The L Word

Season 2 Episode 7


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 03, 2005 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • Title: Luminous
      The title of this episode is also the title of the story Jenny writes for her writing class.

    • Opening Teaser:
      Les Rues Montmartre -- Some Other Time: Henri (Hunter) and Madelaine (Charlotte) are walking along a small alley in Paris. They approach a coy-looking prostitute, Jasmine (Jenny).
      The Connection: Later, Hunter Kirby reads his Henry Miller-esque story in Charlotte Birch's class.

  • Quotes

    • Alice: What do you think we should say?
      Dana: I don't know. That... I don't know! Nothing much has changed, you know? We're still hanging out every day and night, it's just that now we're having... incredible, mind-blowing, earth-shattering sex.

    • Tina: (on Bette's answering machine) I just wanted to let you know that I've been, uh... thinking about... our baby. We conceived of this baby together and you should... absolutely... be part of... her life.

    • Carmen: (to Shane) You wanna know something? You've been getting away with this shit for far too long. I don't know what that poor, ass-kissing woman did to piss you off – you know, maybe you guys were walking down the street one day and she smiled at you too sweetly by accident! Okay, but maybe... maybe she bought you a gift to let you know that... that you're kinda special to her! (starts to cry) Or just maybe... maybe she really liked you. I think that... that that's something... that you just don't know how to handle right now. And, uh... and I also think that... that we sweet, simple folk... will not go around kissing your ass forever.

    • Carmen: I don't know why I left last night. I really wish I hadn't.
      Jenny: I think because you like Shane.
      Carmen: I'm not someone... who falls for... fucked-up, unavailable people.
      Jenny: I don't think that we really have a choice in the people that we fall for, Carmen.

    • Woman: (to Bette) Hi, my friend wants to know if you're ready to start dating? Um, she says she could be your rebound girlfriend.
      Kit: (laughing) Hey, that's not a bad offer.
      Bette: Does it have an expiry date, because I think I really might need to think about it.
      Woman: I'll go ask her.
      Kit: (after the woman's gone) You're being pimped!

    • Veronica: So why shouldn't I become a lesbian?
      Shane: Uh, because women are intense; they're a lot of work that can suck you dry.

    • Hunter: I feel that Jenny is to the Midwest as Carson McCullers is to the south. It's, uh, it's gothic, it's grotesque and yet always delivered with self-deprecating humor.

    • Meryl Rothman: (coming on to Bette) I'm a therapist now. In private practice.
      Bette: Oh?
      Meryl Rothman: But, uh, I would rather date you than analyze you.
      (Bette stares, speechless.)
      Meryl Rothman: Call me.
      Valerie: (to Bette, after Meryl has gone) You've been meat-tagged.

    • Veronica Bloom: Why do people always let you down? No matter how much you have done for them. Don't you find that to be true?
      Shane: That's why I... try not to need anything from anyone.

    • Jenny: (to Mark) You're weird, you're weirder than me.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Jenny: (about Hunter's story) I actually think that it's Henry Miller Lite.

      Jenny compares Hunter's story to those of American writer Henry Miller (1891-1980). Since the story is clearly a feeble copy of Miller-esque themes, she calls it "Miller Lite" -- a reference to the light beer by the same name.

    • Venus de Mylar
      The name of the drag queen in Jenny's story is a pun of Venus de Milo, a classical piece of ancient Greek sculpture, and Mylar, polyester film used in e.g. balloons.

    • Veronica Bloom: You want me to go from Marty to M. Night-f---ing-Shyamalan? Where were you educated? Do you even know the difference between War and Peace and a Marvel f---ing comic book?!

      Indian-born M. Night Shyamalan is a movie director who has become famous for directing such hit thrillers as The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), and Signs (2002).

      War and Peace (Vojna i mir, published in 1865-1869) is a literary classic by Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

      Marvel Comics, founded in 1939 under the name Timely Comics, is an American comic book company responsible for publishing such titles as Spider-Man, the X-men and Fantastic Four, all of which have since been made into popular superhero movies.

    • Jenny looks like Jean Seberg, the female lead in the 1960 French movie À bout de souffle (Breathless), down to the hair and T-shirt.