THIS WEEK IN QUEER WOMEN ON TV
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Show/Episode: Nip/Tuck — FX, drama
What happened: Katee Sackoff of Battlestar Galactica fame guest-starred this week as Dr. Theodora "Teddy" Lowe, who quizzed Former Lesbian Liz about what it’s like "switching horses in mid-stream" (Liz changed the subject).
Show/Episode: Hell’s Kitchen — Fox, reality competition
What happened: Lesbian contestant L.A. is still in the game.
Show/Episode: Los Hombres de Paco (Paco’s Men) — Spain, drama
What happened: Pepa was on leave this week, and Silvia — who is still really sad about how their relationship ended — sought comfort from her female friends. One of them, Rita, thought Silvia was making a pass at her, because Silvia talked about how great being with a woman is, that she should try it, etc. She wasn’t.
What else you need to know: Silvia joked to a friend, "they call me the Philosopher’s Stone of relationships, so ask me anything."
Thanks to: AE reader Axon
Show/Episode: Skins — U.K, teen drama
What happened: Emily stalked Naomi (who has been avoiding her since their kiss) at school and at home, encouraging her to run for class president against Cook and making it obvious she liked her. It wasn’t until Emily told a skittish Naomi that she actually liked hanging out with her — she didn’t just want to sleep with her — that Naomi finally invited Emily to stay, and they talked and drank in Naomi’s room until they fell asleep. Naomi crept out early the next morning, and when she ran into Emily at school in the morning, Emily told her she "got the message" (that Naomi wasn’t interested in a romantic relationship), and offered to help Naomi with her campaign. After a bad day in which a male teacher she trusted tried to kiss her, Naomi called Emily and invited her on a bike ride; they ended up skinny dipping in a pond, then having sex on a blanket in the woods.
Naomi tried to sneak away again early the next morning, but Emily woke up in time and called her on it, saying, "Don’t you dare leave me in your bed again … I know you’re lonely. I think you need someone to want you. Well, I do want you. So be brave, and want me back." Naomi left anyway. Later that day, after Cook won the presidency, Naomi started to have sex with him (as payoff for a bet), but stopped him, saying, "this isn’t right." Naomi ended up crying on Emily’s porch, telling her through the front door, "when I’m with you I feel happier, and less alone," and the two held hands through the cat flap.
What else you need to know: This was one of the best-developed and most honest depictions of a lesbian teenage relationship that I’ve ever seen on TV.
Show/Episode: The L Word — Showtime, drama
What happened: Jenny threw a Willy Wonka-themed baby shower for Max, which began and ended disastrously, with Dylan storming out on Helena after finding out about the Nikki test, and Max begging Bette and Tina to adopt his baby. Tasha and Alice continued to be too friendly with third-wheel Jamie. Shane started to hook up with Niki, but was interrupted by a bad case of food poisoning. Tina went out of town on business, and Kelly hit on Bette after the successful opening of their new gallery. Bette resisted, saying "I’m in love with Tina," but Jenny took a photo of them through the window that makes it look like something happened.
What else you need to know: for more details, read Scribegrrrl’s recap, and StuntDouble’s Facebook recap.
Show/Episode: All My Children — ABC, drama
What happened: Bianca married Reese, then found out she had kissed Zach the night before. She immediately asked for an annulment, threatened to cut off Reese’s access to their children, and left Pine Valley for France. Reese stayed behind, insisting she loves Bianca and hoping she’ll forgive her.
What else you need to know: Read our overview of the Bianca-Reese storyline for more analysis.
Show/Episode: Guiding Light — CBS, drama
What happened: Natalia slept with her friend Frank to cheer him up, and immediately regretted it. Olivia told a friend about her growing romantic feelings for Natalia, and immediately regretted it.
What else you need to know: Our interview with the two actresses will be published on Monday!
Show/Episode: Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love) — Germany, drama
What happened: Charlie saved Stella from an embarrassing faux pas, prompting Stella to offer Charlie a ride home after the masked ball.
After sharing a drink, Stella began to look at Charlie in a new light. The next morning Stella learned that Carla’s cousin Sebastian has been kidnapped, and she hurried to offer the family her assistance. Carla coldly told Stella that no one expected her to work on her day off, and Charlie leapt to Carla’s defense when Stella complained about Carla’s attitude. Meanwhile, Carla admitted to her sister-in-law Sarah that Stella’s offer took her by surprise and that the strain of managing the family business and the castle, her feelings for Stella, and her concern for Sebastian are becoming too much for her.
Thanks to: AE reader Annelies
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