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Gays of Our Lives: At Last?

In this week’s Gays of Our Lives….

  • Fans of Emmerdale’s Robert and Aaron had something to shout about when Robert cheated on jailed Aaron with Rebecca. Did the show make the right story choice?
  • The Haves and The Haves Nots had their spring finale as Jeffery made a horrifying discovery that will change his life forever.
  • EastEnders’ has been teasing a Ben/Johnny romance for months. When forced to deal with their feelings, will these two take the next step?
  • Aaron helps David find out who his biological father is on Neighbours but David may not like what he discovers.
  • Are Days of Our Lives’ gays Paul and Sonny dating or something? Because judging by their scenes, it’s hard to tell.

All this and more!


Days of Our Lives (U.S.)
Are Paul and Sonny dating or something? Because judging by these scenes it’s hard to tell. There is not a glimmer, a hint of anything romantic between them. And it’s been like that for a while now. When Sonny is ranting about taking over Paul from Demois and how it’s the most important thing in his life, shouldn’t Paul, as his supposed love interest ask what this means for them as a couple or talk about how it affects their relationship? You’d think so.
If this were a scene between Chad and Gabi or Chad and Abigail or Nicole and Brady or any other straight couple, they’d talk about their relationship. Their romantic relationship would be the key point in the scene, not a undertone not even addressed. In fact, if you tuned into this or any recent scene between Paul and Sonny, you’d never guess they were lovers at one time and were in a so-called relationship now. It’s like Paul and Derrick were having a relationship and sleeping together — off screen — and it was only vaguely referred to once.

This show clearly does not want to write a gay storyline or show gays in a romantic sense. I still wonder why Sonny was brought back or why Paul stuck around for a year for Sonny’s return. I do hope this changes with the new writing regime. If it doesn’t then it’s a decision made by the show and it’s producers and not the writers at the moment. And that’s a much more serious concern than it already is.

I thought the battle of over the business might be interesting, but it’s actually really boring. And it’s hard to take 20-something Chad and Sonny seriously when they talk about running multi-national conglomerates.

Emmerdale (U.K.)
It didn’t take much for Rebecca to jump into bed with Robert. Did she really think that after everything that happened, a drunk Robert wants to get back with her?
I get that Chas is mad at Robert, but she’s cheated on nearly every man she’s ever been with so she knows how stuff like that happens. Yet, she should have never trusted Robert to begin with. I never found that plot point to be believable. But it’s not Chas’ place to tell Aaron. Let Robert do it. Of course, I believe that people don’t always need to know everything. And now is the worst possible time to do it given the circumstances.
But I don’t think Chas or Robert will say anything. It’ll stay a secret. Aaron will get out of jail. And then Rebecca will find out she’s pregnant. Then the real drama will begin. If these writers don’t have Rebecca get pregnant, then they need to have their soap opera writer’s cards taken away. I know fans don’t like it, but there’s so much interesting drama to be mined from it. They’d be fools to pass it up.
Personally, I’m fine with the story twist. There was no way Robert would remain faithful while Aaron was in jail. It’s not who he and this is a soap. And a ‘surprise’ pregnancy is Soap Opera 101.

This stuff with Liv continues to be ridiculous. Robert playing ‘daddy’ is so contrived and forced. Like him going to the school to talk about Liv. Umm, Robert is not her legal guardian. Neither is Aaron, who’s in jail. The school would want to speak to her legal guardian, which is her mother. And now more than ever, it makes no sense and is not plausible that Liv stays at the village. The show writes it that Saundra doesn’t care, but that’s not the character we met when Liv was introduced. Oh and Liv says this was the first school she likes, but she never went to class. Which is it? This is just lazy and sloppy storytelling.
Aaron said he never killed anyone? I guess he forgot killing Jackson or that he was charged with murder and went to trial over that case.

Holby City (U.K.)

Isaac is the classic abuser. Everything that happens, even when Isaac does awful things, is Dom’s fault. Dom made him behave badly is Isaac’s response to his lies and deceits being exposed. And Dom, clearly suffering from low self-esteem, just meekly takes it and stays with a man who is cruel to him. I mean, Isaac knew Dom would never tell what really happened with that guy once he guilted and manipulated Dom into staying quiet, even though Dom was hurting his own career. Sadly, Dom believes he is to blame for what happened so he deserves the fallout.

Isaac would stand by and let Dom’s career be ruined to protect himself. That much is obvious. This storyline is getting more uncomfortable to watch because it’s all too realistic. We’ve all seen or known people in relationships like this. Maybe ourselves.

And I have a feeling Dom won’t get out until it’s too late. I also think that Zosia interfering in Dom and Isaac’s relationship is going to lead to her losing her baby. I just can see that coming. I hope not. But his threatening her seemed to foreshadow that.


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.