The L Word

Season 2 Episode 8


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 10, 2005 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

When Alice runs into her ex, she is surprised to find out that she is now dating Dana's ex-girlfriend. Bette and Tina reach an agreement over their relationship, Jenny is worried that she may have lost a writing job, and Shane finds some comfort in a church.moreless

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    I loved this episode mostly for the ending. I think it has got to be my favourite L Word ending so far in the series. The whole episode Bette controlled herself so well, and was rewarded for that at the end of the epispde. It was so lovely seeing her friends finally gather round her again after neglecting her for so long; they all realised that she was hurting and she needed their love and company as much as Tina did, who has now turned into the betrayer in their eyes.

    The rest of the episode was also decent and the other characters had quite light but enjoyable storylines mostly.moreless
  • We learn about Shane's past.

    This episode definitely showed a lot about Shane's character. She's been voted most favorite on the L Word series, and is my favorite as well.

    The encounter between her and Carmen revealed how Carmen's words seemed to have hurt her. Despite Shane's hard exterior, you know she's feeling something for Carmen. I loved how the writer's had told a lot about Shane's childhood experiences. She's Catholic, but hadn't entered a church in 16 years. They show she's from Texas and that her mom was a drug addict, trying to get clean. I loved how they had her explain how she hadn't been in a church for sixteen years, and that her reasons for liking confession were that you can't see the person's face. You can't see how much they may be hurting while they speak.

    Ironically, after Shane overdoses on X, she calls Mark. It says a lot about how she's beginning to trust people, and even when she invites him to hang out next door it proves that maybe there's hope for Shane to change and finally open up to people. You see Shane's struggling to ignore Jenny and Carmen's relationship by pushing Carmen away. Typical Shane behavior though, so you can't really expect any less.moreless
Guinevere Turner

Guinevere Turner

Gabby Deveaux

Guest Star

Melissa Leo (I)

Melissa Leo (I)

Winnie Mann

Guest Star

Tony Goldwyn

Tony Goldwyn

Burr Connor

Guest Star

Lauren Lee Smith

Lauren Lee Smith

Lara Perkins

Recurring Role

Michael Tomlinson

Michael Tomlinson


Recurring Role

Sam Easton

Sam Easton


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Alice: I don't know why everybody thinks I'm so funny.
      Dana: Because you are. Alice, you're a funny lady, and it's one of the things I love about you, and I'm not the only one.
      Alice: I don't like you very much right now.

    • Alice: What am I gonna do for my audition?! A once-a-week, three-minute culture spot. Great. I need fucking ideas!
      Dana: People who ruin their lives because they can't stop having sex?
      Alice: 'Kay. That's really not helping.

    • Jenny: I haven't seen you guys in a couple days. What have you been doing?
      Alice: (a little too quickly) Working. / Dana: Training.
      Tina: (smiling) They've been having sex all weekend.

    • Shane: (at confession) Everyone... wants something from me, and... I don't feel like I have anything left to give.
      Priest: What have you been giving up until now?
      Shane: Sex. That's mainly what people want.

    • Dana: (to Alice) I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you through the feathers, pillow queen.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Alice: (about the many connections on The Chart) And once you get her on the chart, y'know, you have Warren Beatty. Which [means], you have him on the chart, you know, you pretty much have [everyone]...

      Before his marriage to Annette Bening in 1992, actor Warren Beatty was notorious for having been involved (and dumped) a host of celebrity women. It's not clear who the woman is to whom Alice is referring to.

    • Alice: My big catch-phrase-ending could be, um, "Go ask Alice 'cause she knows what's goin' on!"

      This is a reference to the Grace Slick / Jefferson Airplane song White Rabbit which has the line "Go ask Alice / I think she'll know". The entire song, in turn, is a big reference to the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

    • Helena: The Chateau Marmont is getting so tedious, I mean, I can't walk from one end of the lobby to the other without being offered to do blow or finance four independent films starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

      The Chateau Marmont Hotel on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles is famous for its frequent celebrity patrons. Helena also mentions actress Maggie Gyllenhaal who is known for her quirky characters in small independent productions. What's interesting is that this is the second time this season she is mentioned on the show.