“All My Children” lesbian recap: Step aside, JR

Wow, All My Children is really serious about Minx — maybe ABC plans to make up for all of Bianca’s heartbreak with this storyline. I vote yes!

Before we get to the recap, we have some news, courtesy of TV Guide, which reports “highly reliable buzz” that Susan Lucci has agreed to continue as Erica when AMC moves online. I can’t imagine the show without her, so that’s good news for fans.

TV Guide also got word that new production company Prospect Park may be ready to start the web series as soon as Monday, September 26 (which is my birthday, in case you want to send money) with current head writer Lorraine Broderick and exec producer Julie Carruthers at the helm. What that means for current storylines isn’t clear.

One other rumor that remains to be confirmed is that Sarah Michelle Gellar plans to return to AMC for a farewell appearance before the show leaves ABC.

I’m not sure how that would play out, since SMG played Kendall and Alicia Minshew totally owns that role now. Feel free to speculate in the comments.

Thursday’s episode was interesting on several levels. What I really appreciate is that AMC has taken another step in going past typical soap opera treatment of gay storylines. The confrontation between JR, Marissa and Bianca is a good example.

JR’s reaction is perfect — he’s not appalled at the gay of it all; he just doesn’t buy it because Marissa is straight and Bianca is a woman. No homophobia, just shock. And he doesn’t accuse Bianca of being predatory or of seducing Marissa against her will. Good job, writers.

I love that brief look of hope on Bianca’s face. Could it be true? Binx lovers around the world hold their collective breath.

Then we get to see both women looking hopeful. When they look at each other, JR might as well not be in the room — except that he won’t shut up.

Again, what we hear from JR is anger, but not homophobia. He accuses Bianca of being manipulative, but the reality of same sex attraction is not in question. I don’t want to go overboard, but I think this is breakthrough stuff, especially for U.S. daytime TV.


The longer he goes on, though, the more irritated Bianca gets. Christina Bennett Lind has the most expressive eyes ever. You can see every thought.

JR is such a sexist jerk. (But still not a homophobe.)

That look from Bianca is one of the best things I’ve ever seen. And JR knows her well enough to do the smart thing: just step aside.

He goes on to tell Marissa that he’s not upset about who she fell for — whether Bianca or Scott or the mailman — but just that it’s not him. Again, very progressive writing. I can’t wait to see what happens.

(Non-restricted clips are available on this YouTube channel. You can see full episodes at ABC and Hulu.)

By the way, AMC is on hiatus until July 25, so we won’t have word on interviews until the actors are back. We’ll keep you posted. Thanks for your patience!

What did you think of this episode? Do you agree that JR is treating this just like he would if Marissa fell for a man?

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