Can we chat about the tale-within-a-tale business for a minute? Muy meta, sure. But, are we really enjoying this? So let's see: Ilene Chaiken develops a TV show that reflects her real life, and she creates a character named Jenny in her image. Jenny becomes a screenwriter and director who in turn makes a movie about her own L world.
I suppose this is sort of fun. Though to me, it's mostly a stretch. Seems like a great inside joke for the cast and crew of the L Word. But is it an effective storyline otherwise? After all, what's great about the L Word is that it reflects our realities. REALITY being operative. You know, "This is the way that we live - and looooove!'' Remember how some fans bitched in the beginning because they said the show didn't ring true because of its too-rich, too-fab, too-lipsticked characters? Those were the days. Now we have to deal with this over-the-top Lez Girls situation.
We get it, we get it. There is always a certain amount of wackiness on a set. Actors let their foibles hang out for all to see. Managers and publicists are forever trying to sweep under the carpet certain aspects of their actors' personalities. And sh*t happens when you're cloistered together trying to film a project.
IC has told us in her newest podcast that the opener in Episode Seven, where the chicks who play Jenny and Marina get into some diva drama, should not be read as reflective of any real drama that Mia Kirshner and Karina Lombard may or may not have had in real life. Though, there were plenty of rumors to that effect after Season One. And then there's that stuff about actors in Lez Girls who are pretending to only play gay when they're actually gay in real life. It all makes you wonder what's true and what's not. And I guess that's the whole point.
But that leads to a natural question: If Jenny is getting it on with the actress who plays her, then should we wonder if IC got it on with Mia? Did those two ever get the trailers rocking on the set of the L Word? I actually asked Ilene this question a few weeks back.
"Why in the world would I answer that?,'' she responded, and you have to give her props for having a sense of humor. You know I was just joshin', Ilene.
But here is her straight answer about all those meta moments:
"What I would say to you and everyone else who's watching is that you can imagine and interpret some of the things you see to be true. And some not. We had a lot of fun with this. But even some of the cast has come up to me and asked 'Did that really happen?' I'm not going to answer all of the questions.''
If we can take from all of this that there possibly are actors on the L Word who are in fact gay but are pretending to only play gay, then we can imagine that at some point, Leisha Hailey (who is out in real life) might have uttered something along the lines of what her character Alice just did:
"What the f*ck is up with everybody these days? Am I like, some sort of idiot that I'm out? I mean, is the joke on me? 'Cause I don't get it.''
Word, Leisha. I mean, Alice.
As for Tasha and the whole Dont-Ask-Don't-Tell bit. Gotta love Rose Rollins. And you gotta love the powers at the L Word for tackling this issue. Though, usually when the L Word tackles an "issue,'' it makes the eyes glaze over. Then there is Kelly McGillis as the officer who is gonna bring Tasha down. Fun casting. Lord knows Kelly was a lesbian icon back in the day. But can we talk about her now? You know what, let's actually not go there.
Instead let's talk about Jenny and Jesse and the fact that they all of a sudden are in love. Really? Wait, I mean Jenny and Nikki. Hmm. Jenny, I'd say that between your suspect lead actress and even more suspect assistant, you could be going down worse than Kit Porter with a rat problem.
Which brings us to Dawn Denbo and her lover Cindy. Honestly, WTF is this whole storyline about? And lesbian Turkish oil wrestling? I mean, nothing wrong with a bunch of hot actresses getting dressed down and slicked up. But how ridiculous is the Denbo posturing? And why can't anybody say Cindy without preceding it with "lover?''
I'd be happier if the show spent a lot less time on these freaks and a lot more time on Shane and Molly. Because how fun was it when Molly compared Shane to the Fonz? And how much sass are these two bringing?
As for the latest in the BeTiJo triangle. Sigh. Things are just getting messier. Bette and Tina getting all flirty and cute on Bev and Nina's bed was beyond sweet. And hey, Tina's got pot. I have an idea. Why don't you crazy kids go somewhere quiet where you can get really stoned and then TALK YOUR SH*T OUT? Afterwards, you can have some more hot sex. Then we can all be happy.
Though, looks like Bette was not so happy when she came home from hanging around the Lez Girls set with Tina. Maybe she was frustrated because she wanted Tina, but couldn't have her. Reminds me of that original "Let's make a baby" scene from Season One, where Bette gets Tina all hot and bothered but then leaves her hanging because she has to go get her work on. How the tables have turned. Here Bette and Tina were about to kiss when all of a sudden Tina's gotta put work first and leave Bette hanging. How does it feel, Ms. AlphaBette?
I guess like hell, which is why Bette is so miserable when Jodi comes home all bright and cute and wanting to love on Bette. I know some folks were disturbed by the forceful way Bette threw Jodi down and then pleasured herself on top of her. And yeah, it's an awful way to treat your girlfriend. And clearly, this couple is in trouble. But, hey, it was still hot because this is Bette Porter we're talking about here. Sue me if I can get beyond the story and focus on the abs and the arms and the hot grunts.
Of course it's wrong for Bette to treat Jodi like a rag doll to hump on. So what made her do that? Was it about getting worked up by Tina earlier in the day?
"I don't know if it's just sexual frustration," Beals told me. "I don't think it was just about her pleasuring herself. I think she's angry at Jodi for not being who she wants her to be. She feels intensely guilty because she is doing the same thing she did before. Only it feels different because this person is the light of her life. She knows she has to pursue this to the end because if she doesn't she dies wondering what could have been. But she does love Jodi. And she has intense shame about what she's doing to her. She knows what she's doing to Jodi is really horrible.''
And seems like the powers edited that JoBette scene down. There was more to it when they filmed it, Beals said.
"In the end, she apologizes to her. She looks at her and says, 'I'm sorry.' ''
Yeah, Bette. Right now, you really are.