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Gays of Our Lives: Taking The Fall

THIS WEEK IN SPOILERS

Casualty:   As Scott lies in critical condition after his fall, Ethan is assigned to care for him.   And what happens next will change both their lives.  Meanwhile, Mama Ellison shows up at the hospital and demands to know why both of her sons are in the hospital.  Mickey is forced to come out to his mother.  But he insists he is in love with Jez and wants to make a go for their relationship.  So why does he later tell Jez that it’s over?

Hollyoaks:  Scott returns to work, but realizes he’s gone back too soon and is unable to handle the stress.  He calls his mother Maggie, who makes it clear she still wants nothing to do with him.  Scott then learns that his long lost brother Damon has a bar and goes there to meet him.  Scott chats up his brother and they hit off.  Damon gives Scott his number, as a friend, and tells him to call if he ever wants to talk.  Hmm…..

Neighbours:  As Aaron goes to work to promote his new business, his relationship with David takes a turn.  Leo, David and Aaron go out together and Leo, tired of David and Aaron not dealing with their feelings for each other, forces the twosome to admit that they want to be together.  Thanks to Leo’s efforts, David and Aaron finally decide to give a relationship a chance.  But just as it looks like they’ll be together, a new face in town creates a new roadblock.   Sigh!

The Haves and The Have Nots: Veronica confronts Justin and threatens to destroy his life if he doesn’t stay away from Jeffery.  Meanwhile Jeffery warns Jim to leave a recovering Wyatt alone.  Plus David wants Jeffery to explain about his role in Quincy’s death.  That’s gonna take awhile.


TEASERS FOR NEXT WEEK

Casualty: Jez is wracked with guilt.

Emmerdale:  Robert suffers a terrible accident.

Holby City:   Dom snoops into Lofty’s private life and is shocked by what he finds.

Hollyoaks:   Harry gets a disturbing letter.

River City:  Robbie tries to save the local pub.

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!

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.

  • Ryan

    It’s been a tough year and a half. I wouldn’t have minded the retcon too much if it hadn’t been used as a way to redeem Robert without doing anything to actually redeem him. I’m not particularly hopeful that they’ll continue to handle this well because Aaron’s been hit with amnesia before.

    I have trouble articulating how I think Robert feels about Aaron. I don’t think Robert actually knows Aaron well enough love really love him. He seems completely confused whenever Aaron’s mental illness manifests itself as if it were a thing that should have been dealt with already and only reappears if Aaron chooses to let it. This is a major source of the pressure that Aaron has been under as he has to present a healthy facade to Robert and can only cope in ways that he can hide from him. A related issue is Robert’s lack of respect for Aaron’s agency. He hid the money from Aaron because he was worried Aaron would want to use it to solve the various crises they and their families had. He hid the affair because he was worried Aaron would respond in a way that he wouldn’t like. He pushed Aaron to leave the village without telling any of his friends or family know because he was worried Aaron would change his mind. Even now, he’s determined to make Aaron take him back without ever considering what Aaron wants or needs. Sure, he’s sad that Aaron has left him, but he doesn’t seem to be sad enough to take a hard look at himself and figure out what he needs to change to be a better boyfriend to Aaron.

  • Jeff S

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Emmerdale. This is the most character development we’ve seen for Aaron in over a year, and I’m interested in his story again. The show lost me with the sexual abuse retcon, but I’m ready to move on if they continue down this path of Aaron growing up and realizing how toxic Robert is for him no matter how much Aaron loves him. Robert has always been morally and ethically challenges, and my sense is that he really does care about Aaron but has no idea how to be in a committed relationship because his old habits will not die.

  • Ryan

    Casualty: I thought Jez and Mickey would be over after he verbally attacked him. Even if Mickey was trying to protect Jez by keeping Scott from deciding how to deal with him, having to deal with that is too high a price of admission. However, after Mickey stood up to Scott and after the tragedy of Scott’s fall, I could see Jez deciding the worst was behind them.

    Too bad that you are probably right about Mickey’s involvement in the attack catching up with him. I can’t remember if the UK has a felony murder law, but just being the lookout will carry a significant sentence. I hope he doesn’t pop up later just to drag Jez of the show.

    Finally, how is Ethan involved in Scott’s care? If anything goes wrong, everyone involved in allowing that could get fired. Even if everything goes right, a spiteful Scott could cause a giant mess.

    Emmerdale: Last week was excellent. I was surprised when Aaron wasn’t thrilled by Robert’s windfall but instead pulled out all the receipts for the times when Robert let Aaron and his family stress over money. It became another example of Robert keeping his supposed husband in the dark because he was worried that he’d make a choice he wouldn’t like.

    It was sad watching Aaron finally break down after months of dealing with Robert’s actions and expectations. Robert’s handling of Aaron’s poor mental state was abysmal. How can someone who wants to be so clueless about his mental illness? He always treats it as if Aaron is being a burden if he isn’t able to handle everything on his own.

    It was good to see Aaron resist Robert’s attempts to manipulate him into staying with him by saying that he needed Aaron and refusing to accept that Aaron could love him and not want to be with him at the same time. A lot of the fans need to learn that. A person being distraught at someone leaving doesn’t mean that they have that person’s wellbeing as their priority. A person can pay some prices to be with someone while still selfishly refusing to change in other ways.

    Robert’s plan to leave the village without telling anyone in order to give Aaron distance from the baby that would remind him of Robert’s infidelity was horrible. It would isolate Aaron from all of his support network while doing nothing to credibly deal with the problems. Before they even left, Robert was already going behind Aaron’s back to make arrangements to have some involvement in his son’s life. Even if he hadn’t, Aaron couldn’t trust him not to do so in the future, and he probably shouldn’t expect him to. Furthermore, running away does nothing to address Robert’s tendency to cheat. Do they flee to a third country when Robert knocks up his woman on the side for a third time?

    I don’t blame Rebecca for telling Victoria. She had an obligation to tell her friend that outweighed anything that she owed to the man who treated her so poorly. If Robert felt obliged to give some support but couldn’t without it jeopardizing his plan to leave in secret, perhaps his plan was just not meant to be. Finally, Aaron’s violent outburst toward Robert was disturbing. It isn’t something that makes him even with Robert but a giant sign that they should break up.

    Hollyoaks: I’m enjoying Scott’s storyline for the first time. They are finally taking him seriously rather than involving him in plots where his actions are disconnected from reality.

    Holby: I look forward to seeing what Dom finds out.