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Watch the Abbott Elementary Episode 13 Season 1 Finale “Zoo Balloon”
Previously Abbott Elementary Season 1 Episode 12, as the school board threatens to withdraw their funds, Janine and Gregory decide to help Ava make her presentation to the superintendent. However, their plan is derailed when a curveball is thrown at Ava. Meanwhile, Barbara offends Melissa when she disagrees with his blackmail idea.
Warning… Spoilers below!
On Abbott Elementary Season 1 Episode 13 season finale,
At the zoo
Abbott is getting ready for his annual trip to the local zoo. As the kids line up with their permissions, Ava warns the students not to forge their parent’s signature. She chooses which students should stay and leaves them in Mr. Johnson’s care.
Outside, the other students cheer as Ava explains that she hired free chaperones to save money, Barbara introduces her daughter Taylor as one of them, and when she explains that Taylor is from New York , all the students (and Melissa) boo her. .
Jacobs’ boyfriend Zach is already bonding with the kids over sneakers, while Janine tells her boyfriend Tariq not to swap sandwiches with the kids. Ava warns him to keep it under control as she hasn’t exactly filled out the paperwork for this field trip, but they go anyway.
Gregory’s student Kenny is nervous about going to second grade and doesn’t want to get on the bus, so Janine offers to watch him for the day so he can get used to her before school. ‘next year. Naturally, when Janine asks Kenny if he wants to be in her band, he says no.
On Janine’s bus, Tariq receives an email from Fade, his music sponsor. They want him to tour elementary schools in New York and write a whole anti-drug album for kids. Janine congratulates him and Barbara asks him if he will work full time in New York.
Tariq says he will be for at least the next year and casually mentions to Janine that they are moving to New York. She is shocked that he assumed she would leave Abbott to accompany him.
At the zoo, Janine dumps her confusion about her relationship on Melissa, while Tariq watches Girrafes. Meanwhile, Barbara takes the students to see her favorite lizard Duster and is upset when she finds the Tuatara has been removed.
At a zoo exhibit, the students listen to an explanation about different birds, while Janine tries to bond with Gregory’s student, Kenny. She explains that everything will be the same for him in second year, but wanders off topic thinking how different things would be for her in New York.
Talking to Gregory, Janine finds out that he’s committed full-time to Abbott. He thanks her for helping him realize that Abbott is a special place, and Janine begins to cry. Suddenly, Taylor brings Gregory some clam chowder, which he hates, and it’s clear they’ve seen each other.
Janine walks around the zoo with Jacob and his students, but he cries and walks away after telling her he can’t imagine being in Abbott without her. Afterwards, Janine sits down with Barbara, who no longer knows if she has the energy to teach. Before they can take their conversation any further, Tariq arrives.
Janine tells Tariq that they need to have a talk about everything, and she begins to explain that she loves her job and Philadelphia too much to leave. She almost gets her whole thought, but suddenly Tariq notices Kenny, Gregory’s student, is absent from the group.
Janine gathers the chaperones, teachers, and Ava and tells them she can’t find Kenny. Barbara is calm in a crisis and organizes everyone into groups to search the zoo, watch outings and entertain the other children.
Gregory and Janine search the zoo together, and Janine finds Kenny in a hot air balloon on the zoo grounds. Before Janine and Kenny can get off the balloon, the operator takes off and they are stuck inside. Janine gets dizzy and she sits at the bottom of the ball with Kenny.
On the ground, Melissa tells Barbara that she only gets better with age and that seeing her go into Super Barbara mode reminded her of when they started working at Abbott.
Barbara admits that while she might retire one day, it won’t be today.
Grow even if it scares us
In the ball, Janine tells Kenny that it’s okay to be scared, but moving on to second year will be amazing. She and Kenny get up on the ball before it goes back to the ground. Safely back at the zoo, Janine realizes she needs a change too.
As Taylor and Gregory walk away holding hands, Janine decides to tell Tariq the truth. She suggests that their lives take different paths and admits that she doesn’t want to move to New York or travel long distances with him.
Janine wants to take a break and find out who they are without each other while he’s in New York. Tariq is stunned but still asks him if he can sleep with other people while they are apart. They hug and shake hands once more before the buses prepare to leave.
As the buses load up, Gregory uses his funny voice for the first time and Melissa is impressed. In a breakaway, he mentions that he’s excited for next year. He knows Abbott is a special place
with lots of special people, and makes eye contact with Janine before sitting down next to Taylor.
On the bus ride home, Babara tells Janine Abbott that she belongs and is glad Janine is staying in school. When the kids start acting up on the bus, Janine calms them down with a strong word before Barbara even has to say anything.
During a final escape to her office, Janine assures the film crew that she will be fine with tears in her eyes. She is optimistic about next year and finally feels like she belongs at Abbott.
At the end of the day, the students who were to stay with Mr. Johnson leave him a note. The note mentions that the real heroes of the student are their teachers since they operate it without help or powers. Mr. Johnson raises his fist in the air and throws the note in the trash.
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Air date: April 12, 2022
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Abbott’s Elemental Distribution
- Quinta Brunson as Janine Teagues
- Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie
- Janelle James as Ava Coleman
- Chris Perfecti as Jacob Hill
- Lisa Anne Walter as Melissa Schemmenti
- Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard
- Zack Fox
- larry owens
- Iyana Halley
- Camden Brooks
- Stephanie Burke as Sheila
- William Stanford Davis
- Leon Cassimer as Kenny
- Etta Hughes as Shania
- Paris Turner as Shahrzad
- Marvin L. Winans III as Chad
- Scott Manuel Johnson as Bird Trainer
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Abbott Elementary Season 1 Episode Guide
|8||13||“Zoo Balloon” Season Finale||April 12, 2022|
|8||12||“Ava vs. Superintendent”||April 5, 2022|
|8||11||” Office “||March 29, 2022|
|8||ten||“Open Day”||March 22, 2022|
|8||9||“Step Class”||February 22, 2022|
|8||8||“Family work”||February 15, 2022|
|8||7||“Art teacher”||February 8, 2022|
|8||6||“Gifted Program”||February 1, 2022|
|8||5||“Student Transfer”||January 25, 2022|
|8||4||“New technology”||January 18, 2022|
|8||3||“Wish list”||January 11, 2022|
|8||2||“Ampule”||January 4, 2022|
|8||1||“Pilot” Abbott Elementary Season 1 Premiere||December 7, 2021|
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