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Headscratchers: Zoey 101
  • The episode where Zoey and her friends fight the nerds in a "Robot Battle" style tournament. What makes it totally stupid is while the nerds easily defeat the first robot used by Zoey using conventional ramming and crushing techniques, Zoey's friends robot shows up in the second round and pretty much just fires a laser at the nerds robot destroying it completely, which brings up the question how in the hell is that tournament legal? You might as well just strap an AK-47 to a robot and have it fire away.
  • From the variety of pop-culture references involved in the show, I think it's safe to say that its fictional universe has the same "pantheon" of celebrities as our own. So do Britney Spears and, by extension, Jamie-Lynn Spears exist? If so, why has nobody noticed how much one of the most popular girls in school resembles the latter? Even if just the latter isn't around, Zoey still looks a lot like "Britney Spears's little sister," and if the former isn't, that's a BIG GAPING HOLE in the pop-cultural landscape. How far does the Literary Agent Hypothesis stretch in these cases?
    • Perhaps in Zoeverse, Jamie-Lynn Spears never got a TV show, so her public profile was much lower.
    • Ocean's Twelve tried a gag like that where the character played by Julia Roberts masqueraded as Julia Roberts, and was so good at it that Bruce Willis didn't recognize her. It came off as stupid rather than clever.
    • Since Zoey 101 is part of the Nick Verse, Ginger Fox would be the Britney Spears equivalant. So either Ginger doesn't have a sister that got a TV show or Ginger Fox's sister looks different enough that nobody noticed how similar her show is to Zoey's life.
  • The wrestling team episode. What screwed up sports rules are required that the Jerkass of the episode would not have been disqualified, or even banned from the sport, for his recorded episodes of attacking other wrestlers and referees?

  • In the tv special movie or whatever, one of the big dynamic parts of it was how Chase sent a text message to Zoey's phone thing they all got, saying how much he loves her. But then he chickens out and snatches hers away while she didn't notice and deleted the message. But she sees him trying to put it back in her bag, and gets all furious because she wants to know why he had it, but he can't say why because of the loooove. The whole thing was asinine because HELLO! He could have just said it fell on the ground or something and he was just putting it back in. It's not rocket science!
    • A goof that doubles as a headscratcher (why didn't they catch/fix this?) - In "Spring Break Up" when Chase is typing the infamous text message, 'PCA Michael' clearly appears in the To form... the text never went to Zoey accidentally in the first place.
    • She didn't saw him putting it back in any bag, she discovered he had the phone when she phoned herself looking for it, after losing a challenge due to her not having the phone, and all the girls got angry at him because they thought that Chase stole it to cheat on the challenge, then Chase had no other option than to admit he wanted to delete the message and that's why he kept it so long, Zoey was going to forgive him if he would tell what the message was, but he couldn't. Also, the message was originally for Michael but sent accidentally to Zoey, so it's not that he chickened out. And the phone was in her belt, not a bag.
    • Actually, how do you "accidentally" send a message to Zoey when it was intended for Micheal? I could understand if he'd sent it to Lola or Nicole, but there's several names between Micheal and Zoey. In fact, wouldn't the episode have been much more interesting if Lola received and read the message?
      ...That might actually make a pretty decent Fan Fic.
      • On some phones (mine for example) you can send a message to a "recently used contact" instead of having to go through the phone book. So maybe the last person he texted was zoey, and micheal was right below Zoey in the recent list, and he selected the wrong one? Or it was subconscious?
      • Or maybe the phone organizes it's contacts by last name. With Michael's last name being "Barrett" and Zoey's being "Brooks", it could be a logical leap that Chase accidentally scrolled and hit the wrong one.
    • The entire episode was poorly handled. You can clearly see that when Zoey gets up from the fountain, her Tek Mate isn't left behind.
  • Is anyone else seriously bothered by Quinn? I mean, her ridiculously implausible engineering accomplishments aside, she often causes far more distress than the episode's antagonist, but she's never reprimanded for testing everything on unwilling humans.
  • In the episode where Logan has to go to anger management, and he got out of it as long as he could stay calm for two weeks, Zoey and her friends were using some really underhanded methods to get Logan to yell at them. And most of them were really ridiculous, too, even someone without anger issues would freak out at it. How did the guy making sure Logan stayed calm not allow for that? Was he just expected to be a robot the whole time?
    • That really bugged this troper too. If some chick took my art project the day it was due, dumped a gallon of honey on my bike, and threw paint at me, I would be ready to kill her. Honestly, I thought it was a bit excessive and cruel on Zoey's part.
    • No, you aren't remembering the episode right, I don't think. He wasn't passing his anger management by remaining calm for two weeks; he was TRICKING them into passing him. The deal was he could go to anger management for ten sessions, thereby being legitimately punished for what he did to Dustin, or he could fake being calm for two weeks, thereby escaping any and all punishment. The methods Zoey and the others used were cruel, yes, but they were all angry that Logan was going to get away punishment-free. THAT'S why they were being so awful to him.

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