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MARON, “Dominatrix” Episode Recap

If you hadn’t yet picked up on the amount of resentment Marc has stored up inside him, then you haven’t been watching Maron very closely. The show is not at all subtle about Marc’s anger (like the man himself), so oftentimes, after getting knocked over the head with an onslaught of pented up and petty crap that Marc continually lets get under his skin, it’s difficult to ever feel sympathy for the man.

Maybe I’m still holding some bias over the show that I shouldn’t be due to my regular podcasting ways, but despite all of Marc’s faults, you at least get where he’s coming from in a small way. Sure, maybe him feeling bitter that his ex-wife has moved on to have a baby with another man isn’t the best example (we have no insight into this relationship, so Marc just comes off as childish in the way he reacts to even to mention of her name), but we have gotten a peak at his servely messed up family life, so that has to count for something, right?

But there’s a determining factor with Marc that separates him with most other assholes: most of the time, he knows just how much of a dick he is being. He’s been through the ringer countless times (“My dick’s been through hurricanes.”) and he’s come out of it a cynical man with low self-esteem. This explains why, when given the choice to date the sweet, easy-to-talk-to Megan (played by the criminally under-used Maria Thayer) and the stern dominatrix Justine (Maribeth Monroe), he literally punishes himself by choosing the latter.

It’s easy to see that, despite Marc’s inherently dark ways, he can’t really connect with Justine on any level, and definitely not as well as he did with Megan (his scene with Thayer at the book store was one of the few times in the series that Maron actually seemed like he was having a real conversation rather than reading from a script). Marc doesn’t consider himself normal, and he’s definitely open-minded, but he’s never craved anything like Justine’s foot in his ass.

Even without the kinky dominatrix sex (although there are hints of some with Marc’s dishwasher full of dildos), Marc enjoys Justine’s weird company for a few weeks, much to the displeasure of his friend Illeana Douglas, who wanted him to choose the sweet, seemingly normal Megan. Marc sees himself as broken beyond repair, which is why he’s not at all bothered to be with someone who is just as strange who also doesn’t have much expectations for the relationship in the long term, unlike his potential courtship with Megan, who’s a real person, and he’s trying to avoid being one of those.

Marc plays it cool for a while until things go just a little too far with Justine when she brings him into one of her sessions, using Marc’s appearance at the motel room as part of her client’s humilation fantasy (Marc calling the guy an idiot and a loser only feeds into his desires). Later, Justine returns to Marc’s house to apologize, showing up in ‘normal’ garb with banana bread to express her sincerity, and Marc breaks up with her on the spot. Justine did a nice and thoughtful thing that someone would normally do for a significant other, only Marc doesn’t want to be significant to anyone but himself. Justine summerizes Marc’s feelings for the audience incase any of us didn’t get it by this point: “You don’t care that I pee on guys, but you’re freaked out that I made you banana bread?” (I know, it’s weird, right? Want me to try and explain it to you?”). She calls him a frightened little man, which he is quick to agree with.

Marc tries to make things right with Megan, but after sleeping with her (and having a nightware in which Justine ties him to the bed and shoves a ball-gag in his mouth), he breaks it off with her too. She’s a nice person, and he’s no good (“I can’t drag you into my sorted world.” “I would make you dirty just by virtue of what I’ve been through.”) He tries to explain himself in his podcast monologue, saying that if he looks into a woman’s eyes and sees nothing but a choatic storm, he’s going in looking for the broken dady box. These episode-ending bits are a conveinent and oftentimes lazy way to wrap up the show, but most of the time they are at least somewhat profound and well spoken, but here Marc isn’t entirely sure what he wants to convey to his listeners, which is no surprise.

Other Thoughts 

– A funny if somewhat awkward cold opening, where Douglas brings up Maron’s ex-wife and goes on to sulk about in on the air, even leaving several seconds of dead air as he mopes.

– Marc claims to have never been on a real date, but instead he’s just had sex with fans and sees where it goes from there.

– The B-story involvs Marc’s dad, and the two seem to be on slightly better terms this time around, with Marc even stopping by the RV to visit Larry and his new girlfriend (simply known as The Pineapple) and Larry dropping off (horrible) sour pork soup in Marc’s kitchen. Things go a bit south in the end when Justine has sex with Larry just to get back at Marc, although Marc’s not very broken up about it. It marked the end of Larry’s relationship with The Pineapple, though, and he tells his son “She moved on, I moved on, why don’t you move on.” (How subtle!)

– Justine’s opening line to Marc was how she recommends the dip because it smells like pussy.

– “You good?”

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