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Jan. 18, 2004
60 min.
Showtime TV Network

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The L Word

The L Word is the intimate story about the lives and loves of a group of lesbian friends living in Los Angeles.

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Jodi Lerner

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  Played by:
Marlee MatlinMarlee Matlin
Marlee Beth Matlin (born on August 24, 1965), to Don and Libby Matlin; she was their third child. Matlin ...

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Occupation: Sculptor/Art Professor

Personality Type: Outgoing, free, independent spirit, fiesty, fun..emotionally healthy.

L Word(s) That Best Describes Jodi: Luscious, Lickable, loving, lovely, lady, langourous, lascivious, laudable, leader, liberal, likable, learned, looker, luminary, lustful, lusty, hottie with a body

Signature Look: Artist.

Endearing Trait(s): Girlish charm, irresistible,heartbreaker.
Super intelligent.

Annoying Trait(s): Vindictiveness

Strengths: The more she is afraid of something, the more she knows she has to do it. Determination and fearlessness.

Hangups: Being afraid to give her heart to someone who may break it.

Jodi is a deaf sculptor and artist-in-residence at California University, who has a relationship with Bette Porter, the Dean of the Arts School. Jodi and Bette are together throughout seasons 4 and 5 of the show. As a couple, Jodi's easygoing manner and independence conflicted with Bette's driven, controlling tendencies and her need to protect people. The relationship reaches its climax when Bette starts cheating on Jodi with Tina Kennard, Bette's former long-term partner. Jodi realizes Bette has never stopped being in love with Tina when the cast goes on a long distance charity bike ride to raise money for breast cancer research and when camping one night, a game of "I Never" turns to the issue of cheating. When Alice points out the fact that Bette has repeatedly cheated on past girlfriends, Jodi jokingly asks if she's cheating on her. After she asks the question and Bette is not able to say no,Tina abrutly gets up and walks away from the campfire. This leads Jodi to realizes that Bette has been having an affair with Tina. Later on when they get back to L.A, Jodi gets her revenge by publicly revealing her latest work, a multimedia presentation that features recordings of Bette's voice saying sexually explicit things.

In the sixth and final season, the friction continues between Bette and Jodi. Bette tries to approach their boss Phyllis Kroll to get Jodi fired for insubordination, but Phyllis fears a possible sexual harassment/wrongful termination legal response from Jodi, and instead Bette decides to resign after Phyllis makes a pass at her. Later, at a charity dance contest for a local Gay and Lesbian Center, Jodi's performance beats those of Bette's and her friends for the win. She and Bette then make amends of sorts, and it is evident that Bette still has some feelings for Jodi. In the series finale, Jodi surprisingly appears in a video tribute to Bette and Tina, who are moving to New York, and wishes them well.

She is the first deaf lesbian character in television history.

Episode Screenshots

04x07 - Lesson Number One
Season 4, Episode 07
02x13 - Lacuna
Season 2, Episode 13
03x07 - Lone Star
Season 3, Episode 07
06x01 - Long Night's Journey Into Day
Season 6, Episode 01
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