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The L Word Episode: "LGB Tease"

Season 5, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Helena gets tossed into jail for ripping off Catherine; Jenny finagles a chance to direct the movie of her book, leading her and Tina to butt heads; Shane's promiscuity successfully sabotages her plan to move in with Paige; and Bette's welcome-home gesture to Jodi backfires.
Original Air Date: Jan 6, 2008
Guest Cast Jane Lynch: Joyce Brian Markinson: Aaron Kornbluth Lucia Rijker: Dusty Wallace Shawn: William
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LGB Tease Season 5, Episode 1

WeLcome back, everyone! I thought this was a very strong season premiere, how about you? In particular, I loved the humor... it feels like with every season, as the cast chemistry and characters continue to evolve, the sense of humor gets more and more wicked-delicious. The biggest surprise for me tonight was how much I now love Jenny. I think it's great that the writers have decided to embrace her bitchiness to the fullest and make her into a "Hollywood Diva," rather than a self-loathing masochistic whiner. I would much rather enjoy despising Jenny, and this new version of her feels like that guilty pleasure, "love to hate" soap opera vixen. I think I can roll with this... and it looks like Mia Kirshner is having a blast with this new take on her character, too. So many of the scenes between her and the other girls, in particular, Tina, were just fantastic, because they were so over-the-top. May as well make her operatically bitchy, because at least we can have fun with that! I was always fascinated by her character, but... she was becoming exhausting... now her maniacal self-absorption is just hilarious and fun to watch. Helena! Oh my Goddess. Did you think she'd wind up in prison? I don't really know what I'd expected to happen, but definitely not to see her in the LA jail system. Yeesh. "Don't drop the soap," indeed. Loved the scene in which Alice, Tina and Shane were giving her "prison survival" advice. I giggled when Shane was hitting on some of the inmates, too. Heh. How do you think Helena is going to do in prison? Will it bring out the shark, or will she wind up getting eaten alive? We know she's got a very vicious survivalist inside of her... will it reemerge and save her, or will she just keep waiting for mum's money to save her? Hot, hot scene between Jodi and Bette. At first, I got a little bit peeved at Jodi for accusing Bette of trying to control her, just because Bette set a nice table for her in the loft... I thought she was looking too far into it... or was she? The way that she decided to "take control" of the situation was... a uh... welcome digression. So... will this relationship turn into a constant battle for control between the two? Can Bette handle a constant power-exchange type of dynamic, or will she wind up going back to the family and comfort of Tina? Speaking of family, that little Angelica is looking so adorable. Also, I loved Kit's hair! Looks like Phyllis is enjoying her new life out of the closet, but may not be ready for monogamy... I like her and Joyce together, but the writers will have so much more fun with Cybill Shepherd by putting Phyllis back out into the dating scene. The ending scene with Tasha and Alice was such a relief, and so romantic! Also a very hot way to keep us hanging... do you think that Tasha has now gone A.W.O.L.? And of course, the burning question of the night: do you think that Page committed the arson at Shane's business? show less
WeLcome back, everyone! I thought this was a very strong season premiere, how about you? In particular, I loved the humor... it feels like with every season, as the cast chemistry and characters continue to evolve, the sense of humor gets more and more wicked-delicious. The biggest surprise for me tonight was how much I now love Jenny. I think it's great that the writers have decided to embrace her bitchiness to the fullest and make her into a "Hollywood Diva," rather than a self-loathing masochistic whiner. I would much rather enjoy despising Jenny, and this new version of her feels like that guilty pleasure, "love to hate" soap opera vixen. I think I can roll with this... and it looks like Mia Kirshner is having a blast with this new take on her character, too. So many of the scenes between her and the other girls, in particular, Tina, were just fantastic, because they were so over-the-top. May as well make her operatically bitchy, because at least we can have fun with that! I was... read more

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