Gays of Our Lives: Going Around The Bend


Hollyoaks (U.K.)

John Paul and Ste talking about their marriage like it was this sweet thing belies just how ugly and dysfunctional it was.  They had no business being together then and it makes less sense now.  I really, really, REALLY hate this show writing this out of nowhere Ste/John Paul redux as soulmates ‘settling’ for the guys they’ve been involved with for over a year.

They spent the past year building JP and James (and even more time on Harry/Ste) to toss both pairings aside and make JP/Ste the one we should care about about?  Umm… no.  And this is not the story I want James Sutton to be written out on.  I mean, Gregory Finnegan was terrific in James’ ‘I love you’ scene to JP, which should have been the turning point in their relationship.  Instead we’re to believe JP is only staying with James because he feels sorry for him?  Blech.

James’ synopsis of the plot of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ was hilarious.

I actually didn’t think the Finn story arc would end like that.  I thought he’d get out and cause some havoc.  Maybe later?  It just seems anti-climatic.

I’m glad James forgave his mom, even though she totally didn’t deserve it.

Why is Sienna living with the McQueens?

Okay, why is Scott still on this show?  Saying that, I’m interested in whatever secret Diane is hiding from him.

Warren stays hot.

Lysette Anthony (Marnie) is one of this show’s best actresses.   She has been fierce in this storyline about Nathan’s death.

Neighbours  (Australia)

So David was ready to come out, but when he learned Aaron had some random guy at his place, he’s back in the closet again, hemming and hawing about being gay?   And why didn’t Aaron ask David why he showed up at his apartment the other night when he saw him later?  It just seems like it’s a question that Aaron would ask.  This show is dragging out Aaron and David getting together to the point of it being ridiculous.

At least Leo tried to talk to David about his being gay.  I don’t think he’s done that before.  Usually they talk around it, or simply ignore it.

Does every gay man on TV have to want kids?  That line from Aaron about wanting to be a father someday… I just didn’t buy it.  Aaron has never shown any interest in children and his character doesn’t seem like the type.

I don’t know that much about the history of this show, but Leo and David’s father must somehow play into the show’s past if they’re making the search for him this big mystery.  This storyline has been running for awhile now and it’s only getting bigger.

People of the Valley  (Wales)

Sion is willing to throw away his relationship with the only son he has left that speaks to him?  He’s gonna regret that big time. On the other hand, Iolo just needs to accept the marriage and stop with the public fights and confrontations.   

Iolo hated it when his Dad did it during Iolo’s love affairs with Alun and William and here he is doing to his father.   Sion, like Iolo, always dug his heels in and stuck with his love interest.  But at least this is consistent in their story over the years.   Iolo and his father are far too involved in each other’s romantic lives.  

River City  (Scotland)

So Gary and Louie both exit (separately) just like that?  What a bummer.  I guess this story arc was simply to break Gary and Robbie up and usher Gary out of town.  It’s not the ending I quite expected.  But in the end, the truth was that Gary was boring and he and Robbie’s relationship was a bad idea.  I guess the show realized it too.

I’ll miss Louie though.  He was fun.  I would have liked to have seen him stick around.  I guess Robbie isn’t going anywhere, I suppose.  Let’s hope his next storyline and romance is more interesting than this.  I still think the show needs a new leading man in it’s gay storytelling.  They just haven’t found anybody as intriguing and appealing as Will.



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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  1. My guess is that Diane is Scott’s mother.

  2. I actually thought they might be going with Cam and Sass at one point. I really hope that they let Cam and Jack be together for awhile. I am not fond of the pecks when they kiss, but they have chemistry and are great as a couple.

  3. Do you mean that both actors who play Rhys and David out and gay in real life?

  4. I also think that Kylie’s marriage to Frank is all about Drew. Drew and Kylie clearly are in love with each other, but determined to play the “just friends” card which will end up hurting both Harper and Frank. Drew proposed to Harper right after he and Kylie accidentally declared their love for each other. Kylie got involved with Frank soon after also and her quickie marriage to Frank feels like she is striking back at Drew for hurting her and proposing to Harper.

  5. I can’t even with Gwyneth at this point. But what irks me with this plotline, above what you’ve mentioned, is how extremely DUMB AS FUCK Sion is being portrayed, much more than usual. Sion I actually liked once, despite his idiosyncracies. Now…his character is extremely beyond redemption, and this plotline serves as little more than a reminder as to why.

  6. Yeah, you’re right, total brain fart here between Shortie and Neighbours. LOL

  7. Did you mean out of spite for Drew? They have a weird relationship and she’s always been a bit put out by Harper. I don’t think she ever had any deep feelings for Cam, he was just a bit of fun.

  8. Is Rhys supposed to be a teenager? I only started watching the story recently, so maybe I’ve missed something, but he runs his own garage and refers to a previous boyfriend as a ‘partner’ which to me marks him as older. I’ve always assumed he was mid to late 20’s on the show?

  9. Now they are trying to play it like Sion knew all along that Gwyneth was just looking for real estate. Ugh. The whole stupid plotline bothered me from day one. It was just so contrived.

    Oh, I will just hop in bed with the psychotic ex-lover of my psychotic ex-wife/psychotic ex-wife of my psychotic ex-brother-in-law/psychotic killer of my fairly normal other ex-brother-in-law. And my loving gay son will see her as the evil Snuffleupagus she is but I will tell him I won’t believe him. And I put her name on all the property deeds because she is totally straight, trustworthy and sane. Then and only then at our wedding will I pull the rug out from under her.

    Yeah, that all makes sense. Great master plan, Sion. I hope she fillets him into cutlets and then Ed snaps again and shoved her in the deep fryer as Britt’s chip shop.

  10. On Shortland Street, I would say there’s a pretty good reason Kylie got with Frank. Kylie’s shallow, and would hook up with hot guys, no matter how sketchy his past (Cam being somewhat the exception.) The badder, the better for her, in some aspects, and Frank is no different. The reason Cam showed indifference to Kylie’s marriage to Frank was simple: he’s moved on, as he’s pointed out quite a few times. The thing I do like about Shortie is its subtlety in storytelling, even though it’s cyclic at times, much like Neighbours.

    Speaking of Neighbours,I thought Aaron mentioned about being a good father (and/or uncle) someday a few times in the past, especially when it came to him laying out Russell when he was around. Though I can agree that it was ridiculous that David went back in the closet just because Aaron was dating someone else.Though if the eps playing this week (so far) are any indication, there’s a reason behind that as well…

  11. It is fairly obvious why David is staying with Dani. He has Daddy issues. He moved to Menai Bridge to be with his father and half-siblings. Then his dad up and leaves town. He took to Wyn because of Wyn’s status in the community. And he gains favor with the boss by dating his ugly duckling of a daughter. David is on the shallow side and needs that preppy/flashy lifestyle. So he stays in the company of those that can give him that. But what he really wants is the dirty mechanic boy. (I mean what it is with all the gay mechanics on soaps. It’s such a stereotype.)

    Watch David’s character when Wyn is displeased or angry with him, like after the elevator or decorator incidents. David reacts like a scolded children who has disappointed a parent. Oddly enough, the actors that play Rhys and David are only a couple of
    years apart in age; even though the show tries to play them as a
    teenager and a supposedly more mature man.

    And they are getting a hotel, tomorrow night!

  12. Thanks for the EastEnders reminder, because I totally forgot that was Jamie Nichols as the reporter…-LMAO-

    For POTV, I have to agree that Sion is an insufferable self-righteous (and hypocritical) tosser.That said, though, none of his sons (Iolo included) were exactly angels, either – remember Huw with the cult, and Macs and his troubles (though considering it was Scott who ultimately put Macs in that much of a tailspin, Macs’ transgressions were forgivable in that case.) Gwyneth I have absolutely no love or remorse for, period.

    As for Hollyoaks, I like the new Joel myself, considering he has more bite than the last. Though so far, I still am on the fence with Bart’s return (especially considering his drunken role with Katy), though I still have love for Jonny Clarke.

  13. Aaron and Robert are more interesting to me separately than together, and the Aaron prison story could provide some good character development. My hope is that Robert has a story, too, and doesn’t just pass time until Aaron gets out. Rebecca is a good partner in crime for him, but I’ve lost all interest in Chrissie. In retrospect, the show should have had her punished for her role in the plane crash.

    As for Hollyoaks, yes Warren is hot. But this new Joel is hotter.

    On EastEnders last week, the actor who played Lee on Holby City last year popped up as the reporter interviewing Denise.

    On People of the Valley, Sion is so insufferably self-righteous that it’s no wonder his other sons won’t speak to him. It was just a few months ago that he told Iolo he wouldn’t be at his (Iolo’s) wedding because it would disrupt his (Sion’s) self-indulgent pity party after he lost his status in the community when he got exposed for stealing that money. His objection to William was mostly because of William’s profession and Sion’s fear that he would be caught out. To be fair, his objection to Alun was that he was married – a legitimate concern. Gwyneth has threatened Iolo a couple of times and even has a criminal record, and her complete lack of charm makes me wonder why anyone tolerates her.

  14. Much as I’m always bracing myself for it (Shorty after all) I will be gutted if they break up Cam and Jack any time soon. I don’t mind relationship angst, but a definitive break would suck. The characters work so well together(in every capacity), the actors have such great chemistry, it took months to actually get them to this point and there’s already so much mileage in the relationship. It would be a real waste:(

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