“Zoey’s Extraordinary Night Out” proves chaotic and potentially disastrous, as she’s forced to reconsider her romantic options in the wake of a fiery reveal.
This recap of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 1, Episode 6, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Night Out”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
As I’m sure you remember, we last left Zoey (Jane Levy) and Simon (John Clarence Stewart) on a bit of a will-they-won’t-they cliffhanger, and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Episode 6 picks right up from there. They don’t kiss, which I suppose is sensible, but the damage is essentially done – it’s obvious to both of them that whatever’s going on between them isn’t exactly ideal for their working relationship or, indeed, Simon’s looming marriage to Jessica (India de Beaufort). As it happens, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Night Out” takes her directly to that couple’s engagement party to… let’s say fiery results.
As though Zoey’s love life wasn’t complicated enough, there’s still Max (Skylar Astin) to worry about. Now that he has broken up with Autumn (Stephanie Styles), who it turns out wasn’t as amenable to the split as it seemed, he’s happier but much more likely to reveal the extent of his feelings for Zoey – which he does, in song, towards the end of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Episode 6. It’s sometimes difficult to keep track of what Zoey knows versus what everyone else knows; since the show’s songs often incorporate all the characters in a scene in a big number, you can make the mistake of believing that Max’s feelings are common knowledge. But as far as he’s concerned, Zoey has no idea that he’s lustily gawping up at her window and pledging his undying devotion to her.
“Zoey’s Extraordinary Night Out” smartly pairs Max up with Mo (Alex Newell) for most of the episode, which is a fun, new dynamic, and leaves Zoey to focus primarily on playing nice with the impressively passive-aggressive Jessica, who wants Zoey’s help with a project for her and Simon’s engagement party. Jessica can’t help but come across a bit naïve here, and you never get the sense that Zoey’s plans with Joan (Lauren Graham), who is celebrating signing her divorce papers, are really going to keep her away from the engagement do. Alas, they don’t, and Zoey confesses her late-night encounter with Simon to Maggie (Mary Steenburgen) loudly enough for Jessica to hear it.
All hell promptly breaks loose, beginning with Jessica performing “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child – still a banger – over Simon’s romantic speech, and ending with the flower wall assembled by Maggie and Jessica catching fire. Jessica is rightly annoyed about being able to confide in Zoey where he can’t confide in his fiancé and demotes him to clean-up duty after saying some rather unpleasant things about his late father. A small touch I liked in this scene was Jessica’s earnest regret over having said something so personal to Simon in anger; she didn’t mean to hurt him in the way that she did, but she was hurting herself. To me, it was an apt example of how most arguments are just cascades of petty remarks that people turn to in lieu of saying what they really mean.
Zoey is pulled away from the party by the news that Mitch (Peter Gallagher) has had a fall, and it’s up to Max to ensure that she makes it home in her drunk, panicked state, which he does, though he can’t help but serenade her with The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”, tastefully reworked into a kind of touching ballad. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 1, Episode 6 ends with Zoey and Max lustily gazing at each other through a window, which begs the question of what happens next. Is Simon now more available because of his disastrous engagement, or is he going to double-down on Jessica and keep Zoey at arm’s-length? If it’s the latter, is Max now a viable romantic option? Will he be satisfied – or even aware – that he’s second-best? Questions, folks. Let’s see what next week has in store.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.