The L Word

Loud & Proud

Season 2, Ep 11, Aired 5/1/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Dana is stunned when she learns a big secret about her brother, Howie, at Gay Pride 2005. Mark tries to make amends with Jenny and Shane, Kit and Bette learn that their father, Melvin, is refusing treatment for his illness, and a shocking memory about Jenny's childhood is revealed.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Pam Grier

    Kit Porter

  • Leisha Hailey

    Alice Pieszecki

  • Erin Daniels

    Dana Fairbanks

  • Mia Kirshner

    Jenny Schecter

  • Laurel Holloman

    Tina Kennard

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The episode is about how the girls spend the gay pride day. Alice tells Dana she loves her, but she's worried because she didn't say anything back. Helena goes for the fist time to that celebration.

    By Adthey, Jan 13, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Woman: Hi. What are you doing here? Jenny: I'm celebrating Gay Pride, I guess. I don't know. Woman: You mean... gay shame. That's what it really is. Jenny: Why? Woman: 'Cause... most of us have more shame than pride.

    • Alice: So you came here? Howie: Well, yeah, I thought it would be fun to surprise you guys. Dana: Calling's fun, too. Alice: Or an email's fun.

    • Dana: Howie, that man is gay. Howie: I know, Dana. Dana: Are you, are you, are you imitating me? Because it's not funny. If that's what you're doing. Howie: No. I'm not. Dana: So you just, just decided that you're gay. You know... You're too young! I mean, it takes time. Howie: Dane, I've known since I was four. Dana: And you made that much fun of me? Howie: Well, it was because you're scared. I mean (shouting to the crowd) be gay, be proud everybody! (The crowd roars back.) Howie: (turning back to Dana) Dana, uhm, uhm. Could you... tell mom and dad for me?

    • Mark: (standing naked in front of Jenny) Is this what you want? Jenny: (throwing a pen at Mark) No. What I want is for you to write "fuck me" on your chest. (Mark doesn't move.) Jenny: Write it! Do it! And then I want you to walk out that door, and I want you to walk down the street. And anybody that wants to fuck you, say "Sure, sure, no problem." And when they do, you have to say "Thank you very, very much" and make sure that you have a smile on your face. And then, you stupid fucking coward, you're gonna know what it feels like to be a woman!

    • Jenny: (to Shane, after gently kissing her hand) You're not scary. And Carmen is not gonna get herself involved with something she can't handle, okay?

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: January 20, 2012 on Prima LOVE

    • Music Featured in This Episode: - Let's Never Stop Falling in Love by Pink Martini - You Are the One by Joystick - Bossa Nova Baby by Cuban Sluts - Turn It Round by Diana Lee - Let's Have a Party by Michael McGregor featuring Joniece - Us Girls Are Alright by King Robbie - Love Is Everything by Jane Siberry

    • Ossie Davis (Melvin Porter) is credited as a special guest star.

    Trivia (4)

    • Goof: When the girls are at The Planet celebrating gay pride, Erin Daniels (Dana) accidentally hits Leisha Hailey (Alice) on the face with her ponytail.

    • Opening Teaser: Los Angeles, California -- Present Day: In an S&M dungeon, a "slave" is being punished by her mistress. The Connection: At Pride 2005, Dana and Alice receive a pamphlet about the dungeon and decide to check it out.

    • Highlight below for a spoiler: It is revealed that Dana's brother, Howie, is gay.

    • Nitpick: Bette and Kit are half-sisters; they share the same father. Yet in this episode and the previous one they talk about how badly Melvin treated "their" mother as if talking about the same person. It is, of course, possible that Melvin treated both women badly.

    Allusions (3)

    • The book Bette is reading to her father in the hospital room is Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

    • Alice: The Dykes on Bikes, and you're not going? Dykes on Bikes is a motorcycle club for lesbians, started in San Francisco in 1976. The official name has been changed to San Francisco Women™'s Motorcycle Contingent Dykes on Bikes™ and it became a non-profit organization in the late 80's.

    • Mark: Mark here, answering the question, "What are you looking for in a woman?" A little love. Happiness. Shane: And a little Al Green. Al Green is a gospel and soul singer who started his career in the 1970's. One of his most famous songs is Love and Happiness.

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