These next few recaps are going at you late because while I think my time management skills are great, it would appear they are anything but, and my poor blog has gotten the short end of the stick. Not to worry though, I've still been watching my favorite shows and have the intention of writing about them. I just have to actually do it.
My favorite episode of Zoey's last season was the one in which her powers completely malfunctioned, leading her to be the one singing heart songs instead of hearing them. It was such a cool plot device and I really enjoyed watch Zoey come to terms with her feelings for both Max and Simon, while also just completely embarrassing herself in every way possible.
This episode is similar in that her powers get glitchy, but instead of her doing the singing she has to figure what the glitch means, and with the help of Mo, she gets to the bottom of it.
Zoey's gift from Mo for her birthday is a session with a medium, and Zoey hopes to connect with her recently deceased father. However, the medium is kind of a phony and ends up irritating Zoey and then screwing with her powers.
Zoey first notices that something is wrong when she talks to Max at the restaurant about his relationship with Rose, which he claims is going well. However, he then breaks out into a (live!!! Skylar Astin did that!!!) chilling rendition of "Anyone" by Demi Lovato, which is a song about...being super depressed. Zoey is confused and asks if he is okay and he maintains that he is, but she doesn't buy it.
When she goes to work, lovebird programmers Tobin and Mackenzie bicker and then the entire squad sings "One" which is a song about being really super lonely and sad. Zoey is again confused, but begins to put two and two together and realizes that maybe the heart songs aren't being song by the right people.
As she goes to Mo's for assistance, Mo sings some country song about not drinking or having trouble drinking or --- let's just say there's alcohol involved (or is there?). Zoey tells him that he was singing a country song, and Mo immediately lets her know that he would never, ever do that. Zoey recalls a moment earlier in the day where her mother was singing a song meant for two people ("Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better", I actually performed that in a play once) and starts to write it all down. Side note: Maggie Steenburgen, whose voice I am famous for not liking, is actually really funny in that scene and does a brilliant job.
Because Zoey and Mo only have a handful of songs to complete their mystery, they put a pin in their work and go on sleuthing. After a flirty encounter with Simon at SPRQ Point, he starts singing "What Does The Fox Say?" which is super weird and kinda hot?
That one gets cleared up pretty quickly when Zoey hears one of Perry's children singing "Love on the Brain" in a museum, and connects that he was the one who should've been singing the fox song (his stuffed animal was lost and Perry needed to return it to him).
Next, Zoey hangs out with Mo, Rose, and Max at an event and is picking up sketchy vibes from Rose. She then hears Max's new girlfriend sing, "IDGAF" and realizes that that is definitely a Mo song. She explains to Mo that the Blake Shelton song she was singing about drinking must have been about Rose's sobriety, and Zoey and Rose have a nice little chat about it.
For the life of her, Zoey can't figure out why Max was singing that damn Demi Lovato song, and it isn't until she receives her third random text from sister-in-law Emily that she connects the dots. Emily is lonely, and she must need her help. When she rushes to David's apartment, she finds Emily singing "Rosanna", the missing heart song that was meant for Max to sing.
As Zoey comes to be by her side, Emily's happy song turns sad, and she begins to cry-sing "Anyone". Y'all. Alice Lee is fucking incredible here. I got chills. Zoey comforts Emily as she regains control of her powers and discovers that while everything might appear perfect, things are a lot more complicated than they seem.
What did y'all think of this week's episode? Was it as good as last season's glitch? Do you think Emily is battling post-partum depression? Are you rooting for Max and Rose? Tell me!