Last night's episode of Degrassi was one of the most heart-wrenching we've seen in a while. Sometimes words fail to describe the harsh realities we face, but that is why Degrassi is so good at hitting us—even if painfully—right in the feels. If you haven't seen the full episode yet, watch it online
, because there are big spoilers below.
LET ME GO
For the better part of this episode, it seemed like Alli and Leo were falling deeper in love. Alli dreaded the fact that she'd soon have to leave Leo, but he surprised her (and all of us) with a decision to move to Toronto. Even though it probably should have already been obvious to Alli, Jenna called her out for moving a little too fast. I'm so glad she spoke up too, because we all know Alli's judgment when it comes to boys could use a little judging of its own.
Then, as if to confirm our doubts, Leo saw a text from Dallas in Alli's phone (remember, Dallas has been trying to contact Alli the entire trip), and his jealousy turned physical. When he grabbed her arm, it felt out of character for sweet Leo, but perhaps this was a sign that he was too good to be true after all. Alli departed Paris broken-up and brokenhearted, but the question remains...will Leo follow her to Toronto?
DRESSED TO SPILL
Tristan and Maya, with plans to dress to the nines for their fancy dinner, jokingly attempted a classic Parisian "shopping montage." In between posing with fedoras and berets, Tristan decided to put aside his feelings for Miles and encourage Maya to pursue hers. Major BFF points for Tristan.
When they arrived at dinner, Maya stunned in a killer green body-con dress and just about lassoed Miles' attention. Really, it was a look so fierce that it prompted a stone-cold death stare from Zoe, and without so much as a second passing by, she "accidentally" spilled red juice on Maya's dress. Man, this girl is something else! After officially confirming to everyone that she is indeed the Ice Queen, Miles broke up with her. But lest we get too excited, he then immediately said, "Watch your back Maya, because Zoe has a crazy idea that I'm into you." What? Is Miles for real? Come onnnn, we're right back where we started.
I CARRY YOUR HEART
Tragedy can feel boundless when it hits us abruptly. It's hard to say if anything could have prepared us for what was to happen to Adam, but his passing has certainly changed Degrassi forever. It was especially difficult because there was a sense of optimism throughout the episode: "Get well" cards from campers, confidence in his doctors, and no major complications with Adam's status as a transgender had us hopeful that he might be healed. But in the final moments of the episode, when Mr. and Mrs. Torres walked into the hospital room with looks of unmistakable devastation, it became clear that we lost him.
A beloved friend, boyfriend, brother, and son, we have to remember Adam's story as one of courage. Perhaps "shock-mode" is the only way to describe how we are all feeling right now, but celebrate we will the short, beautiful life of Adam Torres.
How are all of you Degrassi fans dealing with the events of this week's episode? Please let us know in the comments.