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Episode Guide for Season 1 of The L Word

The first season of The L Word introduces us to Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) and Tina Kennard (Laurel Holloman,) a committed couple who have decided to have a baby. Their neighbor's girlfriend Jenny (Mia Kirshner) moves in and once she starts mixing with Bette and Tina's friends, Jenny questionins her sexuality. Bette's sister Kim (Pam Grier) struggles with alcoholism while friend Dana (Erin Daniels) struggles with combining her secret life as a lesbian with her professional life as a tennis player. Join The L Word wiki to help recap season one.

The L Word Season 1, Ep. 1: "Pilot Episode"

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Episode 1: Pilot Episode

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Original Air Date
: 18th Jan 2004

Writer
:
Ilene Chaiken

Director:
Rose Troche

Special Guests:
Tammy Lynn Michaels

Episode Summary:

Having just finished Grad School, Jenny moves to LA to live with her boyfriend Tim, and start her writing career. But Jenny is thrown off course when she meets The Planet's owner Marina at a party hosted by Tim's lesbian neighbours Bette and Tina; an art museum curator and a former entertainment executive who are seeking a sperm donor.

As Jenny gives into her attraction to Marina, she becomes the focus of discussion amongst a lively circle of friends, including sexy hair stylist Shane, bisexual journalist Alice, closet case pro tennis player Dana and Bette's half sister, Kit, a recovering alcohlic and musician. Tim, who is unaware of Jenny's infidelity, proposes.












Best Scene(s):

  • Definitely Tibette's "I Miss You" Pilot Sex!
  • Jenny & Marina kissing in the bathroom.
  • Marina and Jenny taking the compatibility quiz.
  • The opening scene of the pilot with Tina and Bette in bed.
  • Bette's famous knee pats.
  • Bette and Tina at the insemination doctor.
  • When Tina arrives back from the gym and removes Bette's glasses and turns off the lamp.
  • The nose rub at the CAC.
  • Bette and Tina in the car after collecting Shaun's sperm.


Best quote(s):

  • "Crispay!" - Dana
  • "You ever notice that whenever Shane walks into the room, someone runs out crying?" - Bette
  • "So Gay!" - Alice
  • "Lets make a baby." - Bette
  • "Oh my god, the lesbian urge to merge!" - Tina
  • "She's not serious. Am I supposed to f*** you right here?!" - Bette
  • "When will you make up your mind between dick and *****?" - Dana
  • Alice: "For your information, Dana, I am looking for the same qualities in a man as I am in a woman." Dana: "Big ****!"
  • "She doesn't want her tennis fans to know she's a gay lady..." - Alice
  • "Lesbians think friendship is another word for foreplay." - Alice
  • "Oh my god, it's Yoda!" - Alice
  • Jenny: "I'm not..." Marina: "A big coffee drinker?"
  • "Hey, the penis, the p***y, the baby!" - Jean Paul
  • "This is you..." - Tina to Bette in bed
  • Shane: Ahh see now that gives me hope coz I love knowing that two people that have been together for so long can still make each other that happy (said to Bette and Tina)

HOOKUPS, BREAKUPS, MAKEUPS

  • Bette, Tina & Biker guy.
  • Jenny & Marina.
  • Shane and that girl in the pool.
  • Jenny and Tim.
  • Bette and Tina makeup sex!!
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  • Dana & "Ralph"
  • Dana & Melanie.
  • Bette & Tina.
  • Bette & Alice.
The L Word Season 1, Ep. 2: "Let's Do It"
Let's Do It

Original Air Date
: 25th Jan 2004

Writer
:
Susan Miller

Director:
Rose Troche

Special Guests:
Tammy Lynn Michaels, Guinevere Turner

New Characters:

  • Gabby Deveaux
  • Lara Perkins
  • [Character Name]
  • [Character Name]

Episode Summary:

After Tim proposed to Jenny the previous night, he decides to throw an engagement party. He invites his friends, Randy and Carol, Bette and Tina as well as Marina, with disastrous results. Bette and Tina perform an insemination at home after Tina comes up with no reasons as to why she wouldn't want to make a baby that is half black. Alice creates an online version of the chart and uses it to determine the sexual orientation of Lara Perkins for Dana. Unable to locate her Alice, Shane and Dana head over to Bette and Tina's for some "expert'' advice which leads to them into investigating further. Shane is being stalked by Lacy whoembarrasses her and Dana is excited to find out that she got the deal with Subaru.

    Best quote(s):

    • "We are going to deploy a mission to assertain the disposition and intent of One Miss Lara Perkins" - Bette to the gang after the insemination scene.



    HOOKUPS, BREAKUPS, MAKEUPS

    • Dana & Lara
    • Alice & Gabby




    NEW ADDITIONS TO 'THE CHART'

    • Gabby Deveaux.








    The L Word Season 1, Ep. 3: "Longing"
    Longing

    Original Air Date
    : 1st Feb 2004

    Writer
    :
    Angela Robinson

    Director:
    Lynne Stopkewich

    Special Guests:
    Tammy Lynn Michaels, Holland Taylor, Guinevere Turner

    New Characters:

    • Peggy Peabody
    • [Character Name]
    • [Character Name]
    • [Character Name]

    Episode Summary:

    When Bette finds herself losing a battle with the chairman of the CAC, she takes a risky step of approaching heiress and art lover Peggy Peabody to secure the exhibition "Provocations." Jenny tries to push Marina away, but instead maybe pushing Tim. Dana is ecstatic to finally have a date with Lara.
    Best Scene(s):

    • Bette & Peggy's art talk.



    Best quote(s):

    • "Jesus, you're disfigured!" - Dana to Lara when she goes to ask her out on a date.



    HOOKUPS, BREAKUPS, MAKEUPS

    • Shane and Lacy (one nighter)





    NEW ADDITIONS TO 'THE CHART'








    The L Word Season 1, Ep. 4: "Lies, Lies, Lies"
    Lies, Lies, Lies

    Original Air Date
    : 8th Feb 2004

    Writer
    :
    Josh Senter

    Director:
    Clement Virgo

    Special Guests:
    Anne Archer, Devon Gummersall, Julian Sands, Holland Taylor

    New Characters:

    • Lenore Pieszecki
    • Lisa (the Lesbian Man)
    • [Character Name]
    • [Character Name]

    Episode Summary:

    Alice's mother Lenore comes to town for an acting job. She's driving Alice nuts, but soon gives her reason to really worry. When Jenny meets with a former professor - and lover - for advice, Tim isn't happy. And the writing may be on the wall for Bette at work, dampening her joy about Tina's big news.
    Best Scene(s):

    • Jenny's Demon voice.
    • "So what is it you want to know about lies my dear, i will tell you about lies there are white lies, black lies and many shades of grey lies." - Julian Sands
    • Bette finding out Tina is pregnant

    Best quote(s):

    • "What's with mopey pants, what is it Dana,are you having embarrassing multiple orgasms now?" - Alice after the "female ejaculation" incident with Dana and Lara.



    HOOKUPS, BREAKUPS, MAKEUPS

    • Shane & Lenore





    NEW ADDITIONS TO 'THE CHART'








    The L Word Season 1, Ep. 5: "Lawfully"
    Lawfully

    Original Air Date
    : 15th Feb 2004

    Writer
    :
    Rose Troche

    Director:
    Daniel Minahan

    Special Guests:
    Anne Archer, Ossie Davis

    New Characters:

    • Melvin Porter
    • [Character Name]
    • [Character Name]
    • [Character Name]

    Episode Summary:

    When Tim catches Jenny with Marina, Jenny desperately attempts to salvage their relationship. While Bette and Tina's relationship is something Bette's father Melvin just manages to tolerate, he refuses to accept their baby will be his grandchild. Ultimately, Kit attempts a reconciliation of her own with their difficult father.
    Best Scene(s):





    Best quote(s):

    • "Hey, Poor Tard, how's your two moms, you big gay-mo?" - Tina to Bette when discussing the surname of their baby.



    HOOKUPS, BREAKUPS, MAKEUPS







    NEW ADDITIONS TO 'THE CHART'








    The L Word Season 1, Ep. 6: "Losing It"
    Losing It

    Original Air Date
    : 22nd Feb 2004

    Written By: Guinevere Turner

    Directed By: Clement Virgo

    Guest Stars: Devon Gummersall, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Julian Sands


    New Characters:

    • [Character Name]
    • [Character Name]
    • [Character Name]
    • [Character Name]

    Episode Summary:

    While Bette is in New York for the opening of "Provocations," Tina meets their sperm donor's irrational girlfriend who begins to harass her. Shane's career seems to be on the rise thanks to nre, hight powered clients. But Jenny, forced to hitchhike home from Tahoe after Tim marries and the abandons her, is in free-fall.
    Best Scene(s):

    • Bette rushing home from New York to be with a frantic Tina.
    • The gang at Tina's for a poker night
    • Dana and Lara's love moment



    Best quote(s):

    • Liquor in the front. Poker in the rear. - Shane

    • "For you my heart ripped out from my chest...". - Poem from Jenny to Tim


    HOOKUPS, BREAKUPS, MAKEUPS







    NEW ADDITIONS TO 'THE CHART'








    The L Word Season 1, Ep. 7: "L'ennui"
    L'ennui

    Original Air Date
    : 29th Feb 2004

    Written By: Ilene Chaiken

    Directed By: Tony Goldwyn

    Guest Stars: Lolita Davidovich, Devon Gummersall


    New Characters:

    • Francesca Wolff

    Episode Summary:

    Dana's career and love life are on a high until she encounters the "lifestyle" clause in her Subaru contract. Jenny moves out of Tim's house but fins that Marina's living arrangement is not what she'd been led to believe. While Tina shrugs off their friends' accusations of becoming settled and boring, Bette isn't so sure.

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    Best Scene(s):

    • The boring mommy Intervention by Alice, Dana and Shane.
    • Dana's funky drunken dance on the boat.
    • Bette and Tina dancing on the boat.
    • Marina and Jenny dancing on the yacht
    • Dana firing her agent

    Best quote(s):

    • "I never wanted you to rip your heart out." Tim to Jenny
    • "I'm sure. I'm sure it will be '***' " - Bette to Shane about the yacht party.
    • "Well if that was the case,that would mean thousands of women who are married have never had sex" - Lara after Dana says having an orgasm counts as sex
    • I know that I'm gay, and I know that when I hide that I hide the best part of me, but you don't know what it's like to be me - Dana to Lara
    • "rike, isn't that boring?" "Really boring, write that down!" Tina and Bette listening to Alice and Lisa
    • "Slip under my cloak of boringness and no one will even notice we're gone. " -Bette to tina
    • "I don't know. Now that I think about it, what's more boring, right? You can make endless lists, you can blow your head off and then puke over the side of the boat, or you get to go home and get to sleep with the same person you've been in love with for 7 years. I don't know" - Shane
    • "You know how these girls like their strap ons." "Shut up Harrison!" - Bette and her personal trainer
    • "I love it! I love it! I wanna be the gay Anna Kournikova... thank you so much. You have no idea how good this feels." -Dana to the Subaru people
    • Bette: You don't think your momma's are boring, do you (talking to Tina's stomach)
    HOOKUPS, BREAKUPS, MAKEUPS

    • Dana & Lara breakup
    • Alice & Lisa
    • Jenny and Marina makeup, hookup and break up again
    • Francesca and the primaballarina
    NEW ADDITIONS TO 'THE CHART'

    • Primaballarina and Francesca
    • Francesca and Marina
    • Alice and Lisa (does he count?)

    The L Word Season 1, Ep. 8: "Listen Up"
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    Original Air Date
    : 7th March 2004

    Written By: Mark Zakarin

    Directed By: Kari Skogland

    Guest Stars: Devon Gummersall, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Lolita Davidovich


    New Characters:

    • Annette Bishop- Jenny's roommate from college
    • Yolanda Watkins
    • Oscar
    • Howie, Sharon and Irwin Fairbanks

    Episode Summary:

    Although Jenny is intimidated by Marina's longtime girlfriend Francesca, she realizes Marina and Francesa's relationship is far from perfect. Bette is forced to examine her self-image in a parenting group run by Dan Foxworthy, while Dana finally comes out to her ultra-conservative parents.

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    Dana showing off her new ad

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    Best Scene(s):
    • Jenny and Annette stalking Marina and Francesca
    • Dana coming out to her parents
    • Bette talking to Tina's stomach just before they enter Dan Foxworthy's room.


      Best quote(s):

      • "Some girl from the midwest who hasn't even met a lesbian and thinks we have horns isn't about to choose us as the adoptive parents of her baby" -Bette
      • "Yes, sign it, Dana Fairbanks, professional lesbian." - Alice asking Dana to sign her new Subaru ad
      • "What's the girl's name?" "Francesca Wolff" "Oh Barf." - Jenny and her visiting old friend Annette
      • "Do girls still look pretty when they're getting eaten out? Because guys look so dorky when you're giving them a blow job" - Annette
      • "get out and stay out! I'm not really sure what that means." - Sharon Fairbanks
      • "When mom and dad disown you and all, I'll still come visit" -Howie
      • "No more t*** for me. T*** gets me into trouble" - Jenny
      • "We all have feelings for our girlfriends, Dana, it doesn't mean you have to act on them" - Sharon Fairbanks after Dana comes out
      • "How can you ask people to sign a petition opposing it? How can you condemn works of art without ever seeing them or taking even a moment to consider what the artist might be trying to say to you!" -Bette to protestors
      • "It takes all kinds" -Shane regarding her theory on Mrs. Fairbanks' homophobia (correct theory!)
      • "You don't know how I've gone through the world. You have no idea" -Bette to Yolanda
      • "Jenny you are one hell of a tramp, and I've seen you work that." Annette
      • "I wonder how lesbians know they're done having sex. Because women can just go on and on and on..." guy in therapy
      • "What's happening to me? Am I just panicing? Is this about the baby? Or am I falling out of love?" -Bette
      • "It's hard to be honest because people don't really want to hear the truth, and the truth is different for everyone. I guess the best we can do is just to say what we feel" - Tina
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      The L Word Season 1, Ep. 9: "Luck, Next Time"
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      Original Air Date
      : 14th March 2004

      Written By: Rose Troche

      Directed By: Rose Troche

      Guest Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Lolita Davidovich, Snoop Dogg, Devon Gummersall, Helen Shaver


      New Characters:

      • Cherie Jaffe
      • Slim Daddy
      • Faye Buckley

      Episode Summary:

      Both Kit and Shane's careers are in high gear. Kit is working with hip-hop star Slim Daddy and Shane now cuts the powerful and intriguing Cherie Jaffe's hair. Writing services. Bette struggles to stay strong, first when her exhibition "Provocations" is attacked by conservative Christians, and then by a far more personal crisis.
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      Best Scene(s):

      • Dana coming out to Mr. Piddles
      • Shane making out with Cherie
      • Dana explaining to her blind date that she's gay
      • The gang in the car trying to get into the studio

      Best quote(s):

      • "what a les!" -Alice about Lisa (the guy lesbian)
      • "Some of us have it worse, Dana. Some of us are dating lesbian men." -Alice trying to get Dana out of bed
      • "It's like I came out to a piece of wood" -Dana about her mom
      • "I want so many things. But in terms of what you can do for me? I want a change. I want something new." -Cherie to Shane
      • "Ethical is not really the first word that comes to mind when I think of Marina" - Jenny
      • "I want you to know how difficult it's been to get you out of my mind... you know what's so sad? It's that you don't know how much you mean to me " -Marina to Jenny
      • "F*** you Tim. I am not apologizing anymore." -Jenny
      • "This one..She's his white lady" Slim Daddy's friend trying to get Dana into the studio
      • "Yeah, um. that's me. I'm a lesbian. Don't look at me like that. I don't want to have sex with you and a woman. I just want to have sex with a woman. I'm that gay. -Dana to her male blind date
      • "I feel great! I just told my first straight guy that I was gay and to not even bother trying!" - Dana
      • "Don't laugh. Monkeys Go On Strike was my favorite, second only to Aardvark Makes Pasta" -Bette


      HOOKUPS, BREAKUPS, MAKEUPS

      • Cherie Jaffe and Shane
      • Alice and Lisa break up
      • Tim and Jenny hook up and break up again
      NEW ADDITIONS TO 'THE CHART'

      • Cherie Jaffe and Shane



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      The L Word Season 1, Ep. 10: "Liberally"


      Original Air Date
      : 21st March 2004

      Written By: Ilene Chaiken

      Directed By: Mary Harron

      Guest Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Lolita Davidovich, Snoop Dogg, Helen Shaver


      New Characters:

      • [Character Name]
      • [Character Name]
      • [Character Name]
      • [Character Name]

      Episode Summary:

      Her new volunteer work helps ease Tina's grieve and gives Bette unexpected ammunition in her battle against the right-wing activists. Marina's dependence on Francesca is wearing on their relationship, and Shane finds that dependence on her patrons is complicating both her career and her emotions.
      Best Scene(s):

      • Tina coaching Bette for her debate with Faye Buckley
      • Bette debating with Faye Buckley


      Best quote(s):

      • Bette: Monster!! (to Faye Buckley)
      • Bette: Let's do this in front of Faye Buckley...Tina: I'm there



      HOOKUPS, BREAKUPS, MAKEUPS

      • Cherie Jaffe and Shane





      NEW ADDITIONS TO 'THE CHART'







      The L Word Season 1, Ep. 11: "Looking Back"
      Looking Back

      Original Air Date
      : 28th March 2004

      Written By: Guinevere Turner

      Directed By: Rose Troche

      Guest Stars: Anne Archer, Anne Ramsay


      New Characters:

      • Tonya
      • Candace Jewell
      • Robin
      • [Character Name]

      Episode Summary:

      Tina, Jenny, Shane, Alice and Dana drive to Palm Springs for "lesbian spring break" and exchange coming out stories. Bette hires an attractive contractor, Candace, to do the set-up for the show, precipitating an emotional struggle. Dana hooks up with an over-the-top even planner, Tonya, much to everyone's dismay.
      Best Scene(s):

      • When Bette and Tina first met. - So hot!



      Best quote(s):


      HOOKUPS, BREAKUPS, MAKEUPS

      • Dana & Tonya.
      • Bette & Candace.




      NEW ADDITIONS TO 'THE CHART'








      The L Word Season 1, Ep. 12: "Locked Up"
      Locked Up

      Original Air Date
      : 4th April 2004

      Written By: Ilene Chaiken

      Directed By: Lynne Stopkewich

      Guest Stars: Anne Archer, Kelly Lynch, Anne Ramsay


      New Characters:

      • Ivan Aycock
      • [Character Name]
      • [Character Name]
      • [Character Name]

      Episode Summary:

      Still unsure of her sexuality, Jenny dates both a man and a woman, while trying to be friends with Tim. Shane is sure she loves Cherie, but her feelings may not be reciprocated. Bette and Candace's mutual attraction becomes only too clear when a near-riot at the museum lands them in the same jail cell.
      Best Scene(s):





      Best quote(s):

      • Kit: Did they do anything to you in there?



      HOOKUPS, BREAKUPS, MAKEUPS

      • Jenny & Robin.





      NEW ADDITIONS TO 'THE CHART'








      The L Word Season 1, Ep. 13: "Limb From Limb"
      Limb From Limb

      Original Air Date
      : 11th April 2004

      Written By: Ilene Chaiken

      Directed By: Tony Goldwyn

      Guest Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Kelly Lynch, Anne Ramsay


      New Characters:

      • [Character Name]
      • [Character Name]
      • [Character Name]
      • [Character Name]

      Episode Summary:

      Bette's exhibit opens at last, and to great success. But then Tina finds out about Candace and Kit discovers she's strangely attracted to Ivan, a drag king. Dana suffers a loss but achieves a suprising gain. Jenny, unnerved once again by Marina, loses Tim for good but winds up making some new friends as a consolation.
      Best Scene(s):

      • 4 AM Kiss between Alice and Dana.
      • Tina confronts Bette about Candace
      • The sex between Bette and Tina before the breakup - heartbreakingly intense and hot.
      • When Bette is in the shower and Tina pulls her up off the floor

      Best quote(s):

      • "I know, I saw it." - Tina
      • Bette: I'm sorry



      HOOKUPS, BREAKUPS, MAKEUPS

      • Bette & Candace.
      • Bette & Tina.
      • Dana & Alice.
      • Shane & Cherie.


      NEW ADDITIONS TO 'THE CHART'

      • Candace Jewell (Tina's entry)









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