Watercooler Moments

Law & Order

When I was filling out the shows, I remembered Law & Order‘s sole lesbian, Serena Southerlyn.

If you didn’t watch, Serena (played by Elizabeth Röhm) was in 85 episodes. In ep 85, her character was fired and her second to last line was “Is this because I’m a lesbian?”


Series creator Dick Wolf wrote the scene and explained at the Television Critics Association press tour that he had asked Röhm “Do you want to go out with a bang or a whimper?” In his own words, the scene was “unabashedly a water-cooler moment. And the fact that we’re discussing it shows that I think it worked as a water-cooler moment.” The show’s main online chat room “crashed 15 minutes after the show was over.”

I’m so glad you’re pleased, Dick, but looking at it from our point of view it’s exploitative television.

About Mika A. Epstein

Mika has been deep in fandom since she could say 'Trekkie.' With decades experience in running fansites, developing software, and organizing communities, she's taken on the challenge of delving into the recesses of television for queers long forgotten. Making this site with Tracy is nothing short of serendipity. Mika lives with her wife and their cats in Southern California. Of course she has a hybrid, but she'd rather ride her bicycle.
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