Now that we’ve all discussed and enjoyed/winced our way through a tribute to The L Word‘s unforgettably tacky theme song, it’s time to get down to the real work at hand: Let’s discuss last night’s season premiere! In years past, I blogged weekly recaps of each episode, but trying to write about a show that often has eight separate storylines is a tall order–unless you’re Doc Jensen. This time around, I’m going to make things short and sweet, and let you, dear PopWatchers, discuss the episodes on your own terms.

So let’s get the ball rolling: After a brief tease that set up this season’s murder mystery, The L Word zoomed back three months and filled us in on the rest of the fateful night that began with Lez Girls‘ wrap party. The action (most of it, anyway) centered on the fallout from Shane and Nikki’s balcony buffet, which (oh thank you Lord!) sent Crazy Jenny into another tailspin. Bette and Tina ran around town trying to find medical service for their daughter, who was suffering from a 104-degree temperature. (Incidentally, I look forward to the day when I get to call an ER attendant a “bureaucratic maggot.”) Alice and Tasha questioned the future of their relationship–with a pit stop at Papi’s apartment. (I hope those of you playing drinking games at home took a big, fat shot when Gaby Deveaux popped in!) And we can’t ignore Helena and Kit’s latest venture. They’ve taken over the late, great Dawn Denbo’s She Bar and turned it into a new club called HIT! Great, just what we need–more opportunities to watch Kit shaking her butt and yelping out, “Ooooh, GURL!” to everyone in her eye line.

What did you think of the season opener? Were you pleased? Can Alice and Tasha make it work? Have Bette and Tina chosen the right sides in the Battle of Shane and Jenny? And where the heck were Phyllis and Jodi? Let’s get going! If you missed the episode, you can watch it below. In any case, tell me what you think!