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The secret order of lesbians?

WHEN Law & Order's assistant district attorney Serena Southerlyn (Elisabeth Rohm) was fired on the January 12 episode, she asked District Attorney Branch (Fred Thompson), "Is this because I'm a lesbian?" The twist--supposed to create a splashy exit for one of the show's more disliked characters--got The Buzz wondering: Who are the other stealth lesbian characters still on TV? We asked three experts to speculate:

MATT ZOLLER SEITZ TV critic for The [Newark, N.J.] Star-Ledger

Debra Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond: Their relationship is more mother-son than husband-wife.

Meadow from The Sopranos: Of all the ways to piss off Daddy, that's a pretty good one. Also, her taste in men is atrocious, so she's got nowhere to go but up.

Ruth Fisher from Six Feet Under: She'll move in with a lady-friend in that 1930s "everybody knows, but we're not going to discuss it" kind of way and finally be happy.

SUZANNE WESTENHOEFER comedian, goddess

Carolyn Kepcher from The Apprentice: She's only kind of a character, but I'd really love her to come out.

Peggy Hill from King of the Hill: She doesn't know she's a lesbian, but when a lesbian teacher moves into their little Texas town, their affair will be a huge scandal.

RICHARD ANDREOLI editor of Mondo Homo

Director Hayden Chase from Alias: Because I've always wanted Angela Bassett to play a lesbian.

Kerry Hennessy from 8 Simple Rules: She's too smart and socially conscious to be straight. Plus, she's already working that Sara Gilbert haircut.

Donna Pinciotti from That '70s Show: She'll have a college lesbian liaison but eventually marry a man--which makes her a has-bian rather than a lesbian--but that still counts.
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Title Annotation:the Buzz
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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