“Permission” provides more reasons to continue as the ending shows a conflict of issues between the lead characters that cannot be healed by a light conversation.
This recap of Netflix’s Bonding season 2, episode 8, “Permission” — the ending explained — contains significant spoilers.
These characters have gone a long way since Season 1, and the ending of Season 2 shows how they are at a crossroads, despite personal and professional advancements. At the start of “Permission”, Rolph reads Portia’s break-up letter to Frank. He’s devastated, but what is funny is how Frank keeps asking Rolph to read it. An irritable Pete tries to lighten Frank’s mood. Frank asks Pete what he’s going to do about Tiff, and he has no idea.
Tiff tells Doug something significant
As for Tiff, she wakes up with Doug. She tells him “I love you”, which is a massive moment. She realised she loved him because Doug hurt her and no-one has for a long time. Doug is over-the-moon. But the elephant in the room is how Pete has also hurt her, and how she compartmentalizes that.
Pete has a gig on a late-night show
Pete meets his new agent Martin. The agent wants to sign him and believes he could be on a late-night show. He wants him to do his dominatrix set on the late-night show. The only problem, his set is very personal to him and Tiff.
The dungeon is shut down
Mistress Mira is shutting down the dungeon, and the other dommes are shocked. She tells them all that she hopes they take what they learnt, start their own dungeons, support clients and each other. Tiff tells Mira that she isn’t going to grad school and that this life is normal for her. She wanted to be doing the dungeon with her, so there’s a tinge of sadness in their conversation as they both know it’s over. Mira believes Tiff is special, which kind of platforms Tiff’s rise in Season 3.
Pete and Tiff have a sombre conversation
Pete finds Tiff in the dungeon, and he wants to talk. He tells her about the agent and the late-night show. He asks her for permission to do that material again where they delve into each other’s personal lives, including dominatrix. Tiff doesn’t give him consent or approval. Pete tells her at the beginning that he didn’t get consent from her either. There’s bitterness between them, and the way they are communicating is not healthy enough to resolve their issues. It’s a sombre moment.
Tiff tells Pete that he used to make her feel safe, but Pete turns it around and says she used to make him feel dangerous — he cannot explain why he loves her and why he cares, but he wants to stop and doesn’t want to be owned anymore. He gives her his leather as a symbol of giving up control, and they say goodbye to each other.
Afterwards, Tiff and the other dommes get together and plan the next steps of their career, hiring out a new dungeon, while Pete starts his new career in comedy.
As the episode closes, Tiff rings her mother, finally.
Bonding season 2, episode 8 provides more reasons to continue as the ending shows a conflict of issues between the lead characters that cannot be healed by a light conversation. Audiences will be wondering what is in store for Tiff and Pete in Season 3, and if they will ever reconcile. There’s plenty of life in this story still.