BONDiNG: Season 1, Episode 7 “Into The Woods” [Season Finale] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Pete looking towards the camera.
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The inevitable happens when it comes to Tiff and Pete’s line of work. Leaving you to wonder, will they survive?


Network
Netflix
Director(s) Rightor Doyle
Writer(s) Rightor Doyle
Air Date 4/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Trevor Stephen Reich

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There Was A Fight?: Pete, Tiff

At Pete’s daytime workplace, it becomes clear he and Tiff had a fight. More than likely it was over him working without her again, but that isn’t gone into. Actually, the fight itself isn’t even seen. We just see the tail end of Tiff struggling to apologize and the meek one she gives being enough for Pete.

Prom Night: Pete, Tiff

Remember Pete talking about Tiff abandoning him after high school? Well, we jump back to the night which changed everything with some post-prom sex between the two. An occasion which might have been bad sex for Tiff, but only because Pete came so quickly. But while Pete got off, with cops coming and Tiff telling them to split up, seemingly she ruined one of his few times with a girl. Perhaps deepening the wound of her abandoning him not too long after.

It Was Bound To Happen: Pete, Tiff, Trevor

Tiff as she realizes Trevor (Stephen Reich) is entitled and psychotic.
Tiff and Trevor (Stephen Reich)

But despite the high school abandonment and Tiff laying into him before, alongside their fight which preceded, the two have reconciled and are going to see a client. One which strangely wasn’t vetted, which seems like a huge red flag, but the money was too good so they couldn’t pass it up.  Leading to them meeting Trevor who seemingly is some wannabe American Psycho type who locks Pete in the bathroom and plans to, violently, have his way with Tiff.

Unfortunately for him, Pete breaks out the bathroom, and Tiff knows how to fight. That and knows where to stab someone so that they can’t move, but likely will live. Leaving Tiff and Pete on the run for stabbing someone, but this time on the run together.

Highlights

Taking A Stab At The Future

With stabbing Trevor comes the question if Pete and Tiff will end up on the run? Setting up what could be an interesting season 2 since it may trigger them heading south to hide out. Which would mean leaving Doug and Pete behind but with Tiff not talking to her mom for 6 years, and Pete rarely, if ever, talking about his parents, it could lead to some interesting developments.

Low Point

The Fight Was Rushed Through

Tiff in her dominatrix gear.

I think there is a need to question if we really needed to go back to prom night? Is it funny to watch Pete have sex with Tiff and cum within minutes? Not really. Do I get the idea was to show how she abandoned him after putting him in a vulnerable position? Yes. However, the bedroom scene they had covered a lot of this, and it made the flashback unnecessary.

Rather, it would have made more sense to expand their fight since while I get the comparison between what gay men go through vs. women was offensive to Pete, wouldn’t the bigger issue be Pete servicing a client? That’s Tiff’s bread and butter, how she supports herself, and Pete intruding on that is a financial threat. Plus, the penguin situation would be the 2nd or 3rd time which would present the idea he doesn’t respect her wishes and their friendship. Thus causing him to undo one of the main reasons she has loved and has him in her life.

But with a 7 episode season and most episodes being 17 minutes or less, you can’t have it all right?

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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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