Blog | season 13
- Posted on 11/01/2013 by Rachel1016
Nevermind the fact that you're still recovering from last night's Halloween sugar high, we're still trying to get over what happened on Degrassi! It was an eventful episode to say the least, and we're sure you've got lots to say. Check out our recap of ''Who Do You Think You Are'' below, but if you haven't seen the episode, watch it online first!
STRIP ME BARE, I DON'T WANT YOU TO
Maya performed a new song in class and everyone really seemed to like it, especiallllly Miles. He finally made the move to ask her out after class, but Zoe wasn't exactly as cool with it all as she might have insisted. I mean, we were never convinced that Zoe was over the Miles drama anyway, but this episode it became increasingly clear that she was out for revenge.
Zoe offered to shoot a music video for Maya's song, but had one condition: she would get to direct the video. The song was all about finding someone who can look beneath surface, see the real Maya, but Zoe chose to take the video concept in a decidedly more literal direction. Yep, she got Maya to strip herself bare in front of the camera.
Not only was Miles upset when he saw the video (he flat-out called it porn), but someone started a pretty nasty FaceRange page with racy Photoshopped images of Maya. She started getting attention for her video, but the kind that had nothing to do with music. In fact, other students at Degrassi began to ostracize her, calling her a 'slut' and 'whore' to the point where she was shamed in front of her entire class.
Despite Maya's questionable decision to give Zoe creative control, the concept of publicly making a person (usually a girl) feel guilty or inferior for appearing promiscuous is a very real thing. And it's exactly what Maya's classmates did by making her out to be, well, a disgraceful tramp. The issue itself certainly isn't black or white, but it's really important to understand what's at play here. Like Maya's mom said, it was bullying.
PLAYING WITH FIRE
Apparently, Dallas has been skipping school. Like, royally skipping school to drink and hook up with girls. Drew was worried about Dallas' behavior and decided to try and scare him by paying one of Dallas' lady friends to pretend she was pregnant. Only problem was, Dallas and said lady friend never had sex. Oops!
Drew's attempted "intervention" of sorts escalated into a full-on confrontation between the two best friends. in which Dallas told Drew he couldn't tell him "how to live his life" and that he wasn't exactly an exemplar of moral behavior. Ouch. The only thing is... wasn't it just last week that Dallas was Mr. Upright And Principled about those darn (although fake) steroid pills!? Can we take a moment to acknowledge that? Shakin' my head.
SECOND CHANCE, FIRST MISTAKE
While Alli stressed about the upcoming SATs, she worried even more about her future with Leo. Leo was less than pleased to hear that Alli's dream was to attend MIT ("I thought I was your dream!") after he made the leap across the pond to Canada for her. Alli would do her darnedest to have the best of both worlds, but things didn't quite turn out as she hoped.
Unfortunately, Leo's temper returned. They got in a heated argument about their uncertain future and, in one of the most shocking and alarming moments so far this season, Leo hit Alli. Again. She ran away and exclaimed "I never want to see you again," but we can only hope to goodness Alli keeps her word. What were your reactions to this moment? Do you think Alli is finally going to walk away from Leo's continued abuse?
We've given our two cents, now it's your turn. There's much to discuss about this episode, so sound off in the comments!
- Posted on 10/25/2013 by Rachel1016
Last week's Degrassi left questions unanswered and fates undecided. Tristan supplied Miles with what looked like steroid pills, Imogen grappled with the guilt she felt over her last moments with Adam, and Clare began to worry that her forgetfulness was a symptom of her cancer returning. Let's talk about what happened this week and, as always, watch the episode online first if you haven't seen it!
CAN'T STOP, WONT STOP
When Tristan handed Miles a bag of pills last episode, we were almost certain the story line would follow a clear trajectory: Miles would start to grow questionable facial hair and become an addict, Tristan would become the resident Degrassi drug dealer and turn into a hardened criminal... You know how it goes. But fool us twice Degrassi, those pills were FAKE!
So the good news was that Tristan was in the clear legally (and in life as a human), but the bad news was that he still lied to Miles and a few of the other guys on the team. And it was a situation he was none too keen to face considering his full-on campaign for Miles' best-friendship. Despite the fact that Miles actually made starter on his own merit, he was upset that Tristan not only duped him into thinking that he was taking the real thing, but that he had mislead a handful of guys on the team, as well.
So, to get back in Miles' good (albeit troubled) graces, Tristan had to come up with a plan: He gave the other teammates a "flush capsule" in order to pass their next drug test, making the fact that they would actually pass anyway not suspicious. You know, because they never actually took any drugs.
I'M COMING CLEAN
Remember when Clare sort of panicked about her future and made up an entire story about Zoe to get published by a national magazine? And then found out her cancer might have returned? Well, we fairly quickly we found out that Clare's cancer did not return and did not spread to her brain, but the reason for her unusual forgetfulness was a post-cancer condition called "chemo brain." And it was that very forgetfulness that led Clare to fabricate the story about Zoe. This episode, Clare grappled with her own guilt over those lies had to figure out how to get herself out of the mess.
When Clare's editor Meredith told her she loved her article, she decided the truth would have to wait. And even though Meredith ensured Clare she would be fact-checking every detail with Zoe herself (RUH ROH), she continued to dig herself deeper. Zoe was unsurprisingly none too pleased about the lies that Clare wrote, and when Clare sought a little mercy, Zoe said, "Cancer didn't make you lie, Clare. You did that all by yourself." Who knew Zoe had some words of wisdom in her? But also, didn't Zoe just lie to Clare about everything in the first place? Ugh.
Just before Clare went so far as to suggest that Alli impersonate Zoe and confirm the story, she decided to fess up. At first, Meredith gave her a look so cold it was positively arctic�like, you would not want to be on the receiving end of that reproval� but then Clare explained her situation, and Meredith was actually very understanding. She even got a second chance. Pheeeee-ew.
DON'T MENTION IT
After Imogen reluctantly agreed to give Becky a role on Degrassi TV, Becky brought up questions about the night Adam died, and how she suspected people were "covering up" what happened. Imogen, knowing full well what happened, couldn't bring herself to say that she kissed her dead ex-boyfriend.
When Imogen confided in Drew about the situation, he had some interesting words of advice. He asked Imogen, "If you were Becky, what would she want to hear?" She had to decide whether or not coming clean would be merely for her own guilt's sake. So, when Imogen finally opened up to Becky, she decided to focus on nothing more than how much Adam loved her. And even though we would ordinarily say that full honestly is the way to go, it seemed to work. Imogen said exactly what Becky needed to hear without hurting her. Then, they shared a hug that could seriously buoy a sinking heart and it was the BEST.
We could go on and on, but now it's your turn. Let us know what you thought of "Everything You've Done" in the comments below. Go nuts!
And, dare we forget, here's the music from last night's episode:
"Run Run" by The Black Cadillacs
"Holograms" by Founds
Listen to all of the songs from Season 13 here!
- Posted on 10/21/2013 by Rachel1016
Anybody want to talk about last night's brand new episode of Degrassi? If you haven't seen "You Oughta Know" watch it online first!
In order to beef up her college applications, Clare set out to prove her journalism skills to a national newspaper. She pitched the idea of exploring how Zoe's celebrity wasn't helping her social adjustment at Degrassi (an AWESOMELY interesting topic in my opinion), but the story proved more difficult than she anticipated.
Not only did Clare realize that Zoe lied about people, well� hating her, she also realized that she was becoming unusually forgetful about very ordinary things, like the names of people and places. And when the girl with an otherwise encyclopedic brain forgets the country Greece, there's cause for concern.
Then, when Clare tried to confide in Eli about how stressed she was, he seemed a little distracted. (Right, just rip your heart into shreds.) And dare I point out that as Drew and Clare have continued to get closer, he seems to be there for support when Eli isn't. (Yes, I realize that Clew is just about the most unpopular prospect in the history of Degrassi prospects. So, all you you Eclare loyalists out there, please don't torch my house!) Perhaps we'll have to turn a blind, dismayed eye for now and see what happens.
Toward to end of the episode, however, she started to realize that her forgetfulness was more than just being exhausted and anxious over the news pitch. When she completely forgot to turn in an essay (and used the word "perspire" instead of "inspire"), she started to worry that her absentmindedness was perhaps a symptom of cancer returning. I'm not going to jump to any conclusions right away, but words fail to describe how deeply I hope this isn't the case.
Meanwhile, Miles explained how he felt undue pressure from his father to make starter on the basketball team. Even though we learned that making starter as a sophomore is unusual and, in the words of Tristan, "a little ambitious," Miles revealed that making the team just wasn't enough for his dad. And upon finding out that he didn't make the starting lineup, he was crushed.
Miles confided in Tristan about how important it was to get an extra "edge" to make the coach notice him. But *RED ALERT* such a boost to Miles actually meant jucin' it... You know, taking steroids. Argh, just the word makes my skin crawl! Did you EVER listen in health class, Miles? Weren't you scared away by all those pictures of guys with oily skin and excess hair growth?! Oy vey.
Tristan was aware of how royally STUPID steroids are, but he also made it clear he was desperate to befriend Miles. And in a move that may or may not be just as braindead, Tristan gave Miles a bag of pills said to have been from his brother. Oh, brother. To be continued.
FOR DEGRASSI TV, I'M...
Imogen, the newly appointed head of Degrassi TV, was on a mission to find the perfect on-air personality for her show. Becky auditioned and pretty much killed it, but Imogen didn't want her to be the face of Degrassi TV. Even though she wouldn't admit it, Imogen was harboring guilt over what happened between her and Adam over the summer (remember, they kissed in the back of a van), and didn't know how to face Becky. But it also seemed like Becky was bummed to have not been chosen. And I don't know about you, but we think that homegirl maybe deserves to have something good happen to her!
Alas, Imogen ended up choosing Winston for the job even though he was hilariously and unsurprisingly terrible. Becky remained persistent, though, and when she asked if she could be involved with the show in any capacity, Imogen eventually opened up to the idea. I wonder if this will be an opportunity for Imogen come clean? To talk openly about what happened with Adam? We shall see... We shall see.
Where are your heads, Degrassi fans? Do you think Clare might be getting sick again? Is Miles headed down a dangerous path? Will Imogen be able to open up to Becky? Let us know how you feel in the comments below!
And, as always, here's the music from last night. Check out all of the songs from this season in our Spotify Playlist!
P.S. Here's the music from last night. Head out over our Spotify playlist to hear all the tunes!
"Heads Up! Watch Out!" by Dear Rouge
"Dreaming" by Smallpools
"The Sun Will Set" by Tick Tick Boom!
This week on Degrassi, we watched the students get ready for the kick-off Beach Bash dance. With the threat of no-shows, a little bribery, and one major party foul, all we have to say is: Have you ever been to a drama-free school dance? Didn't think so.
Check out our recap of 'You Got Me' below, and if you haven't seen the full episode, watch it online first because you'll be all "Oh my Lady Gaga, SPOILERS!"
Last week, Alli decided to give her Parisian boyfriend Leo a second chance. Much to her best friend Jenna's disappointment, Leo has re-entered Alli's life to prove that his aggressive past will not be a part of their future. Jenna's skepticism and concern for Alli, though, has continued to cause palpable tension in their friendship. Jenna seems to think that Leo's true colors will outshine his charm.
Desperate to prove to her friends that Leo's actually a good guy, Alli decided to invite him to Degrassi's Beach Bash dance. At first, Leo was all "I don't wish to be tested" (DUDE, you are ALREADY on thin ice), but then he decided to show up and play nice. Actually, he was quite wonderful to Alli's friends, dazzling Clare and Jenna on the dance floor and even making friends with Dallas (who was the supposed reason for Leo's infamous altercation with Alli in the first place).
Leo definitely made it difficult to either hate him or love him this episode. I mean, things seem to be looking up, but when violence is ever involved, second chances still feel a bit too generous to me. What about you guys? Are you divided on the issue? Do you think he's actually on the path to redeeming himself?
SLEEPLESS IN DEGRASSI
You'll remember that the Fall Chapter premiere ended with quite the cliffhanger: Drew, under the influence of his sleeping pills, called Zoe and said some quote, unquote "pretty sexy stuff." As if sweet-talking Zoe wasn't enough damage, Drew also unknowingly invited her to the dance... Yes, the same Drew who is very engaged to Bianca.
Zoe, hoping to save face from her embarrassing moments (you'll recall the coffee incident and when Miles called her a "re-run"), already bragged to Miles, Maya, and Tristan about her new "fling" with Drew. And when the truth about Drew's actual relationship status came to light, Zoe wasn't about to back down and risk being embarrassed by her ex-boyfriend / arch-nemesis again. So, she did what any other reasonable girl would do! She bribed Drew with contraband sleeping pills (since his doctor stopped prescribing them) in exchange for a date to the dance. A brilliant, fool-proof plan, right?
Wrong. Drew showed up to the dance high as ever, started hallucinating, and jumped into baby pool that he mistook for an ocean. Uh... #ICameInLikeACannonball? But when the rest of the school laughed at Drew's unsettling, but slightly hilarious episode, Clare came in and showed serious concern for him. She saw that something deeper was plaguing him, and that he's really struggling over the loss of Adam.
It made me happy to see Drew and Clare connect this episode because even though Drew's issues have manifested themselves in (admittedly) amusing ways, he hasn't been able to face the root of his problem. Perhaps Clare will be a game-changer for Drew on his path to healing.
OH, REMEMBER ME?
Hands down, one of the best parts of this episode was welcoming back Zig. (So good to see you, Zig! *waves* My, how you've grown!) Even though Maya and Miles were flirty-birdies pretty much the entire episode, that moment when Zig planted his eyes on Maya at the dance brought back SO many feels. Do you remember when Zig told Maya that he would wait for her? Ugh, crush my heart into a thousand pieces! Since Zig was unaware of Maya's budding relationship with Miles, though, I'm really interested to see what will happen. Do you think Miles is right for Maya? Do you think there's too much baggage with Zig? Only time will tell...
Okay, we've spilled our thoughts and we've posed our questions. Now it's your turn! Tell us what you thought of 'You Got Me' and let's get the conversation going! Take it away in the comments!
P.S. Here's the music from last night. Head out over our Spotify playlist to hear all the tunes!
"Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats
"Respect Yourself" by Bruce Willis
"In The City" by Caveman
"Climbing Walls" by Strange Talk
But right in the middle of his pump-up speech, Drew collapsed on stage. Throwing his loyal constituents into panic mode, the entire school ran to his side to help him regain consciousness. (And by "entire school" we're mostly referring to the fawning freshman girls who offered to carry his books.)
Dallas, worried about his best lad, asked Drew if his collapsing had anything to do with the fatigue he'd been suffering lately. We learned that since Adam's death, Drew's had tremendous trouble sleeping, and after mentioning that he was prescribed sleeping pills that he had yet to take, we immediately knew this was the beginning of something fishy.
Over in science class, Alli revealed that she had a secret date planned for after school. Coming off of an intense break-up with Leo, both Jenna and Clare were convinced (and pretty stoked) that she was finally giving Dallas a chance. Alli refused to reveal the mystery man, though, saying that she wanted to make sure "it's for real." Hmm... seemed pretty clear that there was another reason she hid his identity. All we have to say is: "Secrets secrets are no fun." And honestly, when it comes to Alli, they NEVER END WELL.
After Principal Simpson welcomed diva-star Zoe to Degrassi, it became pretty clear that she was not happy to be there. Then, in the biggest reveal of the episode, we learned that Zoe actually got kicked off of West Drive. Ya'll, Zoe has some secrets that are bound to come out, and if anything, it looks like we can expect to learn a lot about her character.
Drew's insistence, however, was more than just wanting to hula down and tiki-party his pants off. He didn't overtly say it, but we can safely guess that anything having to with Adam is still very difficult for Drew to stomach. Of course, it seems like Clare's idea is well-intentioned and noble, but shouldn't we also be sensitive to the fact that Drew is still clearly still fragile?
Over in love quadrangle land, Miles entered his first class at Degrassi brazenly asking Maya if she had any "girlfriend recommendations" for him. I'm sorry, girlfriend recommendations? Come on, who says that? Even if it was a joke, Miles, you're lucky you're cute. Maya went along with it though, having responded quite flirtatiously. It was actually getting a liiiitle steamy. Dare we say it appears our predictions are playing out as we expected?
Then, much to Miles' and Maya's surprise, Zoe entered the classroom. Unaware that his ex-girlfriend would be attending Degrassi, Miles had an awkward exchange with Zoe while Maya and Tristan looked on. I don't know about you guys, but it weirdly almost felt like they were ganging up on her.
Zoe tried to go back to her locker and escape the uncomfortable situation when the teacher calmly asked her to take her seat. In a PAINFULLY typical move, Zoe retorted by intentionally spilling her iced coffee all. over. him. Goodness gracious, as we if had any doubt that the after-effects of the Paris drama would follow us home...
In one of the biggest "OMG" moments of the entire episode, Leo traveled from Paris to Toronto to be with Alli. The last time we saw them together was at the end of last season when a severe altercation left Alli bruised and in tears. Suffice to to say say, we're skeptical and worried that by welcoming Leo to stay in Toronto, Alli is giving him a second chance he doesn't deserve... even if the scene in which they reunited was undeniably cute. Ugh.
When Principal Simpson threatened to expel Zoe for the iced coffee assault, her mother vehemently claimed that Zoe's behavior was the result of a learning disability. It's unclear whether or not this information is true or was merely a lie to keep Zoe from being expelled, but her mother's intensity gives us some insight into where Zoe might get her attitude. I mean, she was intense and pretty unforgiving! What do you all think? The apple doesn't fall far from the tree? Or too early to tell?
Meanwhile, after speaking again with Dallas about his trouble sleeping, Drew decided to take the sleeping pills. We quickly found out, however, that the pills have major side effects.
Drew fell into sleeping-pill stupor and unknowingly ordered supplies for the proposed beach bash before it was officially approved by Student Council. When Drew denied ordering anything, Clare sassily retorted with my personal favorite line of the entire episode: "This invoice says otherwise!" So dramatic. So Clare. But more importantly, these sleeping pills were clearly messing with Drew, and wasn't looking good.
And then this happened. Drew chivalrously caught Zoe in his arms after she tripped walking backwards. And boy, it was a moment. But before you get Bianca on the phone, it wasn't quite the romantic gesture it appeared to be. The only thing Drew could do to damage control his careless purchase was get the Student Council vote to swing in his favor. His move was used to charm Zoe into attending the Student Council meeting for no other reason than to help him win the majority vote for the beach bash.
And win he did. To Clare's disappointment, the beach bash won out over Clare's proposed texting and driving campaign.
Drew's swoon tactics had repercussions, however. Due to the side effects of sleeping pills, Drew called Zoe that night and flirted up a storm with her. Actually, it was more than flirting. He basically professed his love for Zoe and whispered sweet nothings into the phone, like calling her a "cutie" and telling her she's the "prettiest girl."
Oh no no no, don't phunk with her heart.
What did you all think of the premiere? Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments!
And don't forget to check out the music featured in this episode (and all of Season 13) on our TeenNick Spotify playlist! Here are the songs from "This Is How We Do It":
"Black Lightning" by Poor Young Things
"Dress It Up" by Poor Young Things
"Wings" by "Haerts"
"Catch Me If You Can" by In Dreams
Can you believe it? The Season 13 Fall Premiere is mere hours away! To celebrate tonight's all-new episode and a brand new chapter of Degrassi histrionics, we're throwing a TKTK Twitter Party! While you watch and absorb the overall OMG-ness, we'll be live tweeting from @TeenNick and @Degrassinsider as well as giving away some awesome prizes. But what kind of hosts would we be if we didn't make sure you're primed and ready for the madness? Here are five essentials for making tonight's #DegrassiParty the party of the year...or at least the party of the week.
1. Get Your Sweets, Chips And Other Junk Food
Whether you grab a latte from the Spot or swipe some leftovers from your fridge, we hope you'll have something other than your nails to bite on during tonight's excitement!
2. Bring A Degrassi Freshman (Or Woman!)
Do have a friend who has never seen Degrassi before? Make that person your plus one and show them what they're missing!
3. Crank Our Degrassi Playlist
If you want to get the party started right now, head over to Spotify to hear our Degrassi pump-up playlist! Check out some of our favorite tunes from the summer chapter and a few choice tracks to get you in the partying mood!
4. Bring Your Best Tristan Face
We know you're going to have something to say about tonight's episode, so make like Tristan, and warm up those facial expressions.
5. Check Out Our Degrassi Predictions
Take a look at our silly predictions, and see how they measure up to your own!
Okay, I know we only said five, but you can forget this tip!
6. BRING YOUR TWEETS!
#DegrassiParty #DegrassiParty #DegrassiParty
On the emotional summer finale of Degrassi, we said our goodbyes to Adam Torres. Drew, Becky, and the students of Degrassi gathered to remember Adam's life and celebrate the man who, as Drew said, made such a huge mark on the people around him. The soundtrack for this episode featured four delicate and sensitive songs, including one original by Degrassi's own Jessica Tyler, gracefully bringing all of those emotions to life.
Here's the full list of songs featured in "Young Forever:"
Folly and the Hunter: "Vultures"
Fossil Collective: "Boy with Blackbird Kite"
Jessica Tyler: "So Long"
Family of the Year: "Hero"
And as always, listen to these songs and all of your favorites of the season on TeenNick's Spotify playlist.
Family of the Years's "Hero" served as the melancholy, buy hopeful soundtrack to the episode's final moments, when Drew and Becky looked to each other to find closure.
There aren't really words to describe this week's episode of Degrassi. All of our fears were realized when tragedy struck and we had to say goodbye to one of our favorite people. But, since word's don't seem to do it justice, here's to hoping that the Adam's death can be better understood through music.
Here's the full list of songs featured in "Honey:"
The Grapes of Wrath: "Good To See You"
Gin Wigmore: "Dirty Love"
Steve Koven Trio: "Lolaland"
Death and a Cure: "When It All Goes South"
Secret Road Music: "Open Your Eyes"
And as always, listen to these songs and all of your favorites of the season on TeenNick's Spotify playlist.
Secret Road Music's "Open Your Eyes" served as the mournful soundtrack of the episode's final moments, when Drew was, in fact, forced to open his eyes to a horrible reality.
In this first look, Jenna and Alli prepare spend their final days in Paris, and Alli anticipates leaving Leo. Their problems quickly become insignificant, though, when they hear the shocking news about Adam. Check out the sneak peek of "Honey" and be sure to tune in on Thursday at 9PM ET!