The L Word (2004–2009)

Losing the Light 

When Dana takes a turn for the worse, Alice keeps vigil at her bedside; Carmen drops the unexpected on Shane; Bette finds inner peace elusive; Jenny introduces her ex-husband to Max; Tina settles in with Henry.


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Ilene Chaiken (creator), Kathy Greenberg (creator) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Beals ... Bette Porter
Erin Daniels ... Dana Fairbanks
Leisha Hailey ... Alice Pieszecki
Laurel Holloman ... Tina Kennard
Mia Kirshner ... Jenny Schecter
Katherine Moennig ... Shane McCutcheon
Dallas Roberts ... Angus Partridge
Daniela Sea ... Max / Moira Sweeney
Sarah Shahi ... Carmen de la Pica Morales
Rachel Shelley ... Helena Peabody
Pam Grier ... Kit Porter
Eric Mabius ... Tim Haspel
Holland Taylor ... Peggy Peabody
Steven Eckholdt ... Henry
Lauren Lee Smith ... Lara Perkins


In this unusual episode told in real time, Lara is still in Paris, oblivious to Dana's worsening health. Back in Los Angeles, Alice has maintained a bedside vigil for Dana over the past five days. While taking a stroll, Alice runs into Dana's ex, Tonya. Across town, Jenny introduces Max to her former boyfriend, Tim, who arrives in town for a visit and who is now married. But Jenny's reunion with Tim becomes uncomfortable and soon unpleasant when Tim is soon revealed to still harbor a grudge against Jenny, and disapproves of Max as well. Meanwhile, Carmen evens the score with Shane by telling her she too was unfaithful. Elsewhere, Peggy Peabody arrives back in town to help Helena with the lawsuit served by the double-crossing Dylan and her scheming partner, Danny. Helena finally learns (way too late) that Dylan has been setting her up this entire time. Tina has a lunch date with Henry and his friends, but becomes uncomfortable when they assume that baby Angelica is adopted. Kit becomes... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance


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English | French

Release Date:

12 March 2006 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 44 mins) As Alice and Tonya are talking there is an African-American male with a stethoscope around his neck walking toward them visible just behind Tonya's left shoulder. The camera angle changes to Alice and then back to Tonya and the same male is now seen far in the distance walking towards them with another male. See more »


[after finding out about Max's past as Moira]
Tim Haspel: [to his wife] Becky, the next time we see Jenny, she might be with a German Shepard.
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