“To L and Back” Podcast Episode 3: “Let’s Do It”

It’s time for the third episode of America’s Favorite Lesbian Podcast, “To L and Back,” in which I, Riese Bernard, talk to my dear friend Kristin Russo on Facetime about the TV show we hate to love, The L Word. This week’s episode, “Let’s Do It,” is one of my favorites of all time! Plus we interviewed Guinevere Turner and you can get some advance excerpts from that interview in this episode!

[Also I know we wrote “Laura” instead of “Lara” in the episode description, we’re fixing it.]






Episode Index:

Episode Music:

This week only had one big noticeable switch from the original to the streaming version — instead of ending with Ella Fitzgerald’s “Let’s Do It,” as in the original, it ended with some other nonsense song! I don’t know what it was and I don’t want to. If you wanna experience The L Word as it was originally intended, you should buy Season One on DVD.

I hope you like it!!

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Riese is the 40-year-old Co-Founder and CEO 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 California. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," 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. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. “Let’s Do It” is one of my favorite episodes in this season (and the series as a whole) so I was looking forward to hearing your takes! So far spot-on, especially about how important the friendship bonds are between the characters. Can’t wait to hear the full interview with Guinevere Turner on Friday.

  2. Thanks again :)

    That credit/ chart song, really sounds like something made last minute, or someone with no musical training just pressing buttons.

    I liked the extra observations, I used to do that with Sex and the City. I didn’t know why at the time, but I’d notice the extras that played queer characters and when they would reappear. I saw SATC before The L Word and would often re watch the episode where Charlotte joined the lesbian crew.

    Thankfully I did discover the L Word and got into that soon after.

    I think that was my favourite part of The L word seeing the friendships of queer women, I grew up in a small town and took me a while to seek these friendships out.

    WTF 1 star, get the lesbian mafia on this !!

  3. I love how off-kilter Riese’s sense of humor is. I bet Kristin never thought of herself as a “straight man” in any relationship. I also endorse Riese’s decree that everyone should have a unique name to facilitate googling. However, as someone who is the ONLY person on the internet with my name, I really am aware that I need to keep my cyber nose clean. One of the few things I like about being 51 is that all of my youthful escapades and stupid thoughts/ideas/pronouncements (and, lordy, I had many) are not preserved on the internet archive. Whew!

  4. Just started rewatching The L word. Surprised at how much I’ve forgotten!
    The only thing I could never forget was THE MISSION & the friendships or more like comradery. Agreed, this is my favourite scene of the whole series.
    Never knew it was episode 1.03, I guess this is my favourite episode of the series then!

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