Thanks to AfterEllen.com reader Sophia we now know that the Aussie cop drama Rush has given its bisexual character, StellaDagostino (Nicole da Silva), a girlfriend. And I now know that that Rush is better than every police procedural in America.
Maybe it’s the snappy Sorkin walk-n-talk meets crazy CSI artistry. Maybe it’s the sexy cars and guns and accents. Or maybe it’s the deliciously angry subtext between Stella and her gun-wielding boss, Kerry Vincent (Catherine McClements).
For ignorant Yanks (like myself, up until a few hours ago), here’s a rundown: Rush follows the lives of Melbourne’s Tactical Response Team. They’re smarter than you and they’ve got the technology to prove it. Stella is a part of the unit. Her bisexuality was hinted at in the first season, and although she’s already shagged fellow officer MichaelSandrelli in this (second) season, she’s got a girlfriend named Alana now.
And here’s how we meet her in episode nine:
I don’t care about easy, but I’ll tell you what I do want: I want this scene to go on for another ten minutes, because Stella and Alana are sizzling together. Seriously, there’s more lesbian action in the first minute of this episode than there will be on all network TV in the U.S. all year.
After making out for a while, Alana takes Stella to a sexy-car meet-up where some Fast and Furious action is about to go down. Unfortunately for Stella, some drug action is about to go down, too — and she’s a cop.
If you haven’t yet met Stella’s boss, let me assure you, she would so be into that.
To wit: When Stella and Alana get busted for racing cars, she goes to get Stella out of jail, and they have this little conversation.
Meow! Who’s the big butch, then? And where’s the Stella/Kerry fan fiction? That’s what I want to know.
Kerry tells Stella that she’d better find the guy behind the car races (and drug deals) by the end of the day, or she’s off the team. After floundering around with Michael, chasing a lot of lame leads, Kerry takes matters into her own hands and drives them to the Big Crime Guy’s posh apartment. Only guess who’s waiting inside? Yep, it’s Stella’s girlfriend, Alana.
Lucky(ish) for both of them, Kerry is only interested in finding the Big Crime Guy. She tells Stella if she wants to keep her job, she’d better get the information from her “friend.”
They finally catch the Big Crime Guy in the end, but Kerry tells Stella she still hasn’t decided if she can come back to work tomorrow, and, insult to injury, she makes her take the public bus to the station instead of riding back in the police car: “You’ve had enough free rides for today.”
Awesome, awesome, awesome.
It seems to be a pretty common consensus that Stella’s girlfriend is only around to provide an obstacle between her and Michael. Maybe so, but still, mad props to Channel 10 for treating Stella and Alana’s relationship with the gravitas and normalcy of a heterosexual relationship. And for not shying away from the kissing.
And, for a special treat, here are the Stella/Alana/Kerry scenes from episode nine. Normally, I’d just give you Stella and Alana, but you really need to meet Kerry, and watch her walk and talk. Delicious.
Any of you Aussies watching Rush? Anyone besides me wish they could get it in their country?