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Gays of Our Lives: A Cry For Help

In this week’s edition of Gays Of Our Lives:

  • Alone and rejected, a troubled Scott decides to take his own life on Hollyoaks.  Meanwhile, Kyle resorts to blackmail to get what he wants and James faces the death of his brother Nathan.
  • Jez pressures Mickey to come out to his family on Casualty, but there could be bigger problems when an attack lands Mickey in the hospital, leading to a confrontation between Mickey’s brother Scott (who murdered Ethan’s brother Cal) and Ethan.
  • On River City, Stevie realizes his mother knows he’s HIV, but her bigger concern is that he hasn’t told Robbie about his condition. And things take an ugly turn when Scarlett attempts to tell Robbie herself.
  • Finn and Ross become drug dealers on Emmerdale, but Ross’ war with Robert and Aaron could put the business in jeopardy.
  • Dom’s drug addiction spins out of control on Holby City and Lofty comes to his rescue.  A friendship blossoms between the two of them, but will it lead to more?

All this, plus more clips, spoilers and teasers!

PICKS AND PANS

Casualty  (U.K.)

I know Scott is a racist murderer, but his ass looked sweet in those tight jeans.  Damn.

I found much of the events of this episode to be kind of unbelievable.  Just for their own protection, the hospital Ethan wouldn’t have been allowed to treat Mickey.  Too much liability.   The subplot with the Middle Eastern woman and her daughter was so heavy handed and pointless.  It just seemed like a distraction to all the truly tense dramas playing out.  I think the show would have been better served to go with a completely unrelated story.  But it was nice to see the young woman who played Phoebe on Hollyoaks.   I liked her.  Still annoys me that HO killed her like they did.

I also, given the history, can’t believe Scott can just walk around the hospital like he did.  Security can and should have thrown him out.  I guess the story isn’t over yet.  I don’t think Ethan is going to let this go.  And well, Scott has some big ones given the attitude he showed in this clip.

Does Mickey really believe that Scott is innocent or is he covering for his brother?   And I wish we were seeing more of Mickey and Jez as a couple.  We’re clearly supposed to believe they care deeply for each other.   But I’d like to know why Jez would take such a huge risk with his life and at work to date someone who brings so much baggage to the table.  Mickey’s cute and all, but what else does he bring to the table besides a great head of hair?

Clearly the show is setting up for a major explosion with the reveal of Mickey being gay, his relationship with a black man and the truth about Scott having killed Cal.  And I just don’t see this ending well for anybody involved.


Emmerdale  (U.K.)

What is this show doing with the Barton family?  They used to have great stories for them, especially Ross, but Emmerdale really seems to have lost interest in doing anything good with them.  Both Finn and Ross are still oddly single and Pete is involved in the dumbest love triangle.  Terrible.

Who doesn’t check their account regularly?  Nobody in this day and age.  I find it very hard to believe Emma hasn’t looked at her account since James died.  Nope.  In fact, none of these people are checking their business or personal accounts on a regular basis.  There are other ways to tell this story without making everyone seem dumb.  Then again, given that this plot point is so out the blue, probably not.

Leyla was totally out of line breaking Finn’s confidence.  I’d never trust her with anything.

Finn turning to prostitution to make money could be an interesting storyline with all sorts of drama and complications.  Too bad the show chose not to pursue it.  It would be a lot better than what they are choosing to do.

I liked the scene where Ross came to Finn’s rescue, but finding a drug empire in their backyard?  Please.  And Ross talked about not doing something stupid, but trying to cash in on a situation like this asks for the foolishness they’re about to put themselves in.  I mean, do they really think these dealers won’t come back for their stuff?


Holby City  (U.K.)

Seems to me we’ve seen more of Dom’s grieving Arthur than we have had of Morven doing the same.  But then the show always spent more time on Dom and Arthur’s relationship than they did with Arthur and Morven.  I always kind of felt like his relationship with her was thrown in without a lot of thought.

Could the show be more obvious that they’re going to pair Dom and Lofty?  These scenes are designed to go in that direction, especially with Dom saying things like ‘we’re never going to mean anything to each other.’  If that’s not the start of a love story I don’t know what is.

I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I can’t see much chemistry between the two guys yet.  And it would be nice if the show wouldn’t pair them simply because they’re the only two gay men on the canvas.   But TV doesn’t work that way.  So it’s inevitable.  Lofty certainly is different from Dom’s previous lovers so there’s that.  I just hope the show takes their time and doesn’t rush it.


Hollyoaks (U.K.)

I really don’t care about Ste or his problems.  I wish he would go away and disappear for good.   How can he keep having violent blackouts, but he’s sure he didn’t kill Amy?  But I did like Darren’s Wentworth Miller comment.  Tony did the right thing by calling the cops on Ste.  Harry is willing to throw his life away for this loser and thank God Tony stopped him.  Tony should have never approved of this relationship in the first place.  Everything Tony warned Harry about a relationship with Ste turned out to be right.

So is Ryan in denial about his bisexuality?  That’s how it comes across.  Or is there more to it?  I’m confused about that plot point.

Scott needs to butt out of things that don’t concern him.  This is one of the many, many things I don’t like about this character.

Did Harry really think turning the drug dealers (while Ste is still in jail) was a good idea?  What did he think would happen?

I love that on the same episode where Esther and Kim break up, a new lesbian lands in town and there’s an instant triangle.   LOL!   But isn’t it completely inappropriate for Farah to be dating her patient’s ex-wife?  I mean, there are no rules against it, I guess.  But still…!  Oh well, at least Hollyoaks keeps bringing on new gays and lesbians and treats it like it’s no big deal.

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.