PEN15 season 2, episode 3 recap – what happened in “Vendy Wiccanny”? A deep form of escapism

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Summary

PEN15 season 2, episode 3 is a strange chapter that has comedic value and brings a raw form of escapism from the two leads.

This recap of Hulu’s PEN15 season 2, episode 3, “Vendy Wiccanny” 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

Anna and Maya watch a horror movie together. They can hear Anna’s parents argue and Anna feels awkward. They both spy on the parents talking about the divorce and it starts to get nasty and a little violent so they run out of the house and into the woods laughing.

Magic

Maya starts saying that she saw five leaves on the floor and now there’s two — she believes the leprechaun has taken them. She asks Anna to close her eyes and takes more leaves to try to make out like there is magic at play. Episode 3 is definitely stranger than usual, even by this series’ standard — Maya seems to want a form of escapism.

Making wishes

Anna finds a paper in the tree and Maya is freaking out. The paper says “Wendy Rochelle Wiccany’. Anna believes she is the mother witch. The pair feels it is a sign. The pair start to make wishes to remove their teenage issues.

They came true

When Maya gets home, her father returns home — his tour ended early. She believes her “newfound powers” brought him home early. She rings Anna and tells her one of her wishes came true. Anna wishes her parents to get back together but it doesn’t work.

Using their powers

At school, Maya and Anna want to use their powers on someone — they are both in deep escapism now. Anna really wishes that she never loved Alex and doesn’t want to end up like her parents — she wants to do the “never loved him” spell. Maya wants to do a “love spell” for her and Brandt. The friends start collecting hairs and nails from those they want to conduct powers on. Later that night, Anna hears her parents making up.

The next day, Anna and Maya start their spells in the greenhouse. A group of students find them and they threaten to hex them — this is an absolutely belly laughing scene as both women absolutely lose control of their body and facial expressions. The principal arrives and asks them to go to his office. Later, Anna reveals she loves Alex less but then she sees him with another girl and she confirms it still hurts.

It doesn’t work

Maya confronts Brandt to see if her spell worked. She tells him she likes him — he stands up and tells Maya that he doesn’t like her and that he’s ugly — he also knows she took a strand of his hair. Maya stands there looking shocked.

I want you to stay together

When Anna comes home, her parents confront her about the incident at school. Anna tells her parents they should stay together because they slept together the night before. Her mother doesn’t like the spying and says one of them needs to move out. Anna cries after them saying she’s fine but hormonal.

The ending

At home, Maya’s brother has a go at her for being a brat at school and is dismayed that she burned Brandt’s hair. In the middle of the night, Maya packs her things and leaves the house and meets Anna in the woods. The pair do a chant to make them disappear from existence. Anna believes it’s working but it freaks Maya out and tells her that she’s not going anywhere because she needs her. She lays Anna down and comforts her, declaring each other as family. PEN15 season 2, episode 3 is a strange chapter that has comedic value and brings a raw form of escapism from the two leads.


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Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.

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