The L Word

Season 5 Episode 11

Lunar Cycle

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 16, 2008 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • Deleted Scene: Niki and Begonia get into it before a scene
      Begonia, Niki, and Shane are in the make-up room. While Shane does Begonia's hair, Niki chatters about the Subaru Pink Ride. When the make-up artist pulls Niki's blouse off her shoulder to cover the tattoo underneath, she quickly replies that she's not taking her shirt off today. Begonia says Niki doesn't know what she's talking about: they're shooting a love scene today. Niki's adamant – she doesn't want to take her clothes off. "Sweetie, I don't wanna get naked with you, either", Begonia retorts. Niki storms out of the room to get to rehearsal while Shane tries to calm Begonia down. "Today's going to be a fun one", she says to herself when the actresses have left.

  • Quotes

    • Mary Lamm: (to Clea Mason) What inspires you to dress women?
      Alice: I bet it's the same reason that I like to undress them?

    • Jenny: Never again will I... avail myself to someone with such generosity and an open heart, and show her the ropes and teach her everything that I know.
      Shane: Don't let Adele do that to you, Jenny.
      Jenny: I'm talking about Niki.
      Shane: Oh, fuck Niki.
      Jenny: I did.

    • Bette: There's been something that's been missing for me. Something that's hard to define. And I have been desperately just trying to create this thing, and just looking for it. But I... I've been just flailing. And I realize now that you and I, we're never gonna find it.
      Jodi: How do you know?
      Bette: Because I have it with someone else.

    • Bette: (to Jodi) I love who you are. I love how you stand in the world. I love your passion, your anger. But you and I are fundamentally different. We have different core values.

    • Jodi: You said you weren't going to let me go. You said you were going to fight for our relationship.
      Bette: I meant a friendship.
      Jodi: I don't want a friendship with you!

    • Alice: Oh come on, Mary, you know you want to try it. All the straight girls do.
      Mary Lamm: Well, I don't.
      Alice: Tsk, tsk, don't protest too much.
      Mary Lamm: I don't know what you're insinuating. Not everyone is gay.
      Alice: And thank god for that.

    • Tasha: Because our relationship will be unbalanced if you pay a bigger portion of the rent.
      Alice: I will be out of balance if you make me live in a shithole.

    • Sam: I never thought I'd say this, but I actually think that Jenny's got some...
      Tina: Talent?
      Sam: She's making some interesting stylistic choices.
      Tina: Last I was watching dailies, and I thought 'Oh my god, we might have a really good movie.'

    • Alice: We don't have to split the rent exactly down the middle.
      Tasha: Yes, we fucking do.
      Alice: If I get this job, I'll be making a lot more money.
      Tasha: Alice, can we just keep looking?
      Alice: I hope you bleed soon. I really do.

    • Jodi: Are you in love with her?
      Bette: It's very complicated.
      Jodi: Of course it's complicated. I'm asking if you love her.
      Bette: Yes. I love her.
      Jodi: Do you love me?
      Bette: Yes, I love you, I do.

    • Bette: (about her meeting with Phyllis) Just tell her I have wicked P.M.S. I don't know. She probably doesn't even remember what that feels like.

    • Jodi: (walking into The Planet, seeing the table flipped over) Looks like somebody got here before me.
      Tina: Jodi, I'm so sorry--
      Jodi: (to Bette) Why is she talking to me? Doesn't she know I'm deaf?

    • Dawn: What's up, ladies? What's wrong, you all look a little down? PMS? Did you all sync up on the Subaru Pink Ride?

    • Bette: (about Jodi) She hasn't returned any of my messages.
      Kit: (scoffs) Well, do you blame her?
      Jenny: Ladies, ladies, please don't fight. I can't stand it when sisters do that.
      Alice: Jenny, this isn't a scene in your movie. You don't have to direct it.

    • Jodi: (to Bette) I'm not gonna kill myself over you! Don't flatter yourself.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Shane: (to Jenny, referring to Niki) Fucking worthless, dim-witted actress who should be on the cover of Maxim.

      Maxim is a popular U.K.-based men's magazine that has branched out all over the world, including the U.S. It is the leader in men's magazines, with a circulation of approximately 2.5 million.

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