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Gays of our Lives: Goodbye, John Paul

THIS WEEK IN SPOILERS

EastEnders:  Johnny seeks to find a way to solve his family’s money woes.

Emmerdale:   Robert doesn’t know how to handle Liv, whose behavior gets her expelled from school.  Later, he goes to see Aaron in jail only to be stopped from seeing him due to a prison incident.  He bends the ear of a sympathetic Rebecca.  Liv suspects that Aaron is in trouble because of the drugs and tells Robert.  

Robert confronts Aaron, who lies and says he’s not taking the drugs anymore.  Robert knows Aaron is lying and they argue.  Aaron tells Robert that he is of no use to him and wants Robert to leave.  Robert gets drunk and when he runs into Rebecca, he tries to kiss her.  Rebecca isn’t having any though and rejects Robert.

Later, Robert begs Rebecca not to tell anyone what almost happened.  Rebecca says she won’t but Chas is already suspicious.  And she gets very angry when she hears that Aaron is using drugs.

Holby City:   Dom has a drunken night and finds himself unable to remember much of the previous evening.  When Isaac is accused of harming a patient, Dom is shocked. But when he begins to recall what really happened the night before, Dom is left to consider how far he’ll go to protect his boyfriend.

Hollyoaks:   Scott discovers a terrible secret from his past.

People of the Valley:  Tyler takes advantage of Ffion.

Rownd a Rownd:   Still unsure of where their relationship stands, Rhys and David have an uneasy moment when they bump into each other while Rhys is visiting Dani.


TEASERS FOR NEXT WEEK

Days of Our Lives:  Sonny gets a surprising proposition.

Neighbours:  Aaron comes up with a plan to help David find his real dad.

Shortland Street:   Jack tries to stay out of trouble, but can he?

That’s it for this edition of Gays of Our Lives.   Please share your comments on the thoughts and opinions expressed in this week’s column below.  See you next week!

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.

  • 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.