“Zoey’s Extraordinary Silence” boasted some typically great song-and-dance numbers, but also some strong representation for the deaf community and a refreshing focus on a new-ish character.
This recap of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 1, Episode 9, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Silence”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
The good news in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Episode 9 is that Zoey’s (Jane Levy) powers are more or less back to normal. The bad news is that her life is still kind of a mess. Luckily this latest episode, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Silence”, hones in on Mitch’s (Peter Gallagher) lovable new carer Howie (Zak Orth), who makes for a compelling focus as he enlists Zoey for help connecting with his daughter Abigail (Sandra Mae Frank).
Abigail is deaf and a highflying STEM student and Howie uses Zoey’s employment at SPRQ Point as a way to get close to his daughter, who has been giving him the silent treatment because of his overprotectiveness and constant othering of her. This is an important storyline for the deaf community and features a powerfully inclusive performance to help put Abigail’s point across; just because she can’t hear doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be allowed to live her life in the way she wants, and Zoey is able to help Howie realize this. Thankfully she’s able to do so while also considering Howie’s perspective as a former combat medic with three tours under his belt – he’s a man who has seen so much in his life that being protective, especially over his daughter, is a habit he can’t shake.
While this subplot took up a good chunk of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Episode 9, we also got some development on the ever-present love triangle that has formed between Zoey, Max (Skylar Astin) and Simon (John Clarence Stewart). That isn’t to say it got any less complicated, though. First, Max was surprisingly scouted for a promotion that would take him to the 6th floor to manage his own team of engineers, but his affection for Zoey made him reluctant to take the position. When he asked her outright if he should take it, which in other words was him asking her if he should stay closer to her, she gave him a pretty weak response.
Perhaps it’s just as well, since by the end of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Silence” it looks like Simon is going to be back on the market. While a funny development was Mo (Alex Newell) confronting Simon about kissing Zoey despite being engaged, this didn’t work out in quite the way Zoey intended; Simon isn’t a player, he’s genuinely in love with two women, and perhaps Zoey more so than his fiancée, Jessica (India de Beaufort). In a duet, they seemed to part ways, emotionally if not officially quite yet, which makes things even more complicated between him and Zoey.
While Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 1, Episode 9 only served to extend what has already been a season-long dynamic, its positive representation, great choreography, and the time spent on Howie helped to elevate it as a really stand-out installment.
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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.