Abbott Elementary Season 2 Episode 1 Premiere Recap “Development Day”

Don’t miss Celebrity Myxer’s recap of Abbott Elementary Season 2 Episode 1 Premiere “Development Day.” The teachers are back for development week, a time to prepare for the upcoming year. Janine is determined to start the year off right and leave her problems at home. Ava runs a side hustle out of the school parking lot. Here’s what you missed!

Air Date & Time: September 21, 2022, at 9 pm ET, 8 pm CT, and 6 pm PT on ABC!

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Previously on Abbott Elementary Season 1 Episode 13 Finale, while on Abbott’s annual zoo field trip, Tariq reveals that he has been offered a job in New York. Janine struggles with a big choice. Barbara starts questioning her future after finding out her favorite tuatara has been retired because of old age.

Warning… Spoilers below!

On Abbott Elementary Season 2 Episode 1 Premiere, Janine talks about her summer, the breakup with Tariq, how excited she is to start the new year, and how she’s now parting her hair on a new side. She claims this year will be different, but when she arrives, Ava has organized an entire Eagles tailgate party in the parking lot.

Fresh Start

Once the tailgate is over, Ava avoids helping Janine move her stuff into her classroom, and Jacob helps her out. He’s been in Peru teaching all summer and can’t stop talking about it. This week is development week at Abbott when teachers prep their rooms and plan for the year,

Over the summer, Barbara went on a cruise to Jamaica and helped Ava use the grant money appropriately. She used a bit of grant money to get a ramp to better welcome her new student in a wheelchair. Meanwhile, Gregory is excited to be a full-time teacher this year.

Melissa spent all summer with Gary, the vending machine guy in New Jersey. At the end of the first day of development week, Janine is hosting a mixer. Despite Barbara and Melissa’s protests, Janine reminds them it’s a mandatory event, proving she’s got it together this year.

Change is Good

Next, Janine announces she got Flyers mascot Gritty to surprise the kids on the first day of school, but Gregory says he doesn’t get Gritty. He thinks the hockey mascot is ridiculous but backs down once he sees how passionate the other teachers are about him.

In not-so-great news, Ava lets Melissa know that the charter school up the street took too many third-grade kids for a full class, so she’ll have to teach her fourth-grade class and ten extra third-graders together. Naturally, Ava spent summer getting a hookah flavor named after her.

Gregory is worried that the district’s plan for the first-grade curriculum is unattainable, and Barbara tries to let him know that it’s never been achievable. She’s trying to get a wheelchair-friendly desk for her student from the district, and they’re giving her the runaround.

When Jacob stops by to ask Janine for help, he happens to see a rent email letting her know she’s three months behind. Janine tells Jacob she’s fine, but without Tariq, she can’t afford her rent, and her landlord sends her a threatening email about paying it.

Impossible Standards

When Barbara checks out Gregory’s new classroom, he’s planned everything down to the exact minute to meet the district’s strict schedule. When she asks what will happen if something goes wrong, he has no answers. Jacob comes in to ask for help, and Barbara bows out immediately.

Jacob shares Janine’s eviction trouble with Gregory, and they confront her about it while she’s setting up. She’s not super happy that he’s told Barbara, Ava, and Melissa as well, but she still pretends that everything is fine and she’s completely and totally okay about her breakup.

At the mixer, Janine awkwardly asks Gregory about Taylor, and both of them are super weird about their dating lives. When the mixer begins, the city comes by and puts a boot on Janine’s tire for Tariq’s unpaid parking tickets. On top of that, Janine scheduled Gritty for the wrong day.

The staff asks Janine what’s going on, and she admits that she’s sad, she can’t pay her bills, and she’s disappointed in herself for bringing her problems to work. Barbara and Melissa reassure her that hard breakups are a part of life, with the help of sweet Gritty the mascot, who hugs her.

Make it Work

At the end of the day, Barbara checks on Gregory, who lost a whole piece of his schedule while helping Janine. She reminds him that teaching means doing the impossible every day, mentioning that she didn’t get the desk she wanted for her student, but she did get her ramp.

Janine admits that she misses Tariq, and that’s okay, and Jacob has loaned her some money so she can pay her bills. On the first day of school, Barbara welcomes her new student, and so does Jacob, who has a student who speaks ASL. Meanwhile, Melissa manages her huge class.

Gregory found some ADA desks in storage and managed to get one for Barbara after asking Mr. I’m-not-some-lil-storage-ass-ho Johnson. He agrees that while they don’t have it all, Abbott will make do anyway. Before they go inside, he compliments Janine’s new hairstyle.

In a final scene at the tailgate, Gregory finally becomes a fan of Gritty after he dances for him.

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Abbott Elementary Cast

  • Quinta Brunson as Janine Teagues
  • Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie
  • Janelle James as Ava Coleman
  • Chris Perfetti as Jacob Hill
  • Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa Schemmenti
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard

Catch a new episode each week on ABC, check out listings dates below. Stay right here, stay mixed in because Abbott ElementarySeason 2 Episode 2, After Janine gets a look at the new charter school down the street, she becomes determined to fix up Abbott and make it just as good! Drop your email to get insights into your inbox…

Abbott Elementary Season 2 Episode Guide

Season Episode Title Air Date
2 13 “Fundraiser” January 18, 2023
2 12 “Fight” January 11, 2023
2 11 “Read-A-Thon” January 4, 2023
2 10 “Holiday Hookah” December 7, 2022
2 9 “Sick Day” November 30, 2022
2 8 Egg Drop November 16, 2022
2 7 “Attack Ad” November 2, 2022
2 6 Candy Zombies October 26, 2022
2 5 Juice October 19, 2022
2 4 “The Principal’s Office” October 12, 2022
2 3 Story Samurai October 5, 2022
2 2 Wrong Delivery September 28, 2022
2 1 Development Day” Abbott Elementary Season 2 Premiere September 21, 2021

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