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Gays of Our Lives: Arresting Developments


Rownd a Rownd  (Wales)

I wonder if this Bali thing is going to be a major plot point. Rhys and David have decided to vacation there, assuming Rhys doesn’t go to jail and we know Dani has her tickets and can go now that David paid for his half.  Seems like the show is setting up for something to happen there.  

I’m guessing David, Rhys, Dani and someone else will all wind up in Bali together and there will be drama.  Hopefully, once the trial is over (I think Rhys will wind up getting off easy), we can get into David and Rhys being a couple and dealing with relationship woes.  After all the drama of getting together, it’s time to see how they deal with being together.

I’m starting to find Rhys to be a very hard character to sympathize with. I have very little patience with people who create their own misery and then sit around and whine about how unfair life is.  Like his affair with David, Rhys was the one who chose to break the law (and involved his innocent little brother), got caught and then sat around and pouted for weeks and refused to face the fallout of a problem he created while everybody else tried to help him.  I’m glad his father stepped up to keep Rhys’ garage running while Rhys may be away, even if Rhys didn’t appreciate it, at least at first.

I just hope that’s an aspect of the character that changes.  It’s really hard for me to take.  I don’t see how David, who is a far most sensible guy, deals with it.

Shortland Street  (New Zealand)

So.. is that it for Jack and Charlie?  Because that breakup was kind of lame.   Why did they break up?  It wasn’t like their relationship depended on drug use because Charlie said (and has said so in the past) that he just wanted to hang out and forget that stuff.

Or did they just want to give Jack a reason to start up with Darryl?  I mean that scene in the elevator where Charlie teased Jack about he and Darryl wanting each other was like an anvil and two scenes later Jack and Charlie are split (or so it seems) and Jack and Darryl are flirting.  So I guess that’s where we’re headed now.

As for the story, I’m not advocating drug use, but if Jack and Charlie had gotten drunk a few times and partied no one would have batted an eyelash.  I just think they made way too much of things, though I get this is a sensitive subject for Mo.  I am glad that in the end he just stood back and let things play out.  That was the right thing to do.

Overall though, this whole drug story arc was a story that threatened to go somewhere but never really did.

The Have and The Have Nots  (US)

I missed the first couple of episodes of this show’s new season, but that means nothing since it all moves so slowly.

The ‘Goddamn it” look on Jeffery’s face when the doctor said he and Melissa’s baby would live was everything.  It was the kind of realistic honesty in soap characters we never get to see.

Equally fun was the doctor’s ‘this bitch is crazy’ look on his face when Veronica was babbling about the baby.  Ha!

I thought it was funny when Kathryn said she hadn’t seen Wyatt for days, when it’s been at least a full season of the show.  LOL…  It’s time for Wyatt to be more than strung out though.  That storyline is old and played out.


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.

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