C.J. Lamb, L.A. Law
C.J. Lamb (Amanda Donohoe)
In long-running legal drama L.A. Law, main cast character Cara Jean “C.J.” Lamb was an associate in Los Angeles-based law firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak. In the fifth season, C.J. kissed series main cast character Abby Perkins in the episode “He’s a Crowd” (5×12) considered the first of a series of “lesbian kiss episodes,” a trend in which a female character who identifies as lesbian or bisexual kisses a female character who identifies as heterosexual.
The episode generated some controversy when it aired, with a handful of advertisers removing their commercials from the broadcast. Although later episodes of the season indicated that a romantic relationship between Abby and C.J. might develop, it did not, and Abby’s actress Michele Greene departed the series at the end of the season. She confirmed in an interview with AfterEllen.com that her kiss with Amanda Donohoe’s C.J. was a ratings ploy and that there was never any intention on the part of producers to seriously explore the possibility of a relationship between two women: “In 1991, two women were finally allowed to kiss on network television. After winning a case together, attorneys C.J. Lamb (Amanda Donohoe) and Abby Perkins (Michele Green) walked into a parking lot, hugged, and then kissed — on the mouth. The next day, both awkwardly declared their attraction to men and decided to be BFFs instead, with the following exchange: Abby Perkins: “I like men.” C.J. Lamb: “So do I.” Abby: “Oh? So that means you’re… uh…” C.J.: “Flexible?” Abby: “I see.”
Although the storyline had already run its course, the fundamentalist American Family Association decided to intervene and threatened to write letters to NBC’s advertisers. In response, NBC backpedaled from its previous support of the C.J./Abby storyline. The C.J. character was written off in the first episode of Season 7, when it was mentioned that she left the firm to join the LPGA. – AfterEllen
- 41 episodes. 5x04 - 6x21
Female love interests:
- Abby Perkins (Michele Greene, main cast, 105 episodes and the movie)
Relationship story arc with a woman: No
No male love interests
Relationship story arc with a man: No
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? Yes, the inventor of using lesbian kiss for ratings
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.