I've been watching this show from the beginning, and I am surprised that I liked it so much. I thought that the premise would be too cheesy for me, but 85% of the time it works. I've skimmed through this thread and I have a few comments on topics already mentioned.
First, I'm team Max. I never liked Simon from the beginning. Didn't he cheat on his fiancee? Never a good look... He's hot and all, and seems compassionate, but I don't know. There's something about him that doesn't seem genuine, I guess? I also agree that all they really have in common is grief, and that's not enough to build a lasting romantic relationship.
I've been a Skylar Astin fan since Pitch Perfect so that might be why I like Max; he already had an advantage. I don't think he looks much different than last year, except maybe he's been hitting the gym since his divorce? I thought his rendition of Say Something was excellent, but also a little insensitive. I agree that Zoey needs to communicate more and that she does have an unfair advantage, but he also should have been a bit more patient. There were times this episode where he was just talking too much.
That said, this show is also fiction, and meant to be entertaining. I completely understand that the death of a loved one takes a long time to grieve, and everyone grieves differently (I've been there), but if the entire season is going to focus on them grieving and *not* being able to move on, then I don't know how much I'll like it. I definitely like that they showed Maggie able to be motivated to work again and get some creativity back - now it's Zoey's turn. Then the show can hopefully become a bit lighthearted again? That would be nice.
I also completely do not understand Zoey's work environment. I mean, the actual space itself. I work in an office where everyone has... an office. I could never work in an open concept, and I also agree with those asking where the admin support is? Not to sound pretentious, but I recently switched jobs and went from where I had a designated assistant to now having a pool, and it's still taking some getting used to... But, I have never worked at a start-up tech company in Silicon Valley, so I just assume that they do things very, very differently there. 😉
Lastly, I don't mind that some of the characters (actors) are weaker singers than others. If Zoey were in real life, there would be plenty of people singing very off key! Not everyone can be Broadway ready, like Skylar Astin, so the different abilities make it more realistic, IMO.