Season 4, Ep 404 - 405
by Janine Avril
I'm going to kill 2 birds with one stone here...There has been a fine
balance between L Word storylines that are depraved and ones that deeply
resonate with me.
While I don't typically have sympathy for the cheater in a marriage,
Phyllis is a rather endearing and sympathetic character. The portrayal
of a married woman finally having her lesbian fantasies fulfilled is
exciting and heartrending at the same time. I'm curious whether she will
end up going on a downward spiral upon Alice's rejection of her,
escaping back to the safety of her passionless marriage or whether she
is really at the beginning of a long and luscious lesbian odyssey. We
know from previews that Alice is going to burst her bubble. Will she
wilt away from the L Word or will the progression of her character
continue where we will get to see her move beyond the perils and thrills
of teenage lesbian love on to a more settled, and mature relationship?
The chemistry is building between Bette and Jodi. Now all we need is
that translator to go jerk off in some bathroom somewhere so they can be
alone. This is going to be sexy. Those two have much more on screen
chemistry than Alice and Phyllis. Alice looked bored to tears when
Phyllis left Best Lesbian Sex Guide under her pillow. Watching those two
make out is kind of painful.
Max is finally growing on me just a bit and It was bold of Daniela Sea
to show her nude body on screen. I was happy that even though Brooke
called Max a freak, she let him keep his job and didn't go crying to
boss man Daddy. She kept his gender identity a private matter which I
had not anticipated. I thought the show did a good job finally of making
us feel for Max and his struggles.
We see our first black dyke since Candice the carpenter in Season One
and she's just out of the military. I want a ride on her motorcycle and
I like her voice and the fact that she doesn't smile.
Shane is adjusting to to the role of parenting. But since when does she
apologize for hitting on someone? Now that she's a parent she's suddenly
innocent? I hope we soon see her jump in the sack with Jared's sick of
men straight mom. That would be hot. Mom's are hot.
Papi stole Shane's thunder and Shane graciously accepted defeat at the
nightclub. No offence, but Papi's a real bumbling idiot. I don't like
her personality or the way she calls Shane vanilla. She's a bullying
Yet, I've been saving the harshest criticism for last. What are we
supposed to feel when Jenny stalks a writer who insults her book and
then goes that extra mile to track down the writer's veterinarian
girlfriend, and then adopts a dying dog so she can go meet her? What are
we supposed to think her motives are and furthermore why do we spend any
time thinking about it, myself included?
One clue that Stacey Merkin from Curve Magazine could have been on to
something about Jenny, is Jenny's article in the New Yorker, where she
can barely change the name of the friends she parodies. I'm glad that
Alice had the last word with the Monet conversation.
I leave you with the following question: What job will Helena have next?
This, more than anything, has me on my toes. Millionaire gone punk rock
hairdresser's receptionist gone caterer. Next week she might be a
Janine Avril is a writer who lives and works in New York City