A few weeks ago, AE writer Dara Nai told us all about the new Italian hospital drama, Terapia d’urgenza, which features two lesbian characters, pediatrician Marina Ranieri del Colle (Alessia Barela), and her paramour, nurse Esther (Elisabetta Rocchetti). The show is an adaptation of the popular Spanish medical drama, Hospital Central.
L to R: Alessia Barela, Elisabetta Rocchetti
According to Dara (via eurout.org), Barela prepared for her role by studying The L Word. It looks like all of that research paid off this week when Marina and and Esther self-administered a little sexual healing in an elevator — the first lesbian kiss on Italian televison (thanks to AE reader Sid for the tip!).
Watch it now here (if this video won’t work for you, try it here):
Blogger Anik LaChev translated this scene on her great site that includes all sorts of information about Marina and Esther:
Yes indeedy, they sure have! And if this episode is any indication of what’s to come on Terapia d’urgenza, I’m going to start learning Italian immediatamente!
This kiss comes 17 years after the first lesbian kiss on U.S. television, but there’s no comparison between the two. Despite all the controversy at the time, that L.A Law kiss was dead on arrival. This one from Terapia d’urgenza, on the other hand, was hotter than anything we’ve seen on broadcast television lately in the United States. Except for what we’ll be seeing soon on House.
What is it with hot lesbian medical personnel, anyway? Don’t TV lesbians go to law school or study linguistics anymore?