L Word Recap 603: Shock and Awe

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L Word Recap 603: Shock and Awe

of them. She flees to the bathroom, where she texts frantically (“OMG!!!!! Shane and Jenny HAD SEX!!!!” … “WITH EACH OTHER!!!!!!!”) to:

• Helena, who screams and falls off her treadmill
• Tina, “What the fuck?!”
• Tasha, who grins and shakes her head
• Bette, who interrupts a staff meeting, laughing out loud in disbelief at the first text, and then again, hysterically, at the second one
• Kit, who has yet to learn how to text and will remain blissfully ignorant, for now…

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Now on the phone with Helena, Alice eavesdrops on Shane and Jenny. Jenny says she has no expectations for their relationship and wants to set boundaries since they live together. Jenny appearing to crave healthy relationship parameters? Be afraid, people. Be very afraid!

For posterity’s sake, I am going on record right now stating that I think Jenny is playing Shane with the intent to lure her in and humiliate and destroy her. This is vengeance! This is war! I think she’ll go after Tina and Alice, and all the rest of them (“And your little dog Angie Portard!”), too.

Alice is still freaking out. Helena pulls it together long enough to play the “now, now, they’re grown women” maturity card on Alice, but when informed that Shane just told Jenny she’s “a good kisser,” Helena hops up and down like a little girl confronted with a spider the size of New Jersey, squealing: “Ew! I can’t. That’s disgusting!” Did I mention that I fucking LOVE this episode?!

Jenny asks Alice not to mention to anyone the fact that she’s boinking Shane. Right. Because tact and secrecy are precisely what Alice is known for. Set up, much?!

In a meeting with Jodi — where Tom seems there to 1) insult Bette’s signing abilities, and 2) bear witness — Bette asks Jodi to resign and threatens to fire her when she refuses. Oh, Bette. That was incredibly dumb. Predictable and in-character, but dumb.

Alice’s treatment turns out to be a murder mystery. (Shocking!) Jenny tells Alice her story idea is crap and dismissively suggests a career as a cartoon voice-over artist.

Alice leaves just as Tina arrives to confront Jenny about the stolen negative. Jenny plays dumb, passionately insisting that she needs this movie to come out more than anyone, and would never sabotage its release. (Suuuuure she wouldn’t…)

At The Planet, Shane admits to Alice that the sex was better than she expected. (Gross!) After downplaying



Comments [114]

peacekitty's picture

that's interesting. I think

that's interesting. I think she began that way, but she's undergone a bit of a transformation since last season. I really think she tries to appear completely strong and in control, especially at work, but in her personal life she's very vulnerable.

I totally agree that she's complicated and flawed. That's why she's my favorite.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Julia Watson's picture

I don't think it's a cover-up

I don't think it's a cover-up for her insecurities (although there are plenty of those, too!) at all. I think her snobbishness and selfishness are intrinsically part of who she is, as much as her passion and intelligence. She's complicated and flawed, and kind of awesome.

peacekitty's picture

Y'all are on pot...Bette's a

Y'all are on pot...Bette's a marshmallow under all that "bitchiness" Smile

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

peacekitty's picture

Because it's obvious that her

Because it's obvious that her hardass, snobbish attitude is really a way to cover up her insecurities. She's loving and tender underneath.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Julia Watson's picture

Dude. Bette is one of my two

Dude. Bette is one of my two favorite characters. She's not just bitchy. She's spectacularly bitchy!

Steph H's picture

Julia - your recaps are THE

Julia - your recaps are THE bomb! When I actually get to see the shows in 6 months I am sure I will be thinking - "oh, this must be the bit where Julia was talking about the barf bag!!"...

Why does everyone go for Bette when, fundamentally, she is a biatch??

Steph H's picture

I really didn't like her

I really didn't like her character at the beginning but now I love Helena! I do forgive her an awful lot for being outrageously attractive....

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minniesota's picture

Julia, I give your a 10+ for

Julia, I give your a 10+ for your recap of this episode! Alice seriously cracks me up.

I agree with your theory. Jenny and Shane are like the spider and fly.

And I'll double your GAH. Gah, gah.

I think that scene with Phyllis and Bette was the writers' tip of the hat to all the Bette-fanatics.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Kelly McCartney's picture

Seeing Beals gaffaw so much

Seeing Beals gaffaw so much almost made me forget what a stick in the mud she can be. And, yeah, the playfulness of everyone else brought some much-needed levity to the melodrama. I'm sticking with Rose's laugh and Leisha's smile being the best things about the whole show. Full stop.

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peacekitty's picture

Haha...Helena falling off the

Haha...Helena falling off the treadmill was a riot. Smile

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Julia Watson's picture

Dude. They are VILE! But it's

Dude. They are VILE! But it's almost worth having to sit through their crazy monkey sex scenes just to have gotten to see the expressions on all their friends' faces. Bette, Helena and Alice especially... OMFG.

Grace Moon's picture

shenny is messed up... no

shenny is messed up... no wonder someone had to die.

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peacekitty's picture

You took the words right

You took the words right about of my mouth Julia. I was really thinking there was no saving this show, but my friends and I laughed all the way through it. Thank god! Smile

Leisha saved us from the craziness early on. She was great in this episode, and so was Mia. All of the acting was better and it flowed much more smoothly.

I thought Bette's laughing fit at the end was way over the top though...as if she had smoked a fatty that night and was tripping. Okay so Jenny and Shane kissed...dude it wasn't THAT funny. lol

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Rusty's picture

"fleeing sensibly to the

"fleeing sensibly to the nearest radiation scrub down facility"
Word.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna