After a summer of valuable after-school lessons that shone a much-needed spotlight on the perils of pig ownership, white boys rapping, and online gaming (among other things!) last night’s episode of DEGRASSI finally delivered what fans have been waiting for. Or did it?
As advertised, Alli tried to teach cheatin’ Drew a lesson by taking a page from Pretty Woman, Fitz took his inspiration from Dexter Morgan, while Degrassi itself was thisclose to turning into a modern-day den of inequity (Holly J. WTF!) Of course, as entertaining as the episode was — thanks in no small part to a handful of surprisingly stellar performances from Munro Chambers (Eli), Aislinn Paul (Clare) and James Campbell (Fitz) — it’s safe to say that the episode fell a smidgen short of what executive producer Stephen Stohn’s called “the best half-hour in TV history!” After-all, in atypical DEGRASSI fashion, nobody really got stabbed, nobody gave birth, and — unless we seriously weren’t paying attention — nobody left the school in a body bag!
All of which begs the somewhat obvious, albeit slightly awkward question: After weeks of hype, did “The Boiling Point” live up to it? Discuss.