“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 206: Lágrimas De Oro with Carmen Rios

WHAT’S IN THE LIVE PLANT BOX? It’s raging feminist Carmen Rios, our special guest for this week’s episode of “To L and Back”! If you’ve been reading Autostraddle for a minute then you’re familiar with Carmen, have missed her a lot, and will be VERY eager to hear her opinions on this week’s episode in which Carmen De La Pica Morales pours a lot of beer on Shane’s shirt, Shane gets a very attentive flower delivery person, Dana plays in the Rooti Tooti Fresh and Fruity Tennis Tournament but is a little distracted about how badly she needs to tell Ton-Ton that she’s totally not in this relationship anymore, Alice has knit herself a full outfit, Bette wears jeans for the first time and would like to talk about what Tina’s gonna do with that baby, and Helena gets really horny at a donor dinner and invites Tina to hang at the Chateau Marmont pool… NAKED. Also, Charlotte Birch holds office hours at the gym and Carmen wears a controversial t-shrit!

Episode Index:

+ Listling Without Commentary: Conversations I Had While Watching The L Word For The First Time
+ Our interview with Ann Bannon, Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction, author of “Odd Girl Out,” which was sitting on Shenny’s table
+ Bitch Magazine Podcasts
+ Dare to Lead, by Brene Brown
+ Urban Outfitters Continues Its Ugly Track Record Of Anti-Semitism And General Awfulness: Includes the “Everyone Loves a Jewish Girl” t-shirt controversy
+ Dyke Deck
+ The Wild Unknown
+ Okay it was in the series finale of Season One that Tonya mentioned Melissa Rivers for the first time. It was at the art opening, after eveyrbody told Ton-Ton and Dana that they were dressed alike. Ton-Ton goes “You have to meet Melissa Rivers — Melissa? Hi!” and then drags Dana offscreen
+ Are You Afraid Of The Dark: The Tale Of Cutter’s Treasure Part Two (1994) featuring Charles S Dutton
+ The Chateau Marmont
+ 31 Most Iconic L Word Outfits, Ranked By Incandescence includes the tennis-watching trio of outfits I noted as being especially gorgeous this episode

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  1. I remember I started watching season 2 a long time ago but stopped at about episode 2 so everything up to this point is completely new to me but I had to chime in about this part:
    when the lady Mark hired says something to the effect of “You know Shane is going to be mad when she finds out about this” and the look on Mark’s face is just so…like the mere THOUGHT of Shane finding out and not being cool with the idea of being FILMED without her or Jenny’s consent didn’t even cross his mind. Just the blankness in his eyes, it’s very Patrick Bateman. YEESH.

  2. Two Carmens for the price of one!

    Also, I clicked on the dyke deck link, and wow, I not only know a few of the people depicted; I also own a deck of cards worth a lot of money!

  3. Fake Monday’s are generally the worst but listening to this at work today made it so much better. I LOL’d at my desk multiple times.

  4. So I am currently 5ish months pregnant and I know every pregnant person looks different and all of that, but it is completely beyond the realm of possibility that Tina could only be 13 weeks pregnant and look like that. It just doesn’t make any sense in a show that already makes zero sense.

    • congrats! :) 6 months, 1 week here and I second this. In season 1 they featured an ultrasound that was supposed to be at around 6 weeks (probably?), and it showed a baby-like embryo. It’s just ridiculous, this series shouldn’t be allowed to handle children!

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