BONDiNG: Season 1, Episode 6 “Penguins” – Recap, Review (With Spoilers)

Tiff introducing Mistress May to Doug.
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Both Pete and Tiff harness who they are and blur the lines between their alter egos and who they are without the mask. How do you think it went?


Network
Netflix
Director(s) Rightor Doyle
Writer(s) Rightor Doyle
Air Date 4/24/2019

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Coming To The Stage… Chester?: Pete

Pete, rather Chester, doing a stand up routine.

With Pete, once more, handling a client on his own, even being given the “Master” title, there is a need to worry how that might affect his relationship with Tiff. However, that’s a problem for the finale. What matters in “Penguin” is Pete finally gets on stage. Mind you, as Chester, making jokes about life as a dominatrix’s assistant, but a gimmick might have been what Pete has needed. For being the gay comic, clearly, was not his cup of team.

This Is Me: Doug, Professor Charles, Tiff

Upon realizing she has real feelings for Doug, Tiff decides to reveal she is a dominatrix, while Doug is defecating. An odd moment, but with him kind of hunching it off, she is satisfied. Perhaps because he is neither shocked and appalled or fetishizing her? Either way, following that, she has Professor Charles meet with school administrators and exposes what she does to the class during her thesis presentation.

Ending things with asking who wants to be tied to a chair and Doug being the first one.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

[…] I’m not much of a talker. I’m a doer. See, the problem with being a doer is I’m also a fixer. I like to fix things, quickly. And if I can’t fix them, my way, I just kind of leave them behind.
— Tiff

Highlights

Embracing All Sides To Yourself

Tiff revealing she is a dominatrix to her psych class.

While BDSM is often used for comedy, the idea to me is taking away the fear and insecurities which come from our deepest desires or what society has made to seem shameful. Which, for many, deals with sex. When it comes to Pete, it seemed he was comfortable doing sex, but being sexual was a whole different thing. At least in terms of embracing his sexuality beyond claiming he is a gay man.

Then with Tiff, as we continuously discover, her sexual agency has been constantly violated. She hints that she was raped this episode, throughout high school used sex as a means to get validation, and even as a dominatrix, she didn’t get to understand and own her pleasure. Based off the difficulty she had masturbating, which partly was due to Doug, one could argue she may have an issue, as a whole, with the concept of desire.

Something she may have very well been working through as a dominatrix. Not so much understanding other people’s desire, maybe helping them reach points she may have difficulty hitting, but finding what gets her off. Perhaps exploring what she, in her sex life, often lacked – agency. And while she is getting paid for it, that is perhaps the empowering part of sex work. You, as a woman, get to monetize something many take advantage of and undervalue.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 5 “Double Date”Pete and Tiff go on dates, and while both are awkward at first, it seems they found someone who might be willing to work out their kinks.
Director(s) Rightor Doyle
Writer(s) Rightor Doyle
Air Date 4/24/2019
  • Breakdown The Walls: Tiff, Doug, Rolph
  • Josh Really Has Weird Date Ideas: Josh, Pete
  • Dammit! I Caught Feelings: Tiff
Season 1, Episode 6 “Penguins”Both Pete and Tiff harness who they are and blur the lines between their alter egos and who they are without the mask. How do you think it went?
Director(s) Rightor Doyle
Writer(s) Rightor Doyle
Air Date 4/24/2019
  • Coming To The Stage… Chester?: Pete
  • This Is Me: Doug, Professor Charles, Tiff
Season 1, Episode 7 "Into The Woods"The inevitable happens when it comes to Tiff and Pete’s line of work. Leaving you to wonder, will they survive?
Director(s) Rightor Doyle
Writer(s) Rightor Doyle
Air Date 4/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Trevor Stephen Reich
  • There Was A Fight?: Pete, Tiff
  • Prom Night: Pete, Tiff
  • It Was Bound To Happen: Pete, Tiff, Trevor
Season 1, Episode 4 "Let's Get Physical"Both Pete and Tiff decide to make some compromises to bring new people into their life. Also, Tiff shows she probably doesn’t need Pete as a bodyguard.
Director(s) Rightor Doyle
Writer(s) Rightor Doyle
Air Date 4/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Daphne D’Arcy Carden
Andrew Eric Berryman
  • I Just Don’t Want Him Calling Me Mother: Andrew, Daphne, Tiff, Pete
  • Why Must You Make This Date So Complicated?: Josh, Pete, Tiff
  • Not All Men: Doug, Kate, Professor Charles, Tiff
Season 1, Episode 3 “The Past Is Not Always Behind”We dive deeper into Tiff and Pete’s shared past and get to learn why she is so distant.
Director(s) Rightor Doyle
Writer(s) Rightor Doyle
Air Date 4/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Doug Micah Stock
Chelsea Amy Bettina
  • Gay For Rent Pay: Frank, Pete
  • Reminiscing Over The Past Since The Present Sucks: Chelsea, Tiff, Pete
  • You Were The Only One Nice To Me:Pete, Tiff
Season 1, Episode 2 “Pete Shy”Some of the awkwardness of episode 1 slips away as you realize Pete, while gay, is still Georgia made and Tiff has long left her conservative upbringing behind.
Director(s) Rightor Doyle
Writer(s) Rightor Doyle
Air Date 4/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Professor Charles Kevin Kane
Kate Stephanie Styles
Rolph Matthew Wilkas
Josh Theo Stockman
Fred Charles Gould
  • A Tiff Styled Pep Talk: Tiff, Pete
  • Teacher’s Pet: Tiff, Professor Charles, Kate
  • It’s A Fulfilling Life: Tiff, Rolph, Fred, Pete
Season 1, Episode 1 “Old Friends, New Names”Bonding starts off very weird, and potentially niche, but it has the potential to break out of that.
Network
Netflix
Creator(s) Rightor Doyle
Director(s) Rightor Doyle
Writer(s) Rightor Doyle
Air Date 4/24/2019
Genre(s) Comedy
Good If You Like Awkward Sexual Situations Made Into Jokes
Isn’t For You If You Are Uncomfortable With The Idea Of A Dominatrix Berating Her Client
Introduced This Episode
Tiff Zoe Levin
Pete Brendan Scannell
Frank Alex Hurt

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