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The L Word Episode: "Layup"

Season 4, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: A resident artist (Marlee Matlin) angers a wealthy donor whom Bette is trying to impress; Alice accepts Papi's challenge to a pickup basketball game; Max opens up to Brooke, with disastrous results; Alice enjoys a liaison with an “older vintage” lover; Shay has an accident, leaving Shane with a huge hospital bill; Jenny plots revenge against a magazine critic.
Original Air Date: Jan 28, 2007
Guest Cast Donna White: Sydney Chelsea Hobbs: Brooke Beverly Breuer: Ms. Rapson Jessica Capshaw: Nadia Tom Butler: Skip Connelly Caroline Cave: Lindsey
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January 28, 2007: Like a Fine Wine Season 4, Episode 4

The opening scene of tonight's L Word had to have been one of the funniest "O" scenes ever, even funnier than "Sally's" "I'll have what she's having!" Once Alice and Phyllis' explosive uh... lesson was over, I thought to myself, "OK, they're my favorite couple now!" Unfortunately, Alice is just playing to play and not for keeps. This makes me sad for Phyllis, nervous for Bette and a little bit peeved at Alice. But I'm holding out hope that we'll get some more great scenes with Alice and Phyllis together. Of course, Helena came through once again with a perfect comedic comment on the situation. I really hope that we'll get to see Helena cater Phyllis' event, and that maybe Helena will kick some major booty at it, too. I want her to suddenly realize that she's gifted at something really amazing (beyond "backwards basketball") and catering could possibly be it. I mean, as "Miz Peabody," she knew how to coordinate amazing parties and events; maybe she could actually be good at it as a profession. I'd love to see that. (I don't know why I just thought of this, but... why doesn't Helena ever hear from her ex-wife and the kids?) I felt so, so, so very bad for Max, and the situation may not be over. Do you think that boss' daughter will just keep it to herself, or do you think she'll tell her dad and get Max fired? That's a real nail-biter there. I cannot believe how low Jenny has sunk to get revenge on her worst critic. [ Cuing up Psycho violins: zing-zing-zing-zing] The basketball game rocked. I'd love to see the girls go at it again in a rematch. Hilarious how Bette was taking the game so seriously, which is so very like Bette. I wonder if Nadia's going to do anything psycho now that Bette threatened her with disciplinary action, or if she'll just back off. It's really hard to tell if Nadia actually cares about Bette, or just lusts for her. I adore Jodi. Oh my goddess, I want to see more-more-more of Marlee Matlin. Her character is amazing as an artist, too. I think she'll be challenging Bette in some interesting ways... and that maybe Bette will fall for her. I also love Jodi's interpreter and their rapport together. I'm angry at Angus for allowing that weird blonde chick to sway him from Kit. Leave it to a broken ego to make a person self-sabotage like that. Goosebump-inducing moment of the night: Shay's drawing. Major tear-welling for me with one look at Shane's expression. I feel so badly that Shane wound up having to do that photo shoot to pay Shay's medical bills, but it proves how willing she is to become responsible, and that she truly feels invested in him now. She looked amazing in the photo shoot, too. I mean, Katherine Moennig is so stunningly gorgeous and photogenic, all she has to do is stand there and she's perfect. Finally, I raise my glass to Dana. When the girls were all talking about "L sports," even I felt a little twinge of grief when they mentioned tennis. We miss you, Dana. OK, L Commitee, your turn! show less
The opening scene of tonight's L Word had to have been one of the funniest “O” scenes ever, even funnier than "Sally's" "I'll have what she's having!" Once Alice and Phyllis' explosive uh... lesson was over, I thought to myself, "OK, they're my favorite couple now!" Unfortunately, Alice is just playing to play and not for keeps. This makes me sad for Phyllis, nervous for Bette and a little bit peeved at Alice. But I'm holding out hope that we'll get some more great scenes with Alice and Phyllis together. Of course, Helena came through once again with a perfect comedic comment on the situation.I really hope that we'll get to see Helena cater Phyllis' event, and that maybe Helena will kick some major booty at it, too. I want her to suddenly realize that she's gifted at something really amazing (beyond "backwards basketball") and catering could possibly be it. I mean, as "Miz Peabody," she knew how to coordinate amazing parties and events; maybe she could actually be good at ... read more

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