The L Word

Season 4 Episode 10

Little Boy Blue

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 11, 2007 on Showtime
9.0
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The girls spend a day at the horse tracks where Catherine and Helena risk it all. Max takes Grace home to meet his estranged family. Bette hosts a dinner party but her obsession over every detail gets on Jodi's nerves. Meanwhile, Jenny and Tina agree on a director, Kate Arden, who quickly becomes interested in Tina.moreless

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    8.2
    A good episode, definitely better than the last one.



    Bette/Jodi fight was great, but pessimistic for them :( Yes, we know Bette is a control freak, but I didn't think she was particularly control-freaky at the party; she was more of a perfectionist with the organisation whereas her reaction to Kit was that of a caring sister.

    Yes, Bette shouldn't have signed for Jodi, but she also did that out of love, not out of power.



    I don't like the new film producer woman. Clearly she is one of the objects leading to the inevitable reunion of Bette and Tina. Her speech and mannerisms also strike me as being quite Jenny-esque.



    Was surprised to hear Kit say she doesn't love Angus anymore.



    Are we getting an individual Tasha storyline coming up?



    Max stuff was okay, but a bit full-on considering he is nobody's favourite character and none of his plots are linked to the others anymore, so the writers just seem to be pushing the transvestite agenda without much creativity.



    Helena is obviously going to lose everything very soon.moreless
  • these girls need to get their stuff together...

    9.2
    Alice and Tash – such a cute couple, too bad the don’t ask don’t tell policy is going to screw up their relationship. Helena and Catherine, Catherine has so much power over Helena and her money, it is scary. Jodi and Bette, SO HOT, what happened to them, Bette needs to chill before she loses a great lady. Jenny, just needs to kill herself already. Shane and Paige, come on Shane, let her into her heart. Tina, ditch the man and go for Kate. Kit – girl needs to go to a meeting. Max – so I got all teary eyed when her/his dad called him son.moreless
  • Max goes home for his Mom's funeral and to face his family; the rest of the gang heads to the track for a different kind of gambling, while Bette plans the perfect little party to introduce Jodi to her friends.moreless

    8.6
    Catherine and Helena devise plans for more gambling—this time with the horse races! They take all the girls with them, and lose lots of money on their "sure thing". That is, everyone except crazy Jenny who bet on the horse whose name she really liked. Tasha runs into someone in her company, who's apparently may not understand the "don't tell" policy. Hard times ahead for soldier Tasha.



    Max and friend arrive at the old homestead where some of the most painful scenes occur: Max is immediately disparaged by some relation (Siobhan. Sister? cousin?) and his dad says hateful things at first. But upon hearing the his wife acknowledged Max's true identity long ago, he relents (as much as he can in a single day). He gives Max the gift his mom wanted him to have: her travel charm bracelet. (Will he be man enough to wear it?) and in private spaces, his dad calls him "Son". But it's a long road to complete and public disclosure, which seems realistic to me. At least they've some made headway.



    Bette prepares for a dinner party to introduce Jodi to the rest of the gang, and she's her usual anal self about it. I know Jodi has never seen such a fuss! But things don't go well from Jodi's point of view, and she's upfront in telling Bette about it. But Bette's feeling that her displays of control are really ways of saying "I love you." As Bette interferes with Tina and director Kate's flirty talk; justifiably gets in Kit's face about her drinking; and continues to try to interpret for Jodi after being asked several times to desist! Many are annoyed by her actions, but poor Bette, feeling all victimized, just doesn't get it. Oh, and I really loved the scene where Paige and her son come to see about Shane. That was sweet. But the conversation about the story telling? That was *hot*!moreless
  • What I loved about this episode, was how they finally got a lot out of the sign language. Definetely very powerful scenes where Jodi was arguing with Amy, and the arguement between Bette and Jodi. It was powerful. Just so very good and well done.moreless

    9.6
    Bette and Jodi reach a whole different stage, but ofcourse the happiness doesn't last too long when Jodi notices Bette's control issues. Jenny didn't bother me much in this episode, shes just not on my top 5 yet. Oh man, I can see that Tasha is going to start having problems because of Mr. Homophobia. Alice seems to be very happy, which usually means something is going to happen at the end of the season thats gonna put her down for the next season. Tina, she couldn't be trying harder to make componsate for what she doesn't have with Bette anymore.moreless
  • Dinner party at Bettes and a funeral in the Midwest...

    8.0
    Poor Bette - how unfair of Jodi to get angry at Bette, when Bette only wanted to make it a nice evening for her and for her to meet the friends. And she shouldn't have blasted Bette for speaking harshly to Kit - as a sister, of course she'd be concerned seeing her alcholic sister drinking! What, she was supposed to ignore it? Enable Kit to go on drinking? I know Bette is a bit of a control freak, but that's just who she is, and I'm surprised that Jodi doesn't get that. Here's hopin' that was enough to drive Jodi back out the door.



    The best thing in this episode (other than the little exchange between Shane & Paige about their, er, story-telling - I think that's gonna be my favorite scene) is Max going home to his Mom's funeral. This is such a real issue that doesn't get a lot of air time. What seems almost unreal is that the dad appears to all of a sudden be more accepting of his daughter's change, whereas, before, he was adamantly very against it. Even slipped and called Max "son" - that was great. I have to admit that I'm turning around on Max - he just used to irritate me, but the character's being rounded out more and more, and becoming more plausible.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

Annabella Sciorra

Annabella Sciorra

Kate Arden

Guest Star

Kristanna Loken

Kristanna Loken

Paige Sobel

Guest Star

Deanne Bray

Deanne Bray

Amy Reed

Guest Star

Sandrine Holt

Sandrine Holt

Catherine Rothberg

Recurring Role

Olivia Windbiel

Olivia Windbiel

Angelica

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Opening Teaser:
      Catherine and Helena are in bed. Catherine draws a racetrack on Helena's naked belly in red lipstick. She marks spot where the horse crosses the finish line just below Helena's navel.
      The connection: Catherina and Helena invite the girls to a day on the horse tracks where they bet $100.000 on a horse called "In the Pink".

    • Goof: In the scene where Shane, Paige, and Jared are at the ice cream parlor, the amount of ice cream on Paige's cone increases and decreases between shots.

    • Goof: In the scene where Paige and Jared go visit Shane, the position of the cross on Shane's necklace keeps changing from the inside of her shirt to the outside between shots.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Paige: I've missed you. And I've missed our, umm... (glances at Jared) Our... story... time. Ahem. That one story in the car, that was the best story I have ever heard.
      Shane: Well, I, uh... You know, I thought of some new... stories. If you want me to read them to you.
      Paige: (huge grin) Of course. Will you listen to some of mine, too?
      Shane: Yeah. Yeah, I'd love to.

    • Alice: By the way, where were you guys?
      Shane: For the...? Uh...
      Paige: Wha-- what were we doing? Umm...
      Shane: You know, we were just, uhhh... We were, umm (uncomfortable cough) reading, reading stories.
      Alice: Oh! Stories. All day?
      Paige: Yeah, it was kind of a whole box-set of, of, of stories, right?
      Bette: (playing along) That was so sweet, that you were reading stories to Paige's son.
      Alice: Really sweet, you guys.
      (Shane cringes.)
      Bette: (signs to Jodi what really happened) They were fucking all day.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2008 Leo Award for "Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series".

    • In the episode, Helena mentions that Jenny is thinking about getting a pet monkey. In the behind-the-scenes video on OurChart.com, it's revealed that it was Mia Kirshner's idea that Jenny would have a monkey. She pitched the idea first to Ilene Chaiken, who shot it down, and then behind her back to writer Elizabeth Ziff, who actually wrote it in the script. However, the scenes were never shot and the subplot taken out because, according to exec producer Ilene Chaiken, that was a "production nightmare".

    • Music Featured in This Episode:
      - Invest in My Love by Janina Gavankar
      - Love Sweet Love by Hathaway
      - You've Got a Cushion to Fall on by Carla Thomas
      - There'll Be Some Changes Made by Helen Humes
      - Sunny Day by tonealy
      - Stuka Stunt by Motor
      - Tropicando by Les Baxter
      - It's Over by Lazy
      - Jungle Montuno by Les Baxter
      - Dust Like by Costanza

    • Showtime renewed the show for a fifth season on March 8, 2007, three days before this episode aired.

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