The L Word

Season 5 Episode 8

Lay Down the Law

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 24, 2008 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Niki's multi-million dollar action movie opens, but allegations about her sexuality lead Tina and her manager to suggest she take a date -- a male date -- to the premiere. Jenny is banned from the theater causing Adele to take the reigns for the evening. Shane and Molly continue to play mind games with each other. Jodi throws a dinner party to some couples, and Bette is devastated to learn Tina and her date are also invited. Meanwhile, Tasha goes on trial and Alice delivers a shocking statement.moreless

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  • Painful to see the hurt between Bette and Tina because they have to hide their love for one another.

    I had a hard time enjoying this episode because of the hurt I could feel for Bette and Tina. They both know there is something there and just cannot react on it because of hurting Jodi. I do feel they are heading in the right direction by wanting to go see Dan. Jodie seems to be a little nieve about Bette feelings towards Tina. The storyline with Jenny is getting a little boring to me. She seems to be lost and needs her assistant to lead her by the nose and tell her everything to do. Before long the roles will be swithched. I was glad that Tasha stood up for her rights and said what she did. I have a feeling that Alice hit on a sore stop with the prosicuter. She felt very threatened by what Alice said. Maybe she is gay Shane is traveling down unfamilial territory with Molly. I think Shane will have a difficult time controlling the situation. She already is confused about her fellings towards a straight girl. Molly is doing a great job playing her part. Keep it up!! Can't wait til the next episode....moreless
  • The awkwardness between Bette and Tina continues.

    Let me just start out by saying that while I enjoyed this episode, this definitely wasn't the best episode ever of The L Word. This episode just seemed to focus way too much on Tanya's story line for the season which in my opinion hasn't been very interesting this year, so I'm glad that the whole Don't Ask, Don't Tell story line is over. I also didn't find Jenny's story line in this episode all that interesting, but I definitely did feel sorry for her at the end of the episode though. My two favorite things about this episode were definitely the whole Shane and Molly situation and just Shane as a whole in this episode. My second favorite aspect of this episode was all of the Bette & Tina content in this episode, especially the tension between them at Jodi's dinner party. I also thought that Phyllis was funny in this episode, even if what she said about Shane was kind of mean. All in all, this was a pretty good episode, but this definitely wasn't my favorite episode of The L Word.moreless
  • YEA, Tasha! Given a way out of her legal problem with the army, she chose instead to go with her heart! Bette being unreasonable, Kit's reopened the Planet, Molly's being the typical curious straight girl, and actually felt sorry for Jenny.....moreless

    Very interesting way the writers chose to end Tasha's ordeal with the army, since we know it couldn't end the way we'd like it to (Tasha being out as a lesbian, but still able to stay and serve her country, which apparently she's done very well up to this point). I was very curious to see how Alice was going to respond to questions regarding her relationship with Tasha - very nicely done. Instead of lying (which would have been perjury, and just plain awful), she side-stepped the question with indignation over Tasha even having to go through this process when it's obvious that serving her country is her passion. Kelly McG's character, obviously feeling threatened about being outed, gave Alice a message to give to Tasha as a way out, so she'd avoid being thrown out. And did Tasha take that way out? No, she spoke from her heart and professed her love for Alice, thus, of course, being released from her position in the Army. LOVED the scene with Tasha running after Alice and them kissing in the middle of armyland, which some soldiers giving them the thumbs up with a big smile and the majority standing around in shock! Way to go - so happy to see Tasha and Alice back together, which everything out in the open. Only sad part is Tasha does lose what she loved doing, serving her country. Stupid, huh? That our government would rather let a good soldier go.... ah, well. Perhaps the Democrats will change that when they win the next presidential election.

    Whew. For the rest, getting disgusted with Bette. Although from previews for next week, it looks like she may finally have made up her mind and do the right thing, whatever that is. If she and Jodi do break up, I hope they keep Jodi around. She's an interesting character, and I'm thinking they might. Fun scene of her and Shane bike-riding, preparing for the BC ride.

    Jenny - barred from a theatre where they're holding a premiere of a film (I think, that starred Niki) by one of Niki's agents (upset over the press Niki got from Lez Girls and the oil wrestling from last week, they had Niki take a hunky actor as a date instead of Jenny), she texts Niki (I'm outside - they won't let me in - come get me) and waits for an answer that doesn't come. Creepy Aidell says she'll go in and talk to Niki, but ends up staying the entire film, with Jenny still waiting outside. I can't believe she waited the whole time outside. Molly is cute, but she obviously is curious about "the life" but scared to get her toes wet. Fun exchange between Molly and Shane over this subject. Will be interesting to see how far they take this, and how homophobic Molly reacts to it all.

    I was hoping for more Max delving into Aidell's background, but no Max this episode.moreless
Kelly McGillis

Kelly McGillis

Colonel Gillian Davis

Guest Star

Aaron Craven

Aaron Craven

Kevin Mador

Guest Star

Denalda Williams

Denalda Williams

Joan Noord

Guest Star

Cybill Shepherd

Cybill Shepherd

Phyllis Kroll

Recurring Role

Malaya Rivera Drew

Malaya Rivera Drew

Adele Channing

Recurring Role

Kate French

Kate French

Niki Stevens/"Jesse"

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Shane and Jodi are talking about doing the charity bike race and the party Jodi is going to give, the sunglasses Shane has on her shirt keep disappearing and reappearing between shots.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Tina: I need to talk to you - right now.
      Jenny: Okay, okay. (softly, to Adele) Mom's calling.

    • Molly: I know your deal.
      Shane: No, you don't.
      Molly: I do. You're thinking here is this stupid little straight girl, who doesn't know who she is or what she wants to do with her life. And you're just gonna sit there and be charming until I sleep with you.
      Shane: Oh! I think nothing of the sort.
      Molly: Really? So you don't wanna sleep with me?
      Shane: No.
      Molly: Why not?
      Shane: Well, to be honest, I thought about it. And then I came to the conclusion if it was to happen, you'd probably freak out afterwards and go running back to your boyfriend in Vermont. And I'd be stuck in the cold with... nothing but the distant memory of mediocre sex. And I'd be out of cigarettes.
      Molly: Here's your cigarette. And I am not mediocre in bed.
      Shane: I didn't say anything. I don't know.
      Molly: Whatever weird psychology it is that you're using, that's not going to work either.

    • Phyllis: You can't take a hiatus from school. You aced your LSAT's.
      Molly: I just need to time to figure out exactly what I want to do with my life. I mean, why does the world need more lawyers? It's so pedestrian. You get a degree and then intern--
      Phyllis: For Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
      Molly: Whoever! And then get married, pop out 2.5 babies, summer on the cape---
      Phyllis: Yes!
      Molly: No! I don't want that life. It's not for me!
      Phyllis: It is you. It's always been you. What about Richard? Richard loves you.
      Molly: Richard was a bore. That's why we broke up last week.
      Phyllis: Why? He worshiped the ground that you walked on.
      Molly: Which was boring! He's learning how to golf, mom. Golf! And he's got medication for early on-set baldness, don't you see how depressing that is?
      Phyllis: You can't just throw away everything that you two have built together.
      Molly: You're one to talk.
      Phyllis: What does your father say?
      Molly: That you owe him a lot of money and that you're ruining his life.

    • Phyllis: You know what happens to people without an education? You could... (turns around, looking at Shane) you could end up like her.
      Molly: What's wrong with Shane?
      Phyllis: She's a hairdresser. That's what happens to people who don't get an education: they wind up in the service profession.

    • Jodi: (about Molly) Shane may have set her sights on the one girl who won't do her.
      Bette: Yeah, that's probably why she's so crazy about her. She loves a challenge.
      Jodi: It's not about that.
      Bette: So she says.

    • Cammie: I wanna get really drunk, and then ... (straddles Shane) I want you to have sex with me.
      Shane: Whoa, Cammie let's not forget that you're not gay. You're just gay for pay, right?
      Cammie: I know, but I suck in this part.

    • Shane: (after Cammie kisses her) Cammie, this is unprofessional.
      Cammie: You sleep with everyone.
      Shane: Wait a second. Who told you that?
      Cammie: You... It's me... I repulse you.
      Shane: No, you're beautiful. (Cammie takes off her shirt.)

    • Jenny: Hey, I heard that you're taking some actor to the premiere tomorrow night instead of me? Is that true.
      Niki: (crying) I know. I don't want to, I don't want to at all. But they're making me. They said if I didn't go out with some boy then everyone would think that I was gay, and people wouldn't like me anymore. And my career would be over! And there making me take fucking Greg! They are making me take cheese ball Greg.
      Jenny: Greg? The Greg that plays Tim in the fucking film? That midget? No! Niki, who's idea was this?
      Niki: Jenny, I don't want to. I want to go with you so bad.
      Jenny: I know, I want to go with you.

    • Jenny: What the fuck do you think this is? 1952? And you can give her a beard so you can pretend that she's straight? You should be ashamed of yourself.
      Kevin: No, actually, you should be ashamed of yourself.
      Jenny: Oh yeah, why?
      Kevin: I'm not even gonna go into the questionable ethics of you screwing the underage star of your movie--
      Niki (sobbing): I love her, Kevin. I do!
      Kevin: But if you so deeply care for Niki... and your purported mission to make the first star-driven movie about lesbians, you're not gonna destroy the career of the star on whom the success of this movie hinges.
      Jenny: I will not continue this conversation unless you remove the piece of snot that's dangling from your nose.
      Kevin: You're so quick.
      Jenny: No, I'm actually serious. It's distracting with the seriousness of your argument so just take the tissue and wipe your nose.

    • Tina: (talking about Niki and her managers) They are insisting that she take a date to the Liquid Heat premiere tomorrow night.
      Jenny: Oh, she is. She's taking me.
      Tina: Not unless you grow a penis.

    • Jodi: (talking about Molly) Maybe she's a spaghetti girl.
      Shane: What's that?
      Jodi: Straight until wet.
      Shane: That's horrible. (laughs)

    • Phyllis: (about Shane) She's not a serious person.
      Molly: What do you know about her? You don't know anything about her.
      Phyllis: I know plenty. She's a lothario, a cad and the kind of boy you fall in love with in high school before you know any better. Thank god you're not a lesbian. (Molly gets up.) Where are you going?
      Molly: I'm gonna go gay for Shane and we'll adopt Chinese babies together and live in a trailer park!

    • Jenny: (whispering to Nikki) He is not even a person: he's an agent.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Molly: I mean, why does the world need more lawyers? Seriously, what's the point? It's so pedestrian. You get a degree, and then intern at some--
      Phyllis: For Ruth Bader Ginsburg!

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993. She is the first Jewish member of the Supreme Court and the second female Justice.

    • Shane: (to Kit, referring to Dawn and Cindi) So go pull a Tony Soprano and get 'em whacked.

      This is a reference to the HBO series The Sopranos that ran from 1999 to 2007. James Gandolfini played the role of Tony Soprano, a violent mob boss.