Rarely is a show exactly what you were hoping it would be. It is perhaps even more rare for a show to be even better than fans had hoped. The second episode of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist pulls off the latter (rather remarkable) feat. It not only hits the ground running in moving forward several plots, but it’s more fun (and funnier) than any episode of television we’ve seen in a long time.
It’s still early in the second season, so there is still some ground building to be done. There’s also plenty of time for drama, misunderstandings, surprises, and a whole host of other issues to cause complications in various plotlines and our favorite relationships (both platonic and romantic). But just because it’s setting up the framework for future plots doesn’t mean it can’t have fun along the way!
Here are some of our takeaways from the episode, titled “Zoey’s Extraordinary Distraction.”
- Not only does this episode feature one of our favorite scenes of 2021 (and, yes, we’re confident making that prediction already; we don’t care that it’s only January), but it is quite possibly our favorite episode of the entire series.
- Yes, it’s that good. Even better than that one episode that we loved. That other one, too. We know that’s hard to believe. But it’s true.
- It’s still early, but the amount of character growth Leif already displays from the first season is remarkable and definitely makes him a Character to Watch this year.
- Tobin is a hot mess. We love him anyway. We just can’t help ourselves.
- More of David and Max, please. They’re everything we didn’t even know we needed.
- Family can love each other and still have a hard time understanding each other. But you can see how much they care by how hard they try.
- It’s good that Simon is focused on work because someone should be.
- At some point, Zoey and Simon are going to need to have a Conversation. Actually, they probably need to have more than one.
- I think we all know exactly how many drugs Maggie did in the 60s. But let’s not fool ourselves that she left them in her past.
- Mo always looked fantastic in the first season, but he is absolutely breathtaking this year and we are here for it!
- Delving deeper into Mo’s and Max’s backstories can only ever be a good thing. Exploring their growing friendship is even better.
- As one might have guessed from the final scene of the premiere – and the episode description – Clarkeman fans are about to be fed. Is it possible to break Twitter? Let’s find out!
- Emily isn’t always the easiest person to deal with, so is it any surprise that her sister wouldn’t be, either?
- Zoey has a new catchphrase this episode, and we couldn’t love her more for it. Those people in the elevator, though…?
- Fans will likely start the episode thinking “this is the funniest things can get” but, trust us, they’re wrong. It gets better. We laughed so hard we couldn’t breathe. Even on our third rewatch. You may think you’re ready. You’re not.
- Not to be dramatic, but everyone involved in the series deserves a raise. Right now. Immediately.
- The tone of this episode might be a bit more lighthearted than the premiere, but this isn’t to its detriment. If it does anything, it shows that life goes on, even at times when we wish it wouldn’t or don’t believe it can. It’s also not a linear process. (Also, we’re pretty sure this is the calm before the emotional storm.)
- Once again, all the best stuff happens in Zoey’s bedroom in this episode.
What has you excited about Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist episode 2×02, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Distraction?” What do you hope to see? Let us know in the comments below!
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.