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): On the premiere episode, werewolf Josh runs into his sister, Emily, while at his day job as a nurse. She’s at the hospital because her partner broke her arm. When Emily spots Josh, they’re both shocked, because they haven’t seen each other since she came out to him, which we only know from back story given to us from producers. But things ended hairily when Emily refused to leave Josh alone and demanded to know why he stopped talking to his family. Unfortunately, she chose to confront him right when he began to go through “the change.”
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.
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, Mondays): Emily invites Maya over for dinner with her parents, and her mom is less than thrilled. But she perks up a bit when she goes through Maya’s bag and finds a stash of pot. She promptly tells Maya’s parents, which leads to Maya being sent off to a juvenile school. But before she leaves, she gets one last slow dance by candlelight with Emily, care of the rest of the Liars setting it all up. Watch the full episode at ABCFamily.com.
Rules of Engagement (CBS, Mondays): Brenda’s girlfriend, Becky, breaks up with her once she finds out from Jeff that she’ll be having a baby for Jeff and Audrey. To deal, she skips out on Audrey’s suggestion of freezerburnt ice cream and decides to drink beer with Jeff. In an attempt to make Audrey happy, Brenda tries to spend more quality time with her and escorts her to Bloomingdales and a tapas bar, which they distinguish is much different from a “topless” bar. Watch the full episode at CBS.com.
Skins (MTV, Mondays): On the debut episode, Tea shows how talented she is by carrying on a full bluetooth conversation while cheerleading. Later, she crashes a party with her friends, and ends up getting all wet — when their van rolls into the water.
The Good Wife (CBS, Tuesdays): Kalinda tells Alicia that she’s being investigated. She also doesn’t trust Will’s plan for Alicia in court, which has more to do with how the judge acted on the basketball court. Watch the full episode at CBS.com.
White Collar (USA, Wednesdays): Diana, Neal and Peter head up a sting, and Diana is the one with all of the answers. (Seriously — anytime there was a question, Diana had the answer.) Watch the full episode at USAnetwork.com.