We run a lot of recaps on AfterEllen.com, but we aren’t able to run them on every single show with a lesbian or bisexual female character. It’s a great problem to have, really — too many shows on television with gay women. So we decided to do a weekly column giving you the basics on the lesbianish storylines and highlights from out lesbians who have regular shows on the tube. If we miss anything, we’d love for you to send us a tip.
A couple notes: We’re only going to do new episodes so that means no re-runs. We’re only recapping the lesbianish storylines and characters. If there is absolutely nothing lesbianish that week on a certain show, we won’t be recapping it. And when it comes to out lesbians with their own shows (like Ellen, Rachel, Suze and Sara Gilbert), we’ll just highlight some of their fun moments from the week. We’re including full episode links when we can. Otherwise, you’re just going to have to subscribe to Playboy TV or set your DVR to record the rest.
And, just in case it doesn’t go without saying, spoilers ahead.
Being Human (Mondays, SyFY): Aidan arrives just in time to kick Emily out of the basement, and Josh is able to turn into a werewolf in peace. Emily breaks down to Aidan, and asks if Josh at least has friends, because he never did when he was younger. Aidan says Josh does have pals, he’s just eccentric. At the end of the episode, Josh decides he is too screwed up to maintain a relationship with Emily and tells her (in front of her girlfriend) he doesn’t want to see her again. Watch the full episode at SyFy.com.
GLEE (Tuesdays, Fox): New episodes return Feb. 6.
Grey’s Anatomy (Thursdays, ABC): New episodes return Feb. 3.
Portlandia (Fridays, IFC): The premiere episode included Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen playing the owners of a feminist bookstore, upset with a customer (played by Steve Buscemi) who uses the restroom without purchasing something from them. Also, they participated in a grown-up game of hide ‘n seek.
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, Mondays): Emily tries to keep her spirits up while Maya is away at juvie school, but can’t shake the feeling that Maya has moved on when a phone call leaves her feeling so far away from her boo. She decides to get drunk at the school dance, and her friends have to make sure she gets home OK. Watch the full episode at ABCFamily.com.
Rules of Engagement (CBS, Mondays): No Brenda this week, and no word on when she’ll be back as of yet.
Skins (MTV, Mondays): This week was all about Tea, and she was lovin’ Betty and leavin’ her. Tea romanced her classmate at a dance party (on a school night!) and they woke up together the next day just in time for Betty to meet all of Tea’s family members, awkwardly. But Betty wanted to remain in the closet, and Tea was just looking for sex, so they ended up not really jiving, at least for now. Later on, Tea was set up on a blind date with Tony, but they were relieved to find out there was no pressure once they found out who they’d been set up with. They ended up making out while intoxicated, but Tea is still a lesbian. Phew.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (Starz, Fridays): On the premiere episode, Gaia is coming back to Capua without her husband. He died, and she’s not upset about it. She would rather spend her time reminiscing with Lucretia and finding another rich man to marry. But before she finds him, she watches Lucretia have sex with her husband, and then later, has her own time with Lucretia.
The Good Wife (CBS, Tuesdays): New episodes return Feb.1
White Collar (USA, Wednesdays): This week’s episode was a series of flashbacks, and Neal and Peter discuss how they came to meet everyone else on their team. She shows up toward the end, at the front of an FBI meeting where Peter and co. are attempting to figure out how to track down Neal. She suggests by staking out his girlfriend. Watch full episodes at USAnetwork.com.