SPOILER ALERT: This text contains particulars about Sunday evening’s episode of The L Phrase: Technology Q.

We’re a handful of episodes away from the season finale of The L Phrase: Technology Q, however in tonight’s episode appropriately titled “Unfastened Ends”, we see the ramifications of final week’s occasions. Specifically, we see the Laurel Holloman reprise her position as Bette’s (Jennifer Beals) ex-wife Tina as she comes again at a really dire time as her mayoral marketing campaign goes on a downward spiral. However earlier than we get to this reunion, let’s do a fast glimpse at what

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Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey in ‘The L Phrase: Technology Q’.
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After an evening of three-way enjoyable, we see Alice (Leisha Hailey) try and navigate this newly fashioned thruple she is in along with her girlfriend Nat (Stephanie Allynne) and her ex-wife Gigi (Sepideh Moafi) — and it’s extra sophisticated than she had hoped. Good ol’ earnest and well-meaning Finley (Jacqueline Toboni) continues to make some poor life decisions however retains a smile on her face as she offers along with her one-night fling with Tess (Jamie Clayton) who has now fallen off the wagon after she discovered Lena (Mercedes Maso) slept with Shane (Katherine Moennig) — who occurs to be her new boss (we’ll get to Shane’s points later). On prime of coping with her rift with priest Rebecca (Olivia Thirlby), Finley begins to get nearer to Sophie (Rosanny Zayas) who continues to have a rocky highway to the altar along with her fiancée Dani (Arienne Mandi) who’s wildly stressed along with her familial points and making an attempt to place out so many fires on Bette’s marketing campaign to be mayor.

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In the meantime, it appears like Shane is again with Quiara (Lex Scott Davis) after signing divorce papers and the information that she’s preggers. Whereas Bette offers along with her marketing campaign insanity, Shane exhibits her maternal facet to Angie (Jordan Hull) as she tells her BFF Kordi (Sophie Giannamore) that she’s in love along with her — and will get her first kiss! As Quiara sees this, she and Shane strengthen this refreshed relationship and so they resolve to maneuver in collectively — which makes Shane kick Finley out. Sophie affords Finley a mattress at her place which makes them even nearer and places extra of a rift between her and Dani.

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Laurel Holloman and Jennifer Beals
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There are a variety of plates spinning this season, however the greatest is Bette and her highway to turning into mayor. After being known as out on her affair with Felicity (Latarsha Rose) by her ex-husband Jeff (Tyler Adams), her marketing campaign is form of a large number. Within the final episode, Jeff confronts Bette once more and whereas doing so, pushes Angie, which induced Bette to push him — and he’s down for the rely. In tonight’s episode, she is trapped in her home making an attempt to determine her subsequent transfer with Dani and Pierce (Brian Michael Smith) because the press is perched on her entrance porch like vultures ready to assault.

She contemplates dropping out of the race, however will get a shock go to from Tina, due to Angie. She is aware of Bette finest and tries to console her throughout this time. Naturally, points from their relationship floor and so they unpack their sophisticated feelings about their cut up. Finally, Tina and Angie remind Bette why she is operating. She realizes that the scandal is minuscule in comparison with the gasoline for her marketing campaign: the overdose and demise of her sister Package (Pam Grier) and the way the system did her unsuitable. That stated, she pronounces to the press that she shouldn’t be dropping out of the race and ends the episode in an emotional embrace with Tina telling her to not go away.

Deadline talked to Beals about what Tina’s return means for Bette and if we will anticipate Holloman is right here to remain. She additionally teases what we will anticipate on the finish of Bette’s mayoral “campaign”.

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Brian Michael Smith and Arienne Mandi
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DEADLINE: Do you know from the start that Tina would return?

JENNIFER BEALS: Oh sure — and albeit I might have liked for her to return sooner and for extra episodes. However you understand, Laurel Holloman has a extremely great worldwide profession as a painter and he or she has obligations. As a painter, you probably have a present, that may very well be a yr out and you’ve got, say 30 canvases or 25 canvases that you simply’ve received to color to satisfy that present. So it’s a really completely different schedule [than an actor]. So I really feel like we had been fortunate to get her for the period of time that we did…however I believe it’s essential to the guts of the present to have Tina come again.

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DEADLINE: It appeared like she was there the entire time from episode certainly one of this new season.

BEALS: We labored actually exhausting to ensure to fill that hole with cellphone calls and even tangential feedback about Tina so she’s not absent.

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Jacqueline Toboni and Rosanny Zayas
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DEADLINE: What was your response to her returning and the way did all of it come collectively?

BEALS: You solely have her for a sure period of time in order that’s going to restrict what sort of tales you may inform and what story is likely to be significant. I believe the story of a same-sex couple co-parenting after a divorce is an attention-grabbing and significant story that we’ve tried to inform with love and care — and can proceed to attempt to rely with love and care.

DEADLINE: Bette that’s at present on a really attention-grabbing journey. It’s very rocky, to say the least.

BEALS: To say the least! (laughs) However maintain on, as a result of it simply will get loopy. You probably have someone who’s been divorced and who’s solely sibling has died of an overdose — that’s two punches to the guts. The opposite shoe is about to drop and Bette’s approach of dealing with issues is by working. It’s simpler to work and ignore issues. Issues bubble up and she will’t assist it — however it’s actually like getting again on the treadmill and attempt to remedy the issue.

She thinks that she is therapeutic by operating for mayor and making an attempt to handle the disaster that took her sister as a result of her sister was therapeutic from her habit. She had confronted her habit and was making an attempt to, and was efficiently dwelling a clear life, proper? If that’s the proper time period. It’s solely as a result of the consumption system within the hospital failed her that she received again into this, into this horrible cycle. She stored it secret and no person was in a position to assist her. I believe Bette feels that she is making an attempt to take care of her feelings by making an attempt to proper this unsuitable, as a substitute of actually simply sitting with the wound and making an attempt to take a look at how she felt earlier than she takes up the saber to go remedy the issue — however she’s actually like strolling via room after room trailing blood, you understand?

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Laurel Holloman, Jordan Hull and Jennifer Beals
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DEADLINE: Would you say that Tina’s return helps or throwing a wrench into form of Bette’s journey?

BEALS: I believe it’s actually sophisticated. I believe that is the one that is the love of her life and it’s a consolation to have her there and additionally it is the mom of her baby. It’s a consolation to have somebody with whom she will talk about these points concerning the well-being and security of their baby. But it surely’s additionally actually sophisticated as a result of Tina doesn’t wish to be along with her anymore. So it’s form of scratching one other wound, poking at one other wound. It’s not a straightforward reply.

DEADLINE: On the finish of the episode, it’s not 100 % clear if Tina will likely be staying.  Do you assume we will anticipate her once more in future episodes?

BEALS: Sure, undoubtedly…as a lot as Laurel’s schedule will permit.

DEADLINE: So with Tina’s return, the scandal with Felicity and the confrontation along with her husband, what’s the trajectory of Bette’s mayoral marketing campaign and the way it impacts her life? 

BEALS: Properly, I believe it’s a perpetual query of how turning into mayor would have an effect on Bette’s household and have an effect on her relationship. Aside from talking with Angie, I don’t assume she’s actually thought-about it. It’s much less of a marketing campaign and extra of a campaign. When she will get on the observe, she will get on the observe with blinders on, aside from her baby. I believe she will cease slightly bit. She will be able to decelerate slightly bit for her baby. However for everyone else it’s simply the trains transferring, you will get on or get off, however that is the place we’re going.

DEADLINE: With out completely spoiling the tip of the season, what are you able to tease about how will Bette’s “campaign” will finish? 

BEALS: What can I tease? (lengthy pause) I do know that Showtime has forbidden me to say sure issues. (laughs) I believe it’s truthful sufficient to say that you simply’ll begin to see the ramifications of the campaign.