The L Word

Season 4 Episode 1

Legend in the Making

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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