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Gays of our Lives: Here’s Looking At You

In this week’s Gays of Our Lives:

  • Nashville returns for a new season and Will and Kevin are happy.  But will the arrival of a sexy menswear designer named Jakob Fine tear them apart?
  • The Haves and the Have Nots also returns and Jeffery gets some good news when Wyatt wakes up from his coma.  Could it all fall apart when the body of the man he killed is discovered?
  • Paul and Sonny deal with the aftermath of their kiss on Days of Our Lives.  
  • Robbie gets a text from Will that could destroy his new found love with Gary on River City.
  • While Finn and Kasim fall apart on Emmerdale, Robert and Aaron happily celebrate Aaron’s birthday.  But Aaron could prove to be his own worst enemy in his relationship with Robert.

All this — and more!

PICKS AND PANS

Casualty  (U.K.)

I figured Seb wouldn’t be around long, but I didn’t think it would be that fast.  Dylan is a decent guy though.  After everything he still gave a fig about Seb and his career and helped him start over.  The way it ended though, I wonder if Seb will be back?

I thought the story about the boy and his mentally impaired father was the most interesting plotline.  I really would have liked to have gotten some sort of resolution to that little drama.


Coronation Street (U.K.)

I still don’t get the keeping the relationship a secret thing.  Everybody knows that Billy is gay, he’s had two boyfriends since he came to town.  Oh well, at least Todd and Billy are at a good place now.  They just needs a storyline that is not about Shona and her problems.  And soon.


Days of Our Lives   (U.S.)

It’s so dumb and lazy for this show to be doing the 100th ‘Stefano is alive’ storyline.  And I’d like to know how they’ll pull the storyline off since actor Joe Mascolo is actually dead, unless they taped some scenes before he passed on.  And given that viewers know that Mascolo is dead, it makes the story kind of anticlimactic before it gets to the end.  But the bigger point is, this show shouldn’t be telling this story.  It just shows how creatively empty it is.   

But I guess the reason why they have to tell it is to write Hope out of having killed Stefano so she can be sprung from jail.  The problem with this is that it doesn’t alleviate or mitigate what Hope did.  No Stefano turned out to be alive, but Hope murdered a man, schemed to hide the crime for months and framed an innocent man for what she did.  No amount of backtracking and rewrites can change that.  She’s still a dirty cop and so is Rafe and Roman for helping her get away with it for all this time.

Oh, And the show needs to quit having characters be shocked that Stefano is alive.  Please! It only makes them look ridiculous.

The Paul/Marlena scene was nice.  I’m glad Marlena basically told Paul he shouldn’t feel guilty about him and Sonny getting back together.  Because he shouldn’t.  This guilt thing is silly and contrived.

Days continues to handle the Sonny/Paul storyline terribly.  The show didn’t pick up after the kiss (like they did Chad and Abi’s kiss), but the next day.  So what happened after the kiss?  Did they talk?  Did they just walk away?  Why are things still happening off screen?  For a long awaited moment, the show treated it like an afterthought.


Emmerdale  (U.K.)

I have a feeling Aaron’s jealousy and suspicion is going to cause Robert and Aaron problems, not any cheating Robert might possibly be doing.  But when you got the man because of infidelity, why not believe he’ll eventually cheat on you?  That said, I did enjoy the Robert/Aaron scenes.  Sweet and romantic, but they still get their share of drama.  And maybe I’ve said this before but I love that they are written like any other couple.

I wondered if Emma was going to shove Kasim off that bridge like she did James by the way she looked at Kasim when he had his back turned.  Why else would she bring him there?

It was nice of Kasim to ‘let Finn down easy’, but I can only think this will make things worse down the line.  Because I doubt it’s over between Finn and Kasim.  Too much has happened for this to be the end of the story.  I do hope that eventually the issue of Finn not having dealt with his father’s death is explored.  That is the real reason why he was so clingy with Kasim.

I’m glad that the show addressed that Lawrence and Ronnie aren’t having sex, but I’m sure that Ronnie won’t want to sleep alone for long.   It’s going to become an issue down the line, I would think.

OTHER SCENES

Finn and Kasim

Lawrence and Ronnie

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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.