The L Word

Season 2 Episode 4

Lynch Pin

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 13, 2005 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • In Shane and Jenny's house a photograph of the late poet Sylvia Plath can be seen above the fire place/on the mantel piece. It is visible when Mark is talking to Shane and Jenny while they are eating their bagels.

    • Goof: When Bette goes to see Helena Peabody, she is not wearing her ring outside the building as she uses the buzzer. The ring appears on her left hand once she is inside talking to Helena.

    • Sarah Lind's character is referred to as "Alyssa Nero" in the dialogue. However, she is credited as Alyssa Neros.

    • Mark moves in with Jenny and Shane.

    • Opening Teaser:
      New York City -- Present Day: A woman is at her psychiatric's office. She begins to kiss her, and although the therapist tries to resist her at first, she finally gives in.
      The Connection: The woman at the therapist's is later revealed to be Helena Peabody, Peggy Peabody's daughter.

  • Quotes

    • Jenny: I kinda like men with small dicks, 'cause then they work really hard to try to please you, you know? Right?
      Tina: Jenny, I am beginning to think that you are definitely a lesbian.

    • Veronica Bloom: (to Shane) What are you dressed like? Are you the poster child for the under-nourished and gender-confused?

    • Tina: (about her hypothetical penis) Okay, how big is my penis?
      Alice: Hmm, okay lean. Okay, I see a really big cock down there. It's long, it's not too thick, it's not too veiny.
      Dana: Gross.
      Alice: I, on the other hand, have a giant sausage.

    • Shane: (if she had a penis for 24 hours) I would pee, standing up on every bush I could find.
      Dana: That's all you would do. Just pee.
      Shane: Yep.
      Jenny: You really wouldn't try to fuck a lot of girls?
      Shane: I don't need a dick to do that.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Tina: It's Lisa Yuskavage. She's one of Bette's favorite painters.

      Lisa Yuskavage is controversial contemporary painter. Many of her paintings depict lush, often blonde, naked or scantily-clad females. The painting hanging in Bette's apartment is also featured on the cover of the book Lisa Yuskavage: Small Paintings 1993-2004 by Tamara Jenkins.

    • Mark: Have you ever seen this movie called Grey Gardens?

      Grey Gardens (1975) is a documentary about the cousin and aunt of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, both named Edith Bouvier Beale, who lived in almost total isolation from the rest of the civilization. The movie directors David and Albert Maysles will also be referred to in the next episode.

    • Veronica Bloom: You tell her that if she's not back on that set in ten minutes with her hair perfect, I will fire her sorry ass and replace it with Kate Winslet's spotless mind!

      A reference to actress Kate Winslet and her 2004 movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

    • Bette: (to James) Can you get me a private tour of the Frick?

      Bette wants James to arrange for her a tour of The Frick Collection.

    • Carmen: You have the complete Brigitte Bardot collection?

      Brigitte Bardot is a French actress and singer, who was at the height of her career in the 1960's. Best known for her movie career, she has also recorded some albums.

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