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Gays of our Lives: Working Out the Kinks

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In this week’s Gays of Our Lives, John Paul cheats on Scott (again) with James. But which man does JP really want to be with? Find out on Hollyoaks. Plus, when Ronnie’s life is in danger on Emmerdale, Lawrence’s feelings for his ex-lover finally come out. But will Lawrence be coming out too? Also on Holby City, Dom struggles to move on after Arthur’s death. And what happens when Jeffrey and Justin work out the kinks on The Haves and the Have Nots? All this and — more!

PICKS AND PANS

EastEnders (U.K.)

I hate this story, I really do. Pam and Babe are probably two of my least favorites on this show so throwing them in a story together, especially a ridiculous one like this is fast forward material for me. Honestly, if Pam would rather be blackmailed by Babe than let the truth come out, they deserve to lose everything. Dumb story. Besides, it’s Les’ truth. Let him be the one to decide.  I like Ben being supportive of Paul though.


Emmerdale (U.K.)

Wow.  Emmerdale was really good last week. I know it’s a typical coming out story, but I’m loving the Lawerence/Ronnie drama. First off, it’s great that it’s a story between two older gays. Life and romance for gays doesn’t stop when you’re past 30 and you don’t have abs anymore. Kudos to the show for giving us something, in that Lawrence and Ronnie are older, that we haven’t seen on soaps before.

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That was a terrific scene with Lawrence at Ronnie’s bedside, finally admitting he’s been running and hiding from who he really is and nearly admitting that he still loved Ronnie. The best part was that Ronnie heard every word and I can’t wait until Ronnie confronts Lawrence with the truth. I wasn’t sure before but it’s obvious this is a story about Ronnie and Lawrence rediscovering their relationship. I’d love it if they got together.

I don’t get how Bernice can keep lying to herself. Lawrence still refuses to sleep with her, yet he insists he’s not gay?  I guess she must be desperate. And Lawrence is going to wind up killing himself taking drugs he shouldn’t be just to have sex he doesn’t want with a wife he is hiding behind. It’s very sad.

I’ve never paid much attention to Rakesh, but I’m finding his part in this fire story to be compelling and it’s nice that Jimmy and Nicola are getting more to do than be buffoons.

Speaking of buffoonery, I could barely watch the Finn scenes this past week. I’m tired of Finn being the butt of the joke in whatever story he’s involved in.


Holby City (U.K.)

So now that Dom has grieved Arthur, he can move on with his life — and with Issac. That seemed to be the message here. Nicely done and the scene where Dom and Hannsen sailed the boat was especially lovely.


Hollyoaks (U.K.)

Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 1.13.30 AMHonestly, John Paul suddenly being crazy for James doesn’t make sense in terms of story, yet I love the potential coupling of those two and I definitely loved many of their scenes.

Their pretending to be boyfriends was fun, but the faux argument and then them having sex was very contrived. And the story completely went south when JP was suddenly all about James and acted like this was the start of a relationship. Granted, it’s in JP’s history to fall for a man quickly but this was ridiculous even for him. The only thing that did make sense was JP realizing his relationship with Scott was a mistake and ending it before he hurt Scott further.

I also liked the scene where JP put himself out there for James only for James to be very honest with JP and tell him that, like JP had told Scott, that John Paul would only get hurt if they were to get involved. Of course it only means that they were destined to be together. I only wish this show would tell this compelling story more organically. Sadly though since JP can never be too long (5 minutes) without a man, he went running back to Scott, who might be even more pathetic than JP by taking JP back no matter how poorly JP treats Scott again and again.

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I really hate that JP told Scott he loved him when he really doesn’t. Scott doesn’t deserve that, even if he’s not one of my favorite characters.

Pete’s trial was really good soap. The highlight for me was how the truth about the accident that caused Rachel’s death came out. Loved it. Great soapy moment. However, how could Hollyoaks end on that beat and pick up the next morning. We’ve should have seen the fallout of that reveal. I hate when this show does that.

I’m glad the pedophile story is finally over. It dragged out for far too long. Hollyoaks has a tendency to do that. Still, the acting was very good by all the people involved. It’s always nice to see the McQueens pulling together. And it was a relevant story that needed to be told.  Judging by that sweet little scene between Cleo and Nathan, I guess they’ll be healing their emotional wounds together. I could go for that. Thing is, I actually liked Nathan and Holly together too. This could be a fun little triangle if played right.

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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

    If Danny Miller had demands along those lines then they never would have brought him back in the first place, given that he had a variety of very sexual (for Emmerdale) scenes with Robert for their first 6 months together.

    The show is pretty decent at the moment. The Aaron and Robert stuff is a bore, but has been since last summer anyway.

  • UiscePreston

    Gasp! Aaron has been avoiding his “gay” relationship to spend time with that tweenage rat-faced she-devil?! I see Miller is still getting his demands met. I am so glad I quit watching this show.

  • Ryan

    Robert’s dark side is coming back? Good. He’s been boring when his primary activity has been complaining that Aaron spends some of his time with his sister rather than all of it with him.

  • UiscePreston

    They haven’t stuck Peggy in the ground yet?!?! She kicked it like a month ago.