“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 108: L’Ennui

Do you need a bath? Well then, you and Jenny have something in common! This week on The L Word, all tights are off and the yacht party is ON. Also: the girls stage a very important intervention with Bette and Tina in hopes of saving them from sinking into the deep, sticky quicksand of boring pregnancy conversations, Kristin has an incorrect opinion abut warm milk, Dana and Lara cry in a restaurant, Lisa sent Reiki vibes to Alice and wonders if she heard them, everybody gets very drunk, people dance in various ways, there’s some full-frontal nudity, and Shane has deep thoughts about love and marriage. For those riveting events and so much more, you will not want to miss this week’s episode of To L and Back!

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  1. I have to admit that I am neutral (hot) milk (hotel?) having ordered a caramel or lavender steamer in my day, but also not a fan of the whole milk film thing on top.

    Also, I am so sorry, but The Gift of the Magi is the literary equivalent of ”This is why we can’t have nice things” and I do not approve. It is a story about a couple who need to communicate and coordinate their gift-giving better.

  2. Someone needs to tell Kristin that if she’s ever enjoyed a hot chocolate she’s, technically, drank warm milk (unless she’s one of those heathens who makes it with water).

    Also: I think the key is whether or not the milk is *deliberately* warm. Warm milk in coffee/with some kind of flavoring in it? Delicious. Milk that’s warm because it’s been sitting out for some reason? Gross.

  3. Team hot milk here. It’s so soothing when you’re a kid and can’t sleep and your parents make it for you.
    Also, the honey is an integral part!!

    Also also, I am now being that person. If a French word starts with a vowel, the definite article – in this case “le” – gets abbreviated to an “l'”, so that you don’t actually have to pronounce the whole article plus the word but you can rather say both like one word. So it’s “l’ennui”, like “lennui”, not “le ennui”. Ok. I hate myself. Bye.

    • I support you in being this person! I quietly murmured “it’s l’ennui” to myself every time they said it in the episode, and then quietly shook my head at myself. We’re all okay.

  4. *Hot* milk is acceptable with coffee or chocolate. Warm milk is unsuitable for all adults, I don’t care how pregnant they are.

    Also, I really don’t think that’s how reiki is supposed to work.

  5. Dana tells Lara she can’t live the gay lifestyle right now, immediately departing for the world’s most gay boat party

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