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Gays of Our Lives: A Deadly Affair on “River City”

In this week’s Gays of Our Lives….

  • It’s not a shock on River City when Robbie and Stevie hook up.  And it’s not a surprise when addict Robbie turns to dealer Stevie for drugs.  But what is a stunner is Stevie’s secret and the life-altering effect it could have on Robbie.
  • There are lots of twists and turns for David and Rhys on Rownd a Rownd as David and Rhys’ affair is finally revealed to Dani.  But even with the truth out is there a future for the guys?
  • Hollyoaks revealed that Ryan is bisexual this past week, which oddly enough clears him of Amy’s murder.  If Ryan didn’t do it, then who did?  And why is James acting so shifty?
  • Aaron gets a job stripping again on Neighbours.  But is he any better at it?  Meanwhile, David wonders about his future with Will.
  • Plus, the latest on EastEnders, Holby City and Emmerdale!

All this — and more!

PICKS AND PANS

EastEnders (U.K.)

It was nice seeing Pam again.  I wish she and Les had of never been written out.  I’m glad she still considers Ben part of her family and wants to be close to him.  I hope her visit means Ben is going to finally move on.  Paul has been dead for a long time and Ben is young.  It’s time he met someone new and had a new romance.  I don’t need it to be Johnny, even though both Ben and Johnny need love lives.


Emmerdale (U.K.)

Robert and Aaron were supposedly on vacation, but those tans they have look really fake.  Very orange.

I like that Victoria didn’t try to pressure Rebecca to have the baby just because of her own issues about having kids.

Robert and Aaron’s bed seems awfully small for two grown men.

Seems like Aaron forgave Robert really fast.  But I guess that was for him to be hit with the baby reveal.  I’m sure he’ll get over it.  Once a man has tried to kill you and you stayed with him anything can be forgiven.

I think there was a lot of good acting by everyone for the double reveals.  Ryan Hawley and Danny Miller were excellent as always.  But this story is so lazy and predictable.  And we know that it ends with Aaron delivering that baby and Rebecca dying sometime afterwards so Robert and Aaron can play daddies.  Once she’s given birth, she has no purpose.  For some reason soaps always have to stick gay men with children.  That’s what will happen again.

At least the characters are showing some growth.  Robert told Aaron the truth when he didn’t have to and Aaron didn’t run out and do drugs or hurt himself after hearing that truth.  That’s nice.

BTW, whether she’s pregnant or not, someone should tell Robert you don’t grab and manhandle women.

I wish Rebecca was better written. Her character is all over the place.  The show has her changing motives and emotions depending on the scene.  I think trying to play her as a sympathetic victim is a bad choice and makes her boring.  A scheming vixen is much more interesting.  Certainly watchable.  But pick a path and stick with it, shall we?


Holby City  (U.K.)

Well, now that we know that Lofty is gay, I guess it won’t be long before he and Dom are circling around each other.  I hope it’s not for awhile though.  The last thing Dom needs right now is a relationship.

And I’d be okay if Lofty and Dom just became friends.  Dom hasn’t had a really good friend since Arthur’s death and a strong friendship with Lofty might be what he needs.  Unfortunately, TV doesn’t work like that.  If you have two gay men on the canvas they eventually have to start hooking up.

As for the story itself, it was perfectly fine, though nothing we haven’t seen before.  It was well acted by Lee Mead though.  I do like that UK shows can have gay/bi character on the canvas like it’s no big deal, sometimes several characters all at once.  US shows still struggle with having one.


Hollyoaks (U.K.)

So Ryan was having an affair with Kyle while Amy was being murdered?  I guess we should be shocked to learn that Ryan is bisexual, but not really.  When Duncan James joined the show, he was teasing that Ryan and Ste could wind up having an affair.  Sadly, that’s probably not a joke.  Every man in Ste’s orbit winds up sleeping with him.  Once the murder mystery is solved, there’s no doubt Ryan and Ste will hook up.  Why Ryan would want Ste is beyond me, but I say that about all the men Ste dates.

But Ryan couldn’t have loved Amy that much.  He cheated on her ALOT and already has someone new warming his bed.  My guess is there will be more ‘evidence’ that Ryan killed Amy and Ryan will have to come out of the closet in order to clear himself.  And was it just me or did Ryan look like he wanted to do Kyle right there in the alley when Kyle confronted him?

Speaking of evidence, did Ste really say he believed Ryan killed Amy because he had a bad temper and was prone to violence?  Has he looked in a mirror?   But now that we know Ryan couldn’t have killed Amy, that’s one more suspect off the list.  So who did do it?  I know the show has James acting shifty, but I don’t think he did it.  I think he just wants to frame Ste for the crime as payback for destroying James and John Paul’s relationship.  It’s not about Amy.

That bickering scene with Nancy and Darren about Kyle was really cute and shows why they are perfect for each other and should never break up again.  I also watched a lot of the Warren/Sienna/Joel story this past week.  It’s really well done.  I loved Sienna saying she knew she and Warren’s spawn would turn out evil so they could only hope for the best.  LOL….  And Jamie Lomas stays hot.

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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.

  • Sarah_McL

    So after the show strung out David’s coming out, he is leaving? Unbelievable. These shows are the worse sometimes.

  • UiscePreston

    Meical is Dani’s step-father. Not her real father. Meical and Kay are David’s half-siblings. It’s the whole reason he came to the village. I am not entirely sure but now that his big storyline is coming to a head, I am thinking that Iestyn Arwel could eventually be leaving the show. He mentioned a while back to someone on Instagram that he would be back in London “for good, soon”.

  • ChrisT

    King sized beds are only recently becoming common in the UK. And their king size is equivalent to a US queen. So I would say their bed size is pretty standard. Also the two actors both went on beach vacations before filming, and had very real tans.

    I would be pretty surprised if Aaron and Robert end up with Rebecca’s baby and she is killed. Fans have been pretty outspoken against the idea of them raising a Rebecca baby, so doing an extremely predictable plot that you know will likely not be well-received… I just don’t see the reason. There’s also still so much shadiness around the pregnancy, from the lingering Ross potential, and the possibility that Rebecca just lost the baby and left to fake it. Idk, I just feel like there are other options out there. I’m not really sure what the plans are for Rebecca. It would make sense if she left, as she hasn’t really caught on with fans. She just hasn’t sparked in any particular pairing, regardless of Robert. Plus she’s got two family members on the way out. But the showrunner keeps talking about how victimized Rebecca has been, how he hopes the fans will start to see her as a victim, etc. I wonder if he wants people to warm up to her to keep her long term, or to trick us with her being a secret schemer. I really am hoping for the latter! That would be a fun exit storyline!

    If they pair James with Ryan, I may tune back into Hollyoaks!

  • ChrisT

    I can’t stand Rebecca. I agree with Anthony that they are making a mistake trying to paint her as a victim. She’s not. She keeps proclaiming how Robert tricked and used her that night, but come on. He drunkenly bitched about a single argument with his husband and declared that they were over. A reasonable person would say “Um, let’s see how you feel about that in the morning.” Rebecca wanted to hook up with him, and she let common sense right out the door. Which would be fine, were she not trumpeting over and over how terribly used she was. Robert is a cheating jerk. And Rebecca is a jerk who has repeatedly and happily cheated with a married man.
    Honestly, though, I was never going to like her based on the cheating with Robert while he was with Chrissie. And being so cruel about it once revealed. Sisters just don’t do that kind of stuff. She keeps acting like she wants to have a good relationship with Chrissie, but she kept maintaining a friendship (and wanted to get back together) with a man who Chrissie justifiably loathes. She’s just kind of a skeezy character, who would be better played as a villain. Because a victim she ain’t.

    I’m not gonna lie, though, Liv-free has been great.

  • Ryan

    I like Rebecca as well. It helps a lot that she has been put up against two characters that refuse to take responsibility for their actions: Robert and Chrissie. I can only laugh at the stans who hate on her for exposing how trashy their fave is.

  • Ryan

    I hate the way Robert handled the fallout from what he did. First he acted as if Rebecca or Ross telling Aaron would make them responsible for his pain rather than Robert cheating on him. When he finally confessed, his primary reason for Aaron to forgive him was that Robert needs Aaron. Robert doesn’t seem to care and probably doesn’t even know what Aaron wants or needs. He begs Aaron to tell him what he needs to say or do to fix things because he wants some worthless promise or splashing some cash on some empty gesture to allow him to avoid having to acknowledge the parts of him that cause these problems and change himself.

  • Jeff S

    Agree with you about the hotness that is Jamie Lomas, but I also appreciate the smoldering quality of Duncan James. I quite like that the show is making him bi, but it sounds like they plan to ruin yet another character by getting him involved with Ste – the least appealing, biggest train wreck of a gay character on television.

    I’ve grown to like Rebecca and hate that she is a plot device for the golden couple. Still not missing Liv.