The L Word

Season 2 Episode 13


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 15, 2005 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • Look closely at the attendants at Melvin's funeral. Behind Franklin and Leo Herrera, Bette's former assistant James is sitting with his arm around a young man, possibly his boyfriend, who is leaning his head on James' shoulder.

    • Highlight below for a spoiler:
      Jenny finally remembers the painful memory that has been hinted at the entire season: she was raped by a bunch of boys when she was a child.

    • Highlight below for a spoiler:
      Tina moves back in with Bette.

    • Opening Teaser:
      Sunset Strip -- Present Day: Jenny is standing on a stage in a strip club. Interspersed with shots of the adult Jenny, we also see her younger self at the carnival.
      The Connection: Jenny says that she is performing at the strip club to be in control and to remember the horrible suppressed memory from her childhood.

    • Goof: The first time that we see Angelica, she is actually a doll. After she has been held by everyone in the room, and is returned to Bette and Kit, we see a real baby with a lighter skin color.

  • Quotes

    • Gloria: I bet a lot of you are predisposed, right?
      Carmen: Predisposed! Right here!
      Shane: A hundred percent.
      Dana: As far back as I can remember, yeah, me too.
      Alice: Not me. I follow the heart, not the anatomy.

    • Kit: I haven't slept with a woman and I am definitely a feminist.
      Gloria: But, you know, we're in a country where all feminists are lesbians, right?
      Dana: And they think that all feminists are man-haters, so, naturally, they're lesbians, right?
      Gloria: It's really bananas, because, in my experience, it's the women who live with men who hate men.

    • Jenny: (to Shane) I need help... don't I?

    • Bette: (staring at the box full of birthing tank parts that she needs to assemble) Right this minute, I am hating being a lesbian.
      Tina: Well, I know some lesbians who are really good at putting things together.
      Bette: (smiling) Like carpenters?

    • Winnie: Your mother is actually incredibly generous, Helena. You should try seeing her the way the rest of the world sees her.
      Helena: And you should try seeing her the way her children saw her -- or rather, never saw her.

    • Peggy: (to Helena) Do please leave the "poor damaged child" nonsense for your psychiatrist. Not the one who's suing you; the one who's still taking your phone calls.

    • Peggy: You know, all that fucking with no art is really rather dreary. I hope you girls write fabulous, sick, neurotic, tortured love poems to one another.
      Bette: I'm actually working on several right now.

    • Alice: I'm turning into someone I can't stand.
      Dana: Who, your mother?

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: February 3, 2012 on Prima LOVE

    • For this entire season, Jennifer Beals (Bette) was nominated for the 2005 Satellite Award for "Outstanding Actress in a Series, Drama", and, Pam Grier (Kit) was nominated for the 2006 Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series".

    • Music Featured in This Episode:
      - Cementhead by DSK
      - Ah Comm'e Bella A Stagione by Tony Galla
      - Say Hallelujah by Tracy Chapman
      - Voi che sapete from the opera The Marriage of Figaro, composed by Mozart
      - Ballad of the Broken Word by Toshi Reagon
      - L'Ombre et la Lumière by Coralie Clément
      - TKO by Le Tigre
      - Buttons by Kinnie Starr (performing live at the Wiltern)
      - Kissing You by Betty (performing live at the Wiltern)
      - Crazy on You by Heart (performing live at the Wiltern)
      - Esta Noche by Federico Aubele
      - Testimony by Sweet Honey in the Rock

    • Highlight below for a spoiler:
      Just like her character Tina, actress Laurel Holloman had an emergency C-section to deliver her baby. Re-shoots of the final scene of Tina's C-section were shot 5 weeks after Laurel Holloman's baby was born.

    • Gloria Steinem, who appears in this episode as herself, worked with Ossie Davis on many of the same projects dealing with equality for minorities and women. It is very appropriate that she pays her respects to Ossie Davis' character at his funeral.

    • Lacuna means a blank place, a gap or a missing piece.

  • Allusions

    • Alice tells Dana that she doesn't want to be "like the guy with the mouse" and Dana tells her "so don't be Lenny".

      This is a reference to John Steinbeck's 1937 story Of Mice and Men. Lenny, one of the main characters, is big, dumb and doesn't know his own strength. He loves mice because they are soft, but he pats them so roughly that he inevitably kills them.