To Have Boundaries or No Boundaries Is the Question on ‘One Day at a Time,’ Episode 3 — Review

by Jeremy Spirogis
Elena, Alex, and Penelope in Episode 3 "Boundaries,"

Oh, the great Alvarez household from One Day at a Time. They’ve made viewers giggle till they have been crying since 2017, and this episode is without doubt one of the funniest ones they’ve churned out. If not out of all of the seasons so far, undoubtedly out of the three they’ve given us in Season 4. It includes Alex strolling in on his mother doing one thing very personal and the entire household having a significant dialogue about it. You know, only a typical Tuesday night time for our favourite Cuban-American fam. [Spoiler alert: Spoilers forward for One Day at a Time Season 4, Episode 3].

Elena, Alex, and Penelope in Episode 3 "Boundaries," 'ONE DAY AT A TIME.'
Elena, Alex, and Penelope in Episode 3 “Boundaries,” ‘ONE DAY AT A TIME’ | Nicole Wilder/POP TV

Alex walks in on the unthinkable: his mom masturbating

This episode, “Boundaries,” begins off with Penelope in her remedy group, which has been a staple on the present because the first season. It’s an incredible calming area for Penelope and has given her some nice mates. They’ve helped her with quite a lot of points up to now, even outdoors the group setting. 

She explains how she was making an attempt to pleasure herself whereas gettin’ down along with her Outlander-loving self. However, Alex was in search of his cellphone and mistook her vibrator for his gadget, and nicely… noticed far more of his mother than he ever needed to. 

Things are in fact awkward for Penelope and Alex after that, however being the nice mother she is, she’d moderately speak about masturbation and the way it’s regular and wholesome as an alternative of disgrace him or the act and brush the occasion beneath the rug. It is a fairly good teachable second if it wasn’t so embarrassing. However, as with many issues within the Alvarez family, everybody will get concerned with their opinion and it intensifies. 

Penelope in her group therapy session, 'One Day at a Time.' Penelope in her group therapy session, 'One Day at a Time.'
Penelope in her group remedy session, ‘One Day at a Time’ | Nicole Wilder/POP TV

This is a good time for an open dialog about pleasuring your self… besides nobody needs to have it

Of course, Penelope has an incredible level about eager to normalize this all for Alex, however Lydia says it’s not wholesome or good and is in truth fairly sinful. She at first thinks Alex was doing it, however when she learns it was her daughter, all she will do is exclaim, “¡Qué sucia!”

Elena, being the sex-positive feminist that she is, in fact, provides her two cents as nicely, confirming that there are a lot of advantages to masturbating, together with an total higher psychological state. While that’s all tremendous and good, it’s nonetheless grating on Alex’s nerves. This teen boy just isn’t having a good time in the course of a pleasuring debate with all the ladies in his life. But go away it to Lydia so as to add her ultimate zinger. “God made Adam and Eve, not Bzzzz and Eve.”

The Alvarez household doesn’t actually do ‘boundaries,’ however will they begin now?

As Penelope states so eloquently, “Boundaries are for white people.” As we’ve seen over the previous three seasons, they don’t do “boundaries” or subtlety of any form. Not solely is it as a result of they stay in a fairly small condo, but additionally as a result of they’re Latinx. It’s simply not one thing programmed in Latinos. 

Penelope and Lydia talk it out in Episode 3, 'One Day at a Time.' Penelope and Lydia talk it out in Episode 3, 'One Day at a Time.'
Penelope and Lydia discuss it out in Episode 3, ‘One Day at a Time’ | Nicole Wilder/POP TV

However, Penelope involves an issue. She needs to be concerned in Alex’s business and life however Schneider factors out that it appears a bit hypocritical. Considering Penelope needs Lydia out of her business. Penelope realizes it’s unrealistic to be utterly hands-off when Alex is an grownup. It helps her see Lydia’s facet of issues, and why she is making an attempt to set Penelope up on a ton of various Tinder dates. 

At first, Penelope needs to implement boundaries. But once more, it doesn’t really feel proper. And what all of it boils right down to is that Lydia cares a lot. Even if she’s mistaken about masturbation. So Penelope can’t actually fault her for that, proper?

Things settle down and so they come to a bunch choice that issues are sort of tremendous how they’re. But Lydia shouldn’t set Penelope up on dates sooner or later. That is, till Lydia units her daughter up with the perfect man of all: Max! At the start of this season, Penelope tried to reconcile with Max, realizing that he’s the one man for her. However, he was overseas.

It appeared like her relationship with Max would by no means take off once more, however he’s again and cute as ever. Plus, Schneider may be very completely happy to have his greatest friend again as nicely, so solely time will inform if it’ll all work out once more. Remember, they broke up as a result of Max needed children and Penelope was accomplished having hers. Will that be an enormous issue nonetheless transferring ahead? Will somebody change their thoughts?

All in all, that is a few of the most enjoyable audiences have had with the present because it got here again for Season 4. It was almost not possible to maintain a straight face throughout this episode.

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