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Gays of our Lives: Losing A Neighbour

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This week on Gays of Our Lives, another gay leaves the canon when Meyne Wyatt, who plays Nate Kinski from Neighbours makes his exit. But what does this mean for his boyfriend Aaron, who’s left behind? Meanwhile, Lari makes a decision about who he wants to be with on Secret Lives. The question is if it’s the right one. Also, Lucas fights for his life on General Hospital and the latest on Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and People of the Valley. 

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EastEnders (U.K.)

vlcsnap-2016-05-30-03h32m46s291The arresting officer who took Bobby in was a cutie.

I swear, these people know that Bobby has murdered once and may have killed again, and all they can say is ‘he’s just a kid’? Don’t they read the papers about these things?  He’s a serial killer in training and he needs to be locked up.  I mean, seconds after Ben learned that Bobby killed his sister, Ben was rushing to Bobby’s defense. And it’s amazing how many people knew and didn’t say anything. When Ian asked if Phil thought Bobby was ill, I was like ‘are you joking?’

Also I would think the police would be asking more questions about what happened rather than Bobby willingly confessing to everything unsolicited. And would Bobby really be released so quickly after confessing to a murder and an attempted murder?

Over all I think a lot of the reactions were kind of muted though. I mean, if I found out a kid I knew and was related to was a killer, I’d be more shocked, scared, etc.   Christian and Linda’s reactions seem remote and distant. You’d think they wouldn’t want Bobby anywhere near Jane. I think a lot of the real emotions are being glossed over or ignored while they rush through the story. Odd since it took us over two years to get to this point. There should be a lot more drama and beats played. It all seems rather anti-climatic.

vlcsnap-2016-05-30-03h42m52s374So with Steven and Christian back, there are an amazing number of GBLTQ characters on this show. Now realistically you wouldn’t have this many various sexualities in a little town like this, but it’s great that this show goes there.

Now that the truth is out, I imagine Max will be back soon and want revenge on Phil and a lot of people who knew and let him got to jail for a crime they knew he didn’t commit. That should be good.


Emmerdale  (U.K.)

The reveal that Lawerence and Ronnie were lovers wasn’t exactly a shock. I mean it was pretty obvious. However Lawrence being so pathetic about it and actually having dumb Sam threaten Ronnie to leave town is ridiculous. Lawrence goes from planning to kill his ex-lover to weeping and crying about it. Mess. I do hope this ends with Lawrence accepting himself. Ronnie is probably right that Lawrence is still in love with him and that’s why he can’t deal with Ronnie being back.

I wonder if the shvlcsnap-2016-05-30-01h51m55s356ow intends putting Lawrence and Ronnie back together even though Lawrence tried to have Ronnie killed. Then again, as we’ve seen with Aaron and Robert, attempted murder doesn’t get in the way of a happy ending.

I liked seeing Finn punch Ross. Ross was totally in the wrong, as usual, but whining that he’s the guilty party. So tired of that. I’m glad the family turned him and told him to get his act together or stay away. I hope Ross defending Pete is a turning point for them. I used to be a big fan of Ross, but he’s become an annoying, repellent character. He needs some rehabbing, that’s for sure.

Sorry, I don’t feel sorry for Holly. She’s a terrible character and the actress is awful. I don’t know why the show bothered to bring her back. As for the story, Moira should have kicked her out. Sure, Holly turned to drugs again, but that’s not Moira’s fault. Unfortunately, Moira is going to feel so guilty she’s going to let Holly continue to run roughshod over them. I agree with Cain, they need to keep Holly out of their lives.

vlcsnap-2016-05-30-01h51m16s952I wonder who is harassing Liv. Has to be someone on the canvas. I’m thinking Lachlan, but why would he do it?

I’m having a hard time deciding when Aaron and Robert are together or not. I could have sworn he broke up with Robert last week, but this week he wants Robert and Liv to spend time together getting to know each other. This on again, off again stuff is boring.

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Anthony D. Langford

I watch a lot of television, probably too much. But can you really watch too much TV? I've yet to find out. Anyway, I especially love TV when they give us positive portrayals of gays, something that has gotten better but we're still fighting for. I've written about gays in television for many years first at the much missed After Elton, then New Now Next and now at TV Source. It's kind of a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing it with you.

  • Peter J4

    All soaps repeat stories over and over. It gives Moira something to do beyond reacting to Cain’s latest dumb scheme, and Natalie Robb is one of the best actors on the show, so it doesn’t really bother me. I’d rather watch it than more of the creepy story with Belle and the doctor.

  • UiscePreston

    You lost all credibility with “I don’t think Holly is that bad.” I speak without hyperbole when I say she is the worst character that has ever appeared on TV ever. Her voice manages to be eardrum-piercing, nauseating and coma-inducing all at once. Her expressionless face and dead doe-eyes are equally toxic to look at. She is the dramatic equivalent of radioactive roadkill. We have seen her OD before and we didn’t care that she survived it years ago. What you feel is Emmerdale rehashing very old storylines because it is completely out of ideas. Same with this Patrick-is-straight-curious nonsense on River City.

  • jm2

    but Sonny (Freddie Smith) is coming back and on contract! could be an interesting triangle…

  • Peter J4

    I’d LOVE to be pleased with the amount of lgbt characters on Eastenders, but the thankfully outgoing producer continually tells the same damn story with them. It’s an absolute joke that after they just ended a story with a self-hating, mentally unstable gay man using a woman as a beard while flirting with men or sleeping with men on the side, we are now getting another story that is exactly the same. I have a feeling someone thinks this is incredibly clever because the women in question are sisters, but it just makes the whole thing even more derivative. It doesn’t help that Steven’s presence, like Ben’s, has all the drama of a wet fart. No one in Walford cares about Steven, just as pretty much no one cares about Ben. When Ben came out, nobody except bigot Phil cared. Nobody will care, aside from the caterwauling Carters, when Steven inevitably sleeps with Johnny. Indeed for all the “twists” and “surprises,” the show is bizarrely lacking in actual drama. As you said, the Bobby reveal has been a huge anticlimax, because it was all about stalling the story as long as possible – likely because they had no idea how to end it.

    I kind of wish Emmerdale would just put Lawrence and Ronnie together and see where it goes. They work well together (John Bowe always has chemistry with everyone, even if he sometimes seems confused about his character), and Ronnie seems like a decent person who is still fairly strong – rare on Emmerdale these days.

    I don’t think Sophie Powles (Holly) is that bad. She’s weaker at day-to-day stuff but the addiction material works for me. I thought she was really really good in the recent overdose episodes. This past Monday with the focus on her overdose and the reactions of her family was some of the strongest drama on the show in a good long while.

    So what do you think of Patrick on River City?

  • Peter J4

    Chrissie is a needy idiot. The show is consistent in that – her first husband was a loser, Robert was a loser, and part of that is because she is so messy and needs a man to be a replacement for her father. And then once they get tired of this role it always ends badly. It’s happening again with Andy. Both she and Andy are idiots. I will never believe they are in love, but I’m starting to feel like the show is not actually trying to convince us they are and it’s more about Chrissie needing and Andy going along for the ride.

  • Peter J4

    They already have a gay character they do nothing with.

  • Anthony D. Langford

    I could see Chrissie having a fling with Andy. He’s totally hot and it would piss Robert off, but them falling in love and him moving into her house, especially so quickly is hard to believe. I think the writers didn’t know what to do with Andy in particular, so they did that.

  • Jeff S

    EastEnders has had some major stories lately so last week was the first time I thought “They aren’t using Johnny at all. No wonder Sam Strike left!” And then – voila – there was that thing between him and Steven last night. Once Peggy’s funeral is over and Who Killed Lucy gets resolved, Johnny deserves a front-burner story.

    That pillow boxing fight between Iolo and Tyler – especially the smile on Iolo’s face – gave me a serious case of the feels. It’s so refreshing to have a relationship that blossoms without murder (attempted or actual), abuse, kidnapping, angsty coming out drama or a pregnant female involved.

    I don’t buy that Lawrence would be such a mess over all this. Conflicted yes, but not a bawling mess. But I guess it’s about as believable as Chrissie pairing up with Andy.

  • jm2

    if GH is getting rid of Lucas, do you think we can get Days to bring him over? especially if Sonny is coming back! wouldn’t that be hot? I’m moist just thinking about it!!!

  • popcultureguy

    On “General Hospital”, I changed my mind and don’t think they’re going to kill Lucas anymore, but I do think Lucas is gonna be in that coma for a good long while, at least until Dr. Michael Easton clears his name. #whatever

  • Ryan

    People getting mad at the police arresting someone who just confessed to killing one person and almost killing another is ridiculous.

    Lawrence is topping Aaron for not coming out well.

    I had the same problem. I had thought that Aaron and Robert had broken up and was surprised when they were planning on a day out with Liv. They’re beginning to remind me of Ste and John Paul. After enough fights and reconciliations in a row, they stop having any meaning. Their current status doesn’t matter because the writers can easily switch it the next time they are on screen if the next plot requires it.

    They really need to establish something that Scott brings for John Paul. Right now, John Paul just seems to find him exhausting but stays with him because Sally messed with his head and makes him feel guilty for not liking Scott.