Season 4, Ep 403
by Janine Avril
This past week's episode began with a disgruntled Jenny standing outside
of Stacey's Merkin's apartment, yelling her name. What are the writers
of this show trying to do to this poor character? First they have her
cutting her legs up with razor blades and now she is crazily stalking
the woman who reviewed her book because she didn't like the review. Are
we supposed to relate to this character or are we supposed to thank our
lucky stars that we are absolutely nothing like her? The madness was
taken a step further when Jenny impersonated a Korean woman and admitted
to Alice and Helena that she used the word vagina as a pejorative slur.
I thought the vagina was supposed to be venerated on the L Word?
Onwards...I like the Phyllis character because what she is going through
is, I think, a fairly realistic portrayal of what it is like for someone
to come out of the closet. The first step is wanting to get a little
wild and crazy after all that uncomfortable repression. Coming out makes
teenagers of us all. You're suddenly able to be the gay teenager you
weren't! I remember coming out at twenty three and acting like I was
sixteen. It's even more interesting to see someone who has already been
married and had children realize that it's time for her lesbian heyday
at the local lesbian bar. Phyllis conveys the nervousness of coming out
really eloquently, and I think she has good taste to pursue Alice. I
want to date Alice too. Alice and I make a most excellent couple in my
Alice has been getting A LOT of action since Dana got sick, by the way.
First it was the lesbian vampire. Next it was her incestuous roll in the
hay with Lara, followed soon after by Papi's seduction. We are soon
about to see her get naughty with a woman old enough to be her mother.
It's all fine. Alice needs some hot sex after all the trauma she's been
through. And while I'm thinking of Dana, I want to add that the writers
have done a really nice job of not reminding us at all that she ever
The Papi and Shane showdown was as ludicrous as those early L Word
vignettes where Jenny was thinking about her Sarah Schuster character.
And what was the showdown really for? Who can get AIDS or herpes faster
than the other? This whole "competition" between two sluts is just not
interesting to me at all. It's ludicrous.
I am intrigued though by how Bette and Tina manage to exist in a room
together so soon after Bette's kidnapping scheme and Tina's threat to
never let Bette see "her" daughter again. What was Bette's motivation to
come to Tina and Henry's "mixer for their gay and straight friends."?
What happiness or satisfaction, if any, did she think she would get out
of the experience? Tina also looked like she wanted to slit her wrists,
and I think I can see where this is all going. Tina does not feel
comfortable in a heterosexual relationship. She feels comparable to the
way that people who have spent most of their lives in hetero
relationships feel when they first come out of the closet. I'm not sure
that she will be able to weather the storm of heterosexual life again
after all her time with Bette. She is clearly miserable and wants to
jump out of her skin.
I appreciated Angus sticking up for men who like to take it up the ass.
His little demo on dick and ass was very cute. However, I am confused
about how one second he had a hundred thousand dollar record deal and
the next second he was thrown out of his band. Another L Word storyline
One question to leave you with: What will Helena, the failed punk rocker
receptionist, do next?
Stay tuned for next week!
Janine Avril is a writer who lives and works in New York City