The L Word (2004–2009)

Lactose Intolerant 

Jenny throws a baby shower for Max; Bette and Tina hit a roadblock in the adoption process; Bette goes solo to her gallery's opening night celebration; Shane is feeling boxed in by Jenny; Alice starts to feel like three is a crowd.


John Stockwell


Ilene Chaiken (creator), Kathy Greenberg (creator) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Beals ... Bette Porter
Leisha Hailey ... Alice Pieszecki
Laurel Holloman ... Tina Kennard
Mia Kirshner ... Jenny Schecter
Marlee Matlin ... Jodi Lerner (credit only)
Katherine Moennig ... Shane McCutcheon
Rose Rollins ... Tasha Williams
Daniela Sea ... Max Sweeney
Rachel Shelley ... Helena Peabody
Pam Grier ... Kit Porter
Elizabeth Berkley ... Kelly Wentworth
Jane Lynch ... Joyce Wischnia
Roger Cross ... Sunset Boulevard
Kate French ... Niki Stevens
Alexandra Hedison ... Dylan Moreland


Jenny throws a baby shower for a overwhelmed Max. But during the party, Jenny, being the nihilist person she is, spills the beans to Dylan about the girls hiring Niki to seduce her as a test to Helena's loyalty, which causes Dylan to get upset and Helena to go crazy. Meanwhile, Bette and Tina attempt to find ways to work around the Nevada state adoption law when Joyce tells them that the state's law will not grant adoption to a non-married lesbian couple. While Tina flies to New York on a new movie project for her studio, Bette and Kelly throw an opening party at the art gallery. Kit meets a handsome stranger at Kelly's art gallery, but doesn't warm up to his advances. Elsewhere, Alice, Tasha, and Jamie spend increasing amounts of time together which begins to take a toll on Alice who begins to think that three's a crowd. Also, Shane desires more freedom from Jenny's clinging possessiveness when Jenny shows her a new photography studio for her to work. Shane then tries to seek an ... Written by matt-282

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

22 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Kit throws a drink in Sunset's face, not knowing who is really, happened in Tootsie when Jessica Lange did the same thing to Dustin Hoffman, who she didn't know without his woman's outfit and makeup on. See more »


Alice: [as Bette is describing a stroller that seemingly does everything] Does it do the dishes?
Bette: No, just your taxes.
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