The L Word

Season 1 Episode 13

Limb from Limb

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 11, 2004 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

As the "Provocations" opening approaches, Bette struggles with a temptation. After some sad news, Dana turns to Tonya, leaving Alice unhappy. Shane tries to let Clea down gently but it backfires in her face.

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  • So many relationship details in this episode: Jenny's confusion, Shane's real love, Alice's hidden feelings for Dana, Bette's Infidelity... the list goes on! Such incredible writing in this show!

    There was sooo much emotion in this episode, it's amazing!!

    The truth of the matter is that I watch this series because of Shane, and I love her laid-back personality. She finally learns to let herself be in love for the first time and then she gets messed over. The scene where she sees Cherie after talking with her husband was done so well. You can see the real emotion in her eyes and voice.

    Then there's Ivan and Kit. I really like them together. I wish that things could have worked out between them. Then there's the Bette and cAndace situation.

    Overall, this episode was amazing!!moreless
  • This was the perfect 1st season finale ever! It was awesome.

    Okay, I'd have to say that I love the end of the episode the most. The music, Joseph Artur's "In the Sun", is great. It all plays out so wonderfully. My favorite part would have to be Tina finding out. I love the fight and the angry-sex scene. I also love how we see how Shane feels about Cherie Jaffe. Scratch the earlier statement, Alice finally telling Dana how she feels is my favorite part. I love the kiss! Anyway it was an overall great ending to a great season to the beginning of an absolutely brilliant and fantastic show.moreless
  • An episode to remember..

    This episode was a fine example for a season\'s final. Provocative , well written and controversial it created the right mood for season 2. I watched all 3 seasons at once, so i didn\'t have to wait some months to see what happens next in s2, because if it was so i would be really anxious. That is a sucess of this last episode.

    Bette and Tina managed to destroy the best relationship in the show, and i tend to believe the blame belongs to both.. Bette was so depressed and rushed to do things that broke.. Tina was not there,they had that communication problem from the beggining that kept growing.It was inevitable. The sex scene was great because it was realistic and totally justified after what had happened.. This is what happens in real life when there is tension in a personal relationship.

    Shane gave in to her feelings and got disappointed but it was natural..she just chose the wrong person,and as a cynical person herself should have known how this world - unfortunately- works.

    Dana and alice seem to have found the strength to accept their feelings,and made the way for the hilarious s2..

    I was disapointed in the way Marina left.Being a big fan of her i hated the way the writers left this unfinished business with Jenny, or to put it differently ended this story in such a cursory and badly written way..Let\'s see what happens in s4.

    Despite this last story i must admit i loved this season final.By far the best of all seasons..moreless
  • Relationships fall apart and new ones start

    Bette gives into temptaion and has awesome sex with Candace. Alice's feelings for Dana come to the surface as Dana and Tanya's relationship grows to the point that they decide to get married. Shane relationship with Cherie ends badly.

    The most stable relationship on the show is shattered because Bette cheats on tina, leading to one of the most contraversial break up sex scenes ever shown on TV. At the same time tina and bette's relationship shatters, Alice come to Dana's house and tells her that she can't marry Tanya. When Dana asks why, Alic kisses her.

    The season ender put me one the edge of my seat and made me wish for the second season with bited breath.moreless
Sean Campbell

Sean Campbell


Guest Star

Duncan Minett

Duncan Minett


Guest Star

Miles Meadows

Miles Meadows

Cooper the Waiter (uncredited)

Guest Star

Rosanna Arquette

Rosanna Arquette

Cherie Jaffe

Recurring Role

Ion Overman

Ion Overman

Candace Jewell

Recurring Role

Anne Ramsay

Anne Ramsay


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nitpick: When Robin, who's been going out with Marina, finds out that she was the one who broke Jenny and Tim up, she insists that she had no idea who Marina was. Yet when Jenny told her coming-out story at the Dinah Shore weekend (in episode 1-11: Looking Back), Robin was there to listen when Jenny specifically named Marina. Shouldn't she have connected the dots or at least gotten suspicious?

    • In the "Provocations" opening, when Shane goes outside for Cherie, and Steve threatens her, Cherie is talking to the same couple who saw Bette & Candace making out in the hotel stairs.

    • Opening Teaser:
      Los Angeles, California -- Three Days Ago: As Candace pulls into a parking lot, Bette gets in the car with her and says: "Take me somewhere".
      The Connection: Later, we see them checking in at a hotel.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Shane: (to Cherie) You know... my entire life, people have said that... I would become a psychopath if I didn't learn how to feel. But I wanna know, Cherie, what the fuck is so great about feeling? Because I finally let myself. And I feel like my heart's been completely ripped out.

    • Alice: (about Tonya) Allright, I think she killed Mr. Piddles. That's what.
      (Shane rolls her eyes.)
      Tina: Oh, god, why would she do that?
      Alice: Maybe she didn't like the competition!
      Shane: It's because Mr. Piddles was gonna inherit Dana's fortune and Tonya murdered him so she could be the next in line, right? Right? Drop it.
      (Shane walks off.)
      Alice: She's so fucking cranky.

    • Ivan: Do you know what you're looking for, Kit?
      Kit: No. No, not in the big picture sense that you mean.
      Ivan: Then how do you know I can't give it to you?

    • Marina: I would like to propose a toast, um, to Mr. Piddles.
      Bette: To Mr. P, kitty, well-loved furry feline, we will miss you.

    • Shane: I had this insane idea that you and I could be together. Because it felt real.
      Cherie: It was a delusion.
      Shane: Then I'm delusional. Because, I swear you felt the same way about me.

    • Alice: (about Dana and Tonya) What is with the twin thing? Are they merging already?

    • Tina: (about Mr. Piddles) He looks a little strange.
      Alice: Yeah. I think he... hasn't really thawed out, yet. We were afraid he was gonna decompose, so Shane and I put him in the freezer.

    • Kit: (to Bette, sarcastically) Well, thank you for the lessons of the ritual mating habits of the indigenous lesbians. Maybe next week we'll do butch and femme role-play.

    • Bette: (about Ivan) She's madly in love with you, you know.
      Kit: No, he's not, we're friends, he helps me out with stuff.
      Bette: That's because she is in love with you, and she wants to be your husband.

  • NOTES (5)