Degrassi returned for its 14th season Tuesday, bringing with it one very special — you even might say “pea-sized” — addition to the cast.
I’m referring to Clare’s growing baby, which — despite her firm abortion plans at the top of the episode — she’s decided to keep, “Papa Don’t Preach” style. After a brief scare, which turned out to be normal pregnancy spotting (nice catch, Dallas!), Clare determined she couldn’t go in for the procedure, especially since many women are never able to get pregnant after going through chemo. (Side note: Wow, this girl has been through a lot recently.)
Clare is choosing to view her pregnancy as a miracle, though the look of pure terror on Drew’s face at the end of the premiere made me think he’s less thrilled about the major life change. But hey, at least he offered to cook her spaghetti; that’s a step in the right direction. (Other side note: I wonder if Eli would have reacted the same way…)
Elsewhere in Degrassi-land…
FEAR-LEADER | If Clare thought she could keep her little bugger a secret, think again! Zoë overheard Clare talking to Ally about her bundle of stress in the bathroom, then immediately used the secret against her new Season 14 nemesis: Becky Baker. It may not have been Zoë’s secret to tell, but we all knew she’d use it to her advantage after Becky barred her from joining her little squad. (You don’t spend all that time on West Drive without picking up a few tricks.) In other news, do we know if Becky’s OK after that fall? No one appeared to rush to her aid, and she hit the ground hard.
CHECKMATE | Meanwhile, in a fit of glorious rich-kid angst, Miles told his entire family about his budding romance with Tristan, which his father called “ridiculous.” Miles then gleefully repeated his father’s mildly-out-of-context quote to a curious reporter, who will more than likely get promoted for nabbing that gem of a soundbite. (My prediction: Despite his feelings for Miles, Tristan won’t appreciate being used as a pawn in the ongoing Hollingsworth game of Family Chess. Your move, Miles.)
OK, Degrassi fans, sound off: Are you glad Clare’s keeping the baby? Do you think Drew is really the father? And how do you predict this Miles-Tristan romance will play out? Grade the premiere below, then drop a comment with your predictions.