PEN15 season 2, episode 1 recap – what happened in “Pool”?

By Daniel Hart
Published: September 18, 2020 (Last updated: 2 weeks ago)
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Hulu series PEN15 season 2, episode 1 - Pool


PEN15 season 2, episode 1 is a hilarious start, justifying the need for a continuation for these two likeable characters.

This recap of Hulu’s PEN15 season 2, episode 1, “Pool” contains significant spoilers. The first seven episodes will be part 1 — part 2 will be released later on Hulu.

We recapped every episode — check out the archive.

The opening

It’s 2 days after the dance, Anna and Maya are on the phone and talking about the boys in their life. They are debating whether to go to the pool party. Both women are excited and they are playing a game where they plan their lives. Afterwards, Maya practises kissing the mirror which presents a hilarious start to the second season.

Ready for water

The young women are ready for the pool party. It doesn’t look like the most exciting event but the hip hop music playing over the scene exaggerates the moment. They don’t feel like there are any prospects at the pool party but they are clearly lying to themselves. Anna confronts Sam for him pretending to be someone else on online chat. Maya confronts Brendan and talks to him about Anna — he confirms he’s dating someone else now. The dance clearly provided complications.

He doesn’t remember

As they are about to leave, Brandt arrives at the pool and Maya is embarrassed. Maya swims up to him and acts strange around him. She wants to talk to him about what happened at the dance. Brandt denies it and walks off which leaves Maya upset.

Anna confronts Brendan and acts cool that he’s dating someone else. She also asks about Brandt and what happened at the party and Brendan states he doesn’t want to get involved with the drama. These boys are acting just as strange as the girls.

Don’t tell anyone about it

Maya tries to confront Brandt privately in one of the bedrooms but he doesn’t seem entirely bothered that she’s there. She asks if the three-way in the closet happened — Brandt says “Yeah, whatever” and calls her pretty. Anna walks in and Maya confirms that Brandt said it happened. Brandt wants them both to be quiet about it.

The ending

At school the next day, they are called various names and a rumour spreads about the three-way kiss at the dance. They are getting called “desperate sl*ts”. Anna tells Maya that she had more than one three-way that night and she gets why people are saying this about them. They then agree that Brandt is a player. PEN15 season 2, episode 1 is a hilarious start, justifying the need for a continuation for these two likeable characters.

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