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At the end of the opening episode the camera panned across and paused at each room in the motel where the Pfeffermans were gathered with their significant other ... or not, in the case of Ali. She had to leave the room to find an imaginary Syd sitting and waiting. Josh and Rachel were smoothing things over; Shelly was wooing Maura; and Sarah was breaking Tammy’s heart.
Life Moves On
Sarah by her own willfulness had now wrecked not only her life, but that of both of her would-be spouses and children. This was clearly wearing on her as she sat exhausted and wrung out in the lawyer’s office as she and Lyn dueled over custody of the children. The lawyer suggested, “bird nesting,” as the solution for the custody of the kids. The kids would “own the house” and remain there while the parents took turns “cohabitating” with the children. Sarah would have Monday and Tuesday and Lyn would have Wednesday and Thursday and Friday through Sunday would alternate between them. Sarah was too drained to do much of anything; Lyn was energetic in declaring moving the kids back and forth between their houses was like “PTSD,” and Sarah had given the kids “a fear of weddings.” Lyn also rejected the divorced couple cohabitating in a common apartment to save money. This segment closed with Sarah being shown a very dreary apartment to rent.
In yet another attempt to get her life on some kind of a track, Ali had gone back to college. A dreamy Ali sat in an astronomy lecture as the stars of the universe loamed over her and moved toward her. Because of the delay of the speed of light, the professor intoned, “You are looking at the past….clues to our origins.” Later, she appeared at Syd’s loft to try to restart their relationship. As Ali announced she was just stopping by, Syd invited her in and noted that the way Ali’s hair was braided was interesting, as in was it “a new cult,” “little punk house on the prairie,” a fishing thing, and lastly her head could be used “like a shuttle cock.” Ali finally responded, “Are you done making fun of me?” Syd having exacted for now her vengeance for Ali’s earlier rejection of her, playfully replied “never, isn’t that why you came by?” Ali proceeded to apologize to Syd and asked her “that you’ll take me as a friend again?” Syd accepted and invited her over for a gathering that evening.
Josh and Rachel were all snuggly at the doctor’s office as they got their first ultrasound view of the baby. The next time they appeared Josh was in 209 ½ somewhere in Rita’s messy apartment. Josh had come to pick up his other child, Colton, to go to a pool party that Josh was having. Colton told him that he was thinking about spending his senior year in L.A. and it was Rita’s idea. Everybody was cool with it and Josh was excited. Rachel was waiting in the car and as Josh and Colton walked up Josh announced, “This guy is going to live in L.A.” Rachel moved to the back seat, so that Colton could sit in the front and not be crowded. From the back seat Rachel’s response to the announcement was “wow” with a half puzzled look on her face.
The last subset of the Pfeffermans to account for was Maura and Shelly. Maura was in a moving container that had been deposited in front of Shelly’s condo anxiously looking for something to wear to a swim party. Shelly entered the container; “here I come to save the day” she came in the box to help Maura pick out a swimsuit and cover to wear to the party. Condo security pulled up while they both were in the container to notify Shelly that Rosalie Roman had complained about the container and wanted a special assessment levied. Shelly answered, “Rosalie Roman can kiss my ass.” She then assured Maura that she liked her and the box where they were and gave Maura a kiss. They would next appear inside in the bathroom together.
Shelly was lounging in a bubble bath in the tub, while Maura stood in front of the bathroom mirror fidgeting with the top of her swimsuit because she was “wearing boobies.” That was something she had never done before and “could even bump it up a size.” She also complained about her flabby upper arms and her hair. Maura, welcome to being an older woman, we all have the arms was basically Shelly’s response. Just as a passing observation, I have to insert that it struck me as a bit unusual that after years of cross-dressing and now into the second season of the show, that Maura had never done anything about her “boobies.” I might also add, that if you see a mature transwoman who does not have flabby upper arms, you are looking at a transwoman who is not on HRT, or has just started. Muscle tone and strength are greatly reduced over time with estrogen. It is also curious that Maura has never had the experience of going to a doctor to begin medical transition.
Shelly beckoned Maura over to the tube to add some Jean Nate to her bath water. Having gotten Maura to the tub, Shelly began to reminisce,
“We had some good times….You know that thing you used to do with your fingers. Nobody could do that like you…you have the talent…What did we use to call it?”
Maura had tried to demure through all that reminiscing, but at the question of what did we call it, she finally joined in to recall that it was called “Flicky-Flicky, Thump-Thump,” as she recreated the motion with her hand. Her thumb flicked upward twice and then her first two fingers joined together in a thrusting motion. Soon her hand was in the tub and Shelly was moaning in total ecstasy. After her orgasm, Shelly offered that now it was Maura’s turn. Maura merely mumbled, “I’m good” and left the room.
Fussy Puss Pool Party
The Pfeffermans began to gather at the old family home for Josh’s party to premiere his new group—Fussy Puss. As Ali and Sarah entered the house, which still was decorated and furnished according to Tammy’s sleek modern taste, Ali noted how “awful” it was. And Sarah said, “How did I not see this?” Josh greeted his two sisters and said “Momma and Moppa are coming.” Ali objected, “You make them sound like a couple.” Sarah noticed Tammy’s and her wedding cake was in the fridge and she wanted to put it out for the guests. Josh quickly overruled that idea because the party was catered. Maura and Shelly arrived. “So, I hear you two are lesbians now,” Ali said pointedly. Silence filled the room. Maura responded, “No, I’m just living with your mom temporarily since the Shangra-la went condo and kicked out the queers.” This was followed by a discussion of Maura housing and her expressed need to find somewhere. Ali suggested that Maura owned the house they were standing in. Maura broke another tie to her past by stating, “this will never be my home again.” In a brief aside Maura inquired of Shelly, “did you tell the kids about bathy time?" Shelly sputtered a bit. During all this, Maura had opened the fridge and the wedding cake was noticeably gone. Headstrong Sarah had struck again.
Now out by the pool, Josh stood with Fussy Puss, which was made up of Tammy’s step-daughter, Bianca, and two other young women. Colton appeared and Josh described him to the group, “that is grade A beef.” Then Josh’s old boss in the music business arrived and Josh began working his deal to get the band signed up.
The rest of the family were all involved in various discussions and actions with each other. Maura sat next to the pool as Colton appeared in the pool next to her. By way of making conversation, Colton said,
“I looked up trans on You Tube the other day and saw this really funny lady. She wears a cape. Is that like a trans thing?”
Maura paused for a second and answered, “No, more like a You Tube thing.”
Sarah was also poolside and Rabbi Rachel was in the pool as Sarah continued to suffer. Rachel offered that she had a study group on healing in the Torah and would love to have her join it. Meanwhile, Shelly lay back in a lounge chair and pretended to reel Maura in like a fish. Maura ignored her and began to talk with Ali, as Ali bemoaned her fate in life, while munching on a piece of wedding cake. To which, Maura asked, “why do you always put yourself down?” Rather than answer, Ali got in the pool and began to swim underwater where for a brief watery moment she was looking into the 1930s in Berlin. Fussy Puss began to sing and the old boss was ready to sign them up as the audience swayed to the music. Maura left to go for a smoke.
I'm a Beautiful Soul and You Are All Monsters
As Maura was drawing on her cigarette, she noticed Tammy standing on the balcony overlooking the pool. As Tammy started to walk toward the stairs to come down, Maura moved to meet her. Soon a drunk Tammy reached the bottom of the stairs where Fussy Puss had been singing and Tammy was soon talking over the mike that Bianca was holding. Tammy began, “Hi everybody. Are we having fun?”
Josh began coming toward her and Tammy started walking forward, “I’m good,” Tammy said as she left Rachel. When Josh tried to stop her, Tammy said, ‘fuck off” and drew back her fist in a threat to hit Josh, who backed off. Tammy tried again to start,
“Hi everybody, my name’s Tammy in case you don’t know who I am. And I’m here because we’re having a weird Sunday.”
To Sarah Tammy said, “I don’t understand why we’re having a party and I didn’t get an invitation.”
Sarah pointed out that Tammy was drunk.
Tammy begged, “What are you doing, why?”
“Just get her inside,” instructed Sarah.
“Why are we having this party? I don’t understand,” implored Tammy.
Josh and Colton picked up Tammy and began to carry her as she struggled. After putting her down, Josh ordered, “Get out of here! Go!”
Tammy stood her ground and stated her truth,
“You know what Sarah. I am a beautiful soul. And you are all Monsters.”
The Pfeffermans had been just been put in their place. Just as it seemed that might be the end of it, Tammy saw their wedding cake set out for the guests. Tammy charged toward it.
“This is our wedding cake. Sarah, this is our cake. Sarah, remember we tried like 12 different cakes. Remember honey, we fell in love and just like a week ago…”
Looking Sarah full in the face Tammy exclaimed,
“I have the soul of a warrior. I do and you have crushed it. You have ruined my life. You think there are not consequences. I am a fucking consequence. I am not crazy. I am in pain. I am your pain! “
She then threw the cake into the pool and ran off sobbing. Everyone stood stunned.
In this outburst Tammy had confronted the devilry of the Pfefferman clan and their smug self-centered lives that only seemed to cause harm to those outside of the sacred bond. Maura was increasingly aware of what a mess they were and would soon move for more detachment from the ex trying to recreate a married past and the children who seemed to not be able to find a stable life for themselves.
The After Parties
Maura told Ali, “tell your sister to take mom home. I have to make a stop.” Sarah drove Shelly home and watched her make her elderly, drunken way to the condo. Ali went to Syd’s gathering of friends. She carefully eyed Syd; clearly Ali had plans.
Josh clung evermore tightly to Rabbi Rachel as she said that she had kept watching Colton “standing there all by himself.” Josh paused and drew himself to an upright-seated position, as if the plane was about land. He began slowly, “you, me, new baby, and Colton. We need to live in this house.” Rachel offered that it was a big house, to which Josh answered big house, big family.
The last scene of the episode opened in a raucous club complete with pool table, bar, happy patrons and dance floor. The crowd was a clear mixture of assorted queer folks, as well as other radical sorts. In the dim light, Davina led Maura to join a table. Two guys, one of whom could have posed for Tom of Finland, approached the table to see who wanted to dance. Maura demurred and smoked a cigarette, while Tom of Finland led Davina on to the dance floor. She implored Maura to join them. Finally, she took Maura by the hand and led her onto the dance floor to join her and Tom of Finland. Soon Maura went over to a mirrored wall and began looking into the mirror as she began to grind her pelvis and brace her hands on the wall. No more Saint Maura, indeed.
TRANSPARENT recap: "Kina Hora" (season 2 episode 1)
TRANSPARENT recap: "Flicky-Flicky, Thump-Thump" (season 2 episode 2)
TRANSPARENT recap: "A New World Coming" (season 2 episode 3)
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.