The L Word

Season 3 Episode 5

Lifeline

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 05, 2006 on Showtime
9.1
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As Tina finds herself attracted to men, Bette explores Buddhism and also hears good news on the work front. Both Alice and Kit try out speed-dating; Kit with Angelica's male nanny Angus and Alice with a lesbian vampire. Meanwhile, Dana receives devastating news about her illness, Helena pursues documentarist Dylan Moreland, Moira goes out as Max, and Shane's ex drops by to see her.moreless

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  • This episode delivers a lot of action, but without a clear plotline. Everything stays in the unclear. It’s more a piece of art, than some common episode. But still I enjoyed it.moreless

    9.0
    Things start to finally take off.

    Dana gets told that she has to operate her breast, because she got cancer. But she denies the seriousness of the whole situation. But what surprised me, was that her friendship to Lara holds up, but I like it this way.

    Carmen blows off Shane after she caught her with her ex, right before they started to get it on.

    But what does Shane, supposedly so madly in love with Carmen? She just goes and fucks her ex! I so hated that.

    Bette being enlightened during her meditation - what the fuck is that?

    Max/Moira is starting to change into a man, completely. But for what? Is she going in for treatment?

    Alice and her new vampire girlfriend, what sick thing is that? Ok, I understand the idea behind it, but seriously what is it? Sure all is made up pretty good.

    Helena tackling around Alice, I think it’s so not her. Because Helena is such a strong character, I don’t understand why she struggling around.

    Bette and Tina get in serious trouble, not only that their roles changed completely and Bette got trouble adjusting, also because Bette thinks about moving to New York. Why is that necessary?



    This episode shows really a lot of nudity, maybe a bit too much. That’s for sure. And everything is shaken around, like never before. Couples break apart, but new connections were created. Will they be something serious? This episode provides us with a lot of break-ups or other serious trouble, but nothing is a clear plot line, it’s more like some blurred piece of art. Somehow I liked it, but I think it wasn’t the big hit!moreless
  • Tina and Bette not the most romantic couple anymore. Alice not insane as much anymore,and Shane and Carmen no comment on the niether of them. Dana I'm very disappointed of her she doesn't have any confidence about her illness.moreless

    9.0
    When I watched this episode I was very suprised,or amazed. Bette and Tina are agravating now or should I say Tina, Bette is trying to make it work and it looks like Tina trying to make it worst. Dana and Lara relationship are drifting apart from what I'm seeing.I think if her friends were there including Alice she would have more confident. Shane,Shane,Shane she really screwed up with her ex,if she was to tell Carmen she would be pissed off or more than pissed. But, everyone knowns that something was going to happen if it was Shane or Carmen but,everybody knowns it would be Shane she can't be committed its just not Shane. Carmen really over reacted in the WAX I could see if Shane could of had made a move but she didn't that when Carmen could of reacted like that. Alice and her lesbian speed dating thing was hot. I think they would be hot together. A very special episode!!!!moreless
  • Talk the talk, or walk the walk...

    10
    I think the thing about The L Word is that because each episode flows into each other, it\'s difficult to watch them individually because there\'s a lack of closure. If watching them once after another like on DVD for instance, I think the experience would be much better.



    That's how I feel anyway. I watched Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD and I'm finding it difficult now watching only one episode a week because of the lack of closure.



    I thought this was a great episode as well as the previous episodes of this season.moreless
Keram Malicki-Sanchez

Keram Malicki-Sanchez

Chase

Guest Star

Erica Cerra

Erica Cerra

Uta

Guest Star

Derek McIver

Derek McIver

Frank

Guest Star

Lauren Lee Smith

Lauren Lee Smith

Lara Perkins

Recurring Role

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming

Billie Blaikie

Recurring Role

Alexandra Hedison

Alexandra Hedison

Dylan Moreland

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Deleted Scenes:

      Scene #1: Three cowboys on the road
      This very brief scene with no dialogue takes place before the opening teaser that was shown. Coleman and two of his buddies walk down the road to the service station.

      Scene #2: Dana wanders
      Dana walks slowly in her apartment, distracted. She stops in front of a large mirror, turns on the light, and starts undressing as the camera films her reflection on the mirror.

      Scene #3: Shane and Jenny talk about Carmen
      Jenny and Shane are at WAX. Jenny complains to Shane that Carmen is a snob and that she is always bitching about Moira. At first Shane tries to defend Carmen but finally admits that she is in fact a snob.

    • Nitpick: The handkerchief code (or hanky code) was used mainly in the 1970's as a discreet way for gay people to indicate their sexual preferences to each other. A colored handkerchief or a bandanna in the right back pocket meant that the person was interested in performing the act, while a bandanna in the left pocket indicated that the person preferred to receive the act in question. Different colors were used to indicate different acts or preferences, but there were also numerous regional variations of the "code". According to a commonly-held code, Coleman should have had a light blue bandanna (oral sex) in his left pocket instead of the red one he is seen wearing in this episode. It's also possible that Frank has no idea what the color codes mean.

      The hanky code was recently brought up again -- and raised up old memories and nostalgia among gay people -- when navy blue bandannas were handed out as promotional items for Brokeback Mountain (2005), a Golden Globe winning romantic movie about the love affair of two gay cowboys in the 1960's.

    • Opening Teaser:
      Fairfax, Virginia -- 1985: Frank pulls in to a service station because he has a flat tire. He talks to his car phone about a conference for people to overcome their homosexuality. A young man approaches the car, offering his help. The two men go in to look for a replacement tire.
      The Connection: The man -- Pastor Frank from the opening scene of the previous episode -- gives a blowjob to the young service station guy. Frank and Coleman form the fifth link in The Chart.

    • Highlight below for a spoiler:
      Bette finds out that Tina has had cybersex with a man.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Helena: (researching Alice's vampire girl) Okay, vampires are immune to disease.
      Alice: Great. Am I supposed to expose her to a deadly disease? 'Cause I could be the one who would end up dead by that.
      Helena: Supposedly they never snore.
      Alice: Great, who needs that?
      Helena: Okay, they only like to go out at night... blah, blah, blah.
      Alice: Okay, possible match.

    • Shane: Cherie, what the fuck?
      Cherie: Now, that's no way to greet an old friend.

    • Shane: So, you're Cherie Peroni?
      Cherie: I went back to my maiden name. I wasn't going to keep that fucker's name. But, I certainly kept a shit load of his money.

    • Bette: You know, Tina had a lumpectomy and you can't even see the scar.
      Helena: No, no, you can't.
      (Bette glares at her.)
      Helena: I mean... I didn't even know that she had had one.

    • Alice: (to Helena) That's the beauty of bisexual speed-dating: the odds are twice as good. Okay? The world is your bisexual oyster!

    • Tammy: We're here looking for a sperm donor.
      Alice: Okay... I'm a little low on the sperm tonight.

    • Job Interviewer: We're looking for someone who is a team player. We're team players here.
      Moira: Yeah, I'm a team player.
      Job Interviewer: What side do you bat for, Moira?

    • Jenny: How did your job interview go?
      Moira: I'm not fish or fowl.
      Jenny: Okay...

  • NOTES (8)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: March 11, 2012 on Prima LOVE

    • This episode was nominated for the 2007 Leo Award for "Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series".

    • Rosanna Arquette (Cherie Peroni, ex-Jaffe) is credited as a special guest star.

    • This episode was rumored to contain a scene that the fans had dubbed "Dana's dirty dancing". However, the scene never made it to the final cut even though the credit for the extra used in the scene, Tara Janicki as "Dana's Butch Girl", is still intact in the closing credits. Unfortunately the deleted scene wasn't even available online at SHO.com although three other deleted scenes were.

    • Music Featured in This Episode:
      - Feel Like Makin' Love by D'Angelo
      - Razz My Berries by Werner Tautz
      - Changes (a David Bowie cover), performed at The Planet by Dallas Roberts and Alan Cumming
      - Vol 5 by Othello 9
      - The Constant Lover by Magneta Lane
      - Not This by Fannypack
      - Don't Be Afraid by Sweatshop Union
      - Naughty Song by Cory Lee
      - Collision by Raymond MacDonald
      - The Lions and the Cucumber by Manfred Hübler & Siegfried Schwab (from the movie Vampyros Lesbos (1971))
      - I Drive Alone by Esthero

    • On February 1st, 2006, Showtime announced of The L Word "fanisode", a collaborative fan fiction competition to write an episode script for the series. The finished product will be distributed as a digital magazine to all participants. Since all the Season 3 episodes had already been shot at this point, it is unclear whether the finished script will ever be filmed. However, the producers retain the "option to produce the finished script in the future".

    • Showtime renewed the series for a fourth season on February 2, 2006 -- three days before this episode aired.

    • This episode is directed by Kimberly Peirce, the director of the Oscar-winning 1999 movie Boys Don't Cry about a young woman who cross-dresses as a male.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Billie Blaikie: Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen!

      This line is one of the opening lines from the musical Cabaret, and is repeated throughout the play by the Emcee. Alan Cumming, who plays Billie, also played the role of the Emcee in the Broadway run of Cabaret in 1998-1999.

    • Tina: Why don't you take a look at some Paddy Chayefsky films?
      Josh: Oh my god, Network is my favorite movie.
      Tina: I was actually thinking of The Hospital.

      A reference to the Oscar-winning playwright, author and producer Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981) and his movies Network (1976) and The Hospital (1971).

    • The movie poster Josh has bought for Tina, her "favorite movie of all time", is of Catch-22 (1970), a parody about a World War II bomber pilot who tries to get himself declared insane so he can avoid the flying missions and go home.

    • Nosferatu
      Highlight for a spoiler: Uta Refson's name spelled backward is "Nosferatu". Nosferatu is a classic German silent movie made in 1922 -- probably the first vampire movie ever made. It is based on Bram Stoker's book Dracula but because the movie studio was unable to obtain rights to film it, they instead changed the characters' names (and ended up with a copyright infringement suit).

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