Gays of Our Lives: Arresting Desires


In this week’s Gays of Our Lives….

  • River City says farewell to its longtime gay as Robbie Fraser exits the show after 9 years.  Was his goodbye a worthy one?
  • Shortland Street has four gay men leading story this week.  But is it good story?  It’s a mixed bag to say the least.
  • The Man in The Orange Shirt presents the second of its two part story.   And we quickly learn why the first part is the superior one.
  • As Robert grows more evil on Emmerdale, Aaron is more concerned about his ex-lover’s shady behavior.   Will Robert’s actions ruin any chance for a reunion?
  • Ben has a new story arc on EastEnders as Phil finds new ways to humiliate his gay son.  Some things never change.

All this — and more!


Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

This murder mystery is still boring.  The new writing team really should have ended it quickly instead of dragging it out.  It’s just so tedious.  And the flashbacks are poorly done.   The only thing that got my attention this past week was Paul’s nipples poking through his blue shirt.  That’s not a good thing.

Emmerdale  (U.K.)

Amazing how easily manipulated these people are by Robert after everything he’s done to them.  But I guess his plans can’t work if they don’t keep falling for it.  Though for the characters to keep being so gullible is bad writing.

I don’t mind scheming Robert, but the thing is it won’t last.  Because he can’t be ‘evil’ and be with Aaron at the same time.  The show writes it that Robert is only bad when he can’t have Aaron.  But Aaron being a check on Robert’s darker side has proven to be boring.  And it will be again.  Why can’t we have both?   Also, can’t Robert be bad without trying to kill folks or risking people’s lives?  That’s the problem I had with him before.  There are some things that, as a viewer, I can’t get past.

Aaron looked actually annoyed and put out that Robert wasn’t begging him to take him back.  Just means he will eventually.

Why does Aaron get to live in the house and Robert has to leave?   Didn’t he and Robert buy the house together?  Or did Aaron use the money from his father to play for it?

Aaron still needs a story, something to occupy his time other than drinking with Adam.  Maybe a new man?  That would be fun.

I know that Lawrence is on his way out of the show, but couldn’t they just have Ronnie make a quick return so they could go off and have a happy ending?   Lawrence may not deserve it, but Ronnie sure does.  Oh well, I’m sure Lawrence will probably be killed off, which is so predictable.

Neighbours  (Australia)

I like that the show is letting Aaron and David have this bit of happiness after months of them working to get together.  I love how in all of their scenes they can’t seem to stop touching each other.  That’s very real and romantic in new relationships.  But I don’t need them to be happy for too long.  That’s just not soapy!

River City  (Scotland)

So… that’s Robbie’s exit?  Well, it was all rather non-dramatic and sudden after everything that’s happened on the last few months.   And Robbie hasn’t been a hairdresser in maybe a good year but he gets a job as a hairdresser for celebrities?   Sure.

I know it was the actor’s decision to leave after being on the show for 9 years and who could blame him?  There wasn’t much left for Robbie to do.  I never really cared for the character and I was completely bored with him after Will left.   I hated his dull relationship with Gary and his relationship with Stevie, who he had no business being with, reeked of them being the only two gay men in town (which, thankfully, another character actually pointed out).

Worst of all, after the long running story of Robbie’s drug addiction, the show in the end dropped the whole plot, I’m guessing because the actor was leaving.  But they could have at least have wrapped it up somehow after Robbie’s overdose.  But in the end I agree with the character (and the actor) it was time for him to move on.  

The actor hinted in his exit interview the show will bring on a new gay character and I have no doubt they will.  River City has always had gays in lead stories.  I look forward to whoever it’s going to be.  


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. Ugh, not again with Ben’s daddy issues, why he needs to search the approval of such a vile creature as Phil Mitchell is beyond me.
    And why will Easy worried about losing his friends when most of them are also friends with Ringo (Who is a dick to them most of the time)?

  2. i agree with everything you said its sad cause i thought him and darryl had a lot in common charlie was like an addiction to him hopefully we get the real jack back soon in todays spoilers he learns to let go hopefully it will be charlie and we are done with him

  3. Yeah though I don’t really blame Darryl. Jack is acting like an idiot and the line about how Darryl ‘wasn’t his father’ was just ugh. Jack not caring that Charlie’s responsible for a man’s death and letting him near the house whilst a gang is after him is just weird as. It’s one thing to want to help someone, but to ignore that they’ve done a truly awful thing is not in Jack’s nature at all.

  4. I don’t mind Robert risking Lawrence’s life because that man is just as vile. It’s nice to see the target of a villain’s schemes actually deserve it for once.

    Aaron used Gordon’s money (perhaps via Liv’s trust fund). That was one of the things that made him so angry at Robert when he discovered that he had been hiding his big investment from him. It was a delicious irony that Robert’s scheming put him into a situation where he didn’t have a legal right to live in his former home.

    I can’t wait to see what Finn has planned now that he knows most of what happened between James and Emma on the day she killed him.

  5. Totally agree about the Jason storyline on SS. So DOA. I don’t get why they would write gay characters like this. Reminds me of the horrid Hugo Carmont nonsense back in 2005 – brings back terrible stereotypes just like you said.

  6. Wel it’s over already for Jack and daryl

  7. watched Man in the Orange Shirt and i agree the first part was everything sadly the second part is not that strong and honestly i careless about them, i need more Michael and Thomas..
    in Unter Uns if they let go Finn i just can’t, those two are just beautiful and Ringo and Easy looks good being friends more than that i just can’t see it :(

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