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Livin' La Vida Loca 

Bette adjusts to her new job in academia for a formidable new boss (Cybill Shepherd); Jenny's book receives a scathing review; Tina must fire Helena from the studio, leaving her nowhere to go but accept a roommate offer from Alice.

Director:

Marleen Gorris

Writers:

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

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Beals ... Bette Porter
Janina Gavankar ... Papi
Leisha Hailey ... Alice Pieszecki
Laurel Holloman ... Tina Kennard
Mia Kirshner ... Jenny Schecter
Katherine Moennig ... Shane McCutcheon
Dallas Roberts ... Angus Partridge (credit only)
Daniela Sea ... Moira / Max Sweeney
Rachel Shelley ... Helena Peabody
Pam Grier ... Kit Porter
Heather Matarazzo ... Stacy Merkin
Jessica Capshaw ... Nadia Karella
Cybill Shepherd ... Phyllis Kroll
Aidan Jarrar Aidan Jarrar ... Shay McCutcheon
Juan Carlos Velis ... Paco the Cook
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Storyline

Alice meets Papi, a very sexually aggressive Latina woman who lights up on The Chart even more than Shane, with over 1,000 conquests, and she shows Alice her 'magic' ability to seduce women. Meanwhile, Jenny is interviewed by a gay writer, named Stacey Merkin, for research for her new book. Bette starts her new job as the dean of California Art College and meets her new boss, Phyllis Kroll, who later has some surprising news for her. Bette also has a meeting of minds with Nadia, a student who charms her into hiring her as her teaching assistant. Tina is forced by her pompous new boss, Aaron, to fire Helena from the studio. Homeless, Helena asks to stay with Alice until she can find a place of her own. Shane is stuck babysitting her nine-year-old half-brother, Shay, after he is abandoned by his mother, and he rapidly grows alienated with Shane's indifference to his presence. Also, Max's boss sets him up on a date with his daughter Brooke, a straight woman who is not aware of his former... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

This is Heather Matarazzo's first episode. She had gained cult fame in the indie film Welcome To The Dollhouse, and her character fell in love with a character played by Eric Mabius, who played Jenny's husband Tim on the first season. Ironically, Heather's character's story connects with Jenny just like Eric's. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Imposter Papi #1: [to Alice] Alice. Alice, over here. Alice? Alice right? From the radio?
Alice Pieszecki: Yeah, you scared me.
Imposter Papi #1: It's me.
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