Abbott Elementary goes on a field trip! Here's a preview of tonight's season 3 episode

The school gets their field trip to the playground, but has to share the space with other schools. And Mr. Johnson enjoys having Abbott to himself.
(DISNEY/Gilles Mingasson)
(DISNEY/Gilles Mingasson) /

It's hard to believe that it's almost the end of Abbott Elementary season 3. This season has gone by so quickly! We've reached the penultimate episode, with the finale set to air on May 22. And thankfully, the hit comedy has been renewed for a fourth season, coming in fall 2024. But first before we deal with all of that, we do have tonight's episode to look forward to. And it looks like it's going to be a fun one! But really, when is Abbott Elementary never a fun episode?

Season 3 episode 13, "Smith Playground," airs tonight, May 15, 2024 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. That means those of you on the west coast can tune in starting at 6 p.m. PT, and those in the Midwest can catch it at 8 p.m. CT. Episodes are also available to stream on Hulu the next day. So what new adventure is coming up at Abbott? It follows the through-line from last week's episode, which we'll recap for you below. But first, here's the synopsis for tonight's episode of Abbott Elementary:

"Jacob manages to pull off a school-wide field trip to the park; however, when Abbott must share the playground, the fun and games turn competitive. Elsewhere, Mr. Johnson enjoys having an empty school to himself. "

ABC also shared some photos to get us excited. Per usual, it looks like Ava is tagging along but she's not going to be helping or doing much. Oh, Ava. Check out some of the first-look images from the episode below!

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(DISNEY/Gilles Mingasson) /
(DISNEY/Gilles Mingasson) /

Last week, it was actually a very touching and meaningful episode about Mother's Day. Barbara invites Gregory over for the annual Mother's Day brunch she hosts with her family when she learns that his mother died when he was young at 9 years old. Barbara wants to provide supoprt and make him feel included within her family, but the way they honor and celebrate Mother's Day is not how he wants to do it. He likes to be alone and go to Top Golf instead, knowing that he doesn't need a day to remember how much he loves his mom. And by the end of the episode, Barbara learns to respect this and joins him at Top Golf as well.

For Janine, she goes down a rabbit hole of trying to figure out whether Kevin Hart is her dad after Ava makes a joke about it. It turns out, she doesn't know who her father is, and her mom did actually hook up with Kevin in high school. While it turns out he isn't, the actor and comedian does make a fun cameo where he FaceTime's Janine and asks her to stop sending him messages and to unfollow him on all his social platforms. And to no one's suprise, somehow Mr. Johnson knows him too!

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Finally, Jacob finds out there isn't enough money to take the school on a field trip. He spends the episode trying to figure out a way to still make it happen. By the end, he thinks of the perfect solution - Smith Memorial Playground which is free. That does also mean a lot of other schools use it. And so this evening, we're going to get to see this field trip and what shenanigans will happen when Abbott has to share the space with other schools.

Abbott Elementary season 3 episode 13 airs tonight, May 15, 2024 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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