The L Word : Behind the Scenes

The L Word Bette Porter Tina Kennard

#3 Touch Tones: The Ringer


”I thought so. You have access to the Federal Court databases, right?”

”Unless it’s sealed by a judge I can usually see anything I want in minutes if not hours.” Joyce gives me a hearty wink that she’s got this part.

”Back to the other issue, my marriage and my money,” I begin to gather up my briefcase and purse. ”Put the house in both our names, Tina’s and mine, and Angelica needs an education trust for college, and another one we both want to contribute to for her to receive when she’s twenty-five.”

”And you’ve legally adopted her so that makes it easier to file with the courts.” Joyce finishes writing and looks up at me and smiles. ”So! When’s the big day?”

I laugh. ”I’ve been removed a step or two from that process by Tina and Alice. Oh, and Kit will join in. She was working on Saturday night so I still haven’t told her yet. I want to do it in person. Sometime today I’ll find the time.”

”Bette, my advice is to smile a lot at the press conference. Tina’s going to be your wife soon after all.” Joyce stands up to walk me to the door. ”In Hollywood movies and the people attached to them become big chess pieces that mysterious hands move around in games worth millions.” Joyce shakes her head. ”Be there for her, talk about how brilliant she is, say how happy you are for her. And you know what, kill two birds with one stone. To please Phyllis the only thing you should say about yourself is how much you love being a Dean at CU, and what a great school it is.”

”I can handle all that.” I smile at Joyce. ”Okay, I haven’t thought much of this through at all apparently. I call her my wife, but what does she call me?”

”You’re both each other wives is one way to say it.”

”Hm. Interesting. I’m her wife. That sounds so unusual to me.” Full of thought as I close Joyce’s door behind me.


Paramount Front entrance


Studio Backlot – Tina – 1:45 pm

Located far in the backlots of Paramount the doors to the massive soundstage that holds the interior sets built for ”Les Girls” are closed and guarded as the final touches to the outdoor press conference area are seen to by Byron and Sally. I slipped away about ten minutes ago to meet Claire out of sight and in the older parts of Paramount’s campus where the Art Deco Hollywood production offices were once headquartered.

Author: Blackbird Writes

Fiction writer and filmmaker

19 thoughts on “#3 Touch Tones: The Ringer

  1. What a plan!..two bird in one stone indeed!….


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  6. Wow! It was a wonderful chapter. what a trap 😉 I loved it! Joyce is a great character in this story. God would have been much better to see it on the screen. and I look forward to the next chapter.


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  10. Via LesFan mamadoc91 says
    September 2, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Excellent! WeHo’s power couple off for a grand announcement and celebration. Perfect!


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    • Terribly kind of you to say. I do like dreaming up adventures and illustrating them with great images. I know show writers – they are great, great writers – and it’s a great job if you can write under pressure and then throw all that away because the director says it sucks and start again with maybe 18 minutes left to give it to the actors. I could probably do it with some training. Ain’t nobody calling me though but you guys – AND I appreciate all the comments and tweets and reTweets so much.

      Maybe I’ll dream up a great series and someone will say: “Blackbird, where have you been?”


  13. Another excellent installment!! Poor Jenny….NOT!!! And I do agree with MamaDoc, you SHOULD remake the L-Word!!


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  15. You’ve done it again!! I love it and now I can’t wait for the next one. Keep dangling that carrot my friend. And the pictures. They’re perfect.


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