The L Word

Season 2 Episode 2

Lap Dance

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 27, 2005 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • Opening Teaser:
      Mendocino, California -- 2003: Robin emerges from a church, wearing a white tuxedo as the wedding guests throw rice on her. Her partner Claybourne, to whom she had just been wed, is in the church making out with someone else.
      The Connection: Later, Robin tells Jenny that her friends took care of her when she and Claybourne broke up.

    • Highlight below for a spoiler:
      Jenny breaks up with Robin in this episode.

    • Highlight below for a spoiler:
      It is revealed that Marina has been married to Count Manfredi Ferrer for the past twelve years. Up until now everyone had considered Mr. Ferrer as her father.

  • Quotes

    • Shane: I learned early on that if you want to avoid that big mess that sucks and fucks with your life... you just keep it simple.
      Bette: You mean like sex with no emotional entanglements?
      Shane: (laughing) Right. That's just me. I don't think that applies to you, you're a... very well-rounded individual.
      Bette: (laughs) I don't know. I think... I just might like to study at your feet, Shane.

    • Tonya: She always wants what I want more than what she wants. Right?
      Dana: It's true, I do.
      Shane: (at Tonya and Dana, fake smile) So nice. So lesbian.

    • Alice: Joyce Wischnia is the leading gay civil rights attorney in L.A.
      Shane: Ah, Jesus, Al, you and your fucking "best of" lists. Bette and Tina don't need that.
      Alice: Well, I wasn't really thinking about Bette, I was thinking about Tina. Fine. What do you think she needs?
      Shane: I don't know. A lap dance, maybe. Not a fucking lawyer.

    • Alice: I'm gonna try that toffee nut caramel soy frappuccino drink.
      Shane: No, no, no, no. No. Tonya ordered it yesterday, it was lethal.
      Alice: Too bad she didn't keel over and die... Oh, I'm sorry, was that too brutally frank and honest for you?

    • Robin: So, um... you don't want to be in a relationship?
      Jenny: No, I don't.
      Robin: You just wanna sleep with people. Make them fall in love with you, so you can fuck with their heads.
      Jenny: No, that's not what I want.
      Robin: Well, that's what you did.

    • Alice: What are you doing here?
      Dana: I have to go to the bathroom.
      Alice: You have to get out, that's against the rules.
      Dana: No, I have to go to the bathroom, Al.
      Alice: Are you three? Can't you hold it for a minute?

    • Cashier: Okay. Any flavoring?
      Shane: What? In my coffee?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Jenny: I just put this ad in Craigslist, looking for a roommate., founded by and named after Craig Newmark, is a web bulletin board for free classified ads, including e.g. housing, jobs, and personal ads.

    • Kit: (about Mr. Ferrer) Count Dracula rides a Hog?

      It has been stated that Marina is an Italian contessa (countess), making Mr. Ferrer a count. That is why Kit refers to him as perhaps the most well-known (and largely fictional) count, Count Dracula.

      Hog is a nickname for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, formed from the initials of Harley Owners Group (HOG), a club of people who own a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

    • Charlotte Birch: Miss Schecter has written a story called Thus Spoke Sarah Schuster.

      Jenny's pen name and the name of her submission essay is a take on the book Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche.