Bomb Girls 205 Recap: Them’s Fightin’ Words

This week on Bomb Girls, Betty McActuallyGerman wants to know if you are ready to rumble, and almost everyone needs to take a serious look at their lives and choices. Except Vera Burr. Vera continues to be a flawless human being.


There’s a whole bunch of new girls at VicMu, and given the current ratio of lesbians to “mostly straight” chicks at this factory, we can only assume that about three quarters of this crop are gay as a Christmas tree. The Holy Trinity rolls up in Gladys’ car and makes what one would describe as a truly gangster entrance. Unfortunately, waiting for them and all other eligible vaginas is Bumhole McSkeezy, aka Gene Corbett.


Unfortunately, Lieutenant Poopdick has his eye on the prize, and that prize is our angel-faced Gladys. Lorna is all up on this situation like white on bread because she will be damned if anyone touches her little goober. Dearest Lorna, your little goober has grown into a giant nutsack and you need to rein his ass in stat. Prime example: Gene does not know the meaning of multiple no’s.

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i got the award on my okcupid profile for “gives off rapey vibes”

Betty and Kate are sizing up the freshmeat, who are recent deportees of a washing machine factory, where I guess they made washing machines? It’s unclear. I really wish this scenario would end with a freshman paddling scene a la Dazed and Confused, but oh well.

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idk kate none of these girls look like the switch top/bottom we’ve been seeking in a third

Outside, Gene is using car euphemisms to try to woo Gladys. Barf. Yeah buddy, she’ll never guess what you’re onto when you use the line “let me check under your hood.” Did you even know that there is such a thing as a clitoral hood, Gene? Or a clitoris? This paltry level of innuendo is wasted on this doofus.

and when i say check under your hood i mean can i use my penis on your car bc that's a hot car

and when i say check under your hood i mean can i use my penis on your car bc that’s a hot car

Betty takes over registration and checks in Regina, who goes by Reggie. Oh, sweet baby dyke and Mini!Betty and awesome WOC character, you are one of the many reasons I love this show and all the things it gets right. Needless to say, Reggie and Betty do not hit it off.


Lorna confronts Gladys and basically tells her that Gladys is a skeevy homewrecker who is going to destroy her baby boy’s reputation. Lorna, what planet are you living on and how do I get there so I can blow it up and return you to Marco’s arms? No, but really, Lorna seemed much happier and more rational in Marco’s arms.

bitch i will cut you and think nothing of it

bitch i will cut you and think nothing of it

Reggie cuts Betty in the clearance line and basically says that she is hot shit. Betty is like hot shit in your diapers, you mean. It’s cute because they’re the same person, give or take ten years.

i just think jenny has a complex narrative that does not get the credit it deserves okay fuckface

i just think jenny has a complex narrative that does not get the credit it deserves okay fuckface

Gladys is quick to point out to her bro that the two of them are butting heads because their heads are more or less identical.

Betty: The only thing bigger than that girl’s mouth is the chip on her shoulder.

Gladys: Gee, reminds me of my friend.

Up in the office, Mr. Akins needs a new office manager, which means it’s time for some hilarious hijinks when Vera faces off with that bitch Carol! This is like that time my friend and I fell for the same girl and baked her endless amounts of cookies and kept inviting her over for burgers. Plot Twist: It turned out she was vegan and hated both of us.

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oh honey if you want a prank war i’ll give you world prank war ii

On the floor, not to be confused with that J.Lo song, Reggie and Betty continue to face off.


Betty continues to be appalled that anyone could not be fed up with her mini-me. Gladys has decided to Switzerland this situation and stay the fudge out of it until Betty realizes she is in a wrestling match with herself.


Vera and Carol are giving Mr. Akins a laundry list of things they’ve been doing around the office, but Mr. Akins really doesn’t care. Mr. Akins just wants to go home and shine his bald spot, okay? I didn’t even mean that in a dirty way, but now I’m rereading that sentence and there’s no other way to interpret it.

Vera says that she is definitely the lady for the job because she’s been both on the floor and in the office. I didn’t mean that sentence in a dirty way either, but there you go.

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did your lady cycles sync up or something

Reggie and Betty continue to butt heads in Ye Olde Dining Hall, where Reggie equates Betty with Hitler. Come on, Reggie! Didn’t you see last week’s episode? German stuff is a tender spot with Betty McActuallyGerman!



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

Mrs. Witham stops by to give Gladys a talk about not sleeping with boys that aren’t your boyfriend. It also seems to a thinly veiled rehash of someone in the Witham family cheating on someone else? Gladys is like, whatever, mom, I am using an alien’s brain now and barely understand what you’re saying.

godfather theme plays in background

and this alien brain thinks i should make out with girls anyway

Vera thinks they should have a mixer to help the new girls fit in better. Because let’s face it, there is noting in the world that can’t be solved by Robyn and cheap liquor.

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i already booked sam ronson to dj and yes you can thank me later

Carol tells Gladys she has seen Vera sluttin’ it up. Gladys is like, I just joined her Slut Pride Girl Gang and we are uninviting you, Carol. I feel sorry for Carol. It’s not her fault she’s super square and has had no exposure to nice people. Some day she is going to discover the world of tumblr social justice and have a lot of great outlets for her destructive feelings.

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and when that day comes i am going to tumblr savior the words “gladys witham” until i die

The mixer is underway and it looks about as fun and socially lubricated as the first two hours of Ladies’ Night. Gene shows up because General Assmunch clearly has nothing else to do with his life, and Lorna tells him that Gladys wants to “use him.” Lorna, did you get an alien brain too?

why have you and gladys been talking about galactic domination so much lately

why have you and gladys been talking about galactic domination so much lately

Carol has set up the most lesbian game possible called Pass The Orange which I didn’t even know was a game that could be played and *not* lead to gay sex acts.

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are we heterosexual yet

Betty decides this as good a time as any to confront Reggie about being her personality twin. Betty, you’re killing me.

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So that doesn’t go very well.

Gladys and Gene are in Gladys’ car going for that long innuendo-filled drive we’d all dreaded. R.I.P. Gladys’ taste in men. Again, I am blaming the alien brain that is the only way to explain this behavior.

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uh gladys your skull is kinda giving off this green glow

Kate tries to flirt with Ivan’s buddy Buster, whose name I was really hoping was Buddy, but he blows her off. Ivan is that Token Nice Guy and gets her some punch, but everything about this interaction is giving me Really Bad Feelings in my Lesbian Department.

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fine i’ll make out with you but you’re gonna need to wear a blond wig and one of betty’s pantsuits

Reggie and Betty come to final terms. All I want is for Betty to take this baby dyke under her wing and teach her the ways of the pantsuit. Anyway, they make amends, and it’s adorable.


And so, a Lil Broship was formed.

Gladys and Gene get into a near car crash because Gene’s a fucking idiot and then they are overcome by their loins. I just…no.

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Carol gets a sleazy guy to slut-shame Vera by saying she’ll bang anyone for a pair of earrings. Low blow, Carol. Super low blow. You’re gonna need a lot of tumblr processing to figure out where you went wrong here. Vera insults the dude’s manhood and walks out with her head held high. Vera, you are flawless.

i'm gonna chop off your penis and serve it to mr. corbett in the guise of sirloin

i’m gonna chop off your penis and serve it to mr. corbett in the guise of sirloin

Gladys and Private Dickhole are in the middle of the dirty when they are stopped by the cops who I guess have nothing better to do than disturb outdoor sex in the countryside? I mean, I know Canada doesn’t have crime or whatever, but this seems like overkill.

uh no officer i was not attempting to suck his brain out through his mouth for alien experiments

uh no officer i was not attempting to suck his brain out through his mouth for alien experiments

And guess what? The cops called her PARENTS! Ugh, Gladys is so grounded. So much for homecoming and prom and Mackenzie Zales’ party.

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this is such lumpin bullshit

Vera is still human so that whole stunt Carol pulled makes her upset. Marco goes to comfort her, and can I just say that Marco would have probably made a really great dad to the little cannoli? R.I.P. Baby Cannoli, your dad gives great hugs. 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.

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the only thing i regret is that dolphin tramp stamp i can’t remember getting

Since there was a minimal amount of heartbreak in this episode, everybody get your feelings out because they’re about to be trampled! Kate and Betty are PAINTING EACH OTHER’S NAILS. Gay, gay, hands, gay, hands, gay. I mean, this happened:



Kate says that Ivan asked her out. Holy Ripping Out My Soul, Batman. Betty’s face when Kate asks for approval pretty much destroyed any hope I had of feeling joy again. I feel like the show’s OTP is actually Betty/Deep Personal Pain.

He’s a nice guy. You could do a lot worse.

Are you sure it’s okay?

Mhm. Help me pick out a dress?


please kate no not the perfect disney face

please kate no not the perfect disney face

no why stop please don't make that face

no why stop please don’t make that face

Mr. Akins says Vera would be the best pick for office manager but he can’t give her the job after what happened at the party from hell. But he definitely won’t give the job to Carol either, so technically Vera wins. She is flawless queen of this office and the world.

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nobody ever said my handjobs were second rate

Reggie is going to stay with Lorna now, which is the one redeeming thing Lorna has done this episode. Alien brains, I am telling you. Speaking of brains, it looks like we’re gonna tackle a PTSD storyline soon.

go watch the promo for next week because betty confesses her love to kate

go watch the promo for next week because betty confesses her love to kate – that’s all i could caption this with and feel good about it

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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. 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. :/

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. 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.)

  6. “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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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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