The L Word: Generation Q Round Up: Season 2, Episode 9

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Jennifer Beals (Bette) & Laurel Holloman (Tina), Photo Credit: Kelsey McNeal/SHOWTIME.

SPOILER ALERT!

Brace yourself, everyone. Season two’s penultimate episode brought the heat, and I don’t mean that in a sensual way. This episode turned up the drama and brought on much heartache. And, I can’t wait to see how it all ends next week (with hopes that there is a season three, of course!) 

Episode 209 begins outside of the California Arts Center (CAC), where Pippa, Bette, and hundreds of others are protesting the Núñez family and their financial contribution to the CAC. While watching this, I pleasantly found myself asking if we were watching the reboot or the original and was glad to see Bette returning to her roots. And ultimately being successful with the protest.

Also akin to the original series, Bette is caught in a major love triangle (or really, a love cube). Tina meets Pippa, and seems to have some feelings about it. Later on, Tina asks Bette why she can’t be happy for her and Carrie, and Bette doesn’t have much of an answer. And then Tina asks the question that’s been on everyone’s mind: “Are you still in love with me?” I audibly gasped. I really didn’t think she was going to say it out loud. Of course, the two of them get interrupted, and Bette doesn’t answer her. But her eyes speak volumes about where her heart lies. 

Meanwhile, there’s a lot going on with Angie. At the beginning of the episode, she goes to the hospital to visit her sperm donor, but at the last minute, he changes his mind about meeting her. Like any teenager, Angie blames this on her parents. She spins out and lashes out at Jordi before prom, but Shane and Alice come to the rescue and get her there before the night ends. 

Aside from all of the drama with Bette, Tina, and Angie, other characters face similarly intense circumstances. Finley has been missing for 36 hours, and won’t answer her phone, so Sophie starts to call local hospitals. Sophie also talks to Tess, who rightly says that Finley is not “going to get the help she needs if she has you there to pick up the pieces and make it better.” 

Pair that with some family drama for Sophie. In an attempt to deflect from the Finley situation, Sophie spills the beans to her family about Micah and Maribel dating, and they don’t react well at all. Sophie’s grandmother calls Micah “a trans” to his face, and it’s never addressed in the episode, which really upset me. Alice also faces the music when it comes to her bisexuality and finally admits she’s dating a cisgender man.

Not much happens with Gigi and Sophie this week, aside from a minor disagreement. However, at the end of the episode, Finley drunkenly shows up at Dani’s apartment while Gigi is there. Side note: Finley is so drunk that she literally pees outside of Dani’s door. It’s clear that Finley needs some serious help, and I hope that happens soon. I just can’t bear to see Sophie suffer anymore. 

If that wasn’t intense enough, the episode ends with a punch to the gut. Tina and Bette go back to visit Marcus at the hospital. But just minutes after he tells Tina and Bette that he will meet Angie, he passes away. Gen Q: why must you do this to us?  

Becca’s Rankings 

Sexiest Scene: Tess and Shane making out in the laundry room.

Most OMG-Moment: Tina asking Bette: “Are you still in love with me?” 

Funniest Moment: Alice and Shane supplying the booze at Angie’s pre-prom party. 

Best Musical Moment: Jordi and Angie dancing to “Hold Onto Me” by Valerie Broussard at prom. 

Who will sleep together next? I have a strange feeling that Tina and Bette may be getting back together.

 

 

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Becca Damante
Becca Damante
Becca is a Smith college graduate with a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies and an Archives concentration. She has worked and written for non-profits organizations such as Media Matters for America, The Century Foundation, and GLAAD, and loves to write about the intersections between pop culture, politics, and social justice. You can find her at @beccadamante on Twitter.