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Gays of our Lives: Goodbye, John Paul

Neighbours  (Australia)

How weird was it for David and Aaron to be the ones re-introducing Clive, a character from the 80’s, onto the show in a story point not mentioned up until that moment?

Aaron gets my vote as this show’s best dressed male.  He always looks sharp.

It’s week’s like this if you wonder if the show is ever going to do anything with David and Aaron.  No movement on the story and the one scene they did share there was no glimmer of anything between them.

So David and Leo know who their father is and he’s some dead off screen character not seen on the show in years?  Kind of a letdown.  But I think there’s probably more to it.  At least I hope there is.


Rownd a Rownd  (Wales)

Who didn’t predict that something would stop David from breaking up with Dani?   If you didn’t, you’ve never watched a soap before.  The show even used one of the hoariest plot devices, paralysis.  At least we know it’ll be temporary.  Still, it amazes me how many soap cliches this story has used and yet I’m still so into the drama.

That scene with David crying in the car was very well done.  I didn’t know if David was crying more for himself that he can’t be with Rhys or for Dani’s plight.  I also thought that later scene with Rhys and David in the park was effective.  I can’t imagine their relationship staying secret for long though.  Only a matter of who finds out next.


Shortland Street  (New Zealand)

I really wish this show was better written.  Sometimes the shoddy writing really hurts what could be some strong stories.  Like the Cam/Jack romance.  It was poorly done and rushed from the start.  The show threw them together, had a few weeks of mostly off screen happiness, broke them up in a few days and then Cam left town.   The show could have given the story some more time and room to play out all the beats rather than only hitting the major plot points.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it.  I just think the show could have done a better job.  And there were some plot elements that didn’t make sense.

For example, I agree with Cam’s reasons for breaking up with Jack.  He didn’t love him and Jack was much more into the relationship than Cam was.  And then there was the fact that he and Jack’s lives were going in different directions.  A break up made perfect sense.  So why muddy the waters with Frank going on about Cam’s sexuality and Cam looking confused.  In the end, that was not even a factor of the break up.  So why was it even mentioned?

It’s clearly not over between Jack and Cam.  We know Cam is coming back and his last scenes were with Jack. Says to me there’s more to come with them.  My guess is that Jack gets involved with Charlie while Cam is gone.  Cam comes back and having realized that he does love Jack after all, sets out to win him back.  And maybe Charlie isn’t so willing to let him go.  Plenty of drama ahead, I think.  Jack and Cam do make an appealing couple.  They have nice chemistry and the acting is pretty good.  In fact, I’m surprised at how much Rueben Miller (Jack) has improved since his woeful early days when he debuted as Kane’s friend.


The Haves and The Have Nots  (U.S.)

I really don’t have much to say about this past week’s show.  There were a lot of really long, really pointless scenes that didn’t have much rhyme or reason.  I mean, that happens on this show a lot, but this seemed more than usual.

Justin’s partner, though, is the worst cop in the world to believe Justin’s lame story about what he walked in on.  And that scene with Jeffery letting Melissa feeling his junk while he talked about having sex with Justin was gross and ridiculous.

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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.

  • Nathan Convey

    Well the character is meant to be gone for around 2 months and they film around 7 weeks in advance.

  • Sarah_McL

    I like your optimism. Do you know how far ahead Shortland Street films? If the actor is really only gone for two months, how long would he be off the screen?

  • Nathan Convey

    I was 100% Cam wouldn’t be coming back, but the way it ended made me rethink that. They could have easily just written him getting a permanent job in Wellington, why put a two month limit on it? Also, the way he and Jack had their last scene, it felt so unfinished. Would they really base a character exit on one character telling another not to come back in the heat of the moment? I know the writing can be dodgy-as but that strikes me as odd, even for Shorty. Even the official twitter had a question mark after their ‘Farewell Cam’ post, which was weird in itself. Plus, the actor seems to have been doing nothing but travelling since he stopped filming, rather than doing other work/looking for other work. Maybe I’m being optimistic though lol

  • Ryan

    I hated that scene between Ronnie and Lawrence. Ronnie said that he wasn’t happy with how their relationship was affecting him, and Lawrence ignored that completely and said that he liked Ronnie’s affect on him. It’s as if Ronnie exists solely for Lawrence’s enjoyment with no regard to the cost Ronnie has to pay for it. It reminds me of other abusive relationships where a declaration that one needs the other is seen as the highest form of love.

    JP and James could have been such an interesting couple if Hollyoaks were interested in more than love triangles.

  • UiscePreston

    I agree about Michael Parr being wasted on Emmerdale. I have no doubt that the boy could make it big anywhere. He could even put his US passport to good use and try his luck in NYC or Hollywood at this point. (P.S., his mum is an American.)

    And I concur with Sara_McL, David and Rhys are bound to get caught out. Barry knows. John basically knows. I bet even the twins have figured it out. Yeah, the secrecy is going to drag out for a bit. But then it is going to blow up because David has always felt the pressure of being under the control of both Dani and Wyn. Now though, the demands of his rehabilitating beard and her family will just drive him more and more to Rhys. And when everyone finds out what a two-timing deceptive lech he is – especially while his supposed love is in a back brace, lots of drama. Remember David’s half-brother is married to Dani’s mother. So his fake girlfriend is also kinda his semi-step-niece-in-law. Or something. Oh Wales, you’re like the American South of the British West.

  • Sarah_McL

    I absolutely love David and Rhys. They are my favorite soap couple at moment although that might change once Kush and Denise reunite. Their story is so soapy. David crying was heartbreaking. I think he was crying out of frustration. He wants to come out and start with Rhys, but there was Dani lying there in pain and afraid. David and Rhys’ romance won’t remain a secret for long if they keep kissing and hugging in public.

    Anthony, I wish I shared you confidence about Jack and Cam. I think that Shortland Street is poorly written all the way around, Jack and Cam just get the worse of it because they are gay. By introducing Cam’s confusion about his attraction to Jack, the show seemed to be putting a pin in their relationship. However, maybe it is just the show’s typical bad writing. Are we certain that Cam is returning? Just wondering because the farewell party and Jack telling him to stay away felt far more permanent than Cam just leaving for a couple months.

    Aaron is such a fun strong character with so much potential. Yet he is constantly sidelined and is now stuck in this potential relationship with wet blanket David. Everyday that Aaron isn’t paired with David is a good day because when it does happen is bound to be weak.

  • popcultureguy

    I’m not a regular “Hollyoaks” watcher, but I watched a bit of JP’s exit and I really found it refreshing that he got a simple happy ending where you could easily bring him back someday, which soaps more often than not – especially the US soaps – dismiss as boring, not explosive enough, etc, especially when it’s one character vs. a couple. I actually really liked his little speech to his son on the plane, that was very sweet and spoke to what I think of JP as being like. And while this was partially because they didn’t have the actor, I liked the little touch with the Craig call, and that they left it ambiguous, and James Sutton did such a great job letting so many emotions flitter across his face in those few moments. Just a nice job all around.