The L Word

Season 3 Episode 10

Losing the Light

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 12, 2006 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • DVD Goof: On the released DVD, the subtitles ascribe the closing dialog to Lara when it is in fact Alice.

    • Goof: When Tonya is saying goodbye to Alice, two men are walking behind her and almost pass her. The scene cuts to Alice, and when it cuts back to Tonya, the same men are just entering the frame and walking towards them.

    • Opening Teaser:
      Mosque de Paris, Paris, France -- 2006: Lara is in a French spa, having a mud treatment. She chats with a French woman lying next to the table beside hers as another woman, who's had mastectomy on her right breast, walks by.
      The Connection: The link between Lara and the French girl begins to crawl across the screen. However, she is distracted by the woman who has had her breast removed. Lara gets up and calls Dana but she doesn't answer her phone. The link between Lara and the French woman never connects them.

    • Goof: The on-screen times in the beginning of the episode suggest that it's a 10-hour difference between Paris and Los Angeles. However, Paris is on the Central European timezone (CET) which is only 9 hours ahead of the Pacific timezone (PST).

    • The events in this episode take place during a period of approximately 45 minutes (the running time of the episode), from 1:50 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. A clock detailing the passage of time, 24 style, is seen periodically on-screen.

    • Highlight for a spoiler:
      It's revealed that Jenny's ex-husband Tim is now married and his wife Becky is 6 months pregnant.

    • Lawyer: In 2005, Dr. Isabel de Obaldia gets a restraining order against Ms. Peabody, claiming she sexually manipulated and stalked her.

      Dr. Isabel de Obaldia (played by Mimi Kuzyk), Helena's psychiatrist, was seen in the opening teaser of episode 2-4: Lynch Pin.

    • It's revealed that Tonya is trying to get inseminated to have a baby.

    • Highlight for a spoiler: Dana's time of death: 2:35:41 p.m.

    • Deleted Scenes:

      Scene #1: Kit at Tina & Bette's front door
      Kit is peering through a door window into the house. She's knocking on the door but no one answers. She walks around the house and as she passes a window, she hears the phone ringing inside. She waits outside the window to see if anyone comes to answer, but the answering machine picks it up. Clearly no one is home. Disappointed, Kit leaves.

      Scene #2: Dana in the hospital
      Highlight for a spoiler:
      This is a brief scene in which Dana is in the hospital. She is unconscious as the doctors are trying to resuscitate her.

  • Quotes

    • Carmen: You seem upset.
      Shane: That's you projecting, Carmen.

    • Tonya: You know I was always a little jealous of you, Alice.
      Alice: Why?
      Tonya: 'Cause Dana loves you so much. It was actually kinda hard to deal with when we were together. I mean, that there was ultimatly this other person that was so much more important than me.

    • Max: (after having lunch with Tim) Do you miss it?
      Jenny: What?
      Max: Being with a man? I mean, that coulda been your life.
      Jenny: I would've killed myself if that were my life.

    • Shane: Did you fuck her more than once?
      Carmen: Why does that matter, Shane?
      Shane: Did you?
      Carmen: Who says that I fucked her?

    • Shane: (to Carmen) Do you feel better now? Do you feel good to know that we're even?

    • Bus Stop Woman: None of us do much in this world alone, except die.

    • Alice: (leaning to Dana, after Tina leaves) You're right: bisexuality is gross. I see it now.

    • Becky: (about Max) Why did you laugh? You made him feel bad.
      Tim: Becky, the next time we see Jenny, she might be with a German Shepherd. Just brace yourself.

    • Bette: I've been silent for almost ten days.
      Bus Stop Guy: Someone have you locked up?
      Bette: Nope, it was entirely voluntary. I just escaped from a silent retreat. I couldn't do it; I could not reach a higher plane no matter how hard I tried. Sometimes I would start to feel like it was gonna happen but then it just never did. So, you know what, I left. I'm a meditation retreat drop-out.

    • Bette: I'm going home to Los Angeles.
      Bus Stop Guy: She just escaped from a silent retreat.
      Bus Stop Woman: Silent? Oh, that's not good.
      Bus Stop Guy: That's what I told her.
      Bus Stop Woman: It's not good to keep things inside. They eat away at you.
      Bette: This was supposed to be more of a, you know, kind of release.
      Bus Stop Woman: How can you release anything if you keep it all inside?

    • Max: Do you miss it?
      Jenny: What?
      Max: I dunno. Being with a man. I mean, that [Tim & Becky] could have been your life.
      Jenny: I would've killed myself if that were my life.

    • Highlight for a spoiler:
      Shane: I didn't know you were into classical music.
      Carmen: Well, there are a lot of little things you don't know about me.
      Shane: Oh yeah? I bet there is. Like what?
      Carmen: Uhh... Like, I shot a gun once. It was my cousin's and it was very loud.
      Shane: I know what you mean. I shot one once, too. Alright, go on! Tell me some more.
      Carmen: I cheated on you.
      (Long, awkward silence.)
      Carmen: I said I ch--
      Shane: (snapping) I heard you.

  • Notes

    • This episode features three actors from the SyFy series Sanctuary.
      At the cafe the waitress talking to Kit is Agam Darshi, known as Kate Freelander on Sanctuary. Later at the busstop Bette meets Ryan Robbins, the werewolf Henry Foss. Shortly after that in the courtroom with Helena, Whit Strobel, portrayed by Peter Wingfield, is one of the The Five known as James Watson.

    • This episode won the 2007 Leo Award for "Best Overall Sound in a Dramatic Series".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: October 15, 2007 on Canal Warner
      Czech Republic: April 15, 2012 on Prima LOVE

    • After this episode, Showtime aired a special 8-minute clip of the cast and crew members talking about the importance of portraying a breast cancer storyline on the show, Erin Daniels' reactions when she heard that her character Dana would get sick, and the other cast members saying goodbye.

    • This episode marks the first appearances of Eric Mabius (Tim) since episode 2-1: Life, Loss, Leaving, Meredith McGeachie (Tonya) since episode 2-6: Lagrimas de Oro, and Holland Taylor (Peggy Peabody) since episode 2-13: Lacuna.

    • In the mediation for the sexual harassment subpoena, the lawyer shows a photograph of Tina, Helena and the kids in the pool during their swimming lesson. In the original version of the episode scripts, there was supposed to be a mysterious man stalking Helena with a camera, but these scenes never made it to the final cut. However, in the closing credits for episode 3-9: Lead, Follow, Or Get Out of the Way, there is a credit for "Mysterious Man", played by Kurt Max Runte.

    • Apart from the opening title song and the song "sung" by the toy flower, this episode doesn't have any music. The song the toy flower plays is the Louisiana state song You Are My Sunshine, written and composed by former Louisiana State Governor Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell, and first recorded in 1940.

  • Allusions