Grown-ish season 3, episode 4 recap – “Thinkin Bout You” The Phases Of A Backslide Hangover



Voter registration duty, major student loan debt, and the (permanent) end of a fan-favorite pairing take the center stage on “Thinkin Bout You.”

This recap of Grown-ish season 3, episode 4, “Thinkin Bout You,” contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.

In case you needed a reminder, last week, exes Zoey and Luca’s argument turned into them having sex in the kitchen, otherwise known as a “backslide.” Part one of the “backslide hangover,” as Zoey calls it, is bliss. In class, Luca is happy until Jazz lets him know that everyone already knows what happened between them the other night. Luca then texts Zoey to see how she’s doing. Jazz says that she’s team “Zuca,” and is happy if they’re happy. Luca states that nothing’s changed between them, and everything’s fine. Just like that, we’re at the second stage: denial.

Meanwhile in Grown-ish Season 3, Episode 4, “Thinkin Bout You”, Zoey’s with Ana, Nomi, and Skye. Ana’s gathered them all to help her with registering students to vote. Ana’s doing this to impress the potential new love interest named Javier. Naturally, Zoey’s obsessing over the text message that Luca sent her (it merely said “Yo”). The next stage is “regret,” as Zoey feels like sleeping with Luca may have been a mistake. Zoey chooses not to respond to the text message after Skye suggests that Luca sending such a simple message means that he only sees her as a booty call now.

This leads to Luca experiencing the next backslide phase: anxiety. Luca’s been stress painting due to not hearing back from Zoey in the three days since they’ve hooked up. Doug goes to check on him after he bailed on working on their project. Doug chastises him because he doesn’t want a failing grade on this project. Doug’s looking to the future and wants good grades. Luca’s embarrassed that he sent the text to Zoey (leading into the next phase: shame).

However, Zoey texts him back, saying they need to talk. At the same time Doug asks Luca, the girls ask Zoey if she’s thinking about getting back together. At the moment, they don’t know if that’s what they want. They’re both told that until they figure out their feelings, neither one will be able to move on. Anger is another phase of the backslide hangover, as a frustrated Luca leaves his place to get some air rather than respond to Zoey.

Toward the end of Grown-ish Season 3, Episode 4, Zoey discovers Jillian in her dorm, and as she gets her to register to vote, she spots Luca putting his clothes back on in the background. Ouch. The next day, the two of them have their talk. They choose to end it for real. Zuca has reached the final phase of their backslide: acceptance. It’s time to let one another go. Doug stops by Luca’s place, and he’s now ready to work on their project. It’s a nice touch getting scenes of Doug and Luca together. It’s the first time in the series it’s happened, and the duo has a good dynamic. Doug coming in and providing a friendly ear to the usually calm and collected Luca is something I hope to see more of in the future.

For the B plot in “Thinkin Bout You”, it looks like Aaron is going to graduate on time! Bad news? He owes almost two-hundred thousand dollars in student loan debt. Naturally, this is a very jarring revelation for him. While playing video games at Vivek’s, he realizes how many expensive things he has at home (reminder that Vivek is a drug dealer for the rich white kids on campus), and decides to leave. It’s a rather somber B plot considering the lighter ones we’ve had in the first three episodes, but I’m hopeful that it sets up an ongoing arc for Aaron.

Grown-ish Season 3, Episode 4 was solid, and officially ends the “Zuca” coupling for good. As a former fan of the pairing, it’s sad to a degree but necessary. These two aren’t who they used to be, and growing up means growing out of relationships. Does this mean I want to see her inevitably end up with Aaron? Not exactly, but I’m sure it’s coming for the sake of the “Zaaron” fans. What Zoey truly needs is an entire season to be single and find a new man altogether next season (yes, the show has been renewed for a fourth season). However, something tells me that’s wishful thinking. Nevertheless, we’ll be back next week.

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