Raised by Melvin
It is the middle of the night. Bette is awake, anxious. She calls to Tina who mumbles a sleepy, Its ok, baby. Six month Angelica is cradled in Mama Ts arms. Bette reveals her fears. What if I cant adopt her? What if I cant find a job that I really love? What if we lose the house? I feel like I dont have any control over anything. I dont know whats going on with us. I dont know if its just all the changes. Tina sleeps through this revelation. Sobbbbbbb! What is up with you two? Cant you talk during the daytime?
Their troubles worsen when the social worker arrives for a second interview. Dr. David has been asked to assert that he will be Angelicas main man. But alas, Dr. David is a big city, Im a real man bigot and homophobe. He doesnt believe in gay adoption. He thinks that Angelica will suffer from not having a father figureyou remember, that scratchy face, chest curls, hairy back figure. (Oh, right, now I get it! Melvin raised David!) David leaves the house but not before declaring his patriotism, i.e. respect for government officials, especially hetero-centric social workers.
Eating pussy is the ultimate patriot act.
Speaking of patriotism, I think Ive found my lifes work. God Bless America! Bette seeks an answer to her questions and an outlet for her stress. She works on her patriotic pussy passion project. The art dealer with whom she is collaborating inquires about Tina, their relationship. She suggests that Bette consult the work of Dr. Mark Epstein, a psychiatrist and Buddhist philosopher, his book Open to Desire. Bette the Buddhist attends the seminar, while Tina the cyber sex addict solicits online propositions from [Daddy of 2]. Tina! Dont do it! Let Bette be your Daddy! Maybe Bette is the Daddy of 2? Did Candace get pregnant? That bar girl twink in NY? Will another child emerge from the woodwork? Dont touch that remote!!
Shanes Sweet Sixteen
Im warning you. Its a painful sight. For so many reasons. Shane in a white 1950s dress, wearing cha-cha heels and hair extensions attending Carmens family Quinceanera. Forced to dance with Luis, who has adored Carmen since childhood. Forced to be anything but Shane, all for the woman she loves. Theres something just woefully wrong about this. Even Carmens striptease in the kitchen cannot make up for this. Or Carmens seductive whispering in Shanes ear, I m going to lick you until you come in my mouth a thousand times. Though, this statement does make me feel a bit better, especially when uttered in Spanish.
Best and Worst
Here are some Bests and Worsts for this episode. Ill start with Bests:
Questions like, What will you do/not do for your partner? How far will you go for the one you love? What are your boundaries and limits? How do you establish and ask for what you need? And do we want 100% acceptance from our partners or do we prefer a deeper challenge?
And the Worsts:
Your L Word Homework
These are a few of my favorite things. A friend of a friend of mine refers to oral sex as her favorite thing. How do you ask for oral sex? (Did anyone notice the theme and undercurrent of this episode? Episode One was the vagina. Episode Two, oral sex. Episode Three, what will it be?) What terms do you use? Heres another one: Can I eat you out?, which, to be honest, sounds very fast food. Or another friend just says, Please? and gestures down south. Points to ponder until next week.