The L Word Generation Q Episode 206 Recap: Love Shack is a Little Old Place Where Shane Asks For No Drama

Welcome to the sixth recap of the second season of The L Word: Generation Q, brought to you by the same network that brought you the original L Word, a show that finally lifted the curtain on second wave feminism’s best kept secret: that Gloria Steinem was close personal friends with Bette Porter’s Dad.

Episode 206, “Love Shack,” is definitely my favorite episode of the season and perhaps of the entire series! Some parts were a little messy and time remains a flat circle, but boi did I enjoy myself!


We begin our journey today on a gentle pathway full of exercisers, including our very own Micah and Dani, who are pausing their joint fitness adventure to discuss more important matters: namely, that CEO Dani is attempting to make her Dad’s company ethical and that MICAH HAD SEX WITH A WOMAN.

Dani: I thought you were gay!
Micah: Same, me too!
Dani: And I thought I was special!

Micah and Dani pausing their run to talk

Come on man just toss a junior mint into my mouth it’s NBD

Dani’s got lots of questions like: 1. Was it weird that it’s my ex-fiancee’s sister? 2. Was she better than me? Then Micah relays that somehow, he’s not spoken to Maribel in an entire week?!?

Let’s pause here to imagine a scenario in which you bang your go-to person (go-to-person /ˌɡō ˈto͞o/ˈpərs(ə)n/ :  noun: INFORMAL•NORTH AMERICAN / 1. the person you text most frequently, 2. the person who would drive behind you to the car dealership to give you a ride home after you drop your car off, pick you up from surgery or have dinner with your Mom when she’s in town, 3. often a romantic partner, but not necessarily; can also be a family member or best friend) and then, afterwards, your communication goes immediately radio silent for A FULL WEEK. WHAT?!

If I were Micah I would be in the process of changing my name and putting a deposit down on a mansion in North Dakota.

Dani making a hand gesture towards Micah, outside running

DID YOU GO “HONK HONK” AND THEN SQUEEZE HER BOOBS REALLY TIGHT LIKE THIS

Furthermore, Dani says she’s been having a “pseudo-sexual friendship with Gigi” and, like so many of us, thinks about Gigi all the time. Micah wants to meet Gigi but Dani’s nervous to be In Community with their friends, particularly Sophie and Finley. Micah explains that, as established by the OCCUPY DANA’S movement, she can’t let those two kiddos own the space she’s also entitled to occupy.

“I mean, I don’t think I’d punch Finley again,” Dani ponders, “But it’s possible.”


YO HO HO It’s the ALOCE SHOW for me! Alice emerges from an enormous plastic bubble to chat with her new Bestie, Sophie. They’re bonding over their messy post-breakup lives: Alice didn’t cry in the shower today, Sophie’s not seen Finley in a week, and Alice might ask Tom to join her at the lesbian bar for karaoke night.

Inviting a straight cis man to a lesbian karaoke night in which the main players involved in 5+ queer romantic storylines will certainly be present is a great way to test whether or not your boyfriend is interested in spending eternity in what Bette Porter famously called “this little incestuous hotbed of lesbian fucking inter-connectedness.”

Alice in a flower blazer backstage

Could you just take a quick glance at the back of these $500 pants and let me know if my period started early


And thus we go gently into the good karoake night at the Dana Fairbanks Memorial Tavern, where we will remain for some time! Finley’s been taking the train to tuna town with Brit all week. “I don’t know if I’m gonna marry them or anything.” Finley says of Brit, which I believe is our first acknowledgment of they/them pronouns existing on this program, “But they’re nice, they’re fun, and I feel like I’m finally moving on from Sophie, you know?”

Tess pointing a mic at Finley

You’re playing a VERY dangerous game of chicken with the head fucking hen

Finley spots Sophie across the room — Sophie who she somehow! Has not seen! In a week! Although they live in the same apartment! — as Sophie slips into a booth with our new intergenerational friend group of fuck-ups.

Alice: I just sent Tom a you know, a casual text.
Shane: Good.
Alice: You know, I haven’t heard back.
Shane: What’d you text?
Alice: “Thinking of you”?
[everybody groans]
Sophie: Oh, honey…

Sophie now spots Finley, and Alice says now’s her chance to talk to Finley about, I am assuming, her interest in making #Sinley official. “Please no drama tonight,” says Shane. Nobody cares how much drama you want tonight Shane!!!!!!

Sophie and maribel at the table

Okay I have a new segment idea. It’s called “L Word” and everybody says an L Word at the same time so you can’t hear anybody saying it

“Just say thinking of you when you go over there,” Alice tells an en-route-to-Finley Sophie. “It really works.”

Bette ROLLS UP into the booth with peak Mommi energy and a playful demeanor that is jarringly warm. (Don’t worry she’s got plenty of time left to go cold!) She’s just done her vocal warmups in the car and is ready to perform!

Bette with her mouth open

LOOK at my new WRIST TATTOO it’s a BUTTERFLY

Bette laments that ALL she does all day is chase people down. Shane delivers a sick burn: “Who are you chasing? Because I know it’s not Gigi.” It’s ARTISTS, Shane! Bette is an Art Hunter. She chases rebels and disruptors but nobody wants to show at her problematic gallery. For example: Pippa. Bette testifies that Pippa is …. everything. (She does not disclose that she volunteered to cut out her heart for Pippa in the very same episode where she flipped out at her daughter wanting to cut out her kidney for another noted artist, Marcus Allenwood.)

Alice commiserates that she is also trying to bone someone she works with, but Bette insists this is not about boning, it’s just about work. I think we all can agree that Bette is lying and it’s definitely about boning.

Speaking of people who are not boning, Sophie’s attempt to help Finley with microphone cords turns into full-blown lesbian hand sex. Like nobody can breathe and the only parts of their bodies they are aware of are the parts that are touching? The agony and the ecstasy is PALPABLE.

intertwined hands

This is how lesbians have sex

This highly erotic handplay is giving Sophie butterflies while Finley attempts to refuse the energy radiating in her direction, and eventually it must be asked — is Finley avoiding her? “No, of course not,” Finley says, unable to maintain standing posture.

Finley holding a mike stand

Just take the mike. Speak truth to power.

Finley escapes to the back to complain to Tess that Sophie’s hitting on her which’s bad! Because now Finley is sweating and she didn’t wear deodorant today.

Jamie looking hot in her dress in the back

Let me give you some free advice: when it’s really hot and you’re sweating and you’re wearing three layers, two of which are zipped/unzipped in a way that truly boggles the mind, simply remove a layer

Finley talking to tess

I’m not sure that I follow…

Finley: She just came in and sort of like, started hooking up Hexlar cables like some kind of cable goddess—
Tess: XLR. XLR Cables.
Finley: Whatever. I’m good at tools, not cables.

Tess has no advice on how Finley could potentially get over someone who she sees all the time — which I believe is Tess referencing her own feelings for Shane, a person who has done nothing but express explicit interest in Tess, despite Tess’s quasi-relationship with her ex Cherrie Peroni. Tess suggests, AS IF I AM NOT RIGHT HERE AND HATE IT, that Finley tell Sophie to “back off a little.” Finley says she’ll do exactly that and then qualifies that actually, she will not.

Meanwhile, Shane’s spilling to her pals that Cherrie Jaffe came by the other night (nobody is respecting Cherrie’s SURNAME CHANGE which was announced in SEASON THREE, the woman has been divorced for SIXTEEN YEARS), first to see Tess and then to see her, although she swears there was no hanky-panky during the Shane-Cherie Private Session.

Shane leaning over in the booth towards Alice

Why the hell are you drinking a Heineken? I thought Tecate was the Season Two sponsor.

Nobody believes Shane, womp womp. So we transition to discussing Bette’s disinterest in Gigi, a relationship she now claims “never really started” and “wasn’t exactly some epic meeting of the minds.” Ouch.

Bette holding her arms up

And when I held that Samantha doll in my arms I just felt so profoundly connected to early 20th century American History, and I don’t understand why Angie was never interested in having a Samantha Doll of her own

Bette has yet to inform Gigi of her disinterest, however. She’s pretty sure Gigi already knows that it’s not going anywhere, which is a thing you say when you don’t want to say “I ghosted her.”


Sophie tells Maribel that despite Finley’s insistence otherwise, Finley is absolutely 100% for sure avoiding her.

Sophie grabbing at her chin

It’s just this ONE tiny hair that I have to pluck out every single month

Maribel incredulous

I’m sorry you’re registering a complaint about just ONE tiny hair?

Maribel wants Sophie to sing, but she refuses, even though Maribel says she’s a great singer and we all know that Rosanny went to Julliard. Before any progress can be made on the musical front, however, guess who’s here??!!!

Dani shell-shocked at the doro

Gigi can you hand me the Xanax in the pink pill case at the bottom of your handbag please

Gigi and Dani have taken one outfit and split it up between the two of them, which is also a form of lesbian sex. But as soon as Micah and Dani spot the table containing Sophie and Maribel, they both desperately want to leave. Gigi insists that they stay and reclaim their space. Gigi guides Dani towards the bar with a tender touch while glancing at Bette Porter.

Gigi guiding Dani to the bar

Phone calls are free

Bette at the table with her friends eyeing Gigi

Silence is golden

Sorry Shane, this party is gonna be High Lesbian Drama and there’s nothing you can do to stop it!

As Micah heads in their direction, Maribel quickly informs Sophie that she and Micah did the horizontal mambo last week and before Sophie can thoroughly eviscerate her for withholding this information —  look who’s here!?!? It’s Micah!!!!

Maribel looking alarmed

I had sex with your roommate in your house exactly one week ago sorry I didn’t tell you earlier

Sophie gritting her teeth

MARIBEL I WAS THERE OH MY GOD I HEARD YOU HAVING A LOUD ORGASM —

Micah standing at their table

Heyy ladies…. how y’all doin….

Finley swings by to amp up the ambient discomfort levels and Micah asks her if she can be nice to Dani so they can all have a nice civilized time tonight. “Is she gonna punch me in the face again?” Finley asks.

“She hasn’t been able to rule that out,” Micah says. Finley requests Micah give her a heads up if there’s a jab coming her way.

“Okay, I get it,” Sophie smiles. “Everyone’s gonna be normal because there’s nothing to be weird about with any of us, right?”

Finley and Micah facing each other

Hahahaha no it’s totally fine that you ate the jeans I left in an eggo waffle box

Sophie takes an imaginary phone call on her hand in order to leave Micah and Maribel alone to have an awkward conversation. Micah notes that he’s not heard from Maribel in quite some time. She says she’s been swamped with the crisis at the border. He asks if she’d like to have lunch. She says she has to work. He asks if she wants a drink. She nods to indicate that she already has one. What is happening here?? Why won’t Maribel have an $18 lunch salad with Micah at the Urth Cafe???!! Anyhow, meanwhile I am sitting at a nearby table buying Micah a one way ticket from LAX to Bismarck just in case he needs it.

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103 Comments

  1. Yesss the recap for the best episode of television ever is here!! Riese, I admire your empathy for Dani (which I struggle to feel because she is a terrible partner, on principle I have trouble feeling bad for rich people, and she will probably get to fuck Gigi so she’s really winning in the end), but please tell me we haven’t lost you on Team Sinley! Me and the 33 other members of the team need you!

        • I also do not understand the dislike. It seems like everyone forgives Shane, Bette, and others so much more readily. Even the accusation that Finley shouldn’t have interrupted the wedding… obviously… but also wasn’t her sense that it was then or never, and it was too important to her not to do something? This is why I appreciated so much the episode when Shane encouraged her that it matters that she spoke her truth, and not many people can do that. (Sophie hasn’t even been able to do that to HERSELF all season, apparently?)

          On a related note, not to split hairs, but in that S1 bathtub season, as far as recall no one says that Sophie cheated on her previous girlfriend with Dani. All Dani says “When we met you had a girlfriend. And you were so willing to leave her, and that scares me.”

          • yeah! Sophie and Finley screw up, but it always feels way more relatable to me than the way annny of the original characters would just screw people over. I dunno if they’ll work out, but gosh I do sure root for them

          • ahhh ok good point about what she said in the bathtub, i think i assumed that she’d cheated before deciding to leave her ex.

            and right of course finley shouldn’t interrupt a wedding but IT’S TV! i think we all know that was a very hyperbolic action that makes sense within a fictional TV world, considering the circumstances, even if it makes zero sense outside of it. and the over-the-top actions made by other characters seem much more easily forgiven.

          • I agree about Sophie and her ex!! Everyone assumes she cheated but I assumed it was also a break up with her girlfriend for Dani situation.

            And also agreed about Finley – when she interrupted the wedding obviously I was like “bro what are you doing” but what you said is spot on! She loved Sophie so much that she was willing to burn all bridges to tell her. I felt the same when Micah told her to “give Sophie space.” What’s wrong with showing someone how much you love them? Especially since Sophie is definitely the type of person who really values feeling seen and heard. And same for your thoughts on Sophie this season – she hasn’t been actively trying to hurt anyone, which is why I don’t get why everyone jumps to hating her so quickly. She’s just confused, which I think makes a lot of sense when the life you’ve always pictured for yourself is falling away, even if it’s because you realize it’s not what you wanted. I feel like if anything her poor behavior has been a result of her trying not to hurt people – she lied to Dani and Finley to spare their feelings, which while misguided, is a lot different than lying out of malice or selfishness.

        • For me it’s that I don’t think Sophie truly has enough respect for Finley. She either doesn’t notice or doesn’t take seriously Finley’s drinking problems in season one, taking her out on a “bro night” so she can drown her own sorrows. She has sex with Finley and then (as far as I can gather) essentially orders her to stay in Kansas – or at the very least cuts contact with her. She blames Finley ENTIRELY for what happened at the wedding, overlooking the fact that she played a huge part in this by a) cheating, b) not being open with Dani and c) not being open with Finley. She then blows hot and cold with Finley, asking her out for sushi then ditching her for Dani and lying about it. And still zero concern for her drinking or general emotional welfare. I applauded Finley for calling her out this episode and I’m a little disappointed it ended with The Grand Gesture.

          I’m not against Sinley in the long run, I just think Sophie has treated her pretty appallingly to date and I would have preferred to watch Finley have her own storyline this season, addressing her drinking, growing as a person, carving out a life for herself, etc.

          I feel like most of my comments on these recaps are complaining about pairings so I need to add that I freaking LOVED this episode and agree Riese that it’s easily the best of the season if not the revival ♥️

          • I hear you. I am similarly baffled by the way everyone on the show (and watching it) blames Finley, when it seems to me that she was the one who tried to stop things, from pulling back/turning silly while dancing to the hospital to the green room. It’s now clear that she harbored feelings for Sophie, but I don’t get the sense that she would have acted on them at all if Sophie hadn’t pushed the matter and surfaced what was between them.

            My read on Sophie’s hurtful or hot/cold behavior this season is that she’s still working through her discomfort with who she is and how she’s acted, and also the new trajectory her life is on. She and Finley have emotional intimacy and chemistry but a relationship between them perhaps feels a lot less secure than her prospective marriage to Dani, which offered financial and practical stability, the perks of having a successful careerist spouse, etc. Finley is still sorting out her life (and seems a few years younger? Given the professional careers and grad school references for Dani and Sophie, I read them as late 20s and Finley and possibly Micah as a few years younger) and a relationship with her doesn’t present any of the superficial “perks” of a relationship with Dani, which sounds crass but, I don’t know, it’s a very different life trajectory than what Sophie had prepared for with Dani.

            It doesn’t excuse her behavior (and maybe I’m just an apologist for what is in actuality inconsistent writing, not character depth!), but it does help me understand her and still root for their relationship to work out. I appreciated Riese’s suggestion on the pod that the writers consider allowing their relationship to continue through the series rather than imploding it in like 3 episodes (please don’t!), and lets us see them grow up and change and work things out and navigate life together.

  2. This was a really fun episode, but I’ll be honest, I spent most of it asking IS ANYONE ACTUALLY DOING ANY WORK IN THIS BAR?!!?

    I’m not sure if this was setting up for next episode to open with Shane discovering that Finley didn’t lock up and Dana’s has been robbed, but I’m going to be stressed about it all week.

  3. The karaoke scene reminds me of how fun and indulging the l word used to be.

    And also, why am I reading things like “he enters her” on here? Like yo. No. Hot or not? Is this even a question?
    These are nothing like the old school cheeky recaps.

    • “And also, why am I reading things like “he enters her” on here?”

      Umm, because this is a RECAP of a TELEVISION PROGRAM, so the entire point is to, uh, recap what has happened and in this instance, THIS IS A THING THAT HAPPENED ON THE SHOW. Perhaps having read the “old school cheeky recaps” you are familiar with the concept of recapping!!

      Also because BISEXUAL PEOPLE exist and in this show there is a BISEXUAL CHARACTER who has sex! With a man! Like bisexuals do!

  4. The Micabel stuff was so irritating to me on this episode! Maribel was completely in the wrong here, I think Micah was very clear in his desire to talk with and spend more time with Maribel and she completely shut him down and then she totally interrupts and embarrasses him when he’s trying to hook up with someone else?! That is completely irrational and unfair–you can’t have it both ways! And this just feels so out of character for her, she’s snarky but has never been a bad communicator.

  5. This is my favorite episode!!!

    Everything is so messy! When Micah, Dani, and Gigi walked in and saw Sophie, Maribel, and Bette, I was waiting for the chart to pop up and the OG opening song to go tew tew tew tew tew tew tew tew tew in the background.

    Sinley was worth the wait! Has it really been since January 2020?!?! I’m glad to hear there’s possibly 35 of us shippers, cuz I was starting to think it was 15.

    And I’ve decided the thing I ultimately care about most, aside from Sinley, is Gigi’s happiness. I’m really enjoying the GiNi buildup, but I just want Gigi to be happy!!! Even if she wears a turtleneck sleeve for the rest of the series, as long as she is happy!

  6. I’m all for Alice and Tom, however if Nat says she chooses her, she will run right back. I see her hurting Tom because he has already fallen for Alice big time. Which is a shame because they work together. I said a few episodes ago, Alice is gonna use Tom to make Nat jealous and show her other people find her desirable. Crappy, yes, but happens all the time.

    I’m so ready for Dani and Gigi to kiss already. It’ll be like watching your own first kiss with someone you’ve wanted to kiss for so long…intense and passionate. I stan them for me and for each other, of course. Lol.

  7. Solid recap as usual. Always good for a giggle. Why was Finley wearing so many layers indoors in LA!

    It was my fav episode of the season by far. Everyone was together and we finally got somewhere with a bunch of these storylines that been dragging on for far too long. It was generally a joyful and playful episode for the majority of the characters, which had been missing from this season. I’ve already watched it like four times. Where was Angie though? Poor kid missing out on all this fun.

    Very happy that my number 1 gal Finley is happy and now with who she was pining so hard for that she ruined a bachelor mansion wedding. But I’m finding it hard to forgive Sophie for all her bs this season and for putting my dearest Finley through the emotional ringer… I did love the Sophie singing scene despite it being pretty ridiculous in the context of the evening… but I love that song and couldn’t help but love the scene when it made Finley look like the happiest puppy in the whole wide world. Also, who doesn’t love a grand romantic gesture. It’s the lesbian dream. I have loved Sinley from the beginning but Sophie’s behaviour this season has put somewhat of a damper on the pairing for me. Hopefully, she can make up some ground within their relationship and offer some much needed support for my fragile Finn bean.

    The Love shack scene was fun and made me appreciate Shane’s sex appeal for the first time ever so that was a bit of a shocking development for me. She really handled that mic stand like a pro…

    I kinda like the slow burn of Shane and Tess especially considering Shane’s history. Tess deserves to be treated right! I’m glad Cherie is out of the picture. Wtf was all that!

    Looking forward to seeing how DiGi plays out considering Gigi’s cheating history. Some good news for me is that these scenes with Dani and Gigi are actually making me like Dani for the first time ever. These two actually make some sense and Gigi has been getting Dani to open up emotionally in a way Sophie never could. I still will never understand how her and Sophie ever even got together considering Dani’s morally repugnant job at her rich daddy’s nepotism factory. Did they never discuss how gross that whole situation was? So weird. Also, I have to say I was annoyed that Dani said twice in this ep that Sophie left her at the altar. Technically she left Sophie!

    Bette was such a bitch to Gigi. The whole time. I’m so glad it’s over because I couldn’t take anymore of her generally unenthusiastic attitude towards Gigi as a human being outside of sex. Farewell GiBette. Bette has been pretty awful this season so she doesn’t deserve anyone right now but we all know she’s gonna hook up with sexy artist lady.

    One last note – where is Helena?? Is she or is she not coming back? I can’t wait to find out what her new personality will be in Gen Q.

    • I’m confused about Helena tbh — she was listed as a cast member for Season 2 of TLWGQ on imdb pro (other writers made note of it also, not just me) for one episode but now her name is no longer on the cast list? idk if their plans changed (which is possible i think, bc covid) or they’re trying to keep it under wraps.

  8. As always, a romp of a recap, Riese. I bow at your feet with these image captions and this week was particularly (literally laugh out loud) superb.

    Did not expect Sophie and Finley to happen in this episode (was thinking we’d have to wait until later in the season) but have watched these scenes about 10x today. Ahhh.

    I am feeling the Alice/Tom dynamic, and I like how his character is written as someone who seems comfortable in his own skin and stepping into this queer world that is very much not his.

    I am still delighted by Gigi although curious about the Bette disappointment (is it just that sting of rejection? B was unnecessarily cruel) vs. her interest in Dani. Also that sweater was … a choice. As someone who has spent most of my life in New England, I am also impressed by some of the characters’ commitments to wearing layers/sweaters/jackets when other characters are wearing just a bra and a lightweight button-up.

    Regarding the Pippa comment about a real chance to show her work, I think she means a concrete, big name or publicity exhibition, rather than just the gallery affiliation. (Knowing the L Word, it will probably be some kind of glitzy, Instagramable installation space in/around LA.)

    • thank you! i also thought we were gonna have to wait all season so i was delighted and now i am frightened because we’ve still got four more eps so there’s no way it’s all smooth sailing from here. there are shades of alice + dana happening with all this too i think.

      and yes i think you’re right about the art show. after a week of mulling it over lol i actually looked it up and i guess being represented by a gallery is sort of like having an agent? so like bette could represent her and also get her a show at a museum.

      • I keep thinking the writers are going to and do a Dana/Alice parallel with Sinley and I really am begging them not to!! They’re so entertaining and have so much chemistry I really feel like they’d be a long-term couple that would be really fun and interesting to watch. And, I would love to see Finley work through her issues with someone who loves her at her side

  9. I’m pretty sure this is going to end up being one of a very small number of TV episodes that I’m happy to revisit on a whim, years later, just as an individual episode without re-watching the series as a whole. It was so fun and charming even though the amount of time spent at the Dana Fairbanks Memorial Tavern makes me think this was a bottle episode, and usually I dislike those.

    The karaoke promo pics had me nervous for weeks about potential for second-hand embarrassment but it ended up being totally delightful, same with Sophie singing to Finley. I hate that Dani had to see it, and I hate that Bette was so vicious to Gigi for no reason, but overall, this show is really delivering and I love it!

    • Yes to all that! I may have already rewatched today – which is unprecedented for an l word episode. Like, usually their biggest appeal is familiarity and jokes, but the karaoke caused no second-hand embarrassment, and this episode had parts I disliked but without a cringe factor, which is kinda noteworthy for this dear show.
      Also – there are many gems on the internet, but those captions are the one thing I literally laugh at every week.

    • yes!!! even the parts that irked me didn’t make me upset, just… lightly irked. i can only watch the press screeners a certain number of times and i sometimes reach that number cuz i write the recap in stages and often go back to take extra screenshots, transcribe more dialogue etc. but this was the first time where i kept wishing i could watch it again for fun! but i couldn’t risk losing a viewing that i might need later so instead i just sat on my hands and waited

  10. These recaps always make me laugh out loud, and this one was no exception.

    Seriously though, WTF was Gigi wearing? 15% of a turtleneck sweater about sums it up, and it’s just baffling! Why do so many of the characters on this show wear so many layers and blazers and jackets and sweaters IN L.A. Isn’t it 70 degrees there pretty much all the time? I just don’t understand.

    However questionable the costume department’s choices are though, the music department was on point this ep. Those are definitely the songs that a bunch of lesbians would choose to sing at karaoke, I’m just saying. (Sophie B Hawkins!!)

    And, last but not least, WHEN ARE GIGI AND DANI JUST GOING TO KISS ALREADY!? Dani’s face as Gigi walked away in the last scene was epic. She is absolutely SHOOK and I am HERE FOR IT.

    • it actually is kinda cold in december and january, which is when they were filming this season i think. there is a very brief window of time where it makes sense to wear a jacket, but like i have never needed a winter coat here. and INSIDE A CLUB absolutely not, it’s funny when sophie is in a short-sleeve shorts romper and finley and bette are both in layer after layer.

      i remember the night we did our live TLAB show with the cast in 2019 that i was FREEZING in my dress!

      but maybe what we have been missing all this time is the options afforded to us by 15% of a sweater. an easy way to transition summer outfits into winter hits!

  11. Kudos Riese for this stellar recap, and thank you for the reference to Clea. It would be great to have her return for a cameo as the manager of a Hot Topic where Alice and Shane go shopping for Angie’s birthday. I see that that actress hasn’t had an IMDB credit in 10 years, perhaps she’s painting houses in the Lower Mainland just waiting for them to call her up.

    This was not the strongest night for our beloved Gigi. Her mangled turtleneck was a crime against good taste. Then she allowed Bette to be cruel to her without sticking up for herself, which feels very out of character. Why not land a goodbye burn? “Bette, you’re a nasty pretentious mess. You will inevitably earn Pippa’s disdain and Jodi was too good for you. Congratulations on parentifying your daughter.”

    • “Kudos Riese for this stellar recap, and thank you for the reference to Clea. It would be great to have her return for a cameo as the manager of a Hot Topic where Alice and Shane go shopping for Angie’s birthday.”

      This is an excellent free idea for anybody who is reading!!

      I projected myself 100% onto the scene with gigi and bette and assumed she hadn’t said anything because she was trying not to cry, as i certainly would have

    • She’s downright awful for no reason! I really don’t think any of her meanest moments this season have been out of character, but it feels like she’s punching down more or something? Or just being worse to people who we specifically see try to be nice to her?

      I love a good Bette Porter oneliner here and there, but I really don’t love how she hurts people so casually and is still surprised at every minor challenge.

      • i agree, it’s not out of character but there is something different about it this season and i think you’re right, it might be punching down? carrie is certainly no helena peabody! and like bette’s behavior has been cruel and abusive in the past — the #1 thing i noticed on my rewatch for the podcast was how absolutely terrible bette was in so many cases which i had not noticed when i watched it back in the mid-to-late 2000s.

        but i feel like this dynamic with gigi is a new one, like it’s not new that bette is mean, but it’s new to see it played out in this kind of scenario. idk if that makes sense.

        • absolutely. not entirely out of character but somehow more cruel than usual. what always bothered me about her was that she was often incredibly rude to people she clearly saw as “beneath” her, like servers, assistants, etc. but this season it’s out of control. the second she acted the way she did towards poor Carrie i was pretty much enraged 🤣

          i also agree though that some of the most hilarious one-liners have been said by a super sassy Bette (but not really in this series?)

  12. I am curious about the move to make Bette as unlikable as possible this season. Was this an artistic choice? Or a strategy to break her stranglehold on the fans so that we might open our hearts little wider for the newer cast members? In that case, Gigi seems to be the biggest benefactor of displaced Bette stans.

  13. I loved everything in this episode except for the Sophie and Finley storyline. I know I’m in the minority here, but Finely is the worst. I really don’t know what Sophie sees in her (besides the fact that they’re trauma-bonded) because she’s so, so mediocre.

    • Rosanny Zayas (Sophie) is an incredible actor!

      Yes I know everyone will hate what I’m about to say but I’m disappointed in the writers for seemingly romanticizing/glamorizing/minimizing the pain and destruction caused by affairs.

      Finley is superbly annoying; always out of breath, disheveled, and clueless. I was so happy to see Sophie “chose” Danny (yay for once the writers got it right) but that turned out not to be true. The bar scene where Sophie sings a song to Finley was absurd and cheesy. And Danny was there? This storyline is very offputting – there is nothing to root for in Finley and Sophie. An affair is not something to be celebrated and cheered on. Hopefully the fallout from the affair is accurately portrayed. The majority of affair partners don’t stay together when reality comes back into play after a grass is greener flare up of juvenile immaturity. I would like to see Sophie realize she made a mistake and dump annoying sloppy Finley.

      • Comments like this emphasize how differently people interpret the exact same thing. I’m not Team Sinley, but Sophie and Dani were not good partners and they were not in a healthy or positive or liberatory relationship. Do you honestly think their relationship worked? And to be frank, Sophie has been experiencing the fallout this entire season. Every episode someone reminds her of how awful the affair was. The affair was not glorified.

      • I am, in general, a Better Porter fan, but jesus they have gone out of their way to make her the most unlikeable person possible this season AND THAT IS SAYING A LOT! Just absolutely callous and cruel for…why? It’s really hard to watch.

        I love Tom and Alice together and, based on the promos, I am scared for their future. He deserves better than whatever is about to happen.

        So, Autostraddle is my only real fandom source, so my view might be skewed (I feel like I’m SURROUNDED by Sinley shippers), but…I don’t like Sinley as a couple and it has very little to do with the cheating. Or rather, it’s not about the cheating as an act of cheating. Last season, Finley was one of my favorite characters and this season I honestly can’t stand her anymore. Last season she was a sweet, loveable mess, she had some pretty deep-seated issues, but she was trying her best. She was lost and she got called out by the pastor she was “fudging” and after the cheating incident and all the destructive drinking, she realized she needed to work some things out, so she went home to do that…for herself. This season, she says she went home and did that (in part for Sophie instead for herself), but the second she gets the Sophie bat signal, she runs back and falls into ALL of her destructive behaviors again. She makes impulsive decisions that hurt people. She rushes into things without thinking or asking questions. She walks away from her job (which is painted as noble but is really just a messed up situation). She starts drinking her problems away after she explicitly states that she stopped (and no one around her seems to notice, btw).

        This is not a person who should be in a complicated relationship with her former best friend whose wedding she ruined. This is a person who has regressed and needs HELP. This is a person who, at worst, learned no lessons, and at best, really needs a support system and doesn’t have one. Sure, Finley and Sophie have chemistry, but if these last few episodes don’t end with Sophie realizing that Finley has some problems and needs help, who cares? This relationship will be unhealthy just like her last one was (albeit in a different way), and I don’t want to root for that. I want better for Finley.

        • I was also kinda mystified by how Finley at first was going out of her way to hide the beer cans, then 5 minutes later was pounding beers in front of Sophie and they didn’t acknowledge it at all…

        • I’m pretty much with you on all this. I think Toboni is an incredibly warm and charming and funny actress, so it makes the mess of Finley kind of lovable and, as a pretend person in a pretend story, engaging to watch. But if we’re meant to take her actions at face value, she is a dangerous and self-destructive person and desperately needs some help. (And if we’re meant to think the unhealthy things about Sophie and Dani as a couple were serious and real, I assume we’re meant to think the same here. Nothing to do with the cheating.)

          It was disturbing to me that we were meant to see such a cruel public action as a big sweet romantic gesture in this episode — which isn’t Finley’s fault, of course, but is part of a pattern in this aftermath.

          My GUESS is that they’re putting them together like this to introduce the alcoholism story so Sophie can support her through it, instead of isolating her from the cast for that storyline?

          • I really hope you’re right. The original L Word didn’t exactly treat mental health with much grace, I hope Gen Q can do better. I feel sometimes like I’m taking this show too seriously with how unforgiving I am of characters’ dismissal of each others’ addictions and other deep-rooted issues, but it matters. It matters because we see and normalise these behaviours in real life. Gen Q may be a soap opera but that shouldn’t mean it can’t dig a little deeper into addiction and show characters actually expressing concern for and supporting each other, rather than enabling each others’ self-destructive spirals and encouraging the audience to cheer them on.

  14. Such a wild feeling to be so consistently delighted by an episode, but here I am! Feeling it!

    I loved way too many things to get into without losing my whole entire mind (but not Bette reaching toward the zenith of her cruelty or whatever was up with Micahbel tonight), but my favorite part was Finley subtly demonstrating that the secret to never losing a day of business to Dawn Denbo’s rat antics is to cultivate your own local rats to defend the perimeter of your lesbian karaoke and poker tavern.

    Lastly, please be advised that while I’m on board for pretty much all the pairings we saw some development for tonight, I will actually be insufferable when Gigi and Dani get together and I will not apologize. I’m even here for that incomprehensible little turtleneck cutoff thing and, again, not apologizing!

  15. okay, now that’s out of the way — these are my thoughts:

    1. I deeply enjoyed this episode

    2. I fully cried when Sophie sang Closer to Finley!!!!!!

    3. I feel like people do not give Finley (/Jacqueline Toboni) enough credit! obviously she is kind of immature, annoying and responsible, but she also feels like a real person, and is genuinely likeable in spite of her flaws, and I think that’s special and goes past the more one-dimensional characters that this show sometimes creates

    4. Alice and Tom hooking up! SO KEEN! get it!!

    5. I also feel like Maribel was more in the wrong and was kind of puzzled about how she acted (clearly blowing Micah off, then getting really mad) but hopefully we’ll get more insight into her actions next episode?

    6. Bette is mean, but also Bette has always been mean so I do not know why people are surprised by this

    7. “Love Shack” was bizarrely amazing

    • I personally am less surprised that Bette is mean and more disappointed that she hasn’t grown as a person since the original series. I think in the original series she often (not always) had a lot of righteous anger and now she’s just mean to be mean.

  16. Rosanny Zayas is such an incredible actor and now it has been revealed she can also SING??? Holy cats. Also I really love her scenes with Jacqueline Toboni because they can both act so well. I really would love it if Sinley could be happy together for a long time, but I’m sure the show will swiftly pivot to drama and heartbreak.

  17. I like Dani so much this season and I couldn’t stand her in the first one!

    Bette is insufferable.

    I liked having everyone in one place and the drama that ensued in this episode but I’m finding the writing just terrible, so many conversations just didn’t make sense and so many characters made weird incomprehensible choices, I found it hard to really get in to the episode

  18. hi riese do you see gen q as 1 big fuck up by all concerned and it will take more than an iron to take out all the wrinkles ur recaps are making me not wanna watch gen q and dump it coz it is poorly seen to be about ppl having sex messing up having sex ignoring others theres no chemistry at all and its making bad light of lgbtqia+ which is wat the show is all about and im thinking the shouldnt have called it l word in the first place coz its not supposed to be a show just about lesbians im just very disappointed in everything that the show is airing i mean wtaf is jb leisha and kate and marja playing at its a total embarrassment of all gay ppl and im sad i think they all need slapping the crap out of them

    • Punctuation maybe? Also What the…? Though the OG TLW was centered around lesbians, it also tried to show us lesbians were part of a larger community. Alice has always been bisexual which was talked about, explored, and debated and Max was a transman who had relationships with both men and women (same as Micah). Oh, and there were bisexual men, men in drag, open relationships, heterosexuals (gasp), and more.

      It both irritates and baffles me when people have a revisionist recollection of something and will denigrate and browbeat other people for remembering/honoring/portraying it accurately.

      Lastly, the show is called The L Word Generation Q with the Q standing for queer which covers all facets of the LGBTQIA+ community. As a representative of any letter within that acronym, the television portrayal of love, drama, and sheer shenanigans of any other set of people from that same acronym who all struggle to be accepted within society should make you proud, not ashamed.

  19. Gigi…gahhh can that woman get any hotter? The only thing missing from this episode was her in a blazer speaking Farsi.

    Like so many others have said, I’m starting to like Dani. Maybe that grating personality she displayed in S1 was due, in part or on the whole, to her relationship with Sophie? They made no sense…still trying to understand how that came about. Thus far, Dani has shown herself to be a top but I have a feeling she’d gladly bottom for Gigi which…I mean…who wouldn’t?

    Bette has always been curt and rude but I think the lack of a stable relationship combined with Tina moving on, her not having the pull she’s used to having in the art world, and Angie finding familial connections outside of her have jettisoned her into the land of the unlikeable…almost. Tina said it best in the OG TLW; when Bette feels out of control and/or scared/threatened she lashes out and puts people in a box. Sadly, so many people are going into that box right now.

    Finley is such a love-hungry puppy and I want someone to hug her and tell her to love herself first. I like Sinley a lot, but I really want Finley to not seek validation from a relationship.

  20. Fantastic recap as always, Riese!

    My main thoughts on this episode are as follows:

    – Sophie singing was nice, but uh…did she have to sing the whole song? Like…she legit sang it in its entirety. I just feel like the time could’ve been better spent on something else, like…IDK, Tess and Shane enthusiastically putting their bodies and mouths on one another. But I’m a dreamer.
    – Speaking of Shane and Tess…not to be dramatic, but if we don’t get a sex scene between these two by then end of the season, I’m gonna self-immolate.
    – The general consensus is that Bette was referring to Pippa as the person who “checks all of her boxes” but my immediate thought was Tina. I mean, in hindsight sure, Pippa does make sense because that’s clearly where Bette’s mind is at right now, but given Carrie and Tina’s prior convo about how Bette clearly still has feelings for Tina, that’s what clicked for me in the moment.
    – I NEED to know if that was actually Kate singing during Love Shack, because…I’m gay. Knock a little louder sugar, indeed.
    – I love Tom and Alice. I think they’re super cute together.

  21. I too was surprised by the lack of biphobia in this episode! Hooray! I think it would’ve been understandable if one the characters made some gender-related comment about Alice being into a man (for apparently the first time in many years?)(who knows, maybe they will address this in another episode) but I am glad the dialogue didn’t veer into any biphobic territory. Happy for Alice and Tom, love is love indeed, the end.

    • welp, when Shane suggested betting on Alice and Tom hooking up that night, Bette said: “Ooh, I do not want to spend any time picturing that”, and to me that did come across as a little biphobic, since Bette doesn’t particularly have a history of being squeamish about imagining her friends hooking up with people? Am keen to hear alternative interpretations of that line though, since I too would love an absence of biphobia for f’ckin once!!

  22. Hey Riese, just wanted to add that I believe “Britt” is the second instance of they/them pronouns, as Jose referenced his ex in this manner in the very first (or second?) episode of s1. When Micah is helping him move furniture, shortly before smashing his window and boldly inviting him to dinner.

    It would be nice to see an explicitly non-binary / gender nonconforming character on screen though. At the moment it feels the show’s patting itself on the back by ticking the “they” box in throwaway dialogue.

  23. Watching the original L Word characters sing Love Shack was genuinely thrilling. I couldn’t take my eyes off Leisha, she is an amazing performer. I’m not familiar with the bands she was in previously so I had never seen her sing. It was such a perfect choice for the three of them. I especially liked the part where Shane briefly protests because she “always” has to sing the guy’s verse.

    Also, Rosanny is so talented. Loved watching her sing Closer.

  24. First on an unrelated note- petition to put the comment box at the TOP of the comments!

    Second, if you told me when this show started that one of the newer none main characters I would care about intensely in season 2 was Gigi, season 1 me would laugh at you. She’s really come in to her own. She’s amazing and deserves good things.

    and lastly, I’m a bisexual woman…I’m glad they are giving Alice bi-things to do (see what I did there), but TBH there were only 2 sexy times and one of them was hetero. If we are going to continue the cis hetero fun times (get it Alice!), I’m going to need MANY, MANY MORE sexy times from the rest of the cast.

  25. Is it just me or do most of the sex scenes this season take place in or end up in bed? I need to see Tess & Shane on the porch steps, or Dani & Gigi against Dani’s big ass windows, I don’t care, but pleaaaase less beds.

  26. Meowww, Shane singing…has she done this on the last series if so, I don’t remember but that was kinda really hot! She was and still is my favourite character and made me realize that hey, women can be attractive as hell. Yep, Kate Moennig forever!

  27. so I’ve been continuing to think about this episode and, okay, initially I was like: was Tom being biphobic by assuming Alice wasn’t into him? and maybe he was, but I also like Tom and prefer to read it as him engaging in classic lesbian behavior ie not picking up on any of the signs, over-eagerly offering to help your crush hook up with other people (both things i have done far too many times to count).

    basically: Tom is lesbian culture!!! you heard it here first!!

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