Helena Peabody, The L Word
Helena Peabody (Rachel Shelley)
Helena Peabody, director of the Peabody Foundation was introduced in season 2, in a long term relationship with Winnie Mann. In her first scene she was with her psychiatrist Isabel who told her they couldn’t continue their affair, which only lead them to have sex.
In season 2, Helena also had an affair with Tina Kennard, and a few other casual dates/hook-ups. In season 3, she had an affair with Dylan Moreland who financially exploited her and then sued her for sexual harassment. Helena was cut off financially by her wealthy mother and with no money, moved in with Alice.
In season 4, she started a relationship with gambler Catherine Rothberg, mostly centered around poker games and horse races and Catherine taking advantage of Helena. Helena ended up in jail in season 5 after she cleaned out Catherine’s safe. Her stint in jail was short lived and eventually in the season 5 finale she got back the Peabody fortune.
Helena bought SheBar from Dawn Denbo, thanks to “Lover Cindi”, to help Kit Porter, and they renamed it “The Hit Club”. In season 6 she resumed her relationship with Dylan Moreland after “testing” her but because of trust issues, it doesn’t work out. In her interrogation tape with Sgt. Duffy, she revealed she didn’t hide Catherine Rothberg’s money. She used it to piss her off, because Catherine was a republican, so she donated it to lesbian centers and fertility clinics.
Female love interests:
- Tina Kennard (Laurel Holloman, bisexual, regular)
- Dylan Moreland (Alexandra Hedison, lesbian, recurring, 15 episodes)
- Eva “Papi” Torres (Janina Gavankar, lesbian, recurring, 12 episodes)
- Winnie Mann (Melissa Leo, lesbian, guest, 3 episodes)
- Cindi Tucker (Alicia Leigh Willis, lesbian, recurring 8 episodes)
- Leigh Ostin (Cobie Smulders, lesbian, guest, 4 episodes)
- Catherine Rothberg (Sandrine Holt, lesbian, guest, 5 episodes)
- Dusty (Lucia Rijker, lesbian, guest, 3 episodes)
- Emma (Sonya Salomaa, lesbian, guest, 1 episode)
- Isabel (Mimi Kuzyk, lesbian, guest, 1 episode)
Relationship story arc with a woman: Yes
No male love interests
Relationship story arc with a man: No
Male love interest after being identified as a lesbian? No
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 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.