This is what I like to call a “groundwork” episode. Not a lot happens in it, at least from a soap-opera point of view, but the groundwork is being laid for further developments. As a writer of serial drama (I have two WIP fanfics and suddenly I’m a “writer of serial drama” *snerk*), I can appreciate the need for this. Shane gets a new job opportunity. She and Jenny look for a roommate, which introduces a new character, but not until practically the end of the episode. Bette tries to save her gallery’s funding, but we don’t know if she actually succeeds or not. Dana and Alice go on a double-date (*yawn*), but they do end up kissing (each other) in public. Kit goes to a business seminar, but we don’t see what effect this will have on her own business. That’s for a future episode. It’s all groundwork. Well, except for…
…Tina fends off the advances of her creepy lawyer, which is actually a real development. Because if she dumps that unprofessional creepazoid, she’s back to square one in divorce-ville.
The best scene in the episode, though (besides Bette’s one night stand and the nekkid!pool!frollickying!), was Shane cutting Jenny’s hair. I don’t know if any straight women or straight men can appreciate the rite of passage this is. Not that short hair signifies that you’re a lesbian, it doesn’t, especially on The L Word, which is kinda butch-lite. It’s just, Jenny’s all ribbons and curls and lace and mincing and big blue eyes and all the things boys like. If dykes have a different aura to them, something they give off that just says “dyke” whatever they look like externally, Jenny just hasn’t had it. And asking Shane to cut her hair is her attempt to cross that line. To assume the identity. Even if she fails miserably from an appearance point of view, she’s sort of shedding her skin. Like the caterpillar or the snake, she’s slithering out of an old persona and trying on a new one.