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In this episode, old and new relationships changed. Some relationships were threatened, others were renewed, and still others might have changed irrevocably. Two women bonded as women; one woman realized the bubble-bath stage of a relationship had ended and wondered about what she had left behind; a third woman found out about a surprising long-time lover; and a fourth virtually begged a suddenly matured Josh to father a child.
At the end of episode seven, Symbolic Exemplar, an emotionally wounded Maura had been given solace by Shelly, her ex-wife, as the episode ended. Months later, it was Maura’s turn to comfort Shelly because Ed, her second husband, lay dying. The transition of the relationship between the formerly married Mort and Shelly was completed to that of two women, Maura and Shelly. And as we saw later in the episode, both were equally gifted with the ability to impose guilt on their children.
Shell, we have options
Shelly and Maura stood over Ed, who had oxygen tubes running out of his nose.
Maura quietly whispered, “it’s almost the end.”
Shelly somewhat stressed, “No. They said it could be weeks or months.”
“You have to put him somewhere,” replied Maura, who was obviously thinking of the pressure on Shelly.
Shelly in a forceful whispered insisted, “No! He doesn’t want to go somewhere. He wants out!”
They moved into the bathroom where they felt they could speak more openly. While sitting on the toilet lid, Maura opened with, “Shell, we have options.”
Shell forcefully spoke up, “don ‘t say it.”
“Then, you say it,” said Maura in a tone of affection.
A hesitant Shell, looking away from Maura, “I’ll Google. Sometimes, I do some Googling.”
Camp Camilla is a wonderful place
This scene was confirm, Davina’s warning about family not having anything to do with you after five years. The relationship between Mort and Shelly came to a swift end in 1994 once Maura confessed her trip to Camp Camilla.
The divorce began as soon as they sat at a table and Shelly confronted Mort with the lie about the conference. Mort tried to make it half true. There had been a conference; Mort just had not gone. Mort came out to Shelly as Maura as she confessed she had gone to Camp Camellia.
Shelly raised her pitch at the end and questioned, “it’s a roomful of straight men in dresses?”
Maura sought to make it better. “Dancing.”
A sarcastic Shelly, “OK! Dancing together?”
A wounded Maura responded, “Wives come.”
“What?” Replied Shelly in disbelief, “Are you saying you want me to go with you?”
Sensing an opening, Maura cheerfully added, “It’s a wonderful community and I would like to share it with you.” That reassurance that Shelly could be a part of cross dresser camp was totally the wrong thing for Maura to say.
“Jesus Christ!” Shelly said as her head slumped into her hands. “That’s it! I’m out!”
Maura, was that you?
Later in the episode, still in 1994, Maura all dressed in purple gave it one last try to heal their relationship. While Maura stood in her splendor, Shelly exclaimed in disgust, “you do this in front of other people. Oh! Fuck!”
Maura pleaded, “Shell, honey, it’s me. Shell, I love you. It’s me honey.”
Which only drew a harsh retort flowing from the betrayal felt by Shelly, “Was it you when we met? Was it you on our wedding night?”
Maura answered, “Yes.”
Shelly stood up, “I can’t! I’m done.”
Shelly went on to marry Eddie Paskowitz, who had been asking her to come over in a prior episode, and now lay dying. And that was why Maura sought to comfort Shelly after what apparently had been a very quick and decisive decision by Shelly to end her prior marriage.
Trouble in Sarah's paradise
Sarah had scored some pot, which Bianca and Josh had smoked and then got caught in the pool after Trans Got Talent. Tammy wanted the pot gone because she was clean after having a cocaine addiction and did not want any drugs in the house. A very hurt and reluctant Sarah flushed her stash down the commode, even as Tammy explained that Bianca was responsible for what she had done, not Sarah.
If there was any doubt about the honeymoon being over between them, it was confirmed on Sarah’s part a bit later in the episode when she went to drop off the kids at Len’s for the weekend. She entered Len’s house and said she missed the couch because Tammy was “making everything…Palm Springsy. She’s very specific about how things should look and be.” Trouble in paradise only loomed more darkly when Sarah told Len that Tammy made her flush her weed. Len questioned when she had started getting high. Sarah answered that it was after some guy with a knife was threatening. Len muttered, “asshole.” Followed by the fact that she had never gotten high with him. Sarah said they needed a pen thingy. Len immediately produced a vapor pen. Soon they were upstairs in the bedroom getting high as Sarah admitted that the two of them should have told the kids about her dad. In a matter of fact way, Len said he knew they weren’t happy, but he just did not think to do anything about it. Len then informed Sarah he had a date with his assistant, Melanie Torres. This prompted Sarah to inquire, “What are her tits like?” Len responded that her tits were not their biggest problem. Sarah exclaimed, “Tammy loves these wamma jammas.” Len agreed that both he and Tammy loved her big tits.
When Sarah returned home to Tammy, she asked Tammy if what they had done to Len and Barb was ok. Tammy replied, “they are on their own path, babe.” But, Sarah continued to whine that Len had a date with his assistant and she had a kid and what would happen to Len because of them. Tammy observed that Sarah sounded jealous. Then in the most amazing display of Tammy’s self concept she said, “I know something about jealous. People have been jealous of me my entire life.” She had to be the person that got in the checkout line for ten or fewer items with a full grocery cart and defied anyone to say anything about it, which of course would be me because I was next in line. Yep, that made me jealous, sure.
Meandering Josh and his serial relationships with women
In this episode Josh seemed to finally want a full, committed relationship after sleeping with or flirting with a different woman in every episode. He had been “involved” with Rita, his former babysitter; Kaya, the member of Glitterish; Syd, the best friend of Ali; Bianca, the stepdaughter of Tammy; and Rachel, the rabbi. The last two he had not slept with. For this episode the adventures of Josh started when Bianca arrived at his house looking to be taken in, as she had “no where else to go.” A more mature Josh for the first time in the series accepted responsibility for his actions, and he was sorry that she had been kicked out.
Josh then went to make up with Rachel for standing her up the night that he had ended up in the pool with Bianca. Rachel had prepared supper and waited patiently for Josh to come home from Trans Got Talent. She finally gave up and left. Now Josh had the nerve to come to the temple. She had class in thirty minutes and what did he want? Josh admitted he “totally fucked up.” He also told Rachel that she was right to leave and offered to wait for her until the class ended. He apparently waited and then they went to Josh’s house because that was where we saw them next.
While in the midst of explaining all he needed to do was find a “break through sound” to make it big, in wandered Bianca.
An irritated Rachel, “who was that?”
“She’s crashing here,” replied Josh.
“She’s living here?” exclaimed an agitated Rachel.
Josh tried to explain that Bianca was his sister’s new girlfriend’s stepdaughter.
For Rachel the game playing was all just too much. She went directly to the heart of the matter, “ I want a family. I could have been kicked out of the temple for fucking a congregate.”
After a weird exchange about Josh having been added to her email blast list, as apparently their most intimate connection, reality set in that they had never fucked. So, passion abounded and just like that they were at it. To conclude the scene, Rachel moans, “yes, come inside me.”
Next, they were shown lying in bed in the after glow of sexual fulfillment discussing what to do next. “Order food and watch dumb movies,” was Rachel’s suggestion. They were interrupted by the sound of Bianca singing. Josh was immediately interested. Obviously in a future episode, Bianca was going to be his breakthrough sound.
Ali and Syd sitting in a tree
The last Pfefferman kid’s relationship status to be examined was Ali, who to this point had been with her trainer and his roommate, and presumably Dale, a transman. Now she was in deep discussion with Syd about Ali’s problems. Syd made an analogy. She was a tactile learner, who learned by touching things. On the other hand, Ali was “a vaginal learner” because she “kept sticking things in there to understand them.” Ali noticed that Syd was holding an oldrecord, which Syd said Josh gave her with the explanation, “we hang out.” A stunned Ali just said, “ha!”
When the scene was picked up again. Ali announ, “oh, my God, are you fucking my brother?”
Syd answered with, “do you care?”
“This makes me feel strange, or sad, or weird,” complained Ali.
A wounded Syd replied, “You make me feel bad all the time.”
Ali got a bit huffy, “you are acting like a jealous girlfriend.”
Syd continued, “I feel terrible constantly. …Since eighth grade, I’ve had feelings for you that are confusing…friend feelings, but more…just weird you never noticed those before.”
A befuddled Ali, “I am just confused. Why are you sleeping with my brother?"
Syd explained she was trying to feel closer to Ali by being with Josh.
Ali stood up and left. Syd had finished coming out to Ali by admitting she had romantic feelings for Ali. Previously, we had learned that Syd had an affair with the women studies professor, plus Josh, thus making her a bisexual character.
Now that the relationship status of Sarah, Josh and Ali had been reviewed and brought up to date; what about Maura and Shelly and their relationship in the wake of Maura’s coming out to Shelly, their divorce, and her marriage to the now dying Ed.
Maura and Shelly form a bond while guilt-tripping their kids
Maura and Shelly continued bonding in their new relationship at the kitchen table. Shelly’s curiosity had been peaked, as often happens when someone transitions in gender, what about their sexuality? What happens to it? Generally sexual attraction does not change, though there are some people who may have been hiding from their sexual attraction and transitioning frees them to broaden or change to whom they are attracted.
So, Shelly asked, “now that you want to be a woman all the time. Do you still date women?”
“Yes, it’s still me,” answered Maura. Just as was revealed earlier, Mort was always Maura.
“So, you’re a lesbian. So, we got gay married before it was fashionable,” Shelly said as she failed to contain her snickers. But, a new level of acceptance of Maura by Shelly had been reached. All there was, and all there ever had been was Maura.
Soon the three kids arrived at the condo and marina where Shelly and Ed lived. After discussing that one of the attractions of Ed for their mother was that he had no other relatives, they entered the front door and
Ali exclaimed, “is he gone?”
“Not yet,” answered Shelly
Sarah chimed in with, “Moppa, what are you doing here?”
Maura called them over to the table where she sat with a pitcher of freshly made Arnold Palmers. Ali left to go see Ed and comfort him, which left everyone else in the living room.
So, why was Maura here? To impose guilt on her children and offer solace to Shelly, as we were about to find out.
Maura explained, “I was feeling kinda a little down. Seems my kids abandoned me at a critical moment in my journey.” And, she trusted Shelly, as compared to her children who had betrayed her and left.
Josh and Sarah insisted that they were there and that Maura was “amazing.”
Maura noted, “that row was empty.” She then put them on the spot “What did you like?” The kids immediately started to sputter out: the wig, the eyes, and other trivial things.
Shelly cut them short, “we need to tell them. I am done. We invited you over so you could have a chance to say goodbye.”
“What does that mean?” questioned Sarah.
With what I assumed was unintended irony, Maura explained, “He is in a lot of pain. We are going to ease him into his next transition.”
Ali reentered the room just in time to hear what was going on. “He’s fine….Is this about his life or yours? If you are done, that is fine. But, I don’t think it is his time.”
Maura began guilt trip number two, “your mom’s anxiety is through the roof…you don’t notice.”
Josh tried to be the good boy, “I call all the time. Don’t I?” Standup comics always make fun of mom’s complaining that son’s never called, so a lame Josh called.
By now Shelly was shaking, “I don’t want you to call! I want you to be here,” as she angrily beat her finger into the table to drive the point home.
She then pointed at Maura and exclaimed, “he’s the only one who comes.”
Maura quietly corrected, “she.”
Shelly continued explaining about how hard it was being there in all “the piss, the shit, the vomit and no one to talk with. He came over to be with me.”
Maura tried again, “She. I’m a she. I’m a woman.”
The light went on for Shelly, “she takes care of me.” The bond had been fastened between the two women. Shelly finished with “I can’t, I can’t. It’s either him or me,” as the anxiety and stress spilled out of her and on to the floor for all to see.
We could have a great shiva
Sarah offered the suggestion, “get the rabbi.” We need outside help.
A recovered Shelly in an ironic voice, “What? We’re like religious Jews?”
Josh was furiously texting the rabbi. As to why he had the rabbi’s number, Josh stated, “we’re hanging out.”
A totally engaged Shelly exclaimed, “Oh! My God! You’re fucking the rabbi,” which was quickly echoed by Sarah and Ali.
Shelly’s mouth was now totally open with surprise and joy as she said, “I love her for him…. I want to go on record that I was the one who first said…” Never underestimate a Jewish mother was the lesson in this scene.
Ali was horrified and left. “I am not helping do it.”
As the oldest child, Sarah took charge, “OK. I’ll do it.”
Snidely, Ali answered, “yeah, you take care of it.”
Mockingly, Sarah said to Ali, “Just stay here and take care of you, as usual.”
Josh interjected to Ali, “why are you being an asshole?”
Ali answered, “oh, I don’t know. Maybe something like you’ve been fucking Syd and didn’t tell me about that.”
Josh lamely claimed it was “no big deal. It’s over. Rachel and me are in love.”
Sarcastically, Ali landed the next blow, “wow! You’re in love. Thank you for telling me that. I’ve got to go.” Hmm, Ali seemed to have some pretty deep feelings for Syd after all.
Shelly was explaining that she had four bottles of Percocet that they could grind up and put in Ed’s I.V.
Maura moved on to, “we could have a wonderful Shiva.”
“A great Shiva,” echoed Shelly.
While the Pfeffermans discussed the wonderful Shiva for Ed, he was shown in his bed. He moved and staggered out of the bed and went outside, as the absorbing discussion prevented anyone from noticing. We looked through his eyes at a blurry landscape that was the grounds of the condo. Complete with ducks. At the end, there was a flashback to Ed meeting the three kids and telling a truly weak joke that drew flat expressions from the kids. He then explained, “I am just here to make you happy.” He then toasted, “N’chaim,” (to life). The sound track carried, “the way to say goodbye.”
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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.