Lara Perkins, The L Word
Lara Perkins (Lauren Lee Smith)
Lara Perkins was introduced as Dana’s love interest in season 1. The two met at the Country club Dana trained at, where Laura was a Sous Chef. They started dating but split because of Dana’s fear of being outed, after she took her doubles partner with her to a sponsor event.
Lara returned in season 2, when both she and Dana were in different relationships. They met up for dinner and continued to casually see each other until Dana left her partner Alice in Season 3, to rekindle her relationship with Lara. The very next episode Lara discovered a lump in Dana’s breast and Dana went for a check up.
While waiting for the results Dana decided to come out to the press before she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As Dana went in to surgery, Lara found comfort with Alice and informed her of Dana’s condition. As Dana’s treatments continued, the relationship became strained, Dana took her frustration out on Lara, and eventually pushed her away completely.
Lara left for Paris, and Dana died. In the aftermath of Dana’s death Lara and Alice started sleeping together but the story was never resolved as Lara disappeared in between season 3 & 4.
- 20 episodes.
Female love interests:
- Dana Fairbanks 💀 (Erin Daniels, lesbian, regular)
- Gabby Deveaux (Guinevere Turner, lesbian, guest 4 episodes)
- Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey, bisexual, regular)
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.