Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist season 2, episode 5 recap – “Zoey’s Extraordinary Trip”

February 3, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

Zoey lets herself go in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Trip”, realizing she might care too much, while her mother and former lover(s) get their own little subplots.

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Summary

Zoey lets herself go in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Trip”, realizing she might care too much, while her mother and former lover(s) get their own little subplots.

This recap of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist season 2, episode 5, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Trip”, contains spoilers.


If you thought with the title “Zoey’s Extraordinary Trip” that Zoey was going to get away for a little while, think again. While she certainly experiences some new surroundings and perspectives, she does it all in the comfort of her head thanks to a drug binge that leads her to some personal revelations. Everyone else, meanwhile, had much more serious subplots to deal with, leading to some awkward tonal shifts as the latest episode veered from outright slapstick to personal and social issues.

With all this in mind, it’s easy to wish that Simon’s story, which involves him discovering, contemplating, and finally standing up to the fact that SPRQ Point’s Chirp service fails to recognize people of color in its algorithm, got a little bit more time and space to breathe. It was a topical story being explored from the right perspective, but there just wasn’t enough of it to really unpack the complexity and nuance of the decision Simon has to make. Since Simon has quietly been relegated to an inconsequential role now that he’s no longer entangled with Zoey, it felt a little like giving him something to do.

It also raised an obvious question: How is SPRQ Point still in business? Nothing they make works. And their CEO, Danny Michael Davis, is a useless lunatic, which is made especially apparent in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist season 2, episode 5 since he spends the entirety of it with Zoey and her new friend Aiden getting super high and eating popsicles.

Virtually all of the comedy in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Trip” came from this subplot, even though it was really about Zoey working through the troubling realization that caring for other people has never actually done her any favors. Of course, she can’t change her nature, and the show wouldn’t work if she did, so this circuitous angle seems like it’s killing time and giving Zoey an excuse to be slightly side-lined in her own show. But it did give us more time with Aiden, whose relationship with Zoey seems like it’s going to be surprisingly platonic, and indeed Danny Michael Davis, who’s bonkers.

Again, the seriousness was to be mostly found elsewhere, particularly a subplot in which Max and Mo try to secure funding for their new business endeavor from Max’s well-off but emotionally starving father, Alan. I’m not sure how much we’ve been told in the past about Max’s strained relationship with his father, but I would have liked to have more context for it, and indeed to have spent more time on it. I really liked the conclusion – Alan offers Max the money on principle, even though he doesn’t believe in the idea, and Max refuses it, knowing he’s ponying up for the wrong reasons – and I think it would have probably worked better if more time had been devoted to the subplot beforehand. But it did lead to a lovely moment between Max and Mo, who continue to be one of the show’s most unexpectedly great pairings.

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