An Ode to Max Sweeney

Ah, Max Sweeney. The poor, abused and most hated member of The L Word (at least by Ilene Chaiken). He’s had to put up with so much: dating Jenny at her most fragile, disturbing facial hair, and now pregnant and alone.

Wait…pregnant? Ilene, silly, boys can’t get pregnant! Girls who become boys but didn’t have  surgery and stopped taking their testosterone explicitly in order to get pregnant can (Thomas Beatie), but girls who are in the surgical process of becoming boys (Max Sweeney) who are still very much on testosterone have very, very little chance in getting pregnant. Didn’t you even bother to research that? Because the fans did. But I guess that that’s what happens when you develop your scripts only around the headlines, Ilene!

And now WTF is up with Tom leaving Max?? See, Ilene, this is your problem. You seriously, seriously lack any form of character development. One minute Max was very happy with his cute girlfriend Grace, then he’s gay and dating Tom, then he and Tom are  in love…and you seemed to miss all the in-betweens (but this really isn’t news for The L Word, which often features complete, 180º changes in character, see: Helena, Jodi).

And also, Max wasn’t showing at all when he heard he was pregnant so he couldn’t have been much past four months. He was turned down from the abortion clinic, but my  Google research showed that you can usually get an abortion anytime before 24 weeks…so I think he would have been good. And besides, I’m pretty sure that they would have considered this an “extreme situation” and could have made some exceptions.

And now Tom is gone and Max is pregnant and alone. I wonder how he’s doing? Maybe we’ll see in episode 5…oh…I guess not. I guess that not one mention will be made of him the episode after Tom left. Sure, that makes sense.

I just had a brilliant idea! Max, you don’t want this baby, right? Well, I can think of two people who are currently in the baby market…

I can almost guarantee that this thought will cross one their three minds in the last three episodes of this season (and this show). And if it does, Ilene, then I’ll just have to stop watching (which is a lie because I said right here that I’d stop watching if Shane and Jenny got together and clearly I haven’t).

In conclustion, dear Max, you only have three more episodes to get through. And you probably won’t be prominently featured in any of them anyways.

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5 Responses to “An Ode to Max Sweeney”


  1. 1 Emily February 17, 2009 at 5:43 am

    The really prejudicial way in which Max has been treated as the token trans character is kind of ridiculous. Just sayin’.

    I’m really not into this season. I’m pretty disinclined to finish watching to be honest.

  2. 2 jepartyservice February 17, 2009 at 6:28 am

    I know. Especially two episodes ago when Jenny was being such a bitch about it at the breakfast/lunch/dinner table. She’s usually annoying…buy more understanding. And I really couldn’t believe when Alice called him a “she”. That was really just too much. Alice wouldn’t even say that.

    And Dylan and Helena…COME ON!

    I just have to watch now to see every bit of Elizabeth Berkley that I can.

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