The L Word

Season 4 Episode 1

Legend in the Making

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 07, 2007 on Showtime
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Episode Summary


After the events in Canada, Bette is on the run from authorities with her daughter. Shane reverts back to her old habits but gets a surprise from her father's wife. Meanwhile, Helena tries to get used to living without her mother's money, Max attends a support group, and Kit has trouble with her pregnancy.


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  • Not impressed.

    I have to say this episode did nothing for me. I was really disappointed the writers didn't make the Bette/Tina baby stealing thing more prevalent, and they didn't even have Carmen in it!! I feel they should have at least had a scene between her and Shane. The only good thing I liked about this episode was how Shane got stuck with her little brother. I can see how that storyline will work for Shane. But overall, not impressed.moreless
  • Nice start. Looks like this season will hit it off again. Looking forward a lot...

    I've enjoyed this episode a lot although I have to admit that I'm not sure if I like Shane's storyline. Well. We'll see what's gonna come out of it for her in the future.

    And what about the Bette and Tina relationship...? I don't think they gonna reunite any soon. It's quite good storyline to show how the group of lesbians is dealing with the fact that one of them switched the teams and is trying to build 'normal' family. I think we will have a lot of fun this season, especially thanks to Alice and Helena. I don't know if it's just me but I think Helena is sooo cute while trying to deal with her poorness.moreless
  • Finally The L Word returns with Season 4! I know this season will be awesome, just like the other ones were!

    For start, I want to say that I was waiting impatiently for the new season to start!

    I'm very happy for Alice, she's looking great and happy. I like what the writers did for Helena, I'm looking forward to seeing her live a normal life, without her mother's money and try to earn her living on her own - this should be interesting. Jenny published her book and looks happy with her girlfriend. I don't really like Max but I hope he'll have an interesting storyline this season. I really miss Dana, but I am so glad they brought Marina back! She brings a lot of twists and turns into the story of the show. Shane gets quite a surprise from her father's wife. Now she has to take care of her little brother and herself. Bette and Tina are constantly fighting over Angelica, I wonder how this plotline turns out. All in all, I wasn't disapointed in this episode. I liked it very much and hope to see some great writing further through the season.moreless

    The girls are back…well most of them. I am upset that Carmen isn’t back, but I knew there was no way that they could have her deal with what Shane did to her, she just needed to disappear. I hate that Shane ran off to Cherie, I really don’t like her now, she is just bad for Shane. I am glad that Bette and Tina seemed to solve some of the custody issues, I still think it was crazy of Bette to drive off with their daughter, she could have ended up in prison. I am indifferent about Marina being back, she was part of the reason Jenny went all crazy and her coming back is going to cause some problems. Personally I think she is the Papi from the chart. I really hate Max and hope that he is off the show soon. At least Helena is still there...moreless
  • Nice start, but I'm expecting more this season!

    It feels like I've been waiting forever to get The L Word back and I wasn't disappointed with the new season's premiere. Especially that ending with little Shane leaves me breathless and waiting for more!

    I was a little surprised that Bette and Tina seemed to sort out their problems so soon, but I'm guessing there'll be more fighting along the way. Right now I don't want either one of them to have Angelica, they are both just thinking of themselves...

    I especially liked the return of Marina in this episode and I'm excited to see more of her for a while!moreless
Dallas Roberts

Dallas Roberts

Angus Partridge (Season 3-)

Daniela Sea

Daniela Sea

Moira/Max Sweeney (Season 3-)

Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals

Bette Porter

Katherine Moennig

Katherine Moennig

Shane McCutcheon

Laurel Holloman

Laurel Holloman

Tina Kennard

Leisha Hailey

Leisha Hailey

Alice Pieszecki

Karina Lombard

Karina Lombard

Marina Ferrer

Guest Star

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Joyce Wischnia

Guest Star

Elodie Bouchez

Elodie Bouchez


Guest Star

Rosanna Arquette

Rosanna Arquette

Cherie Peroni

Recurring Role

Aidan Jarrar

Aidan Jarrar


Recurring Role

Bruce Dawson

Bruce Dawson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In episode 1-12: Locked Up, it was said that Shane has slept with 950–1200 people since the age of 14. In this episode, the OurChart website shows that the figure is 963. It's of course possible that not everyone has given their permission to be included in The Chart.

      Papi, on the other hand, has slept with 1151 people, and within 20 hours, the figure rises to 1377.

    • Opening Teaser:
      In an underwater scene, we see large water plants. Amidst the bubbles and leaves we see someone in black pants and a white shirt, floating under the surface. It's Shane.
      The connection: Shane has been spending time at Cherie's beach house, trying to dull her pain in various ways.

    • Carmen has moved back home to the Morales house. Jenny packs up Carmen's belongings and wants Max to move in in Carmen's old room (Jenny's ex-writing studio/Tim's shack).

    • The nurse at the clinic tells Kit that her approximate due date is September 12.

    • The OurChart website (on the show) revels the horoscope signs of Alice, Shane, and Papi. Alice is a Cancer, Shane is a Gemini and Papi is an Aries.

    • We find out that Lara has left for a job in a four-star hotel in San Francisco.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Alice: Helena, you need to start thinking differently, you can't just take a limousine home from the airport anymore.
      Helena: Alice, I'm actually quite a practical person. I'll take a taxi.

    • Max: I don't expect Carmen to forgive Shane anytime soon, but I do. So you should, too. I mean, I forgive you.
      Jenny: What? What the fuck do you forgive me for? I haven't changed who I am. Max.

    • Helena: But what are you gonna do in a situation like that?
      Kit: I'll give 'em a situation. I wanna burn that clinic down.
      Bette: (chanting) Arson! Arson! Arson!
      Alice: Alright, alright. But why don't you do like a benefit for planned parenthood? It's something positive and it doesn't carry a sentence of 30 to life.

    • Helena: (to Alice) I have one credit card with a $3,500 limit. I can't even buy a pair of shoes with $3,500.

    • Helena: (looking at OurChart) Look, there's someone with more hits than Shane.
      Alice: No, that's just not possible.

    • Tina: This is about the bravest thing that I've ever done and I stand to lose all of my friends.
      Bette: They don't hate you because of your sexuality, Tina. They hate you because you can't be trusted to not use it against me when it comes to sharing custody of our child.

    • Marina: (to Bette, Alice, and Kit) I'm in Los Angeles for three days, I'm staying at the Bel Air because I think it's important to revisit the places where you've faced your darkest demons.

    • Jenny: (about Marina) She was my first.
      Claude: Then she was very important to you.
      Jenny: For a minute, I guess.

    • Jenny: There's Gabby Deveaux.
      Helena: Whoa, that's a lot of hookups.
      Alice: (chirpily) Yeah, she's a whore.

    • Waiter: Refill?
      Helena: No, I don't think I can afford it.
      Alice: Helena, it's free.

    • Bette: Can I get a sippy cup? Does anybody have a sippy cup!? Jesus.

    • Helena: (tearing up) I had no idea it could feel this warm and fuzzy being poor.

    • Alice: What about your car? Wasn't your car worth like $300.000? I mean, you can live on that for like 2 years!
      Helena: Maybe you could!

    • Bette: (on the phone with Joyce, about Tina) What can she do? Worst case scenario if she decides to be the hypocritical monster we already know she is?

    • Max: I just don't know why we can't work it out.
      Jenny: Because you identify as a straight man. So there's the mismatch because you want me to be your straight girlfriend to your straight guy. And I identify as a lesbian who likes to fuck girls. And you're not a girl.

    • (Alice and Jenny are explaining the concept of the online version of The Chart to Helena.)
      Helena: Do you have to sleep with someone first?
      Alice: Well, I mean, when I first put it up, that was the core concept. Like, you know, Jenny slept with Tina, who slept with Annie...
      Helena: (to Jenny) You slept with Tina??
      Jenny: Nooo! I would never sleep with Tina.
      Alice: No, no, hypothetically.

    • Joyce: I'm glad to see that you've made your decision.
      Bette: What decision have we made?
      Joyce: Mommy dearest 1 and mommy dearest 2 will be fighting this out in a court of law... Which in the end is not a terrible thing.
      Tina: How is that not a terrible thing?
      Bette: Yeah, in what universe is that not a terrible thing?
      Joyce: Well, in the universe of my bank account for one. And luckily for me, my client is employed again.

    • Tina: Wow, are we really that untouchable?
      Helena: What are you talking about?
      Tina: You just backed away from us like we have some sort of heterosexual cootie.

    • Claude: (after Marina is out of earshot) Do you think she'll have sex with us?
      Jenny: (after a pause) No.
      Claude: Ask her.

    • Bette: Tina's not qualified to parent a biracial child.
      Tina: Oh yeah, and I was qualified to live and sleep with one for eight years?
      Bette: Obviously you weren't qualified for that either.

    • Joyce: (to baby Angelica) And you, my little sweet, you will be known in the press as Baby A, the artificially conceived daughter of a bisexual, white movie exec and a biracial, lesbian art-world titan. Oh my gosh. The fundamentalists will picket. Liberals and feminists will argue among themselves. Good Christian folks will write into the op-eds, offering to adopt her away from her sick and perverted, warring parents.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Jenny: Oh, guess what. We got a mention on MySpace and we took out an ad on OurChart.

      MySpace is a popular blogging/Internet community/social networking website owned by News Corporation. OurChart on the show is supposedly founded for Alice's radio show and the concept of The Chart. In reality, show creator Ilene Chaiken launched the OurChart website just a few weeks before the Season 4 premiere as a way for lesbians to build their own connections and communities on the Internet.

    • Bette: (to Tina) Are you still using iCal?

      iCal is a calendar application for Apple Mac computers.