Largely famous as Britney's sister's show.Pacific Coast Academy was previously an all boys school, but has just begun admitting girls. Among that first class of girls is one Zoey Brooks (Jamie Lynn Spears), who has to contend with the boys when it comes to any privilege among the school. But of course, having a gender integrated school proves to be appealing for both sides and it basically becomes a college-type atmosphere but with teenagers.The show began with Zoey and her roommates Nicole Bristow (Alexa Nikolas) and Dana Cruz (Kristin Herrera), with Zoey making friends with Chase Matthews (Sean Flynn) and his roomates, Michael Barrett (Christopher Massey) and LoganReese (Matthew Underwood). Zoey was also called upon to look after her younger brother Dustin (Paul Butcher), with the slightly crazy geek Quinn Pensky (Erin Sanders) always ensuring that Hilarity Ensues at PCA.As time went on multiple characters were replaced, with varying degrees of Suspiciously Similar Substitute. Dana left, and was replaced by LolaMartinez (Victoria Justice). Later, Nicole left, which allowed Quinn to move in with Lola and Zoey.Created by Dan Schneider, the show is the origin of the Nick Verse, created when Drake Bell showed up As Himself. Victoria Justice would later take part in another Schneider comedy, Victorious.Nowadays, the show tends to be seen in a positive light - the only major criticism detractors have is that Zoey herself is a CanonSue, and even then, many episodes don't focus on her. It's also unique as the only major show in the Nick Verse to not have a Laugh Track or be shot on a stage - it was shot on location in California.
Adorkable: Chase falls fully under this, to the point that even Lola finds him adorable one time
After Action Patch Up: The girls do this for the guys after they get beat up by the football team. Poor Mark, though, is forgotten in the basketball hoop...
Agent Scully: Logan is an interesting case, as he is this purely out of fear and panicked denial instead of any type of rational
All-Cheering All the Time: Zoey and her two friends are trying to make money to rebuild Sushi Rox so Logan hires them as cheerleaders for a week or so. At first he makes them cheer him on for nearly everything, but then they actually cheer at everything (getting rejected, taking a bath, sleeping) so he gets tired of it and pays them to shut up.
Almighty Janitor: Herb, a skilled Shakespearian actor and impressive improviser.
Ambiguous Disorder: Nicole's in-show reason for leaving after season 2, Obsessive Male Gender Disorder. It may exist (depending on who you talk to) but it's unlikely Nicole's case was strong enough to necessitate action.
Ambiguously Brown: Both Dana and Lola lean into this, but as their surnames are Cruz and Martinez respectively it’s implied both are Latinas.
Ambiguously Bi: Michael. Lola too, but she's more the type to just joke about it.
Anchored Ship: Zoey and Chase in the final Season, when due to some miscommunication, Zoey is at PCA, while Chase is in the school she was supposed to be going to in England. The end result is a Type 1.
Anguished Declaration of Love: Logan and Quinn in "Chasing Zoey"...though not just to each other. They end up declaring their feelings to the entire school at prom mostly by accident.
The Artifact: As the series went on, the focus shifted from an average girl at a new school surrounded by colorful students, to standard relationship drama. As a result, Dustin became this by season 3.
Artistic License - Physics: In "Jet-X", Zoey puts balloons on the title scooter. There were far too few balloons to lift the scooter off the ground.
Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Subverted. Quinn dresses up in a kid-adapted version of this, in order to recover the interest of Mark, who left her for a girl who dresses like this. Mark tells her that he is not atracted to his new love's hotness but her personality and rejects her. Thanks to Logan's words and actions, she switches back to her usual clothes.
Beautiful All Along: Quinn. She gives herself a makeover to try and win back Mark, only to fail and have Logan fall in love with her. He puts her glasses back on her and says "There's Quinn.", right before their first kiss. Of course, Quinn is played byErin Sanders, however, this does put a nice spin on the cliche of a geeky girl taking off her glasses, getting a makeover, and having a guy fall in love with her.
The Bet: This is the plot, or sub-plot, of several episodes (commonly, girls vs. boys, but also guys vs. guys, everyone vs. Logan)
Beta Couple: Lola and Vince, Logan and Quinn, Michael and Lisa
Betty and Veronica: An interesting case, as Logan could be considered the Veronica to Mark’s Betty for Quinn’s affection. Another case of canon comparison is Rebecca being the Veronica to Zoey’s Betty in terms of Chase. In Fandom strictly, Dana is often considered the Veronica to Quinn’s Betty for Logan.
Brooke is the Veronica to Quinn's Betty for Mark.
Big Brother Mentor: YMMV, but Chase can be seen as this for Dustin most of the time. Logan once tried to be this to Dustin with unsuccessful results.
Book Ends: In the first episode, when Zoey sees Chase for the first time after he falls off his bike, she asks him if he's okay and notices that his arm is bleeding. In "Chasing Zoey", when he falls down the stairs she does the same thing.
Broke Episode: In "Logan Gets Cut Off" Logan's rich father cuts off his allowance and credit after Logan way overspends. He has a very hard time doing things for himself.
Broken Aesop: One episode involved Zoey and Logan starting a web segment that quickly became popular in school. However, the dean bans them from doing it, so they fight back and win, the moral being "censorship is bad". Which would be fine, except for the fact that the show was causing full-scale riots in the halls during school hours. That kind of response is a valid reason to ban something.
The Bully: Keith Finch from the season 1 episode Defending Dustin.
Chain of Deals: The episode The Favor Chain centers around this. Zoey wants a ride to the book store to meet her favorite author, and when she asks her dorm advisor, Coco, to do it, Coco agrees if Zoey can get Micheal to cook his grandmother's raviolli recipe. Micheal will do it if Stacey will finish their school project by herself while he cooks. Zoey convinces Stacey to finish the project if Zoey can get her a date with Logan. Logan (reluctantly) agrees to go on a date with Stacey if Zoey gets his class ring back from Dustin which he lost in a bet. Dustin will give the ring back if Zoey convinces Lola to be his assistant in his magic show. Lola, who's looking after a teacher's baby, agrees to do it if Zoey can find someone else to look after the baby. Zoey gets Chase to do it if Zoey can get a group of comic book nerds to stop trying to befriend him. The nerds agree to leave Chase alone if they can have a computer software that Quinn invented. But when Quinn can't hold her end of the deal, the whole chain of favors falls apart.
Every One Can See It: Chase's love for Zoey is the school's worst kept secret, and Zoey's obliviousness is almost painful. Even a random girl pulled from the hallway by Lola can tell that Chase is into Zoey:
Lola: Ginny, could you come here a minute?
Ginny: What's up?
Lola: 'Blank' is in love with Zoey. Fill in the blank.
Ginny:(as though it were the most obvious answer in the world) Chase.
Fanservice: It's really amazing how much they got away with Beach Episodes and putting the cast into appealing outfits. Granted, this goes for both guys and girls.
The Fashionista: Zoey and Lola. Lola did cool off a little by the third season, though.
Forced Meme: Michael in the episode Drippin' Episode tried to make "drippin'" catch on as a synonym for "cool." Other characters repeatedly told him it would never catch on...until the last minute of the episode, when it apparently has. Problem is, nobody believes that he started it, which prompts him to try making another Forced Meme... "flump" as a synonym for "not cool."
Free-Range Children: Zoey and her friends are in middle school/high school. But they seem to be able to go out whenever they want, go where ever they want, with no adult supervision or consult.
The Friend Nobody Likes: Logan, very much so and lampshaded on several occasions. More so in the first seasons though.
Friend Versus Lover: Zoey vs. Rebecca during the early part of season 3. It was really Rebecca who made a big deal out of it, and eventually demands that Chase choose between her or Zoey. He chooses Zoey, of course.
Funny Afro: Chase has a bushy "Jewish afro" constantly referenced by the other characters. He tends to shrug it off, but lampshades it himself after Zoey throws a pillow at him that knocks him off his chair. He gets up, pats his head and exclaims "You dented my 'fro!" in good humor
Getting Crap Past the Radar: The ENTIRE episode where they all tried to get "tapped" by the Silver Hammer Society. To be fair, they meant get tapped on the head with a silver hammer to be initiated into the society, but they just keep saying stuff about being tapped, and it gets even weirder when the girls start talking about being tapped. Plus, throw in the scene when Logan tried to get on one of the Silver Hammer's good side. He approached him all dressed up, bearing a present, and said, "I'm interested." All of this built up to a Mistaken for Gay joke and in a kid's show no less.
Logan wears a shirt saying "I spent ONE NIGHT IN PARIS." Which is the name of Paris Hilton's sex tape.
In "The Radio," Zoey gives Chase a taco in exchange for a $10,000 antique radio, suggesting that a taco (of another variety) could be something of value (e.g. Zoey's "taco"). The final scene of this episode is utterly shameless.
From "Chase's Girlfriend": "You won't need those balls for a while." It's also the tag quote!
"Paige at PCA" begins with Lola discussing her feet. Except it sounds like she talking about her boobs at first.
In "Chase's Grandma", the robe Zoey is wearing at the pajama birthday party for Chase is very slinky. Her pajamas are sorta skimpy as well but it's a sheer robe- not the sort of thing a 16 year old should be wearing, especially in public and especially since she's in the rain later in the episode.
At the beginning of "Hands On A Blix Van," Quinn is, for some reason, showing Zoey and Lola how to put your legs behind your head while sticking your arms between your legs, while facing the camera.
Michael: We wouldn't have this problem if the lunch ladies could make a decent chicken breast.
(Logan starts snickering)
Zoey: What's so funny?
Chase: Michael said "breast".
Logan: Breast... (snickers)
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Chase and Michael, full stop. Logan also shares this with both Chase and Michael; especially notable with Michael in season 4. Zoey and Nicole from season 1-2 and Zoey, Lola and Quinn from season 2-3-4 also qualify
Interrupted Declaration of Love: This becomes somewhat of a Running Gag for Chase, who has been in love with his best friend Zoey since the day he met her. He tries valiantly several times to tell her how he feels, only to be interrupted—usually by the friends who keep telling him to reveal his feelings. Ironically, for all the times he tried to tell her on purpose, he ends up telling her completely by accident.
Just The Way You Are: With a nice twist. Quinn goes through a makeover after Mark dumps her for Brooke, trying to win him back. She fails, and is Logan who implies to prefer her "just the way she was", telling her not to change and putting her glasses back on her, before their first kiss.
Kavorka Man: Mark, to some extent. He dated more girls than everyone else, including Quinn, Courtney, Brooke and arguably Stacey.
Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: Subverted in Drippin' Episode with Dustin, who is scared at first but later fakes it to spend more time with Zoey which consists of him sleeping in the same dorm room as Zoey, Quinn, and Lola. But he genuinely missed Zoey, wasn't being creepy towards any of them although Lola suspected him of it.
Ladykiller in Love: Logan, after he starts dating Quinn, seems to be this, more if we have in mind his past as a serial dater.
Last Minute Hook Up: Zoey and Chase. After three seasons of shipteasing they finally confess their love to each other, only to not be able to do anything about since they're now 6000 miles apart. Chase returns in the final episode, and he and Zoey kiss and become a couple in the last five minutes.
Long Distance Relationship: Chase and Zoey attempt this via webcam after she overhears Chase tell his roommates he's in love with her and they switch places in an attempt to be together, but after their video date fails, the come to the conclusion that it wont' work and resolve to try it for real when they're together again.
Love Makes You Dumb: Chase, numerous times throughout the series. Michael in "Michael Likes Lisa."
Love Confessor: Chase confesses that he loves Zoey to Michael and Logan after she leaves to attend school in England; he had admitted that he had feelings for her, but not that he loved her. This actually ends up becoming a Love Confession, because little does Chase know that Zoey is watching via a webcam feed that was accidentally left on.
Love Triangle: Not stated in the final season, but you can tell Zoey is in middle of one with James, the hot guy rooming with Michael and Logan, and Chase, the first guy she met on her first day on campus.
Nearly all of the other ensemble characters (and even a few inanimate objects) have served as cockblockers to this relationship at some point in the series.
Mood Whiplash: The episode "Chase's Grandma" starts as your average sitcom episode about one of the main character's birthday and the other characters wanting to put together a great birthday behind his back - then during the very last scene of the episode, Chase's grandma (who was coming to the party) passes away ending the light-hearted episode on a really depressing note.
Must Make Her Laugh: In one episode, Michael tries desperately to make Quinn laugh at his jokes. She finally laughs at one of his puns, but she only did that to make him stop bothering her with his jokes.
Narcissist: Logan. Notably it causes him to lose a contest in Hands On a Blix Van, since his arrogance prevents him from believing that Zoey is lying to him. (Or more accurately, he's so arrogant that he doesn't believe she could lie to him.)
Also, the contest had been going on for almost a full day, so he probably couldn't think straight.
New Transfer Student: Technically all the girls at PCA are this in the first season, but the most obvious case is Zoey. Lola in the second season.
James Garret in season 4
Nice Guy: Chase and Michael both tie for possibly the biggest one in the series and in season four both the reformed Jerk Jock Vince Blake and Romantic False Lead James fall into this.
No Dress Code: PCA apparently doesn't have one, judging by how the females dress about 90% of the time. On occasion they even wear strapless tops and dresses, despite that being a big no-no in real life, even on California campuses. Quinn was the exception at first, until the show started down-playing her lack of social skills and had her become a regular member of the gang; after that she started showing as much skin as the other girls.
Oblivious to Love: Zoey is oblivious to Chase's feelings for her. This gets painful when it drags on for three years, despite multiple attempts by Chase to tell her his feelings. She's oblivious even after she is told flat-out by her friends that Chase is in love with her, and had been since he met her. Lola even goes so far as to pull a random student from the hallway. And Zoey still doesn't believe it!
Lola: Ginny, could you come here a minute?
Ginny: What's up?
Lola: 'Blank' is in love with Zoey. Fill in the blank.
Ginny:(as though it were the most obvious answer in the world) Chase.
Lola: Thanks for playing.
Odd Friendship: If one takes times to think about, Chase and Logan’s friendship seems to fall into this, as they are so incredibly different and normally seem to be the kind of friendship that would not work thanks to their personalities but more than once is showed that they are acutely dear and close friends
Only Child Syndrome: Zoey is the only one of the main characters to have a sibling, her brother Dustin. Lola mentions a younger sister in passing (season three's Surprise) who is never mentioned again and never seen, and none of the other characters seem to have siblings at all.
Only Sane Employee: Kazu, the owner of PCA's Sushi Rox, seems to be one of this in comparison to the other adults on campus. Mr. Bender also seem to be this
Only Sane Man: Chase constantly falls into this, something that is obviously not very difficult when your competition is Logan and Michael. Throughout the first season 1st season, Dana proved to have elements of this as well
Operator from India: The episode Switching Places had Chase and Zoey trying to communicate by webcam across the Atlantic, the picture fizzing out, and calling tech support. The guy on the line is clearly an Indian by his accent, and he has no tolerance for fools — which Chase most definitely is.
Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Rebecca. She goes so far as to blackmail Zoey because she thinks Zoey "stole" Chase from her.
Put on a Bus: Dana after the first season. Nicole after the second season. Chase for most of the fourth season. Basically no character was too important enough on the show that their actor couldn't afford to be fired.
Put on a Bus to Hell: Alexa Nikolas quit the show because of a feud between her and Jamie Lynn Spears. Alexa's character, Nicole, was an intensely boy-crazy, insecure kid who hated unfamiliar situations — and Zoey says in the third season premiere that Nicole has been shipped to an all-girls boarding school. In a previous episode, Nicole had broken down sobbing when she thought she'd have to transfer to another school. Ouch. The writers know how to punch.
Really Gets Around: Logan, serial kisser and dater per excellence fall into a kid – friendly version of this
Replacement Love Interest: Deconstructed in Goodbye Zoey? with Gretchen. While the replacement looks like Zoey, she's not very pleasant in the personality department. And the fact that Chase is trying to replace Zoey with someone else kind of freaks out his friends.
Logan: So you're saying it's just a coincidence that Gretchen looks exactly like Zoey?
Chase: I don't even see a resemblance.
Michael: Everybody thinks they look alike!
Logan: And that's the only reason you're hanging out with her! She's your little Zoey replacement, and that's a little bit sick.
Shout-Out: There have a few references to iCarly, including one episode where Zoey has a ringtone that is the show's opening theme song and another where Lola is visiting the iCarly website. Both of them were before the said series began.
In The Curse of PCA, Lola references Spongebob when she tells Leif, after Leif concludes sadly that she must think he's silly, "No, Leif, Spongebob's friend Patrick is silly. You are a weirdo!"
Later in that scene, after Lola calls him crazy, Leif quotes a line from Hamlet (which happens to be Lola's second favorite play) "I am but mad north north west, but when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw."
School Newspaper News Hound Jeremy Trottmann ends every news report by saying, "Courage" — a reference to former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather, who closed his final newscast with the word and tried unsuccessfully to turn it into a regular catchphrase in 1986.
Spicy Latina: Arguable and mostly implied because of her surname, but Dana Cruz, both sarcastic and confrontational, could fall under this. Lola Martinez could be considered a milder version, but she has some aspects of this.
Stereo Fibbing: In an episode of Zoey 101, Trisha is dating Chase against his will. To get out of it, he puts on an act for her that depicts Zoey as his girlfriend. When questioned about it, they usually agree on everything. Until...
Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Quinn is very concerned about her pet alpaca, Otis, whom she left back home. Zoey arranges for Otis to come to school. Quinn makes alpaca noises at Otis, and Otis makes the noises back. Nicole says, "Quinn speaks alpaca?" Zoey's response: "Are you surprised?" (We later see Quinn and the animal playing chess.)
Sweet Polly Oliver: Lola pulls this by disguising herself as a boy named Steve to prove to the guys that having a girl around doesn't affect the way they behave, since the boys cited this as a reason for the girls to not be able to hang out at their dorm anymore.
Take That: Towards the end of episode two in season three, Zoey and Chase talk about how they think it's dumb that two people can't be friends without suspicions arising about their feelings for each other. This could be considered a Take That to the fans who ship the pair, or just shippers of anyone on the series.
Taking the Heat: Zoey at the end of the episode "Prank Week", so she could save the school's co-ed status. Due to an oversight during her subsequent apology (the statue acting up and the students rioting), her expulsion is revoked AND the school remains co-ed.
Tomboy and Girly Girl: Dana is the most obvious tomboy on the show to girly girl Nicole in season 1. Quinn and Lola to a lesser extent in seasons 3 and 4. Zoey rotates between being a tomboy or a girly girl based on whatever the episode calls for.
Trailers Always Spoil: Or in this case opening credits spoil. The trailer for the first episode of Season 2 depicts Lola as a goth chick. She wasn't. This may have been a surprise...if they didn't show her as normal in the opening credits.
Unnecessary Makeover: In-universe, in "Quinn Misses The Mark", Quinn gives herself a makeover to try and win back Mark. She ends up ditching it when Logan falls in love with her and puts her glasses back on her and says, "There's Quinn" right before their first kiss. (Of course, she's played by Erin Sanders, so she's extremely hot either way).
You Go Girl: Played straight once and actually Subverted on the second occasion. The very first episode feature a girls vs boys Basketball game in which the girls lose by only one basket. By the end of the game however, the entire school was cheering the girls on. In another episode, in one of the rare instances where Zoey didn't come out on top, she joins the male's wrestling team. The coach uses takes advantage of this trope because no guy on the opposing would wrestler her because they'd either be seen as a jerk for beating up a girl or look like a wimp for losing to one. Everyone except a Jerk Jock, who proceeds to wipe the floor with Zoey.