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Gays of Our Lives: A Watery Grave For Aaron on ‘Emmerdale’?

Welcome to a new edition of Gays of Our Lives.  This week, there’s drama and death on Emmerdale as Robert makes plans to ask Aaron to marry him.  But someone is going to die in the village that week.  Will the guys get to say ‘I Do’ before the Grim Reaper strikes?  Plus, it’s all about Harry on A Place To Call Home as the family worries about Harry’s return to James’ life.  And when James’ memories of his old love start to return, what does it mean for James and Henry?  This and the latest on Welsh dramas People of the Valley and Rownd a Rownd, the debut of crime drama Eyewitnesses – and more!

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A Place To Call Home (Australia)

What a good episode.  What a fantastic season.

I LOL when James said to Elizabeth about her being old fashioned “it’s 1954, we use the telephone’.  And it’s an interesting twist that the family will accept (barely) James being with a man like a respectable doctor as Henry is, but they wouldn’t want him with Harry because he’s poor.  Class matters even in that situation.

I like how Elizabeth got around keeping her vow to George to stay away from Harry by telling Olivia about Harry, knowing Olivia would get involved.

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I loved, loved, loved that moment when James had that dream about Harry. I didn’t expect it and it was quite powerful.

I am enjoying the growing bond between Sarah and Harry.  They need each other and it’s wonderful they have one another.

I still think Olivia is in love with James, but you can see their relationship shifting to a deep friendship.  And like Harry and Sarah’s bond, I’m enjoying it.

Lots of nice twists in the other stories like Richard’s power play over Jack and Caroline and the evil scheming of Regina.  And I know the cop she’s plotting with is a dirty cop and a bigot, but he’s a hot daddy.  Sorry, me likely.  I’m glad to see Douglas back.   I was thinking that was a storyline the show had dropped.

I have a feeling the reason why Anna isn’t pregnant is because she’s taking birth control. I suspect a baby is the last thing she wants right now.  With her career blossoming, which Gino clearly doesn’t care about, I don’t blame her.


Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

Loving the super tight pants on Chad.

JJ needs a cop’s uniform that fits.

Joey needs a comb.

The Paul/Sonny stuff?  It’s trash, pure and simple.   I really can’t comment it.  I could barely watch it.  Garbage.  The old writers were bad and these aren’t much better.  Paul and Sonny’s scenes, like most of this show, make no sense, have no emotional logic and the story itself is just nonsense.

Garbage.


EastEnders  (U.K.)

Ben wasn’t the only one crying when Jay came back home.  So glad he’s back.  They really do need each other.

I like the relationship that has developed between Pam and Ben.  They’ve really bonded since Paul’s death and had lovely scenes. It was just what Ben, perhaps both of them, needed.  I also liked Ben and Abi clearing the air.  It’s about time.

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I figured with the actor playing Lee leaving the show, Lee and Whitney would lose that baby.  And I’m going to guess that despite what she told Lee to make him feel better, Whitney will blame Lee for the miscarriage since it’s possible that it was his infecting her with chlamydia that caused it and it’ll destroy their relationship.

Interesting beat with Ben cruising Grindr.  Usually soaps have gay characters become chaste after looking their love interest. It would sure be different (and realistic) if Ben became promiscuous as a way of dealing with his loss.  


Emmerdale  (U.K.)

Funny how Rebecca says she missed her family, but she wasn’t there for Lawrence’s numerous hospital visits where he nearly died, Chrissie’s wedding, Lachlan’s legal woes or anything else terrible that happened in the White family since they came to town.  These things happen in soaps when you have family not on the canvas so you have to just ignore it and roll with it.

I liked the Robert/Rebecca scenes.  I think they have some real chemistry.  I know fans would hate it, but I wouldn’t mind a steamy affair between them.  It’s in Robert’s character and he can only be Aaron’s lapdog for so long.  I just enjoy seeing the bad boy side of Robert and he can’t be that way with Aaron without being nagged.  I agree with Rebecca that Robert doesn’t like rules (or being labeled).  He does what suits him.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.  I know a lot of fans hate that Robert won’t come out and say he’s gay.  But why does he have to?

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Personally, I think the idea of Aaron and Robert getting married is ridiculous, but I’d bet the fans are literally wetting themselves over it.  I still prefer the days when their relationship was all about sin and scandal.  This domestic, home and hearth stuff has been real dull and made Robert boring.

Well, we know someone is supposed to die on the show next week and both Robert and Aaron were joking about the other one dying.  I really can’t see the show killing either one of them, but if one of the actors wanted to leave, this could be their exit story.  We’ll see.

Lachlan is getting nice and beefy.  Too bad he’s a sociopath.

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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.

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