Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (January 25, 2008)

On this week’s episode of Cashmere Mafia, Caitlin (Bonnie Somerville) and Alicia (Lourdes Benedicto) attended a lesbian bridal shower.

And, as you might expect at any lesbian event, the conversation eventually turned to that ever-fascinating topic: sperm.



Check, please! But the lesbian pregnancy talk (which is so very fresh and original) was almost preferable to Caitlin’s flirtation with Sam, a man she met at the restaurant where the bridal shower was held. When she later confessed her attraction — and confusion — to Zoe, she characterized herself as “the worst lesbian ever”:



After that revelation, Zoe declared, “You need cake.” I need some cake, too. Send me one with a remote control in it.

Where to begin? We could talk about the fluidity of sexuality and why Caitlin shouldn’t concern herself with labels. Or we could focus on her disloyalty to Alicia, regardless of the gender of the flirtee. Or we could just read the buzz around the interweb, because even sites that don’t concern themselves with LGBT visibility are commenting on this story line. Here are some highlights:

Yes, Bonnie Somerville, you are the worst lesbian ever. And I am so glad that this pretending you’re doing with Alicia will soon be over. Or at least I hope it will. I can’t take the I-don’t-know-if-I’m-really-gay storyline anymore.
TV Squad‘s Kristin Sample

Last night, Caitlin … spoke the truest words I’ve yet to hear on this show: “I am the worst lesbian ever.” Hallelujah! You got that right, sister! Honest to goodness sparks flew between her and a fella named Sam who she barged in on in a unisex restaurant bathroom while she was at a lesbian bridal shower. Not sure where her girlfriend was while she was at the bar slipping him her card, but I’m happy to let that, and her plotline with Hot Chocolate, go for the sake of something that promises to be much more steamy.‘s Erin Stevenson

I was shocked when Alicia didn’t follow Caitlin when she excused herself from the table. They really needed to have the two women interact after that scene because it just left me frustrated. The lesbian content of this episode was crap.
— reader silentecho in the forums

Well. At least everyone’s talking about a lesbian character for once — when’s the last time that happened? And no, we can’t count Tina Fey‘s character on 30 Rock, no matter how much we want to.

Even more worrisome than Caitlin’s fickleness is her dwindling screen time. For example, in this week’s episode, she talked about “waking up” with Alicia. But did we get to see any actual waking up? Noooo. Why, ABC? First you make us GLAAD, and then you drop us like a hot gay potato. Why?!

Let’s all try to be strong, though. Sarah assured us last week that Caitlin will soon be back on the straight and narrow — er, the gay and not-so-narrow (although that doesn’t necessarily mean a bridal shower for Caitlin and Alicia; just that Caitlin won’t be dating a guy).

I for one haven’t given up on Cashmere Mafia yet, though I don’t exactly protest when my girlfriend fast-forwards through the Zoe and Juliet scenes. And no matter what happens in an episode, bad machine’s recaps make me feel better about all of it!