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Gays of Our Lives: Going Around The Bend

In this week’s Gays of Our Lives:

  • Aaron and Robert have their big gay wedding, but there’s no honeymoon as Aaron is shipped off to jail the next day.  Just how bad will prison life be for Aaron?
  • David and Rhys steam it up on Rownd a Rownd, but Dani throws cold water on their tryst.  And Rhys has had enough.
  • John Paul and Ste come to a decision about their future on Hollyoaks, but is the right one for themselves and for Harry and James?
  • Toby and Adil face danger in the season finale of The Halcyon.  With a bombing, a murder and a suicide attempt, one of them may not survive.
  • Two gays make their exits on River City and it’s not a happy ending for anyone.
  • Plus, the latest on Days of Our Lives, The Haves and The Have Nots, Holby City — and more!

PICKS AND PANS

Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

Well, we know that Vincent Irizarry, who plays Deimos is going to be written off, probably in a big murder mystery.  I guess all this is the setup?

It still gets to me that Adrienne railed and ranted at Deimos for kidnapping Sonny while Paul just stood there and held her back.  You think Rafe or John or Steve would have such a calm reaction if their loved one had been taken and they were facing the man they thought did it?   Nope.

Freddie Smith plays the darker side of Sonny well, but this quest for revenge will probably be as ineffectual as anything else his character does.  And I don’t see this show really letting Sonny play the mob boss.   To be fair, I’m not interested in seeing that.  I want a new story direction for Sonny (and for Paul), but not that.

I know I complained last week about the gay guy always getting beat up, but that dude was twice Sonny’s size!  What did he think would happen?

If JJ had a gun, why didn’t he just pull it on the thug and make him get out of the way?  BTW, JJ needs to go back to cop school for getting taken down by that bad guy so easily.


EastEnders  (U.K.)

Still no story for Johnny.

Lee should have cleaned up his mess rather than leaving Whitney to deal with the fallout of his financial issues.  He really was a jerk.

Ben and Jay’s moving in together is pretty fun so far.  But with all of their relatives and family, no one can give them some kitchen ware and things?  Ben’s mother owns a restaurant for Pete’s sake.

I liked Whitney saying ‘I’m through with men… but I don’t mean women either’


Emmerdale  (U.K.)

Well, I will credit this show for one thing.  They’ve always treated Aaron and Robert like any other couple.  Hell, on this show the gays get better writing and stories than everyone else.   That’s nice for a change.

Now, frankly, I don’t know why the show couldn’t have written it so the marriage is actually legal, but it seems to me they did that so they can garner more attention with a second wedding. Got to give the fans something to hold onto, I guess.

Readers know I’ve never been that big a fan of the couple, mostly because they’ve changed Robert so much to keep them together.  I think the idea of them getting married is silly given their history.  So much of their past has to be muted, swept under the rug or simply forgotten.   And I hate how the show writes Paddy as the bad guy for being against the wedding.  Robert did try to kill him and threatened his child!

And well, I loved the scheming philanderer.  That Robert was far more interesting.  This guy and this whole story is the product of letting the fans dictate story.   The show has even admitted as much.  But it doesn’t mean it’s compelling television.   Not that this is boring, but I just think they’ve twisted and contorted the characters, Robert especially, to make the story work.

To be fair though, even I felt a little something during Robert and Aaron’s emotional goodbye scene before Aaron went to jail. Aaron and Robert do have chemistry, but the relationship was more interesting to me when it was an illicit affair.  I honestly don’t think the writers ever planned on it going this far.  They just lucked out, I guess.  If you can call what we’re getting lucky.

Does anybody think Aaron will actually serve a full year?  I’m sure there will be a plot twist to get him out early.  I also don’t think Robert will remain faithful.  He has to have something, or someone, to do while Aaron is gone.

Of course much of this story is to watch Aaron suffer, which this show loves to do.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Aaron is sexually assaulted while he’s in jail.  That’s just the kind of thing I could see happening.

The bald top dog in the prison is hot.  I’m okay with Aaron having a prison romance.  As long as it’s consensual of course.

Why is there a question of whether Liv goes to Dublin or not?  They should be packing her bags.


Holby City  (U.K.)

Wow. Talk about manipulative.  Isaac really knows how to play all the right notes to get Dom to do what he wants.  My jaw dropped when Isaac told that fake story about his being abused as a child.  And Dom fell for it.  Now whenever Isaac pulls some crap he can blame it on his bad childhood.

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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.

  • Ryan

    My guess is that Diane is Scott’s mother.

  • Sarah_McL

    I actually thought they might be going with Cam and Sass at one point. I really hope that they let Cam and Jack be together for awhile. I am not fond of the pecks when they kiss, but they have chemistry and are great as a couple.

  • Sarah_McL

    Do you mean that both actors who play Rhys and David out and gay in real life?

  • Sarah_McL

    I also think that Kylie’s marriage to Frank is all about Drew. Drew and Kylie clearly are in love with each other, but determined to play the “just friends” card which will end up hurting both Harper and Frank. Drew proposed to Harper right after he and Kylie accidentally declared their love for each other. Kylie got involved with Frank soon after also and her quickie marriage to Frank feels like she is striking back at Drew for hurting her and proposing to Harper.

  • Tai Cooper

    I can’t even with Gwyneth at this point. But what irks me with this plotline, above what you’ve mentioned, is how extremely DUMB AS FUCK Sion is being portrayed, much more than usual. Sion I actually liked once, despite his idiosyncracies. Now…his character is extremely beyond redemption, and this plotline serves as little more than a reminder as to why.

  • Tai Cooper

    Yeah, you’re right, total brain fart here between Shortie and Neighbours. LOL

  • Nathan Convey

    Did you mean out of spite for Drew? They have a weird relationship and she’s always been a bit put out by Harper. I don’t think she ever had any deep feelings for Cam, he was just a bit of fun.

  • Nathan Convey

    Is Rhys supposed to be a teenager? I only started watching the story recently, so maybe I’ve missed something, but he runs his own garage and refers to a previous boyfriend as a ‘partner’ which to me marks him as older. I’ve always assumed he was mid to late 20’s on the show?

  • UiscePreston

    Now they are trying to play it like Sion knew all along that Gwyneth was just looking for real estate. Ugh. The whole stupid plotline bothered me from day one. It was just so contrived.

    Oh, I will just hop in bed with the psychotic ex-lover of my psychotic ex-wife/psychotic ex-wife of my psychotic ex-brother-in-law/psychotic killer of my fairly normal other ex-brother-in-law. And my loving gay son will see her as the evil Snuffleupagus she is but I will tell him I won’t believe him. And I put her name on all the property deeds because she is totally straight, trustworthy and sane. Then and only then at our wedding will I pull the rug out from under her.

    Yeah, that all makes sense. Great master plan, Sion. I hope she fillets him into cutlets and then Ed snaps again and shoved her in the deep fryer as Britt’s chip shop.

  • Tai Cooper

    On Shortland Street, I would say there’s a pretty good reason Kylie got with Frank. Kylie’s shallow, and would hook up with hot guys, no matter how sketchy his past (Cam being somewhat the exception.) The badder, the better for her, in some aspects, and Frank is no different. The reason Cam showed indifference to Kylie’s marriage to Frank was simple: he’s moved on, as he’s pointed out quite a few times. The thing I do like about Shortie is its subtlety in storytelling, even though it’s cyclic at times, much like Neighbours.

    Speaking of Neighbours,I thought Aaron mentioned about being a good father (and/or uncle) someday a few times in the past, especially when it came to him laying out Russell when he was around. Though I can agree that it was ridiculous that David went back in the closet just because Aaron was dating someone else.Though if the eps playing this week (so far) are any indication, there’s a reason behind that as well…

  • UiscePreston

    It is fairly obvious why David is staying with Dani. He has Daddy issues. He moved to Menai Bridge to be with his father and half-siblings. Then his dad up and leaves town. He took to Wyn because of Wyn’s status in the community. And he gains favor with the boss by dating his ugly duckling of a daughter. David is on the shallow side and needs that preppy/flashy lifestyle. So he stays in the company of those that can give him that. But what he really wants is the dirty mechanic boy. (I mean what it is with all the gay mechanics on soaps. It’s such a stereotype.)

    Watch David’s character when Wyn is displeased or angry with him, like after the elevator or decorator incidents. David reacts like a scolded children who has disappointed a parent. Oddly enough, the actors that play Rhys and David are only a couple of
    years apart in age; even though the show tries to play them as a
    teenager and a supposedly more mature man.

    And they are getting a hotel, tomorrow night!

  • Tai Cooper

    Thanks for the EastEnders reminder, because I totally forgot that was Jamie Nichols as the reporter…-LMAO-

    For POTV, I have to agree that Sion is an insufferable self-righteous (and hypocritical) tosser.That said, though, none of his sons (Iolo included) were exactly angels, either – remember Huw with the cult, and Macs and his troubles (though considering it was Scott who ultimately put Macs in that much of a tailspin, Macs’ transgressions were forgivable in that case.) Gwyneth I have absolutely no love or remorse for, period.

    As for Hollyoaks, I like the new Joel myself, considering he has more bite than the last. Though so far, I still am on the fence with Bart’s return (especially considering his drunken role with Katy), though I still have love for Jonny Clarke.

  • Jeff S

    Aaron and Robert are more interesting to me separately than together, and the Aaron prison story could provide some good character development. My hope is that Robert has a story, too, and doesn’t just pass time until Aaron gets out. Rebecca is a good partner in crime for him, but I’ve lost all interest in Chrissie. In retrospect, the show should have had her punished for her role in the plane crash.

    As for Hollyoaks, yes Warren is hot. But this new Joel is hotter.

    On EastEnders last week, the actor who played Lee on Holby City last year popped up as the reporter interviewing Denise.

    On People of the Valley, Sion is so insufferably self-righteous that it’s no wonder his other sons won’t speak to him. It was just a few months ago that he told Iolo he wouldn’t be at his (Iolo’s) wedding because it would disrupt his (Sion’s) self-indulgent pity party after he lost his status in the community when he got exposed for stealing that money. His objection to William was mostly because of William’s profession and Sion’s fear that he would be caught out. To be fair, his objection to Alun was that he was married – a legitimate concern. Gwyneth has threatened Iolo a couple of times and even has a criminal record, and her complete lack of charm makes me wonder why anyone tolerates her.

  • Nathan Convey

    Much as I’m always bracing myself for it (Shorty after all) I will be gutted if they break up Cam and Jack any time soon. I don’t mind relationship angst, but a definitive break would suck. The characters work so well together(in every capacity), the actors have such great chemistry, it took months to actually get them to this point and there’s already so much mileage in the relationship. It would be a real waste:(