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Episode 606 of The L Word, titled "Lactose Intolerant," is the worst thing I've seen on television since Episode 604 of The L Word. Howevs; whereas 604 was calmly terrible -- bumbling softly along its housework-heavy path of mediocrity -- 606 was outrageously, actively, aggressively terrible.

Watching this episode was like watching an elephant bleed from the eyes. It was like watching a Pregnant Woolly Wally waddle awkwardly amongst green-eyed villains and homosexuals at a candy-fetish themed baby shower; making uncomfortable gynecological-themed conversation and licking melted chocolate bars from the crotches of baby diapers. Oh wait! That HAPPENED!

It's nuts, isn't it? This show's passionate following. Can you imagine how intense our online show-related communities would be if this show was actually GOOD? Though IFC is convinced we love to hate it, that's not true -- we wouldn't still be watching if Seasons One and Six swapped air dates. But 'cause Season One was good, we got sucked in, and now we're stuck in this queer quicksand, waiting for something like Season One to happen again.

If you missed it, I made you a five-minute podcast covering the The L Word Episode 606 - all the story in 1/10th the time! I made it using an L Word DVD, a tin can, a MacBook Pro, a ball of rope, and a rubber band, and though I don't know how to use Garage Band yet, I'm um, trying to learn.

I'm considering checking out this film Barb Wire I just read about. Produced in 1996, this Pamela Anderson vehicle was nominated for 6 "Razzie" Awards, including Worst Screenplay. Guess who wrote it? C'mon. Just guess. Look it up. Anyhoooo ....

This week's viewing party was attended by mememe, A;ex, Carlytron, Robin , Caitlin (not pictured) and Esmerelda Fitzmonster, Carly's new muppet. Esmerelda is a lezzie muppet, even though Carly often accidentally calls Esmerelda "him," like Jenny does to Max.

The first time I saw this show -- devouring all of Season One in about three days -- was with the (not pictured) Krista, who also joined our fine 606 viewing party. Back then, watching Season One in the winter of our discontent, we had a lot of feelings about Shane. We sat very close to the television. Now we sit far away and shield our eyes.

We open at Willy Wonka's world-famous chocolate factory, where all the Oompa Loompas are making special balloons and singing their special death march. Then! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Han Solo! It's DYLENA!

Carly: "Look! Dylan's wearing black and Helena's wearing white, that's symbolic of good and evil. Everyone got it? Up to speed on the symbolic associations? Black -- white --"
Riese: "Omg, like the white is angelic and the black is devilish!"
Robin [not listening]: "Yeah, Ellen really upgraded."

Lesbian Squabble #23:
My Lollipop Scares All The Girls From the Yard
In the Ring:
Jenny vs. Helena vs. Dylan
For some ungodly reason, Jenny spills the beans about Dylan's "test," exclaiming that Dylan passed with "flying colors," which is exactly what I said, and also it's the theme of this baby shower. For some ungodly other reason [and you'd think Ilene, with her connections to G-d, could do better], Dylan -- who oh-so-recently declared she'd returned to LA specifically to woo Helena -- flips out. UM!! When you fuck up someone's life that royally, you better believe you're gonna be tested before you're let back in. That Jenny! What a RASCAL! Someone should KILL HER!
Jenny tells Helena that she will fix this, and then informs Dylan that "you must start a relationship with a clean slate." For example: Helena. She began this season, and every season, with a clean slate, upon which Ilene drew a brand new personality. Dylan doesn't buy Jenny's little maxims for success, she's going to the bus station. Or she's using the Jenny fight as an excuse to ditch this party. Maybe it's Helena's secret cue to meet her in the car for sex.

As Dylan leaves, please note her limited range of muted facial expressions. "Shock" looks a lot like "I'm gonna stick my claw up your vagina."

Hey Dylan, remember when you made a sexy video to extort your beloved for bajillions of dollars and break her little heart? Isn't this the pot calling the kettle sneaky?I want to Oompa Loompa Ilene Chaiken in the eyeball.


Helena, before she runs out the door, has one thing to say to Jenny --

You Say "Kill" I Say "Love."

Kill 'Em With Kindness. Kill 'Em With Kittens. At this point, Jenny's about as over the death threats as we are. "Oh! Helena wants to kill me! Another day in the life of Jennifer Schecter, The Lollipop Guild Co-Founder and President." Henceforth Jenny will require a more nuanced intimidation tactic.

Who Wins? Jenny, because now everyone loves her even more.

Riese: "But they all just like take it from Jenny. They just hold a grudge. They never do anything about it."
Carly: "It's not like anyone actually KILLS her ... or do they?"

All our pictures look a lot like this one.

FIRST! A postcard from Max.

Carly: "We're going to call Max the Quicker Picker Upper from now on."
Caitlin: "They made her be Willy Wonka?"
Riese: "Him!"

Dear Ilene,

I feel like you didn't get my letter. Things keep getting worse, you know? That's not cool. But I wanna clarify something though to address some questions I've gotten on my new rogue OurChart 3.0 website:

I wasn't upset about this storyline 'til I learned it'd be an unwanted and medically impossible pregnancy. Though crazy-ass unlikely things happen on this show -- murder, for example -- they are possible things. Our anger at the Dana-death comes from a similar, though not identical, place; because her demise was almost impossible as well. If my storyline was like Thomas Beatie's, that'd be a super-sweet story that could explore our inter-community prejudices and beliefs. But my pregnancy unplanned & unwanted & impossible, and an unwanted pregnancy storyline is one that even the best teevee characters rarely emerge from untarnished.

Usually, unwanted-pregnancy storylines have heavyhanded morals, e.g., use a condom! "No sex before marriage!" But 'cause my sitch is impossible, that's not the case, leading me to believe that (much like Dana) it's not the proccess you care about so much as it is The Result (in my case, that means my boyfriend leaves me, my surgery is delayed, my friends refuse to adopt my baby and I'm forced to attend humiliating baby showers). In fact, you're ignoring the unwanted pregnancy issue -- A BIG ONE -- in favor of congratulating yourself for faux-boundary-breaking.

Also Willy Wonka is not my favorite movie. My favorite movie is Barb Wire, obvs.

No Love, No Love At All,

The baby shower scene is the kind of scene you don't want to be watching when an L Word virgin enters the room. How do you explain this nonsense?

I'd rather watch Hiro slay the great warrior in ancient Tunesiakawisawa or whatever that nonsense was. Why's Max keeping the baby? He'd give it up for adoption, obvs. Is there a secret Pro-Life agenda happening here, and motherhood will transform his soul? In a good way?

The soundtrack here comes to us directly from what Satan plays in Hell. Hell is not other people, Hell is other people singing "Three Blind Mice" with backup vocals by Alvin & The Chipmunks.

Bette! The Pirates of Penzance called, they said never mind, KEEP IT.

Carly: "Are there words written on Bette's sleeves?"
Riese: "It's the scripture."
Carly: "It's like a scroll."
Robin: "It's her trademark now."
Riese: "It looks like Talbots threw up in there in 1993 and let it ferment."

Alice says Jenny is manipulative and evil, Bette agrees, Tina eventually comes around and also agrees.

When Helena leaves, Shane says: "That was so inappropriate." I think she's talking about Tina's dress. Come on this isn't Andrea Zuckerman's garage sale.

After about five minutes of searching within a two-block radius of Casa Shenny, Helena has returned to declare Dylan GONE! But wasn't Dylan's exit apathetic, and isn't this situation complicated enough to warrant at least a conversation? Well, I guess it's not about Dylan & Helena. It's about how all the characters can put themselves in a situation to be abused by Jenny so that she can get killed without too much crying.

The Writing is On the Wall, SO TO SPEAK.

If Jenny was my friend and she didn't even apologize for the allegedly unintended results of her actions, I'd bust that baby shower stat, even if said shower was celebrating the first unicorn-to-human (UTH) pregnancy ever. Anyhow, Jenny does have the chance to call Helena "Miss Crankypants," which is precious and makes me smile.


But Have You Ever Seen a Baby Shower ... On WEED?

Shane & Jamie are gonna go do what any sane person would do in this situation (this is foreshadowing) -- they're sneaking off to the kitchen to get high. See, this is the sexy thing about Shane -- it's how she moves her body. She curls & contracts & expands & retracts elegantly into any given space, like the world moves to fit her into it. Jamie's telling Shane that she's glad to hang out with her cause Alice says Shane's weirdly awesome. I mean just "awesome," I added that "weirdly" to see if you were paying attention. Shane seems happy to hear that Alice still likes her.

Yeah if I Took Her Upstairs I could Get Her Off in Six Minutes Tops ...
Before Jamie & Shane an undress and eat peanut butter off each other's butts, Jenny sneaks in to tell Jamie that it's her turn. If Jamie misses her big chance to identify a Snickers bar, all hell will break loose.

Jenny: "No come on you were flirting with her."
"Okay, well, maybe I was."
[obvs cares]" Yeah, well, so what if you were, I don't care."
"Really? I thought you were giving me a weird look over there though." [redrum]
"Because I was just coming to tell you that it was your turn."
Although Shane's slightly annoyed that Jenny broke up her smokey party, she's also high now and therefore better able to handle this convo. Shane quickly turns that frown upside down when Jenny says she got Shane a present 'cause Jenny loves Shane. I'm not really sure if even Kate knows what's going on anymore. All we know about the present is that it's not a lobotomy. The calm before the storm. The eagle plans her attack. I AM CAPTAIN PLANET!

I Can't Believe These Bitches Just Bought Max an $800 Stroller But Won't Even Pay For Him to Get One Tit Chopped Off
The ladies begin to discuss, for no apparent reason, various birthing methods. This engaging discussion follows a brief infomercial for Bugaboos, starring Bette & Tina, who just stole their costumes from the Scooby Doo ride at Universal Studios. The episiotomy discussion prompts me to exclaim: "Raise your hand if you want to talk about epistiotomies!"

I'll give you a hint whose hand shot up -- she's a muppet and she's got a hole large enough to squeeze out a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk, no C-section necessary. Esmerelda stops me from changing the channel to something a little lighter, like my favorite show Intervention.

I Have No Words For This Particular Aspect of the Gift Exchange.



The enthusiasm radiating from these party-goers is contagious.

Carly: "What is going on, are we on drugs?"
Caitlin: "What's HAPPENING?"
Riese: "This ... is so ... terrible."
Robin: "I can't believe this is happening."
Cait: "Carly, is everything okay?"
Carly: "What's the point of having a muppet if it can't speak its mind?"

Carly: "Are there pig's feet in that jar?"
Riese: "That is not my kind of party."
Cait: "I feel so uncomfortable for everyone."
Krista: "I feel like we're on acid!"

[Seriously if you close your eyes and pretend Alice is at someone else's baby shower, the scene's way more fun]
Some golden moments I should mention: When Max opens the onesie with a devil decal and Alice says: "it looks like Jenny." When Max starts hyperventilating and Tina commands "Xanax. Get him a Xanax, it's in our room." That one is prefect for many reasons, most notably the fact that the lesbian power couple has Xanax on hand (and that Alice offers some Lexapro she's got lying around).

After three days in Michigan my brother and I have been offered so much Xanax by our Two Moms that we're plumb out of betas to block. Xanax is the secret fuel of the lesbian lifestyle. This is the way that we live.


Or there's the drink.


Alice Getting Baby-Showered

Alice: "You being ALONE is better because you don't have to go through all that bullshit you know. Of like figuring it all out with someone else like, 'Let's circumcise or no we can't circumcise!' or you know; 'Let 'em stay up late! I want 'em to go to bed,' and it's like much better just you, you and the kid, huh?"
Jamie [aside to Tasha]" "What is she doing?"
Tasha: "Doin' what she always does. Just watch her, she's on a roll."

Alice, Not Interrupted: "I can only hope that this child will turn out to be a child who has values. Who knows the real meaning of honesty, the real meaning of trust, and real friendship, someone who will stand up to her girlfriend when they know she's wrong --"

Alice, Not Interrupted, Continued: "We can all only hope that this child will not grow up to be a thief, someone who would steal people's ideas, and lives, and things like that,
so I pray Max for your child that they won't grow up to be malicious and manipulative and fucked up."


That's an Oscar Worthy Performance if I ever saw one, yeah?


Dos Dos Equis = Quatro Dos Equis
Helena "hear hears!" to Alice's little monologue like a drunken Irish seaman, what the hell is happening. Actually ... this scene seems better now that I'm writing about it than it did while I was watching it.

If you know the history of TFS (This Fucking Show) it's almost embarrassing to be witnessing this particular episode, like it's 1941 and we're being blithely amused by Jim Crow & his cronies jive-talkin' about Dumbo the Flyin' Elephant. I love elephants. Where's Kit Porter? Can I get a manipulative psychotic bisexual in the house? Oh -- not anymore, right.

By the 17:19 mark, we cannot take it any longer. Despite what the buttons say, we do not in fact totes heart rock bottom. We pause. We consider our options. Esmerelda is getting suicidal.
At this point we decide we cannot go on without first getting high -- all of us, even those of us who never smoke. You hear that Ilene? You've driven us to drugs. No pictures, we can't afford to lose our sponsorship deal with Frosted Flakes.
Caitlin: "17 minutes and 19 seconds. Write that down."
Riese: "We're still in the same scene! This scene is almost the length of an entire sitcom!"
Krista: "If this was a sitcom, we would've already had a set-up, conflict and rising action and we'd be two minutes away from the resolution."
Carly [to Riese]: "We need to write a teevee show."
Riese: "I wanna write the aforementioned Crazy Jenny Show."

Chaiken Gives Out Barf Bags on Arrival Just In Case Your Storyline Sucks
Coincidentally, when we choose to pause the DVD to get high, the frame we froze on features Max huffing glue out of a paper bag. I saw a documentary about kids sniffing glue in the Dominican Republic so basically I'm an expert.

Now that we're all oblivious to the pain, we turn the show back on. Max begs TiBette to adopt his baby, and they say they can't, they've already got this easy-peasy situation set up with a random trashy girl from the other side of the homophobic tracks, Nevada, where gay adoption is illegal. This makes me feel icky, like obvs they'd say yes if it was Alice or something, don't you think? I dunno, I just -- this scene makes me itchy.

Then some other stuff happens, including a full frontal of the Worst Pregnancy Suit EVER. I think pregnancies work best when the actress or actor is actually pregnant.

Anyhow, this is us on Splash Mountain:

Riese: "OH MY GOD"
Carly: "Make it Stop! Make it STOP!"
Robin: "That one moment just canceled out all of the good moments of hot girls ever on this show."
Carly: "Oh my god LOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK!"
Riese: "He's shaving his beard! Hallelujah, the light at the end of the motherfuckin' tunnel! YAY!"

I've Got More For the World Than This Beard

Us Toooo!!!

We-Ho may seem glamorous, but it's a One-Lawyer One-Therapist Town. Thusly, TiBette are at Joyce's, talking about really interesting things. Joyce is obvs texting Ilene to let Ilene know she needs to edit this episode a little more. JK, she's texting Phyllis so that Phyllis can masturbate thinking about Joyce and Bette in ta room together. JK Joyce is telling Bettina how she bagged the babe and how now they're gonna tie the knot.

Joyce: "Gavin Newsom the mayor of San Francisco, he's officiating --"

Carly doing an amazing Jane Lynch Voice: "I was naked when I offered and -- Bette, you were there --"
[Alex & Caitlin, momentarily unaware that it's Carly talking and not The Lynch, almost die laughing. ALMOST]
Riese: "It's a good thing that we're here to make this show better."
Carly: "Dialogue supplemented and enhanced by Carly."

Well then what do the Bunny Ranch girls do with THEIR babies?

When Bette & Tina mention Nevada, Joyce rains all over their adopted baby parade by telling them homos can't adopt there. But you can get a damn good buffet for $8.99 or less. Joyce suggests they adopt as a single mother in Nevada and then add the other mother once they get back to California. Bette presents a stunningly hollow argument about how they cannot begin their baby's life with untruthiness and Tina defers to Bette's better judgment, just like TOE told Bette to do back in Season Two.

This'd be a good point for them to agree to adopt Max's baby instead. But it'd be sillier for Marcie to come to California and give birth right there on the Golden Gate Bridge, and Silly is the Name of the Game. Gavin Newsom will be the midwife. You know. Gavin Newsom. The mayor. Of San Francisco.

Jamie, You've Got Me Running, JAMMMIEEEE, You've Got Me Tired.

The sweaty threesome returns to the Alice Palace after a hot Tasha training session to cutely joke with one another about Alice's relative physical un-endurance and how hot Jamie is. Jamie says she's gonna go home and take a shower and meet them at the restaurant.
Carly: "Why don't you just shower here?"
Alice: "Why don't you just shower here?"
Esmerelda Fitzmonster: "SHOWER HERE!"

The 'shower here' deal is sealed when Tasha offers clothes 'cause they're about the same size -- and then Tasha adds the obligatory Next Line for Girls Sharing Clothes : "you're a little bit smaller but --" Jamie's all "Nah!" Aw. The point is you can see Jamie's boobs, and everyone is in a good mood.


Lesbian Sexy Moment #8: If You're Gonna Get Off, You Might As Well Get Off With Me

The Players: Tasha and Alice ... and, in spirit, the showering Jamie.
The Pick-Up:

Alice: "What are you doing?"

Tasha: "Shh."
Hot or Not? Very! Tasha, all charged up from their communal lust for Jamie, basically sticks her hand down Alice's pants ... and she likes it. I hope their third-wheel-crush don't mind it. Then, Alice & Tasha's whispers climb over the couch, through the wall and across two rooms all the way to the bathroom, where even with the shower water on, Jamie can hear them having sexy time.

If These Walls Could Orgasm

Jamie cutely tip-toes down the hallway as Tasha & Alice wrap up the sexy-time/whisper sweet nothings. Jamie totally knows that she's a part of this sex scene somehow, but I have no clue what (or who) Jamie wants, exactly.


Alice: "That was crazy."

Jamie: "Oh that was a really nice shower!"

Alice & Tasha dash to shower together, leaving Jamie alone on the couch. We're worried she's about to masturbate which would make us feel weird. But she doesn't. And so the beat goes on.

Unfortunately, WoozieWhatzit, the Men Actually ARE Gay
Tina & Bette have apparently decided to move Marcie in to their house [worst idea EVER - srsly, adopt foster child! There are so many that need homes!] and so they go home to check on the construction. Maybe Marcie will hook up with Helena, Helena needs a girlfriend again and she likes pregnant chicks. I'm sure Marcie is stoked, 'cause she loved the photos of Bettina's home.

This woman, possibly named Weezy something but who I will henceforth refer to as "The Beaver" because she looks beaverish, says annoying things that all reference boning dudes. After the Beave leaves the scene, Bette does a fabulous imitation of The Beave's laugh and the girls share a hearty chuckle, I wish they could share a sex scene instead.

Riese: "Look, it's a real dyke! She's got a chainsaw!"
Carly: "Hey look at that lesbian! Is that the key grip playing a cameo?"
Riese: "They overwork that girl, she's always being tossed in to represent."
Carly: "Did she win one of those fan walk on contests? MY NAME'S GWEN AND I'M HERE TO WASH YOUR VAGINA!"
Robin: "She's like this happens to me allllll the time ..."
I think The Beave was in my middle school class making crass jokes about churning butter and blowing glass at Greenfield Village while the rest of us were trying to learn more about the pioneers so we could kick ass on Oregon Trail and avoid cholera.

I Was Kinda ... Hoping ... for a Puppy?
Apparently after Cherie Jaffe's husband ixnaye'd the Shane Salon, the space went unsold. Until this moment, this very moment when Jenny leads Shane into her new photo studio -- Shane's very own place to work. Hint hint -- Jenny's revving up to convert that bedroom back into her Psycho HQ Office. Hey Jenny I know a great carpenter -- she looks gay but apparently enjoys the hot beef injection, so you don't have to worry about her stealin' your special lady.

Shane seems overwhelmed but moreso she seems muted. Maybe she figures "my life is already a living hell, it may as well be a living hell with a photo studio." What's wrong with Shane being a hairdresser, Jenny? Maybe Jenny's a snob who prefers M.F.A.s to Trade Certificates, but um, that's silly, 'cause at least Shane is always employed, kinda.

"I don't deserve this," Shane says. Also, the only photos she ever took were of Molly, and now Molly is gone. Just like Lassie! And the farm! When Sal's burned down! Jenny thinks Shane does deserve it, 'cause she's "talented." Or 'cause Molly's pretty. Anyone can take a good photo of a sunset. Shane is no Robin Roemer, that's for sure.
Natalie [has just walked in to the room]: "This is intense."
Carly: "If by "intense" you mean "terrible."

I Lay Awake And Miss You When You Go
Tina's leavin' on a jet-plane for New York City for a movie thing and therefore won't be around for the Gallery Opening. Tina feels bad about this, but Bette insists that she go to NYC because it's important for her career. This means they've evolved from Season One, when Bette blithely encouraged Tina to drop her career in favor of motherhood/wifehood.

Howevs we know Tina's gonna be in trouble -- she's leaving Bette all alone with closeted straight girl THE BEAVE, and we know what happens to closeted straights on this show. They're only straight until they're not. Also we know Bette has a construction tool fetish.




For reasons that defy everything I've ever known about human beings, The Beave has mistaken Tina for Bette's sister. The Beave is open minded w/r/t race, but very confused about homosexuality? Can't wait for the Gallery Opening, which The Beave will attend, 'cause she hears it's a great place to pick up dudes. Then she leaves us in a stormcloud of UmEw, never to return again.
Robin: "Bette's going to fuck the carpenter!"
Carly: "You know how she's into those building types."

"I'm sorry but I am really trying my best to read these terrible lines and believe in my character,
and this little charade is not helping one bit. Please leave. You ARE the weakest link."

This Would Be a Better Moment for the "Leaving Los Angeles" Concept

I know what you're thinking. Only 20 minutes have passed since Helena chugged two Dos Equis in a row, like a frat-boy on his underage girlfriend's prom night. Well, alcoholism is like that. One minute you're a responsible drinker, and before you know it, you're on a one-way road to a Ken Seely Intervention. Luckily, Kit is here to express her concern, but when she leaves Helena to talk to Sunset, Helena goes and starts a fight on the other side of the bar. How could anyone hit a face like that.
Kit is generally willing to endorse anyone as "belonging together." In this case, it's Dylan & Helena. As Kit bemoans the Dylena breakup, Sunset finally realizes that Helena is not Kit's girlfriend and furthermore she is informed by Kit that her "body, it don't respond to its own kind." She feels his muscles, makes some noises, and tells him, "this is what I'm talkin' about right here."

You know, I think Kit is a little queer. She's not necessarily gay or bisexual, but she's just kinda queer. You know? She's flexible about what gender means. Which is interesting/cool. Srsly.

Time to set up the big gallery show! James is here! Bette & Kelly are gabbing about all the cool people that are coming, and Kelly's ex texts to say he wants to buy something-something. YES! Now we can afford THREE BABIES and a new POOL. Maybe even an "idea well" out back with some tropical birds.

Bette borrowed her shoes from Nomi Malone.

Even JAMES! cannot outshine the glare of terrible radiating from Jessie Spano. Every word she says is like another hamster bite to the nipple. I understand that not every character on every show needs to be cool -- we need antagonists, obvs -- but there are a LOT of irritating people on this show. If Kelly sat next to me on the subway, I'd switch cars at the next stop. If Kelly was in front of me in line at Pinkberry, I'd get Red Mango.

Tina calls Bette -- Tina loves NYC 'cause "no-one here cares about the mystery of the stolen Lez Girls negative." Unlike in LA, where it's all anyone can talk about. Kelly, clearly concerned that Bette is speaking to another woman, demands Bette get off the phone for an "emergency."

The "emergency"? With all these last minute RSVPS, they aren't gonna have enough oysters! I'm worried that there won't be enough arsenic for everyone who wants to die after seeing Kelly's face.

Lesbian Squabble #24: I'm One Third Passion and I'm Two Thirds Pride

In the Ring: Bette vs. Kelly

Bette: "Are you kidding me?"
Kelly: "No, no, it's just we're expecting 250 people --"
Bette: "You got me off the phone with Tina to talk to me about oysters?"
Kelly: "I don't know it's just -- the call -- it seemed like it wasn't that important. It seemed like you she was -- checking up on you --"
Bette: "We don't do that to one another. We support each other."
Kelly: "Well, then what's up with tonight, I mean, I don't think that's very supportive."
Bette: "She would be here if she could, she has business in New York."


This is our special message to Kelly.


Someone needs to print this Bettism onto a bumper sticker for Haviland to put on her journal: "My partner's work is just as important to me as mine is to her, and that's a good thing."

Kelly's surprised, 'cause Tina seemed like more of a "wife." Bette says Tina's "not a wife." I have no idea what that's supposed to mean, and think at this point, I may as well look for meaning in a bowl of pudding. But the girls -- they're prettttty!

Who Wins? Bette, though you wouldn't know it by the look in Kelly's eyes:

Those are eyes that cannot ever shed a tear, no matter how sad the left side of her face is.

I love Jamie & I love her apartment & cute little doggie, I wish she'd been on this show from the start! In this scene, she changes her outfit while Tasha and Alice survey the premises.

Tasha & Alice admire the decor and the family photos -- many of their closest friends don't have families, let alone family photos, so this is a Big Deal. Alice helps Jamie zip up her dress. I can't figure out who digs who. Is Tasha getting testy at the end? I feel more chemistry between Tasha & Jamie, but I'd be surprised if TFS took that turn.

It's like come on, come on to me. And it goes ...

It's like come on ...

... come on to me.

"You can't touch me, but I can touch you. I'd really love to touch you."

Bette & Kelly are talking nonsensically like, "watermelon watermelon art art watermelon donor watermelon showgirls watermelon" when Kit & Helena arrive. Kit's on crack, she'll be taking Kit to a whole new level of Kitaliciousness tonight. You gotta listen to her Kittism, its power is in the vocal inflections [it's in that 606-in-5 minutes show up top.]

Kittism: [In response to "How are you?"] "I'm just greeeattt oh my gooohd! This looks faaaaaabulous. Wentworth, Porter!!!"

This Business of Art

Kelly is like the Michael Scott of this team, except not funny and with less forehead-moving possibilities. Bette's like,"Let's get down to business," and Kelly's like, "Let's talk about bras and eyeballs and fish food!" Kelly loves taking pictures with everyone, I think she should be wearing sunglasses at night like Andy Warhol.
Obvs Kelly wants full-lengths so she can turn 'em into somethin' a little like this:

Better Get the Shoes!

Kit's worried when Helena dashes for a drink, but settles to shift her attention to digging a truly quite rad painting. "Grrrl what are you DOING," Kit says silently to the painting, as Sunset Boulevard -- out of drag -- comes to stand next to her. Kit doesn't recognize him 'cause she is blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night. Also she's holding a glass of wine. Sidenote.

This Bizness of Art
"Wow," Sunset says. "Those are two beautiful art dealers." If I didn't already know that he's got the hots for Kit Porter, I'd say his admiration is protegè-related and not about fucking. Regardless Kit Bitter Party Of One says he's here to look at art, not at women, and storms off in a huff. Someone needs to give Ilene Chaiken the memo on that one. STAT. Let's get a winged messenger, I vote for Hermes. Who's with me! Yay!

Who Wants to Be in My Will? Anyone? Anyone?
Jenny gives a fabulous hello to a passerby, behavior which apparently Shane identifies as flirting and says it's not fair for Jenny to give her shit but then flirt with every dirty old man who walks by with his wife. Jenny flicks Shane, which is perfect and exactly what I would do. "They do make a very beautiful couple," Jenny says, admiring Kelly and Bette, "I mean they're not a couple but they look like a couple. They're just both ... tall." That's pretty much the most rational argument anyone's gonna get for any particular coupling on this show ever. You know who else is "both tall"? Shane & Molly.

Want some SEAFOOD? See! FOOD!

Jenny: "I don't know how you can eat those things."
Shane: "You don't like them?"
Jenny: "I don't like them because it reminds me of a guy coming in your mouth. I'm just saying."


Shane: "Why- why would you try to do that to me?"
Jenny: "I just wanted to say that that's why I don't like them, you asked me why I don't like them so I said -- "
Shane: "Well if that's the case then you can kiss me 'cause you know what that tastes like."



Jamie, Alice and Tasha arrive and look blithely around the room. They quickly realize they find one another way more attractive than the pictures and the sculptures. Then Alice blesses us with a perfect line that also describes this show sometimes. Alice is cute & I Love Her.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK - Alice: "Wow, looks like a giant cat threw up, huh? Whew. So, what do you think?"

Tasha: "I don't get it."
Alice: "Well, it's art.

Tasha gives Alice the look of death in response to that zinger. It's probs about a "15" on an Amazing Scale from 1-10.

OH MY GOD LOOK WHO'S HERE IT'S NIKKI STEVENS THE STAR OF THE STOLEN NEGATIVE MOVIE! It's Nikki Stevens, the fabulous star of "One Night on the Pink Ride," a special DVD starring Nikki & Jennifer Schecter.

This One's For You, The Smoking Cocktail
Nikki Stevens has arrived! Where's SamRo? Never mind all that. Shane's giving Nikki the look-over. They've got googly eyes for each other. Shane looks hot when she wants someone. Nikki looks hot because she is hot. Kelly gets photos with Nikki and Bette and generally Kelly acts like a publicity whore. Nikki approaches Shane and says "Hey, Sexy Shane," and Shane says, "What's up Nick," in her "Let's bone" voice. Shane, Shane, Shane. Shane. Ilene. Shane!

Ah. My Escape Route Has Arrived.

The coast is ... eh, never gonna be clear, let's go out the front, no one'll see us or photograph us that way
Here we are in broad daylight and rather than talk it out like a lady, Shane's just gonna ditch Jenny to go have a meaningless fuck for no reason at all. I mean, she's not even drunk. The sun's still out. Shane! SHANEEE!

This won't look good for the art gallery people. "Nikki Stevens came, said she'd had enough of the art, jetted out with that girl from the underwear ads. Yeah, the one that looks like a boy. Paltrow's cousin. But did you see those two beautiful women? They're so ... tall."

This show used to have a great respect for contemporary visual art. It even introduced us to many new artists. That respect has diminished considerably from prior seasons, which sucks, 'cause I liked that too.

A Thirst for Love: The Helena Peabody Story
Helena's double-fisting it at the bar and Kit strides over for another shot at The Folksy Black Wisdom. Rather than get sloshed in public, Helena's gonna go home and pop an ambien. I hope they're trying to give Helena a one-ep drinking problem. Then it'd be like Saved by the Bell and it would make sense that Elizabeth Berkley is all up in our grill.
Riese: "It's like a lifetime movie."
Krista: "It totally is a lifetime movie."
Robin: "It's like 10 lifetime movies at once."

You Want a Lifetime Movie? We Got Your After-School Special Right Here.

You Better Wash Your Feet First Boy
Kit says love sucks. Sunset disagrees, and furthermore has some dark whispers about wanting Kit's legs around his neck in the morning. Kit throws water in his face -- awesome fight move. In case you're blind like Kit, Sunset clarifies his identity by telling a stranger he works with Kit but that she only sees him as "a girlfriend." You know what I have an idea for how to fix that. Stop wearing women's clothing. Just a thought. I feel like that gives you a "just a girlfriendy" look.

Kit better be careful, if she tells him that she likes donkeys he's gonna come back in a donkey outfit, and then Sancho will need a new donkey.

I Prefer Splash Mountain But Thanks

Three Pretty Girls Are Sitting on a Bench. Neat.
Jenny is lost and can't find Shane. Poor puppy. Meanwhile, the Three Musketeers are crowd-watching, and Jamie says Jenny seems damaged and she feels sorry for her. She adds that Bette & Kelly look like the ultimate power couple "finishing each other's sentences." I think Kelly just interrupts Bette a lot.

Why the FUCK Didn't We Have This Conversation Two Years Ago?
Then they get into a really compelling discussion about their childhoods. I would've loved to have seen this convo a few years ago. Now it feels more like Elizabeth Rohm's last Law & Order episode when she gets fired and she's like, "Is it 'cause I'm a lesbian?" and you're like, oh, excellent, walk out the door now, perfect, anyone want an abortion, if so we can arrange for a car to hit you on the way out.
Riese: "Alice looks really bored."
Carly: "Alice is as bored as we are."
Robin: "This is so bad. Oh my God."
Krista: "Seriously."
Carly: "Alice is like -- oh poor Alice. what a horrible scene."


Tasha's Dad was an asshole. He pulled macho military shit. So did Jamie's Dad. Tasha's Dad didn't knock her around but he did to her brothers. The only time he paid attention to Tasha was when she got discharged and then he told her that she was a disgrace to her country. Blergh, this is really interesting backstory, I wish we had the time for it. Jamie tells Tasha that she's amazing. Alice looks like she just saw a Klingon.
Alice says she's gotta thank Jamie, 'cause Tasha's never opened up like that before. I guess it's 'cause your a counselor, Alice says. Anything I can do to help, Jamie says. I think we all know how we'd like Jamie to help.

How Many Brian Kinneys Does it Take To Screw in a Lightbulb?
Apparently Nikki asked for a demonstration of photo development, 'cause Shane's taking her to the darkroom for a step-by-step. This type of scene only works when one person walks in on another person working, not if you go to the workplace together and then the artist pretends to be working on something for your educational benefit.

Like if someone came in here with me and was like, hey turn on your computer and put on the l word, i wanna see you recap. like do you LOL as you write, or do you just laugh on the inside? To which I would answer: "Bring me some ice cream." Actually it's quite the opposite. In the past, whenever I've been involved with someone during recap season, they have done nothing but complain while I recap. Girls.
Krista: "Of course. The darkroom sex scene."
Riese: "You know in real life it's generally a little bit darker than that."
Robin: "Oh my G-d. This is killing me!!"
Carly: "It's like High Art, Robin's favorite movie."
Robin: "I HATE that movie."
Carly: "Shane's the only person on earth who doesn't use digital in real life."
Riese: "It's just such a bad place to make out. There's chemicals everywhere, usually there's no-place to sit or lean--"

I've Been Looking So Long at These Pictures of You
Nikki's so impressed by all these complicated photo-making procedures. She doesn't even care that Shane's printing a photo of Molly. Shane cracks that Nikki was born in 2001, which is hot. Nikki calls Shane "grandpa," which is less hot, and also foreshadowing for when Shane gets dementia from PTSD from Vietnam. Nikki asks Shane when she took that photo of Molly. Shane doesn't even remember. That was like last season. Everyone had a totally different personality then.

The music is softly sweetly singing something nicely as Nikki starts to kiss Shane. It's kinda sexy ...

Lesbian Sexy Moment #9: Crazy/Beautiful
The Players: Shane and Nikki
The Pick Up:

Shane: "What are you doing?"

Nikki: "You know what I'm doing."


Hot or Not? Really Shane? Really??!!!!

But before it gets too hot, Shane gets sick. She starts hurling.

Shane's Cheating Intolerant now. Jenny put a spell on Shane, that little witch. Shane's barfing on Molly's photo, and Nikki's horrified & asking if Shane's contagious. Shane tells Nikki to shut up. Wow. It's sort of an ugly moment, the moment when two people who were just about to fuck admit that they don't actually care about one another as people, or respect each other, at all. Nikki dashes. Shane keeps vomiting. Shane should turn her vomit into a work of art.

Look I Babysat Her So Well She Barely Even Exists
Bette's paying the babysitter. They got a black girl now. They're going to breed her with the other babysitter so Angelica can see herself reflected in not only her two mommies, but also in her babysitter. Babysitting sure is expensive these days. Then guess who shows up, Kelly, who appears to have walked there in a mumu, 'cause she's just so excited about the big night that she needs to continue to celebrate. She sort of doesn't listen to Bette ever, and Bette is clearly not happy about this surprise houseguest.
Carly: "This is horrifying."
Krista: "She's so 90s! She embodies the 90s!"
Robin: "Get her out of this show!"

I'll see you in rehab, Peabody.

That night you leaned over and threw up into your hair and I held you there
thinking I would offer you my pulse if I thought it would be useful

Jenny's been looking everywhere for Shane - Truck Stop, Santa Monica -- she's ready to call the police. Jenny saw five little boy hookers, got blow jobs from all of 'em and then realized they were not Shane ... but then Shane calls back to tell Jenny she's sick and Jenny rushes to her aid, and then, we see maybe what Shane needs from Jenny -- Shane needs someone who will never leave, no matter what. She thought Jenny was that kind of friend, and maybe she's hoping Jenny will be that kind of girlfriend. She doesn't know that Jenny has been retconned.

It's a lot like a box. But you'll never have to go at it alone again. Jenny will love Shane 4evs and evs.

Then things take a turn for the even worse, as we return to Casa Bettina and Spano's surprise party.




This scene made my eyes and ears bleed. Kelly talks crazy. For a moment she engages Bette in an awkward dance, I think it's called the Stomach Turn. Kelly spills her drink. Kelly cannot speak normally for more than one second without breaking into a bizarre animalistic high-pitched wail.

I Learned this Dance From AC Slater, Hot Mama

Kelly wants to cash in a rain check for their special love-makin' from college. Kelly canceled her Bette Loveathon 'cause of the rain? That's so lame. Blame it on the rain. Kelly tries to kiss Bette, and Bette says no. "That expired 15 years ago," Bette says brilliantly, and when Kelly keeps pushing, Bette adds: "Read it closely." Kelly keeps going, she can't help herself, and I can't help myself, I have to say it, I just have to, I'm sorry, but it's just so fucking perfect, I can't stop it ...

she's just so excited, and she just can't hide it and Bette is SO SO SCARED!!!

Carly: "Fuck me right me in the ear. Just fuck me in the ear."

When Kelly keeps pushing and then goes in for the makeout, Bette goes for the takeout.


Wentworth knocks over the champagne. "Nice work, Wentworth," Bette says. She doesn't mean it, she means "bad work."See you guys I told you that Bette would never cheat again. Also, she's pretty smooth with Kelly. Shane & Bette win awards for acting stoically in the faces of insanity this season, I guess.

On the Night I Die I Swear I'll Sleep Outside Your Window

Then, just across the barricades, Jenny says goodnight to Shane. Shane thanks her and Jenny says she'll always take care of Shane. Unless she dies or whatever. Jenny begins to tiptoe back to somewhere (the kitchen for a Pop Tart probs) and what does she see --
Jenny sees something across the way and by the look on her face I'm pretty sure she doesn't see what we see ... I mean ... all I see is Bette cleaning up a broken glass from the floor while Kelly sits on the table.

This scene is very "cheap sitcom noir," it reminds me of something Screech and Zach might pull. TFS would never do that. I'm gonna give Ilene the benefit of the doubt and assume that Jenny must see something we don't see, e.g., dead people. Or um ...


Is it her imaginary friend Teen Angel played by Jason Priestly? You know, that mini-show within The Mickey Mouse Club?

My imaginary friend Drop Dead Fred?



Perhaps a Friendlier Ghost?
Oh! I know!

DANA! OBVS! I'd take a picture of that, wouldn't you?




I jk!



I'm guessing that this'll be what Jenny holds against Bette so somehow from Jenny's angle apparently this looks like a very bizarre game of muffdiving, but only barely, and jeez how long does it take Bette to clean up that glass. Maybe she IS eating Kelly out.
Anyhow this is how we feel about that. Esmerelda Fitzmonster is in agreement on this one:

Carly: "That's 57 minutes of my life I'm not getting back."
Riese: "-- and when this thing goes up on YouTube I'm gonna go on there and comment YOU JUST WASTED 57 MINS OF MY LIFE. WHERE'S THE TITS?!!!"

The Round-Up
Lesbian Squabbles: 2 this ep, 24 total

Lesbian Sexy Moments: 2 this ep, 8 total

Quote of the Week: Alice
On a Scale of One to Ten: I have weird moments now where I actually think it wasn't that bad. I'm losing my headskull. It was really well directed, I think. Some good one-liners. Straws. That's what I'm grasping for. Straws. Little lesbian straws.

Close your eyes and think about puppets -- I mean -- muppets!

Also if you don't already know this, you've been missing out -- you can follow the United States of Autostraddle's twitter feeds: @thusspokejenny, @call_me_max, @alicethechart, @betteporter, @nikki_stevens, @mama_ti, @itsjustshane. Oh and also my Alpha Personality, @autowin.


  1. AJ said...

    Nikki Stevens has arrived! Where's SamRo?

    Yeah, where is she? haha. I saw a preview with Shane in a fedora..I'm not sure which episode it will be in but if she and Niki happen to hook-up in it then it would have to be symbolic cause I mean, c'mon.  

  2. Vashti said...

    MARRRRRRRRRRRRR. That's all I have to say about this episode.

    Moving on...

    - Oompa loompa as a verb.. How exactly would you define that?

    - Correction: "I dunno, I just -- this scene makes me itchy."

    - "Joyce rains all over their unborn baby parade" ... The quote from above? Yeah. Um. This line doesn't make me itchy so as much as just. Um. Yeah. Hmm.

    - I think the contractor's name is Weezy? Def not Woozie.

    - Oregon Trail! That's where I am. Kinda sorta not really. Lalalalala!

    - Rat tails are a crime against humanity. THERE! I SAID IT!

    - So at [where I watch TFS] they include little comments about all the shows they put up. For The L Word they had "Clearly the L they are talking about stands for lolcat."

    - I am a muppet. More specifically, I am Beaker. I'm starting to meep more than talk.  

  3. MLE said...

    I hate this episode. Really, I hate it, and I usually make a ton of allowances for TLW.

    Since when has Shane been photographizing? That's exactly what I said when she walked into her new studio. I guess that's what I get for watching this show at 4AM. Well, that and the urge to gouge my eyes out. With all the talk of Xanax, I think they should do a cross promotion. How about including free samples with every download or Showtime subscription? That way we all kind of break even.

    Anyway, your recap was the best part of the episode, per ushe.  

  4. Anonymous said...

    honestly wtf is wrong with you riese! if you hate the l word so much then why the fuck review it, your reviews are lame. honestly if your sick of the storylines and the characters and evrything else why dont you and your friends go look for another show to bitch about? get a life.


  5. Anonymous said...

    wow let's hear it for snarky commenters!!

    i fully love that you put all those graphics over the pictures, i was starting to think that all my work was for naught. i watched the last 10 minutes that i slept through and i am glad that i missed it the first go round. great recap per ush, only 2 left. yay!  

  6. carlytron said...

    Wow! So a smiley face emoticon makes up for being a jerk? That's cool! I did not know that. I'm going to write that down so I do'nt forget that. In the same way that we could simply just not watch the show, you could simply just not comment. Just sayin.

    Ugh. Sorry, moving on. I still do not understand the internet.

    "I'll give you a hint whose hand shot up -- she's a muppet and she's got a hole large enough to squeeze out a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk, no C-section necessary. She stops me from changing the channel to something a little lighter, like my favorite show Intervention."

    Funniest thing evar.

    Also the part where Esmerelda starts having a lof of feelings during the baby shower -- I was like, crying here in my cave at work.

    For some reason "Alice Palace" makes me really happy. Why didn't we think of that sooner?

    Only two more, guys! We can do it!!  

  7. bekcat said...

    This show is so full of WTF that I now just sit numbly on my sofa and stare at my TV. That is, until Nikki Stevens walks into the gallery opening, looks at Bette and says, "It's Bette, right?". I sat up and hollered at the TV, "Didn't they just spend about a hundred years together on the Pink Ride and sit around the campfire and talk about cheating and stuff?" Then I just fell back into a lump back onto my sofa. I don't even think I care anymore. Ilene just makes me tired.  

  8. Ms. Jackson said...

    -did anyone notice that tasha was wearing an Uh Huh Her tshirt in the beginning?
    -how long was that opening that the babysitter is charging $60? that was defo not the going rate when i was growing up
    -poor shane. this is the second time this season that she's had to go to bed with a vom bucket at her side.  

  9. Anonymous said...

    Seriously is this the best they could come up with this season? I can't believe the cast read the scripts and still signed up.
    Piss poor Ilene, piss poor.  

  10. Alessandra M. said...

    Your recaps are hilarious, and this one was no different!! Somehow, though, I feel like I wouldn't laugh half as much if I actually saw this episode...

    And let me guess: Jenny is going to tell Tina that Bette and Kelly got down and dirty...Gosh...I hate Jenny...and I never thought I'd ever say this but...I'm really beginning to hate this show...and that makes me sad in more ways than one...  

  11. Haviland Stillwell said...

    Thank you for the bumper sticker shout out, Riese. Though of course I, unlike Bette, would never refer to a sig other as my "partner."

    Didn't watch the episode, obvs, but enjoyed the Lynch (Srsly, I'm so excitant for "GLEE" bc of Coach Lynch) and also, the unicorn graphic. Loves! it!  

  12. e said...

    i love the recaps. they're WAY more interesting than the actual show...which i seriously haven't watched since episode 4 and probs won't watch until the last 20 min of the last episode because i'm totally against cruel and unusual punishment...

    p.s. your twitter response to the anon comment, LOVE IT!!! especially no. 2...  

  13. riese said...

    Dear Anonymous,

    1. It's a recap, not a review.

    2. Your job is lame too, you should just quit now, they'll go on without you.

    3. If bitching is the problem, how would we SOLVE that problem by finding ANOTHER show to bitch about?

    4. If it's lame, don't read it.

    5. Suck it.

    6. Other people like reading my bitching & moaning.

    7. You used the wrong form of "your." It should be "If you're sick of the storylines," not "if your sick of the storylines." "You're" is the contraction for "you are." "Your" is a possessive and unfortunately for everyone, I do not own the storylines.

    8. I don't think the problem here is that I need to "get a life." Clearly I HAVE a life, it's just not a life that you approve of. That's fine, we should go our separate ways at this point, which's fine, I had a similar falling out with my ex-girlfriend last year.

    9. :-)

    10. [Your emoticon didn't have a nose. I'd like to tell your emoticon to "get a nose."]

    11. :-)

    12. In the seemingly neverending fight for GLBTQ visibility, acceptance, and equal rights, it is of paramount importance that those who have a voice use it to fairly critique the way "our stories" are allegedly being told. It's not just for the sake of bitching. It's about opening up a dialogue between viewers and creators and refusing to accept crap because we're told it's all our people are capable of or that it's all we deserve.

    As a self-sustaining show, TLW doesn't have much going for it anymore. The show's not good. But what it does have going for it is the conversation it provokes, the friendships it enables, and the online community that's formed around it. That means we often bitch together, and sometimes that's just as valuable as celebrating together. Though I'd rather celebrate. But what can I do, this show sucks.

    Intelligent and nuanced criticism is how art gets better [which isn't to say that my writing is always intelligent and/or nuanced, but that's what I'm always striving for.] This is how humanity gets better. This is, dear friend, the way that we live.

    13. Jenny called, she wants her bad attitude back.  

  14. Delacalle said...

    Nice comeback Riese!
    Anonymous could write for TLW, she obvs doesn't read her own writing...

    So, I have one big problem with this EP...
    Shane gets sick from eating an oyster? Right?
    Is this
    A. because Shane's body can't handle such a large amount of calories?
    B. the oysters have gone bad?
    If B is the case, wouldn't Spano be more like "Bette! Call Joyce the only lawyer in town! We have a HUGE problem! We've poisoned Beaver, the carpenter you hired from the funny pages, a writer for the LA Times, AND the GF of that crazy beeotch that lives nextdoor! She is going to kill US!"

    Really, it would be more like that, right?

    Greetz Dela  

  15. slicey said...

    I've decided I'm not even gonna bother to watch this episode. Your recap is amusing and I fear that watching the actual show will make me want to claw my eyes out.

    Admittedly, that will make it harder to compile the music list, but I think it will be worth it to save my sanity.

    Thanks for a great recap & I kinda love the puppet... and this quote...

    Carly: "What's the point of having a muppet if it can't speak its mind?"  

  16. Robin Roemer Photography said...

    Riese I love you and your recaps.

    :-) Even Esmerelda has a nose goddammit!!!  

  17. Anonymous said...

    The first anonymous commenter is either EZ Girl or Chaikenbake.  

  18. slicey said...

    BTW, why is Shane dressed like a clown in this episode?  

  19. autumn m said...

    i cant tell which one i like better, the recap or your comeback to douche face Anonymous. so hard to choose....  

  20. Jezzica said...

    Worst episode = best recap!!! The phrase "hamster bite to the nipple" just made the whole day good.  

  21. Teclo said...

    Omg, Drop Dead Fred!

    Seriously, though, did I hear wrong or did everyone--EVERYONE--refer to Max as "she" and "her" when he started panicking at the baby shower? What was up with that?  

  22. Edilma said...

    I can't believe they're ending the show like this..and when I say "they" I mean IFC! This is crap.

    Thank the unicorn for your recap though, and the T&S quotes :D  

  23. Anonymous said...

    riese, i love your response to that asshole haha.

    in the words of mathlete/badass mc kenny g (of meangilrs fame), "don't let the hatas stop you from doin' yo' thang."

    anywaysss.. this episode was so bad that I watched it a second time, thinking maybe, just maybe, it would be better the second time around. BAD idea. it WASN'T better. In fact, I almost got a nosebleed watching it. Scratch that, my v-hole almost ripped open, just like tina and bette warned. Oh, wait, that only happens when you're having a baby? Well, watching this episode was more painful than childbirth. Not like I'd know. But I digress...

    Anyways, just wanted to let you know how much my friends and I enjoy reading your recaps, it makes the show much more enjoyable.

    ps- when is it gonna stop being so goddamn cold in this city of ours?!  

  24. Suzanna said...

    My favorite part about this episode is being introduced to Esmerelda Fitzmonster. Something good did come out of The L Word after all! I hope Esmerelda is back with us next week.

    As always, brilliant, Riese. Your recaps, The Planet Podcast, and occasional boobies on my TV machine are what keeps me from quitting TFS.

    Also, I think that Ilene Chaiken might be the bitchy "Anonymous." Just throwing it out there. This person definitely has a lot of feelings. Maybe they should create their own TV show.  

  25. lol at your recaps said...

    dear riese
    why were you so mean to the anonymous commenter, i think that everyone has a right voice their own opinions even if she was mean to you. lol i think the l word is still awesome after 6 years and even though the quality of the show has gone down, its still good.

    thats my opinion

    p.s. i like smiley faces without noses ;)


  26. Julia said...

    After working at Greenfield Village for two years, I gotta tell you, the glass blowing jokes never get old.

    Also, my gf & I have a tally of Kelly's facial wrinkles since her first appearance on the show. The total's still zero. However, neck wrinkles and blindings from Kelly's shiny forehead are too many to count and three, respectively.  

  27. Elizabeth said...

    I've started watching this show the way I watched Season 3 of Lost- I stop thinking and rarely actually look at the tv. The plot holes and character inconsistancies don't seem as glaring that way.

    Also, nice switcharoo with the Ani lyrics instead of T&S there.  

  28. asher said...

    the muppet was a welcome addition to this weeks recap. and i feel the show had it's moments, but yeah. what was with that first never-ending scene?

    i'm watching logo now and think i just saw carlytron all critterly on a commercial/bumper. yeah?  

  29. Razia said...

    Three things:

    1. I too am blind bc I did not realise that dude was sunset. Forgive me for assuming that some things on the show are irrelevant and are just put in to fill time/make my eyes bleed.
    2. Love the muppet
    3. Love jenny taking a photo of death

    You rock.  

  30. Suzanna said...

    Also, can Esmerelda please get her own Twitter page? She, like your anonymous and LOL-ing commenters, has a lot of feelings and I would love to know what they are. Just an idea.  

  31. carlytron said...

    Yes, one of the perks of working at Logo is that I sometimes get to be on tv! I have a recurring role as a tranny vampire in Graveyard Shift, Thursdays at midnight. You can watch them all here:

    I am totally making a twitter for the muppet. Please stand by.  

  32. Jen said...

    From bad to worse - that's what they should have called this episode...who cares if none of the words start with L.

    There were just three of us watching here - but if I had pics they would look a lot like yours, we covered our eyes a lot, stared at the screen with our mouths hanging open and incredulous looks on our faces (so not attractive, which is clearly why no pics). I spent the entire baby shower portion with my head buried in my friends shoulder saying "I can't look, I just can't look, Is it over?"

    It's bad, my friends. It's bad. Still - as bad as it is (and did I mention that it's bad?) I'm going to be sad when it's over. This was our show. What the heck are we gonna rally around now?  

  33. Barbara said...

    Exactly! As bad - bad (bad)- as it is, it's always The L Word. And even with all the mess and the wreck you've gotta give it to Ilene that she has CREATED this fucking historical show.

    Sometimes I think this final slaughter we're witnessing is Ilene's masochistic way of showing that she does not accept the end of the TLW, just like many of us. Maybe she just wanted us to miss it less, once it would be gone. She was like "I'll kill the show so badly you won't miss it when it's over".

    I don't know, I'm just saying... but for sure it's working on me (!)  

  34. SuZReb said...

    I am a fan--of yours.

    Believing in TLW is like being a Jew in the seventeenth century and believing in the false messiah Shabtai Tzvi after he chose to save his life by converting to Islam. (In other words: always imagining a sign hidden within the emptiness and obviousness of a performance.) Maybe that is the way we parse reality, having lived with a paucity of signs. In fact Shabtai Tzvi and Jenny may have things in common (something one might imagine finding a name for in the latest edition of the DSM), but one was real and one is played by a talented and attractive actress who will have a life after TLW, whatever happens to her character on this mini-series-like final season.  

  35. Jaimee said...

    Your recaps used to be funny. They are just boring now. Sorry, they're just not funny anymore, it's all bitching and bitching and bla bla bla and more bitching. Really, the show may be loosing it's quality but your recaps are loosing quality right there along with the show. All this complaining and bitching (and I don't just mean the recaps, I men everyone in message boards and here in the comments box) is just getting old. The show is done filming, Ilene is not going to change stuff in the next episodes just because people complaint, and it's becoming a bit tiring that all people can do is nag about the show.
    It's just entertainment. People expect too much from a TV show, it's really just entertainment, that is all it aims to be. Just sit down and relax and enjoy it and if you don't enjoy at and have it so much why do you kepp watching it? It doesn't have, or shouldn't have, any moral responsability of representing the LGBT community, just as when characters do horrible things in other TV shows no one bitches about how they are misrepresenting and stereotyping heterosexuals.
    I'm a lesbian and I don't feel a least bit offended by the L Word, I do really like it, and I don't think the writting is terrible like everybody says. But everyone is different and everyone has different opinions.
    Just my two cents.  

  36. Jaimee said...

    "and if you don't enjoy at and have it so much why do you kepp watching it?"

    should be:

    "and if you don't enjoy it and hate it so much why do you keep watching it?"

    my mistake  

  37. a;ex said...

    omgwtf srsly?  

  38. carlytron said...

    I would have to disagree with you Jaimee. I think TLW has a social responsibility in that it's the First! Ever! Lesbian! Drama! of this stature. Also it claims to be "the way that we live." While I agree that tv is entertainment, I also think that's not all it is. TV creates a commentary on us and our society and with a show like TLW the online community is a huge part of its success. Were we all not to discuss this show we'd be doing everyone a disservice.

    Additionally, we're not outright haters. We have loved parts of this show at different intervals and are completely crushed by this final season. Such potential squandered by megalomania and bad writing. The cast and crew should be commended for putting up with IFC's crap and -- not sure if you knew this or not -- but our opinions on this show are certainly not in the minority. Were this an amazing show, it would have gotten nominated for awards over its 6 year run, or at least garnered some critical acclaim. We are not alone in our disappointment. The cast and many television and entertainment writers share in our bewilderment at how bad this season has been.

    Parts -- not all -- of this show are offensive. I am a lesbian who is a professional in the television industry and many things bother me about this show. But I appreciate that it's here for entertainment, and I am entertained, and am completely allowed to discuss my issues with this show when I am not. My thoughts on TLW are not all negative; this show has actually caused me to garner a wonderful group of friends and I'm sure it has similar effects on others.

    In closing, if you don't like the recaps, don't read them. Quite simple, really. We are recapping a show for fun, and we do have fun together doing this. You are reading recaps that apparently you don't agree with and don't like very much. I have more trouble wrapping my head around what you are doing than what we are doing.  

  39. bobo said...

    Your recaps are still awesome, Riese. We need someone to articulate the many many faults of the l word and you do it very well. The idea that Ilene Chaiken is walking around patting herself on the back for this show when the quality of the show ain't that great is a tad annoying to me so i'm glad this blog exists. Don't let some people who may or may not lack taste in television shows (and perhaps in music, movies, clothes...and generally probably lead very mediocre lives...i mean they probably like nickleback is what i'm saying :cough:) get ya down. Some people like to actually think sometimes and not just be entertained all the time. You get that.

    Go on witcha bad self.  

  40. Elizabeth said...

    Jaimee- why bother re-commenting to fix the spelling in your mean comment, especially when you only fixed a few of your many, many mistakes? (loosing [twice], men, complaint, responsability, writting) And don't get me started on the sentence structures... I'm just saying.

    How do you know people don't bitch about other characters on other tv shows? Do you read every recap of every show? People complain about the misrepresentation of black people, the under representation of asian people, etc. The straight, white people have much less reason to complain about tv shows because if they don't like a character or storyline, they can flip the channel and see themselves respresented EVERYWHERE. TV is not just about entertainment. It's unfortunately where a majority of people get information about other cultures and places. It's where people go to feel better about themselves. It's where people go to escape their crappy lives, to imagine themselves in these other worlds (where they would fit in!)... It's not just mindless colors and moving pictures.

    And if you don't like what Riese writes, don't read it. It's exactly like you said it in your comment- IFC isn't changing the show based on what she writes or the comments say, so why should Riese change her recaps based on what you say?  

  41. Alessandra M. said...

    I actually starting reading these recaps last year because I thought they were the funniest thing I've read in quite sometime and they continue make me laugh (sometimes embarrassingly outloud) with every recap!

    I understand the frustration in your recaps though! I started watching the show as a pretty closeted 14-year-old lesbian and this show had friends who were lesbians (and one bisexual at the time before the writers...forgot she was and then just made her gay?) and it showed me that we could have great relationships and that there were women like me out there somewhere.

    Now, the show is freakin bad. And it's even worse because of the fact that this is the LAST season...there's no redemption season after this. I mean, at least with Queer as Folk, those some people still argue about some plots in the series final season, the writers still went out of the way to make sure QAF went out with a bang...and hell, a HAPPY, RESOLVED ending!

    Is this just entertainment? Yeah. But I'm sure that many other lesbians, bisexual women, and transgendered people will say that as one of the only shows on television that really focuses on our lives, this show is freakin' horrible and slightly insane at the moment....and out of all this craziness that is the L word, I want to be able to laugh once or twice, which is why Riese's recaps are actually freakin' great right now!  

  42. Mongoose said...

    I just wanted to comment on something specific Jamiee said.
    "It doesn't have, or shouldn't have, any moral responsability of representing the LGBT community, just as when characters do horrible things in other TV shows no one bitches about how they are misrepresenting and stereotyping heterosexuals."

    Jamie, if you're someone with at least half a brain i'd like you to marinade a bit on these words of yours.

    heterosexuals take up about 99% of our tv time. They are everywhere. They are the majority. THey have the complete and utter advantage to take full and complete control of all forms of media.

    There are a million and one shows dedicated to heterosexuals. THey have countless amounts of liberty to fucken explore whatever the hell they want. TO be creative and funny and to provide us with mysteries, thrillers, love stories, comedies, period pieces, etc etc. if the l word were the 100th gay cast show...even the 10th the weight of expectation like the one most girls feel now would be much lighter. BUT ITS NOT THE 100TH, the 10th, not even the 2ND. it is the FIRST lesbian show. For a lot of poeple this is the first they've seen a two women making out and having sex, and having gay friends, and having semi normal lives and having more sex. "well its not ilene's fault this is the first lesbian show" no its not, but it is her fault that the first lesbian show is concluding like a moldy piece of shit.

    Lets take a trip down tv history
    lets say "good times" or "the jeffersons" was one of the first all-black sitcoms (i don't think it was...). Lets say all teh characters were actually every awful black stereotype one could think of. BUT IT WAS "FUNNY". its entertainment. how can entertainment hurt you if someone is getting a laugh.

    "oh but thats racism, thats different" you might say. rly papi, rly?

    I actually researched it and found out Amos and Andy was possibly the first show with a primarily black cast. It was filled with stereotypes and very racist dialogue. The NAACP protested and managed to get it off air.

    i know i'm all over the place. its 5am and i haven't slept.

    i'm a little embarrassed that i don't know this because i am a latina, but lets say The George Lopez show is the first all-latino cast show. Lets pretend that george is a drunk ex gang member who's kids are all gang members who speak awful broken english and are all welfare. they eat tacos alll day and wear sobreros when its sunny BUT ITS FUNNY.
    how can you possibly use the argument you've just used and say ITS JUST ENTERTAINMENT GUYZ!
    how can you say television has no responsibility?

    television is the gateway to so many cultures and places you've never exprienced. Television is where you perhaps saw your first white person, black, latino, asian, or gay person. how can you saw television has no responsibility when it brings so much to people's lives?

    I grew up in a latino ghetto in the outskirts of los angeles. My first exposure to white, black, and asian cultures was through television. Everything i knew about them was through television. same with gay culture. I was only ever exposed to anything gay through rly flamboyant depictions of gays on tv (and a brief drive through west hollywood). for a large part of growing up i thought gays were gross. It wasn't until i discovered the internet that i started doing research on what gay was all about.
    I'm lucky enough to live in a place like l.a. I finally did step out of my ghetto as i got older and removed those blinders from my eyes. However theres a whole middle america that hasnt had the opportunities i've had in those terms. Television and movies is their way of experiencing these things.

    TLW brought us a reoccurring trans character. I remember when Moira appeared. I thought it was going to be so promising and was genuinely excited for the character. Now everytime max appears it makes my skin crawl. the trans community has it a lot worse than the gayz. theres so many kids out their who moira/max was the first person they saw that finally made sense of their lives and what they may have been feeling. The writers of this show completely destroyed and dehumanized this character. i won't go into this because i believe Riese said it much more eloquently in previous recaps and posts.

    it won't always be like this, but when you are bringing the first of something to a large population that encompasses more than just this country, you better know as fuck that you have the responsibility not to let these girls down as oposed to just indulging and feeding your ego

    and i'll stop here because i fear this response went nowhere and its 545am and i have to go to work soon.  

  43. Delacalle said...

    Jamie, Karl Marx called and said
    "Don't believe everything you see on the TV" and that he gave your name to be on Punk'd because you're THAT gullible
    Oh and he wants to know if you were in that porn flick he saw, called 'Jamiee will swallow everything'
    Just from are a tool
    Go Riese!  

  44. Anonymous said...

    I've read this recap through once, as always, but this time I've re-read the parts with Esmerelda Fitzmonster many many times again. I heart her! I hope she'll be a permanent addition to your recapping - or at least a frequent guest.  

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