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The L Word Episode: "Lez Girls"

Season 4, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: News of Bette's liaison with a teaching assistant gets around campus; Alice decides to stop seeing Phyllis (Cybill Shepherd) after meeting her husband (Bruce Davison); Tina catches Angus with his pants down; Jenny's short story in a magazine ticks off Alice.
Original Air Date: Feb 4, 2007
Guest Cast Steven Eckholdt: Henry Bruce Davison: Leonard Kroll Caroline Cave: Lindsey Bruce Dawson: Donald Heather Matarazzo: Stacey
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February 4, 2007: The (Other) L Word Season 4, Episode 5

I couldn't believe my ears the first time Phyllis said, "I love you" to Alice on voicemail, but then to Alice's (and my) horror, she had to go and say it again and again while desperately clutching Alice's arm. Yikes. I really didn't want Phyllis to become so desperate and clingy; I just wanted Phyllis and Alice to have lots of fun scenes together so that we could enjoy Leisha Hailey and Cybill Shepherd's brilliant comedic skills. [ Sigh] Oh well, as cringe-inducing as Phyllis' affections are becoming, it is great drama, and it tells a lot about how lonely she's been for so many years. I just hope that Phyllis comes out of this relatively unscathed and that she and Alice can maintain a friendship. I'm relieved that Helena was able to find a way to save her catering job, except do you think that her caviar purchase may have actually taken the money right back out of her pocket? The sad thing is, the whole time she was prepping the food in the apartment kitchen, and then in Phyllis' kitchen, she looked so calm and in her element. Not only that, but judging from Alice and Mr. Phyllis' taste tests, the food was delicious, too! I was convinced that Helena would be an amazing caterer. Well, all is not lost. After all, it is perfectly natural for some mistakes and disasters to happen the first time on the job, and she managed to come up with a solution under extreme stress, so maybe she'll still do really well with a catering business. My favorite scene of the night (of course) was Jodi, Dean Porter and Jodi's interpreter (whom I love) "blowing off some steam" at the party. You know, Jodi is exactly what Bette needs, don't you think? They're polar opposites, and Bette seems immediately at ease with Jodi, which isn't something we see out of Bette very often. I like seeing her in this light, and I'm looking forward to more Jodi-Bette adventures. I do like it that Jodi also challenges Bette, because that is something that Bette really needs as an artist and as a person. She's sort of lost herself in the politics of art, and she used to be so passionate about the actual art itself.... I think that Jodi will help bring that passion for art back to Bette. I'm also glad that the Nadia story line has faded a bit, because I wasn't too fond of Nadia.... Something about her seemed really fake, and at times it felt like their "romance" was thrown at us. The scene between Jenny and Vet Girl was really tough to watch, because I recently had to put my dog to sleep, and it broke my heart (I'm still not over it, and I had to look away). I also couldn't believe Jenny could be so cold as to take in a dying dog and watch the dog's euthanization just to prey on Vet Girl. It made me feel so angry and dirty.... How can she look in the mirror most days? Then again, I do love Jenny, too, because she's so fun to watch and so fun to hate. Watching her "work" Vet Girl at dinner was a fascinating study in psychology. As a matter of fact, lately I'm starting to wonder if Jenny's a bit of a sociopath. I loooooved her fight with Alice, especially Alice's retort on the Monet comparison. Go, Alice!! It was also great to see Jenny get discovered at the club, and I hope that Vet Girl really lets her have it in some future episode. Finally, what a relief that Max still has his job. In the beginning sequence, I was starting to worry that Max was about to do something to hurt himself.... The mirror and the heartbeat and the look on his face made me feel really concerned. But I'm glad he's OK, and I hope it stays that way. Question of the night: If you saw Angus and weird-accent-pixie-nanny making out, would you tell Kit, or would you handle it like Bette and "stay out of it?" I was actually proud of Tina for caring enough to address the issue with Bette, and I'm glad that she still feels protective of her friends, even though she's been distant from the group in more ways than one these days. Do you know what I would do? I would talk to Angus. Yep. Make him shake in his little indie-rocker boots, and get him either to realize what he's about to lose, or just really get honest about where he stands right now with Kit, and I'd encourage him to talk her about it. One other thing: Do you think that Shane and Papi will ever...? Since Shane obviously doesn't care about Papi and Papi feels a bit threatened by Shane, it'd be quite a conquest for Papi, wouldn't it? show less
I couldn't believe my ears the first time Phyllis said, "I love you" to Alice on voicemail, but then to Alice's (and my) horror, she had to go and say it again and again while desperately clutching Alice's arm. Yikes. I really didn't want Phyllis to become so desperate and clingy; I just wanted Phyllis and Alice to have lots of fun scenes together so that we could enjoy Leisha Hailey and Cybill Shepherd's brilliant comedic skills. [Sigh] Oh well, as cringe-inducing as Phyllis' affections are becoming, it is great drama, and it tells a lot about how lonely she's been for so many years. I just hope that Phyllis comes out of this relatively unscathed and that she and Alice can maintain a friendship.I'm relieved that Helena was able to find a way to save her catering job, except do you think that her caviar purchase may have actually taken the money right back out of her pocket? The sad thing is, the whole time she was prepping the food in the apartment kitchen, and then in Phyllis' kit... read more

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