Bomb Girls 205 Recap: Them’s Fightin’ Words

Gladys is told that she has a call from overseas, but it’s just Gene pretending to be her boyfriend and convincing her to cheat on James? Wow, that is actually really fucked up. Major Fuckwit needs to calm his tits and start respecting boundaries.

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don’t hang up you haven’t heard my bjork impression yet

Down in Ye Olde Factory Line, Reggie and crew are meant to be removing sharp parts of the bomb so Gladys and Betty and crew don’t cut themselves while buffing them? Or something? Contrary to popular belief, I have never actually built a bomb before, although I have certainly dropped metaphorical bombs on my imploding relationships. Gladys’ hand is cut by a non-buffed bomb and she faints adorably.

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can’t believe i cut my fisting haaaaaaaannndddd

Betty senses that something is afoot in the factory and its name rhymes with wedgie. And if there’s anything Betty feels about wedgies, it’s that she needs to pick them the fuck out.


Marco is being interviewed by a detective who is on his father’s case. It is mysterious and Marco is confused. Turns out his father’s case was denied and there’s no way he’s being let loose to share his cannolli with the world. It’s all up to Marco’s little cannolli now.

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ilene chaiken has legally barred you from writing any more hate letters like the one in my hand

Carol and Vera continue to battle for Mr. Akins’ attention re: promotion. It’s weird.

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you girls will give me fair warning before this turns into a weird threesome, right?

Turns out that Gladys’ cut was actually a brain aneurysm because that’s the only way I can explain her accepting Gene’s date on the beach. Damn her for looking so perfect and angel-faced while doing it.

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wow stop with that perfection sorry

Over at the Jewel Box aka Where Everything Gay Happens Ever, Marco decides he is going to teach Kate how to flirt. He insists that she try her techniques out on Betty. This is both precious and heart-breaking in the way this show is always precious and heart-breaking.

Marco: Practice on Betty.

Betty: You’re an idiot. I’m not a guy.

Marco: Would you help a friend out? Come on, say something funny.

Betty: Something funny.

Betty’s expression leads us to believe she is having a lot of difficulty dealing with this situation.

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Carol sees Vera picking up a soldier. Carol is all over this shit. Vera is like bitch I am eating steak tonight.

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and you sir are eating fish tonight! haha get it?

Lorna pulls some Godfather shit and goes to speak with Mrs. Witham about Gladys’ activities with her son. They have a Helicopter Mom Face-Off and it’s scary.

not down with gladys/gene but would be down with gladys/sheila tbh

not down with gladys/gene but would be down with gladys/sheila tbh

Over at Rash Decisions Beach, Gene has somehow managed to get Gladys out of her clothes. Gladys, did an alien steal your brain?

author's note: i'm going to focus on her adorable pink lingerie to get through this

author’s note: i’m going to focus on her adorable pink lingerie to get through this

Lorna discovers that Reggie has been sleeping at the factory, and that she’s been on her own since she was 14, which explains her extra tough scrappiness. I kind of love Reggie, guys, even if she is a Shenny shipper.

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there’s just something really poignant about watching a relationship blossom over six seasons, lorna

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  1. Okay, I haven’t even finished the first page, but I’m dying of all the L Word screencaps. Homigod, best screen caps ever.

    I hope you know that your screencaps are the reason I watch this show, Kade. …much like how every TV show I watch is solely because Autostraddle recaps it. #correlation

  2. Okay, I’m going insane here trying to find the promo for next week’s episode. Does anyone have a link?

  3. Oh goodness the screencaps were so perfect! Betty’s angry face!

    That scene where Kate says she is going out with Ivan made me so sad for poor Betty. And then to top it off, Kate asks her to help pick out an outfit for the date! Way to kick her when she’s down :( I actually can’t get over that line and Betty’s face afterwards.

    I feel like there’s one person, who would deny it if asked (Marco, maybe?), who ships Alice/Dana and cried for days when Dana died.

      • …oh my, you just described me. That song breaks my heart now. I admit to being a Dana/Alice shipper, though. They were adorable as a couple, especially with the Love Boat roleplaying that had me keeled over in laughter. But really, I was ultimately a Dana/happiness shipper, and I liked her with the soup chef too (much like how I’m endgame McAndrews but am totally down with Betty/Bond Girl in the meantime). …and then season 3 was the end of that. Thanks, Ilene. :/

  4. I was going to point out the part of this recap that I loved the most/made me laugh the loudest but then I realized that would be all three pages.

    Kade you have a magical writing gift (both here & in the Butch Please articles) which is just out of this world.

  5. I’m pretty sure next week’s episode is going to set fire to my heart, and not in the way that Tums can cure. Also, did Kate lose her powers of vision? How did she not see Betty sitting right in front of her with all that pain on her face and think, “Oh, okay, she’s definitely cool with me riding Ivan’s rocking horse?” No. Kate, please refer to the Ali Liebert’s Face Situation chart and know that she is NOT COOL WITH IT.

    Also, I read those supes secret leaked spoilers and I kind of feel like I’m going to have a feelings explosion (but like in a bad way and not a sex way).

  6. That pass the orange fight between Betty and Reggie was pretty much the lesbian equivalent to the tent scene in “Brokeback Mountain”. So I see those two sharing the sheets in the future – they just need to sort out who gets to be the top first.

      • But isn’t the age of consent 16 in Canada? Also my guess is that by the time Betty is done picking up the pieces of her heart off the floor (after the final smash-down by Kate), Reggie is gonna be 18, still awesome and probably already secretly in love with her / confused by “strange feelings” that she feels whenever, wherever she sees her.

        How old is Betty supposed to be anyway?

        • ummmmmmm no guys let’s please not do the reggie/betty feels. i wanna squash this like a bug right now:

          betty is 28
          reggie is 17

          and while age of consent is 16 blah blah blah – technicalities should not be the reason we allow a problematic ship to get by

          let’s talk about how reggie’s character has essentially been on her own, is emotionally vulnerable and felt the need to strike out against elders as a way of asserting herself because she was so afraid of losing the only thing she had. despite the tough exterior, she is still just a KID who was forced to grow up fast after being abandoned at 14. something sexual developing with betty would be super gross and not okay because it would mean that her only connection to vicmu/one of TWO people who were nice to her was a sexual dynamic which just does not sit right with me. i’m actually okay with mcandrews not happening if kate never comes through, but we’ve got a hot soldier lady coming to fill that gap okay?

          i just ship betty/happiness

          • “i just ship betty/happiness”

            THIS. Can this please happen?
            Honestly I thought Kate and Ivan were cute, and I want Kate to be happy too… but noooooooooooo Betty’s face I really really just can’t.

          • Wooooooooooooooow, I thought Betty is supposed to be younger than that. How old is Kate then? To me, she doesn’t look a lot older than Reggie. I kinda assumed that she is 19 or 20. But that might be just her permanent wide eyes… or whatever.

            So what do I do now? I already have Reggie/Betty feels but I agree that 11 years are just too much for somebody that young. Okay, I just gonna rub my nose into my cat’s fur and blame Jenny Schecter for ruining e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! Life sucks.

          • Exactly. I don’t think they even set it up to look like there would be a romance there- it looks like they are going to develop a mentor/mentee relationship, and be sweet Lesbifriends. Which is so good too!

          • I agree that Reggie’s background (and childhood abandonment) has to be respected, but 17 in 1942 was not the same as 17 now. At that age, my grandmothers were both getting married, having children and running households of their own.

            (It’d be nice if they could become friends, get some mentoring going, that kinda thing. I’m still hoping that Kate will get struck by gay-lightning and realize that Betty is the one for her. I know it’s not gonna happen, but a girl can always hope.)

  7. I love this show!
    Vera is the best.
    Also, ‘little cannoli’ might be the dirtiest thing you said…

  8. Love these Shenny/Sharmen-Screencaps! Funny thing tho is that for me as a ordinary Swiss citizen, Tibette is my actual favorite. Mindreader, somehow you are!

  9. “Vera says she doesn’t regret any of her choices. High five to Vera, high five to the Bomb Girls writers, high five to everyone who made it possible for a girl to do what she wants with her body on a show and make it a-okay and not something to be ashamed of.”

    when i was watching this scene i was like.. oh, she’s crying.. oh no i hope this isn’t going to be a lesson about how vera brought this upon herself for being a slut… and then the dialogue happened and i was like YUSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i just want everyone i know to be watching this show and i’m so scared it’s gonna get cancelled bc nobody i know even has a television anymore.

  10. Is there any somewhat easy, cheap way to catch up on this show? I missed the first season and the first part of the second, but now I’ve fallen in love with it and want to watch it all but it seems like the internet just can’t handle the foreignness of Canada…

  11. Vera’s the best. And Gladys is team Tibette of course. Of course. Those recaps. They kill me. They’re even better than the show itself.
    Also I have no problem with Gladys sleeping with Gene. I want Gladys to get laid as often as she wants to, and since it’s not going to be with girls, why not Gene? I don’t get how women can be horrible people and that’s fine (hum, Lorna anybody?) but men have to be perfect like Ivan because if they have flaws, they’re obviously assholes.

    • I hear what you’re saying, but does Gene have any redeeming features at all? Sure Lorna’s a bit harsh and double standardsy, but she sticks up for her girls to Mr Akin and takes in homeless new workers. Gene is just horrible (at the moment – maybe we’ll see another side with this PTSD storyline).

      Mr Akin is far from perfect but he’s not really an asshole in the same way. Same with Bill Corbett and Mr Witham, I’m not sure if it’s really a man/woman thing so much as Gene/everyone else.

  12. Carol really stooped low with the slut-shaming question card. No wonder the only guy she could get on board was Donald-the-would-be-rapist from Season one. Not just any old sleaze ball, really scraping the barrel here.

    Still, kudos to Vera for being a true class act, and regretting nothing. In terms of self worth, she’s a million miles away from the sorry state she was in immediately after her accident. What a woman!

  13. I didn’t particularly love this episode, but now I’m glad it happened because it made this recap possible. The L Word shipping debate version was much better than the “they are both being cocky and egotistical shits and are probably a bit racist too” version. Thank you, I laughed endlessly at those screencaps. :)

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