“Zoey’s Extraordinary Confession” was a much more focused episode than last week’s, forcing Zoey to confront her feelings for Max — which includes telling him about her secret powers.
This recap of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 1, Episode 7, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Confession”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Back with a narrower focus and a significantly better episode, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Episode 7 forces Zoey (Jane Levy) to reckon with both her powers and her feelings for Max (Skylar Astin) – and it’s about time for both, really, since she long-since friend-zoned him in favor of Simon (John Clarence Stewart) and never bothered to let him know that she knew he was head-over-heels in love with her.
Well, there’s no way she can avoid the subject in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Confession”, since at lunch he stages a large-scale song-and-dance routine that, for once, isn’t entirely confined to Zoey’s head. This dude really did pull off a whole number in the middle of a mall to confess his feelings. It’s a clever trick by the show’s writers to play with our expectations and have Max literally answer what Zoey believes is her internal monologue; the shock is enough to make her run away and leave him to it, which I imagine wasn’t exactly the response he was looking for.
Zoey, as it turns out, is good at meddling with other peoples’ feelings but not too great at confronting her own. Her first instinct is to ghost Max completely; her second is to confess to him about her secret power. That’s the titular confession, since how she actually feels about Max remains unclear even after she goes out of her way to explain how she feels. There’s a joke about women here than a lesser writer would probably make.
Nevertheless, Zoey’s confession meant that she had to try and prove her abilities to Max, which in turn lent some focus to Tobin (Kapil Talwalkar) and Leif (Michael Thomas Grant), who were having relationship problems of their own. Leif was blowing his bestie off in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Episode 7, and not in a fun way – he was keeping his distance so that he could advance his career without being burdened by Tobin’s immaturity, and also so that he could make a move on Joan (Lauran Graham) – the latter event being witnessed by a surprised Zoey, who had much the same expression as I did hearing Leif’s amazing singing voice.
“Zoey’s Extraordinary Confession” also gave us a nice subplot focusing on Mitch (Peter Gallagher) and Maggie (Mary Steenburgen). After Mitch’s fall, Maggie is looking for a live-in caregiver, and after several fruitless interviews, they landed on a seemingly perfect candidate: An extremely by-the-book professional with nearly three decades in the business. She was the kind of person to really take care of his medical needs – by putting a hospital bed in the house and denying him all the things that he’s still able to enjoy doing. Luckily, and touchingly, Maggie knows her husband well enough to know this isn’t going to help his quality of life, and instead employs a funny, laidback caregiver who sneaks spinach in his chocolate milkshakes.
All this, plus a dynamite scene involving Mo (Alex Newell) – can never have enough of those – helped to elevate Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 1, Episode 7 much higher than last week’s installment, with some solid musical numbers (imagined and otherwise) and a strong examination of the show’s core relationships. Since Zoey still hasn’t decided where she stands on Max, any shippers who’re into those two will have to wait a while, and considering Simon has taken the ruination of his engagement party remarkably well, I suppose he isn’t off the table either. Let’s see.
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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.