Season 3 / Episode 9: LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET
OUT OF THE WAY
by Pam Cole
The episode begins with more of Dana and Alice's breakup seven months
ago. Dana goes outside to Lara, who waited in the car while Dana broke
up with Alice. But when Lara tries to kiss the distraught Dana, she pulls
away, claiming she isn't ready and that she didn't leave Alice because
of Lara. Lara says that she can wait because they have "all the time
in the world."
Poor Bette is still stuck at the Buddhist retreat, which is beginning
to look like a ring of hell, complete with freezing outdoor showers and
bald, naked female monks. Bette seems to steadfastly resist any enlightenment
she is supposed to be receiving from this experience.
Dana looks and sounds surprisingly good as she goes shopping with Alice
and they bond again as "friends." Dana apparently has been asked
to do "color commentary" for some sporting event and she is
excited about it. She and Alice meet with Dr. Susan Love (who is a real
physician looking for a cure and a prevention for breast cancer). Dr.
Love tells Dana that she is doing all the right things. (www.susanlovemd.com)
Suspicious about Shane and Carmen's relationship, Carmen's mother tries
to fix up Shane with a carpet-cleaning businessman during a dinner with
Carmen's family. In response, Carmen rudely spills the beans about the
fact that she and Shane are more than friends. (Carmen has a tendency
to blurt things out without thinking about it first.) It's an ugly scene
with lots of Spanish that I didn't understand, but Carmen's mother clearly
tells Carmen and Shane to get out of her house in English. Shane has become
very fond of Carmen's family and is upset about Carmen's outburst at the
dinner table. So, Carmen and Shane fight about it and Carmen hurtfully
asks Shane, "What do you know about family?" (That blurting
out thing again.) Carmen and Shane seem to fight as much as Bette and
Tina these days, but at least they are sincere about it.
Helena introduces Dylan to her children who are visiting from California.
Dylan is uncomfortable with Helena touching her on the shoulder in public.
Later, Helena takes her kids to Tina's house, where the kids all have
a swimming lesson. Henry, a divorced father, and his son, Mikey, join
them. Tina seems immediately attracted to Henry, especially when he takes
Angelica for a few minutes and is really good with her.
Later, Dylan and Helena have a hot love scene at Dylan's studio, which
they videotape. (NOTE: Sex and videotaping never go well together.) Helena
doesn't know it, but Dylan and Danny have set up this scene so they can
sue Helena for sexual harassment. However, Dylan seems genuinely attracted
to Helena and is upset afterwards. Helena receives a summons later in
the show, informing her about the sexual harassment suit.
Jenny throws Max a "Trans Prom" benefit party for her top surgery
at The Planet (even though Kit tries to discourage Max from having the
surgery). The party is very elaborate with lots of decoration, some of
which Max doesn't approve of. Max continues to struggle with his newfound
hormonal aggression and lashes out at Jenny several times in the episode.
Finally, Shane tells Max that if he hurts Jenny, she will cut his tits
off herself. Woo, Shane!
Dana, Alice, Tina, Helena, Shane, and Carmen are all at the Trans Prom.
They are dressed in "Prom" costumes and everyone has their photo
made with their date, just like at a real prom. The photos are pretty
funny. Chandra, the woman in the kissing booth at the Trans Prom, asks
Alice out on a date but Alice is reluctant to go because of Dana. Helena
encourages Alice to go out and Dana does, too, kind of half-heartedly.
After the prom, back at the house, Max has another immature, selfish
fit because they didn't raise enough money for the operation, and Jenny's
"rich friends" didn't pitch in more money. Jenny and Max argue,
and Jenny throws the money in Max's face and asks if this is the monster
that is going to live in his new body.
Kit and Angus continue their discussion about marriage and Kit says that
although she wants to stay with Angus, she won't marry him until her sister
and her gay friends can be married. That makes him happy but he still
wants to live together.
Tina and Henry take the kids to the beach. They sit on the beach and
talk, and Tina admits that she loves Bette but that things have changed.
Henry says that happens to all couples and that it happened to him. He
says that he was on the floor for two years after his wife left him. Tina
says that she doesn't want Bette to be on the floor for two years. They
go back to the house and as Henry prepares to leave, he and Tina share
a hot kiss. Tina invites Henry and Mikey to stay for supper and they do.
After supper, when the kids are asleep, Henry and Tina have sex--in Bette's
Alice reluctantly goes on a date with Chandra, leaving a slightly jealous
Dana with a stack of movies to watch and instructions to call if she needs
anything. Alice doesn't want to go, especially after Dana says she isn't
feeling well, but Dana insists that she goes out (even though she doesn't
really want her to go). Alice and Chandra are having a nice dinner but
Dana calls, twice. The second time she calls, Alice has to get up and
leave suddenly. Chandra is a dear, and totally understands.
When Alice gets to Dana, she is running a high fever. Alice calls the
doctor and takes Dana to the hospital.
The episode ends with Dana in the hospital, Shane and Carmen fighting,
Dylan suing Helena, and Bette breaking her silence to call home and leave
a heart-rending message on the answering machine while Tina and Henry
have sex in the bedroom.
Can it get any worse? I fear the answer is yes.
Lauren Lee Smith
Callum Keith Rennie
Dr. Susan Love
This week, a little of everything, so let's begin!
Tracy Bonham - Whether Your Fall
For the 2nd week in a row, this plays during the flashback and in fact is
an extension of the same flashback from the week before. Well, this is
Nedra Johnson - Ahh (It's A Good Thing
At the Wax, setting up for the Max Benefit, played dimly in the background.
Kit calls everyone, "girl" by the way. Except for maybe Slim Daddy and
gives an odd lecture to Kevin...er...Max. Woulda been interesting to see
Kit give this speech to Ivan.
Sekoya - Heavenly City
Dr. Love makes a cameo at the Planet, talking with Alice and Dana. This
scene provides a plug for Dr. Love more than anything else. I know I'll
catch flack for this, but she kinda resembles Pat from those Saturday Night
Live skits. Again, another deep in the background deal.
Bitch - Unstick
Always liked "Live For The Whip" by this group, assuming it's the same one.
Doesn't sound 'em though as this song sounds a bit more relaxed. Shane and
Carmen do chitter chatter at the Wax, setting up for the Max Benefit and it
leads to a discussion on Prom Nights from the past.
Claudia Morales - Siempre Hace Frio
Spanish language music. Yep, we're at Carmen's family's hut.
Animotion - Obsession
Saturday Night's Main Event flashbacks for Yours Truly, here. Plays during
Max Benefit. And yes, I believe that's Dax from Season 2 dancing around at
one point. We need more of Dax! Maybe set her up with Uta or something.
We're also introduced to Chandra who may or may not make some sorta impact
later on down the road. Eh, I wouldn't mind, she seems nice. Now, back to
Uta & Dax....heheh...just picture it in your mind.
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
Still at the Max Benefit as we get some Cocteaus. Max, dancing with Tina
gets upset with Jenny dancing with someone else. That's a little
hypocrtical, isn't it? I'll chalk it up to Roid Rage and Jenny getting to
be Victim Of The World again. Yay, victim! Is it just me or am I starting
get out of Jenny again? The song's not that bad and goes great with the
1980's theme of the party.
Waitresses - I Know What Boys Like
A little later on at the Max Benefit. I like this song and it's great to
see it get some airplay. This would remind me of Prom Night, had I
actually went to it. Then again Prom Night back in Bladenboro meant
showing up for an hour, then heading to either the beach or to Darlington
for the NASCAR Spring Race, scheduled that weekend.
Boszy - You Wish
Meanwhile, the next morning at the Planet, Kit and Angus The Mangus Manny
Dude talk and stuff. Hip Pop here and kind of ignorable, really.
Mohammad Gomar - Quita L Awasaal
Alice and Chandra and the Not So Epic Date. Chandra seems like a sweet
Copper Wimmin - Bleeding Rivers
Thought this was Imogen Heap when I first heard it, to be honest. I like
the harmony here. Bette wants her life back while at the Silent Retreat
and Dana winds up in the hospital. Crap...hospital...late in the Season on
The L Word. Oh, this isn't good. Not at all.
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SHO.com: Alice keeps vigil at Dana's bedside while she takes
a turn for the worse; Carmen drops the unexpected on Shane; Bette's attempts
at inner peace don't come easily; Lara calls from France looking for Dana;
Jenny meets up with her ex-husband Tim and introduces him to Max; Peggy
Peabody flies in to save Helena and the company; Tina settles in with
TVGuide.com: Dana's health deteriorates and Alice keeps a bedside
vigil; Carmen gives Shane some surprising news; and Bette continues to
search for inner peace. Jenny introduces Max to her ex-husband; and Tina
gets comfortable with Henry.
TV.com: While Lara is vacationing in Paris, oblivious, Dana's
condition takes a turn for the worse. Alice runs into Dana's ex, Jenny
introduces Max to a man from her past, Carmen evens the score with Shane,
and Peggy Peabody flies to town to help her daughter. Frustrated, Bette
leaves the Buddhist retreat but receives a dose of life wisdom from an