The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

Season 2 Episode 19

Ask Zack

Aired Friday 7:00 PM Jul 15, 2006 on Disney Channel
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Episode Summary

Cody gets Zack a job at the school newspaper for the advice column since the previous person quit. When a girl he likes asks for advice, Zack tells her secretly to ask him out, so she does. But when she finds out that Zack was the one that gave the advice, he is in for a load of trouble. London can't sleep and Maddie, Mr. Moseby and Esteban try to help her sleep.moreless

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  • Good Zack episode

    Zack gives advice to people on the school newspaper, the "Ask Shirley" column. Zack likes a girl who asks for advice, and tells her he likes her, but she finds out and dumps him. In the end, he reconciles with her. Meanwhile, London is unable to sleep. So Maddie, Moseby, Carey, and Esteban help her. This was hilarious. I loved this one.
  • One of my favorite "Zack" episodes

    Hilarious is the best word to describe this episode. Even more than Zack's part, I loved London' s part, especially when she rang Maddie during the night, then rang Mr Moseby. It was just hilarious!

    This episode features moments where I just cracked up. Great episode and a total must see.
  • Great

    Zack gives out advice to people on the school newspaper, as "Ask Shirley." But he soon likes a girl and uses the column to get her to ask him out. What will happen when she finds out? Meanwhile London cannot sleep and everyone else suffers. is London an insomniac?

    Good episode, the sub plot was a little weak but I liked the main one too much to really care. Overall it was a decent offering, not the funniest around but definitely worthy enough to get an "A" from me, just an all around decent episode, i certainly think so at leastmoreless
  • This was a pretty good episode. Not the best and not one of my favorites but it was pretty good.

    I really seriously didn't like the story with London not being able to sleep. It wasn't funny and it's not even worth talking about. But the story with Cody being in charge of the school newspaper and hiring Zack as the advice person, Ask Shirley, was funny. And when a girl sends a letter to Ask Shirley about how she can talk to and get a date with a boy and Zack realizes that it's a girl he likes and she's talking about him, he desides to give her advice on how to meet and talk to him. But it backfires when she finds out that Zack is Ask Shirley and he gave her the advice on how to talk to him and get a date with him. In the end he makes it up to her by putting an apology to her in the paper. The episode was funny and I liked it alot. It's not a favorite of mine but I liked it.moreless
  • Zack doesn't even knows that there's a library in his school!?

    Well written, Zack decides to get a job in school newspaper, but the only job left was ask Shirley column. His advices really work. London is unable to sleep & Mr. Moseby, Maddie, Esteban & Carey try to help her out. Zack develops a crush on Darlene, and he gets a chance to advice her to ask him out on a date (as he is anonymous). Zack is happy as Darlene follows his advice, but accidentally, Zack's identity is revealed to her & her heart is broken & Zack decides to quit. Meanwhile, The efforts of Mr. Moseby, Maddie & Esteban are of no good as London is still unable to sleepmoreless
Nicki Prian

Nicki Prian


Guest Star

Sophie Oda

Sophie Oda

Barbara Brownstein

Recurring Role

Rebecca Rosso

Rebecca Rosso


Recurring Role

Adrian R'Mante

Adrian R'Mante


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • This episode is one of the few episodes in which Norman (the doorman) has a speaking line. When London is going around and around in the revolving door he says "Mrs. Tipton" twice.

    • When London can't sleep, I think the time where she turns off the lights, she's wearing hair curlers. The next day, her hair is straight.

    • This episode is just like the episode of Drake & Josh, "The Pilot", where Drake uses Josh's advice column to get a girl.

    • How could Darlene know that Zack knew it was she who had written the letter? People don't write their names on the letter, even though Zack did know it was Darlene.

    • London's bed is different from the ones used in the 1st season and her room seems smaller and it's known that London has a huge closet.

    • One of Cody's favorite fonts is Helvetica.

    • In this episode Darlene tells Zack that it took "Almost a Month" to get over her old boyfriend. In Twins at the Tipton Jessica said that it took her "Almost a month" to get over her boyfriend Troy.

    • If London isn't smart, how does she know what irritable means?

    • When Cole (Cody) got mad and has to smack his head into the locker. If you look closely, you can see his leg moving towards the locker, so his knee hits it every time his head hits the locker. Actors do this for safety.

    • In the episode "Twins at the Tipton", Janice and Jessica did not live in Boston, as they lived in England. In this episode, they are in Boston. Which means, they either moved to Boston, or they are foreign exchange students.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Zack: If you don't give me a job, I'll keep on making scary monster sounds while you're sleeping.
      Cody: You're Mr. Spooky Head?

    • Cody: Hey mom, come look at the new edition. I changed the font. I went with Helvetica.
      Carey: That's great honey.
      Cody: It's taken him 13 years but he's finally pulled through for me.
      (zack walks through the door and sets his backpack on the table)
      Zack: I'm quiting the paper.
      Cody: What? You can't quit on me.
      Zack: Darlene found out that I'm Shirley and now she hates me.
      Cody: So, use the paper to manipulate another girl......How about, P.U. in P.E?

    • Zack: You mean I would have to be a girl?
      Cody: No, it's anonymous.
      Zack: Oh, good.
      (both pause)
      Cody: That means no one will know you're Shirley!
      Zack: Oh, Good!! Then I am the man for the job...I mean WOman!!

    • Carey: (singing) Hush, little rich girl, don't say a word. Daddy's gonna buy you...the whole wide world.
      London: (suddenly perky) Yay, Daddy! (claps really fast) I can't sleep now! I'm too excited!

    • (Carey, Mr. Moseby, Maddie, and Esteban start rocking London's bed)
      Mr. Moseby: Now London, picture yourself in a boat. Gently rocking in the waves, up and down-
      London: Stop, I'm getting bed sick!

    • (Cody bangs is head against his locker again) Darlene: He forgot his combination again? Why doesn't he just write it down.

    • Zack: Well what about sports?
      Bob: That is right. It's Bob covering sports. If you can bounce it, catch it, or hit me in the face with it, I'm your man.

    • (Carey looks at Maddie, London, Mr. Moseby, and Esteban sleeping)
      Carey: Awww, isn't that adorable?
      (They all snore loudly at the same time)
      Carey: Or not.

    • (Cody bangs his head against a locker)
      Darlene: Whats wrong with your brother?
      Zack: Oh yeah, he just forgot his combination.

    • Esteban: Are this your baaaaaags (lady nods) then I better call a caaaaaaaab.
      Moseby: One more like that and there goes your raaaaaaaaaaaaaaise.

    • (Zack and Darlene are about to kiss. Moseby walks by.)
      Moseby: No kissing in the lobby.
      (Darlene jumps back and Zack falls into the chair)

    • Cody: Oh, this is great. You exploit me and my paper, manipulate a girl, then abandon me, destroy my paper, and still get the girl? Now what am I supposed to do?
      Zack: Dear Loser...

    • Darlene: Zack, if you promise not to lie to me again, I'd like to give you another chance.
      Zack: I'd have to think about it...yes.

    • Cody: Do you really think your advice to Darlene is going to work? "Take a chance, ask him out for a milkshake!"
      (Zack and Cody walk up to Darlene)
      Darlene: Hey Zack, I'm just taking a chance here, but would you like to go out for a milkshake?
      (Cody looks surprised, mouthing "What?!")
      Zack: Gee, Darlene, this is such a surprise. I mean I always thought you thought I was sort of...obnoxious.
      (Cody looks up and says "Why?" silently)
      Darlene: I did, but then I found out that some guys who are players might really be...shy, and sensitive underneath.
      (Cody gawks, then mouths, "What the...?")
      Zack: Well...that's me.
      (Cody bangs his head on his locker)

    • Cody: I've got great news! I just got appointed Editor of the school paper!
      Zack: We have a school paper?
      Cody: Yeah. You know, there's free copies outside the library.
      Zack: We have a library?
      Cody: Okay, I don't blame you for not reading the Revere Express. It stinks, but Ms. Cohen expects me to turn it around. The same way I turned around the math lab.
      Zack: We have a math lab?

    • Zack: So, isn't it great how much people love my column? Although it kinda creeps me out that Bob wants to date me.
      Cody: You can do worse, and you have.

    • Janice: Cody, we have great news!
      Jessica: Really great news!
      Janice: Terrific, actually!
      Barbara: Would you get to the point!

    • Zack: I think I'll give Darlene a little advice on how to take a crack at the Zack.
      Cody: What are you doing?
      Zack: Just watch. (starts typing) "Sometimes a player isn't really obnoxious. He's just hiding the fact that he's shy and sensitive underneath."
      Cody: You can't do that!
      Zack: Why not?
      Cody: Because it would be using your position on the paper to manipulate someone for your own personal gain. It's morally repugnant.
      Zack: Come again.
      Cody: Bad, wrong, a no-no.
      Zack: Oh, that morally repugnant.
      Cody: Don't you realize you would be compromising your journalistic ethics?
      Zack: You see, that's where you're wrong. I have no ethics.

    • Cody: This isn't about you! This is about something bigger than you! This is about ME!
      (Zack looks at him)
      Cody: ...I mean the paper.

    • Cody: But I can't find anybody who's as obnoxious and insensitive as you!
      Zack: Oh, don't try to sweet talk me!

    • Maddie: (answering her phone) Hello?
      London: Maddie, it's me London. I'm in my room and I can't sleep. What should I do?
      Maddie: Okay, the first thing you have to do is hang up the phone.
      London: Right.
      (London hangs up the phone and Maddie drops her phone and falls asleep)
      London: (shouting at the phone) Now what?! picks up the phone Maddie, this isn't working. (No response so London sighs, hangs up her phone and thinks on who to call)

    • Maddie: So what's the problem?
      London: I CAN'T SLEEP!
      (London walks off)
      Maddie: WELL NOW I CAN'T HEAR!
      Esteban: (to Maddie) NEITHER CAN I!
      Mr. Moseby: (to both of them) NO YELLING IN THE LOBBY!

    • Mr. Moseby: (answering his phone) Marion Moseby, how may I help you?
      London: (on the phone) Moseby, I can't sleep. What should I do?
      Mr. Moseby: First, relax all of your muscles from your head to your toes. Now, start counting backwards from 100.
      London: Okay. 100... (stops)
      Mr. Moseby: 99.
      London: You do it for me, Moseby. You're better at the alphabet.
      Mr. Moseby: 98, 97, 96, 9-ha.
      London: Moseby? Moseby? What comes after 9-ha?

    • Cody: You can't make fun of people's insecurities. You have to be more sensitive.
      Zack: I can be sensitive.
      Carey: Oh, I just found a gray hair!
      Zack: Congrats, Grandma.
      Cody: Way to be sensitive.
      Carey: That was hardly worth the trip in here.

    • London: Look, I'm telling you, there's nothing wrong with my life!
      Maddie: Well, then what's the problem?
      London: I can't sleep!! (leaves)
      Maddie: And now I can't hear!!
      Esteban: Neither can I!!
      Mr. Moseby: No yelling in the lobby!!

    • London: I haven't gotten any sleep the past 2 nights!
      Maddie: Well, usually when you can't sleep, there's a psychological reason. Something deep down that is gnawing at your soul.
      London: (gasps) My soul... of my Autora Vitali shoes?
      Esteban: Or maybe she just has a lot on her mind.
      Esteban, Maddie, and Moseby: No.

    • London: One chocolate ding-a-ding.
      Maddie: What's the magic word?
      London: (screams) Now!!

    • Cody: Look, I just hold the paper to a very high standard, and I don't know if you're right for the job.
      Zack: What are you talking about? I give great advice. Example: that shirt makes you look like a dork.

    • Cody: (to Zack) And the lovely Janice and Jessica are doing health and beauty.
      Janice: I'm doing health.
      Jessica: I thought I was doing health.
      Janice: You're doing beauty.
      Jessica: I'd rather be healthy than beautiful.
      Janice: But I'm really healthy!
      Jessica: But I'm really, really healthy!
      Barbara: (imitating the twins' British accent) And I'm really, really glad you're not triplets!

    • Zack: (Reading Dear Shirley letter) Dear Shirley, I have a crush on this guy. He comes on like a player and can act very obnoxious, but he is so cute. What should I do? Cody: How do you know she's talking about you? Oh, right, she said obnoxious.

  • NOTES (19)


    • Carey: (singing) Hush, little rich girl, don't say a word. Daddy's gonna buy you...the whole wide world.

      The lullaby Carey sings to London is an allusion to the lullaby, "Hush Little Baby Don't Say A Word".

    • London's storyline about not being able to sleep and Carey's comment that London was "just like the princess and the pea" is an allusion to the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Princess and the Pea.

    • When Zack tells Darlene, "Just think of me as Dr. Phil with hair," this is an allusion to talk show guru, Dr. Phil McGraw of Dr. Phil and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

    • Carey lullaby to London; "Hush Little Rich Girl, Don't say a word, Daddy's gonna buy the whole wide world", is similar to London singing to Jesse McCartney; "Hush Little Rockstar, Stay where you are. London's gonna buy you a shiny car."

    • Ask Zack, is an allusion to Ask Jeeves or Dear Abby.