THIS WEEK IN QUEER WOMEN ON TV
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Show/Episode: Home and Away — Australia, drama
What happened: New bisexual character Freya recently joined the show as a hellraiser-type who is overly sexual with everyone. This week, she compiled a “hot list” of girls and boys at the local school she thinks are attractive. One of the girls on the list, Nicole, confronted her after school, saying “I do not think that I’m hot” and Freya said “Well, I think you are” and unexpectedly gave her a long, passionate kiss, as their shocked classmates looked on.
What else you need to know: It’s unclear whether Freya’s bisexuality will be explored or developed in future episodes, or whether this was just a stunt.
Thanks to: AE reader broohaha for the tip, and FoundinH for the info and screencap!
Show/Episode: Nip/Tuck — FX, drama
What happened: Liz the Former Lesbian became engaged to Christian, who just discovered he’s dying.
Show/Episode: Hell’s Kitchen — Fox, reality competition
What happened: Out lesbian chef L.A. is still in the competition, and performing solidly.
What else you need to know: The usual yelling and name-calling was accompanied by throwing-up, as the women’s team was forced to eat parts of cows you don’t normally eat.
Show/Episode: The L Word — Showtime, drama
What happened: Jenny stole Alice’s idea for a movie and sold it half a million dollars. The group put Dylan to the test by having Niki Stevens attempt to seduce her; when Dylan passed the test, Helena hooked up with her. Jenny kept Shane on a short leash. Bette and Tina went out to dinner with Kelly and an artist, where they ran into Tina’s boss and William the billionaire, prompting Tina to give them a public dressing-down that even left Bette speechless.
Show/Episode: Los Hombres de Paco (Paco’s Men) — Spain, drama
What happened: Pepa is still trying to win Sylvia back, but Silvia’s talking about a restraining order.
Show/Episode: All My Children — ABC, drama
What happened: Bianca and Reese were married, then Bianca found out that Reese and Zach hooked up. Bianca confronted Reese about her attraction to men, and Reese responded with a speech about being attracted to the person’s soul, not their gender, Bianca called BS, and served her with annulment papers that gave Reese no parental rights. Reese refused to sign the papers, and said she would fight Bianca for custody if she tried to take away their children.
What else you need to know: Considering everything that’s happened on this show, Eden Riegel deserves an Emmy for delivering the line “Lesbians don’t just go around kissing men!” without laughing.
Show/Episode: Guiding Light — CBS, drama
What happened: Olivia confessed to a friend that her feelings for Natalia might be more than just friendly.
What else you need to know: The father of Olivia’s daughter is back in town, and Olivia is afraid he’ll come after her.
Show/Episode: Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love) — Germany, drama
What happened: Stella told Carla not to worry about their misunderstanding from last week (when Carla mistakenly thought Stella had asked her on a date). Carla agreed not to quit.
Show/Episode: Grey’s Anatomy — ABC, drama
What happened: Callie asked Arizona out on a date, but Arizona turned her down upon learning Callie had only dated one woman before, because, “you’re all exploring and experimenting, and ‘yay!'” which is great, but “I spend my entire day around newborns, so I try not to in my personal life” even though she was “super flattered — super!” At the bar at the end of the episode, Callie walked up to Arizona and gave her an “I have lots of experience, and you’d be lucky to experience it” speech, only to slink away in embarrassment upon being introduced to Arizona’s date.
What else you need to know: Callie is wearing her black leather jacket outside the hospital, which is a time-honored way for TV costume designers to signal that a woman is gay or bisexual (yes, she’s always had this jacket, but she’s been wearing it more lately). Arizona is wearing roller shoes inside the hospital, which is just cute.
That wraps up this week’s rundown of lesbian/bi women on TV — if any international readers want to email me at to firstname.lastname@example.org on Thursdays with short rundowns of what happened with the lesbian/bi storylines on your favorite shows, please do!
— by Sarah Warn