The L Word

Season 2 Episode 3

Loneliest Number

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 06, 2005 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

When she is rejected from the writing class, Jenny sets out to win over her intimidating professor. Tina is devastated when she finds an email from Candace on Bette's computer, Dana and Alice continue to hide their attraction for each other, and Kit tries to find an opening act for her new club.moreless

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  • Alice and Dana take their relationship to a new level in a way that's a little kinky, a lot sexy, and extremely hilarious. Bette tries fixing her relationship with Tina. [This summary taken from 'The L Word Online']moreless

    I loved this episode, I thought it had some hilarious scenes. I especially loved the dancefloor scene where Alice is dancing between Tonya and Dana, the first telling her she doens\'t mind sharing, the second dancing really close to her. At one point, it becomes a little too confusing for Alice and she runs off. I thought it was brilliant, a real funny bit! I really like the Dana-Alice storyline. It\'s the first time I can actually relate to a storyline on this show. Nice going, keep up the good work.moreless
Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Eric Beener

Guest Star

Samantha Banton

Samantha Banton


Guest Star

Michael Karl Richards

Michael Karl Richards

Roman Brown

Guest Star

Sandra Bernhard

Sandra Bernhard

Charlotte Birch

Recurring Role

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Joyce Wischnia

Recurring Role

Chris William Martin

Chris William Martin

Hunter Kirby

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: When Alice buzzes Dana up for the second time, the buzzing sound occurs before she hits the button.

    • Most of The L Word characters seem to have art collections. When Alice wakes from her dream, we see that she has Egon Schiele (1890-1918) paintings on her wall. Schiele was well-known for his depictions of lesbians.

    • Although her moving in doesn't happen on-screen, it is obvious that Shane is Jenny's new roommate.

    • Tina moves out of Alice's place and into Joyce Wischnia's guest house.

    • Opening Teaser:
      Present Day -- In Your Wildest Dreams: In Alice's dream she is being seduced by both Tonya and Dana. Tonya drags a red fingernail across her chest.
      The Connection: Later, a similar situation happens on the dance floor at The Planet.

    • It is revealed that Bette is still in contact with Marina via email.

    • Alice becomes the first of the girls to know that Tina is pregnant. From Tina's comments, we can guess that her unborn baby is a girl.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jenny: How are you?
      Bette: How were you when your life fell apart?
      Jenny: A mess.
      Bette: That's it. That's me.
      Jenny: You know what? It does get better.
      Bette: You know, I keep... replaying it, over and over again in my head. Just trying to figure out... the exact moment... when I could have stopped myself.

    • Dana: (about whether or not they'd ask themselves out) I think I would wanna ask myself out.
      Alice: It would nnnever happen 'cause you wouldn't have the balls to ask yourself out.
      Shane: Well, I would fuck myself... but I wouldn't date myself.
      Jenny: 'Cause you wouldn't do that?
      Alice: It's her house rules.

    • Bert: This wasn't a marriage.
      Joyce: It wasn't? Well, let's see, we've got... a house, cars, vacations, love, commitment, a promise to be true? A baby that was lost. A trust that was broken. I don't know about you, but that sounds like a marriage to me. Does that sound like a marriage to you?
      Bette: It was. (to Tina) It's a... it's a marriage that I don't wanna have end.
      Joyce: Yeah, well, it's a little late for that.

    • Alice: (about Jenny and Robin) Wow, what happened?
      Jenny: Um, I don't know. She's smart, and she's sexy, and she's great.
      Alice: But she brought a U-Haul to the second date.

    • Jenny: If I were a guy, I would definitely ask myself out as a woman, and if I were a woman, there's no fucking way that I would ever ask myself out as a woman.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Alice: (about Robin) But she brought a U-Haul to the second date.

      Alice compares Robin moving too fast in her relationship with Jenny to bringing a U-Haul moving van to a date.

    • Alice: (about The Planet's opening act) We'll find you someone. I know! I know! Pink! Pink! She's in town!

      Alice mentions a pop act with an attitude, Pink.

    • Kit: (about The Planet) ... Just in case a Lenny Kravitz comes into town, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. come in here and they wanna kick it and jam.

      These are references to musicians Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow and Mary J. Blige.

    • Joyce Wischnia: (about Bette) Well, talk about a command performance. Meryl Streep couldn't have done it any better.

      Joyce Wischnia compares Bette pleading to Tina to actress Meryl Streep who has multiple Oscar nominations (and two winnings) and who is largely considered to be one of the best female actresses alive.

    • Tonya twice refers to Dana as "Pookie". Pookie is a side reference to the musical Rent. The Rent character Maureen calls her girlfriend Joanne "Pookie" when she is hiding something. The same is true with Tonya.