Deadly Class season 1, episode 8 recap: The Clampdown


A gang war erupts on this week’s episode of Deadly Class.

It seemed inevitable that King’s Dominion would eventually become a battleground. All of the main characters on Deadly Class come from different cliques and have reputations to maintain. Maria crossed a line taking out Yukio which essentially declares war between the Kuroki and the Vatos. It doesn’t matter that she needed to make that call to save herself, all that matters is the different henchmen want each other’s heads as vengeance.

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

First thing first, “The Clampdown” reveals a traitor lurking in the midst at King’s. Shabnam has apparently been spying on Marcus for Gao since she arrived. He managed to snake Marcus’ journal without his roommate discovering. It’s not clear if Marcus does anything but draw pictures in there but knowing Gao, she has been able to piece his history together. She demands Shabnam return it to its hiding place and continue searching for information.

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While Shabnam may the wolf mentioned in the title above, Gao is an actual wolf who isn’t in hiding. Throughout this episode, it’s clear she’s the master manipulator at work. She’s even able to get under Lin’s skin and he doesn’t see through her facade. By the end of “The Clampdown”, she’s recruited Victor and Brandy to her team of antagonists with the intent of taking down the heroes.

Secrets Secrets Are No Fun

Up on the roof, everyone seems to be lounging about and playing a game. Their fun is interrupted by Saya, who drags Marcus away for a private chat. Not exactly the best move when Maria is still seething with jealousy and not speaking to her best friend. Saya doesn’t care at the moment, because learning about Yukio’s death leaves her worried that F*ckface has struck again. Maria, overhearing the conversation, steps in to speak privately with her boyfriend.

She reveals that she was the one who murdered Yukio but she had to. Diablo would’ve killed her if vengeance wasn’t taken and this way the whole thing is behind them. Unfortunately, Marcus isn’t as naive to think this is a finished issue. He knows Diablo won’t be satisfied until he’s cut off the head of the Kuroki, who is Saya. Maria might be mad at her best friend, but she definitely doesn’t want her killed.

Saya gets an update from one of her gang members who demands justice for Yukio. She heard rumors that the Vatos were responsible which makes Maria the one who called the shots. Saya doesn’t believe Maria would do such a thing and says they won’t be going to war yet. Speaking of Maria, she appears in the hallway asking to speak privately. Their conversation is interrupted by Juan, who attempts to stab Saya. The monks separate everyone for the “clampdown” but Saya’s final thought was that Maria distracted her so Juan could attack.

DEADLY CLASS — “The Clampdown” Episode 107 — Pictured: (l-r) Maria Gabriela de Faria as Maria, Siobhan Williams as Brandy — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

Brandy’s Manipulation

Maria, Juan, and Brandy get shoved into a room together to make one of the more uncomfortable pairings. Right away, Maria and Juan decide to argue in Spanish with the hope that Brandy can’t understand them. She points out that she can’t speak Spanish but the word “Saya” is the same in both languages.

Clued into the brewing war between the Vatos and the Kuroki, Brandy decides to capitalize on the situation. She’s becoming quite the master manipulator on Deadly Class! Brandy whispers in Maria’s ear that Saya would take any chance to destroy her if she believes there was an actual attack on her life. Juan even threatens to tell Diablo about her real relationship with Chico, which once again puts her on edge.

Initially, Maria attempts to get a note to Marcus about wanting to parlay with Saya. Unfortunately, Victor eats that note which leaves Maria doubtful about what could happen. Deciding it’s best to play it safe, she prepares for war.

DEADLY CLASS — “The Clampdown” Episode 107 — Pictured: Lana Condor as Saya — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

A Forced Hand

Saya is in the same boat, stuck in a room with Shabnam and one of her underlings. She’s furious her gang member wouldn’t step in to defend her during Juan’s attack. However, the Kuroki are mad that she won’t take revenge against the Vatos for killing one of their own. They want justice and are beginning to doubt Saya’s ability to lead.

Furious at the thought, she announces they will move against Juan. When Gao releases them into the cafeteria, things get out of hand almost immediately. Saya and Maria get into a fight, which directly goes against the school rules. Gao apprehends Maria, not Saya, and whispers beautiful threats into her ear.

Shockingly, Gao doesn’t hurt Maria herself. She has the young girl tied up before letting the Kuroki woman in to torture her. Thankfully, Saya appears just in time to save Maria any real pain. Deadly Class makes it clear that Saya is officially put herself in harm’s way to save her best friend. She’s hurt that Maria wouldn’t trust her with Yukio in the first place. However, Maria brushes her off and demands to be left alone, leaving Saya heartbroken.

DEADLY CLASS — “The Clampdown” Episode 107 — Pictured: (l-r) Benedict Wong as Master Lin, Benjamin Wadsworth as Marcus — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

A Special Kind of Torture

Marcus spends this episode of Deadly Class desperate to stop the fight brewing between Saya and Maria from getting worse. When he sneaks out to get word to Saya, Lin catches him right away. It’s worth noting that he wants to speak to Saya before his girlfriend, which hints at some deeper feelings for the former. Nonetheless, Lin is desperate for answers his sister basically offered to let his daughter avoid the school if he helps her get justice.

He has a special kind of torture for Marcus: forcing him to watch home videos and pictures of his parents’ dead bodies. Poor Marcus is devastated seeing the only time he ever experienced true innocent happiness. While he initially lies about everything, he succumbs to Lin’s questioning because he’s afraid of being on the street again. It’s a bit shocking he gives up Maria rather than pinning the blame on F*ckface, and it does make me wonder if he would have done the same if Saya had been the one to kill Chico.

Nevertheless, Lin doesn’t give up Maria. Instead, he convinces Diablo that Yukio was the only one involved in Chico’s death. For now, it seems like this has appeased him but who knows what’s in store for Deadly Class.

DEADLY CLASS — “The Clampdown” Episode 107 — Pictured: Liam James as Billy — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

A Threesome

The light-hearted part of “The Clampdown” comes from Billy, Petra, and Lex getting stuck in a room together. Deadly Class shows us Lex’s past and how he wound up at King’s. Unlike everyone else, Lex’s dad was actually a nice guy. He was honest and hardworking but had a bunch of sons who were common criminals. One of his older brothers killed a security guard and young Lex dropped his father’s ID card at the scene.

His dad went to jail for their crimes which left Lex at King’s. However, he doesn’t want to talk about that when he could be trying to hit on Petra. It turns out, both Lex and Billy have a crush on her! At first, she’s resistant to their charms before deciding she could cross a thing off her bucket list. She wants to have a threesome with the two! They spend most of the time about worrying whether they’ll meet each other’s eyes during the event and finally the opportunity passes when the clampdown is lifted.

DEADLY CLASS — “The Clampdown” Episode 107 — Pictured: Isaiah Lehtinen as Shabnam — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

Rebuilding Bridges

With everyone separated by a strain of secrets, Marcus realizes it’s time for some honesty. He steps up on the roof to announce some truths about himself. His friends are his family now, and he’ll do anything to hold onto them. However, he finally tells the group about F*ckface and what happened at the boy’s home.

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Meanwhile, with Lin’s allegiance seemingly with keeping the students safe and Gao forming her own group, it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Should Marcus ask Lin for help with Chester? Will the rest of his friends find out that Lin covered for Maria? Clearly, pieces are moving into place for a larger event heading into the end of this season.

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