I'll say this once and I'll say it again. Degrassi is the best teen show out there. It trumps shows like Gossip Girl, The Secret Life of The American Teenager, and 90210. Degrassi proved this to me with its special one-hour Valentine's Day special, “Lost in Love.” The episode originally aired in two parts in Canada in November and January, respectively, but was first aired in the U.S. on February 13th as a single episode. I've seen every single episode of Degrassi and this one has to be one of my favorites.
The show has three major plot points. The first story line centers around Spinner (Shane Kippel) and Jane's (Paula Brancati) relationship. The two have been dating for a while and are ready to spend their future together. Jane is getting ready for pre-law and Spinner is applying for police academy. Everything is going quite peachy until Spinner gets rejected from the police academy and decides to lie about it. Holly J (Charlotte Arnold), known for being a total witch, blabs to Jane about Spinner's secret. Will the couple break up or can a ring save the day?
At Degrassi, the teens are getting ready for the Sweetheart Dance. Trouble brews when Clare (Aislinn Paul) gets asked to the dance by two different guys, K.C. (Sam Earle) and Connor (A.J. Saudin). She wants to go with K.C., but Connor is her friend. Plus, her robot competition is coming up. A fellow ninth grader, Alli (Melinda Shankar), has her own boy problems. She is crushing on Johnny (Scott Paterson), who obviously likes her, but doesn't want to date a ninth grader.
Meanwhile, Degrassi alumna Emma (Miriam McDonald) likes a new boy at Smithdale University, her roommate Kelly (Evan Williams). He likes her too. But in typical Degrassi fashion, something has to prevent the two from getting together, and that's Kelly's ex-girlfriend.
I thought it would be tough for the writers to have so much in an episode, but they were able to cover a lot in a mere hour, not to mention there were commercials. The plot doesn't seem rushed at all.
One nice part about the show is three former cast members make an appearance in this episode: Aubrey Graham (Jimmy), Jake Goldsbie (Toby), and Jay (Mike Lobel). Jimmy's girlfriend Trina (Terra Vnesa) also pays a visit. It was nice to see old faces again.
Also, it's nice to see an episode not revolving around Mia (Nina Dobrev). She's such a whiny character and it seems that every episode lately revolves around her. It's quite annoying.
The best part about this show has always been the acting. Shows that center around teens generally have at least one weak actor. All the actors are very strong and extremely talented. If you look at Shane Kippel in season one compared to now, you'll see such a dramatic change. He's such an amazing actor. It was nice to see Mike Lobel again. I never really noticed how great his acting was under he left the show.
The new Degrassi is chock full of new drama. Episodes like “Lost in Love” are the reason that Degrassi has been around for eight seasons.