In Honor of NYC Pride, The L Word RECAP Returns with (15% of) Episode 211: “Loud & Proud”

In honor of New York City Pride Week, our kickass First Annual Rodeo Disco Pride Party & our amazing Pride raffle (enter here, and read Laneia’s piece about women in small business here), we were putting together a Top Ten Gay Pride Moments from all Television & Film Ever … but it was taking too long and I began expounding upon the only element of said list I’d already started writing and ta-da bada-bang one thing lead to another and here we have ourselves a RECAP of (a little bit of) Episode 211 of The L Word, “Loud and Proud.” I’m aiming to do this in 5% of the time it takes to write an actual recap. Come out this weekend and get drunk to further the “Recapping Seasons One & Two” Cause. Also, any ideas for that top ten list? We’ll run it next week.

Before I get in too deep, I was told by Co-Event Master Stef (Stef & Carly are the ones making Rodeo Disco happen, obviously I’m better at throwing parties for Sims) to push it [the Party], push it good. This is what that means:


Alright so! Consider this recap the “White Castle” version … and this is the part of the White Castle experience where you’re sitting in your car, wondering when exactly you’ll be getting that little tiny cheeseburger you ordered.


Lez go, shall we?



If you forget the whole child-rape-flashback thing, the Papa Porter dying thing, the Helena-wasting-time-Tina-could-be-with-Bette thing, the paper-dolls/Baruch Atah LaLa Hoolehay Heeyhoooo thing, the Marc pantsing himself thing (when he really should just write “fuck me” on his chest) (Confession: I actually thought that Jenny/Marc fight scene was brilliant, applauded when Jenny yelled, “Yeah! You stupid fucking coward! Then you’ll know what it feels like to be a woman!”) and the Jenny/Random Elder thing, Loud and Proud is one of the series’ best episodes. It’s about gay pride in West Hollywood. How topical.

Let me rephrase this: if The L Word was The Dana & Alice Show guest-starring Shane & Carmen, Loud and Proud would be one of THAT show’s best episodes. So that’s what I’m gonna recap.


We start off in the grassy meadows of cuteness, where Alice & Dana’s romantic role-playing game (Dana is Steve Urkel, Alice is The Saucy Maid/Laetitia from The Old Maid and the Thief, a role once played by Haviland Stillwell on a video she showed me back in the heydey of our love affair) is interrupted by a surprise visitor — who could it be? Oh, it’s Howie! Howie Fairbanks!

Doogie Howster

Doogie Howster

Alice isn’t happy to see ol How-How, especially after he remarks that Mama & Papa Fairbanks can’t stop talking about how Dana let Tanya go for that loser Alice. Clearly he’s never seen the music video for Common Reaction.

Alice informs Howie that she and Dana are “out and proud” and will be participating in activities for other out & proud people, which means that he and Clay Aiken are not invited. (This was in 2005.)

I’m already getting a tear in my eye thinking about the incredible comedic chemistry between Erin Daniels & Leisha Hailey which unfortunately died along with Dana Fairbanks. I’m really gonna lose it when Shane tells Carmen she never had a hamster.


“Gay pride, Howie, is for gay people,” Dana and Alice explain. (It doesn’t really matter who says what exactly, as they are both so cute and in sync they may as well start a band and call it The Jonas Brothers or “Sister Sister.”) They demonstrate this homosexuality by pointing at themselves as “gay” and Howie as “not gay.”

He says “alright,” which means that he’s gay, but probs confused about when exactly his sister registered at Hogwarts.


Durr durr durrrrrr durrr durrrr!!



Later that evening the happy trio is getting ready for bed and our unity is suddenly clear as crystal: whether we’re black or white (RIP MJ) or gay or straight, we’re all the same underneath it all, because we all have nipples!



Dana Face Party

Dana Face Party

Dana makes amazing faces. This one means “maybe they’ll let you ride on the float with me!”



Despite how cutey-cute-cute they are together, Dana once again gives Alice stone cold silence in response to Alice’s “I love you.” Is this the part of the show when y’all started thinking this relationship was gonna break like Shay’s arm in the schoolyard and I started thinking “I want more raisins in my rice pudding”? Probs.

Instead of “I love you,” Dana says, “I’m gonna set the alarm,” which isn’t what you’re supposed to do to people you love. For example, every morning when A;ex’s iPhone sings (every seven minutes, ten times in a row) “I’m on a mission, and it involves some heavy touching yeah,” I do not feel that she loves me, and I suspect she feels similarly about me when my fire alarm-esque alarm starts in on its morning rounds. This is especially fun now that we’re both unemployed starting a business.

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  1. ” I was wondering how Sarah Shahi could be on The L Word and not turn at least a little bit lez and then I realized that the fact that I didn’t understand how you could kiss another girl and not become gay is because I was possibly significantly gayer than I’d thought” do not fix this..
    great read for 4:19 in the morninggg! …rodeo disco! I’m bringing friends.

  2. I just realized reading this, I think Shane was talking about another brother. I remember her being surprised when Papa McCutcheon told her about Shay. So she’s got two bros, lost in the vortex. This also made me realize how much I miss your recaps and the funny they brought.

    I also agree with Lynne, do not fix. It’s perfect.

  3. Amazing! I also miss the recaps and agree with Lynne too: first thoughts, first thing on you mind is always the right way! Have fun girlz @ the Rodeo. I wish, I could be there!

    AND: same with me about the hoody! But I finally found ’em!

    get funky and rock the world!

  4. The recap brings back good memories. Thank you for taking the time to do this. Also I would love to be able to come to the party, but it’s on Sunday and I’m lame/have to go to work at 7:30 am in New Haven the next morning. Have fun, everyone!

  5. I loved Alice and Dana in this episode. That role-playing scene was so adorable. Thanks for this AND have an awesome Rodeo Disco party tonight! I wish I was going to be there to take on that bull.

  6. So, um, yeah, that’s definitely how I actually do watch the 2nd season of the L Word. No joke. Jenny scene? FastForward! Helena/Tina? FF! Uptight Bette? FF!

    It’s pretty much the Dana, Alice, Shane, and Carmen show with occasional cameos by the rest of the cast. 🙂 Lovely job adding an extra comedic touch to the best parts of the L Word!

  7. Thanks for recapping the Alice/Dana love. You are so spot on about how in sync Erin and Leisha are. Half the time I don’t even give a flying cowpie about the dialogue – I just look at the them, being all perfect and soulmate-like, and the rest of it goes out the window. What’s with people thinking Tibette were the heart of the show? They might’ve been the loud anal rupture of this show, but Dana/Alice – thanks to Erin and Leisha – were the pulmonary artery.

  8. One of my favorite ever Bette lines is in this ep. When Melvin asks her what she’s going to say to God when judgment day comes and she replies:

    “I am your creation. And I am proud.”

    It still hits me.

  9. Lovely recap. It makes me want to watch season two right this moment, or kick Ilene in the shin; I’m not sure which one.

    Anywho, have fun at the Rodeo Disco! (:

    P.S. As far as the “Top Ten Gay Pride Moments from all TV & Film Ever”… maybe the scene from South of Nowhere where Ashley brings Paula? I don’t know if that makes it in the top ten… but it’s just one that pops to mind.

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  11. aww ladies thankyou recap so sweet, your site really liking it and its good to hear what green thinks girl your podcasts rocked!!!!! cool site ladies 🙂

  12. Dana and Alice rock. The best couple on the show.
    Chemistry: fabulous
    Funny: totally
    Sorely missed: YES

    As “AfterEllen” so bluntly put it:
    “Undervalued….Erin Daniels”

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