3) Degrassi: The Next Generation: Paige thinks Alex was better off as a stripper.
Exactly zero parts of Paige (Lauren Collins) and Alex’s (Deanna Casaluce) final breakup on Degrassi rang true. The writers spent multiple seasons redeeming Alex, showing her journey of self-discovery and worth.
Then, in her very last episode, out of nowhere, she becomes a pot-smoking mooch who does everything possible to sabotage Paige’s admittedly ridiculous job. (It wasn’t original in The Devil Wears Prada, and it’s just as lame here.)
Paige’s ultimate low blow — “You were better off as a stripper!” — was bang out of order, and way out of character. There’s a way to write a character off a show; this is not it.
2) Grey’s Anatomy: Dr. Hahn gets out of our dreams and into her car, never to be seen again.
Speaking of ways not to send a character off a show, meet Grey’s Anatomy.
Maybe it was because Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Erica’s (Brooke Smith) relationship played less like porn and more like the story of real women communicating their feelings about sex. Maybe it was because they were strong, assertive and successful without the help of a man. Maybe it was because they had actual woman-shaped bodies.
Whatever the reason, Callie and Erica weren’t playing to the straight male 18-34 demographic, so the only solution Grey’s writers saw was to break them up.
And by break them up, I mean banish the actual lesbian character to the edge of the world.
1) The L Word: The writers reveal themselves as soulless puppet masters at Shane and Carmen’s wedding.
Apparently, contriving a death (Dana) and creating a monster (Tina) wasn’t enough for The L Word‘s writers in season three, so they authored Shane’s (Kate Moennig) layers and knitted her a soul.
Carmen (Sarah Shahi) walked down the aisle, and even the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes.
And Shane was a no-show.
“She’s not proud of this,” said Alice. “It’s just who she is.”
No, it’s not who she is, and that is the problem! Putting words in characters’ mouths over and over about how Shane is a Lothario and whatever else, doesn’t make it feel true. We watched the truth with our eyes.
Carmen and Shane’s breakup was spurious and contrived, and the moment it aired, the writers should have had their story-telling licenses revoked forever.
Which lesbian/bi breakup do you think is the worst? Let us know in the comments!