The L Word

Season 2 Episode 9

Late, Later, Latent

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 17, 2005 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Dana is stunned when Alice requests a bold sexual favor from her. Burr Connor (guest star Tony Goldwyn) reveals a secret to Jenny. Jenny learns about Carmen's real feelings for Shane, Kit plans a romantic night for Benjamin, and Bette and Tina have an intimate encounter as they bond over their unborn baby.moreless

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  • From now on it's all downhill for Jenny...

    I see this episode as the pinpoint for Jenny's character. Up until now I had liked or tolerated her. She was annoying, but most of the time it was short-lived. However, from here on I start to really dislike her character. This episode is the beginning of her downfall into a character that I can't stand, though there have been hints before. I found nothing redeemable in her this episode at all.

    I'm glad that Mark has finally been found out. However it's also been nice to see his own motives and emotions change over the course of his 'project'. To begin with he merely wanted to exploit the girls, using them to make money. Now, though, he has made friends with them, is psychologically intrigued by Shane and his refused to sell his saucier footage just for funds.

    It was nice to see Tina offering Bette a new chance. However I think that Tina is on shaky ground, as she is raising Bette's hopes whilst still involved in Helena. I don't believe that twisting up their relationships even more will do either of them much good, and I don't think Tina should offer more to Bette before breaking-up from Helena.

    It was good to see Bette being strong with her father. I got the feeling that she wouldn't have stood up for herself and Tina so well before they had broken-up. Her father's hyporcritical behaviour contrasting Benjamin and Tina was well written and acted.

    Dana and Alice were pretty bland, not much to comment on.

    All in all this was mostly just a filler episode, without much new. Just reinstating relations in time for coming changes.moreless
  • Bette and Tina come close, Jenny faces the truth, Dana and Alice discuss on new paths of entertainment.

    I think this has been an exceptionally good episode after some average ones. Bette and Tina had that -much anticipated - intimate encounter, which to be absolutely frank i consider to be one of the best sex scenes in a tv show ever. Absolutely lovely and hot ! The directors just don\'t have to try hard, Bette is all they need on the scene.. :wink:

    Of course the fact that Tina oscillates between her real desire and the life she chooses rationally to live leads her to a funny but bizarre sexual attack to Helena, who just can\'t handle Tina\'s impulsiveness and demands and thankfully leaves. I can\'t stand that woman but i must admit Tina has definately something for \"dominant\" partners.

    Although i don\'t like Mark\'s storyline this season , it had a great impact on Jenny\'s mental and phychological status. The truth is revealed so there opens the road for Jenny to be even more eccentric and \"dark\".

    Alice and Dana remain the funny side of L word.Their problems seem to involve their amusement and how to broaden their sexual experiences and horizons so their scenes are cute and funny.

    It was an interesting and intriguing episode in general, one of the L word best IMO.moreless
Tony Goldwyn

Tony Goldwyn

Burr Connor

Guest Star

Camryn Manheim

Camryn Manheim

Veronica Bloom

Guest Star

Daryl Shuttleworth

Daryl Shuttleworth

Dan Foxworthy

Guest Star

Sandra Bernhard

Sandra Bernhard

Charlotte Birch

Recurring Role

Kelly Lynch

Kelly Lynch

Ivan Aycock

Recurring Role

Sam Easton

Sam Easton


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Burr is talking with Jenny after they've come out of the restaurant, the valet brings his car to the curb and Burr steps into the driver's seat before the valet gets out.

    • Highlight below for a spoiler:
      Jenny finds out that Mark has been secretly filming the girls with hidden cameras.

    • Highlight below for a spoiler:
      Charlotte Birch: Are we self-loathing body mutilators as well?
      Jenny: (joking) Of course.
      Charlotte Birch: Can't wait to read about that in one of your stories. Hope you're not a cutter.

      The importance of this conversation will be revealed in the Season 2 finale.

    • Goof: At The Planet with Kit, Bette gets up ready to leave, swings her handbag to her left shoulder, and kisses Kit on the forehead. In the next shot, the bag is back in Bette's right hand and she swings it to her left shoulder, again.

    • Opening Teaser:
      Los Angeles, California -- This Morning: Carmen and Jenny are sharing a shower, and Shane interrupts them.
      The Connection: Later, Carmen confesses to Shane that she is just biding her time with Jenny, waiting for the right one to come along.

    • Goof: Check the position of the juice(?) carton as Bette and Tina are unloading the groceries. Tina is about to hand the carton to Bette but then takes it back. But when the scene cuts to a view of Bette, she is holding the carton in her hands.
      The same thing happens with the bottle. Tina hands it to Bette but when the view cuts back to Tina, it's back in her left hand.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Dan: Bette... Tina's been though some major ordeals over the past year. Your break-up. Uh, new career. Her pregnancy. These things can change a person. Make them stronger. Don't you think it might be a good thing?
      Bette: Of course it's a good thing. It just means... she doesn't need me anymore.

    • Carmen: So what, if nothing ever comes out of this? So what, if you'll never act on it? You are so convinced that having a relationship near you is going to kill you.
      Shane: Because it will.

    • Carmen: You're not living your life, Shane. And if you don't take any risks... then you might as well be dead.

    • Tina: I just wanted to tell you that..
      Bette: I know. I know. This doesn't mean... we're back together. I know.
      Tina: Let's not let it mess everything up.
      Bette: It won't. I promise.

    • Tina: Thank you. That was really nice.
      Bette: Thank you. I really liked being there with you. I loved it more than you can imagine.
      Tina: Come here.
      (Tina hugs Bette.)
      Bette: (whispering) You feel so good.
      Tina: (whispering) You smell good.
      (They start kissing.)

    • (Tina's having ultrasound done.)
      Bette: Is that our baby?
      Dr. Wilson: That's your baby, and those are her fingers. Very well formed, yeah.
      Tina: Isn't she amazing? Oh, it's like she's waving at us. Look.
      Dr. Wilson: She's showing you her profile.
      (Tina smiles at Bette. Bette takes Tina's hand and squeezes.)

    • (Mark is nervously walking in front of the bathroom.)
      Mark: These girls are taking fucking forever.
      Shane: You okay?
      Mark: I am dying.
      (Shane knocks on the bathroom door.)
      Shane: Hey guys, come on, let Mark in. He has to go.
      Carmen: (to Jenny inside the bathroom while caressing her) Do you feel that?
      Shane: C'mon, guys, his back teeth are floating. Be nice.
      (Shane opens the door and sees the girls.)
      Jenny: Oh!
      Shane: (to Mark after she's closed back the bathroom's door) Use the bushes.

    • (Jenny goes to the toilet, Carmen walks out of the shower and follows her.)
      Carmen: Well, I have to pee, too.
      Jenny: Okay, I'm going to be done in a sec.
      (Carmen sits on Jenny's lap, facing her.)
      Jenny: What are you doing?
      Carmen: I want you to spread your legs.
      (They pee.)
      Jenny: Oh, fuck.

    • Sex Shop Clerk: If you use it with a harness, you can detach the dildo, leave the butt plug inside, while you do other things.
      Dana: What, like, the dishes?

    • Sex Shop Clerk: (presenting the many colors and sizes in which the toys come) ...and "King Kong" and "Tyrannosaurus Rex" both come in camouflage.
      Dana: In case you're screwing in a war zone.

    • Sex Shop Clerk: The silicone ones are easiest to sterilize and so you can share.
      Dana: Share... How do you sterilize them?
      Sex Shop Clerk: Oh, just pop it in the dishwasher. (winking) But don't forget to take it out before the maid comes.

    • Charlotte Birch: (to Jenny) You are a compulsive excavator of your own emotional navel lint. A nit-picking, obsessive truth-teller. And Burr could stand a bit of literary pediculosis.

    • Dana: (to Alice, about sex toys) Is it a bisexual thing? You trying to have your cake and eat your pussy too?

    • Shane: You don't... think you and Jenny are the real deal?
      Carmen: No. Jenny wouldn't know what the real deal was if it bit her in the ass.

  • NOTES (3)


    • In the sex shop, Dana grabs a small toy, gives thumbs up with it and imitates Fonzie's "Heeey" from Happy Days. Fonzie probably wouldn't have approved if he'd known what the "instrument" was that Dana was heeeying with...