LESBIAN-ISH QUOTE OF THE WEEK NO. 1
“I love Jessica Capshaw. And when I say love I mean love. She couldn’t be a more wonderful person, and I feel like the chemistry Arizona and Callie have feels like the Meredith and Derek chemistry to me. I find them delightful to watch.”
— Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes to EW.com
THIS WEEK IN QUEER WOMEN ON TV
There are no spoilers about future episodes, just updates on what has already aired.
A note about Greek (ABC Family) and The Best Years (The N): both U.S. series dealing with college life currently have lesbian/bi storylines. I’m not covering Greek here because it’s just a three-episode storyline, and I haven’t had a chance to catch up on The Best Years yet since the character of Robyn only recently came out as bi, but I’ll cover her storyline next week. (Thanks to Missy, Dalilah, and TheUncoolest for the tip about The Best Years!)
Show/Episode: The Duel II — MTV, reality
What happened: Rachel lost the challenge by 11 seconds, and Jenn got disqualified for not completing the challenge. Kim was picked last and called Jenn into the duel. Rachel and Jenn had a cute moment while Jenn was packing to possibly go home, where Rachel told Jenn she’d kill her if Jenn got sent home because Rachel wanted to spend more time with Jenn. But Jenn beat Kim in the duel and got to stay, so no one was killed.
Special thanks to: rusty_tiffany
Show/Episode: Hollyoaks — UK, drama
What happened: Sarah is nervous about having Lydia over for a dinner date. Sarah cooks dinner, but accidentally makes something Lydia’s allergic to, then spills her wine on Lydia afterwards, and steps in the olives when she rushes to help her clean it up. Lydia takes it all in stride, and calms Lydia down by kissing her.
Show/Episode: Grey’s Anatomy — ABC, drama
What happened: Arizona declares war when the Chief tries to pull Bailey off of Pediatric Surgery. Callie is torn about removing the healthy leg of a soldier so he can return to Iraq, but finally agrees. Arizona tries to lure Bailey back to Peds (“I grew up with the name Arizona. I know how to fight.”), but Bailey reveals that her husband will divorce her if she takes the Peds fellowship. Callie works with Marc on a badly mangled man who was run over by a bus. Callie learns that George has joined the Army and organizes an intervention with Bailey to stop him; when Arizona defends George’s decision (“What’s wrong with that? I think it’s awesome!”), Callie gets mad. Arizona finally tells Callie that her brother was killed in Iraq because there weren’t enough doctors, and Callie apologizes and holds her hand. The episode ends on a cliff-hanger related to George and Izzie.
Show/Episode: Guiding Light — CBS, drama
What happened: Olivia and Natalia are still at the spa talking about how to handle their relationship when they go back home, and finally agree they’ll just find a way to make it work. They hold hands and share long looks. Olivia unexpectedly has to go to San Francisco from the spa, and Natalia offers to watch Emma while Olivia is away. There are several cute scenes of Natalia and Emma together at the farmhouse, culminating in Emma asking Natalia why they can’t all live together again. Natalia runs into Buzz, the father of ditched groom Frank, when she’s getting groceries, and he confronts her about how much she hurt Frank, which makes Natalia feel terrible. Doris stops by to see Olivia, and when she sees that Natalia is upset, tells her it’s just part of coming out. When Natalia deflects this conversation, Doris leaves, but tells her on her way out that she is getting another hearing for her son Rafe, as a favor to Frank. Natalia calls Olivia and leaves voicemail asking her to come home soon.
Show: Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love) — Germany, drama
What happened: In Carla’s absence Tanja (Carla’s evil sister-in-law) and Elisabeth (Carla’s devoted step-mother) go head-to-head over Carla’s future as the head of the Lahnstein company.
What else you need to know: Charlie and Stella get lots of screen time next week
Special thanks to: Annelies
Show/Episode: Hasufim (Exposed) — Israel, drama
What happened: After everyone finds out about Shira’s attempts to get Gali fired last year, she is fired. The only person who defends her is Teri, who tries to talk to her, but Shira is avoiding her. Teri catches Shira just as Shira is about to take a taxi back to her hometown. Crying, Shira tells her she must leave because she betrayed everyone at the station, “even you.” Shira gets into the cab and leaves, and Teri is left trying to pick up the pieces of their relationship, while everyone at the station hates Shira and wants to hear nothing about her. Upset, Teri declares that she is going to throw away all of the “bitch’s” clothes at the station, but holding the t-shirt Shira wore when they had sex brings back painful memories. She decides to burn the T-shirt to be on the safe side. A few days later, she finds another shirt of Shira’s. She admits that she misses her and she’s lonely now that she’s gone, and that she wishes Shira would contact her. “How can she just disappear like that? No phone call, no e-mail. Nothing. Where is she?”
What else you need to know: next week, Shira returns to Tel-Aviv, and will try to do everything she can to get people to forgive her.
Special thanks to: Gaya
There’s a “controversial” lesbian kiss coming up on Irish soap Ros na Rún (thanks speedypuma!) and a “huge story” involving a same-sex kiss on Australian soap Neighbours later this month (thanks Ellyse and Amanda!).
That wraps up this week’s rundown of lesbian/bi women on TV — international readers, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org short rundowns of the lesbian/bi storylines on your favorite shows on Thursdays.
— by Sarah Warn