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PEN15 Season 2 recap: Episode 2, ‘Wrestle’



Maya and Anna get into wrestling to get close to Maya’s crush in PEN15 season 2, episode 2, while Anna uses it to deal with her parent’s divorce.

In PEN15 season 2, episode 2, Anna and Maya discover a new outlet for their various woes: wrestling. Maya wants to join the wrestling team so she can get close to Brandt. At the same time, Anna is motivated to do so to channel some of her frustrations over her parent’s divorce and to separate herself from the girls in her grade after one writes “desperate s**t” in her chorus book.

Maya doesn’t get off to a great start with wrestling. Coach Brown doesn’t want her on the team, but since there is no real rule against it, he can’t stop her from joining. For him, it’s easier when Anna joins the team, too, since he can pair them together — much to Maya’s frustration.

She can’t wrestle Brandt anyway because she and Anna are in a different weight class. They go to extremes to gain extra weight by the time of the next mock meet, including lifting weights and eating hardboiled eggs slathered in peanut butter.

As Maya obsesses over a way to get close to Brandt, Anna starts to consider herself tough like one of the female pro wrestlers she watched on television. She tries to be “one of the guys,” so she can ignore the hurt orchestrated against her by her female peers.

At home, Anna has to witness her parents arguing over a pillow, and she takes it into her bedroom and starts punching it in the style of the woman she saw on television. Her dad’s words, “Life has a way of pummeling you. I hope you learn how to pummel back,” likely echoing in her head.

Eventually, Maya does get a chance to be alone with Brandt briefly, and she apologizes for everyone finding out about the threesome. Maya offers to do anything to make up for it, and it’s obvious Brandt is thinking of the sexual implications. However, the second the other team members arrive, he bursts out of his seat and pretends he had nothing to do with her.

It’s obvious Brandt is attracted to Maya, but since she is considered unpopular by the others, he’s not going to confess to that. When Sam asks him if the threesome rumor is true, Brandt says “barely,” both so he can pretend he has no interest in them yet maintain some credibility for being experienced and “cool” with girls.

Then he does the worst thing middle schools boys can do, which is show disgust for Anna and Maya’s bodies, saying they have “big, smelly, bushes” and vaginas that smell like fish. Even typing that out makes me cringe, but it’s an integral part of the episode. The boys label the duo “BSB” and laugh about it while working out.

Meanwhile, Anna accuses Maya of talking about nothing but Brandt for days, and the two bicker because Anna keeps interrupting them and Maya wants to get her first kiss.

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PEN15 season 2 — “Wrestle” – Episode 202 — TJ (Cameron James Elie) and Maya Ishii-Peters (Maya Erskine), shown. (Photo by: Lara Solanki/Hulu)

PEN15 season 2, episode 2 recap: The girls learn what BSB means.

During the mock meet, Maya manages to defeat Anna in their match, meaning she moves on to wrestle the winner between middleweight competitors Sam and Brandt. Sam wins, meaning he and Maya face off. It gets ugly between them fast as Maya is frustrated she isn’t wrestling Brandt and accuses Sam of being jealous because no girl wants to go in a closet with him. It’s then that Sam tells her what a BSB is and why they’re all calling her and Anna that.

Devastated, Maya taps out of the match. Sam tries to say it was just a joke and doesn’t mean anything,  but Maya hides in the locker room to cry and tell Anna what the boys said. They’re just as bad as the gossiping girls in their class! Later, Anna and Maya can’t help but examine their bodies in the mirror to see if what Brandt said about them is true. They talk to each other on the phone as they conduct their examinations. Maya even sprays herself with body mist — “It burns!”

I feel like this entire subplot was so heartbreakingly realistic (as the show often is) to preteen girls and their experiences with insecurity. Women are held to much stricter hygiene standards than men and are told to be ashamed and embarrassed by their bodies from such a young age. Having someone you were intimate with, even briefly, tell people you’re disgusting is devastating to a girl that age.

There is almost no higher insult at that age than having something on your body, especially something as intimate as your vagina, insulted and made into a humiliating rumor between a bunch of dudes — especially if one is a guy you happen to have a crush on! It also gave us a  few hilarious lines from Maya, like “it looks like an animal, it needs some catnip,” and cat noises.

Odds & ends from PEN15 season 2, episode 2

  • As I mentioned in my PEN15 season 1 refresher, the second season will expand on some of the storylines with the male characters. Gabe (Dylan Gage) feels left out as his best friend Sam stops having time for their former interests, like their Weasels comic, and becomes increasingly interested in his friendship with Brandt. It’s evident that Gabe is dealing with the emotional turmoil of seeing your friend move on and some budding romantic feelings.
  • Bustle points out that Maya and Anna do their best to “carve out space” in a typically male-dominated space, and also make this point: “Why shouldn’t Maya work off her horniness and Anna her anger in a physical way when it’s considered socially acceptable for boys to do the same?”
Next: High Fidelity: 5 reasons the show should be saved

All seven episodes of PEN15 season 2A are now available to stream on Hulu.


The Advantages of Online Casino Welcome Bonuses




When it comes to online gambling, the industry is thriving in 2020. Although casinos are banned in many countries, people still find ways to enjoy their favorite games of chance. However, considering the level of competition on the market, it may be difficult for a beginner to find a good online platform and take advantage of all offers. In this article, you will learn the benefits of casinos’ welcome bonuses.

What Is a Sign-Up Bonus?

As we have already established, the industry is growing rapidly and companies are desperately looking for new ways to attract customers. A welcome bonus is often used by online casinos to get new leads and players in the future. However, the best casino bonuses can be easily used to the player’s advantage. Here are the main reasons you should not neglect this offer.

  1. It saves your money

Quite obvious, right? Well, this is the main reason why you should always use welcome bonuses in online gambling: it is always better to not risk your own money. It is especially true for beginners. Since they have no experience, it is fairly common for beginners to lose their initial investment and be done with gambling for good. However, if you use your welcome bonus as a way of getting the basics skills, the chances of success will rise significantly.

  1. It allows you to try several games

Another common issue beginners face is a lack of understanding of which types of games they want to try: slots, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, etc. If you use your sign-up bonus, you will be able to play several games and choose the ones you like better. Moreover, you can take advantage of a welcome bonus on several online gambling platforms. That way you will try out even more options.

  1. It will make future gambling more profitable

Besides beneficial sign-up bonuses, good online casinos usually have great loyalty programs. For instance, the company may double up to five first deposits on the platform. If you invest 100 USD, you will get 200 USD to your account. More money — more games — more chances of winning.

Although a welcome bonus is a great way of upping your gambling game, there are a few things you should pay attention to. Firstly, a good bonus does not equal a good platform. Before choosing a casino, make sure that the company is legal and trustworthy. Since there are many scams right now, it is essential if you want to save your money. Moreover, check the available deposit/withdrawal methods and their terms.

We hope that this article has shown the true power of online casinos’ welcome bonuses and how you can use them to your own advantage. Follow our tips while choosing a platform and enjoy the best gambling experience.

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3 Key Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Blackjack




Blackjack is the most popular casino game in the world. The card game, sometimes referred to as ‘21’, accounts for an average of 31 percent of all casino table traffic – this is consistent both online and in physical casinos. For reference, the second most popular is roulette (24%) followed by poker (21%).

It’s easy to understand blackjack’s popularity. It’s a simple game to grasp and offers players a mix of luck and skill: luck in the cards that are drawn, skill over how those cards are dealt and a player’s eventual hand. Compare that to roulette, which is based entirely on luck, and poker, which has a huge skill element to it.

However, while the beauty of blackjack is in its simplicity, there are also a number of complexities to the game, and as is the case with almost anything in life, you learn more from mistakes than successes.

With that in mind, here are three key mistakes to avoid when playing blackjack that can significantly increase your chances of winning, while limiting your losses.

Choosing the Wrong Table

Before a single card is drawn, being at the wrong table – whether live or online – is the first mistake to avoid.

First of all, each blackjack table will have different minimum bet requirements so avoid choosing one that is out of your budget. For instance, if you choose a table with a $100 minimum bet and your budget is $200, you might only play two hands.

Secondly, check the payout odds on the blackjack table. These are typically 6:5 and 3:2 and will affect how much gets paid out when you hit blackjack and land other bonus wins. Where possible, choose a 3:2 table as it pays out higher.

Thirdly, choose between a virtual and a live table. This is not so much a mistake to avoid but more comes down to personal preference. Virtual tables allow players to play against an automated computer, so you can play at your own pace, while live tables are usually quicker paced as human dealers are keen to move the game along.

When to Hit and Stand

As a general rule, most blackjack players know to hit when the hand is 12 and to stand when the hand equals 17. However, there are plenty of variables to consider that could influence when to hit and stand. Getting these right can really boost your chances of beating the house, while getting it wrong could prove costly.

One key move to implement is to always hit on a soft 17 – when the two cards are an ace and a six. This means that if you draw a 10 or picture card (jack, queen, king), then you convert your hand into a hard 17. It also gives greater flexibility if you draw a smaller value card as the ace can be used as a one.

While many players adopt a strict ‘never bust’ policy, meaning they always stand when their hand equals 12 or more, this can be ill-advised as it depends almost entirely on the dealer going bust.

Instead, analyze the value of your two cards compared to the dealer’s first card and weigh up the risk factor in drawing another card before the dealer draws their second. As a strict rule, if your first two cards equal 17 or more, then stand – anything else can be hit depending on the situation.

When to Split and Double

If you are playing in a blackjack tournament, either online or live, learning when to split and double can make all the difference to your chances of success. The same also applies to individual games of blackjack.

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Splitting is when you split two cards when dealt the same value cards, so a pair of eights for example. Doubling is when you are given the option to double your bet after being dealt your initial two cards.

While it can be tempting to split and double at every opportunity to increase your winning, doing at the right time is the key.

It is not recommended to split when:

  • You are dealt two picture cards or two 10s
  • You are dealt two 9s
  • You are dealt two 5s
  • The dealer holds a 10 or picture card

It is best to split when:

  • You are dealt two 8s
  • You are dealt two aces
  • The dealer holds a 5 or 6 (as this is the highest probability of a bust)

Similar to knowing when to hit and stand, take a brief moment to assess the dealer’s drawn card compared to your own two cards and determine whether the probabilities are in your favour.

Likewise, knowing when to double down – when not to double down – can change the complexities of your blackjack game. A simple rule to know when to double is if your two cards equal 10 and the dealer’s card is between 2-9. Additionally, if you hold an ace, you can consider a double as these have the flexibility of playing as 11 or 1. But if the dealer’s card is an ace, ignore the double.


Blackjack may be a simple game but there are some important strategies to keep in mind next time you head to the virtual or live table. The game itself is still rooted in luck so there are never any guarantees to long-term success. However, by keeping these three important rules in mind, you can at least avoid making avoidable mistakes.

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Top 5 Entertainment Activities for College Students




The life of college students is sometimes too complicated. They have to face tons of homework assignments that steal their time. Many students get stressed because of continuous learning. They seem to forget how to relax. If you’re a busy student, you should remember that you’re still young and shouldn’t waste this precious life stage. You can undertake some entertainment activities sometimes. Take your friends and organize funny games to unwind and let off some pressure. We asked writing experts from a professional essay service Smart Writing Service to share their ideas and provide you with top-5 entertainment activities for college students you may like. 

Who Are You?

Students, especially freshmen, don’t know each other perfectly. They may be taken by surprise when some of them tell something quite unexpected about their hobbies, preferences, and so on. If you want to know other students better, suggest playing a game called “Who Are You”.

Form at least three teams. If there are many folks, you can form more teams. Choose a speaker of the game. It may be even one of your teachers or professors. All groups will be given topics to discuss. The speaker is supposed to announce a new topic every few minutes. You may discuss and answer the following topics:

  • What is the greatest challenge you are facing?
  • What do you like or hate most about yourself?
  • What is your greatest value in life?
  • What emotions do you express easily?
  • What is the most valuable thing in friendship?
  • Who you want to become in five years?
  • What is your major objective for next year?
  • Is there something you want to improve about yourself?
  • What motto do you try to live by?
  • Where would you like to travel?
  • If you were to study abroad, what country would that be?

Students should write their answers on index cards. The speaker should gather the answers of every student and shuffle them. Afterward, he/she redistributes them randomly to students. Each person should guess whose card he/she is holding. Play this game after you spend some time together and already know at least something about one another.

Sentence Completion

Another fun activity is “Sentence Completion.” Most people like it because it’s commonly accompanied by laughter and good mood. It’s necessary to prepare a list of sentences. Those sentences should have a beginning, but with no end. Every student should finish the sentence he/she gets. Oftentimes, students give funny answers. At times, they are quite serious, and we can learn something important about other students. Here are several sentence beginnings you may choose:

  • Before I came to college, I was interested in…
  • When I was a child, I wanted to become…
  • The best moment I remember most about high school is…
  • My favorite pet is…
  • The things I value most are…
  • Five years from now I hope to be…
  • My greatest personality trait is…
  • My favorite subject at high school was…
  • If I could change one thing in the world, it would be…
  • My greatest fear is…
  • After I graduate from college, I…

The Reception Line

You may likewise try another entertaining activity for college students. It is called “The Reception Line.” Gather all the mates eager to participate. Divide yourselves into two groups. If you form more, it won’t fit the rules of the game. Each person talks to the person in front of him/her until he/she must move. The person at the end of one line goes to the end of the other line. This method makes it possible to meet new people. Thus, students will learn more about each other. You can make shifts every next topic or set a limit. For example, the pair should discuss 5 topics and afterward move to change partners. Here are some interesting topics to discuss:

  • Where would you like to travel?
  • What motto do you try to follow?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What music do you like?
  • What is your favorite hobby?
  • Why did you choose this college?
  • What do you like about college life the most?

Take Sides

You can likewise suggest a game, which offers only two options. It’s called “Take Sides.” Create a list of questions with two answers. Students should obligatorily choose one of them. Afterward, you may discuss the answers. Let everyone explain his/her choices. Thus, you’ll learn more about each other, and it will bring you closer. Here are several suggestions:

  • Watermelon or banana?
  • Sweat or bitter?
  • Short trips every weekend or a journey around the world for three months?
  • Partying or hiking?
  • Listen or speak?
  • Rock or pop?
  • Morning or night?
  • Superman or Batman?
  • Robocop or Terminator?
  • Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings?
  • Los Angeles or New York?
  • Liberal or conservative?
  • American football or ice hockey?

My Most Embarrassing Moment

You can likewise tell each other about the most embarrassing moments. It’s important to be honest and don’t imagine a story that never took place. All the participants should agree on this term. Commonly, it is a very entertaining activity. Students tell funny stories they’ve been through. It commonly makes them closer.

These activities for college students are very simple to follow. They are really entertaining. Mind that we have mentioned only 5 of them. However, you can try a hundred activities more. Use our examples to have fun and relax. They may inspire you and your friends to look for other entertaining activities.

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