The L Word Recap 607: Nobody Puts Crazy in a Corner

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The L Word Recap 607: Nobody Puts Crazy in a Corner

It’s dance-a-thon time, kids! Alice: “I found more safety pins!” Oh, really? Perhaps you could have used them to hold OurChart together. Yeah, it’s just a tad awkward to have the dead site’s logo featured prominently on all the promo stuff for the dance-a-thon.

Bette arrives, game face revved up. She and Alice perform a complicated psyche-out ritual, during which Alice confesses her plan to sweep all three competitions, including “Last Couple Standing” at the end of the night. Bette: “Step off, bitch! I got this.” (Just kidding; she would have only said that if she were talking to Kelly Wentworth.) At any rate, it’s on like a silicon schlong!

Jenny shows up and confronts Bette about what she thinks she saw the other night, her expression morphing from 'long-suffering martyr' to 'holier than motherfucking thou' in point-five seconds. Jenny asks if Bette has told Tina about the supposed affair yet and infers that if Bette doesn’t, she will. Tina arrives and Bette whisks her away before Jenny can get a word in edgewise.

As it turns out, Tina has just been offered a sweet movie industry job. Bette: “Shut UP! You are such a fucking ROCK STAR!” I can’t decide if I like 16-year-old Bette or not, but I think she’s growing on me. Alas, the job has a catch: it’s in New York. We learn that Bette and Tina can’t stay all night for the whole marathon because they have to pick Marci up at the bus station in the morning.

Sunset, playing emcee, introduces Jamie to the crowd. She brings Alice up for a photo op with would-be jumper Marie. Bette and Tina pledge $1,500 to the cause to get the ball rolling. Okay, WTF? Is Sunset doing an impersonation of Kit on purpose? Kit asks Sunset to be her dance partner.

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Off-handedly, Jenny apologizes to Helena for “what happened” with Dylan. Give me a fucking break, Schecter. “What happened” was YOU! Jamie offers to ditch Alice and Tasha and dance with Helena. Tasha and Jamie share an awkward moment.

The dancing begins and Bette notices that Jodi is there, talking to Jenny of all people. Ruh roh. Bette seems about to come clean to Tina about what did and didn’t happen with Kelly, but before she can get anywhere with that, Alice interrupts them – repeatedly. Al has finally started to twig



Comments [152]

Tex's picture

WHAT?!?!? Who said it? Let me

WHAT?!?!? Who said it? Let me at 'em!

Twitter Time @kdhales

Rusty's picture

Well . . . . I have been told

Well . . . . I have been told that I have bit of an asshole streak.

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

peacekitty's picture

Thanks Xanadu for sharing

Thanks Xanadu for sharing that. I'm sure it's stories like yours that make the cast feel proud that they were a part of this trainwreck...at least back when it didn't suck. Wink

I was already out when it first aired, and I never watched it until last year so I don't have such a special story. Yet I can honestly say that it helped me to meet people I wouldn't otherwise have met and I'm grateful for that.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Steph H's picture

It was touch and go for a

It was touch and go for a moment there, Tae! Wink

Steph H's picture

Hi Hope I can of have a

Hi Hope

I can of have a yearly ritual of waiting for the DVD set to arrive and then watching the episodes back to back over a weekend. Although I have been tempted to watch them here at Vp/youtube this year, but haven't found the time!

Steph

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

My already overactive

My already overactive imagination just went into hyperdrive, lol!

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Woohoo! Extreme silliness is

Woohoo! Extreme silliness is always a good thing! Laughing out loud

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

LOL, leave it to Rusty to

LOL, leave it to Rusty to kick some serious butt! Laughing out loud

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

LOL, step away from the

LOL, step away from the remote and take a deep breath! Laughing out loud

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Wow, someone's having a bad

Wow, someone's having a bad day!

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

With so many reasons to

With so many reasons to drink, I think we'd all be quite drunk before we got 15 minutes into the episode. Laughing out loud

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Very well said.

Very well said.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Thank you , Julia, for

Thank you , Julia, for another hilarious recap! I can't bring myself to watch the show anymore, it has become that, well, weird and boring.

Not2Taem's picture

Has anyone seen itty lately?

Has anyone seen itty lately? I hear she looks really good in green.
Wink

Not2Taem's picture

It might require something a

It might require something a little stronger. Isn't there a drink called Road Kill? Just a thought.

Not2Taem's picture

So this is where I got the

So this is where I got the WORM comment from! For a moment there I feared I had gone totally daft.

*heaves a great sigh of relief*

Not2Taem's picture

I fear it may to late for

I fear it may to late for that.

Not2Taem's picture

LB, did you edit your post? I

LB, did you edit your post? I know I can't have come up with a worm comment out of thin air. :?

Conlite's picture

Thanks for the hilarious

Thanks for the hilarious recaps Julia - always fun to see the show again through your eyes!

I'm happy that we had the L Word and disappointed that it will apparently end on a lame note. Since I only get one lesbian or gay tv show to watch at at a time I love it more than it deserves and pick at the weaknesses more than they deserve. Other shows I watch have lame episodes/seasons and it doesn't bother me much at all because, hey, there's always a dozen other similar shows to watch.

BTW Jennifer Beals seems to have been reprising her dancing role in "Let it be me", not "Flashdance". Her signature dance in that movie was a samba with a lot of the same steps Bette and Tina did in their number. (Though Jennifer was following, not leading, in the movie!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1VVYkGQAlQ

Robin Rigby's picture

Well, obviously I was not

Well, obviously I was not there to see you 'jumping up and down all alone in your apartment' but knowing you I wouldn't be surprised. Smile

Xanadu's picture

"The L-word is a success in

"The L-word is a success in the first sense and a miserable failure in the second".

I couldn't agree more, PK.

When this show came on in NZ, it in many ways saved my life when I was in a very bleak zone ... Those early seasons gave me immense hope, kept me going and gave me something to look forward to every week. I probably would not have come out, if not for TLW.

For that I'll always be grateful ...

My disappointment lies, in that there were so many interesting serious issues this show could have covered (six seasons is alot, in TV world) - as well as giving us the SEX, humour, soap storylines required to keep an audience amused.

TLW was good, but it could have been great.

My hope now is that there is a great writer somewhere, who has observed TLW social experiment (learned from it's mistakes) and will develop a great show for us.

We should not just be grateful that a lesbian show came and went. We should EXPECT a new lesbian show.

lucia_2008's picture

Julia your description of

Julia your description of this episode was right on. Although I did enjoy watching this episode, laughed a little, shook my head a little. I am a Tibetter, but, I like you Julia. Your blogs are entertaining even if I don't always agree. Can't wait to hear what you think of the final episode. I agree it is time the show came to a close.

The Tibette dance may have been better if they would have let us watch it all.

Smile...life is good!!!

hopefulspirit's picture

Hi Steph, have you not

Hi Steph, have you not watched any of the episodes on YouTube? Hope.

Allegra's picture

HEY GUYS DONT SHOOT THE

HEY GUYS DONT SHOOT THE PIANIST!!!

hopefulspirit's picture

Thanks Steph.

Thanks Steph.

minniesota's picture

I will drink every time I

I will drink every time I hear Alice say, "M----erf----er. Hah.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Julia Watson's picture

As long as you realize and

As long as you realize and are okay with the fact that you and LBD comprise my human flak jacket... hehe

Tex's picture

Know what you mean - I

Know what you mean - I watched it all the way through before posting and loved every sappy second of it .....I always wanted to jump off a stage into someone's waiting arms......I just didn't think any of the women I went out with were strong enough to catch me Wink

Twitter Time @kdhales

Tex's picture

IMHO - everything was planned

IMHO - everything was planned well in advance of deployment.....having OC emblazoned all over the place was an advertisement write-off for Showtime - among other things, of course.....

"You're a rock star!" Bette Porter .......can you believe some of those lines?

Twitter Time @kdhales

Steph H's picture

Ha ha!!! I can't wait!! xxxx

Ha ha!!! I can't wait!! xxxx

peacekitty's picture

Grace, I'm a Tibetter and I

Grace, I'm a Tibetter and I adore Julia too. Smile Y'all can hate on Tibette all you want.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Steph H's picture

Well thankfully your

Well thankfully your exceptional skill and humour in the recaps detracts from the absurdity of what you are describing! I can't get my head around this episode at all!! That photo of Bette and Tina dancing has been disturbing me all day! What's all that about? All day in my head I have had a loop of "Maniac" from Flashdance ringing through my head as a result of that image... and I LOVE B and T....

Steph H's picture

"The best thing about it is,

"The best thing about it is, good or bad, we get to discuss it online with awesome people from around the world like you."

Totally back at you lovely PK!! Smile

Julia Watson's picture

Drink every time... - Jenny

Drink every time...

- Jenny does something devious.
- Kit fails to notice something painfully obvious.
- Bette talks like a teenager.
- Tina narrows her eyes in suspicion.
- Shane looks like a kicked puppy.
- Kelly Wentworth opens her mouth.

Okay, guys... what else? Alice and Tasha, any ideas? What about Max?

peacekitty's picture

Oh yeah, we can come with a

Oh yeah, we can come with a lot of great games like "take a drink every time Bette opens and closes her laptop at the Planet in episode 605." lol

Endless possibilities. Smile

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Julia Watson's picture

Precisely! Thanks, Robin. If

Precisely! Thanks, Robin.

If I recall correctly, I actually screamed and jumped up and down, alone in my apartment, when I first got the news that I was going to be writing for OC. Sure it was awkward, but also sad to see the OC signage in this episode. Sad

peacekitty's picture

Hey Steph. :) Well I sort

Hey Steph. Smile Well I sort of enjoyed 4 out of the 8 episodes so I say go ahead and get it.

Seriously I hate to be negative about the show but it's kind of hard not to.

The best thing about it is, good or bad, we get to discuss it online with awesome people from around the world like you.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Julia Watson's picture

Steph, I'm sure between the

Steph, I'm sure between the lot of us we could come up with one hell of a drinking game for you to play while you take it all in. It'll ease the "WTF?!"

Julia Watson's picture

Hey there ol' buddy ol'

Hey there ol' buddy ol' pal... Wink

Steph H's picture

Hey PK :-) I buckled and am

Hey PK Smile

I buckled and am on Amazon alert for when it comes out on DVD... I don't think I can bear NOT to see it, no matter how bad it is. What a shame though.

xoxo Steph

Julia Watson's picture

Heehee. Now that I've

Heehee. Now that I've reverted back to when I was 10 and thought that scene was the most romantic thing ever conceived of...

peacekitty's picture

LOL :)

LOL Smile

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

peacekitty's picture

Hi Tex, I'm thinking that

Hi Tex,

I'm thinking that the OurChart plugs were done before the "powers that be" made the decision to pull it.

It's still tacky though. xoxo - PK

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

peacekitty's picture

Hi DeeDee, I don't want to

Hi DeeDee,

I don't want to speak for Julia but maybe she'll agree with the way I feel about the show. I'm grateful to Ilene for getting the show on the air for us. I'm grateful for the actors who have done such a great job with what they've been given, but we can no longer pretend that the show is something it's not just because it's a lesbian show and we're desperate to see ourselves represented in the media.

The writing and editing are just really poor this season and that's especially disappointing since it's the last one.

Oh and Minnie...I KNOW you could write a better show than the L-word writers. Smile

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Robin Rigby's picture

Julia doesn't hate the show.

Julia doesn't hate the show. She loves the show, we've talked about it many times over the years. In fact, when Julia first got a gig writing for Our Chart she couldn't have been more excited.

So, you see, you have it backwards. Julia (like so many of us on this site) loves the show and hates how Ilene is letting it go on such a low note. Basically, we feel like our best friend has suddenly gone all Schechter on us and we've been betrayed.

minniesota's picture

There is no doubt in my mind

There is no doubt in my mind that "I" could write a show better than the L Word writers. So there. That's my calling it as I see it.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

peacekitty's picture

Thanks for another great

Thanks for another great recap Julia. Reading through the comments, I think Tex was spot on when she said that she's convinced that Ilene's 13-year-old daughters wrote this episode. As I was watching it I kept getting this feeling that these actors in their thirties and forties were innapropriately cast in a show written for pre-teen lesbians struggling to find a community in which they belong.

The problem here is that these empty stories don't send a positive message of empowerment to young lesbians. They send the message that grown lesbian women aren't mature enough to communicate honestly with each other, they lie, cheat, gossip, manipulate and hide things from each other. If this show were a book, it would be the kind of poorly written drivel that librarians and teachers keep FAR AWAY from young teens trying to learn about who they are.

In essence, Ilene really seems to be struggling with the choice of whether to make a poorly written lesbian soap that tries to appeal to the masses, or make a show that will affect positive social change for young lesbians. The L-word is a success in the first sense and a miserable failure in the second.

I understand now why Jennifer Beals spent all of that time using Ourchart to raise money for social causes and only give interviews in which she doesn't talk about the content of the shown but the letters she has received from young teens who thank her for helping them come out.

She knows it's a poorly written show that is ending with the wrong message. The only only actor brave enough so far to be candid about this final season is Rose Rollins. Thank you Rose!

I think the other other actors care they're just too nice and diplomatic to say anything.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Steph H's picture

To quote Wikipedia

To quote Wikipedia -

"Cameltoe is a slang term that refers to the outline of the female labia majora when seen through tight,mostly spandex, form-fitting clothes."

Steph H's picture

I think an intervention may

I think an intervention may be required...

hopefulspirit's picture

Please could someone explain

Please could someone explain to me what 'cameltoe' is? Haven't come across that word in the UK. Bette uses the word to Alice when they are psyching each other out before they dance. Thanks.