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

Bette’s house of pain — Bette throws down her keys, puts her head in her hands and sobs. Enter Hurricane Jodi. No, she’s calmer than that; it’s more like Tropical Depression Jodi.

Jodi: You don’t get to do this. You have no right to be the one who does this.

Bette: I’m sorry.
Jodi: Sorry is bulls—. Sorry is when you step on someone’s toe, not when you crush them and chew them up and spit them out.

Eek. Let’s upgrade her to tropical storm.

Bette says she never meant for this to happen, but Jodi doesn’t even really know what has happened.

Jodi: Did you and that woman f—?

Bette: I don’t know who you’re talking about.

Well, duh. “That woman” always means Monica Lewinsky. Silly Bette.

Jodi: Did you f— her? Are you f—ing? How long has this been going on?
Bette: It’s not about f—ing.

Sigh. Jodi might end up wishing it really was about that. Bette explains that she and Tina have a very deep connection, one that goes beyond Angelica.

Bette: We have so much history, and there’s … I don’t think that we realized how strong the connection … and there’s just still so much that hasn’t been resolved.

None of this is making Jodi feel any better, of course. She seems to briefly look around for something to throw, but then takes a deep breath and asks the $10,000 question.

Jodi: Are you in love with her?

Bette: It’s very complicated.
Jodi: Of course it’s complicated. I asked you if you love her.
Bette: Yes. I love her.

Jodi sighs and takes the next plunge.

Jodi: Do you love me?

Bette: Yes. I love you. I do.

I think Bette is being completely honest. And that just makes it all the more devastating. And Jodi is compelled to ask the follow-up:

Jodi: Do you think it’s possible to be in love with more than one person? Can you love two people at once?

That is, of course, especially interesting coming from Jodi, who has embraced polyamory in the past. She doesn’t even let Bette answer the question; she offers her own answer, and it’s startling:

Jodi: No, no, no … I don’t think it’s possible. I know that I love you to the exclusion of everyone else. I’m going to fight for you.

Wow. Wah!

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