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Gays of Our Lives: The Danger Is In The House

In this week’s edition of Gays of Our Lives….

  • Love turns to danger for Dom on Holby City, when Isaac’s emotional abuse turns physical. Will this be the wake call Dom needs?
  • David and Aaron team up to find David’s father on Neighbours. What they discover find changes David’s life forever. And he’s not the only one.
  • Ste is implicated on Hollyoaks after Amy is found dead. But Ste can’t remember what happened during the last moments of Amy’s life. Uh-oh!
  • Robert has good news and bad news for Aaron on Emmerdale. Which will he give Aaron first?
  • Ben and Johnny’s relationship takes a surprising turn on EastEnders after they have sex, but do these two have a future?

All this and more!

PICKS AND PANS

Coronation Street
Todd’s arms looked great in that tee shirt.

Todd (and Billy) need a real storyline. Todd trying to haunt Phelan is stupid. And I don’t believe Phelan would be all that bothered.

I really think the show should go somewhere with Adam and Todd. Yes, it would be a retread of the Robert and Aaron storyline on Emmerdale that this same producer crafted when she headed that show. But they do have chemistry. They’d be pretty hot together. And Todd needs a bad boy rather than the local vicar — as much as I like Todd and Billy together.


Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

Can the new writing start now? This show is dreadful. I hate this story for Sonny and Paul. I just don’t buy any of it. Sonny would not be a threat to Deimos. He would eat Sonny alive. These scenes are ludicrous. I regret ever saying I wanted to see Sonny get involved in the family business. And again, it’s hard to tell if Sonny and Paul are dating. Their scenes have zero romantic or emotional content.

Does Days realize that being kidnapped more than once in a couple of months is boring and not interesting? Especially when people don’t act like it didn’t just happen! And they spend way too much time looking at computer screens for ‘evidence’ and ‘clues’. This is all so boring. Frankly, I fast forwarded through most of these awful scenes.

Deimos killed Bo and paralyzed Maggie, but they have Victor defending him. I realize that they can’t use Victor as much because of the actor’s age, but do they have to mangle Victor’s character in the process? Victor would have ordered Deimos’ death long ago. Or at least set him up for a return to prison.
I did like the scene with Adrienne and Sonny. They have such a sweet and loving relationship and the actors work so well together.
So Rafe is asking Sonny to do his job for him? Okay.

Sonny keeps saying he’s taking care of Ari, but he’s running around town at the hospital and the police station. Who’s watching the child while he’s out? They could at least casually mention Marlena has the kid or something. She is her great-granddaughter and she’d got nothing else to do.


EastEnders (U.K.)
While a Ben/Johnny romance has always seemed inevitable since the first Johnny was cast in the role, Ben and Johnny sleeping together last week is kind of a surprise given that there wasn’t much build up to it. After all, Johnny has been back for nearly a year since the recast and they’ve had little to do with each other save the aftermath of Paul’s death. But it’s obvious the direction now is that they are meant to be together, convinced they’re best as friends, deciding to play their tryst as a regrettable one night stand. I wouldn’t mind if they just stayed friends, but that would mean bringing on two guys for them as love interests. That would be awesome, but I just don’t see the show doing that. So I guess this is the kick off to their love story.

That was a sweet moment when Ben apologized to his mother and they made plans for a Mother’s Day trip.

It’s nice that Les and Pam keep in touch with Ben. And I like that this beat was used for Ben to remember his relationship with Paul, but realize it’s time for him to move on with his life.
Jay waking Ben up with a poster of a half-naked fireman was pretty funny.

God that Ian is such a drag. Poor Ben. I don’t know why Jane stays with him. And she’s still in the wheelchair from her kid cracking her over the head. Soaps never keep characters disabled for this long.

How weird and random of the show to introduce this Tom guy who we’ve never met or heard of but supposedly has been a friend of Ben and Jay’s for years. I guess that means we’ll probably never see Tom, the sexy paramedic again.


Emmerdale (U.K.)

I knew Chas wouldn’t go through with telling Aaron. It’s too soon for that bombshell. I still don’t think it comes out for a while. Anyway, telling Aaron now while he’s in jail is a horrible idea. For Chas, I think it was more about getting back at Robert than Aaron needing to know the truth. Anyway, it’s a bit much for her to be railing against Robert for cheating and her having to lie to Aaron. She’s cheated on her previous lovers and she’s kept secrets from Aaron. Tone down the outrage, I say.

I’m guessing Rebecca will get pregnant and either not know who the father is or she’ll tell Ross he is, knowing that it’s Robert’s. Her having sex with Robert and Ross happened close enough to where the father would be in question. Her saying Ross is a good father means he’s going to be involved in the pregnancy part of the story. It’ll give Ross something to do and he’s been ill used for far too long.
I still don’t get on what grounds Aaron would win an appeal. He did what he did, there’s no disputing that. Oddly enough, the show didn’t bother to say what those grounds were either.


Holby City (U.K.)

I wondered if Isaac would play a role in the pregnancy storyline, but I didn’t think it would be like that. One of the more interesting aspects of this storyline was that the show didn’t get into the issue about abortion and the right to choose and all that. Not to mention if the man has any say in the decision. That would have been the case in a US TV show where it’s still such a taboo subject.

On a US show, what would have happened is that Zosia would have decided to get an abortion, change her mind and want to keep the baby and then miscarry and feel guilty about wanting to abort her child. You just don’t see shows where a woman aborts her baby and doesn’t feel guilty or ashamed about it.

As for what happened, I suspect that Isaac’s goal was not really breaking up Ollie and Zosia. He wanted her out of Dom’s life and he figured out the best way to do it. Because I don’t blame Zosia for being angry at Dom. He should have never told Isaac anything. And his excuse was flimsy and weak. But like I said, Isaac wants to drive everyone out of Dom’s life who might interfere in Isaac’s control over Dom. He’s gotten rid of one more person.

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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.

  • Dee

    I notice you’re always talking about how theres no build up before sex. Why do you think people need to build up for that? I’ve always been attracted to this guy I use to work with. We barely talked at work because we worked different departments. One day we were at a party together and bam, sex happened that night. We’ve been together for 3 years now. No build up was needed. :)

  • Dylan

    People seem pretty pissed off about this cheating storyline with Aaron and Robert. But what did they expect? Robert was bound to cheat. Someone even stopped uploading their clips on youtube because of this storyline. I guess I’m not able to see the appeal of this utterly dull romance between the two of them. The show simply can’t manage to make them interesting without making their storylines as dark as possible.

    Days of our lives continues to be horrendous. It seems like it just gets worse with each writer switch. Let’s hope the next one actually improves it. I can’t believe that it was renewed, to be honest. I can’t even watch the show anymore, even the Paul/Sonny clips.

  • Tori Love

    I looked up how Aaron was able to appeal when that first came up. Apparently, they have a different process for appealing a guilty verdict (which would have had Aaron out of prison immediately after the not-guilty verdict) and appealing the length of a sentence (which is why he’s getting out after only six weeks– three months with a day off for every day served). They were appealing because their lawyer was expecting only a few months and the (first?) judge threw the book at him.

  • Jeff S

    Ben and Johnny have much better on-screen chemistry than I anticipated, probably more noticeable because they were being unusually lighthearted and…well…normal for guys their age. It was a refreshing development on a show that tends to be downbeat much of the time. I like that they didn’t immediately decide they are love’s young dream even though it’s likely the show will have them grow closer and become a couple. We need to see more of this Johnny away from his family and the pub.

    I also like that Tyler has a story outside of his relationship with Iolo. It’s completely like the Tyler we met early on to use Ffion to essentially write his application for this new position. Now that he’s settled into the community and got his man, it’s logical that some of his bad-boy tendencies would resurface. As long we don’t learn he murdered someone in the past or was sexually abused or fathered a child, I’m pretty open to whatever stories the show wants to give him.

  • UiscePreston

    David Ames has such a sad puppy face. It is hard to watch him be an unbelievably stupid diptwad when it comes to Syed 2.0. I hope Sosia pushes the bastard down an incinerator chute, rescuing Dom and getting him into a good forever home.