Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist season 2, episode 1 recap – “Zoey’s Extraordinary Return” first day back

January 6, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Return” is a reminder of everything that always worked about this, as well as a promising start to a welcome new season.

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Summary

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Return” is a reminder of everything that always worked about this, as well as a promising start to a welcome new season.

This recap of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist season 2, episode 1, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Return”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous season finale by clicking these words.


I unashamedly love Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. It’s a wonderful show that doesn’t get anywhere near the credit it deserves for putting magical realism to the task of unpacking authentic human drama. The song and dance numbers are great. The characters are excellent. It’s just a good, kind-hearted, uplifting show that can also be terribly moving when it wants to be, so I was glad to see it return for a second season in the fittingly-titled “Zoey’s Extraordinary Return”. And it’s quite a return.

Things pick up six weeks after the first season finale, with Zoey still reeling from Mitch’s death and coming out of a period of self-imposed isolation during which she has had the time to contemplate all the madness of the previous year, which includes not only losing a loved one but developing superpowers and getting embroiled in a tricky love triangle that, yes, still persists even now, only made even more complicated by the fact that Max and Simon have become best buddies with both each other and Zoey’s best friend and confidante, Mo. Yikes.

Everything has changed in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist season 2, episode 1, including work and Zoey’s relationships. She’s now the fourth floor’s executive director at SPRQ Point, which means Lauren Graham’s Joan is leaving, but that only positions Zoey in a more interesting place for the sophomore outing. Joan was another reliable figure in her life who will promptly be leaving it, so it’s hard for Zoey to see the upside. She has all this new responsibility, but the climate on the floor has changed considerably, thanks in large part to Lief being the stand-in manager during her absence and a new arrival, the good-natured but awkward George (Harvey Guillén), being victim to some obnoxious hazing.

At least her love life is a bit less complex. By the end of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Return”, she has settled on Max, which only makes sense, really. Jane Levy and Skylar Astin have great chemistry, and her romance with Simon only really felt natural in the context of two wounded people finding a shared pain to bond over. For a while, the episode flirts with continuing the dynamic, but eventually a sweet gift that Max gives Zoey pays off as confirmation that he’s the one she wants. He and Simon being friends can work in different ways now rather than as played-out love rivals.

And, as ever, there’s Mo, who remains Zoey’s best friend by knowing when to pick her up and when to give her a telling off. Seeing her knock about with Max and Simon is weird at first, but it only makes sense that those closest to Zoey would congregate together in her absence. Even without her powers, which Zoey begins the episode believing she’s lost – she hasn’t, obviously – Mo sticks by her despite her claims that she’s only doing so because she’s interesting.

All in all, it was a great returning episode, one that really embodied everything that has always been lovely about this show while also laying out a clear path for it to progress along going forwards. In these trying times, maybe this is exactly the kind of light entertainment we need.


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