Gays of Our Lives: A Cure For What Ails You

Eyewitness (U.S.)

This episode was suspenseful, but it was also frustrating because the characters finally figured out plot points and done things they should have weeks ago.

How Helen could not have deduced that Philip and Lukas were lovers much sooner and Philip was also in the cabin?  She knew Philip was gay, she knew he was hiding something and Lukas’ story about the cabin never held up and was full of holes.

I don’t understand why Philip still refused to come forward and admit he was in that cabin, especially after Lukas was shot.  It simply made no sense and put him in danger.  It was also ruining Helen and Gabe’s marriage and pitting them against each other.  And Philip stood by and let that happen by his ridiculous silence.

And Helen finally figured out Ryan was a dirty cop, but not because of any detective work.  She merely happened to stumble across the evidence.  Bah.

Of course the reason for all this bad plotting is that they had to drag the story out and not reveal the things that would bring it to an end.  In the process it made the characters look stupid for not doing things that any logical, rational person would.

Philip is really naive if he thinks that Lukas is the only one who has issues about their relationship.  Even if the father accepts it, they live in a small town.  Not everyone will roll out the welcome mat.  Lukas has reason to be concerned.  It doesn’t mean he shouldn’t come out though. Tony complained about doing something important for the police but not being able to talk about it.   Uhh… cops often can’t talk about their work.  If you’re in it so you can brag to your buddies, you need a new profession.

I am looking forward to the conclusion, but this show better not kill either of those boys.  No dead gays, please.


Hollyoaks (U.K.)

By the way for those asking, I’m not watching the Ste storyline.  I hate the story and find the character gross and unwatchable.  So I won’t be reviewing or discussing the story here.

As for John Paul, I think he needs to get some perspective or he’s going to lose James.  He has to realize he’s moved into James’ house and brought a child with him.  That’s a big deal for James.  I don’t think JP appreciates that.  

Leaving Matthew’s toys everywhere and having the place a mess and lecturing James is not the way to make a difficult situation easier.  Overall, I’m not really thrilled with the story or lack thereof for John Paul and James.  I still feel like they are being underutilized.


People of the Valley  (Wales)

Is this Christmas play a thing in the UK?  Several UK soaps are doing stories about the town doing a holiday play.  I like the idea of Tyler and Iolo starring as the main couple in the play.  I’d like it even more if Iolo weren’t dressing as a woman.  Is he gonna shave his beard?  LOL….

Gwyneth and Tyler planning a spa day to surprise their partners with is a terrible idea.  Tyler should know Iolo will hate it.  You’d think Tyler has no idea who the man he married is.  We had enough of these dumb stories to create silly conflict for the boys during the buildup to the wedding.  But I guess the show is going to keeping doing them.  However, this is clearly some scheme of Gwyneth.  She’s up to something, no doubt.

The best part was Iolo and Tyler planning to spend their first Christmas together alone.  I love that idea and hope we get some scenes of that when the time comes.


Rownd a Rownd  (Wales)

I wish I had something profound to say. The story is pretty predictable, nothing we haven’t seen a million times before.  It’s not bad, but there’s not anything fresh or unique about it.  I did like the bit about Rhys being baffled about coming out when you’re in your twenties.  That does show how the world has changed with more and more people coming out when they are younger.  It was a nice scene he had with his father.  Rhys did say he liked David.  I just wish I knew why.  He and David really haven’t had a chance to develop anything in the few scenes they’ve shared.

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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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  1. Casualty – the more I see of this storyline, the more I am convinced that it was written with a younger and more naive-looking actor in mind. They seem to have rushed it through a bit as Sebastian has only been around for a couple of weeks and they haven’t established his character enough. I would think that he would be in the show for a little while, just because the actor is coming off the back of a soap (he was in Emmerdale for a few years) and could probably do better that a small part. If I remember correctly he was in Torchwood too. It’s a bit disappointing that we’ve seen this sort of storyline before on Casualty, albeit with some differences – if you recall a few years ago Tobey got together with Ben and then reported him for taking advantage to save it from coming out. I know it’s not the same thing happening here, but the whole wrongful complaint thing is boring. Poor Dylan!

    Regarding Brits and Christmas plays – LOL! Well, you would be forgiven for thinking it, especially with Eastenders at the moment, but I assure you that we’re not all down the church hall every night putting on a local play. Such a contrived storyline at the moment on more than one UK soap!

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