Jan. 18, 2004
60 min.
Showtime TV Network

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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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Tim Haspel

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Of Irish and Polish descent, Eric Mabius (born April 22, 1971). He grew up moving almost constantly. ...

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At the pilot episode of the show he is the soon-to-be fiancé of Jenny Schecter with whom he has a volatile relationship throughout the first season. Tim is a regular character throughout the first season, but is written out of the show after the second season premiere. Haspel made a guest appearance in the third season and also in the series finale on March 8th, 2009.

During the pilot episode, Tim mentions having swum at the University of Chicago.

Season 1

Tim is living in Los Angeles, when his girlfriend Jenny decides to move from the Midwest after graduating from college. He works as the assistant swim coach to a girls swim team at CU. Tim has a lease on a house in West Hollywood and renovated the garage into a writer's workshop as a welcoming present for Jenny.

After an incident in which Jenny inadvertently observes two women having sex in the pool next door, He confirms to Jenny that their neighbors are a lesbian couple. The day after the pool incident, Jenny meets Tim's neighbor Tina. During their introduction, Tina extends Jenny an invitation to a party at her and Bette's home. Jenny and Tim attend the party, where she has her first encounter with Marina Ferrer, with whom she would later develop an affair. In the meantime, Tim and Jenny become engaged. Tim, unaware of Jenny's romance, invites Marina to a dinner party to celebrate their engagement. Their neighbor Bette deduces what is going on as the rumor of the affair spreads in the local lesbian community. Bette and Tina's friend Alice Pieszecki later confirms the secret and prevents Tim from discovering the affair by warning Jenny of his arrival to The Planet.

Tim later discovers the affair by accident. He leaves the house for a swim meet and discovers he has forgotten something. After returning home to retrieve his stopwatch he walks in on Marina performing cunnilingus on Jenny. Tim storms out of the house heartbroken. After an emotional confrontation that same day that could endanger their life together, He convinces Jenny to marry him[3] and also promises to never see Marina again. Tim forces Jenny to confront Marina at The Planet and tell her the affair is over. Tim and Jenny travel to a motel and are married. Over the night he ponders upon the incident and decides to leave Jenny alone at the motel in the middle of night. He is then worried when Jenny goes missing for days, and while trying to find out where she is, he discovers that Jenny and Marina's affair was not a one time occurrence as Jenny had previously stated. When she comes back to him, he rejects her and breaks all ties with her. She later comes back to him and he allows her to move into the backyard workshop. As Tim progresses towards forgiving Jenny, his anger becomes refreshed after noticing that she not only has dated women, but also a man (the marine biologist Gene Feinberg). By the end of the first season, Jenny's relationship with Tim is completely over, resulting in divorce.

Season 2

Tim decides to move back[6] to Ohio for a teaching position, and he offers Jenny the opportunity to take over the lease on the house. Eventually Tim leaves town, after saying his goodbyes to Bette and one final breakup sexual encounter with Jenny. Jenny begs him to stay, but Tim leaves without further explanation during the season's premiere.

Season 3

Tim's character briefly comes back to Los Angeles with a new wife in tow during episode 3.10:Losing The Light for a short visit. He invites Jenny and her current boyfriend Max Sweeney to lunch. Jenny later outs Max to Tim as a transman. Their conversation has a lot of friction and it's clear that neither he nor Jenny have fully resolved their relationship and both carry much baggage.

Season 5

Tim is briefly mentioned by Jenny to Niki Stevens at the party she's hosting for the Lez Girls movie cast. Jenny explains to Niki the conversation leading to her first encounter with Marina, the moment at which she describes being charmed by Marina's words but then going back to her memories of having a man that loves to swim.

Season 6

Jenny once again refers to Tim while she and Shane are fixing up the house during the episode 6.03:LMFAO in the midst of their new relationship. Jenny throws away a pair of shoes she claims that remind her of Tim and her past mentality.

Footage of Tim appears in the video tribute to Bette and Tina, compiled by Jenny, that is presented to them at their going away party in the series finale. Tim appears to be happily married, and wishes the pair well. He also mentions that he is impressed with Jenny's kind gesture regarding the tribute.

Episode Screenshots

03x03 - Lobster
Season 3, Episode 03
03x04 - Light My Fire
Season 3, Episode 04
06x03 - LMFAO
Season 6, Episode 03
02x07 - Luminous
Season 2, Episode 07
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