Gays of Our Lives: A Deadly Affair on “River City”


Neighbours  (Australia)

Aaron is still the world’s worst stripper.  I did like him doing his routine in front of his brother Mark, who was clearly uncomfortable.  That was funny.  Still, what stripper never takes his pants off?

Too bad they ended Will and David so quickly.  I thought they had chemistry.  Besides, it would have been more fun to have David get involved with a man who was bad for him and Aaron trying to break Will and David up… only for them closer.

Oh well.

River City  (Scotland)

Wow.  I did not see the HIV revelation coming.  I guess that’s what Stevie meant about something terrible happening to him in jail.  Maybe he was raped  and that’s how he was infected?  Well, now that his mother knows it won’t be long before the entire town does.  I guess we’re going to get a story about how people with HIV are treated, which is still relevant these days.  Scarlett isn’t exactly the smartest, most open minded woman so much of that prejudice might come from her.

I do hope that Stevie told Robbie that he was HIV before they had sex, even if the show indicated that he hadn’t.  And I pray we’re not leading to a story where Robbie is infected.  We know that Gary Lamont is headed off the show.  I hope that’s not part of his exit and it would be a horrible turn for Stevie’s character (and send a bad message to viewers about people with HIV).  Or maybe Robbie’s drug addiction will be why he ultimately leaves town?  I do think Robbie and Stevie have a bit of chemistry, which is too bad, as we know their relationship is doomed.

I’m hoping that the ultimate message will be that people with HIV can live lives just like everybody else and not have that play into every aspect of his storyline.  Though from what we’ve seen Stevie has a lot more going on in his life than his status.  For me though I haven’t been this interested in this show in a while.  Stevie’s return has been a good decision thus far.

Rownd a Rownd  (Wales)

Well, at least the truth is out now.  I thought for a minute David would be at the altar before it was revealed.  While Dani found out from the worst most possible person, I liked that Sophie didn’t do it out of spite or revenge.  She doesn’t like Dani, but she told her because she needed to know and Sophie knew what it felt like to be cheated on and have everybody else keep it from her.  That was a nice bit.

I wonder if David will lose his job.  I bet he doesn’t.  Wyn is all about the money and he’s chosen that over family before.  I have the feeling he doesn’t fire David and Dani will be furious.

I didn’t know that David and Dani’s father were brothers.  They hardly ever play that relationship.  That adds a nice wrinkle.  It would be interesting if Dani’s father refused to turn on David or even took his side, creating havoc in the family.

Somebody should tell David that when you’re girlfriend finds out you’ve been cheating with another man for the past 6 months, you shouldn’t talk about how much you’ve suffered.

Now that the truth is out, I’m looking forward to seeing how David and Rhys exist in that small town as a gay couple.  I have a feeling it won’t be easy.


Holby City:  Dom organizes a marathon and gets a big surprise from unexpected quarters.

Neighbours:    David goes out for a night on the town with the girls and they go to a male strip club.  As fate would have it, Aaron is dancing that night and they are both shocked and embarrassed when they run into each other.  Later, Tom Quill is back in town and he wants to get back together with Aaron.  But does Aaron want to give the relationship another chance?

River City:   As Robbie and Stevie continue to date, Stevie begins to see just how bad Robbie’s drug addiction is.  Stevie destroys Robbie’s drugs, thinking he’s helping him.  But it only adds to Robbie’s desperation and he steals from his own bar to get the money.  The robbery quickly goes awry though and Robbie is shocked by the ramifications of his actions.

Rownd a Rownd:    News of David and Rhys’ affair spreads throughout the town and Dani tries to understand what has happened.  Meanwhile, tempers flare when Dani’s father about David and Rhys, but it’s Rhys who suffers the fallout.


Holby City:  As Dom deals with his emotional turmoil over Isaac, it threatens to ruin his career.

Hollyoaks:  Kyle begs Ryan not to end things; Harry is threatened; Scott learns a big secret.

Neighbours:    Aaron is shocked when Tom and David start dating.

Rownd a Rownd:    Rhys considers pressing charges after he is attacked.

That’s it for this edition of Gays of Our Lives.   Please share your comments on the thoughts and opinions expressed in this week’s column below.  See you next week!

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. So after the show strung out David’s coming out, he is leaving? Unbelievable. These shows are the worse sometimes.

  2. Meical is Dani’s step-father. Not her real father. Meical and Kay are David’s half-siblings. It’s the whole reason he came to the village. I am not entirely sure but now that his big storyline is coming to a head, I am thinking that Iestyn Arwel could eventually be leaving the show. He mentioned a while back to someone on Instagram that he would be back in London “for good, soon”.

  3. King sized beds are only recently becoming common in the UK. And their king size is equivalent to a US queen. So I would say their bed size is pretty standard. Also the two actors both went on beach vacations before filming, and had very real tans.

    I would be pretty surprised if Aaron and Robert end up with Rebecca’s baby and she is killed. Fans have been pretty outspoken against the idea of them raising a Rebecca baby, so doing an extremely predictable plot that you know will likely not be well-received… I just don’t see the reason. There’s also still so much shadiness around the pregnancy, from the lingering Ross potential, and the possibility that Rebecca just lost the baby and left to fake it. Idk, I just feel like there are other options out there. I’m not really sure what the plans are for Rebecca. It would make sense if she left, as she hasn’t really caught on with fans. She just hasn’t sparked in any particular pairing, regardless of Robert. Plus she’s got two family members on the way out. But the showrunner keeps talking about how victimized Rebecca has been, how he hopes the fans will start to see her as a victim, etc. I wonder if he wants people to warm up to her to keep her long term, or to trick us with her being a secret schemer. I really am hoping for the latter! That would be a fun exit storyline!

    If they pair James with Ryan, I may tune back into Hollyoaks!

  4. I can’t stand Rebecca. I agree with Anthony that they are making a mistake trying to paint her as a victim. She’s not. She keeps proclaiming how Robert tricked and used her that night, but come on. He drunkenly bitched about a single argument with his husband and declared that they were over. A reasonable person would say “Um, let’s see how you feel about that in the morning.” Rebecca wanted to hook up with him, and she let common sense right out the door. Which would be fine, were she not trumpeting over and over how terribly used she was. Robert is a cheating jerk. And Rebecca is a jerk who has repeatedly and happily cheated with a married man.
    Honestly, though, I was never going to like her based on the cheating with Robert while he was with Chrissie. And being so cruel about it once revealed. Sisters just don’t do that kind of stuff. She keeps acting like she wants to have a good relationship with Chrissie, but she kept maintaining a friendship (and wanted to get back together) with a man who Chrissie justifiably loathes. She’s just kind of a skeezy character, who would be better played as a villain. Because a victim she ain’t.

    I’m not gonna lie, though, Liv-free has been great.

  5. I like Rebecca as well. It helps a lot that she has been put up against two characters that refuse to take responsibility for their actions: Robert and Chrissie. I can only laugh at the stans who hate on her for exposing how trashy their fave is.

  6. I hate the way Robert handled the fallout from what he did. First he acted as if Rebecca or Ross telling Aaron would make them responsible for his pain rather than Robert cheating on him. When he finally confessed, his primary reason for Aaron to forgive him was that Robert needs Aaron. Robert doesn’t seem to care and probably doesn’t even know what Aaron wants or needs. He begs Aaron to tell him what he needs to say or do to fix things because he wants some worthless promise or splashing some cash on some empty gesture to allow him to avoid having to acknowledge the parts of him that cause these problems and change himself.

  7. Agree with you about the hotness that is Jamie Lomas, but I also appreciate the smoldering quality of Duncan James. I quite like that the show is making him bi, but it sounds like they plan to ruin yet another character by getting him involved with Ste – the least appealing, biggest train wreck of a gay character on television.

    I’ve grown to like Rebecca and hate that she is a plot device for the golden couple. Still not missing Liv.

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