Before you read any further, this article contains spoilers for “The L Word: Generation Q.”
In true Ilene Chaiken tradition, we all knew that this “The L Word” reboot was going to have so many love triangles that it would look like a geometry final. I wouldn’t really know too much about that, as I failed many a math course, but I do know these are lesbians we’re talking about. The specific ones in question are Dani, Sophie, and the infamous Finley.
Finley is best described as a polarizing character. There are those that love Finley to pieces. She’s a woman with the attitude of “You gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette.” She lives by the seat of her cutoff jorts! On the other hand, it’s hard not to see her as a ticking time bomb of misguided intimacy. We’ve seen her throw herself into the arms of Hot Priest™, Tess, and most recently, the sweet baby undercut angel named Sophie.
You might be saying to yourself, wait, the same Sophie that’s engaged to Dani? And I would have to say yes, that same Sophie who IS in fact betrothed to Dani. PLEASE keep up with me here.
At the moment, we haven’t been seeing so much of Dani. While working for Bette’s campaign, she’s been organizing press lunches, texting furiously, and strategizing pretty much all of the campaign since Pierce all at once closed up his laptop and cryptically vanished from Bette’s office. Seriously, homegirl is working hard. And why shouldn’t she be? She’s got a wedding to pay for, an ax to grind, and a point to prove. Honestly, at least a partial amount of Bette’s campaign funding needs to be allocated for Dani’s Botox. Those luscious brows are the definition of furrowed.
But who doesn’t like a hard-working lez?! Dani is stressed (and it’s showing) because it’s an election year! As anyone with a Twitter, Instagram, internet connection, or soup can attached to a rope knows, the devil works hard but politicians are working harder. Dani is continuing to stand up for what she believes in by working Bette’s campaign, and it’s difficult on her engagement to Sophie.
Speaking of devils: In a way, this set up between Dani and her job, Sophie, and Finley reminds me of another masterpiece titled “The Devil Wears Prada.” In this monument to film-making, our heroine Andrea Sachs surprises everyone by performing really well at her job that no one believed she could do, and then everyone kind of hates her for being committed to the job she’s doing really well at. If you have seen the movie, then you already knew that. If you haven’t seen it, that’s really what it boils down to, so no need for further investigation.
To me, the similarities are unmistakable. Dani is trying to do a kickass job for Bette: She’s showing up, whipping her barrel curls around, and just doing the business. (If it’s not already obvious, I’ve never been a mayoral campaign manager.) Everyone else in Dani’s life, like Sophie and Finley, seems to take this success quite personally.
It’s the last two weeks of Bette’s campaign, and Dani is trying to finish this race strong: for Bette and for herself. Rightly, it seems as if everyone is just trying to stay out of Dani’s way, but Finley and Sophie are upset with her for working when Sophie had the responsibility of taking care of her grandmother. Why should they feel that way when Dani was repeatedly asked to stay out of the situation? It seems unfair to ask Dani to be a mind-reader to her fiancée, the best interim campaign manager since Pierce dematerialized, as well as America’s Next Top Best Friend to Finley. It seems as if everyone else has infinite patience for the rest of the cast, but none of that grace gets passed on to Dani.