Because I missed last week I decided to do 2 episodes today. If you need a refresher you can watch this episode here.
Can you keep a secret?
Let me start by saying I think this episode is both unintentionally and intentionally hilarious in so many ways. This episode is more Ashley family drama. They really should call Iyanna to come fix all her problems. Ashley bio dad is visiting and it all starts off great. Ashley even thinks that her dad and mom may be getting back to together. I don’t have a blended family like this but I did find it kind of sad that Ashley would be so excited to leave Toby and Jeff like that. However Ashley’s parents are not getting back together and they never will.
I laughed a lot during this scene even though I know it is supposed to be serious. Ashley does not take this news well.
Terri and Paige both sense something is wrong and try to help her. Terri wants to listen but Paige wants to talk. Paige comes to the conclusion that Ashley’s dad (who she has the hots for) must be gay. Is it really that unrealistic that a good looking man can be single and not be gay? Regardless that is Paige’s guess and she guesses right but Ashley does not appreciate someone calling her father gay so she retaliates. She throws her glass of milk all over Paige much to everyone in the cafeteria amusement. That’s what you get for getting your friends drunk Paige.
There is no way that little milk cartoon filled that glass like that.
In other Degrassi drama Liberty for some reason has just suddenly fallen in love with JT but JT is not happy about this. At first he tries to avoid her but Liberty finds him. Then he tries being rude to her but Liberty just thinks JT is playing. So finally JT comes to natural conclusion to pretend to be gay in order to stop Liberty.
JT develops some stereotypical mannerisms and comes out to Liberty and it works. It works so well that Liberty wants JT to come out in the paper to help other students. JT is then forced to tell Liberty the truth that he just doesn’t like her like that. This breaks mine and Liberty’s heart and she walks off sulking. I’m sure some people may be bothered by the way JT acted but I didn’t take it too seriously. Because of the other storyline with Ashley’s dad showed me Degrassi can talk about issues with sexuality with some respect. I also think it is reasonable to believe JT would pretend be gay in such an over the top flamboyant manner.
I understand it must be difficult to have your parent come out to you but I found a lot of this storyline hilarious. Not so much for its subject matter but more for the way it was acted. This was over the top for me even for Degrassi standards. There was one moment that I thought was really well done. Ashley and her dad’s talk on the table outside of Degrassi. It did feel like a real talk. I felt for her dad and his struggles and finding his true self. I know how difficult it can be to hide a secret for so long so I sympathized with him on that but I understand Ashley’s anger. Bailing on your wife and kid to go find yourself is not something I think would go over well. I’ve seen a lot of coming out storylines and whenever the charter has a wife or husband I always feel bad for them too. Sometimes I even feel for the straight character more. (Talking about you Jenny and Tim from the L Word) While the need to pretend to be straight is by product of our homophobic society, their partners in these situations never ask for this. They’re just collateral damage to a messed up society. I understand Ashley’s pain and I get her dad’s perspective. It is an extremely messy situation and I don’t think there really is a “right” way to handle it.
That scene ends with Ashley anger and vowing to never speak to her dad again. It is hard to hear her say that even though you know she doesn’t really mean it. But hurt feelings are hurt feelings and I think if her dad just gives Ashley time to cool off she’ll come around.
Oh so Emma can tell Liberty has a crush on JT but not that Toby has huge crush on her.
This isn’t really relevant but I hate turtle necks
They zoomed a lot in this episode.
JT has a sister?
“I have my mom, I have Jeff, I even have Toby”
“I don’t know some people are just gay I guess”
We get a sneak peak of Ashley’s goth look after she finds out her dad is gay . She is in all black to really showcase her disappointment.