The L Word Recap 606: Strike That; Reverse It!

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The L Word Recap 606: Strike That; Reverse It!

Aahhhh! Don’t look now, but the Oompa Loompa Lezzies have escaped the ‘up chocolate creek without a pixie stick’ factory! (Otherwise known as Ilene Chaiken’s office.) Their labors, directed by tyrannical Kreepy Kiddy Show Host, Jenny, the Oompa Lambdas (Including Bette. No. Seriously.) sing while festooning Jenny and Shane’s house with colorful balloons and crepe paper, decorating for Max’s Willy Wonka-themed baby shower.

In the spirit of making fun of their own show, Alice and Shane debate whether Shane should dump Jenny in helium-induced chipmunk voices.

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Dylan and Helena arrive, pausing at the doorstep to canoodle and plan an escape back to their love nest. Jenny greets them at the door and before you can say Veruca Salt, she has let the cat out of the bag with Dylan: “I’m so happy for you! You passed the test with flying colors! We were watching you, how at Hit you rebuffed Nikki Stevens even though she could have helped your career.” Utterly betrayed, Dylan bolts. Helena chases after her, announcing to Shane on her way out, “I’m going to fucking kill your girlfriend.” Ah, just in time to make Max’s arrival at his surprise party yet more awkward. Happy baby shower!

Max, looking ever-so-much like the little boy at his birthday party who desperately did not want a birthday party, is crowned with a purple Willy Wonka hat and given a golden ticket by the Schecter. Jenny does her best to make Jamie feel unwelcome at the party. Shane: “She’s just so inappropriate.” Inappropriate, Shane? Really? Well, it’s a start…

Helena comes back in, devastated that Dylan has left. The party guests debate whether Jenny is malicious or merely thoughtless to the point of criminality. Bette: “I can’t believe Jenny did that.” Alice: “What can’t you believe? We should just grab Shane and make a run for it.” Oh, look. It’s the first sensible thing ANY of you bitches has said ALL SEASON!!!

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Awkward baby shower games ensue. Max opens up to the gang and we learn that Tom has completely disappeared and changed his phone numbers. Ouch. Max is clearly unprepared and freaked about the baby. Shane brings out a huge, crazy cake for Max, who asks Jenny to cut it for him. I halfway expect Ilene Chaiken to jump out dressed like a real Oompa Loompa and drag Jenny off



Comments [57]

peacekitty's picture

He looks to me like Red

He looks to me like Red Skelton's "Freddie the Freeloader" or a hobo like that.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Professor Crandall's picture

OMG diana & i watched that!

OMG diana & i watched that!

Professor Crandall's picture

She is one for nuance...

She is one for nuance...

Professor Crandall's picture

That picture of Max on the

That picture of Max on the throne is, to me, a direct parallel of when people dress up their dogs.

Love this part: "Yes, Shane. Yes, you did. You drank from the fount of Darth Schecter and now you’re paying for it!"

Fastgurrrl's picture

Those were some HOT ASS shoes

Those were some HOT ASS shoes JB was wearing at the gallery, YOWZA!

Erin Blackwell's picture

i always wondered what oompa

i always wondered what oompa loompas were. thanks. i think.

Julia Watson's picture

Yeah, I mostly hear Cage

Yeah, I mostly hear Cage using that term...

Fastgurrrl's picture

I know, that's what it seems

I know, that's what it seems like.

Fastgurrrl's picture

OMG, LBDL you are so freakin'

OMG, LBDL you are so freakin' hilarious and RIGHT! Smile

Fastgurrrl's picture

TOTALLY! :)

TOTALLY! Smile

Robin Rigby's picture

Ouch.

Ouch.

Not2Taem's picture

Elizabeth Berkeley? Is she an

Elizabeth Berkeley? Is she an actor? I thought she was someone who wandered onto the set.

Not2Taem's picture

LB and Lezbeth, <3 the

LB and Lezbeth,
<3 the smilies!

Not2Taem's picture

Here pussy, pussy, pussy!

Here pussy, pussy, pussy!

Tiff's picture

Yeah, KC & Elka on the Planet

Yeah, KC & Elka on the Planet podcast have a theory that the writers of the L Word are intentionally trying to make us sick of the show....

Allegra's picture

It looks like they are all

It looks like they are all tired and want to finish that season as soon as possible.
And what about Shane now, is she changing profession?
.... and that shirt Max was wearing at shower party! It was especially for that occasion? wow!!!

little_earth's picture

You mean that score bar in a

You mean that score bar in a diaper?

Lots of Love - little_earth "Occasionally, I'm callous and strange" - Willow

Lezbeth's picture

Uh-oh...

Uh-oh...

Lezbeth's picture

I do that too--read the

I do that too--read the opening credits to brace myself for what's coming (or not). You're right about AR, I enjoy her writing, though it's clear these sorry storylines have been mapped out in advance. Can the season finale possibly redeem this mess? Maybe that's hoping for too much.

Tex's picture

Never before with a

Never before with a television program have I found myself watching the opening credits more than TLW! I watch to see who wrote and directed the episodes before I watch them - that way I can get myself in a somewhat matching frame of mind.....if it's Angela Robinson, I get ready to laugh, have fun, and great camera work.....if it's EZ, I get ready for weird and out-there......if it's Ilene, I start with a yawn - and call in a thirteen year old to interpret.....

Twitter Time @kdhales

Kelly's picture

i have never heard anyone

i have never heard anyone else use the term "double fisting"

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Hah!! We'll see about that

Hah!! We'll see about that ............

minniesota's picture

Hahaha, Lezbeth is now your

Hahaha, Lezbeth is now your rival with the animated emoticons. Laughing out loud

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

LongBeachDogLover's picture

You're killin' me............

You're killin' me............ Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

Lezbeth's picture

I'm rewatching it right now,

I'm rewatching it right now, too...doesn't look like a hairball to me, but the artist said something about "exploring line" so if that's what a hair ball looks like. If there's a good strong cat hair on your toothbrush, that'll save on floss...

Lezbeth's picture

It's all becoming clearer to

It's all becoming clearer to me.

Lezbeth's picture

Sounds like a good bet...

Sounds like a good bet...

Robin Rigby's picture

I loved how Max used his

I loved how Max used his father in law's presumption of a bladder problem to keep the kids living with him and Tara. Brilliant move.

I'm betting on the poncho goblin for the one who wrecked the mural. So, now I've placed 2 bets on next week's Showtime lineup, let's see how well I do.

LongBeachDogLover's picture

I wonder......did it look

I wonder......did it look like a hairball ?? Laughing out loud
Well, I suppose all art is interpretive.

Wondering why there's cat hair on my toothbrush,
LBCatLover
xxoo

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Hummm........ Oompa Loompas,

Hummm........ Oompa Loompas, Hornswogglers, Snozzwangers, Wangdoodles, rotten Vermicious Knids, rivers of chocolate.....and, the yummy fudge room. Yeah, this all says..... "L Word" to me !! Shock

At least now we know what the "L" in "L Word" stands for: Loompaland Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

minniesota's picture

Hahaha, I finally heard a

Hahaha, I finally heard a great line. When Alice looks at the sculpture in the gallery she quips, "Ahh, looks like a giant cat threw up, huh?"

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

minniesota's picture

Okay, I'm watching the

Okay, I'm watching the beginning of the episode now. That baby shower is my idea of a nightmare. Hah.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Lezbeth's picture

I loved the poncho

I loved the poncho goblin...and the father wetting the bed was a hoot.

Lezbeth's picture

OOOHHHH, I'm not a willy

OOOHHHH, I'm not a willy wonka person, so the opening scene in this episode baffled me until someone said something about willy wonka, but still didn't get the song or the scene. This helps...AND, wow, how lame.

Not2Taem's picture

When Jenny made the oyster

When Jenny made the oyster comment, I was SO hoping Shane would slap some sense into her. Oompa Loompas? Was that Ilene's way of dissing all the lovely folk who have become obsessed with this mess? Forget who killed Jenny; Who dropped acid all over this season?

Robin Rigby's picture

There was nothing to like

There was nothing to like about this week's episode. Including Elizabeth Berkeley's acting. WTF?! Talk about awkward.

I'm betting on Bette threatening Jenny's life next week. I think she's the only one who hasn't. Although it should be Shane or Max who kills her since she's been awful to Max and I feel like she's setting Shane up for a big fall.

Julia, any thoughts on USofT's 'poncho goblin'? I can't wait to see what happens next with that one.

Not2Taem's picture

Ha-ha! It took me a second; I

Ha-ha! It took me a second; I thought he was rubbing a gym sock on his face.

Not2Taem's picture

Yup. Everyone dissed

Yup. Everyone dissed Daniela's portrayal of Max from the beginning; let's face it, Ilene dealt her a hand full of chocolate.

Kel's picture

Yup, IC must have produced

Yup, IC must have produced this season drunk, high and wasted. I was reading through the recap with a big HUH? in my head.

Oh, Max's has a Gibb brother beard not a homeless dude beard!

minniesota's picture

I knew you would come through

I knew you would come through for me, LBDL! Mwah!

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Leave it to you to take

Leave it to you to take requests, lol!

If I had walked in on a Willy Wonka baby shower, I would assume a mass casualty incident had happened.

I suspect Ilene was on the same drugs my doc gave me today. Oh, wait, mine didn't prevent the nausea this episode generated!

lucia_2008's picture

All I can say is from season

All I can say is from season five to season sucks. The writer's must be eating party brownies with an extra ingredient.

Julia...you captured the episode perfectly.

Smile...life is good!!!

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

I knew there was something a

I knew there was something a bit deja vu about this episode!

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Lucky you! I watched the

Lucky you! I watched the first third of it, and thought the nausea I was feeling was from the pain meds, until it went away when I stopped watching.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Yeah, I caught that one.

Yeah, I caught that one. Much more realistic and very well done.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

As usual, Julia, your writing

As usual, Julia, your writing left me in figurative stitches, almost causing me to break one or two real ones, lol.

I wish I could say the same about actually watching the episode. I had to shut it off a third of the way in, it was so contrived and horribly written. I think Shane wretching had more to do with Kate having to participate in that horrible episode than anything else, if what little I saw of the episode was any indication. And, I know I've seen parts of this before, but I can't place them.

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Oh sure, now it all makes

Oh sure, now it all makes perfect sense....... Laughing out loud

Zara Thustra's picture

Here here. I'm totally over

Here here. I'm totally over this season. Usually I'm beyond ecstatic after watching each episode. .... This season is just blah -- I don't quite know how to articulate what I'm feeling. Perhaps I'm feeling that the show has become too self-referential?

Lezbeth's picture

That's great!

That's great!

Lezbeth's picture

Okay, I'm certain nothing

Okay, I'm certain nothing about this season is intended as serious and everything is over-done, over-the-top over done, not much believability in any of the story lines. Given that, I found last night's episode hilarious. The one exception is the tragic story line of Max...too much of the attempt at drama is being done at the expense of this character, including bad stabs at his situation through gross, unbelievable insensitivity in other characters.

Did anyone else catch Daniela Sea playing an FtM transsexual in one of the Law and Order shows last week. Without the beard and with a decent script, she's playing that role very well.