“Degrassi” recap: “When Love Takes Over”

I can’t figure out if I love Valentine’s Day themed episodes because they allow me to live vicariously through someone else’s love life or because I find them cathartically masochistic. Regardless, it’s sweetheart week at Degrassi, and love is in the air! As luck would have it, Friday’s back-to-back episodes were heavy on Adam (Jordan Todosey) and Fiona’s (Annie Clark) storyline.

Adam — whose hair is looking so much better than it did the first half of the season — is wandering through the hallway with Eli, trying to find the perfect leading lady to star opposite Adam in the play they’re putting on. Spotting Fiona, Eli makes a hasty exit, leaving Adam to face her.

“Starting to get the feeling that you’re ignoring me,” Fiona says, and Adam shoots back, “‘Sorry I couldn’t make it to your party, Adam. I was washing my hair.’” She tries to win his forgiveness for flaking off on his party by saying that she wanted to come, but Adam interrupts her. “Something better came up, it’s OK, I get it,” Adam offers, his expression conveying hurt and resignation.

Just as he begins to walk away from her, she calls out, “My great-aunt died.” He turns back to face her, and she offers to make it up to him. In return, he suggests the school play. The catch: her character has to kiss him. Without missing a beat, she returns, “OK, but I get final wardrobe approval.” And then she totally checks him out before walking off; the look on Adam’s face is just the cutest.

Like Adam, I want to believe Fiona, but it’s early in the episode. TV’s never that simple, right?

At rehearsal, Adam muses that, if he could get Fiona to know the real him, then perhaps she wouldn’t care about “the whole transgender thing.” He offers to run lines with her, and she accepts, proposing her condo as a location. “It’s a date,” he says, before hastily back-treading, “well, not a date.” Fiona just smiles sweetly. “I’ll see you at seven, Adam,” she says.

Over at Fiona’s place, she nonchalantly asks if Adam minds her having some champagne to get into character, and he — presumably not knowing her history with alcohol — waves the question away. They decide to start with the kissing scene, but just as they’re leaning in, Adam pulls back.

“Before we do this, there’s something you should know,” he tells her. “I’m transgender.” Not batting an eye, she simply responds, “OK.” Being from New York, he’s not the first trans person she’s ever known, she explains. And then sweetly: “You thought I’d freak out?”

“It’s a pre-established pattern,” he explains. He doesn’t exactly have girls lining up to kiss him. “Well, I’d rather kiss you than any other guy at school,” she counters.

And this is the line. This line is going to be important. But not yet, not this episode. Adam, too, wants to delve further in to what she means by that, but oops! Fiona just happens to spill her flute of champagne on him and runs off to find a spare set of her brother’s clothes for him to wear.

The next scene with them opens on Adam attempting to put on a tie. Why he needed a whole new outfit when it was just his pants that got wet, I don’t know, but I won’t complain — a tie-wearing Adam may just be my favorite.

As they stand there, reflected in the mirror, he asks her again why she skipped his party.

Fiona: I told you, my great aunt—
Adam: Is probably alive and well.

And I love this kid, ‘cause he’s not taking any of her crap. Yes, by the end of the episode he’s given her the benefit of the doubt a few times too many, but he’s a high school student who desperately wants to feel wanted and who, as far as we know, has never had anyone express a romantic interest in him before.