hooky (to be fair, not without calling her a "cute weirdo"), Maya gladly accepted Grace's invitation.

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    While Maya and the rest of the crew were hanging out at the picnic tables, Zig straight up pulled out a BB gun. And while we were all, "Ummm, I think we're moving a little too fast? Let's take this slow?" Zig insisted that if Maya really wanted to hang with them, she had to hold on to the gun. Next thing we know, Maya's standing in an empty classroom aiming the gun at a fish tank. �A fish tank! Clearly desperate to be initiated into the Rubber Room crew, Maya pointed the gun at the fish tank, prepared to vandalize the school and kill a bunch of innocent gill-bearing creatures, when…

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    …she realized the gun was just a toy. Oh Zig, that was some high caliber humor. (Not.)

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    Thankfully, the prank brought Maya to her senses, and she realized that trying to fit in with the kids in the Rubber Room wasn't worth the terrible decisions that would likely ensue. She stood up to Zig and Grace, and insisted that she, and in fact they all, deserved to get out of the Rubber Room and be treated as students, not delinquents.

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    In the end, Grace actually respected Maya for having the guts to speak her mind. And we sure do, too.

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    YOU MEAN A REAL DATE?
    Still a little wounded by Clare's apparent lack of interest in him, Drew hoped landing a Youth Advisor job on Mr. Hollingsworth's campaign would restore his confidence. (Side note: Is Drew, like, worried that the universe will implode if every single girl doesn't want to scrawl "Mrs. Drew Torres" in her notebook or something?) He was stressed about being ill-prepared for the interview, so Dallas suggested that Drew find someone who gives him all the attention that he needs. Enter Zoe: who conveniently showed up and offered to coach him.

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    When they got together, Zoe started giving Drew advice like, "Lean forward. Look deep into their eyes. Command the space." And well, things got a lil' intimate. After one obligatorily long stare into eachother's eyes, boom: Drew kissed Zoe. And before we could say "pump the brakes," Zoe told Drew he could kiss her any time. So he continued.

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    When it finally came time for Drew's interview with Hollingsworth, he barely said "hello" before Mr. H discovered a little love bruise on Drew's neck. Apparently one thing led to another with Zoe and, yep, always good to have a potential employer spot a hickey on your neck. But Drew, being the natural born politician that he apparently was, recovered and landed the job.

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    Not long after, Drew shared the good news with Zoe and asked her out to celebrate. Somehow, Zoe got Drew to define it as a real date, and it occurred to us that things might be getting serious. But then, he walked by Clare and said "I guess some girls just like sideburns," and three words came to mind: Not. Over. It.

    What do you think? Is Drew using Zoe to stroke his ego? Or should we expect #Zrew coming down the pike?

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    JUSTICE AND TRUTH
    At the end of last episode, moments after they got married, Alli was brutally attacked by Leo. To cover up the fact that her new husband had abused her (for the third time), Alli told her parents she was mugged. And as the investigator tried to gather facts about the incident, Alli made it clear to us that she wasn't ready to face the reality of her situation. She couldn't turn Leo in, so she continued to give them false information. Regardless of the fact that this terrible, terrible thing could have been prevented, how confusing and devastating must it have been for Alli to grapple with truly loving someone who so deeply, and unforgivably, hurt her.

    Amidst all of this, Leo made multiple attempts to get in contact with Alli; texts and missed calls started to flood her phone. She finally answered one of his phone calls and told Leo that if he agreed to annul their marriage, she wouldn't go to the cops. Leo, however, vowed that he couldn't and wouldn't live without her. He followed Alli to school, waited for her outside, and stalked her until she finally told both Jenna and Clare the truth about incident.

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    They immediately insisted she call the cops.

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    As Alli watched the police handcuff and arrest Leo, it was a moment both triumphant and heartbreaking. She had the courage to bring him to justice, to stand up to her abuser, but you could see the hurt in her eyes as she realized, once and for all, the love of her life was a total stranger. Alli's story painfully but poignantly illustrates the truth about domestic violence: it is a very complex, serious, and real issue. Remember, if you or anyone you know is involved in an abusive relationship, you are not alone. There are resources available, and people who want to help.

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    Toward the end of the episode, Alli started to get rid of everything in her room that reminded her of Leo, including her engagement ring. Jenna walked in and brought her the annulment papers wrapped in a bow, a belated birthday cupcake, and a much-need reminder that best friends really are the best.


    Alright, Degrassians. You've heard our thoughts, now we want yours! What do you think about what you saw? Will Alli find the strength she needs to recover? Will Drew and Zoe become an official thing? Will Zig and Maya continue to butt heads? Sound off in the comments!

    In the meantime, here's what's happening next week!



  • Degrassi Recap: 'The World I Know'

    Posted on 01/29/2014 by Rachel1016

    Last night, we kicked off Degrassi's winter chapter with an unforgettable premiere episode. If you haven't seen "The World I Know" yet, catch up on the full episode online, then check out recap where we break down everything that happened.

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    BUT…I'M EVERYONE'S TYPE
    At the end of last chapter, Clare and Drew briefly shared a kiss (or, as Drew put it, something in between a make-out and a kiss) that may or may not have signaled a few "OH NO THEY DIDN'T!"s around the world. After the smooch, Drew quickly assumed that Clare was deeply in love with him, obviously.

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    But as Drew approached Clare to "let her down easy," she didn't quite pick up what he was puttin' down. In fact, she made it clear that the kiss was a terrible mistake, that she's still very much in love with Eli, and that Drew is straight up deluded (no really, she used that word). A little surprised to find Clare not head over-heels-in-love after their lip lock, Drew consulted Dallas, who, in typical Dallas fashion, encouraged Drew to find a rebound girl. Oh, brother. Wonder who that will be? Anyone care to place some bets?

    Anyway, while Drew was nursing his bruised ego, he was simultaneously trying to impress Mr. Hollingsworth (Miles' father), who visited Degrassi to deliver a speech about his campaign for mayor. Luckily, Drew was able to charm Mr. Hollingsworth, and scored an interview for the youth advisor of his campaign. Aw, look at that, Drew might slowly be getting his mojo back.

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    NOT THE RUBBER ROOM!
    After being suspended from school for threatening Zoe's life (in a song), Maya had to complete her punishment in the Remedial Room, aka the infamous "Rubber Room." Maya wasn't too excited about it to begin with, but things went downhill when newcomer punk girl, Grace, made it clear she thought Maya was a total "princess" with a chip on her shoulder. Ouch! Yeah, Maya might have some trouble fitting in.

    The students in the Remedial Room got assigned a character interview project, in which they were paired up and instructed to interview each other, as each other. By some stroke of luck, Maya got paired with her former almost-flame (and total bad-boy) Zig, and *PAUSE* things are about to get interesting.

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    For the new or rusty Degrassians out there, here's a quick background on Maya and Zig's complicated relationship: In Season 11, Maya had a crush on Zig, but didn't realize her feelings until Zig got back with his then-girlfriend, Tori. Maya eventually moved on with Cam when Zig started to have feelings for Maya again. But when Cam devastatingly took his own life, Zig blamed himself for telling Cam to get out of Maya's life and Maya had serious trouble coping with the loss. When she was finally being able to express her grief, Maya started to have feelings for Zig again, but said she wasn't ready to be in a relationship. Zig told her he would wait for her, and it seemed like they would eventually find their way back to each other. But over the summer, Maya met Miles Hollingsworth III and, you know, #Matlingsworth happened. When Zig came back, though, he made it clear he didn't forget their promise.

    When the two sat down to work on their assignment, Zig started to talk about the Roman legend, Brutus, who famously betrayed his friend Caesar, and who, in this case, we're pretty sure represents Maya's forgotten promise. So, Zig is a little hostile! That much we know! But he took it to the next level when it came time to present their assignment: While impersonating Maya, he made fun of her and pretty much laid out their baggage for everyone in the class to see. Maya quickly fired back, and Zig walked out. Oof.

    So�does this mean a Zaya comeback is in the works? Should we prepare for one of the most epic love triangles of all Degrassi time?!

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    ALLI AND LEO
    Alli was getting ready to celebrate her birthday when she received some bad news from Leo. His transfer credits from France didn't come through, preventing him from obtaining a student visa and ultimately forcing him to the leave the country. Leo, wary of the stress that long distance relationships inevitably cause, insisted that it would be best if they broke up. But Alli, not ready to give up on the man she loves, had a crazy idea: marriage.

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    Despite Jenna and Clare's caution against making such a hasty decision, Alli and Leo booked it to City Hall to tie the knot. Moments after they became husband and wife, however, Alli and Leo got into an argument about her not telling her parents. Leo became convinced that Alli was ashamed of him and his temper escalated to new, devastating heights.

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    As they argued in the car, Leo struck Alli multiple times in the head to the point where she fell out of the passenger seat and was left bruised and bleeding on the side of the road.

    Alli returned home to a surprise birthday party that Jenna, Clare and her parents threw for her. As she walked in the door, severely injured, they rushed to her with utter shock and concern, and when they asked what happened, Alli lied and claimed she was mugged.

    Over the past two chapters, we've watched Alli continue to go back to Leo despite his previous outbursts. Now, the consequences of her choices have reached a truly devastating conclusion. Alli has a long road ahead of her, for sure, but her story is a powerful reminder that relationship abuse is a very serious issue. Abuse is never justified, and it's important to remember that we do have the power to make our own choices. If you or anyone you know is in an abusive relationship, know that you are not alone -- go to loveisrespect.org for help, or call 1.866.331.9474 at any time.



  • Catch Up On Season 13 Of Degrassi!

    Posted on 01/22/2014 by Rachel1016

    We're gearing up for all-new episodes of Degrassi on Tuesday, January 28th at 9pm ET, and if there's one thing we know about this show, a lot can happen in a short period of time. As much as we wish our real lives didn't get in the way of Degrassi, it can be difficult to, y'know, keep up with everything!

    So, before we sit down for a fresh batch of drama, let's take a look at all of the major events that precede this brand new chapter. And while you're catching up on episodes from the summer and fall (check them out right HERE!), here's a breakdown of everything you need to know about Degrassi Season 13 so far!

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    RIP ADAM TORRES
    At the end of last summer, we said goodbye to Degrassi favorite, Adam Torres. Adam passed away from injuries sustained in a fatal car crash, which happened because he was texting and driving.

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    Not long before the accident, Adam kissed Imogen and felt guilty because he (technically) cheated on his girlfriend, Becky Baker. It was a heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, unforgettable episode, but we cherish those memories of Adam's infectious spirit and take away one valuable lesson: No matter what, it can wait.

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    THE END OF DRIANCA
    After getting engaged in Season 12, Bianca returned from University with a change of heart toward Drew. Right before Thanksgiving, she called off both the engagement and the relationship in a breakup that Winston affectionately (or not-so-affectionately) termed a "Turkey Dump."

    Since committing to Bianca, it seemed as though Drew had mended his previously questionable ways with women, but we have to wonder if his new single status will find him returning to bad-boy behavior.

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    ECLARE SCARE
    While away at New York University, Eli cheated on Clare with Leonor, a girl he met in one of this film classes. *Yes, cue the collective weeping of every Degrassi fan EVER* Clare was unsurprisingly heartbroken, and essentially (but unofficially) broke up with Eli when he returned home for Thanksgiving.

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    Even though the future of their relationship was unclear, it didn't take long for Clare to ignore her own judgment and kiss Drew (yes, that Drew). And of course, almost immediately after her moment of weakness, Eli gave Clare a heartfelt apology. The good news: Eli and Clare made up. But the bad news: Clare might have to face being the unfaithful one now.

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    THE MAYA AND MILES SITUATION
    Ah, the hookup we waited for since the first minute of the season premiere. Literally! As Maya walked into Degrassi and got caught off-guard by Miles' dreamy stare, she downright pummeled that trifold. And in that moment, we knew #Mayales was imminent.

    They had quite the journey to ship-dom, though, having gone through periods of time when they were either involved with someone else (Miles and Zoe dated for a hot sec), had to honor allegiances to friends (Maya's BFF Tristan had a thing for Miles for a hot sec), remembered old flames (Maya and Zig have history), or just generally butting heads (sexual tension).

    But these two finally got together. After Maya got suspended for singing a kiss-off song about her nemesis Zoe, Miles sneaked over to her window and… they kissed! Now we want to see them continue strong through the upcoming winter chapter!

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    ZOE'S ANTICS
    Even though Zoe Rivas was a Degrassi newcomer at the beginning this season, the TV-star-turned-mean-girl wasted no time making quite the first impression among her peers. From laying claim over Miles and being caught in an EPIC feud with Maya, to blackmailing Drew into being her date to the dance, Zoe is pretty much the nucleus of Degrassi drama. She's relentless, she's bold, and she's only just getting started! But will she be able to find her place at Degrassi this season? Or will she just continue to leave a trail of embers in her wake…

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    ALLI AND LEO'S COMPLICATED LOVE
    Alli met her Parisian boyfriend, Leo during Degrassi's summer trip to France. Their love story was the stuff of fairy tales until… well, it wasn't. Despite being a total smooth operator and making Alli fall for him deeply, Leo's jealousy had a tendency to turn violent.

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    During a heated conversation about some texts from Dallas, Leo grabbed Alli's arm with enough force to bruise her. After the altercation, Alli left Paris and Leo behind, but he traveled to Degrassi to try to apologize and win her back. He somehow proved to be the charmer she remembered from France, and Alli forgave him for getting physical with her.

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    But before long, it happened again. And this time he slapped her. In a move that surprised everyone, she forgave him again under the condition that he would go to therapy. It remains to be seen whether or not Leo has really changed this time. Will Alli finally see his true colors? Will there be any chance of Dallas coming into the picture? Or will her story play out tragically like many before her?


    We have so many predictions for this upcoming action-packed chapter, but we want to hear from you! What do you all think will happen? Sound off in the comments! And don't forget, all new episodes return Tuesday, January 28th at 9pm ET