“Paper Planes (2)”
Season 11, Episode 11
August 2, 2011
August 2, 2011
Nursing a cocaine hangover the day of her hard-won, must-succeed interview at Haslett University, Anya needs a crash course in impressing a college admission officer. Holly J. is happy to help... but there's nothing like a tutoring session with Mrs. Sinclair to make a girl feel like an underachieving failure. Maybe more coke is the solution to Anya's problems! Or... maybe not. Fiona is suffering from a total and utter skeeve-out from the bed bug infestation, and she's realizing that she kind of doesn't know anything about this person she's invited to come live with her. But as she and Charlie try to get to know each other better, Fiona might discover that she's not completely comfortable disclosing all the skeletons in her own closet—like the fact that she can't safely be around alcohol. And the gig might be up for Connor—he can't hide the fact that he's Degrassi's mysterious underwear thief forever. When his humiliating secret is exposed, will the consequences be too much for him to take?
Anya's in the bathroom running out of time and almost late for school. Her mom tells her to hurry, so she does, but first she empties the sand out of her necklace and puts her cocaine paper inside of it. Anya is walking into the school and she sees Owen. She approaches him as he's going to hockey practice and sort of apologizes. He does the same. They decide that they'll remain as a couple but something has to change. After Anya sees Holly J. reading "Tipping Point", a book on how to ace a college interview, Anya asks Holly J. for help with her interview so she can get into the only college available to her. Holly J. helps Anya. Anya wants to include that she managed to survive high school (and bullies) with her dyslexia and helping her mom fight and beat cancer. Holly J. says that's great but she needs to know her major. Anya says that she loves people and that anything that involves helping a person will make her happy. While in the car for the interview, Anya is nervous that she'll fail. Her mom tells her that she needs the confidence that she once had, but Anya tells her that she doesn't know what happened to her and that she doesn't really have the confidence she once had. At the interview she feels that the interviewer is a little timid and when he goes to get her papers from the printer, Anya, who's nervous decides to snort some cocaine to get her through the interview. As Anya goes through the interview high on cocaine, the interviewer can't help but notice she's a little hyper. But somehow Anya manages through the interview high without the interviewer finding out. The next day at school she waits for her acceptance, but never gets it. She goes back to his office and asks, and he tells her that unfortunately she didn't get in, and that to him she seemed high. Anya, who's crushed tells her mom that she didn't get in. That night Anya does more cocaine and when her mom comes (and almost gets caught), she tells Anya that she wants her to come downstairs and discuss what she wants to do with her life, although she doesn't find it that heartbreaking she didn't get in. Anya tells her no and that she's going to go to the club. Her mom tells her no, and Anya tells her "watch me". At the club Anya walks up to a guy and starts dancing with him, high.
Fiona and Charlie patch things up after the bedbug incident. Charlie suggests they celebrate their first night bedbug free with champagne. Not having told Charlie she's a recovering alcoholic Fiona is slightly uneasy. Noticing Fiona's reaction, Charlies thinks she's never tried it, but Fiona says it's because she likes her so much and doesn't want to mess anything up. Charlie reveals that she's falling for Fiona also, and they share a kiss. While in drama class, Eli takes notice in how Fiona is glowing and she says that she had an intimate moment with Charlie, and hasn't told her she's a recovering alcoholic. Eli advises that she tell her and that if she really likes her, she'll deal. Later at her condo, Fiona walks in on Charlie preparing dinner, and she pours the two a glass of champagne. Fiona reveals to Charlie that she was once an alcoholic and went to rehab for help, but she has control. Feeling anxious, Fiona runs to call her mom, and later tells Charlie her therapist says she's not ready to be around alcohol. Charlie seems willing to give it up, but is disappointed that Fiona waited until she moved in to tell her. Fiona says she doesn't have to do anything, but the fact she waited so long proved she isn't ready to be in a relationship. Charlie asks if she'll be moving out and moving back in with her mother. Fiona apologizes and says she really wanted them to work. She asks Charlie if she's okay and she responds by saying she's a big girl.
Connor's obsession with girls' underwear comes to a halt when he is discovered to be the guy in the girls change room by Alli when she recognizes her jacket used in Wesley, Hannah and Connor's project. When she reveals this to Wesley and Hannah, the three decide to go to Principal Simpson. When Connor is called to the office, he denies everything, telling Simpson it was someone else. Simpson tells Connor that he has proof; Alli's jacket being used in the app. Connor then breaks down and admits it was him, but says he only wanted to take pictures of clothing for the app. Simpson tells him that many students and faculty members have reported missing underwear, and Connor admits this to, but promises he's stopped. Shocked to learn it was him, Mr. Simpson says he's worried about him and feels guilty that he hasn't been around Connor to help him. Connor becomes frantic, wanting to leave to work on his app. Mr. Simpson refuses him to leave however, blocking him from the door, pulling down the blinds, and attempting to calm him down with his patience. Later, Connor is seen talking to a counselor, who tells him that it's normal for him to have these feelings and urges, "teenage boy hormones", but that he is expressing them in an inappropriate way. Simpson suggests to him that during his suspension he go to a behavioral program to learn how to deal with his hormones. As Connor is seen cleaning out his locker, Wesley is worried about how they'll compete in the App Challenge without him, and Connor tells him he has Hannah. Wesley says it won't be the same without Connor, and defends him by saying that he was "just curious". Connor reveals that he's looking forward to the program because it will help him deal with situations with girls better. He hands Wesley a flash drive so they can win the App Challenge, and leaves.
- The title of this episode is named after the song "Paper Planes" by M.I.A.
- This episode has the TV-14 rating, which makes it the 6th episode in Degrassi history to have the TV-14 rating.
- Michael Kinney (Coach Armstrong) is credited but does not appear.
- Connor and Charlie both temporarily leave the show.
- This is the first nasal drug addiction to not be wrapped up in one episode.
- This is the second episode where "Girls Like You" by The Naked & Famous was played. The first was What's My Age Again?
- Fiona loses her virginity to Charlie in this episode.
Regular Cast (Ordered Alphabetically)
- Charlotte Arnold as Holly J. Sinclair
- Shanice Banton as Marisol Lewis
- Stefan Brogren as Archie Simpson
- Munro Chambers as Eli Goldsworthy
- Annie Clark as Fiona Coyne
- Daniel Kelly as Owen Milligan
- Cory Lee as Winnie Oh
- Samantha Munro as Anya MacPherson
- Chloe Rose as Katie Matlin
- AJ Saudin as Connor DeLaurier
- Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari
- Spencer van Wyck as Wesley Betenkamp
- Tamara Duarte as Charlie Lima
- Samii Folliott as Hannah Belmont
- Taysha Fuller as Jess Martello
- Jayne Lewis as Therapist
- Jesse Trajkovski as Pauly Garcia
- Raymond Ablack as Sav Bhandari
- Luke Bilyk as Drew Torres
- Sam Earle as K.C. Guthrie
- Jahmil French as Dave Turner
- Alicia Josipovic as Bianca DeSousa
- Argiris Karras as Riley Stavros
- Justin Kelly as Jake Martin
- Shannon Kook-Chun as Zane Park
- Jajube Mandiela as Chantay Black
- Aislinn Paul as Clare Edwards
- Cristine Prosperi as Imogen Moreno
- Jordan Todosey as Adam Torres
- Jessica Tyler as Jenna Middleton
- Anya (to Owen): "I wasn't myself last night." Owen: "You're right. You're not the sweet and kind girl I thought you were."
- Mrs. MacPherson (to Anya): "Anya, you are not leaving this house." Anya: "Watch me!"
- Eli to Fiona (about Charlie Lima): "You want me to write a play for her?"
- Connor to Wesley (referring to him leaving): "I'll be back."
- Mrs. MacPherson (to Anya): "You need to show them how bright and independent you are."
- '"Girls Like You" by The Naked & Famous - Heard when Anya is getting ready the morning after.
- "Distance" by Peasant - Heard when Connor is leaving Degrassi.
- "Come And Go" by Kalle Mattson - Heard while Anya begs the Dean of Admissions
- "Dark Days" by The Sleeping - Heard when Anya does cocaine and gets ready to go out.
- "Resistance" by The Arka Teks - Heard when Anya enters the club and starts dancing.