Zoey 101

Season 4 Episode 12

Chasing Zoey

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 02, 2008 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

The end of the school year is approaching, and that means Prom is too! Zoey is going to spend her summer in Maui, but when James offers to come along, her reaction isn't what he expected. Meanwhile, Michael gets a classic car from his father so he can drive Lisa to prom. The only problem is, Michael can't drive stick. Quinn and Logan want to go to prom, but they want to keep their secret safe too, so they decide to pick each other's dates -- the result is not what either of them expected. Meanwhile, Lola is made head of prom committee, and all she wants is to arrive fashionably late, but will she be able to?moreless

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  • A wonderful ending

    This is the best way to end Zoey 101, PCA Confidential was good too. Chase returns and the Quinn-Logan Relationship increases. The ending was outstanding and I love the show, I don't care what anyone say.
  • amazing

  • Chasing zoey

    I lov quinn & logan
  • Zoey 101 is dead.... FINALLY!

    To everyone who has watched this show from start to finish, I must say I have to give you props. For all the years of sad humor, pathetic acting (if you can call it that) and movies that ended in predictable cliffhangers, you guys finally got the ending you were looking for. With that said, the episode was still crap! Lets start with the title, Chasing Zoey. This title: Chasing Zoey, which sounds like Chase and Zoey, implies that the movie is about Chase trying to get back with Zoey, however that only happens in the last 5 minutes of the episode! And when he finally appears, he almost becomes a paraplegic getting to Zoey (makes you wonder how he got up there in the first place). The idea that the whole show was about Chase/Zoey was a little more than cheapened. Second, since when could underclassmen and middle schoolers go to a high school prom? IF an underclassmen goes to prom, they must go with an upperclassmen, and 12-year-olds going to prom? Can you say sabotage? Also, lets address this silly idea that 14 year olds know what love is. Do you know how many times the characters said "I love you". It was sickening! For example, if Logan and Quinn really "loved" each other, they wouldn't care if anyone saw them together at prom. And it still bothers me that Chase is convinced that he "fell in love" with Zoey when he first saw her. Don't make me laugh! Please, if he really loved Zoey from the very beginning it wouldn't have taken him this long to tell her! What he called "love" was nothing more than lust mixed with strong infatuation. I hope we don't wonder why teens get pregnant and all the junk that goes with it, its because shows like these tells kids that high school love can be real….. give me a break! "Love" in high school is lust at best, so you can't tell me that high schoolers have the capacity to say "I love you" and know what they are saying. But, I will say one good thing that happened in this episode: Chase finally manned up and told his feelings to Zoey. After years of cowering in fear he finally took a chance, and in typical Hollywood style it paid off. And a disclaimer for the wise: that doesn't always happen. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: this show is bringing Nickelodeon's name through the mud. This show wouldn't have lasted a season 10 years ago. This shows demise was a LONG time coming, maybe now Nick can invest its time in QUALITY programming, not sugary, overly emotional garbage.moreless
  • Chase and Zoey get together, check. Quinn and Logan reveal themselves as a couple, check. So why does Chasing Zoey feel so incomplete?


    If you have not watched the first 3 seasons and Trading Places, especially the "Goodbye Zoey"/"Trading Places" combo, you must in order to understand this episode. It looks like Zoey just dumped James for some guy, but Chase is not "some guy".


    Chasing Zoey can be split into two halves. The first half doesn't really have anything to do with Chase at all. This isn't to say that it wasn't bad. Austin and Jamie did a good job portraying a young couple growing apart and finally breaking up.

    Since Coffee Cart Ban and Roller Coaster didn't really focus on Zoey and James, we can't really tell when this wave of coldness toward James started. There were moments where Zoey got annoyed at James in the past, but this time is different.


    Starting from the first scene, when Zoey chuckles at James, her laugh doesn't say "That was funny" but instead "Oh my god, you're so lame." Secondly, neither seemed upset when James explained why he couldn't go to Maui with Zoey. But this is just the beginning.

    It seems like a long time before James and Zoey have another scene together, appropriate given the way they are supposed to be growing apart. James surprises Zoey outside at a bench. He tells her he can make it to Hawaii after all. He also gives her an "I love you" necklace. I find it interesting that James is unable to say "I love you" out loud. More interesting, however, is how awkwardly Zoey smiles after reading the necklace.

    In the next scene, it kind of hits you in the head how the Zoey/James relationship will end up if it hasn't already. While Quinn and Lola are ecstatic that James gave Zoey the necklace, Zoey herself is not so thrilled. When asked if she loves James back, she responds with "Yeah, I think," not really what Quinn and Lola expect. They think Zoey is suffering from "I love you shock", but when they look it up for Zoey, she is gone.

    Zoey seems to be avoiding James after he gave her the necklace, and James can tell. Zoey is also expressing disinterest in the upcoming prom. When James finally meets her, he tells her "Nice necklace," but it's obvious that he meant "I noticed you're not wearing the necklace I gave you." When James asks Zoey to a date at Sushi Rox, she lies that she has a lot of homework.

    James realizes there's no point in letting the relationship drag on and asks Zoey if she wants to break up with him. Zoey apologizes and tells James she doesn't want him to hate her, but James tells her he still means what he said on the necklace, even if he and Zoey go back to being just friends again. This time, he actually does say "I love you." Zoey tells James that there is just something in the way, but claims not to know what it is. Whether she is lying or not, true Zoey 101 fans will know exactly what it is. James tells Zoey to keep the necklace, and they go back to being friends, but not before James gives her one final kiss on the cheek.

    Note that while James seemed very noble in this scene, he didn't really have a choice. Also note that James simply disappears after this scene, almost like Mr. Takato. But that subplot will have to wait.


    Just because Zoey no longer has a date to the prom doesn't mean that she shouldn't go, but despite Quinn and Lola's efforts, Zoey is opting out. Quinn notes that something is bothering Zoey, but she refuses to talk about it.

    Zoey gets hit on by Jerimiah (who already has a date to the prom), but she turns him down. The four geeks want her too. But whether she knows it or not, there's only one guy she would go to the prom with. What she definitely doesn't know is that that guy is back at PCA. But as one of the band member sings, it's "gonna be a while tonight" before we actually see him.

    Finally, Zoey is walking down a flight of stairs when she gets a phone call. It's Chase. Chase asks her why she is not at prom, and she replies that she didn't want to go to the prom alone (i.e. without Chase). Chase then reveals himself to Zoey, but then proceeds to fall twice, first down a 10-foot ledge and then down the flight of stairs. While Zoey inspects Chase's injuries at the bottom of the stairs, she finally realizes why her relationship with James didn't work out. (But deep inside, I think she knew all along.) Chase and Zoey kiss, and they both go off to prom as boyfriend and girlfriend. Zoey invites Chase to Maui with her, and he accepts.


    When Chase and Zoey talk on the phone, there are no "I miss you"s or anything. It appears that while it has never been shown, Chase and Zoey have kept in touch over the last semester. After all, Chase doesn't react to Vince, so he might have found out he was back from Zoey. So do Chase and James know about each other? Chase could have found out the details of the prom on his own, but how did he know that Zoey wouldn't be going? None of the gang could have told him, as he wouldn't be able to reach them on the plane, and Zoey was the first person he saw back at PCA.

    James, on the other hand, does know about Chase, but we never know for sure if he knows about Chase's history with Zoey. Furthermore, James and Chase never meet. What would happen when they do? James seemed to be OK with the break-up, but that might change when he finds out it was because of another guy.

    But in Nick, all stories end with "and they lived happily ever after." We just don't know what "happily ever after" means in James' case.


    Logan and Quinn finally come out of the closet, and I mean that half-literally (see "Dinner for Two Many"), but not before almost ruining prom for each other. At first, they agree to ask other people to the prom, but can't agree on each other dates. So they decide to pick each other's dates instead. Quinn picks Stacey for Logan, and Logan picks Dustin for Quinn. It seems as if he does this in retaliation, which strikes me as odd since one should not seek revenge upon their own girlfriend. Also, Dustin is a lot more obnoxious in this episode than ever before.

    Needless to say, neither Quinn or Logan can stand their respective dates. Logan promises Quinn they will sneak off by themselves later, but does even better. Fed up with Stacey, he declares to everyone that he loves Quinn. Quinn does the same. While the crowd is shocked, only Stacey and Dustin actually seem upset at the newly revealed couple. Logan and Quinn share a kiss in the middle of the dance floor, finally out in the open.

    But are Quinn and Logan's fears of being ridiculed truly unfounded? The rest of the gang doesn't seem to know that Quinn and Logan are a couple yet, and Lola seems to have a special dislike of Logan. Unfortunately, the gang's reactions are never shown, making this one of the many unresolved issues of the series.


    It is a pity that Sean couldn't be in more of this movie. But I respect the decision of Sean and his school. I just wish that his scenes were selected more carefully. Maybe they could have had scenes where while Chase is not actually on-screen, but the gang is freaking out over him, knowing Chase, Zoey, and James will eventually meet. Still, we do get the all-important kiss, so I can't say this episode is bad.


    The geeks were funny, but a little unrealistic. Lola and Vince's adventures were pretty pointless. The one good subplot was Michael learning to drive. However, Michael trying to convince Lisa of Mr. Takato's existence wasn't as entertaining. Also, being familiar with Zen master sterotypes, I recognized what Takato was doing as soon as he told Michael to stir with the right hand, not the left.


    It was good, and we got what we wanted, but it could have been a lot better.moreless
James Hong

James Hong

Mr. Takato

Guest Star

Dan Schneider

Dan Schneider

Cab Driver


Sean Flynn-Amir

Sean Flynn-Amir

Chase Matthews

Special Guest Star

Abby Wilde

Abby Wilde

Stacey Dillsen

Recurring Role

Lisa Tucker

Lisa Tucker

Lisa Perkins

Recurring Role

Brando Eaton

Brando Eaton

Vince Blake

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (16)

    • In this episode, it's said that James works at his uncle's hardware store, but in "Dinner For Two Many", it's his uncle's construction site, unless he has two different uncles.

    • In this episode, Zoey mentions that her dad knows a guy who manages the Chambrulé hotel in Maui. The Chambrulé hotel is the name of the hotel in the movie "Drake & Josh Go Hollywood."

    • The car that Michael drives is the same car that Drake and Josh drive in the episode of Drake and Josh titled "The Wedding." This may be due to the fact that both shows are produced by Dan Schneider.

    • When they're talking on the phone, Zoey asks Chase how England is. He replies with some stereotypical comments and adds, "You've seen movies," as an explanation, which is a strange thing to say to someone who lived in England for a brief period.

    • Chase didn't react at all when Vince came to the prom with Lola. In the past, Vince and his team beat up Chase, Michael, Mark, and Logan. When everyone else first saw Vince return in the episode "Vince Is Back," they were mad and wanted comeuppance. But Chase might have already known Vince was back, most likely because Michael, Logan, or Zoey would have called and told him.

    • When the students are arriving at Prom, the loudspeaker says that they should sign in with Mr. Bender. Mr. Bender was a teacher featured in episodes from seasons one and two.

    • The site highschoolcrazy.com that Quinn and Lola visit actually relocates to iCarly.com.

    • All of the main characters except for Dustin and James end up with a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Chase is with Zoey, Logan with Quinn, Michael with Lisa, Vince with Lola, and Mark with Stacey.

    • In this episode, Zoey asks Chase if he is okay, and tells him that his arm is bleeding. These are the first things she said to him in the pilot episode.

    • When Dustin hands Quinn the Canadian dollar, it is clearly not one due to the fact that Canadian dollars are coins and not paper.

    • When Logan comes up to Quinn before prom, and when James 'scares' Zoey, iCarly.com is the website the both of them are visiting.

    • Chase and Zoey officially become boyfriend and girlfriend in this episode.

    • Zoey and James break up and remain friends in this episode.

    • Zoey and Chase kiss for the first time in the whole series.

    • After getting hit by a car in this episode, Stacey talks normally.

    • Logan and Quinn's relationship is revealed.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Dustin: What happened back there? I woke up on the ground, and some janitor was trying to steal my wallet.
      Quinn: (sarcastically) Wah!

    • Jeremiah: Aren't you going to the prom?
      Zoey: Nah, I don't have a date.
      Jeremiah: I'll be your date!
      Zoey: You're taking Martha...
      Jeremiah: (leans in and whispers) I'll get rid of her.
      Zoey: (smiles) Jeremiah?
      Jeremiah: Yes?
      Zoey: Go.
      Jeremiah: Right...

    • Zoey: So, guess what I'm doing this summer!
      Lola: Uh...
      James: You're gonna wrestle panda bears on a Mississippi riverboat!

    • (Zoey lays down on bed, a dress is thrown on her)
      Zoey: A dress just landed on me.
      (A bra is thrown on Zoey)
      Zoey: Ooh, and a strapless bra.

    • Michael: (in deep voice, while Mark is driving) Stir the tuna...
      Mark: Why do you keep saying that?
      Michael: ...Stomp the grapes!
      Mark: And that!

    • Dustin: I know I'm supposed to bring you a flower, but I forgot. So here.
      (Dustin hands Quinn a dollar)
      Quinn: Wow...a Canadian dollar...I'll be ready in a sec.

    • Logan: Wanna go make out?
      Quinn: (irritated) Yes.

    • (Zoey's phone rings; she answers)
      Zoey: Hello?
      Chase: Hey, Zoe.
      Zoey: Chase! How's England?
      Chase: Ah, you know. Boiled food, people driving on the wrong side of the street. You've seen movies.
      Zoey: I have.

    • Mr. Takato: You cannot learn to drive a stickshift, until you learn to drive a stickshift.

    • Michael: Let's prom it up!

  • NOTES (6)


    • Michael: Stir the tuna, stomp the grapes!

      Michael learning to drive his car from an East-Asian man is an obvious allusion to the movie The Karate Kid, about a boy who learns karate from his Japanese landlord.
      In the movie, the hidden teaching method of "Wax on, wax off" is similar to Michael's unconventional learning method quoted above.