On the spring finale, Zoey’s birthday party sets the stage for some major decisions on Grown-ish season 3, episode 8, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.”
This recap of Grown-ish Season 3, Episode 8, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
The spring finale of Grown-ish has arrived, and Zoey’s 21st birthday has arrived with it! She’s throwing a 90s themed birthday party, dressed as Aaliyah. Her big wish? She passes out before she can blow out the candles. The girls ask if she’s okay, and she insists that she’s fine. Zoey’s been studying for finals, she had planned Joey Bada$$’s big show, and she and Aaron still aren’t talking. The stress may be taking its toll on her. While lying down, Aaron comes to check on her. It looks like these two are on the road to making up.
Zoey tells Aaron he’s been a better friend to her than she has to him. She apologizes, and (after taking several jabs at her) he accepts it. She says that Joey Bada$$ has a tour he wants her to plan, and it’s just adding more to her plate. Aaron says that if there’s too much on her plate, then something needs to give. Being an adult means knowing how to balance things and when to cut something loose. He’s brought her some food as well. Later on, Zoey comes back down to her party with an announcement: she’s dropping out of Cal U.
Her friends immediately state that this is a bad idea. Zoey says that she already has her dream job. What does she need school for? Luca agrees with her. Zoey expects Jillian to back her up. Jillian says that she said she’d miss the final to shoot a film, but not drop out altogether. However, she says that they’re in different fields, so Zoey could be right. Ana says that Zoey should think about how her parents will feel, but Zoey says that being an adult means making her own choices.
Toward the end of the spring finale, Zoey runs into Luca on her way to the Dean’s office. Luca says that the school won’t be the same without her if she chooses to go. Zoey says that he and Jillian make a cute couple, and her ex responds that he’s happy. In the Dean’s office (while he’s running on a treadmill), he tells her that she has one more week to make an official decision. She should use that time to really consider what she wants, but Zoey pushes back. She officially drops out. Aaron waits for her outside of the Dean’s office. Aaron feels guilty, but Zoey says Aaron gives her clarity like always. Before she leaves, Aaron and her kiss.
Grown-ish Season 3, Episode 8 ends with Zoey and Nomi having some Facetime. As she catches her up on the drama that went down on her birthday, Nomi’s water breaks.
For the B-plot of “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number,” a few different things are happening. At the party, Ana and Javi are sneaking around while Jazz and Doug have some awkwardness going on. She makes excuses to leave him, and Doug talks to Skye. Skye tells Doug that their relationship is stealing her focus away from track and her longterm goals. This reveal hurts his feelings, and he leaves. Jazz asks Skye about Doug’s whereabouts, and after she admits she may have driven him off, Jazz tells her twin to stay out of her business.
Jazz finds Doug at his dorm room, and they have a talk that leads to her telling him that she wants to take a break while she goes through training for the next six months. She asks Doug to wait for her, but he doesn’t respond.
What surprised me about “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” wasn’t the announcement that Zoey wanted to drop out, it’s that she did. I was expecting her revelation to be the mid-season cliffhanger, but her leaving threw me through a loop. Do I believe she’s gone? No, because we see her in the previews for the second half of the season. I guess it’s a question of “what” brings her back, or maybe “who,” considering she and Aaron finally kissed. Admittedly, this is the first time I saw some romantic chemistry between the two. Progress!
The secondary plots for the spring finale felt very scattered. The Jazz and Doug plot got the most focus, and the cliffhanger was solid. Everything else was cute filler though. While Grown-ish Season 3, Episode 8 wasn’t the best episode, it’s still a good place to stop for a hiatus.
For now, you’ll have to speculate as to what’s next for our Cal U crew. But we’ll get all the answers we need when Grown-ish returns this summer!
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