The L Word (2004–2009)
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Helena struggles to find a way to pay off pay her $50,000 poker debt to Catherine, who gives her an option out: an all-out, one-on-one card game of strip gin rummy to erase Helena's debit. ... See full summary »

Director:

Moisés Kaufman

Writers:

Ilene Chaiken (creator), Kathy Greenberg (creator) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Beals ... Bette Porter
Janina Gavankar ... Papi
Leisha Hailey ... Alice Pieszecki
Laurel Holloman ... Tina Kennard
Mia Kirshner ... Jenny Schecter
Marlee Matlin ... Jodi Lerner
Katherine Moennig ... Shane McCutcheon
Dallas Roberts ... Angus Partridge
Rose Rollins ... Tasha Williams
Daniela Sea ... Moira / Max Sweeney
Rachel Shelley ... Helena Peabody
Pam Grier ... Kit Porter
Kristanna Loken ... Paige Sobel
Sandrine Holt ... Catherine Rothberg
Cybill Shepherd ... Phyllis Kroll
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Storyline

Helena struggles to find a way to pay off pay her $50,000 poker debt to Catherine, who gives her an option out: an all-out, one-on-one card game of strip gin rummy to erase Helena's debit. Tina approaches Jenny with an offer by her studio boss to film one of Jenny's stories into a movie. Meanwhile, Bette's new relationship with Jodi heats up and they both end up getting the task of consoling the grieving Phyllis over her break-up with Alice. Elsewhere, Tasha has troubles letting go of the past during her tour of duty in Iraq, and pushes Papi away who offers her sympathy. Alice then takes it upon herself to visit Tasha at the military base where she is stationed, and both decide to give their growing romance a chance. Max becomes more uncomfortable with his co-workers who mistakenly think that that he is gay instead of transgender. Kit accidentally learns about Angus's infidelity after Tina inadvertently tips her off about it. Also, Shane and Paige grow even closer when they visit Shay... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Anonymous Content See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Quotes

[Talking over whether Helena should have sex to erase her gambling debt, and whether she'd feel like a whore after]
Kit Porter: We all been there, one way or another. Once I gave a blow job to a horn player.
[Everybody gives Kit a funny look]
Kit Porter: [Explaining] So I could get a line of cocaine!
Helena Peabody: And afterwards? How did you feel?
Kit Porter: High. I was a high 'ho.
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Connections

References The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Eve's Temptation
Written and performed by Jaymes Bullet
Helena and Catherine in the Presidental Suite
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