“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 305: Lifeline with Gaby Dunn

This week on “To L and Back,” noted bisexual and prolific author Gaby Dunn of the “Bad With Money” podcast joins us for an analysis of “Lifeline,” Riese’s favorite episode of the season! It contains THREE entire sex scenes, a stunning confession from Tina about her extracurricular activities with Daddyof2, a classic “is she or isn’t she a vampire” escapade, tight trousers, a strap-on mystery, bisexual speed dating, a surprise haircut for Cherie Peroni in FULL MOMMI SPLENDOR, Jenny’s trip to the store for a six-pack and also some truly tragic events for Dana and Max. Plus: Tina didn’t know Buddhism could be so expensive!

Podcast Episode Index:

+ Gaby Dunn on instagram and twitter and her book Bury the Lede
+ Kimberly Pierce’s Boys Don’t Cry
+ Mommi is the New Daddy
+ How to Bind
+ The Deleted Scene
+ Arts and Museums Salary Transparency

Riese is the 38-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. is it just me or is there a continuity error in this fight that Bette and Tina keep having? I swear in the first season we’re told that Tina just left a very good job so she could start preparing for motherhood. Or am I making that up? It’s been bothering me.

    • Yeah, Tina used to work as an executive before she quit to have a baby. She mentioned this to her lawyer and her therapist too. But Tina’s lawyer asked if Tina ever paid for anything since Bette owned the house before she met Tina and she paid the mortgage and all of the utilities were in Bette’s name, and Tina said that Bette always made more than her and she wasn’t made to pay for anything. She was free to take out any amount of money from their joint savings account.

      So TL;DR: Both Bette and Tina worked, but Bette always made more and had the role of the “breadwinner” until she got fired from her latest job.

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