Thursday, April 30, 2020

What I'm Watching: Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist: Season 1, Episode 11 "Zoey's Extraordinary Mother" (B)

This show is consistent if nothing else. Its workplace antics feel so deliberately staged in some ways, and it's a real shame because there's a depth that exists both on the show as a whole and in its relationships specifically that's reduced as a result. Leif getting transferred so easily to the sixth floor because Joan approved it without consulting Zoey didn't make all that much sense, and then Leif was almost immediately sneaking code to Tobin, which seems like it might have been noticed by someone. Their communications certainly weren’t all that secretive, permitting Joan to find out almost right away. Calling a truce of sorts with Ava was a bit of a surprise, but there were finally real consequences in the form of Max being fired. The way she said it made it seem like Joan and Zoey won’t just be able to hire him back even if they wanted to, and this big career move is looking more and more like a career ender right now. Zoey and David bringing Maggie to a funeral home to pick out a casket for Mitch was quite a big step, and she handled it pretty well considering the intensity of that process. It was a fun opportunity to feature guest star Bernadette Peters and give her some singing to do, even if it wasn’t incorporated into the story all that subtly. I’m not terribly interested in Mo’s love life, though it makes sense that Zoey’s number one confidante would be deserving of a supporting plotline.

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