Zoey experiments as she searches for the thing to help her balance partying, her studies, and friends. Full recap of part 2 of the grown-ish series premiere, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” by @luvthispayne.
Hey hey y’all! We are back already. Luckily for us, #grownish gave us a two-part episode premiere. And Episode 2 was super juicy so let’s jump straight into it.
At the end of Episode 1, we left off with Zoey learning that she had a new roommate, Ana. Y’all remember Ana, that’s the friend Zoey left hanging at a day party after home girl demonstrated she didn’t know when enough was really enough. In this episode we open to Zoey discussing the struggles of balancing it all in college. By all, she mostly means juggling her class workload with partying. Let me take a moment of personal privilege right here and state (AGAIN) how incredibly stupid it is to have a midnight class. Like how can you ever expect to go out and recover when you have class at midnight. Issa no for me dawg. But this ain’t about that.
What exactly goes down at these college parties that Zoey is attending? Well shit, everything. You have percocet and molly. Kids popping Xany’s, the coke sniffers, the weed heads, the beer guzzlers, and the liquor sippers. A little something for everyone. Well not everyone because Zoey is smart enough to know that the most she wants to do is drink a little. Or so she thought.
After a night of partying, Zoey crashes in her room she is startled awake when she realizes that she has overslept; AGAIN!!! Struggle BUS party of one. Zoey, then with tons of attitude, had the black ass audacity to ask Ana why didn’t she wake her up for class and Ana rightfully tells her where to stick it. Look Zo Zo, I love you but I ain’t heard you apologize yet. It’s too soon to be asking Ana not to kill you in your sleep, let alone wake you up for class. Plus boo, you GROWN!
As Ana is heading out for class, Luca aka The Weekday, just comes waltzing in the room. Umm excuse me boundaries, can you knock sir? He has good reason though because Zoey has missed another class. Unfortunately for her, he told the teacher she was getting an abortion. Looooool. Luca might not have any chill and I’m okay with that. Luca is giving Zoey the third degree and she’s shrugging him off continuing to pretend that she has her life under control. Apparently they are partners for a group project in their Fashion Class, and WE ALL KNOW HOW THOSE GO! Yes I’m in my feelings because group projects are a work of Satan, and I have PTSD.
Zoey blows off working on her project with Luca that afternoon to go see a James Baldwin exhibit. Now while going to a Baldwin exhibit might seem admirable, Zoey is only going because Aaron is hosting it. Sis is really about to fail outta college #ForTheD That little trip to the exhibit turns to an invite to a pizza shop from Aaron and of course Zoey can’t say no. I’m wondering when the hell Zoey actually does any work. Answer is, it doesn’t seem like she does.
Speaking of getting her work done, Vivek, our neighborhood plug is listening to Zoey complain about how much work she has to do and offers to help her out. Well he’s not going to help but he has some adderall that he offers her. What kind of business man is he? Giving out free product to a rich kid? That really ain’t none of my business but he might want to stick to his day job of going to school because his business model seems unstable. At first, Zoey is super hesitant to take it at and we’re all cheering from the sideline because it seems like she just might have some common sense.
This is not a campaign against adderall but rather a campaign against unsafe adderall. Like Sis, your mom is a whole ass Doctor, don’t you know better than to take unlabeled medicine from folks you just met. Common sense be damned huh?! But she takes the bag and heads back to her room.
(When asked how she felt about being mistaken as Judge Judy)
Anyway, Zoey is seriously struggling to focus so guess what she does? You guessed it, she takes one of the adderalls that Vivek gave to her. Sis popped that lil blue pill and her face looked like Raven when she’s getting a vision. But the pill ends up backfiring and instead of being hyper focused on her paper, Zoey goes on a online $3000 shopping spree. The funniest part of the entire thing was the shipping method she chose which was, “Come get it yourself bitch, we can’t ship it any faster.” REAL. ASS. TEARS. DAWG.
The next day Zoey sees Vivek and Nomi and she’s pissed because apparently they were aware that a distracted spiral was very likely to happen during her first time taking the pills and neglected to give her any kind of warning. I mean Vivek is just the plug not a damn doctor. You take shit at your own risk ma’am. Anyway she swears that it’ll be the last time she ever takes the adderall.
So that night, Zoey goes back to trying to complete all the work she still hasn’t finished from the previous night. However, there’s a small problem, she’s still unable to come up with anything. What does she do? She pops “one last” adderall. Girl tell that lie to someone else. We don’t believe you, you need more people. With the assistance of her academic steroids not only is she able to finish the fashion project, but she’s also able to finish her 25 page paper on Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Now that she’s done, she goes to meet up with Nomi and Vivek and they just “happen” to see Aaron in the same place. He mentions that the Black Student Union (he said BSU but I spelled it out in case y’all ain’t know what it meant) is having a party and that she should come. WHYYYYYYY would he do that? Of course she is going to say yes. We’ve seen Zoey at more parties than we have in class. She might want to pace herself. But you know you can’t tell grown folks nothing, especially not when a fine ass man you stalking is involved. At the party, and Zoey is looking like a complete SNACK! Got those legs out, and I know she’s hoping that Aaron notices. She’s in luck because he tells her not once BUT TWICE how great she looks ….. just before handing her a stack of solo cups and asking her to pass them out to everyone. DAMN. Frustrated Zoey decides to leave and just as she does, it looks like her luck with Aaron is going to turn when he insists he can’t let her walk home alone, but nahhhhhhhhhh he just asks some other dude to do it. LE. SIGH. Better luck next time champ.
Back in the room, and Zoey comes stumbling in and Ana is fed up. Apparently, this is an every night thing. Zoey is fed up too and finally apologizes. That long overdue apology turned into a heart to heart that helped mend the friendship that was broken by ain’t shitness. More importantly, Zoey also finally had someone to talk to about how out of character she’s been acting since being in college. She finally has some solace in someone that will allow her to stop pretending to be someone she isn’t. Or so I hoped.
What happens to a dream deferred though? Because not long after this heart to heart full of epiphanies, Zoey gets an EARLY morning text (like 2am) from Aaron asking if she up and “wanna hang?” Senorita thirsty doesn’t even wait five minutes before replying back with yes. Then pops another adderall that she swore to everybody she wasn’t taking anymore. Chile. I can’t. Unfortunately, we have to wait until next week to find out if they hang and what if anything actually happens. Zoey I want better for you girl.
Random observations: I love love love that Jazlyn and Skyler were wearing Ivy Park in this episode. Also shout out to whoever is doing Zoey’s hair, she is SERVING LEWKS!
See y’all next week for real!