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Gays of our Lives – Raging About the ‘Hospital’

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Welcome to a new edition of Gays of Our Lives.   In this edition, I have a lot of love for EastEnders was fantastic last week, but it wasn’t because of any of the gay storylines. Find out why. Also, Lucas and Brad were actually on General Hospital last week, but why am I mad about it?  Plus, Emmerdale gave us more of Finn, but isn’t it time for this show to make some major changes in regards to this character? And the latest teasers and spoilers, including something that might make me tune in to Scotland soap River CityAll this — and more!

PICKS AND PANS

Coronation Street (U.K.)

picture_00011For a vicar, Billy wears awfully tight pants. I am curious what he is trying to hide. Is this kid an ex-lover or something? Does he know a secret from Billy’s past, like that he’s not really a vicar? Hmm, interesting.

As for Pat’s schemes, I’m guessing he’s going to use Tony’s death to somehow get money out of Jason. I wonder if this is Jason’s exit story since Jason Thomas is leaving the show later this year?

And it’s not a shock that Eileen not only moved Pat in even though she barely knows him, she’s already threatening to choose him over her kids. Typical behavior on her part and she’s never noticed that it usually doesn’t work out in her favor.


EastEnders (U.K.)

The storyline with Jay is pretty amazing and Jamie Borthwick is acting the hell out of it. It only makes you wonder why the show has given him so little to do over the years. I hated that Jay had to plead guilty like that, not to mention being on the sexual offenders list. But fair or not, that’s how the law works unfortunately.

I wish he could hapicture_00007ve fought it, but that would probably only make it worse. I can only imagine the ramifications down the line he’s going to have to deal with.

I do find it hard to believe though that Jay wouldn’t have asked Linzi how old she was. They dated for a least a month or so. It never came up in conversation?0

I’m glad that Ben believed Jay without question. He should after everything they’ve been through together. That scene where Jay broke down in Ben’s arms had me misting over. It’s nice to see Ben supporting Jay for a change.

Phil sure did turn on Jay awfully quick though. Anybody who knows Jay would know he wouldn’t knowingly hook up with a 14-year-old girl. And it’s not like he was trying to keep the relationship a secret. Would he do that if he knew how old she really was? Truthfully, I’m not sure if I buy Phil kicking Jay out and refusing to believe him. It seemed awfully plot driven. Like Shirley said, if he can stand by Ben, who was actually guilty of killing someone, he should be able to be there for Jay.

As for what happened why Ben, Paul and Phil, I guess that’s as close to acceptance as Ben will ever get from Phil. It’s not marching in the PFLAG parade, but it’s progress. I liked Jay pointing out that most of Ben’s problems have stemmed from his hating that he’s gay, knowing Phil would never accept it. For a change, Phil actually put Ben first. In his own way, that is.

Johnny looks awfully thirsty when he eyes Ben. Johnny being randomly bitchy to picture_00006him says they’re destined for love. Show ain’t even subtle about it. I hate that Paul is going to be disposed of to get Ben and Johnny together, but the reality is given the hatred between their families, putting them in a star-crossed romance is the stuff soaps are made of. I will say they do have chemistry though. Harry Reid and the previous Johnny did not.

Pam being mad at Ben for what happened between Paul and Ben and blaming Ben for everything forgets the simple fact that Paul knowingly had an affair with a guy he knew had a girlfriend. Paul’s no innocent in this. And the ‘we’re broken up, no we’re not’ episode at the end of the week made no sense. Why would Ben break up with Paul based on a scene or two with Pam being less than accepting of the relationship and not talk to Ben about it? Silly.

Pooping in a bag is funny? Really?

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About the author

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.

  • marie line

    Gah Kalle has a drinking problem, each time he makes out with the guy next to him, not cool at all
    I hate ste storyline, remember when he was working, has his shp with doug etc… good time, i don’t understand what the writers do with the character and god, give to JP a proper lover and a great storyline, this stuff with Scott is awful to see.

  • Fox

    Andy’s swoonworthy. I hope he’s not Ronnie’s stalker, as some have speculated. But why the hell is he homeless? He can’t crash with his pal, Linford?

  • Ryan

    I’m confused by how Emmerdale is writing Jimmy right now. Having him buddy up with Jai and spend half his time wearing only an apron is weird.

  • Jim Lo

    Not a very exciting week this time, I’m extremely disappointed in Emmerdale right now, I hate how once again Finn’s “story” is just him playing an extra for his mother’s crazy explosive bull, I mean I’m all for giving gays stories not exactly related to their sexuality but enough is enough, that bloke has been in the soap for three years and only manages to get a minor story every year? Tragic. And what kind of producer introduces a character and then basically treats as comic relief extra?

    As for Robron, I’m starting to dread their scened together. They’re literally the most boring/horrible gay couple in Soapland (excluding HO), since Aaron and Jackson. I’m gonna have to blame the common element here and say that Danny Miller just isn’t capable of conveying real care or emotion, apart from crying I guess and giving witty monotone replies. They look more like mates than lovers. And Do they seriously want us to believe that Robert, a guy who has been known for his constant cheating on his hot girlfriends, would stay in a relationship with a cry-baby playing daddy to his half-sister and who sucks the fun out of every scene he’s in?

    Nothing to say about Eastenders, except I didn’t pick up on anything between Ben and Johnny, although the show probably wants to go that direction, hopefully not. Oh and Paul has no self-esteem at all, he’s basically Ben’s doormat ffs.

  • UiscePreston

    Ugh, they are playing up Patrick on River City as apparently bi or something with this really dumb mutual kiss between him and Angel last night. It’s infuriating that he was gay only long enough to facilitate in Will’s downfall and departure. But since then he has been branded a grooming paedophile while being nothing but asexual. And now he is snogging birds. Another show that is losing my interest over its whimsical treatment of homosexuality. Oh and milking Malcolm’s death for a month and the Jandhu family nonsense and Stella/Kelly-Maire/Liz/Eileen incessantly moping and everything being so dire. This show is fairly joyless now. Oh, the “new bar manager” is conveniently Gary, the gay baby-daddy to one of Whale-a-saurus’s kids. Although it seemed like he was an already highly-successful guppie with a tastefully-decorated suburban home and an ethnically-diverse partner, he is seemingly going to be slumming it in Shieldinch, slinging drinks in The Tall Ship – I guess to be closer to that one spawn. Um. ok.

    OMG, OMG, OMG. Ben and Paul’s date the other night was too much. Ben showing up in a suit had me all hot and bothered. And then when he was acting all respectful and apologetic to Pam, bringing her a little curio, I about lost it. With his family watching their dinner at Beale’s, it was just too much. I was overcome. More than once.

    This Iolo thing is peculiar because Masood has a dating app story line too. But they played up his robbery as funny or something weird. Only Iolo can be treated like crap by the first guy to show an interest in him, get hate-crimed and then sulk forever over it. He is on the show once – maybe twice – a week, and has a story line every ten months, usually tragic, violent or lame. Now, we get all three! It’s pretty bad when I am more interested in Sioned holding Ed maritally hostage. Although, Britt trying to get back together with Gwyneth, only for Gwyneth to jump on Sion has made for a fun double hasbian love triangle. And now that Ffion is suing her over the Chester stuff. it will only be time before Britt detonates a dirty bomb in the center of the village. But Dol would just soak up the radiation like it was booze.

    And nope, still skipping right over this whole Liv/Aaron nonsense. Like he is now meant to be a mature father figure or something ridiculous? Get rid of both of them at this point. Bring Gordon back. He was not nearly as irritating. Free Gordon Livesy! Free Gordon Livesy! He’s a less lame alternative to his children!

    My favorite exchange this week is from Hollyoaks. Grace and Sienna are fighting over whose wedding dress Esther will alter:
    G: Hate to break it to you but you might want to go elsewhere.
    S: How many alterations is she doing? I mean, I assume plunging the neckline is one of them.
    G: What’s wrong with the neckline?
    S: Nothing. It’s a beautiful dress. I just know how fond you are of advertising.
    G: Say that again, and it’s you that’s plunging….from a great height.
    E: Technically, Sienna did asked first.
    G: Well, you can’t do both so you will have to choose. And remember, we have a bond.
    S: Oh, please. You were a lesbian for about a week.
    G: Esther carried my child. Unlike you, who carried your brother’s!
    S: Wouldn’t you be more comfortable getting married in orange? Given how much time you’ve done behind bars.
    G: At least my cell wasn’t padded!
    E: That’s enough. I won’t be the meat in a Bridezilla sandwich. Get out. Both of you.

    Ah, Hollyoaks, You’re the trashiest trainwreck of all.

  • Jim Lo

    Ha, yeah I remember watching those episodes when I was like eleven and I was like why does Steven fancy Christian he’s not that much of a catch, still baffled by how they make him to be this magnet for confused gay guys. Doubt he’ll be very popular, the actor has not aged well.
    I hope Steven sticks around with Paul leaving we could do with another gay character, the actor is more grown up so I hope he’ll be more comfortable with playing a gay character this time around. As for Tom, I just wish they would turn him into a main or at least give him more screen-time (hopefully in a just towel like Andy yesterday)

  • Jeff S

    Couldn’t agree with you more about last week on EastEnders. Jay’s story is uncomfortable to watch but is realistic. The Pam thing, on the other hand, was ham-handed even though she is completely rational to regret seeing Paul get involved with Ben and the Mitchells. Pooping in a bag isn’t funny, but the scene where Denise took it into the Vic and tossed it on the table did make me chuckle.

    Iolo needs a nice long hug. There was a brief scene in the school when the girls bumped into an unnamed guy and started looking for him on a social media site. Was that Tom? I don’t know the rest of the characters on this show well enough to identify all the regulars, but I got the impression he was new. And when they immediately went to the internet, it made me wonder if Tom could return in a story arc about using social sites for nefarious purposes leading to his arrest for the attack on Iolo.

  • Fox

    Just wanted to add that Tristam Summers, the actor who plays Tom Pepper on EE, tweeted from the set last week, so he’s still in the mix. How could Johnny turn down a date with Hot Pepper? Also, they’re bringing back the “Steven Beale” character who’s also gay. Aaron Sidwell is already on set and working. It’s more than likely for the Beale-centric story they’re playing later this year; but at the very least, he should have some kind of conversation with Christian, since he was part of Steven’s coming out story. In fact, Ben should have some kind of conversation with Christian as well, since he was once crushing on Christian.