An on-looking Jenny mistakes this activity for a sexual moment between the pair, and captures it on her cellphone camera. This causes major stress to their relationship, as Bette wants to keep this information from her sister and Tina disagrees. Bette Porter is a fictional character on the Showtime television network series The L Word and its sequel The L Word: Generation Q, played by Jennifer Beals. Bette moves back in with Tina, and they decide to adopt a second child using a surrogate mother. jennifer beals. During rolling blackouts, Bette and Tina are trapped in an elevator on the way to their couples therapy session. Current relationship status: Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) Bette was one of the main characters, in a relationship with Tina in the beginning of the series, and they were the seemingly stable, long-term couple of the group. Her romantic entanglements remain complicated, however. Tina learns of an affair between Angus (Kit's boyfriend) and Tina's nanny, Hazel, and she informs Bette. Earlier this month, Tara Belmont posted an ad on the queer dating app Lex: “Give me an original Bette Porter type of Dyke.” Belmont, an art director—just like The L Word … Bette takes Jodi to her house trying to talk things over but Jodi is adamant to get Bette back anyhow, leading to force her to have sex with her. For her performance as Bette Porter on The L Word®, Beals received the prestigious GLAAD Golden Gate Award, as well as two NAACP Image Award nominations and a Satellite Awards™ nomination. At Bette's urging, Tina gives up her own career in order to have a child, leaving Bette as the sole breadwinner. Bette and Tina soon begin an affair, though they both claim to be unsure if they want anything more than their sexual reconnection. Bette briefly becomes a Buddhist and goes on a silent retreat, but leaves it. Bette is more than happy to do this, partially to escape from the claustrophobic bubble of Los Angeles lesbian intrigue and partially to escape Jenny. While in Yale, Bette had a boyfriend, a gay man named Coleman, before she realized that she had no interest in men after having sex with him and as she developed a crush on her art history professor, Danica Palmer. Tina's labor is surprisingly difficult, but their daughter Angelica is eventually born, and the end of the season shows Bette as calm and happy in her new family. Her romantic entanglements remain complicated, however. Biographical information [1] Eventually, she came out as a lesbian. When Tina gets a job offer in New York, she and Bette decide to relocate there and start a new life. She retrieves her personal items from Bette's place and leaves Bette an early birthday present. This confrontation is held near a banister with an unfinished railing, and it is the last time Jenny is shown alive. She is one of the main characters on both The L Word and is the only main character that is heterosexual. Gender: Phyllis privately tries to convince Bette that Bette herself should resign instead, since she had already helped cover up a potential scandal involving Bette's brief fling with Nadia, and that any potential sexual harassment proceedings from Jodi would further endanger the university's reputation. In preparation, they begin to add an expensive extension to their house. Immediately afterwards, Phyllis makes a pass at Bette at a bar, claiming she was always strongly attracted to her and could pursue a relationship with her now that Bette was no longer her employee, even if it meant leaving Joyce. When I saw my beloved Tina appear on “The L Word: Generation Q,” liquid rainbows rapidly fell out of my eyeballs and splashed right into my glass of Sauvignon Blanc.I could hear The Indigo Girls begin to play “Closer To Fine” softly in the background. At Bette's urging, Tina gives up her own career in order to have a child, leaving Bette as the sole breadwinner. Login to add story to favorites Login to add author to favorites (9 votes, average: 5 ... love the humor in this story.. love the word “hasbian” and Bette bitter feelings to Henry. Despite the fact that Marci's family rejects the notion of giving the child to a lesbian couple, Marci agrees to give Tina and Bette her child. However, it doesn't take long before the problems begin to show. She is played by American actress Leisha Hailey. Source: not mine. Though their relationship ended when Bette cheated on Alice, the two remained close friends afterwards. When Tina discovers what is going on, she flies into a rage and, in the ensuing fight, Bette violently rapes[1][2] Tina in an attempt to earn her forgiveness but Tina leaves Bette and moves out. Los AngelesNew York City (former) Tina confirms to their closest friends that Bette is her "first, last, and forever" love. During their time in the elevator, Bette and Tina discuss their fears about their relationship and end up making love, during which Bette tells Tina she loves her. Bette's relationship with Kit is also vastly improved in this season, with Kit being her main source of comfort at the beginning of the season. Meanwhile, as tension continues between Bette and Jodi due to Bette's infidelity, Bette tries to have Jodi fired and the matter is brought before Phyllis. Tina's miscarriage takes a toll on Bette, and when her partner decides to become involved in a charitable organization, Bette finds that their careers make it almost impossible for them to spend any time together. Her job becomes an increasing pressure, especially when Tina's new lover, Helena Peabody, is added to the Board of Governors, and her boss hires another curator who threatens Bette's elevated position. Tina confirms to their closest friends that Bette is her "first, last, and forever" love. While in bed, Bette proposes to Tina, who accepts. While on their Subaru Pink Ride, Jodi learns of the affair during a game of 'I Never' when Alice begins calling Bette a "giant and 'gi-normous' cheater" for having cheated on Tina and on Alice herself when they were dating. Spoiler alert for Season 1 of 'The L Word: Generation Q' Jordan Hull is the youngest member on the sets of Showtime's hit 'The L Word: Generation Q'. While Bette had strong feelings for Kelly in college to the point where she was on the brink of suicide when Kelly rejected her, she now seems quite capable of remaining committed to Tina despite the newly-divorced Kelly's constant flirtations with her. Soon after, Bette becomes the dean of art at a university. This confrontation is held near a banister with an unfinished railing, and it is the last time Jenny is shown alive. Bette tries to resist this attraction at first, to the point that she attempts to have sex with a brick wall while imagining it to be Candace, but is unable to do so, and subsequently begins an affair with Candace to fulfil her desires. The L Word wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. Jodi refuses to resign and threatens legal action against Bette and the entire university should anyone fire her. Although they seem to move past this problem as the series progresses, Bette's career in the California Arts Center is shown to come between them, with Bette frequently not having time to spend with Tina. Her body is discovered in the pool shortly afterwards. The L Word Bette Porter Tina Kennard. Later on, Bette introduces Phyllis to her group of friends, aware that she will end up having sex with one of them; Phyllis meets and has an affair with Alice, but despite being old enough to be her mother, she falls madly in love with her, which makes Bette feel uncomfortable, particularly when Alice refuses to commit to Phyllis and Bette gets caught in the middle. However, this transaction is threatened when Joyce Wischnia informs the pair that Nevada law does not permit adoption to same sex couples. As a result of the argument, Jodi realizes that Bette's controlling ways are too much for her and takes a job offer in New York. Later on, Phyllis starts dating Alice, which makes Bette feel uncomfortable due to what might happen later in the relationship. Their relationship experiences difficulties yet again when Tina claims to have a renewed interest in men. At the beginning of L Word, Season Five, Bette and Jodi's relationship seems very loving to their friends. Bette is also shown to be very bossy and domineering with Tina and everyone else. Laurel Holloman's Tina Kennard suddenly showing up at Bette Porter's (Jennifer Beals) doorstep in the previous episode 'Loose Ends' was the highlight for the fans of the show. Broken in Two Bette Porter Tina Kennard dance to ”Walk On By” Les Girl’s Party – Bette I would like this interior California take on Japanese gardens better if it were empty of Les Girl’s movie people and I mean all of them. 1 Background 2 The L Word … In the process, she runs into Maya, a lesbian reporter who was covering her campaign, and accepts a dinner invitation from her, moving on from Tina. Though upset and furious, Bette continues to derive comfort from her improved relationship with Tina. Phyllis privately tries to convince Bette that Bette herself should resign instead. When Jodi insists on bringing Bette on her yearly vacation with her close friends, Bette finds herself annoyed and upset with Jodi and her friend's activities. After Tina begins to see Helena, however, the group appear to rally around Bette, who is now aware that Tina is pregnant again and has a great desire to raise their child together. The L Word: Generation Q reboot is in full swing, and while viewers can't quite decide how they feel about the show, most of us can agree that we were truly shocked to see Jennifer Beals's Bette Porter had left the art world in favor of pursuing politics. At Shane and Carmen's wedding, Bette begins to have second thoughts about this, but when Tina gets Joyce's letter and begins to take action to separate Bette from Angelica forever, Bette kidnaps Angelica and runs away. Angry and hurt with her belief that Tina was merely experimenting with her for eight years, Bette has her move out. We are a free repository about The L Word, a television series created by Ilene Chaiken, Michele Abbot, and Kathy Greenberg. We are currently editing over 103 articles, and you can help! Before Bette met Tina Kennard, she dated Alice Pieszecki. Bette and Tina's relationship appears to their friends as very strong. By contrast to her sister Bette, Kit, one of the few regular Black characters on the original series, was often portrayed as a tragic victim, and showrunners rarely gave her a happy ending. Dani Nunez Dani is a powerful and calculating PR executive who desperately wants to use that power for good. Throughout the entire series, Bette has a reputation for throwing fits and tantrums in public and private when things do not go her way. Significant other(s): Jodi refuses to resign and threatens legal action not only against Bette, but against the entire university should anyone fire her. This statement leads Jodi to jokingly ask if Bette is cheating on her. Bette's relationship with Kit is also vastly improved in this season, with Kit being her main source of comfort at the beginning of the season. While working at the California University School of the Arts as a dean, she begins an affair with one of her graduate students, Nadia, but soon breaks off the relationship because she realizes it's inappropriate. Tina, however, subtly voices her lack of trust in Bette, especially after Kelly claims that Bette was a "player" during their college days, and starts to fear that Bette will eventually cheat on her again. Portrayed by Jennifer Beals The Ant Farm – L Word Bette Porter . 10 in AfterEllen.com's Top 50 Favorite Female TV Characters. Tina Kennard (Laurel Holloman) Tina was one of the six main characters, in relationship with Bette for 8 years at the start of the show, and they were the seemingly stable, long-term couple of the group, planning to have a baby. The L Word Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6The L Word: Generation Q Season 1 Meanwhile, when Bette tries to force her employee and ex-lover Jodi—who embarrassed her with a personal, accusatory art exhibit— to resign, the matter is brought before Phyllis. Bette is more than happy to do this, partially to escape from the claustrophobic bubble of Los Angeles lesbian intrigue and partially to escape Jenny. She is one of the main characters on both The L Word and its sequel, The L Word: Generation Q. A distraught Bette brings him home to die, so that he will not be trapped in a hospital, but this difficult experience leads her to reach out to Tina. Bette Porter is a poised, professional and brilliant woman who remains at the top of her game. Bette met her future partner, Tina, while Tina was on a date at the Bette Porter Gallery with her then-boyfriend Eric. When Henry's son Mikey innocently asks Bette to take a "family picture" of himself and Henry with Tina and Angelica, and Tina tells Bette to her face that she no longer wants Bette to adopt Angelica and that she and Henry are going to start a family with the implication that Henry will adopt Angelica, Bette comes to the realization that Tina is only using Henry and Mikey so that she will get full custody of Angelica when she and Bette separate, as she is Angelica's biological mother and deliberately ingratiating herself in what Bette calls the "safety of a white heterosexual family", after which she will leave Henry. In the season finale, Bette, with some encouragement from Tina and help from Alice and Shane, steals a "17 Reasons Why" sign from an old building in hopes of getting Jodi back, as Jodi had once told her that she believed it would make a great art piece. Bette finally pushes her away and they agree to clarify things in Bette's office. Tina moves back in with Bette, and they decide to adopt a second child. Immediately afterwards, Phyllis makes a drunken pass at Bette at a bar, claiming she was always strongly attracted to her and can now pursue a relationship with her since Bette is no longer her employee, even if it means leaving Joyce. This story contains spoilers for 'The L Word: Generation Q' Episode 7 titled 'Lose It All'. With her real admiration for Jodi, Bette introduces Jodi at the public exhibition of a new Jodi Lerner piece, entitled "Core." Family: David Waters (nephew) Bette soon became romantically obsessed with her; Kelly was straight, however, and when she rejected her advances, Bette grew depressed to the brink of suicide. Episode count: When a drunken Kelly finally makes a pass at Bette in Bette's house, Bette soundly rejects her, but the pair remain on friendly terms. Bette has a difficult family life, with her homophobic father Melvin only barely tolerating her relationship with Tina, and flatly refusing to acknowledge Tina's baby as his grandchild. A solution is reached when Bette and Tina agree to board Marci during her pregnancy, but when they arrive to the Los Angeles bus station to meet her, Marci is not on the bus, having for some reason backed out on the deal. Tina, who by now feels trapped by her relationship with Helena, grows closer to Bette again, and although Melvin never really blesses his daughter's homosexual relationship, he does once refer to Tina as 'Tina' rather than 'Miss Kennard' before he dies. It is here that Bette tells Jodi that their relationship will not work because Tina is her true love. A disgusted Bette quickly rejects Phyllis' advances and submits her resignation from the university. Tina learns of an affair between Angus (Kit's boyfriend) and Tina's nanny, Hazel, and she informs Bette. Bette Porter is a poised, professional and brilliant woman who remains at the top of her game. After the truth is revealed, Jodi returns to Bette and completely brushes off Tina. After Kelly rejected her advances, Bette grew depressed to the brink of suicide. LOl. Bette takes Jodi to her house trying to talk things over and nearly loses herself in Jodi's attempt to seduce her back. With her real admiration for Jodi, Bette introduces Jodi at the public exhibition of a new Jodi Lerner piece, entitled "Core." Eventually, she came out as a lesbian, and fell for her bisexual friend, Kelly. Jodi concedes and leaves without further fight. Before Bette, Tina had only dated men. However, eventually Tina not only submits but takes an active part in this dysfunctional sex. Although she does not divulge any information regarding Jenny's death, Bette confesses to being secretly angry and devastated by the fact that Tina never asked her to carry their second child (though it is left unrevealed why Bette herself did not suggest in it the first place).[4]. In the second season, Bette resumes her affair with Candace, but soon becomes desperate to make amends for her betrayal, and finds that her break-up with Tina is disrupting all other elements of her life. Bette also reveals to Tina she wants to tell Jodi about their reunion after the Subaru Pink Ride. The series follows an ensemble cast of friends who live in West Hollywood, California; it featured American television's first ensemble cast depicting lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. An affluent, Ivy League-educated lesbian of African-American and Caucasian heritage, Bette grew up in Philadelphia and was an art history major at Yale. Then, she begins a sexual relationship with Jodi Lerner, a sculptor who has begun lecturing at the university. She is one of the main characters on both The L Word and its sequel, The L Word: Generation Q. Featured in: However, this transaction is threatened when Joyce Wishnea informs the pair that Nevada law does not permit adoption to same sex couples. Eventually Tina chooses Bette over Helena, and the end of the season shows Tina asking to move back in with Bette. While Bette had strong feelings for Kelly in college to the point where she was on the brink of suicide when Kelly rejected her, she now seems quite capable of remaining committed to Tina despite the newly divorced Kelly's constant flirtations with her. When Bette doesn't respond and Tina gets up and runs away from the group, Jodi finally realizes that Bette is cheating on her and most likely never truly loved her from the start. First appearance: She retrieves her personal items from Bette's place and leaves Bette an early birthday present. The L Word has never given Kit Porter a break. In the ensuing argument, Bette attempts to force Tina into emotional submission, refusing to allow Tina to control of or end the relationship. Her plan works and Phyllis and Joyce begin a relationship, though Joyce is forced to recuse herself from representing Phyllis when it becomes more serious. During her graduate studies, she befriended Kelly, an undergrad. In 2012, Beals was presented with the Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Ally for Equality Award’ for her support of the LGBTQIA community. As the series progresses, however, Bette begins to support Kit's attempts to turn her life around, and their relationship is shown to improve. After seeing Angelica being raised in Tina's "white, privileged, heterosexual world", she hires the same lawyer who tried to seduce Tina last season in a custody fight. Several weeks after the television series ends, footage of Bette's police interrogation appears on Showtime's L Word website ("The Interrogation Tapes"). (S. 1 Ep. Tina confesses to Bette that she still loves her and that she misses her life as a lesbian; when she meets Jodi, Tina realizes how much she wants Bette back and begins to regret ending her relationship with Bette. Occupation: When Tina gets a job offer in New York, she and Bette decide to relocate there and start a new life. Although they seem to move past this problem as the series progresses, Bette's career in the California Arts Center is shown to come between them, with Bette frequently not having time to spend with Tina. This causes major stress to their relationship, as Bette wants to keep this information from her sister and Tina disagrees. Original Due to her own jealousy, Bette becomes angry with Jodi when Jodi decides to have a dinner party and invites Tina and Sam. Tina, however, stands her ground and considers the possibility of losing all of her friends as the "bravest thing she has ever done". It was after speaking with Tina about her feelings for Jodi that made Bette decide to get the sign, which reads '17 reasons why'. This statement leads Jodi to jokingly ask if Bette is cheating on her. It turns out to be Jodi's revenge against Bette for using her: a series of videos of a single Bette saying "I love you", as well as things like "Leave me alone", "Go without me", "Stop", and "Fuck me", ridiculing Bette for her apparent promiscuity and her will to use anyone she pleases to quench her thirst for sex if not with Tina. Then, she begins a sexual relationship with Jodi Lerner, a sculptor who has begun lecturing at the university. Eventually, she came outas a lesbian, and fell for her bisexual friend, Kelly. Six months later, Bette and Tina are feeling the stress of raising Angelica, Bette's unemployment and Tina going back to work for Helena at her film studio. She helps Kit to take over The Planet cafe, and begins actively involving herself in Kit's life. Spell On You – Tina Kennard L Word. The relationship ends yet again due to Tina's renewed interest in men. When Tina discovers what is going on, she flies into a rage. Bette also reveals to Tina she wants to tell Jodi about their reunion after the Subaru Pink Ride. Matters are further complicated when it is revealed that Bette's father Melvin is dying from advanced prostate cancer, and is refusing treatment. Bette is introduced as an affluent, Ivy League-educated lesbian of African-American and Caucasian heritage. By this time, Jodi has resigned from California University after one of her students held a realistic-looking gun made of soapstone to his head in front of the class as a form of art. Tina and Bette's relationship has had some rough patches, but they become closer and friendlier with each other. At Bette and Tina's going away party in their home, Kit threatens Jenny to back off and is in turn shown the incriminating cellphone footage. Their relationship became strained and they broke up at the end of Season 1. Bette goes to grieve for Kit with Angelica where her ashes were scattered. While working at the California University School of the Arts as a dean, Bette has an affair with one of her graduate students, Nadia, but soon breaks off the relationship because she realizes it's inappropriate. She grew up in Philadelphia and was an art history major at Yale, where she notably had sex with her boyfriend, Coleman. Bette is also shown to be very bossy and domineering with Tina and everyone else. Because of Bette's reaction to her sister's drinking, Bette and Jodi get into a heated argument. They both realized they were gay shortly after, with Bette developing a crush on her art history professor, Danica Palmer (Lifesize: 306). His death is a great blow to Bette, who receives news of the loss of her job at Melvin's funeral. Meanwhile, Jodi sees Bette is moody and upset about something but is not sure. Bette and Tina's relationship appears to their friends as very strong. The L Word is an American-Canadian co-production television drama that aired on Showtime from January 18, 2004 to March 8, 2009. [6][7], Nevada law does not permit adoption to same sex couples, http://www.rhizomes.net/issue14/krauss/l.html, "AfterEllen.com's Top 50 Favorite Female TV Characters", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bette_Porter&oldid=1002987560, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Former Director at the California Arts Center, Former Dean of School of Arts, California University, Co-Owner and Partner of Wentworth-Porter Art Gallery, This page was last edited on 26 January 2021, at 23:27. Bette met Tina Kennard, and her then-boyfriend Eric, at the Bette Porter Gallery, the pair were quickly attracted to one another. What ensues is what appears to be the beginning of an attempted rape, with Bette aggressively holding Tina down, while Tina struggles and protests, shouting 'no'. Club banner. 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