Congratulations to Dr. “Hot Pants” Lauren Lewis for winning our AfterEllen March Madness Best Lesbian/Bi Character Ever tournament!
But we’ve got even more insidious evil to worry about than a couple of suburban moms dabbling in the occult. Because Dr. Taft is back at Lauren’s door again. And this time he’s carrying a little black folder filled with secrets. He charged his obscenely paid lawyers with digging up the dirt on her and what they found was Karen Beattie. I know, I know, it’s shocking to realize Lauren even had such a terrible, terrible haircut.
Yes, our Dr. Lewis is a fugitive from the law named Karen Beattie who, if I read her dossier right, is wanted for being linked to an organization involved in Interpol cases. Also for protesting against prison sentences and demonstrating about government restrictions to scientific research. That’s all she’s wanted for? Protesting? Doesn’t Interpol have like real terrorists to catch? Regardless, this solves the mystery as to why Lauren/Karen was in the Congo and Afghanistan for five years. Wait, hold up, say all this is true – there is still no way in hell Zoie Palmer is only 5’2.”
Bo stammers on about space and taking all the time she needs and her not going anywhere. But the heart wants what it wants, and it wants to have Lauren in her arms right now. But she leaves, and before she makes the door turns. “This is just a break, right?” And in that moment, we are all Bo.
We don’t know if we’re terrified or turned on. Both probably?
I wasn’t really surprised because I think it’s an important relationship to explore — and to explore fully. Because, you know, in the first season, we had the love triangle. Bo was with Dyson for a while. And I feel like this part of the triangle deserves that same exploration and emotional weight. But when Zoie [Palmer] and I first got the script, we were both like, “Oh. OK. OK, wow. So we’re like together now!” I think we were a little surprised that it happened so soon, but very glad, too. The story has worked really well. They have needed this time to explore their feelings for each other, to see what could really happen between them.