Six weeks sure went by fast! It's amazing what a global pandemic can do to your perception of time. Clearly for me, time no longer exists!
After a month and a half long hiatus to make room for other NBC sitcoms (Kenan and Young Rock premiered, I did not watch them but I hear they're worth checking out!), Zoey's returned with a sentimental episode about what it means to watch the moment and be in it. It also introduced some new love interests for our favorite characters, and gave us the gift of drunk Simon.
Without further ado, let's recap!
To start, we get a flashback of young Zoey and her dad watching meteor showers. Zoey is enamored by it, and Mitch loves sees his little girl so happy. Flash forward to the present day when a similar star sighting is happening and Zoey wants to go, but she doesn't want to burden her friends with more sad-dad stuff.
Meanwhile, Zoey's brother David is starved for human connection outside the realm of his wife and baby and is convinced by his sister to go check out Aiden's (remember Aiden? We love Aiden) band. He does, and Felix Mallard sings the second swooniest version of 'Watermelon Sugar' of all time (first place obviously goes to Harry Styles himself at the Grammy's, y'all). It really makes you think, why was Hunter Chen the musical love interest in Ginny & Georgia and not Marcus freakin' Baker?
Anyway, David plays keyboard with the guys and then mistakenly believes he has just auditioned to join their crew. They're like 'Ew, sir you are old' and he's like 'Yeah, but I have talent' and then they let him in the band I think.
Zoey's attempt at finding company to recreate her childhood is ruined when it's Leif and Tobin that jump at the opportunity. Leif is having lady problems, and Tobin doesn't like the mountains at night. Zoey is frustrated and misses the moment because of Leif's heart song, and sulks in sad-dad.
On a lighter note, MaxiMo's is having its grand opening and if you're thinking 'Wow! That was fast!', you are correct! It was fast! I do not know a world where a restaurant could prosper that quickly but it's television so I will allow it. Anywho, the fire inspector man gives Mo a very hard time about he bedazzled exit sign and the location of the stage, but also it appears he kind of has a thing for him? Mo deserves love, especially in the form of someone who will protect him from any and all fires.
Max gets a visit from his first kiss, Rose, who is in California for a few months for whatever she does for work. There's some obvious connection there and a lot of social media slang that I absolutely detest, but it's fine. Rose serves as the fifth spot in our love star (?) between Zoey, Simon, Max, and I think Tatiana. It's going to be an interesting second half, y'all.
Simon shows up to MaxiMo's tipsy as hell and it is fantastic! He hits on Zoey, and on Mo and Max, and is just all around good vibes. I love it so much.
Elsewhere inside the restaurant, Leif is on a redo date with Kaia, his first attempt at dating post-Joan. It turns out she is just using him to get a job, and he is both furious with her and Zoey for allowing him to put himself out there again. Luckily, Mackenzie and Tobin are there for support, and also seem to be flirting with each other (insert side eye emoji of some sort).
Zoey gives Danny Michael Davis's speech to Max and Mo which includes six too many star metaphors, bringing her to tears. When her friends question her sudden switch of emotions, she reveals that she just wants to watch the meteor shower, and they all climb in the car to support her. They explain that she isn't a burden at all, and that they want to be there for her.
So Leif, Tobin, Mackenzie, Max, and Simon go with Zoey to the mountains where they eat stale PB&J's, drink juice-boxes and stare at the sky. They sing in the car to a song Mitch loved, to which drunken Simon exclaims "My dead dad loved music too!". It's wholesome and beautiful and when Leif prompts Zoey to come look at the stars she reveals that she's happiest just watching her friends watch.
Ahhh! What a great episode. So much happiness and also sadness but like, in a good way. Next week is Zoey's 30th birthday and there's some ~drama~ when it comes to that love star I previously mentioned.
What was your favorite part of this week's episode? Do you agree that Leif and Tobin are the best part of the show? What's gonna happen next week? Let me know in the comments!