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Gays of Our Lives: Is He Or Isn’t He?

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This week in Gays of Our Lives, Emmerdale is light on the gays, but there is a delicious revenge plot going on. But what is the big mistake the show is making?  While, on Hollyoaks, Ste is out of rehab, and he’s still a violent idiot. Will his baby mama Amy put him in his place? And we haven’t watched New Zealand soap Shortland Street in awhile, but is the current storyline with Jack worth a look?  All this and more!

PICKS AND PANS

Coronation Street  (U.K.)

I see they are setting up for Todd’s war with Phelan, which is a storyline I could be down for.   I like it because it lets Todd be scheming and devious for a good cause.  I’m delighted the show is finally writing for Todd after ignoring him for most of the time since his return.


EastEnders  (U.K.)

I really like Ben and Jay’s relationship and I loved these scenes of them being there for each other.  I wish Jay would be able to move back into the Mitchell home and get his job back.  I still don’t buy Phil having kicked Jay out and turning on him like he did.  I just think that whole plot point is contrived for the drug addiction story.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 1.29.34 AMIt’s obvious that Ben and Jay are up to something in regards to getting revenge for Paul’s death and I think Phil knows it.  He just won’t stop Ben because Phil knows it’s something he would do if the situation were the same. It’s his way of being a good parent, I guess.

Ian is doing a lousy job of being there for Ben.  I realize he needs to help Jane, but Ben is his brother and his boyfriend was brutally murdered.  Give the kid a few minutes of your time, okay?  Phil is being more attentive for God’s sake.

Harry Reid’s acting during this story has been really good.  He’s blossomed during his time on the show.


Emmerdale  (U.K.)

This LawScreen Shot 2016-08-15 at 1.38.38 AMrence gets shot storyline is actually been kind of fun.

Andy is so gullible to taken so long to figure out that Chrissie was behind the frame job. Then, he’s always been an idiot.  Like Chrissie said, even she couldn’t believe it took him so long to get a clue when it was so obvious.

That said, her wanting Andy go to jail for cheating on her seems extreme.  She wasn’t that hateful towards Robert and he did way worse.   At any rate, she needs to pay dearly for this evil, evil scheme.

I’m sorry, I don’t remember Chrissie being all that upset about causing the helicopter crash that killed three people.

I think the show is kind of ridiculous with the harsh makeup they are putting Chrissie in to make her look more ‘evil’.  We get it, show.  We get it.

Don’t tell anybody, but Lachlan gets cuter everytime I see him.  He’s going to be a real hunk in about 5 years or so.

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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.

  • Maya

    My main issue with Corrie right now is the fact that Todd & Billy haven’t been on for weeks. Their storyline in itself is almost perfect. However, they are not getting enough screen time. It irks me that Sean of all people got screen time in yesterday’s episode, but no Todd or Billy! Do people really want to see more of Sean after his self pitying for the past few weeks? Ugh, he was insufferable. I’d much rather see more of Tilly (Todd & Billy), even individually I much prefer to see Todd or Billy over Sean. The Todd & Phelan feud is interesting, but again, it needs more screen time.

    I want to see more of James and John Paul on Hollyoaks, as I think James Nightingale is a very interesting character, call me crazy but I’m easily drawn to bad guys :) I also think JP and James have lots of chemistry and they would make a great couple! My main issue though, again, is much the same as with Corrie. They are simply not getting enough screen time. After James’ bet last week I was expecting something to happen on the John Paul front, yet nothing?! And there’s nothing in the spoilers either?! I’m just a bit confused as to why they would have James make that bet and then wait weeks for the actual storyline to start? Wouldn’t it have made more sense for the storyline to start with James’ bet? Oh well, I digress.

    I haven’t watched much Shortland Street, but I will definitely check it out now with this new arrival. Maybe he’s gay. I agree though that no matter what it’s definitely time for Jack to get a boyfriend, whether it’s Cam or someone else.

  • Jeff S

    Thank you! Funny thing is that Tyler and Gethin could actually pass as brothers.

  • UiscePreston

    Gethin and Dani share a father, Moc. Tyler and Dani have the same mother.

  • Jeff S

    On one Emmerdale episode early last week, Chrissie’s eye makeup was ridiculously over-the-top. I liked the twist that Andy may just go on the run until Chrissie’s scheme is exposed. I also like that Lachlan is showing a conscience over what Chrissie is doing to Andy. I dread any involvement with Liv, though, because I hate her character and want her to disappear. If the show pairs them, it will destroy Lachlan much like Ross was destroyed when he got paired with that intolerable Debbie. More Lawrence/Ronnie interaction? Yes, please.

    Glad to see Ben & Jay sharing a storyline again even if I’m uneasy about the path it looks like it will go down.

    To compensate for the absence of Iolo & Tyler, I found some old episodes and could swear there was a reference somewhere that Gethin & Dani are siblings. If so, wouldn’t that make Tyler Gethin’s brother? It’s never been mentioned since Tyler’s arrival. Also watched an episode with a gratuitous shirtless Iolo scene and…well…it turns out Tyler isn’t the only who’s built. Speaking of Tyler, the actor’s Instagram is heavy on shirtless men in Ibiza and very light on women.