It's Zoey's 30th "Birthday", A Cause For Celebration - And An Original Song (Season 2, Episode 8 Recap)
It's Zoey's birthday! Though I maintain that the girl is definitely an Earth or an Air sign and not a fiery Aries like myself. She's far too analytical for any of the hot-headed shit us Aries get ourselves into but alas, television continuity is not as much of a thing as I wish it were.
For Zoey's birthday, she decides to have a party at her mama's house (because the pandemic isn't real in the Zoey-verse and we're okay with that!). She invites all of her work friends and decides that she is going to be optimistic about the next decade of her life, but of course the party goes a little...awry.
While inviting her plethora of "friends" (Zoey doesn't really have a lot of friends, does she?), Zoey is introduced to Max's new/old love interest Rose. They duet a heart song in front of her and she is immediately put off by it, despite seemingly only having eyes for Simon scenes prior. Her and Max discuss their 'pause' and end up fighting because ya know, sexual tension and miscommunication and shit.
Max later apologizes and brings Zoey a thoughtful gift for her birthday, a framed record of "A Moment Like This" (the heart song they sang while they had sexy times). Max decides to pursue Rose, and Zoey decides to pursue Simon, and but only if he and Tatiana don't have something going on.
Everyone at the party sings "Kiss Me" because this show is basically a '90s movie, and it's revealed that not only do Mo and Perry have feelings for each other (duh) but Tobin and Mackenzie are crushing on one another as well (aww). Zoey feels incredibly alone at her own party, but notices that while Tatiana is singing to Simon, he is not singing back.
As a special treat, Aidan and his band (including David!) sing a song for Zoey's birthday. The song, titled "Crimson Love" is actually the first original song on the show, and is nothing short of cringeworthy perfection. The musical number is obviously a love letter to a redhead named Zoey, something her brother David only realizes halfway through the song.
It's adorable to see Emily so infatuated with her keyboard playing husband, as well as the look of disgust on her and David's face once they realize the song is a rather creepy and detailed confession of love. Zoey shoots Aidan down gently, and the Australian neighbor remains mostly unbothered, calling it Zoey's lost.
As the night wraps up, Zoey and Simon steal a moment together where he gifts her with a cheesequake (Season 1 callback!) and sings "Into You" by Ariana Grande because the man is in his feels. Zoey is smitten and the two kiss, which seems to mark the start of their romantic relationship. The question is: will it last? You be the judge!
This episode was mostly entertaining but felt really long, and as much as I think that Simon and Zoey had good chemistry in Season 1, now I think it's a little forced. Additionally, I will always be aboard the Max train, but him and Zoey are just complete opposites right now and it makes me sad to see them interact. Oh well, at least we have Mo and Perry.
What did you think of this week'd episode? Are you looking forward to next week's glitch? Let me know!