The L Word

Losing the Light

Season 3, Ep 10, Aired 3/12/06
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  • Episode Description
  • While Lara is vacationing in Paris, oblivious, Dana's condition takes a turn for the worse. Alice runs into Dana's ex, Jenny introduces Max to a man from her past, Carmen evens the score with Shane, and Peggy Peabody flies to town to help her daughter. Frustrated, Bette leaves the Buddhist retreat but receives a dose of life wisdom from an unexpected source.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dallas Roberts

    Angus Partridge (Season 3-)

  • Erin Daniels

    Dana Fairbanks

  • Jennifer Beals

    Bette Porter

  • Katherine Moennig

    Shane McCutcheon

  • Laurel Holloman

    Tina Kennard

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • As good as The L Word is gonna get this season...

    By IceMachine213, Mar 17, 2006

  • It wasn\'t painful in a bad way, it was painful in an emotional way. The episode was bloody fantastic but it was a bit too close to home for me.

    By Sellyina, Nov 17, 2006

  • ...

    By Shana868, Sep 29, 2006

  • Dana's leaving...

    By diecaro, Jul 21, 2006

  • ...and so it happened

    By olvidadero, Mar 21, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Carmen: You seem upset. Shane: That's you projecting, Carmen.

    • Tonya: You know I was always a little jealous of you, Alice. Alice: Why? Tonya: 'Cause Dana loves you so much. It was actually kinda hard to deal with when we were together. I mean, that there was ultimatly this other person that was so much more important than me.

    • Max: (after having lunch with Tim) Do you miss it? Jenny: What? Max: Being with a man? I mean, that coulda been your life. Jenny: I would've killed myself if that were my life.

    • Shane: Did you fuck her more than once? Carmen: Why does that matter, Shane? Shane: Did you? Carmen: Who says that I fucked her?

    • Shane: (to Carmen) Do you feel better now? Do you feel good to know that we're even?

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    Notes (7)

    • This episode features three actors from the SyFy series Sanctuary.
      At the cafe the waitress talking to Kit is Agam Darshi, known as Kate Freelander on Sanctuary. Later at the busstop Bette meets Ryan Robbins, the werewolf Henry Foss. Shortly after that in the courtroom with Helena, Whit Strobel, portrayed by Peter Wingfield, is one of the The Five known as James Watson.

    • This episode won the 2007 Leo Award for "Best Overall Sound in a Dramatic Series".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: October 15, 2007 on Canal Warner
      Czech Republic: April 15, 2012 on Prima LOVE

    • After this episode, Showtime aired a special 8-minute clip of the cast and crew members talking about the importance of portraying a breast cancer storyline on the show, Erin Daniels' reactions when she heard that her character Dana would get sick, and the other cast members saying goodbye.

    • This episode marks the first appearances of Eric Mabius (Tim) since episode 2-1: Life, Loss, Leaving, Meredith McGeachie (Tonya) since episode 2-6: Lagrimas de Oro, and Holland Taylor (Peggy Peabody) since episode 2-13: Lacuna.

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    Trivia (10)

    • DVD Goof: On the released DVD, the subtitles ascribe the closing dialog to Lara when it is in fact Alice.

    • Goof: When Tonya is saying goodbye to Alice, two men are walking behind her and almost pass her. The scene cuts to Alice, and when it cuts back to Tonya, the same men are just entering the frame and walking towards them.

    • Opening Teaser: Mosque de Paris, Paris, France -- 2006: Lara is in a French spa, having a mud treatment. She chats with a French woman lying next to the table beside hers as another woman, who's had mastectomy on her right breast, walks by. The Connection: The link between Lara and the French girl begins to crawl across the screen. However, she is distracted by the woman who has had her breast removed. Lara gets up and calls Dana but she doesn't answer her phone. The link between Lara and the French woman never connects them.

    • Goof: The on-screen times in the beginning of the episode suggest that it's a 10-hour difference between Paris and Los Angeles. However, Paris is on the Central European timezone (CET) which is only 9 hours ahead of the Pacific timezone (PST).

    • The events in this episode take place during a period of approximately 45 minutes (the running time of the episode), from 1:50 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. A clock detailing the passage of time, 24 style, is seen periodically on-screen.

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    Allusions (1)

    • The show Shane is watching on TV is Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, a fellow Showtime series.

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