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Loving, Lesbo Style: 'The L Word' Returns

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America’s favorite TV lesbians returned Sunday during the third season premiere of Showtime's The L Word. The show’s party line has always been universality: Despite the characters’ sexual orientation, these lovely LA ladies are just like us. Kinda.

Don’t we all date people thinking about gender reassignment surgery? Or what about lesbian vampires? How about stalking our exes and setting up makeshift shrines? LAist will maybe cop to the last one – maybe. But the other storylines are in the works for L Word fans, and we'll buy them as much as a chained-up guy in a basement on Wisteria Lane.

The show picked up six months after the last episode. Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Holloman), the power couple, are wading through the waters of parenthood with new daughter, Angelica, while trying to rekindle their romance. They go to a sex therapist, who chastises them for calling each other “Mama B” and “Mama T” respectively. Meanwhile, they’re equally chastised by a social worker for not baby-proofing the house. (Uh, hello, though we don’t have experience in this area either, we know that babies and sharp objects don’t mix.)

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The Latina beauty Carmen (Sarah Shahi) takes the seemingly reformed lesbian Lothario Shane (Kate Moennig) home to meet her traditional Mexican family, who are blissfully ignorant of (or just choose to ignore) their daughter’s orientation. In a particularly funny scene, Carmen’s mother makes Shane try on a white dress for an upcoming quinceañera, and Carmen is only too happy to help her get dressed.