The L Phrase Technology Q Episode Four Recap: This Is 40 (For Shane)

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Almost so immediately after the news that The L Word was actually restarted, the conversation about how the series might work was revived "Atonement for Sins" of his past. (Including: his treatment of transgender and bisexuals, class and race.) Fortunately, the cast of The L Word: Generation Q has no cis actors who play transcribed characters. It's also much more varied, thanks to an entire crew of younger, fresh faces who have joined the familiar faces of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey), and Shane McCutcheon (Kate Moennig).

But there is still a lot of sex and the interpersonal intimacy of the series still drives it. For this reason, these reviews will take the form of excerpts from Alice's legendary OurChart, which will record how each storyline intersects. (And not just sexually – no offense, Alice.) Here are the relationships that defined episode 4.

Bette and Felicity

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Felicity and Bette in L-Word: Episode 4 of Generation Q.

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Bette begins the episode with a sweet, illegal breakfast in bed with Felicity, which becomes poetic as she would have written about Bette if she had known her at Howard. Suddenly she asks Bette what she wants and brings her vacation from reality to an abrupt end. "Another cup of coffee and another bowl of fruit would be great," replies Bette. Of course Felicity didn't mean that, but she doesn't seem to mind that Bette was distracted. They keep going and then go their separate ways even though they accidentally swapped the phones. After Dani takes a look at Bede's background – now a smiling photo of Felicity and her husband – she takes action and reluctantly sets off to regain the phone herself. (And to enable Felicity like Bette to have a serious conversation.)

Unable to understand that their relationship could be more than a badly advised joke, Dani finally explodes. She asks Bette what she thinks is a rhetorical question – why she is running for mayor in the first place. Bette has a very real reaction to her shock: she runs because her sister, the legendary Kit Porter, died of a heroin overdose. "I want to change the broken system where it failed," says Bette. Felicity, she continues, was there for her and "You're not just turning your back on someone." But according to Dani, when you run a campaign, you do it. "You can be with her. Or you can stay in this race and fight for what you believe in. But you can't have it both ways," Dani says.

Thanks to a "damn strong pot" "Bette loosens up later enough that Shane can guess that she and Felicity haven't canceled it yet. Together they recite the advice Kit would have given her:" Girl "Girl, you have to love the life you live and live the life you love." Bette later tells Dani that she decided to end it, though who knows if that will last; Dani answered in the middle of Shane's 40th birthday party.

Dani and Sophie

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Sophie and Dani in The L Word: Generation Q-Episode 4.

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After Dani had surprised Sophie when she invited herself to her bathroom, she gave an insight into why Bettie's infidelity confused her so much: she can't stop thinking about how Sophie did her could leave one day Just like she left the girlfriend she was with when she and Dani first met. Sophie returns her admission by running cold and naked from the tub to her dresser to get a ring, which she then offers to Dani. "This was my great-grandmother's. And this is a reminder that I will never leave you. Because you are my person." It's pretty touching and the first time they go out together – not to mention engagement – seems to make sense. In fact, they're pretty much the only ones left strong at the end of the episode, let alone Shane's anger.

Shane and Quiara

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Quiara and Shane in episode 4 of The L Word: Generation Q.

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Shane wakes up to a flood of texts by Tina, Angie, Bette, Alice and Helena (who are apparently in England), all of whom congratulate them on the great "four-oh". "After Shane checked that her wife hadn't sent Quiara, she hung up the phone. Thanks to the sex dream she just woke up from, we finally have visual confirmation: Quiara is very, very hot. And thanks to Weeds we smoke with Bette finally know a little more about Shane's relationship status: she really loves Quiara, but she doesn't want children, nor does she want to raise children while Quiara is on tour, admitting that, Shane does "I was divorced on my birthday," Shane muses, and suddenly she and Bette can't stop laughing, and they laugh almost all night until the last minute when Quiara sentenced Shane to her birthday. (A cliffhanger if ever there was one.)

Finley and Rebecca

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Rebecca (Olivia Thirlby) and Finley (Jacqueline Toboni) in * The L Word: Generation Q "Episode 3.

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Finley and Rebecca talk in bed like Bette and Felicity. "Will you be able to get over it?" Asks Rebecca Finley when she jokes that she is a hot priest. "Because I'm starting to have real feelings for you." Finley pulls a bed and distracts. Secretly, however, she seems to be so enthusiastic that she hardly protests when Sophie suggests that she is in love. And then, before Finley knows, everything breaks down. Finley is wasted from the open bar on Shane's birthday and interrupts Sophie's dinner with a rabbi to confess her love – explaining that she finally accepted her feelings because she realized that Rebecca wasn't a "real one." Priestess ". "This is really hurtful," says Rebecca, asking an astonished Finley to leave. A spiritual heart-to-heart seems to be pretty much guaranteed for the next episode – provided Finley has recovered from her hangover by then.

Alice, Nat and Gigi

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An article in the LA Times with Leisha Hailey as Alice, Sepideh Moafi as Gigi and Stephanie Allynne as Nat in The L Word: Generation Q, Episode 4.

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With an L.A. Times reporter who follows her in search of a profile, Alice's life is temporarily derailed. "I'd like to say Alice Pieszecki kills it, maybe in capital letters," she says to Shane. (That's why she's dressed like what Shane calls "Easter Peep" and later forces herself to smile to discuss the entire staff discussion about feminism.) But Alice shouldn't have had to worry: The LA Times crowns her "Queen of" Queer Life "and refers to both Nat and Gigi as her" family. "Alice and Nat enthusiastically rave about Gigi at Shane & # 39; s party. A threesome soon follows, and Alice and Gigi have the time of their lives, of course not, the consequences are threatening – especially after the reporter has thought Gigi to be Alice's partner and Nat for "the nanny."

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