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"To L and Back” is a delightful recapping adventure through every single episode of the number one lesbian show you hate to love, “The L Word.” Hosted by Autostraddle.com’s Riese Bernard — one of the internet’s most storied L Word scholars, with writer and director Carly Usdin, this podcast comes chock full of trivia, jokes, special guests, controversial Jenny takes, fond memories and other ways in which we live and love.

To L And Back: An L Word Podcast To L And Back

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    • 4.8 • 631 Ratings

"To L and Back” is a delightful recapping adventure through every single episode of the number one lesbian show you hate to love, “The L Word.” Hosted by Autostraddle.com’s Riese Bernard — one of the internet’s most storied L Word scholars, with writer and director Carly Usdin, this podcast comes chock full of trivia, jokes, special guests, controversial Jenny takes, fond memories and other ways in which we live and love.

    2.08 Launch Party

    2.08 Launch Party

    So is this is how season 2 implodes - not with a bang, but with a deeply confusing whimper? Welcome to this week's episode of To L and Back where, honestly, we have some notes! We spend quite a bit of time talking about the writing of this episode of Gen Q, rather than the actual events that transpire, which as Riese says is....not always a great sign. 
     
    But among the needless conflicts (Dani thinking Bette would want to see the Nunez name on the CAC, and gambling Pippa's show for leverage), the baffling conversations (Micah telling Claudia he has feeling for someone else to her FACE), and the upsetting events (Sophie and Finley's whole deal), there were still some treats! Micah's jawline, for one, and Gigi's tongue, for two. Throw in a sex scene backlit by the soft neon lights of the Las Vegas strip and you still have a tough episode -- but one that had a sex scene backlit by the soft neon lights of the Las Vegas strip. 
     
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    Theme song: Be Steadwell @besteadwell
    Gen Q Logo: Jacqi Ko @yojaxko
    Episode Produced, Mixed, Edited: Lauren Klein @laurentaylorklein

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Generation Q - 2.07 Light

    Generation Q - 2.07 Light

    It's another beautiful week in Los Angeles and you know what that means! Another big poker game, because that's what lesbians do for fun here! This particular game is a fundraiser for MS that Tess and Shane seem to have organized in one calendar day, but logistics like that won't stop this from being the new social event of the season! Until, of course, next week when it will be replaced by the launch party for Alice's book.
     
    But for now, we've got Alice and Nat hooking up (again) then breaking up (again), Sophie and Finley having sex on set (again), and Bette being mean to Carrie (again, but worse this time!) Honestly, a lot of events transpire in this episode that we didn't love, including drunk driving! But in more wholesome news, Jordi asks Angie to prom while dancing in a fountain and SO MANY people kiss in the rain that we have to consider whether they WANT their hair to get frizzy.
    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @tolandback
    Follow Riese everywhere at @autowin and her esteemed website @autostraddle. Join our membership program, A+, to ensure our site lasts as long as this show did! 
    Follow Drew Gregory (@draw_gregory) and Analyssa Lopez (@analoco_ & @analocaa)
    Theme song: Be Steadwell @besteadwell
    Gen Q Logo: Jacqi Ko @yojaxko
    Episode Produced, Mixed, Edited: Lauren Klein @laurentaylorklein

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Generation Q - 2.06 Love Shack

    Generation Q - 2.06 Love Shack

    There are few things I love more in this world than a karaoke night. This dates back to college when I stumbled into a karaoke night during an ill-advised Wednesday night out before finals week, and found a KJ playing saxophone while a regular named Rapper John performed "Gangnam Style." And (sadly, devastatingly) there is nothing that seems more ill-advised right now, in the middle of the ongoing pandemic, than being in a sweaty room full of strangers who are yelling their faces off to "Mr. Brightside." But luckily for all of us, there is no Covid in the world of The L Word and so there is nothing stressful about being at a bar, singing karaoke - except of course, for all the drama that could ensue. And ensue it does! Eyes are made across the bar, fights are had, drinks are sent. Big romantic gestures are made, and it cannot be said enough that, through it all, Gigi wears an absolutely absurd sweater. What a gift.
     
    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @tolandback
    Follow Riese everywhere at @autowin and her esteemed website @autostraddle. Join our membership program, A+, to ensure our site lasts as long as this show did! 
    Follow Drew Gregory (@draw_gregory) and Analyssa Lopez (@analoco_ & @analocaa)
    Theme song: Be Steadwell @besteadwell
    Gen Q Logo: Jacqi Ko @yojaxko
    Episode Produced, Mixed, Edited: Lauren Klein @laurentaylorklein

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Generation Q - 2.05 Lobsters, Too

    Generation Q - 2.05 Lobsters, Too

    Oh baby, the boys are back in town! And of course by "the boys" I mean "Cherrie Jaffe" and by "back in town" I mean "standing in front of Shane, causing chaos." Yes, it turns out that Tess's new girlfriend of one week that prevented her from kissing Shane back last episode is none other than Cherie "rank little love nest" Jaffe (nee Peroni). She was summoned by all that remembering of the past that our friends were engaging in last week, and she's here to keep Tess and Shane from kissing any time in the near future! Speaking of affairs, Finley is attempting to get over Sophie this week by getting under someone else. Also getting under each other are Micah and Maribel! Riese is thrilled. Not getting any action this week is Alice, who is busy crying over Nat and then bonding with Tom over lobsters. And finally, let's all start the Jordan Hull Emmy campaign right now, everybody in?
    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @tolandback
    Follow Riese everywhere at @autowin and her esteemed website @autostraddle. Join our membership program, A+, to ensure our site lasts as long as this show did! 
    Follow Drew Gregory (@draw_gregory) and Analyssa Lopez (@analoco_ & @analocaa)
    Theme song: Be Steadwell @besteadwell
    Gen Q Logo: Jacqi Ko @yojaxko
    Episode Produced, Mixed, Edited: Lauren Klein @laurentaylorklein

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Generation Q - 2.04 Lake House

    Generation Q - 2.04 Lake House

    Folks, it has finally happened. The members of our OG L Word cast have finally awoken from their decade-long collective dream and remembered that they have a past! Shane shares her regret about Carmen with Angie, and still definitely wants to get with Alice's mom. Alice, already busy crying over her break-up with Nat, decides to make us all cry by talking about Dana Fairbanks. Our friend Bette is too busy looking at Pippa Pascal in awe to remember that she has definitely done more stuff worth remembering than just "cheated on Tina seventeen years ago." (Justice for Jodi.) Meanwhile, our Gen Q crew is off doing things that they will conveniently forget to mention when they are in the next reboot 10 years from now. Sophie and Finley are starting to spend more time together, and of course Dani and Micah have feelings and thoughts about that (though Micah's thoughts and feelings seem to be growing in Maribel's direction, tbh). Listen to us unpack it all on To L and Back, and we'll even tell you our first AIM screennames as a treat! 
    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @tolandback
    Follow Riese everywhere at @autowin and her esteemed website @autostraddle. Join our membership program, A+, to ensure our site lasts as long as this show did! 
    Follow Drew Gregory (@draw_gregory) and Analyssa Lopez (@analoco_ & @analocaa)
    Theme song: Be Steadwell @besteadwell
    Gen Q Logo: Jacqi Ko @yojaxko
    Episode Produced, Mixed, Edited: Lauren Klein @laurentaylorklein

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Generation Q - 2.03 Luck be a Lady

    Generation Q - 2.03 Luck be a Lady

    Amid the break-ups, the make-ups and the new pairings we're excited about, on this week's episode of To L and Back (Generation Q...edition...), we also discuss the nuance required for meaningful conversations about tokenism and identity on television! Other topics include some ideas for a Bachelor / L Word crossover, some jobs Finley might actually be good at, and Angie's baffling DNA test results. If none of those interest you, there’s always Tess and Shane getting up to some illegal things!
    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @tolandback
    Follow Riese everywhere at @autowin and her esteemed website @autostraddle. Join our membership program, A+, to ensure our site lasts as long as this show did! 
    Follow Drew Gregory (@draw_gregory) and Analyssa Lopez (@analoco_ & @analocaa)
    Theme song: Be Steadwell @besteadwell
    Gen Q Logo: Jacqi Ko @yojaxko
    Episode Produced, Mixed, Edited: Lauren Klein @laurentaylorklein

    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

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631 Ratings

631 Ratings

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Delightful

Love it. Drew, you’re great, don’t listen to the haters

camillefromseattle ,

Please less tangents

Usually fun and entertaining but please edit out some of the random unrelated tangents. I fast forward through them but it’s kind of annoying. I just want to hear the recap. Thanks

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The ultimate escapism

I don’t know why anyone would spend so much time watching the L word, but I am so so glad that they do. Absolutely hilarious and cathartic.

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