“The L Word” Recaps: Episode 5.11 “Lunar Cycle”

The Look of love — The menswear-inspired fashion show is pretty lame. But it doesn’t matter; the whole point is to get the designer, Clea Mason, over to the table so she can flirt with Alice.

Yes, that’s Melanie Lynskey, and I adore her. From Heavenly Creatures to But I’m a Cheerleader to The Nearly Unadventurous Life of Zoe Cadwaulder to Itty Bitty Titty Committee, she rules.

But her character, Clea (a shout-out to DuVall?), is very shy and doesn’t have the slightest idea how to be on a talk show. Alice is happy to come to her rescue.

Wide-mouthed co-host: What inspires you to dress women?

Clea: Erm … well … I don’t know … it’s, um … it’s, um …
Alice: I bet it’s the same reason that I like to undress them.
Clea: Yeah, um, that sounds about right.

And Alice continues to be Clea’s knight in femme armor. And my, do the sparks fly.

The aftermath of Adele — In Tina’s office, Shane is trying to figure out why Jenny got fired. Tina can’t tell her that, but she encourages her to go support Jenny. And Shane’s happy to abandon the actors for a while, especially Niki. Tina says Niki would have been in breach of contract if she had left with Jenny.

Tina: She did the right thing.

Shane: No, she didn’t.

Shane’s right, and Tina knows it.

Here in my car, I feel safest of all — Jodi and Bette are stuck in traffic. Look, they match again — and they even match Angie’s car seat. That’s ridiculous.

Bette’s cell phone rings, but she ignores it. The call is coming from another car: Kit’s big green boat. Kit has just pulled up outside SheBar. She leaves a message for her baby sis.

Kit: Bette, I’m in trouble. I’m gonna do something bad.

Oh, please, yes! As Kit hangs up, Cindi goes inside SheBar. No doubt we’re meant to think she’s in danger. Run, lover Cindi, run!

California University — James! You’re alive! Have you been assisting Dean Porter all this time, and we just didn’t get to see you? No fair.

James (his hair used to be cuter, didn’t it?) has big news for Bette and Jodi: W magazine wants to do a story on Bette and Jodi.

James: After the Ellen DeGeneres cover was such a hot item, they want to do something on, like, power lesbian couples? They want you to be the art power couple. So they want to photograph you guys at Jodi’s Hammer Museum opening.

And what should James tell the magazine?

Jodi: Yes.

Bette: No.

Color coordination aside, these two could not be farther apart.

Bette turns and strolls into a meeting room, smiling. As she says, “Sorry to have kept you waiting,” I see a hint of elation (if something that big can be hinted at) on her face. Is she talking to her co-workers, or TiBette fans? As she closes the door on a stunned Jodi, she seems to be trying to close the door on that chapter of her life.

A flirtation and a fan — On the Look set, the taping is over. Clea Mason finds Alice and apologizes for her camera-shy performance. They smile and smile and smile at each other.

Clea invites Alice to an upcoming outdoor fashion show. They talk about scooters (there were some in the fashion show), and Clea offers to take Alice for a ride on hers. Whee! OK, I know I’ve been all about Tasha and Alice, but the chemistry between Clea and Alice is extreme and exciting.

Speaking of Tasha, she’s watching from afar. Clea points her out, thinking she’s a fan. So Clea and Alice part ways for now, with a promise to see each other again soon.

Alice greets Tasha warmly as usual. I feel flushed myself, probably from all the conflicted loyalties.

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