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Think about it. I could have been Mrs. Dana Fairbanks right now.

Tonya, "Losing the Light"

Tonya is a recurring character in seasons one and two of The L Word, before returning as a guest character in season three. She is portrayed by Meredith McGeachie and debuts in "Looking Back".


Tonya was introduced in season 1, she met Dana during the Dinah Shore Golf Classic for Women. Tonya was assigned as Dana's hospitality assistant — an overly attentive sidekick — making sure Dana was at various Classic events, keeping fans at a distance, and doing other "gopher" errands.

After Palm Springs, Tonya tagged along with Dana and friends back to West Hollywood and moved in with Dana, but didn’t like Dana’s cat, Mr. Piddles. She watched over Dana's cat for several days, seemingly neglecting After the “mysterious” death of Mr. Piddles, Dana proposed to Tonya.

Early on, Tonya appointed herself Dana’s manager, arranging sponsorships and planning social events without Dana’s input. Dana also learned that the increasingly power-hungry Tonya had been taking 15% of Dana’s sponsorship income as a “manager’s fee.” As Dana tired of Tonya’s domineering behavior and realized she was little more than a gold-digging opportunist, she and Alice began flirting and then sleeping together, and she called the wedding off. Tonya told Dana that she was in love with Melissa Rivers (portrayed by herself) and was leaving her for Melissa. (2×06)

Tonya appeared briefly in Season 3, by that point, the relationship with Melissa was over.

Episode appearances[]

The L Word, season 1
Episode Appearance Status
"Let's Do It"Absent
"Lies, Lies, Lies"Absent
"Losing It"Absent
"Listen Up"Absent
"Luck, Next Time"Absent
"Looking Back"Appears
"Locked Up"Appears
"Limb from Limb"Appears
The L Word, season 2
Episode Appearance Status
"Life, Loss, Leaving"Appears
"Lap Dance"Appears
"Loneliest Number"Appears
"Lynch Pin"Appears
"Lagrimas de Oro"Appears
"Late, Later, Latent"Absent
"Land Ahoy"Absent
"Loud & Proud"Mentioned
The L Word, season 3
Episode Appearance Status
"Labia Majora"Absent
"Lost Weekend"Absent
"Light My Fire"Absent
"Lone Star"Absent
"Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way"Absent
"Losing the Light"Appears
"Last Dance"Absent
"Left Hand of the Goddess"Absent
Generation Q, season 2
Episode Appearance Status
"Late to the Party"Absent
"Lean on Me"Absent
"Luck Be a Lady"Absent
"Lake House"Absent
"Lobsters, Too"Absent
"Love Shack"Absent
"Launch Party"Mentioned
"Last Dance"Absent
"Last Call"Absent





  1. 1.0 1.1 The L Word, 2x02: "Lap Dance".
  2. The L Word, 1x12: "Locked Up".
  3. The L Word, 2x03: "Loneliest Number".
  4. The L Word, 2x01: "Life, Loss, Leaving".
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The L Word, 2x05: "Labyrinth".
  6. The L Word, 3x10: "Losing the Light".