The L Word Generation Q Episode 203 Recap: Luck Be a Ladykiller


Micah and Maribel riding ponies

You guys ever seen Brokeback Mountain?

Over the river and through the woods we go and subsequently arrive at Dana’s Memorial Tavern for yet another round of Shane’s Poker Night. Our introduction to the evening is Tess’s leg emerging lavishly out the door of a fancy car as she passes two thwarted bar-goers and waltzes in to her tables! The bangs are swooped, the bar is stocked, the money is being distributed in envelopes.

Tess looking out at the bar

I can’t wait for this to be over so I can go home and watch re-runs of Friends on HBO Max

Tess heads into the back and Shane spots a white male extra getting up and heading in that direction shortly thereafter. Suss.

It’s time for Dani’s Night Out with Gigig, and Gigi’s laughing about Dani punching Finley in the face! They discuss Dani’s Dad (she’s worried he may be sick) and Gigi’s family (seven brothers) and how it was lonely for Dani growing up after her mother died and they’re laughing and drinking and it’s so warm and easy.

Gigi at dinner with Dani

Are you thinking about having sex with me right now?

Dani hesitant smile

It crossed my mind…

As men are so often known to do — and continue to do, to this very day, even in this City of Angels — one comes over to hit on them, and Gigi explains that they are lesbians on a date, which predictably does little to deter him but eventually he returns to his man-box.

“I know this isn’t a date, but that was the fastest way to get rid of him,” Gigi explains. Dani says she so happy for Gigi and Bette but Gigi says she’s not sure it’s gonna work out and who cares about all that, she would like to learn more about Dani. I would like these two to begin a romantic and sexual relationship and I see no reason why all of us cannot have our needs met today.

We return to Poker Night to confirm nothing of interest to me personally is taking place. Shane asks Tess if she’s okay and Tess says she’s fine. OKAY HAVE SEX

Tess whispering in the ear of an elder lesbian

I just saw Micah and Maribel kissing in the trailer so I’m pretty sure Micabel is really gonna happen!

What are you having for dinner? Good question. The answer for Alice is: martinis! She’s dining with her editor Tom but more pressingly, she’s spying on Nat’s date with Marissa. “This place is Hollywood, yo,” says Tom. Tom, with familiar gusto, extracts a laptop from his bag and begins asking Alice the important questions. For example — is she “a bisexual person”?

Tom at dinner

I mean do we really need an entire chapter about a one-night stand with a lesbian vampire?

Alice at dinner


Alice is a bit distracted trying to find an optimal angle from which to absolutely torture herself, but confirms this orientation and asks if he is bisexual. “No, I did play soccer when I was younger, and there were a lot of thoughtful men,” he says. “But actually I am 100% heterosexual.”  Tom remains adorably clueless, rambling about his ex marrying his friend and how he wouldn’t be able to separate sex from emotion and Alice is simply engaged in a warp-vision situation with Nat and Marissa. Alice is truly playing with fire here!!!

Nat and Marissa at dinner

So basically you can pick whether you want unlimited soup or unlimited salad. But since we’re both doing it, I think you should say soup, and I’ll say salad, and then we can share. For soups, the Minestrone is the healthiest, but the Zuppa Toscana is hospitaliano in a bowl!

Marissa touches Nat’s hair and Alice begins a little panic attack and decides to exit the premises through the kitchen — Tom chases after her out into an empty alley where she can have a mental breakdown.

Alice: Nat’s here with her date.
Tom: What a horrible coincidence!
Alice: Tom.
Tom: OHHHHHH you totally set this up. Holy cow you totally set this up, that’s why we were sitting by the—
Alice: I had to see it. I had to see them. I had to see them in order to feel it.
Tom: Feel what?
Alice: Well it wasn’t — it’s not jealousy!

It’s not jealousy, she insists. In FACT, it is simply being stabbed in the heart and having all of her organs removed and extracted violently from her body. Tom suggests they put it in the book, which I love. Alice says she didn’t think seeing them would hurt this bad. She realizes, standing on the pavement outside a restaurant with her editor from the movie Clueless, that it’s over.

This just isn’t something she can do. And I wish we could get more here — wish we could explore, for example, how she’s likely got a lot of baggage from Dana, who left her for Lara after Alice had tried so very hard to be cool about them even being friends. But I’m also eager for Alice’s next step and kinda shipping her with Tom, so?

Back at Poker Palace, Shane bla bla Jack straight came in high yadda yadda counting her money. Tess says the man who followed her in the back groped her. Shane climbs atop her rescue animal and insists she finds the guy and I don’t know…. punch him?

Shane at the bar

Literally none of this was explained to me in Papi’s Rules of Poker

Tess implores Shane to calm down and listen to her. She took care of it by taking a “rake” — a portion of the winning pot. It’s illegal but, she says, it is customary if a guy is winning too much or is a prick.

Tess apologizes profusely, but Shane’s not mad that Tess took a rake. She wishes Tess had taken more. Shane’s just glad Tess is okay. LOL they’re gonna get arrested eventually right?

Nat arrives home smelling of pussy juice and toasted ravioli to find Alice still in her very cute work blazer instead of sleeping, as she anticipated.

nat and alice face-to-face

I told you, your nose is completely symmetrical. He did a great job!

Alice: I can’t do it.
Nat: Okay, we don’t have to. We don’t have to.
Alice: Look, I don’t wanna change you, I don’t. And I can’t.
Nat: I love you, Alice.
Alice: I know.
Nat: I mean, it’s me and you.
Alice: You deserve someone who can do this with you.
Nat: No, no Alice believe me that’s not what I want. I want you.
Alice: I’m gonna go.

And that’s a wrap on Alice and Nat. It’s time for a closing musical montage!

Sophie arrives home and drops her keys… right into a bowl!!!! It’s a slam dunk with an assist from our very own Sarah Finley!!! The crowd goes wild!!

Angie is looking at pics of herself and then pulls a pic of Marcus Allenwood and a baby out of her back pocket.

Tess and Shane are counting their money like big ballers. Also Sounder III is there. Like in that painting of a poker game.

Sophie walks over to where Finley is standing in the kitchen and wraps her arms around Finley’s waist. AWWWWW!!!!!

Sophie embracing Finley

Hold me closer tiny wedding crasher

Bette is googling Pippa Pascal. She calls Gigi, who silences the call — she’s still in the car with Dani, talking about her family. She reveals that her full name is Golnar Ghorbani but “Gigi’s just a nickname my Mom invented for stupid Americans in grade school.”

“I had the best time tonight,” Dani says. “And it really came out of nowhere.”

“The pleasure was all mine,” says Gigi.

OOOOPP surprise there are a lot of police cars outside Daddy’s Manor?!?!?! EEEYIKES

The Round-Up:
Gay Squabbles: 4 this episode, 15 total
Lesbian Sex Moments: 0 this episode, 2 total
Quote of the Week: Sophie’s face when Finley tells her that Dani took the red pepper
Sophie with the open pizza box

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    • Someone on Reddit said “that Persian guy came over, he was like do you believe in love at first sight? also he was like I want to marry you. Then Gigi was like poor guy, we are lesbians and we are on a date. As soon as he said can I join you, Gigi starting to curse at him in Farsi. Very bad words.” and “Dani’s father was like farsi is a beautiful language in his broken farsi and Gigi was like ohhh you guys are can speak farsi, your daughter looked like Iranians so I had my doubts about you guys being Iranian. And Dani was like my mom is from Iran and my dad is from Chile and how he doesn’t understand Farsi very well.”

    • i thought that the episode on showtime or amazon would have subtitles and it was just the screeners that didn’t so i was waiting to recap those scenes until this morning and was disappointed to learn that in fact they did not

      • I also really like Donald Faison aka Turk aka the guy from Clueless! I think I’m kind of annoyed by the pairing because it has felt very obvious that they’ll likely become sort of Thing? But it’s not apparent why they would since they don’t have much in common or even much chemistry. His brand of humor doesn’t seem to fit into the show.

  1. Gotta say, I called GIGI & DANI from the Season 2 teasers!I’m not too sure how I feel about them yet, but I’m gonna go ahead and say now that this pair’s connection feels the most genuine of all The L Word relationships (OG & GQ)! Maybe ’cause I’m just a sucker for queer relationships built with bilingual. If Gen Q is doing something right thus far, it’s Gigi & Dani’s development (individually & seemingly now together).

    And to requote you from last week Riese, “Even if Sophie did truly want to choose Finley, how? After the public spectacle of it all? After being outed as a cheater and a liar in front of her entire family, her friends, Mr. Dani, Shane, Marissa, Marissa’s husband and Marissa’s girlfriend? All of the extras who braved a pandemic to be present for this wedding, who dutifully waited outside in their N-95 masks for their time to shine? Would anybody besides me and my Gen Q podcast co-hosts be rooting for them? Would they feel like the black sheep of their social network? Would anybody in their remote network ever feel comfortable pressing “like” on a photo of Sophie and Finley grinning in their luxurious backyard pool? Would they feel like they had to succeed as a couple in order to justify everything they blew up to get there? ‘Cause that’s not a healthy place to be either!” I love Sinley, but I think we’re gonna have to watch them answer to all of these questions, and I really hope they come out of it.

  2. I really liked Dani and G.G. this episode buuuuuut I’ve also been shipping Bette and Dani since like episode one so I’m unsure. I also thought G.G. and Bette’s fight was stupid and weird that it seemed to have made G.G. reconsider their entire relationship? But if the show wants to do another threesome, those three are my vote!

    Tess and Shane should get arrested and then have sex in a jail cell. I feel like that would be a really fun throwback to the original :P

    And in things unrelated to sexual shenanigans, Angie and Jordie were very very cute this episode and I want to see more of them. I wish Jordie had been able to go with her to meet Kayla! If we’re listing secondary characters we want more of, Jordie is top of my list!

      • Been saying this since the first episode when Gigi laid me out. Used to be a Tibette end-game shipper but I think Gigi is really better for Bette. She needs someone that can challenge her and immediately call her out on her bullshit. Would honestly make her an evolved human. But, they both need a buffer or they would scorch each other out with their awesomeness. Come in Dani, who already has a crush on Bette and is now liking Gigi. She would make their relationship balance out.

        Gigi x Bette: would end in a glorious fiery burnout, which we would all love to see. Because gawdamn the two have my heart and some other bits too.

        Bette x Dani: Bette would be constantly talking down to Dani, and Dani wouldn’t be able to call her on her bullshit because she adores the ground Bette works. It’s like Bette and Tina early original season, except Dani is much younger, and a power dynamic would be there. It would like Gigi x Bette pairing end in disaster, only with lots of crying and things broken.

        Gigi x Dani: the only single pairing that could potentially work. But Dani is half in love with Bette. Bette will always be the third person in that relationship, even though they are not going to acknowledge it. We know from the previews Gigi is still going to be seeing Bette in the upcoming episodes so even if they broke up, Bette’s shadow would still be hanging over the relationship.

        Therefore, the best pairing is Gigi x Bette x Dani. But, I don’t think the writers would go there, even though there’s enough foreshadowing to make it plausible. Bette telling Alice she can “cut that shit out” had me like oh. Also, didn’t Bette make Jodi commit to not seeing other people in the OG. It could be portrayed as a growth or something.

        But, we will see Bette sleep with Pippa, which I am praying isn’t in a cheating scenario, and a plot to parallel Gigi cheating on Bette with Dani, which will be effin gross and just an all round mess. It’s 2021; can we have open honesty and respect for one significant other(s)? I’m done speaking.

  3. Riese, this is very specific but your intro made me laugh so hard that I went to slap my actual literal knee and almost broke my Gameboy in the process because I had to fully sit it down in my lap to focus on your recap but also forgot I was even playing it because, again, very funny intro. Cannot believe the OG series exists in any concrete way sometimes. Feels fever dreamy. (Also I multi-task but not well, do not @ me)

  4. Not Gigi hitting Bette with all the love languages inside of 20 min and then turning around and making Dani really smile and laugh for the first time post wedding-that-wasn’t (or kind of ever in a relationship maybe?) She’s simply too much, and idk how Nat and Alice haven’t woken up in mourning every day since they dismissed her.

    Dani being a kid who mostly went to sleepovers to have breakfast with the parents to abate her grief makes a lot of things about her make sense and also was a way more intimate admission than anything we know she told Sophie and idk man I just think Gigi and Dani could be good for each other.

    Angie better get an office right next to Micah’s at this rate. She handles being Bette Porter’s child like a pro and I thank her for her service.

    Micah and Maribel riding horses together has cleared my skin and released the exact same flood of chemicals that a mid-range holiday romance film gives me.

    Tess and Shane please stop wasting precious romantic time on trying to end up arrested unless it’s going to lead to a very Helena×Dusty moment.

    Shane having money for 5k advances and new poker tables and cigars but also being almost broke and too pinched to get security for her private but also packed events is…not a math I understand. And also I can’t care about poker, I’m not strong enough. I’m still wondering if there’s a 50k net loss in Eddy’s bank at the end of the night or if this is a no Black people allowed citywide poker night, thus leaving her profits largely unaffected.

  5. Stellar recap Riese!

    There was a lot I liked in this episode! The contrast between Gigi/Bette & Gigi/Dani was both blunt but also kinda well done in terms of giving me confidence the writers may actually understand the real things that make people connect?!

    I was almost as delighted to see the return of Better Porter Art Face as I was to see those giant weird sleeves! If OG Bette was all about outsized collars, could sleeves be Gen Q Bette’s thing? Would like to see more exploration of this.

    Also! The whole scene with Bette and Gigi at the art show really made me think about how art gallery/museum chemistry is a really overlooked aspect of both romantic and platonic relationships. I think you can have a good time with most people, but having great museum experiences with someone is a rare and magical thing to be held onto forever.

    The final thing that was a mystery to me: why was Kayla Allenwood on the DNA database?! She clearly knows who her family is unless she got adopted by the only other Allenwood in town! I hope we won’t discover that Angie has some impossibly rare Allenwood-specific genetic condition!

    • yes museum chemistry is very important! i feel like i had a whole relationship once based on the utter thrill i experienced knowing that i’d finally found someone who wouldn’t zoom through a museum ahead of me

    • People do DNA test to find out their ancestral origins not necessarily relatives. Maybe especially people who are mixed or afro-descendant as it is often harder to find that information in another way because of slavery.

  6. RIP GiBette. Your intertwined tongues will live on in my heart.

    Admittedly, I didn’t understand how the pending Gigi/Dani relationship (Giani? Gini?) would work but now I’m with it. Damn it Gigi is such an open sensual alpha take charge mama bear sweetheart and that’s exactly what Dani wants (hell me too!), which explains her crush on Bette to an extent (Bette ain’t so open) and why she and Sophie don’t work.

    I’m insanely curious to see how Bette behaves while in a relationship with a black woman. From my experience as a darker-skinned black woman, the relationship dynamics with a passing biracial woman can be beautiful, infuriating, eye-opening but also excruciating. It’s even trickier if said biracial woman has infrequently if ever dated black women nor had many if any black friends (close or otherwise). If the writers are willing to go there and be respectful of it, this could be very compelling.

    Lastly, I’m so shipping Micah and Maribel.

  7. brilliantly written made me laugh and why didnt bette call tina when angie squabble about the new sister debate and why is alice changing into jenny ewwwww wat a thought and alice has gone from thrupple to nat to maybe not nat to being alone its like a domino effect shane and tess awwwwwww sophie abd fin yay settle please and gigi dani oooohhhhh very nice stay away from bette shes on a mission to try and get over tina *sobs wails opens bottle drinks said bottle dies* the end

  8. I absolutely love the recaps. So well written and humorous. I wish some of the grammatical/spelling errors were fixed, but I’m an English teacher so I notice these things. :)

  9. Love the recaps! Although, I’m a bit surprised that everyone is so optimistic about the re-boot. I agree with ClaraZorEl, everything is “meh” (except for Gigi and Maribel). I so long for the days of witty banter at the Planet…or honestly just any banter or laughing or smiles at all. It feels like everything is so heavy….and boring. Where’s the fun, mischief, and deep friendship that we loved so much in the original???

  10. imo maribel’s advice to Micah made sense in the context of how much armor she has and how easy it is to embarrass someone as well adjusted as Micah into action. There’s a reason she’s ignoring the self flagellating house member. I just loved that Micah picked a snarky way to thank/get back at her.

    And as much as I like watching sophie muddle through her feelings with everyone, I wish we saw her talk to her grandmother. She only really talked to her mother last ep, and her grandma was the one who told her “you’re strong enough to leave” last season only for Sophie to remarkably fail at that.

    All i wanna say about “sinley” is if they’re gonna play with us before it combusts, we better see finley building more tables while sophie watches her ass like a woman having her every need waited on lol

  11. “Tess quickly softens under Shane’s loving reassurance which is very sweet but also HAVE SEX”

    YES, THIS.

    Also, am I the only one who thinks/noticed that Tess kinda resembles Paige from the original series (Kristanna Loken), whom Shane almost settled down with?

  12. Ok wasn’t Micah a college professor last season? When did he become a social worker/counselor? I mean I like this storyline the show is giving him and would def watch a spinoff about this LGBTQ center…but also I am confused about what happened there.

    Also, pumpkin patching, lol.

    • As someone getting a PhD in social, this is educated guess- Micah was a social work professor, but he was very likely at the lecturer level, and maybe just an adjunct. He was also likely a clinical social work professor, which means he need his clinical license to teach, and therefore has the proper licensure to see patients, as well. Many clinical social work profs who aren’t tenured both teach and see patients.

  13. This might be an unpopular opinion, but now that we’re getting into season 2, I’m finally able to confirm for myself that I do not like this re-boot. Now, I’m gonna watch it all, for sure. But I have the following issues with it.

    1.) The structure ensures there is not time for real character development. In the original, there were a lot of characters, but they were all involved in each other’s lives in a direct way, such that the plot points flowed into each other and there was time for deeper exploration. This show has so many disjointed plots and people who technically know each other but don’t really have much to do with each other so that their stories are taking place completely separately. That means there’s each person kinda gets checked in on for a bit, and then it’s on to the next. Any sense of their actual interior lives is really left up to speculation on the viewer’s part. This gives the show a rather shallow feeling.

    2.) There’s very little real humor or levity. The original was a mess, but there were so many laugh out loud moments. I would argue that the original was more in line with Sex & the City in that yes, it was serious but it was a comedy every chance it could get. A silly one at that. I could never imagine a vampire date in this series. This show could never give us an intro where one of the characters wakes up from a nightmare of the sickly dog they adopted for trickery purposes coming back from the dead to seek revenge. Which brings me to…

    3.) It is entirely too self-serious. It wants us to know that it knows all the right words, that it has never even thought a problematic thought, and that anyone who has should be downright ashamed. When it really tries to go there with the dialogue, it can sometimes feel like watching verified Twitter accounts retweeting each other’s obvious takes like “racism is bad” and expecting us to be like wow you are so evolved and courageous.

    4.) The characters are too nice. I mean, not every show has to be Breaking Bad, but I feel like they don’t want to make anyone the bad guy. Every conflict so far can be broken down to like “this politically liberal person, who is to some greater or lesser degree very financially well off, has problems, but ultimately they’re a good person who is just trying to do the right thing”. Boring.

    5.) No class analysis or consciousness. Even the struggling characters aren’t really struggling in any way that feels true to life. Shane, the character who was the most working class of the original, is just randomly rich now and that’s supposed to make her…cool? idk what but I feel like we’re supposed to think it’s badass and I’m like meh.

    So….I’m sorry, I really don’t wanna tell anyone not to enjoy it. I think if you enjoy it and think it’s good, that’s good! You are probably finding ways to connect with it that I’m not and that’s totally valid. But for me, it’s really a miss and it makes me sad that it doesn’t have the flavor of the original, despite all it’s problems. I feel like perhaps in their effort to make up for the sins of the past, they kinda threw out the good as well. I also think, based on some of the things I’ve seen it do really WELL, that the writers might have a better shot at making it a great show if it wasn’t hampered by the structural and logistical demands of the large, disconnected cast.

    I do like Maribel though. I would love to see more of her character and really get insight into her life and her motivations because I think the actor does a great job making her feel really warm and sincere. Anyway, sorry guys!

  14. Pretty much what Gigi said to the guy in Persian was she’s a lesbian on a date with Dani. Then told the guy he is a son of a dog(it’s an insult) & what loosely translates to dumbass; if I remember it all correctly.

    • OK this made me SUPER curious, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. Generally the level for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in the US is 0.08 on the breathalyzer, which is apparently the same as in Malta. The rest of Europe seems to vary between 0.02 and 0.05, with a few 0.00, and some countries who differentiate between new drivers (0.00) and experienced drivers (0.02 or 0.05). Fascinating!

    • if someone her size had 2-3 drinks and then drove, she could absolutely blow over a .08. like there are charts and stuff saying what you can drink before driving but they’re not always accurate, i know people who have drank that much and blown that high many hours later… so it was probably not the greatest thing for this show to low-key endorse. but i assume they did it bc they wanted both of them in the same car for dramatic purposes

  15. Gigi and Dani! Can’t believe I didn’t see it coming, but now that it’s happening I’m like…who else! It’s perfect.

    Also please someone (really!) explain to me why the Tess/Shane poker storyline is happening. What is the moral of the story kids?! I don’t like where it’s headed and I’m worried for Tess.

  16. Hi Riese, love your recaps so much. They make me laugh out loud as much as the actual episodes do every time. I just wanted to mention I think there have only been 2 total sex scenes thus far this season, and on your tally at the end of the recap you said there had been 3 so far. Small little detail I noticed! Thank you for doing these every week :)

  17. Is it just me or was this episode super boring? Things just feel very predictable?

    Surprisingly I’m liking Dani a lot more though and Dani + GiGi really makes sense.

    I’m super dreading the Alice/Tom storyline. I don’t see any chemistry and I feel like they’re trying to really make a point of Alice’s bisexuality in such a forced way. (And also ignoring her change of identity that happened in the original). It’s weird, and I’m not really here for it.

    • What do you mean “change of identity that happened in the original”? Because if memory serves, Leisha Hailey said in an interview that Alice’s bisexuality was mysteriously never mentioned again after, like, season 3. The show never explicitly stated that she was no longer bisexual.

      • She mentioned identifying as a lesbian several times during the original series- one was when she was with Tasha in court or something – and was asked if she was a lesbian. Responded with “last time I checked”. Also other instances of referring to “coming to her senses” in reference to her sexuality.
        To me it seems like they’re trying to over correct their history of negative bisexual representation by undoing her gay identity. So definitely not feeling this storyline at all. I think exploring bisexuality with Michah makes more sense in context, not to mention a less offensive take.

    • Yeah, I feel like Alice never said anything about how she identified changing, but it was pretty clear that she wasn’t interested in men much after season 1, which is a thing that happens in real life as well. So it does feel a bit strange to see someone who eventually came to be read as, if not a lesbian, a bisexual who was primarily interested in sexual/emotional relationships with women, being somewhat pointedly opening back up to men. This show really has that tendency to just kinda hit us over the head with things. It’s not just you either, I think this whole show is boring. I wrote an essay about how much I hate it a few comments up that no one has touched lol.

  18. I dont know how to feel about gigi and dani just yet, i guess we’ll see. Also looks like they are making dani suffer so much this season :(

    I feel like sophie isn’t taking any responsibility for why her life has blown up and is instead just mad at finely. yes finely shouldn’t have stopped the wedding but also maybe you shouldn’t have cheated, lied about it and almost marry dani???? I still ship sophie and finely tho.

    I NEED tess and shane to happen. Also Micah and Maribel are so fucking cute together. The Micah and Maribel squabble made no sense. Like i could see what the writers were going for but it was badly executed. And I’m so confused as to why the LGBTQIA+ center only has one trans therapist- I guess that like the show :/

    Overall great recap as always riese. The captions on the photos are always my favorite part.

    • “I still ship Sophie and Finley tho” really sums up my feelings abt this storyline. Is it a mess? Yes. Does it make sense for them to be in a relationship after all that? Not really. Do I care? Nope! They’re cute and that’s what matters to me as a TLWGQ viewer.

  19. I feel so bad for Alice and upset that Nat is getting written as the villain. Also. One would think they would’ve already discussed polyamory? Like early on in their relationship? Certainly before the moving in together stage? But I do appreciate that Nat is a therapist with a chaotic relationship. I like that.

  20. Gigi and Dani, Micha and Mirabel, and Tess and Shane are the only people with rights in this show.


  21. Honestly I’m kinda shipping Alice and Tom? He feels kind of out of place on the show with his cartoonish personality, but it might be good for Alice to have a partner who’s a little goofy. Alice is such a bubbly character, yet all of her previous girlfriends were uptight in different ways (not that I didn’t love them). I wanna see her with someone who she can just have fun with.

  22. My very specific nitpick. You have to be at least 18 to send your information (or someone else’s) to the Government’s DNA Collection Department. I doubt Marcus Allenwood or his sweet wife would want to submit Kayla’s spit, and in the spirit of anonymity the 15 year-old wouldn’t have known daddy came in a cup.

    I guess another thing… how much time has passed between the previous episode and this one? Did Nat and Alice talk at all, set ground rules? How do we go from Nat talking about exploring being poly to her fucking Marissa the next day?

    The L Word, man. Doesn’t matter which edition, things just don’t add up.

    • How much time has passed between the two episodes is also a question I was asking myself ! It felt so jarring because I had the impression I was missing half the information and I even paused the episode several times to go check the synopsis online because I thought I’d somehow gotten my hands on 204 instead of 203. (Yes, 204 isn’t even released yet but accidentally watching an unreleased episode made more sense to me than whatever was happening in this episode 😶)

  23. Hello, this is everyone’s weekly reminder that Shane does not deserve Tess. Along with the original reasons of having fucked her girlfriend, shown zero sympathy or support for Tess’s subsequent relapse (in fact she initially berated her for it and threatened her job) and the shitty power dynamics of being her boss, we now have:

    – Invited straight men to a private party at her bar, a place which should be a safe space for women
    – Watched said straight man follow her employee into the back, a place which presumably he is not allowed, and did precisely nothing

    I hope we’re not about to see Shane do some sort of white-knighting and be rewarded for it, that would be gross. I say all of this as somebody who loves Shane most of the time but TESS. DESERVES. BETTER.

    PS I would also like Finley to have an actual fucking storyline besides being blamed by Sophie for the fact that Sophie cheated on her fiancee and didn’t tell her

    PPS What the hell does Dani do for a job since Bette lost the campaign? Are we to assume a driven, ambitious, career-driven woman has been content to live off her father’s money for the past six months?

  24. I loved this episode and I thought this recap was wonderful as usual!! Thanks for being responsible for my weekly burst of laughter, Riese! Now I want to believe that Kayla asked Angie about Lez Girls, that’s what they were talking about.
    And also,
    “LOOK AT STAR-CROSSED FUTURE HUSBAND AND WIFE ATOP PONIES IN THE MAJESTIC DESERT!!!!!” I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!! Forever grateful for this OTP idea you gave to us for free!

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