The L Word

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 20, 2005 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Bette tries to fix her relationship with Tina, but she gets a rude awakening with some bad news both at home and work. Alice and Dana try taking their relationship to a different level, Shane starts her new job as a PA to Veronica Bloom (guest star Camryn Manheim), and Jenny gets some confidence from her new hairstyle.moreless

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  • People hurting (esp. Bette), people flirting (Dana/Alice)(Tina/Helena(?)). Peeping Toms (Mark and his mate), mesmerized Kit, Shane doing her thing -in more than one way, weird kid Jenny and Tonya shopping (...). Sexy episode!moreless

    I really liked this episode. The whole Dana-Alice storyline is getting better and better: a lot of fun and some nice steamy scenes (hot, but not too raunchy imo). Jenny's thoughts, on the other hand, I didn't find too appealing. Such a weird girl... This show could do without her character, I always find myself going to the loo or getting a drink during her scenes. Nuff said, I guess. Nonetheless, an episode worth watching, even though there are some scenes that I found rather painful. Since I'm rooting for Dana/Alice, Alice's speech at the bachelor party (or bridal shower, I'm not sure what it was exactly; it took place at a strip club -even Dana's mom let her hair down after awhile, quite funny!) was sweet but painful. I really felt for her! Same goes for Bette's speech. The whole Tina/Bette story needs a happy ending soon, but Helena is probably not leaving anytime now. Well, we'll see... As long as the Dana/Alice storyline is gonna continue like it has been going on lately, I'm watching (and drooling hehehe)!moreless
Camryn Manheim

Camryn Manheim

Veronica Bloom

Guest Star

Wendy Morrow Donaldson

Wendy Morrow Donaldson


Guest Star

Jeff Ellingson

Jeff Ellingson

Veronica's Assistant

Guest Star

Meredith McGeachie

Meredith McGeachie


Recurring Role

Preston Cook

Preston Cook


Recurring Role

Sam Easton

Sam Easton


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Bette: What is going on here, what are you doing?
      Helena: I'm here to publicize our grant announcements. The Foundation wants to send a message about our new agenda.
      Bette: That's not what I meant. What. Are you doing. With my girlfriend.
      Tina: Bette--
      Helena: It's really none of my business, but... Tina doesn't seem to think she really is your girlfriend any longer.
      Bette: Well that would be right. It really is none of your business.

    • Carmen: (about Jenny) Well maybe she's one of those people that's, you know, just constantly in her head.
      Shane: Carmen, she's a writer. She's supposed to be like that.

    • (Dana holds the two lollipops up to Alice; one's a penis, one's a breast.)
      Dana: Which one would you rather put in your mouth, Al?

    • Tina: I can't live in a stranger's guest house or some motel and I'm not going back to Alice's couch. I don't think it's fair that I'm being punished for something that I didn't do. So I'm going to stay in the guest room until I find a place of my own.
      Bette: (smiling) Welcome home.
      Tina: I'm not home.

    • Bette: (toasting to Dana and Tonya) I lift my glass to caring, and kindness and trust, and longevity and respect. To all the things that you'll need to keep your love alive. I wish you... happiness. And I hope that you forever spare each other pain. (pause) And if you find that is impossible? Then I wish you forgiveness.

    • Alice: So what were you saying about me?
      Dana: I thought you had great tits.
      Alice: You noticed my tits?
      Dana: Right away!
      (Alice laughs.)
      Dana: Oh, come on! They were like... (flaps with her hands) "Hello, there."
      Alice: They were talking to you? I mean, that's creepy!
      Dana: Whole conversation!

    • Shane: You just got cruised.
      Jenny: Do you think she was looking at me?
      Shane: Oh, yeah. In broad daylight, too.
      Jenny: I love my haircut.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Veronica: (about the movie) I am thinking... Angelina Jolie. Maybe Julia Roberts. Maggie Gyllenhaal if we wanna do something really quirky.

      Veronica mentions three popular contemporary movie actresses: Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

    • Aaron (Veronica Bloom's assistant): (to Priscilla) You are making the biggest mistake of your life if you sign with the Bruckheimers.

      A reference to movie and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer and his (now ex-)wife Bonnie Bruckheimer, also a producer.

    • Alice: (about Kit) She's in the back with some hunka hunka burning love.

      A reference to the 1972 song Burning Love, written by Dennis Linde but performed by Elvis Presley.

    • Jenny: (about Mark's documentary project) Or is this gonna be like... you know - or the Maysles Brothers?
      Mark: ... meets D.A. Pennebaker, with a little bit of Nick Broomfield thrown in there.

      The Maysles Brothers, David and Albert, were documentary film makers, best know for their documentary Grey Gardens (1975) about the cousin and aunt of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, both named Edith Bouvier Beale, who lived in almost total isolation from the rest of the civilization.

      D.A. Pennebaker is another well-known documentary director whose distinctive style features a hand-held camera (what Mark is also doing) and the avoidance of voice-over narration and direct interviews (in which Mark does not follow the Pennebaker style).

      Nick Broomfield, a British documentary filmmaker who uses only a minimalist crew, is known for his reflexive style of making documentaries so that the end results tell about the making of the film as much as about the subject itself (which again mimics Mark's style).