The L Word: Generation Q Round Up: Season 2, Episode 5

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The L Word: Generation Q Round Up: Season 2, Episode 5

L Word: Carrie, Tina and Angie

Rosie O'Donnell, Laurel Holloman, and Jordan Hull / Photo: Liz Morris/SHOWTIME


This week’s episode of The L Word: Generation Q was called “Lobsters, Too.” But I will forever remember it as “The One Where Cherie Jaffe Returns,” because honestly, I still can’t believe it. 

For those of you who haven’t watched the original series or may not remember, back in season one, Cherie Jaffe (Rosanna Arquette) had an affair with Shane behind her husband’s back. On Generation Q, Jaffe returns looking as hot as ever, and she is dating Tess! 

If you thought I wanted Shane and Tess to be together before, my feelings have only intensified. Yes, Cherie is extremely attractive, but she brings a lot of chaos that Shane does not need in her life. Exhibit A: Cherie touches Shane’s legs under the table while Tess is right there!.

Chaos is something this series thrives on, especially when it comes in the form of love triangles. After sleeping with Sophie, Dani tells Gigi she is relieved that their relationship is over. But I’m not sure Sophie feels the same way, especially since Sophie calls Finley “a good friend.” Maybe she’s come to her senses and realized that she shouldn’t date either one of them? 

A large chunk of this episode focuses on Angie and her interest in donating a kidney to her biological father. Angie brings Bette, Tina, and Carrie into her therapy session with Micah, and things quickly get very intense. Bette is her typical stubborn self and refuses to hear anyone else’s perspective but her own.

But Angie tells it like it is, explaining: “I don’t want to lose something bigger that I am a part of.” Honestly, if Jordan Hull doesn’t get nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance as Angie, the queers are going to riot. 

This week with Alice, her book is done and the publishing company loves it. She’s happy about that, but nothing seems to fill the heart shaped hole that Nat left in her life. Except maybe her book editor, Tom?

When Nat cancels dinner with Alice, she invites Tom over. The two go to the beach to release the lobsters they planned on eating. Tom says that Nat was crazy not to try to work things out with her, and I felt some romantic vibes. Man, I just want poor Alice to be happy. But an added bonus of this potential romance with Tom would be that the series could correct some of the missteps it made when it comes to bisexuality.

Fortunately, we do have at least one character who is portrayed as having dated both men and women, and that’s Micah. I’m really excited by how much of a storyline he is getting this season. And this episode was no exception. He finally tells Maribel he likes her, and the two sleep together. 

In the final moments of this week’s episode, Cherie returns to Dana’s to hang out (and maybe do more?) with Shane, and Sophie comes home to Finley f*cking someone else. There goes that potential relationship. 

Becca’s Rankings 

Sexiest Scene: It’s honestly a tie between Micah and Maribel sleeping together and Cherie going down on Tess. 

Most OMG-Moment: The return of Cherie Jaffe, who is dating Tess! 

Funniest Moment: When Micah asks Maribel for consent, she jokes: “You sure you remember how?”

Best Musical Moment: Cherie Jaffe walking into Dana’s to “Guess Who’s Back” by BEGINNERS & Night Panda. 

Who will sleep together next? It has to be Gigi and Dani because Gigi decided to hang out with Dani instead of Bette. Also I loved that when Dani asks if Gigi was hitting on her, Gigi responds: “I don’t think so.”




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.