“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 306: Lifesize with Jes Tom!

Generation Q has ended its first season and you know what that means: we are returning to the vast hellscape of the original L Word’s Season Three! Carly and I are kicking off with Episode 306 and a very special guest: “weird queer comedy babe” Jes Tom, who you should definitely follow on Twitter. This week’s episode involves so many strange and unpleasant-to-bearable events: Alexandra Hedison pretending to be straight, Carmen spraying Shane with a fire extinguisher because birds are monogamous, Bette telling Tina to go out and get it with Josh Becker, Sleater-Kinney playing at The Planet tonight, Max thinking hard about hormones, everybody finding out that Dana is actually super sick and so much more!

Alice (wearing a short black dress) stands in the doorway of her apartment with a house cleaner (a woman wearing a long chambray shirt and her hair braided). The lifesize cutout of Dana is in between them. Alice asks, "Can you recycle foam core?"

Carmen (wearing a gray tank top and black spandex shorts) is in the kitchen with Shane (wearing a classic white button up). Carmen throws a slice of pizza across the room at Shane, yelling, "Do you want sausage, or fucking pepperoni?"

A fancy New York book publisher sits at a table at The Planet, wearing a brown suit and short blonde hair. Jenny is dancing behind her, squealing, having just opened the first half of her advance for her book.

Billie (wearing a black-and-gray horizontal striped tank top, his blonde hair styled into a mohawk), stands in a doorway withe the door half open. He makes his right hand into a claw, winks an eye, and says, "Rawr."

Shane (wearing jeans and a black t-shirt), Alice (wearing a gray vest, white shirt, gray pants, and sunglasses), and Carmen (wearing black pants and a black tank top) stand outside on the patio of Shane and Jenny's house. Shane says to Alice, "Did you know birds mate for life?"

Helena (wearing a headband and a brown shirt), says to Tina (whose back is to the camera), "Well, then, talk to me as a straight woman."

Tina and Bette have just walked into their house and they look surprised. Tina is wearing a red pinstripe shirt and a red neck tie. Bette is wearing a green tunic and carrying a paper bag of groceries. Bette says to Kit and Mangus (who are both off screen), "You've got to be kidding me."

Carmen stands in the crowd, surround by people, at a concert. Off screen, Kit says, "these sisters are bad to the bone."

Carrie Brownstein (playing herself in Sleater-Kinney) stands at the microphone on stage performing a concert. She is holding her guitar and has brown short hair that flips out at the ends, and she is wearing a short-sleeve floral shirt. She sings, "I spend the afternoon in cars"

Billie (wearing a white tank top), looks at Jenny (wearing a blue dress) who is holding Max's (wearing a green tank top) face in her hands. Jenny says to Max, "Don't hide."

Shane is standing in the crowd at the Sleater-Kinney concert. She is holding a bottle of Dos Equis beer and talking on her cell phone. She says, "Sleater-Kinney's amazing!"

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, 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. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Thank you for this podcast, I love it. After listening to the generation q episodes, I was reminded that Riese and Carly are resuming their duties with TLW season 3 (“it’s a lot.”) So trying to ease my l word hunger lead me to search for more podcasts about our favorite TV show. And I came across one called the planet. My podcast player says it was published in 2017, but upon further investigation it turns out to be a rebroadcast from 2006 … because the hosts are SO THRILLED to be starting off watching the 3rd season! They’re like,
    *This show gets better in the second episode.
    *She had breast cancer, but they’re not going to kill her!
    *What fo you think about Sharmen? Who? Sharmen? Yeah, Shane and Carmen!
    *I don’t think it’s going to last with them.
    *Mara is so hot! Finally a real butch dyke!

    And all they while, they are filled with such enthusiasm! I love love love to L and back, of course, but season 3 is a downer and we all know it. The disconnect I feel with these gals watching TLW real time is truly magical. It’s like a portal to another, more innocent land. I wanted to share, but I have only listened to the first few episodes of their season 3.

    The Planet: the podcast for L word.

    Thank you again, I love you all so much. I look forward to hearing you in my ears again soon! And Drew and Analyssa, too!

  2. Hey, I just wanted to say I fell behind on my watching The L Word (I was somewhere in season 2) and catching up with the podcast since the self-quarantine has me incredibly anxious and can I just say the fact that season 3 is SO shit is really comforting? Like my life is falling apart and I feel bad I’m not doing anything productive and my Mom is sick so I’m just incredibly grateful to watch this show be shit and hear y’all talk about it and have it take my mind off things, at least for at little while.

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