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Pen15: Bat Mitzvah Review

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Synopsis:

An upcoming Bat Mitzvah forces Maya to face a realization about her family’s socio-economic status while Anna grapples with an existential crisis.


Pen15 is finally back with more episodes, but sadly, this is the last of the series. I’m looking forward to what’s in store for Maya and Anna, and all I really want is for Maya to realize her feelings for Sam.

I noticed that the tone of the show had matured quite a bit, and this episode was no exception. In this episode, the girls learned about the history of the Jews, and in doing so, learned to deal with what is right and wrong in life and learn about their family background.

It’s the day that you start learning about The Holocaust in school and how the Jews suffered for many years. You think about how you would have dealt with being subjected to that trauma, and that’s exactly what Maya and Anna’s class was doing. But while learning about this time period, Maya and Anna both spiraled into these thoughts about their family backgrounds.

Maya couldn’t accept that her family was part of the middle to lower class, and I think when she had the conversation about her family’s class status with Shuji, he was psyching her out. It all went to her head, and when her mom wouldn’t let her get Becca an expensive necklace from Swarovski for her Bat Mitzvah, she lost it. First of all, Becca has an expensive taste, to begin with, and secondly, Swarovski is expensive in all aspects, so I think it was a crazy idea to even think about getting her a present from there. Of course, during that time in your life, you just wanted to fit in with the popular kids, so she just wanted to impress Becca. And like clockwork, it backfired when Maya asked Becca to open her present. Becca didn’t hesitate to state that she had a few of the necklaces that Maya bought her, and Maya was instantly crushed. I was glad that she took the necklace back and realized that buying expensive items for people doesn’t always win them over.

On the flip side, Anna wouldn’t drop the subject of The Holocaust. She hated that Hitler killed so many people and even asked her mom if there were Nazis in their family history. It then led to the discussion about if Heaven and Hell are real or even God himself. Anna’s mom couldn’t give her a direct answer, which didn’t satisfy Anna at all, and that made her even madder. All this hate toward bad people was Anna just projecting her anger about her parents getting divorced. She is still having a hard time coping with her reality, and the fact that her parents are using her as their mediator is downright wrong. That would make anyone stressed.

Anna’s relationship with Steve went to the next level, and I was rather impressed with her. I think since Steve is older, his maturity is at Anna’s level, and I liked that he helped her out when she had a panic attack. Also, I thought it was very ballsy of Anna to make the first move by holding his hand and then kissing him. She’s had bad luck in the past and is still not experienced, but maybe the alcohol loosened her up a little bit.

Lastly, I’ve been upset with the lack of Sam we’ve been getting, and it’s annoying that Maya turns him down every time he asks her anything. I was dying because you can clearly see that he’s trying to get close to Maya, and she’s too distracted with her insecurities. But besides that, Maya and Shuji gave us some nostalgic moments from the past. Maya kept on bringing up that she hoped there was going to be Dippin’ Dots at Becca’s Bat Mitzvah, and it made me laugh because when I first heard about them and tried them for the first time, I was obsessed too. I thought it was so innovative, and at the time, I could only find them when I went to the amusement park. Now, you can find them in most grocery stores, so the hype is gone. Another little nugget I found was that Shuji was playing Doom on the computer. I never played the game myself, but I know that it was an iconic game from back in the day. We ended with some fun nostalgia songs sprinkled throughout the episode, like “Blue” by Eiffel 65, and yet again, the girls accepted the hardships in their lives and went to bed.

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