On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, three long-awaited new seasons of shows dropped last week! But I’m really here for Bette and Tina.
- The L Word: Generation Q – Season 3 Episode 1 “Last Year” [Streaming]
With so many new episodes of queer TV to watch and write about last week, I don’t have my usual recap of everyone’s story on The L Word: Generation Q. Here’s what’s important from the premiere episode of season 3: it started where it ended last season — Tina on Bette’s doorstep asking if she is love with her. Then we do an one-year jump into the future.
Shane and Tess are living together and taking care of Tess’ mom who is also living with them. Finley is out of rehab and back with Sophie. She also got her old job back at Dana’s. Micah proposed to Maribel and she doesn’t want to get married…but she does want a baby! Angie moved into her college dorm and Jordi broke up with her. Alice is banging Generation Z and Dani wants to move in with Gigi, but she has to run it by Nat first.
But what are we really here for: Bette and Tina. Will they get back together?
I’ll admit it, I’m team #tibette and think they should be endgame! If you remember the end of the OG L Word they were happy and together. It’s never really explained why they broke up after that, but it’s probably Bette’s fault. I would be okay being tortured by a “will they or won’t they” situation for longer, but with Paramount’s Showtime restructuring putting the future of TLWGQ in jeopardy, there’s no time for messing around.
Bette and Tina spend the episode hanging out while Shane and Alice spy on them from across the room. It’s pretty cute. Bette’s all chilled out from actually finishing the silent retreat she quit before and open to love, good vibes and not being a raging control freak. At the end of the episode, Bette and Tina and talking and one thing leads to another…
Angie popping in at the end was perfect!
So, how will Bette and Tina Version 3 be? I can’t wait to find out.
- The Sex Lives of College Girls – Season 2 Episode 2 “Frat Problems” [Streaming]
The Sex Lives of College Girls was one of my surprise faves from last year and I’ve been looking forward to season two for months!
The season starts after Alicia broke up with Leighton who then came out to Kimberly. I was hoping Leighton and Alicia would get back together because I thought they had good chemistry, but Alicia moved to Grey Sloan to become Mika Yasuda, one of this season of Grey’s new residents. So while I’m happy she gets to be queer on another show, I’ll miss her on this one.
Semi-out Leighton starts to flirt with a girl at a party, but then backs off out of fear of being too out. That night the girls are report back on how their night went and when it’s Leighton’s turn she comes out to all of them.
I’m glad she got that over with in episode one.
In episode two Leighton hooks up with that “hottie from the party.” but things get too intense too quickly.
Looks like Leighton will be back to her high-volume dating self. We’ll see if she hits it off with someone like she did with Alicia.
- Dead to Me – Season 3 Episode 4 “Where Do We Go Now?” [Streaming]
We’ve waited an entire pandemic long for the third and final season of Dead to Me. It’s kind of okay though because while I wanted to see another season of the show I was not ready to say goodbye. The comedic chemistry between Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini is so good, I could watch the two of them talk about nothing for an hour.
The final season wandered around a bit plot-wise, but it was sweet, sad and filled with everything I loved about the series. My wife, who always says what’s going to happen seconds before it does for almost every show we watch, was not right 100% of the time like she usually is. Dead to Me does not follow the usual TV formulas especially when it comes to friendship between women.
One exciting surprise was seeing Michelle make an appearance! I didn’t know she was going to be in this season.
I’m glad Judy and Michelle got this moment.
Even though it’s a comedy, at its root the show is about grief. My wife’s sister, who she loved very much, died a few weeks ago, and that made this final season all the more sad. Also, knowing Christina Applegate was grappling with an MS diagnosis while filming this season intensified emotions. Dead to Me is a hilariously funny, snarky and beautiful show. I will miss it.
This week: It’s Thanksgiving week in the US and many weekly shows are on pause so I’ll be taking Monday off next week.