The L Word

Season 3 Episode 3


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 22, 2006 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Shane opens her own styling business, and Bette loses her position as the sole provider for the family, forcing Tina to take up a job under Helena. Now back in L.A., Jenny introduces Moira to her surprised friends. Dana and Lara make plans to visit France while Alice still obsesses over Dana. Meanwhile, Kit is surprised by The Planet's new manager who wants to make some drastic changes to the place.moreless

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  • Boring, nothing really happened.

    In this episode nothing really happends.We find out that Bette and Tina are in a financial bind, which would be quite obvious since Bette is unemployed and was the breadmaker for the family, and Tina is not working either. Dana visits the doctor, still finding out nothing about her condition.(But we all no what happends there.)Jenny introduces the group to Moira, no one really warms up to her. This LA thing seems like it was a bad idea for her, she doesnt really fit in, and no one seems to be helping her adjust, not even Jenny. The show is draggin its feet,and if it keeps this way its going to loose some of its audience.moreless
  • Dissapointing

    I was annoyed by this episode, nothing really happened.

    What was with the opening scene? Lesbian nuns? I know of a few guys who would love to add that particular scene into their twisted little fantasies but I just did not understand the relevence of it to the episode. Just to point out that lesbianism is taboo in the Catholic church? Duh, what else are you going to shock us with? A great new invention called plastic? It was pretty pointless & relatively redundant. Personally I think they were just trying to find some filler to make the show longer. But enough about the nuns.

    What is the deal with Moira? Why do I have the nagging feeling that she is going to become the lesbian equivilant of a wife beater? I have nothing to base it on at all just a feeling I have - then again it may be unjustified as I missed the previous episode. Something about her rubs me the wrong way.

    I loved the Shane hair care / studio thing. I like that she is getting some stability - even if it means that the writters are probably just setting up her character for some major fall.

    Alice is getting very creepy. Forget the drugs, demons like hers can only be cured with restraining orders & lots of them. Get over Dana, she wasn't worth it to start with. Anybody who will start to sleep with you while engaged to someone else will only do the same thing to you later on. Dana is tennis trash, let her go off with her one dimentional redhead, they belong together.

    What is Bette's issue with dealing with their financial situation? Who tries to pick up a huge check for all of their friends while in the middle of a crisis like that? Is she so proud that she can not admit to her closest friends what is really going on?

    Bah... next week better be better.moreless
  • She's back

    This was my least favorite episode of this series so far, mostly because every character was at their worst. Bette and Tina were both obnoxious and annoying both in their interactions and their actions. Maybe I'm confused about Tina's past work experience but she seems in no way qualified to do this job, and Bette's pride over money was dumb and really hard to watch. Jenny just expecting Moira to fit right in was ridiculous and that dinner made for such awkward moments that I didn't feel like watching. Dana/Alice/Lara is pretty funny still but I don't like the breast cancer story line. Really awful.moreless
  • Funny, natural, passionate, this episode was beautiful. Great work from The L Word cast and crew. Here's my review.

    Episode 3x03 of "The L Word" delivered some great stuff. The writing for this episode was exquisite, ranging from natural to passionate, just what "The L Word" should always be. The metaphor about the lobsters couldn't be more appropriate, it fit perfectly in the way many of the storylines are progressing.

    The heart of this episode was Moira. She suddently finds herself among these perfectly beautiful and feminine women and doesn't know how to act. The interaction between Moira and the girls was excellent, I mean, it was so well written and acted. I loved the way everybody reacted to Moira's comments, and I loved the way they behaved at the dinner table. They were elegant, cosmopolitan, and yes, snobbish, but they acted as they should, they didn't want to hurt Moira but they couldn't hide what they are. Everything from this aspect of the episode screamed "natural". I think it's a great way of telling us "This is what we are, take it or leave it".

    As for Daniela Sea's performance, well, her acting skills are a bit amateurish, but somehow that kind of acting works for Moira. Daniela's hesitating performance conveys realism to the character. I'm beginning to really like her. Let's see what happens in the next episodes to make a final veredict.

    As for the rest of the characters: I'm afraid another crisis for Tina and Bette might result in a definitive break-up, I'm eagger to see what will the writers do to their relationship, how will they manage to make things work for them. Carmen and Shane are adorable, I love how they're exploring Shane's feminine side in this season, first with the white dress, now comparing her to Moira. Carmen looked as hot as always, and I'm beginning to think Sarah Shahi is one of the finest actors in the show. Alice seems to be settling down, I love the way Leisha Hailey works out the most unrealistic part of her character, no matter what incredibly stupid thing the writers tell her to do, she pulls it through pro. Such a great actor. I didn't really care for Kit in this episode, but the truth, I never really cared about her. I don't know what to think about Dana's possible breast cancer. I don't like how they resort to the cancer thing to make a character more interesting or to "spice up" the story, I think it's a symptom of a lack of creativity (as with Brian from Queer As Folk or Samantha from Sex and the City). I think we don't need this. Finally, Jenny didn't have much presence in this episode, even though it was all about her comeback. She looked beautiful and nice, I don't share the hatred that many fans of the show feel about her, however, I love the fact that they finally let the dark-depressing-gothic side of Jenny out of the show. I want a bright Jenny, I think it'll work.

    Overall, I think this was a great episode of "The L Word", with some hilarious moments (Moira: "Let us butches unload the truck, c'mon Shane!"; Alice's drugs speech and the "Did you change your hair?" moment - I couldn't stop laughing). The objective of doing a brighter season is being accomplished by now, but with so many shadows approaching in the horizon, it seems it won't last long. Let's hope it does.

    Best: Alice's dinner with Dana's stand-up.

    Worst: Bette wanting to pay for the dinner. So predictable; The teaser.moreless
  • three strikes your out.... right?!?

    The first three episodes of The L word this season have all struck out. This episode is the worst of all three. Nothing much happens, there are a few loose ends from last season that were tied up. Jen comes back from a 6 month trip she took to recover from.... humm... not really sure, it is all kind of convoluted since last season. I guess she is recovering from the abuse she had as a child.

    Bette and Tina are back to the old couple we saw last season. They are both too self centered to see what they have got in front of them. Then there is this really stupid twist of Tina starting to cyber sex with a male. Kit seems to be falling for the new (male) nanny of Bette and Tina's (in my opinion she is the only one who saves the show this season).

    Last of all, for the life of me I can't figure out why it is taking so long to set up the scene for Dana to discover she has.... well, we will just have to wait a while longer to find that one out. Although it is painfully obvious what is going to happen.

    Just not a very creative season. I used to hate having to waiting a WHOLE week to see the next episode, now I just forget all about it and then remember mid week that I need to watch it to see if something happens.

    This is a very slow start to the season. I am really hoping for a home run soon though.moreless
Keram Malicki-Sanchez

Keram Malicki-Sanchez


Guest Star

Laura Mennell

Laura Mennell

Sister Toni

Guest Star

Naomi Joy Gallagher

Naomi Joy Gallagher

Sister Agatha

Guest Star

Lauren Lee Smith

Lauren Lee Smith

Lara Perkins

Recurring Role

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming

Billie Blaikie

Recurring Role

Olivia Windbiel

Olivia Windbiel


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Deleted Scene: Jenny gets some food while on road trip
      This was a very brief scene where Moira's truck is parked in a parking lot. Jenny grabs a bag of fast food she has ordered from a counter and walks back to the truck.

    • Goof: The opening scene is supposed to take place in 1984. However, the book Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence wasn't published until April 1985, although the stories were collected prior to that.

    • Opening Teaser:
      Sublimity, Oregon -- 1984: A bus full of nuns is traveling the highway in the night. Two young nuns are sitting together. While one of them is dozing off, the other one reaches for a book in her friend's lap, revealing that the book has false covers. She starts to read the book, Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence and -- aroused -- slides her hand under her friend's habit.
      The Connection: The sleeping nun is Sister Toni -- Toni from the opening teaser of the previous episode. She and Sister Agatha form the third link in The Chart.

    • Nitpick: Shane and Carmen are supposedly puppy-sitting for a friend. They must not be very good at it since they left the puppy home alone.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Alice: I just wanna know if you're happy.
      Dana: Yeah, I'm happy. I mean, for the most part, I am.
      Alice: I'm glad one of us is.

    • Carmen: (about the Dana cut-out) Shane, have you seen this?
      Shane: Oh, that's nothin'. You shoulda saw it before.

    • Dana: Bi-rad? Sounds like a personal ad for my ex-girlfriend.

    • Nurse: (giving Dana a mammogram) Okay, this may be a little uncomfortable, but it'll only last for a few seconds.
      Dana: That's alright. I'm a hard ass... or a hard boob.

    • Tina: (about Moira) Maybe she kept Jenny from feeling lonely. You know how it is when you're with someone that's completely wrong for you... just because you don't want to be alone.

    • Carmen: How 'bout we help you with your bags.
      Moira: Oh, you girls just relax and let us butches unload the truck. Come on, Shane.
      Carmen: (mock-serious, to Shane) Big butch! Go unload the truck!

    • Bette: (to Angus) See you've met my sister.
      Angus: Yeah, I think she put five pounds on me.
      Kit: Aww, he can afford it with that skinny booty of his. Have you ever seen one so small and tight?
      Bette: Well I'm really not in the habit of checking out the nanny's ass.

    • Tina: Somebody in this family has gotta make a living.
      Bette: I have made a living for the last 15 years. I don't think my ability to make a living is really in question.
      Tina: I'm not questioning your ability, I'm questioning your desire.

    • Moira: But female lobsters, you don't have to put a lid on the pot because once they realize they're in a pot of boiling water, they all just start grabbing each other and they're like holding each other down. They're like, "If I'm gonna die, everyone's gonna die."

    • Alice: Maybe we could be friends again some day.
      Dana: I would really love that. I miss you.
      Alice: Come back to me then...

    • Alice: I'll let you wash your hands. I know how you like to wash your hands after you go to the bathroom.
      Dana: ... Everybody likes to wash their hands after they go to the bathroom.
      Alice: Yeah, but it's super cute the way you do it.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Shane: I wouldn't necessarily call Moira a stone butch.

      Stone butch can refer to a lesbian who is particularly masculine, in which case "stone" means "very". Stone butch can also mean that the person prefers not to be touched sexually by her partner; she is "stoning" herself against all feeling. In the previous episode when Jenny wants to make love to her, Moira doesn't allow it, which could mean that the latter meaning is fitting for Moira.

    • Bette: This is the new McCarthyism, that's what it is!

      McCarthyism refers to the era 1950–1954 in the United States politics, named after a Republican senator John McCarthy. During that time, people suspected of being Communist sympathizers were actively "witch-hunted", often with little or inconclusive evidence. Bette claims that the current government is practicing its own version of McCarthyism by denying the grant for the controversial arts project, effectively censoring it.

    • Pema Chödrön The book Bette is reading and cites to Tina is Comfortable with Uncertainty (2002) by Pema Chödrön. Born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City, Pema Chödrön is a Buddhist nun. She currently teaches and resides in Gampo Abbey, a monastery in Nova Scotia. Tina remarks that Pema "looks like a Wookie". "Wookiee" is a race of hairy, extremely tall creatures in the Star Wars movies. It's possible that Tina (or the writers) made a mistake and actually meant to say that she looks like an "Ewok", a race of furry but small creatures first seen in the movie.

    • Kiki Smith
      The artwork Bette considers selling is by Kiki Smith, a sculptor and printmaker whose artwork usually features nature themes. The large print above Bette and Tina's fireplace is called Fawn (2001).

    • Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence
      The book seen in the opening teaser is called Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence (1985), edited by Nancy Manahan and Rosemary Curb. It is an anthology of stories by women who are or have been nuns and who have come out as lesbians.

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