“Jacuzzi” will take place immediately following the midseason finale of “Pen15” Season 2, with the central girls — Maya (Erskine) and Anna (Konkle) — going on a family vacation together to Florida. Despite being animated with plenty of surrealism thrown in for good measure, the special is based on real-life experiences both of the actresses (and surely plenty of viewers at home) have gone through. As Konkle told Vanity Fair, “For me, [going to Florida] was staying at these economical — whatever my parents would call them — hotels and waiting for the fun to start and being like … it’s never going to start.”
The locale of sunny Florida and heading to the beach in bathing suits will undoubtedly lead to plenty of awkward moments throughout the special, as anyone who’s ever felt insecure in their body while going to the beach can attest. Konkle tells Vanity Fair that the special will utilize a camcorder framing device, with Maya filming everything they do in the Sunshine State. This also came from Konkle’s past, as she states, “My dad was really f***ing annoying with his camcorder. I have all this footage … He would just video every mundane thing, and I hated it! He really embarrassed me.” The camcorder idea was part of the original live-action concept to utilize a smaller crew, but they brought it over even when the special moved into animation.
The special will be must-watch television for all fans of “Pen15,” and Konkle goes on to say how it will lead into the back half of Season 2’s episodes, dealing with more adult subject matter. If you’ve enjoyed what “Pen15” has offered so far, it sounds like “Jacuzzi” won’t disappoint.