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February 24, 2020
Writer and breast cancer survivor Kim Hoffman pops in for this massive downer of an episode which includes Max’s Top Surgery Prom, Bette struggling with the sounds of silence, Helena and Dylan engaging in some sex tape nonsense, Tina falling for HENRY, Carmen shocking her parents with her devious lesbian rebellion, Alice going on one date with a character we forgot ever existed, Dana taking a turn for the worse and so much more!
February 17, 2020
Filmmaker Rhys Ernst doubles the number of Rieses in our “recording studio: for “Late Comer,” a chaotic and ridiculous nightmare of an episode best known for the song “Transformation,” which haunts us to this day. Dylan and Helena have full sex, Shane’s in the shithouse ‘cause of Carmen’s bad dream, Bette ships off to a meditation retreat, Helena takes the whole gang to a WNBA game in a private jet, Max gets a pack-n-play, Alice goes wig shopping and Nona Hendryx is down with that do. Party
February 17, 2020
Filmmaker Rhys Ernst doubles the number of Rieses in our “recording studio: for “Late Comer,” a chaotic and ridiculous nightmare of an episode best known for the song “Transformation,” which haunts us to this day. Dylan and Helena have full sex, Shane’s in the shithouse ‘cause of Carmen’s bad dream, Bette ships off to a meditation retreat, Helena takes the whole gang to a WNBA game in a private jet, Max gets a pack-n-play, Alice goes wig shopping and Nona Hendryx is down with that do. Party
February 10, 2020
Mal Blum joins us for this beefy-armed episode of “To L and Back,” “Lone Star.” TIna “goes to Canada” to chill at craft services with fucking Josh Becker, Jenny “shoots Max up” with hormones, the girls host a Happy First Chemo Pool Party for Dana, Billie’s bender continues to destroy everything in its wake, Alice chases a Dana cutout across several SoCal landfills, Shane and Carmen get matching tattoos, Eve Ensler hates Jenny’s book and everybody comes together to see the B-52s rock it a
February 3, 2020
Riese and Carly are back on “to l and back” picking up right where we left off — deep in the mud of season three! Comedian jes thom joins us for episode 306, wherein topics of conversation include strap on mechanics, monogamy amongst birds, how we are supposed to believe that Dylan isn’t gay, Tina exploring her interest in flesh and blood men, Jenny’s survivor memoir and so much more!
January 27, 2020
We regret to inform you that Bette Porter will not be mayor of Los Angeles. But we still have a jam-packed episode of To L and Back! We discuss the finale and the entire first season of The L Word: Generation Q with special guests Riese and Carly who you may know from such things as hosting this podcast. Couples break up, couples get back together, and there's a sex scene so good one of us may have called it "the best L Word sex scene ever." It's been a great season and we can't wait for more gay-os!
January 20, 2020
Bette Porter is not afraid to sleep with your wife! And we’re not afraid to admit that we loved a certain sinful make out! Join Analyssa, Drew, and the world’s number one Sinley shipper Riese Bernard as they discuss the penultimate episode of the inaugural season of The L Word: Generation Q. Tina is still in town, Micah is still trying to be seen, Dani is still too focused on work, and our favorite throuple is falling apart. All this drama has our hearts racing like horses stampeding in mud!
January 14, 2020
TINA!!!! That’s right! Tina is back and so are we to discuss her return and lots of other Gen Q excitement. Shane and Quiara are reconciling, our favorite throuple is sort of making things work, Finley and Sophie get a bit too close, and everyone is scrambling post-Bette pushing her ex-lover’s husband down the stairs. Oh and Angie? She passed her driving test and is ready to tell Jordi she loves her. It’s just about the cutest thing you’ll ever see!
January 6, 2020
The Gen Q chaos continues! This week everyone is processing their feelings and we’re processing our feelings about them processing their feelings! We’re baffled by both newbie couples, delighted by Quiara’s emotional health, and very conflicted about the pairing of Tess and Finley. Can something be both sad and hot? Time and again The L Word proves the answer is yes! Also our favorite throuple continues to throuple and when it’s time to discuss Drew and Analyssa may just get a third of their own.
December 30, 2019
Our dreams came true! That’s right! Threesome, babyyyyy. Analyssa is gone for the holidays so join Drew and Riese as they break down Gen Q episode 104: LA Times. There’s a threesome, Shane’s 40th birthday, a threesome, some insane workplace behavior, a threesome, confirmation of a death we were dreading,  and a threesome! Okay fine there was just one threesome. But you can rewatch it as much as you’d like!
December 23, 2019
This week we continue our time with Generation Q as Micah peruses Grindr, Finley confronts her religious past, and Dani and Sophie look at wedding venues! Meanwhile, Bette debate preps, Shane hooks up with the less interesting of her new business partners, and Alice... TALKS TO MEGAN RAPINOE!? Just another exciting day in gay LA!
December 16, 2019
This week on “To L and Back” Gen Q co-hosts Drew Gregory and Analyssa Lopez are joined by regular co-host Riese Bernard to talk about episode two! Dani takes over PR for Bette, Micah and Jose go on a date, Shane and Finley go to a bar, we learn about Nat and Alice’s past, and we meet Sophie’s amazing family! Do we discuss the representation of trans lesbians, trans sex, and Latinx families? Yes. Do we discuss high-waisted pants and threesomes? Also yes. Just like the Alice show we do it all!
December 12, 2019
Welcome to the first Gen Q episode of “To L and Back”! For the next eight weeks, noted gays and proud members of Generation Q, Drew Gregory and Analyssa Lopez, will be taking over hosting duties to discuss the new show. Join us as we reunite with our original favorites and meet TWO new generations of queers. We share L Word origin stories, our hopes for the series, and dive right into the first episode. This was still recorded in Riese's living room so she might just shout an occasional opinion.
December 9, 2019
Showtime x Autostraddle presents a very special LIVE episode of “To L and Back” featuring the cast of The L Word: Generation Q! Recorded at the LA LGBT Center with an audience of ~200 delightful humans, Carly and Riese talk to Jacqueline Toboni, Leo Sheng, Rosanny Zayas and Arienne Mandi about filming sex scenes, L Word origin stories, riding losing winning, falling in love with your best friend, on-set shenanigans, fan fiction and musical writing. An incredible time was had by all and you can too!!
December 2, 2019
This week noted bisexual and prolific author Gaby Dunn of the “Bad With Money” podcast joins us for an analysis of “Lifeline,” Riese’s favorite episode of the season! It contains THREE entire sex scenes, a stunning confession from Tina about her activities with Daddyof2, a classic “is she or isn’t she a vampire” escapade, bisexual speed dating, a surprise haircut for Cherie Peroni in FULL MOMMI SPLENDOR, and some truly tragic events for Dana and Max. Plus: Tina didn’t know Buddhism could b
November 25, 2019
This week we are so pleased to announce that Cerise Castle, an actual employee of KCRW, joined us to discuss topics including Alice's dubious KCRW show about Dana / weapons of mass destruction / giving a pig a pancake. Also: Bette yells about art and has finger intercourse with Senator Barbara Grisham (Dana Delaney), Jenny burns her book, Bif Naked talks about top surgery, Tina is a major league c*nt, Dana meets her hero Billie Jean King, and so much more!
November 18, 2019
Carmen's shopping for gig vests at Wax, Max and Shane are gonna be butch and help the ladies out with their luggage, Bette's had just about enough of Tina's petty bourgeois anxiety and everybody is very clear about their intentions to attend a dinner tonight in honor of Jenny and male lobsters. Also: Dana gets a mammogram, Shane and Carmen are puppy-sitting for some reason, we didn’t know Mark Epstein was a real person and Alice has a really bad psychiatrist!
November 11, 2019
Join Riese and her very special guest host, Drew, as they overanalyze “Lost Weekend” — but that’s not all! Guest contributors Yvonne Marquez and Gloria Delgadillo-Alvarado have recapped all the Quinceañera-related scenes for you all the way from Texas! Join us as Jenny and Max do a Great Plains Bar-hop, Shane wears a wig, Daddyof2 logs on to his fave chat room, Alan Cumming, Bette worries about her relationship with Tina, and Helena hires a hottie to clean up Alice’s shrine. Also, Carmen does tha
November 4, 2019
Writer / Actor / Filmmaker Fawzia Mirza joins us as we address topics including looking at your peeper in the mirror, Alice and Dana's breakup turning Alice into a completely different character, Jenny's refusal to be a nice Jewish girl who acts like bad things don't happen, Tina hating the word "clit", Kate Clinton's cameo as a sex therapist peddling ice cube trays, Bette's passionate unemployment and Lara's special cookies for Dana. Also, Helena in a white bikini, and we meet Carmen's Mom.
October 29, 2019
For our Sesaon 2 wrap-up and mailbag podcast we were joined by very special and convenient guests @robinshoots, Carly's wife, and @laurentaylorklein, our podcast producer!!! Also: by you, via your emails, voicemails, and general auras. Come along as we continue discussing the murder of Mark and Gomey, Tina's ponchos and what my dog Carol thinks about all this. Plus: bonus footage cut from the original podcast episodes! Y'all are real cute you don't wanna miss this.
October 21, 2019
It’s the Season 2 finale and we’re all here to mourn a death and celebrate a birth and witness an entire live concert fundraiser for the Ms foundation! That’s right, Gloria Steinem is in the house for some very awk convos about feminism. Tina would like to give birth in a dunk tank. Alice fears Lara’s take on the pear polenta tart might woo Dana away from her, Shane opens the car door for Carmen, the Top-Off continues and Peggy Peabody shows up to deliver the final punch and win our tiny hearts.
October 14, 2019
Everybody is sad! WOMP WOMP. Bette and Kit are taking care of their dying father, Jenny’s reckoning with the PTSD triggered by Mark. On the bright side, we have Arlan Hamilton, longtime L Word fan and founder of Backstage Capital, on the show to experience the sadness and mourning right alongside us! Also PEACHES IS HERE AND SHANE LOVES PEACHES. Dana shaves her legs, maybe for Lara but maybe not, and Helena goes on three dates in one day. And a warm welcome back to Tina’s pink poncho!
October 7, 2019
This week’s episode we journey through the Seven Stations of the Cross and a lightly attended Pride Parade. Dana’s brother Howie pays her and Alice a surprise visit. Bette and her backwards spine dress hang out at the hospital with Melvin, who doesn’t want to touch Tina’s belly. Mark’s invasive video project has sent Jenny on a psychological spiral. Shane’s ready to get into her #hamsterpast with Carmen. Plus: tips on what NOT to eat before a three-hour BDSM seminar!
September 30, 2019
Let's get on the Lez Boat with everybody's favorite awkward threesome: Jenny, Shane and Carmen! Before we head out to sea, Jenny would like to know, Mark, if THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT. Bette's unnaturally excited about another visit from her father, Dana and Alice have an embarrassing incident with sex toys and the TSA, and play dress-up on their own private love boat. Tina's gonna be honored at a special dinner for her community service and also for having boobs that look great in expensive dresses.
September 23, 2019
Good morning to the seagulls and Helena Peabody's glistening skin, it's time for a VERY SEXY episode of The L Word in which Tina and Bette reunite for a little afternoon delight, Jenny and Carmen warm the porcelain together, Dana goes strap-on shopping, Tina is living her best Robe Life and wants to get the neighbors involved. Bette and Helena meet up for a top-off at the CAC with special guest Allyn Barnes and we all get a sneak-peak of our favorite short film, "Shane/Carmen Love Confession."
September 16, 2019
Another thrilling episode in our brand-new Alice Piesecki inspired radio voices. But before Alice can get to her KCRW audition, she's gotta stop having nonstop sex with Dana. Laura Zak gifts us with hands-down the most incredible L Word origin story of all time, Bette finally shows her stuff for the Top-Off, you'll NEVER GUESS who Gabby Deveaux is dating now, Winne Mann plops her kids in Bette's pool, Helena hunts for a new house, Jenny gets and loses a new writing job and Shane continues brooding.
September 16, 2019
Another thrilling episode in our brand-new Alice Piesecki inspired radio voices. But before Alice can get to her KCRW audition, she's gotta stop having nonstop sex with Dana. Laura Zak gifts us with hands-down the most incredible L Word origin story of all time, Bette finally shows her stuff for the Top-Off, you'll NEVER GUESS who Gabby Deveaux is dating now, Winne Mann plops her kids in Bette's pool, Helena hunts for a new house, Jenny gets and loses a new writing job and Shane continues brooding.
September 9, 2019
Listen I don’t mean to sound like a bad feminist but Bette Porter you have been MEAT-TAGGED and the ladies are lining up around the block to sign your dance card after this gripping classical guitar concert! Cobie Smulders, however, is NOT in line, although she does look great in that vest. Veronica Bloom’s gonna peel her face off, Venice Beach hosts Shell Art with Tina, Helena battles her ex for custody, Jenny and Carmen continue to awkwardly date and Mark, I regret to inform you, CONTINUES TO EXIST.
September 2, 2019
WHAT’S IN THE LIVE PLANT BOX? It’s raging feminist Carmen Rios, our special guest for this week, in which Carmen De La Pica Morales pours a lot of beer on Shane’s shirt, Shane gets a very attentive flower delivery person, Dana plays in the Rooti Tooti Fresh and Fruity Tennis Tournament, also btw Bette fucked up but she did NOT fuck off. Furthermore, Tina is going to a very special dinner at the Chateau Marmont but Tina gets so horny and bored that before long guess who’s having #poolsex?????
August 26, 2019
Dana and Ton-Tom are prepping for their weird bachelorette party but Dana gets a little distracted by Alice’s amazing rack. Meanwhile, Kit is turning a profit thanks to TOE ughhhh , we came up with 50 ways to murder mark and Gomey while they hang up 50 hidden cameras, Helena Peabody gives Tina a big grant and gives Bette absolutely nothing at all besides a hot tip on Tina’s pregnancy and then everybody attends a really really bad party!
August 23, 2019
The Generation Q teaser is here! Carly and Riese have lots of feelings about it — and so do you! Here's a quick recap of the trailer that caught us all by surprise!
August 23, 2019
It's time to look back on Season One with special intoxicated guests Laneia, Carmen, Sarah and Rachel of Autostraddle.com! How much does Rachel know about Shane? How many minutes of S1 did Carmen watch at a Catholic School sleepover before fleeing the room in gay shame? Find out all this and more (including a VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT) in this week's "To L and Back."
August 19, 2019
This week we meet two new main characters — Helena, who we love and Mark, who we hate. Special guest Drew Gregory, ranks "Lynch Pin" as her second-favorite-episode of all time. Will Shane & Jenny find a roommate who will keep their clothes on? Was New York prepared for how good Jennifer Beals looks when she walks down the street? Will the ol switcharoo work to divert Carmen's attention from Shane to Jenny? What does Dana WANT from Alice? Why are they making us endure T.O.E?! All that and more!
August 11, 2019
If you're game to play "Too Hot" with Carmen in her boyshorts then you have a lot in common with all of us! This week we have special guest and certified Friend Of The Pod Brittani Nichols, Alice is shaking the lesbian phone tree, Dana's thighs feel great, Tonya's planning the first-ever corporate sponsored lesbian wedding, Bette is unraveling at alarming speed, Tina's wearing a blanket again, and Jenny's gonna get into Charlotte's writing class if it's the last thing she does!
August 6, 2019
This week on "To L and Back," super special guest @britt27ash Brittany Ashley joins Riese and Carly to discuss "Lap Dance," an episode in which Robin gets left at the altar, somebody drops a camera onto a Lazy Susan at a Chinese restaurant, Shane crashes a music video shoot to play tonsil hockey with Carmen, Tanya charms Dana's Cylon parents, Kit tries to lock down the Planet and Dana and Alice continue to battle ELECTRIC SEXUAL TENSION and Jenny is EEEK a bad writer.
July 28, 2019
It’s our Season 2 Premiere with our new co-host Carly Usdin AND a special guest, actor/activist Vico Oritz! Five months have passed since we last saw any of these women in their underwear or their jackets, and Jenny’s been collecting rejection letters while a baby grows inside Tina and everybody spreads rumors about Marina. Also, Dana and Alice battle sexual tension, Tina flips a table, Bette has some excuses, Shane is going to do Arianna Huffington and WE MEET CARMEN! Plus we share special hot gossip!
July 16, 2019
It's time to look back on Season One with special intoxicated guests Laneia, Carmen, Sarah and Rachel of Autostraddle.com! How much does Rachel know about Shane? How many minutes of S1 did Carmen watch at a Catholic School sleepover before fleeing the room in gay shame? Find out all this and more (including a VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT) in this week's "To L and Back."
July 8, 2019
It’s time for the finale of The L Word’s first stunning season and boi did we have feelings this week!! Provocations is finally making its big debut, Jenny is playing the dating game, Ivan loves a lip sync, Alice doesn’t think Dana should marry tonya, Shane is spiraling over Cherie and HOW WILL IT ALL END? WILL IT BE JUST LIKE THEY SAID IT WOULD BE?? WILL LIFE GO EASY ON ME? Tina will throw a shoe.
July 1, 2019
Who here can speak the language of the manatees? Well, not Jenny with that weird font, that’s for sure. Elsewhere this week, a protest breaks out at the California Art Center over whether or not it is true that Art = Filth, landing Bette, Candace, Alice, Dana and Shane in the ’ol clinker, where Candace and Bette fight sexual tension with road trip games.
June 24, 2019
It’s our first-ever live episode of To L and Back, recorded live at A-Camp! Join us — and special guests Be Steadwell, Marni Kellison, Laneia Jones and two “margaritas” as we tackle the Dinah Shore episode. We will talk about how hot Candace the Carpenter is when she’s out here workin’, and our own Dinah Shore medical emergencies, and the truth about cats and dogs and lesbians and the harmonies of “Closer to Fine.”
June 17, 2019
Hey have you seen any bread… for toast? Jenny hasn't… at least not yet. Dana gets a haircut, Francesca and Marina continue torturing each other with wicked games, Bette prepares for a Mommi-off with Fae Buckley, Tina wants to help at-risk children at the Institute for Social Justice Mart, Shane continues falling for Cherie but first has to teach her daughter how to do putt-putt golf, and Dana and Jenny run into each other at the intersection of Sad and Hot.
June 11, 2019
This week on another gripping episode of “To L and Back,” Cherie Jaffe tells Shane that in terms of what she can do for her, she needs a change; Conservatives turn out to have very different taste in art than Bette does, Dana gets set up with an Andrew, Jenny attempts to digest food and wine at a sadistic dinner party hosted by her ex-lover and her mean girlfriend, and Slim Daddy brings Kit a smoothie but she can drink her own smoothie, okay? Also Kristin is a furry.
June 3, 2019
Join Riese and our guest co-host, director/writer Carly Usdin AND our special celebrity guest, writer/actor/comic Brittani Nichols, for this week’s episode of “To L and Back,” in which Bette and Tina join Dan Foxworthy’s Special Social Group for Problematic Parents, Jenny’s college buddy comes to town with binoculars and an appetite for spy work, Dana tries to explain to her parents that it’s okay to be outdoorsy, and we finally get to attend West Hollywood’s hottest dance party, TWAT THE NIGH
May 27, 2019
Do you need a bath? Well then, you and Jenny have something in common! This week on The L Word, all tights are off and the yacht party is ON.
May 20, 2019
Stuff those dirty ’shrooms in your face, poke her in the face and liquor in the rear and then brace yourself for a world in which suddenly nobody has a cell phone anymore cuz if they did there’d be no plot! Jenny’s still got her tights on though, just FYI, and Shane’s making some valuable business connections while Tim stomps around a lot. Will any of us be able to hold our horses for Twat the night? One thing’s for sure: Kristin really wants to bang a gong like ten times because WHAT THE L IS GOI
May 13, 2019
Are you in the market for sweet breads, minor organs and a whey protein smoothie? Well I hope so because that’s what you’re getting on this week’s “To L and Back,” in which we recap “Lawfully,” a real doozy of an episode in which Alice’s Mom is wild, Bette can’t believe Tina is gonna wear that dress, and Kristin would like Riese to stop saying “meat” so much!
May 6, 2019
Alice’s eccentric mother Lenore is here and ready to lie because, at least according to Jenny’s Professor Nick Whatever, “everyone’s a liar, dear.” But are they? Or has Hector Projector STRUCK AGAIN? Also: why is Bette being so mean? Why isn’t Lara more excited about Dana’s incredible orgasm? Did Riese notice that Mr. Piddles was in the frame? This week we will tackle these questions and so many more as we discuss “Lies Lies Lies,” which was honestly a very dark episode of The L Word.
April 29, 2019
All hail Queen Peggy Peabody, who arrives this week for an art buying spree — but will she save Bette’s job?? Meanwhile, Lacey has discovered the joys of flyering, Lara’s finger injuries won’t get in the way of her hot date with Dana and Alice debates the pros and cons of asking Gabby to step off, bitch.
April 26, 2019
We drank a LOT of wine with Guinevere Turner (who played Gaby Deavoux and wrote for The L Word’s first two seasons) and along the way, spoke about dildos, working with your ex, the Chart’s origin story, the electric Season One writers room and a fateful trip to Dinah Shore. Beware! This interview contains spoilers!
April 22, 2019
This week on To L and Back, we’ve lovingly sliced tiny bits of our outstanding interview with Guinevere Turner into our recap of “Let’s Do It,” in which Alice pursues vaginal rejuvenation (for science!), the gals put together a mission to ascertain the disposition of one Ms Lara Perkins, Tim throws an awkward dinner party in an apron, and we all agree that pants were way too low-waisted in 2004. Also, our GIVE MIA KIRSHNER A RETROACTIVE EMMY campaign continues.
April 15, 2019
For Part Two of The L Word’s invigorating pilot, which Riese and Kristin honestly really liked a lot, lesbians have actual lesbian sex, nobody gets pregnant (yet!), Jenny has a big decision to make and The Chart begins tracking the mistakes of every lesbian, everywhere, forever. Your Hosts: Riese Bernard; autostraddle.com; @autowin Kristin Russo; kristinnoeline.com; @kristinnoeline Logo Designed by Carra Sykes Theme Song by Be Steadwell Episode Mix by Lauren Klein
April 8, 2019
On our very first episode of “To L and Back,” Kristin and Riese dig into our own relationships to this wonderful lesbian program and then plummet into The L Word’s first hour of groundbreaking television (with our leather bracelets on), in which Jenny moves to L.A. and Bette and Tina scour the town for viable sperm.
March 12, 2019
To L and Back is a new podcast from Autostraddle.com in which Riese Bernard will be re-watching and discussing every episode of the iconic lesbian series we hate to love: The L Word, as well as recapping the reboot when it debuts! Join Riese and her Season One co-host, Buffering the Vampire Slayer's Kristin Russo, for this excruciating trip down memory lane. Logo Design by Carra Sykes Theme Song by Be Steadwell
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