Zoey 101

Season 1 Episode 4

Defending Dustin

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 2005 on Nickelodeon

Episode Recap

Dustin is concerned that Zoey is mothering him too much, and when a school bully forces Dustin to do his homework and laundry for him, Zoey confronts the bully in public, embarrassing Dustin in the process and further enraging the bully. When Dustin comes to Chase and Michael for advice on the subject, they tell him to stick up for himself, which prompts Dustin to challenge the bully to a fight. Zoey gets wind of the fight and instead of intervening directly, orchestrates a ruse whereby the janitor poses as a dean in order to threaten the school bully with disciplinary action. The next time Dustin stands up for himself, the bully backs down, and Zoey is satisfied knowing she helped, even if Dustin is none the wiser.