Lesbians fall into stereotypes on “Bored to Death”

Finally Ray emerges with his sperm, and when Leah protests that she doesn’t want it in the refrigerator with her kids’ lunch boxes, Lisa volunteers a cooler they brought along. This prompts Leah to hurl the grande, half-chilled, Sperm au Lait across the room. Ray calmly fetches the container, calls it Picasso, kisses it goodbye, and hands it over to Lisa and Michelle.

And that’s the last we ever see of them.

Ray makes reference to The Lesbians in the next few episodes, telling Jonathan that they’re "draining" him with their constant demands. He even starts a comic book about his donation process.

It isn’t until episode seven, "The Case of the Stolen Sperm," that Ray revisits Michelle and Lisa. Well, he tries to revisit Michelle and Lisa — but they’ve skipped town.

At first Ray imagines that they’ve been in a horrific accident and that they’re both in comas. Jonathan says there’s very little chance that they’re both in comas, which proves he doesn’t know anything about lesbian couples, because as Ray points out: "They do everything together."

Jonathan and Ray break into Michelle and Lisa’s apartment, and discover that they really have moved. The only thing they left behind was an unopened bottle of Kombucha and a spreadsheet detailing the 30 lesbian couples they sold Ray’s sperm to.

What follows is one the truly funny moments of Bored to Death‘s first season. In a musical montage set to The Explorer’s Club‘s "Forever," Jonathan and Ray track down the lesbians who bought Ray’s sperm. All of them were expecting a muscular, vegan scholar with a Mathematics Ph.D. from Stanford, not a chunky, out-of-work cartoonist. Some of the lesbians give him what-for because he’s not virile; some almost clock him because he’s a meat eater; and some just shout at him to get off their porch.

Only one of the 30 lesbian couples was able to conceive a baby with Ray’s sperm, and the pregnant one makes it perfectly clear that she never wants to see Ray again.

And that brings us back to lesbian storylines falling in the writers’ room.