“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 404: Layup With Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

TV Critic and Season 4 Enthusiast Kayla Kumari who you already know from THIS WEBSITE RIGHT HERE joins us for THE BASKETBALL EPISODE! This week, Phyllis gets a little oral sex education, Bette meets Famous Sculptor Jodi Lerner for the first time and it goes TERRIBLY, Nadia’s dreams get dashed, Hazel the Nanny ruins our lives, certified goddess Paige meets Shane at School of Rock Night and everybody gathers for one of the best scenes in L Word History: Bougie Bitches vs. Papi’s Team in a basketball game to remember. Don’t throw it to Jenny!!!


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  1. For some reason my memory of this episode was affected by years of rewatching Friday Night Lights and I thought the Bougie Ass Babes or Whatever had improbably won this game and watching it again I kept thinking I can’t believe they expect us to believe they could win. Relieved to be wrong, what a glorious third act of television. Bravo.

  2. I hope you guys talked about Alice using a loooooot of toilet paper while she was on the phone and peeing. I get it, I do. You do need to wipe the back too but do you really need THAT much toilet paper? Does Alice have a big pussy or something? Like what the fuck is going on there Lol

    Anyway, I love the part when Jenny is drinking a latte (or whatever it is) during the game.
    Then she’s on the phone and then pretending to freak out while protecting the ball in her arms lol

  3. I’ve been looking forward to this episode ever since I heard Kayla mention on an A-Camp panel that Season 4 was her favorite :)
    Also, so glad the Helena/Lagaan connection was discussed–I was so surprised when I saw her in a Bollywood movie! What a career. (Please let Helena be in Gen Q Season 2, I want to see what toppiness hijinks she’s up to now)

  4. I have been waiting for this!

    This was my first ever L word episode. I had been avoiding the show for a long time, knowing it would make me gay (spoiler: it did!)

    But then I found myself alone in a hotel room and it was on and suddenly I was paying very close attention.

    What an incredible episode of television…somehow I saw this at the time and thought, yes, I need more of this in my life. Miraculous

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