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Zoo recap: Emotional Contagion

The Animal Avengers break into a zoo and hijack a plane. Normal stuff.

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Zoo

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
2
performer:
James Wolk, Nonso Anozie, Billy Burke, Nora Arnezeder
broadcaster:
CBS
genre:
Drama, Thriller

I’ve been wondering when this show about homicidal animals with a propensity for plotting and wreaking havoc on indoor spaces was going to go full-CrazyTown-ludicrous—and it looks like the writers have deemed episode 10 to be that turning point. This episode had it all: flash forwards, that thing where you use a tiny toaster for stem cell research, old acquaintances who equal nothing but bad news, dissent in the ranks, and most importantly, a good ol’ fashion zebra tipping zoo break-in.

What it doesn’t have is any animal attacks (not including a few disgruntled travelers who kind of deserve to be annoyed after being removed from their home and forced to listen to Chloe and Mitch assure each other that none of this is their fault). And when there’s not a specific animal story line to follow—say, the meet-cute between a wealthy, uptight housewife and the brown bear that shows her how to let loose as they learn to laugh and love together—that means the focus is all on the Animal Avengers and just exactly how far the logic hole they’ve gone in their quest to save the world… and, therefore, just how far down the logic hole we’ve been asked to go with them.

Is it logical that every idea off the top of Mitch’s head that’s “just a theory” ends up being the exact right theory the group needs? No. Is it logical—as many commenters pointed out last week—that Mitch would give his daughter medicine from the same company, likely made with the same cell, that’s about to cause her adorable yellow lab to eat her mom (just a theory). Surely not. Is it logical that just because they have access to a cargo plane, and just because Abe knows how to fly one, that they can fly right out of the country. DEFINITELY not.

But that completely illogical escape provides the completely shocking scene where, in an effort to not have another FBI agent’s murder on her hands, Chloe gets separated from the group. And not, like, “you guys take the plane, I’ll take the cherry red Suburban, we’ll meet in Zambia”—no, that woman flings herself off a plane, away from the loving arms of Jackson and into FBI custody. And that is a twist worth defying logic for.

The episode starts with a flash-forward to the Avengers and a few other people in stupid ornate animal masks breaking into a zoo (that this episode wasn’t titled “We Stole a Zoo” was a complete missed opportunity) and yelling at someone named “Ray.” We soon find out that Ray is simultaneously Jackson’s proposed solution to their problems: He makes secret trips to Africa and since they need to get to Africa, but their faces just so happened to be splashed all over the news as wanted by the FBI, they need to get themselves to the leopards in Zambia on the down-low.

We also find out that Abe effin’ hates Ray. You see, Ray has a propensity for getting himself—and Jackson, and by proxy, Abe—into trouble. And not the fun kind of trouble, as evidenced by him getting roughed up on the docks of Clearwater, Florida when we meet him. He’s an animal rights activist who seems a lot more interested in making a statement than protecting animals, hence the plan to break into a zoo and “save” the animals with his organization, F.A.R.M. Ray tells Jackson that he’ll take them to Zambia if they help him with the break-in, and even though Abe tells, like, six anecdotes about how Ray is trouble (trouble, trouble), he agrees.

NEXT: Zoo-capades

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