Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist season 1, episode 10 recap – “Zoey’s Extraordinary Outburst” Upstairs/Downstairs

April 20, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
TV, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Outburst” felt well overdue, as her love life, her father’s health and her friendship with Max all take severe downturns. But goodness, Leif can sing.

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3.5

Summary

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Outburst” felt well overdue, as her love life, her father’s health and her friendship with Max all take severe downturns. But goodness, Leif can sing.

This recap of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Episode 10, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Outburst”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


Things aren’t going well for Zoey (Jane Levy) in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Episode 10. Max (Skylar Astin) has taken a new job on the sixth floor. Her relationship with Simon (John Clarence Stewart) is more complicated than ever. And her father’s condition continues to worsen. As has already been established throughout this first season, Zoey’s better at meddling in other people’s emotions than handling her own. With that in mind, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Outburst” seems long overdue.

Now that Simon is single, they both seem to understand that something is on the cards between them, even though neither is ready yet. Their relationship continues to be defined by crippling awkwardness, neither knowing quite what to say, or how far is too far, or which speed constitutes rushing. A date in Simon’s new apartment goes badly because she once again hears him singing “Mad World” and flees; when they hook up again a bit later in erupts into such anger that Mo (Alex Newell), whom the show has apparently remembered, has to intervene. Naturally, and brilliantly, Mo’s intervention is an insistence that they dance their feelings away, which seems to work. Both agree to take their time; Simon is still processing the loss of his father, estrangement from his mother, who is remarrying, and the breakdown of his engagement, while Zoey is still processing Mitch’s (Peter Gallagher) deterioration and Max’s move.

Let’s talk about that. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Episode 10 gives Max some agency and promotes him from dutifully following Zoey around giving her puppy dog eyes to a hotshot position on the swanky sixth floor of SPRQ Point – a position that he earned and that, much to his consternation, nobody even noticed he took.

To Max, this promotion and his new boss Ava (Renée Elise Goldsberry) represent appreciation for his talent and hard work, even if it’s a bit too obvious that she’s using him to steal the success of Chirp for her department. Ava and the sixth-floor staffers have a sing-off with Joan (Lauren Graham) and the downstairs crew over ownership of Max, which is an uncomfortably accurate depiction of corporate culture, and he eventually decides to stay there since nobody bothered to sing on his behalf when he announced he was leaving in the first place. It’s the right move for Max the character, if not Max the narrative tool, since he needs to be in Zoey’s orbit so he can keep her love life complicated.

Speaking of complicated love lives, it was Maggie (Mary Steenburgen) and Mitch’s anniversary in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Outburst”, and my, oh my, if you thought this show couldn’t conjure up some emotion anymore then this subplot will prove you mistaken. Their duet of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” was wonderfully done, and Zoey’s outburst at Howie (Zak Orth) for giving her father a sedative and “robbing” him of his precious few remaining moments of lucidity was really on-point in highlighting how grief causes otherwise rational people to act irrationally. I’ve said all throughout these recaps that Maggie and Mitch’s relationship is the strongest in the show, and their anniversary dinner in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Episode 10 proved it.

Still, that hardly clears things up for Zoey. How long does Mitch have left? What happens between her and Simon now? What about her and Max? These are questions that we don’t have answers to, along with the show’s most engaging mystery of all: How on earth does pasty white dork Leif (Michael Thomas Grant) have such a soulful singing voice? Blimey, he’s good.

Anyway, let’s see what happens next week.


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