Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (February 6, 2009)



I’m introducing a new feature in the BLWE column designed to provide you (and me) with a quick rundown of the week’s lesbian-related developments on TV shows around the world. Now those of you who don’t have the time to read up on every show in depth can stay informed, and impress women at cocktail parties!

Note: There are no spoilers about future episodes, just updates on what has already aired, but click here if you want to skip these updates and go directly to the next page.

Show/Episode: Nip/Tuck — FX, drama

What happened: Former lesbian Liz gets a makeover to try and appeal to her new lover Christian, but when he isn’t convinced to quit his womanizing ways for her, she quits her job and moves away.

What you need to know: No, I’m not making this up. Yes, this show is probably secretly funded by the “ex-gay” movement.

Show/Episode: Top Chef — Bravo, reality competition

What happened: Lesbian contestant Jamie was eliminated after she messed up her dish of black bass in braised celery sauce. (Read Snarker’s recap today for all the details.)

What you need to know: Don’t over-salt your celery!

Show/Episode: Hell’s Kitchen — Fox, reality competition

What happened: out contestant LA survived to cook another day

What you need to know: LA is flying under the radar so far. And there’s still too much yelling on this show.

Show/Episode: Skins — U.K., teen drama

What happened: The lesbian relationship the Skins creator told us about is beginning to unfold: Emily admitted she’s gay, and wants to kiss Naomi.

What you need to know: Next week’s episode is must-see TV!

Show/Episode: Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love) — Germany, drama

What happened: Carla kissed Stella.

What you need to know: Stella is still clueless about how much Carla likes her.

Show/Episode: The L Word — Showtime, drama

What happened: The word got out about Shenny, and their friends couldn’t stop laughing. Alice did a PSA about gay hate crimes on her talk show, got in trouble for it, then talked a lesbian teen off a ledge. Bette lost her job, and then was hit on by Phyllis. Someone stole the Lez Girls movie — and not just metaphorically this time.

What you need to know: Watch this video Scribegrrrl made for her recap of this episode, showing Alice’s reaction to learning about Shenny (make sure to have the sound on) — it’s genius, I tell you. Genius!


Show/Episode: Los Hombres de Paco (Paco’s Men) — Spain, drama

What happened: Silvia and Pepa broke up, and Pepa slept with a male friend, possibly in order to get pregnant, or just because she was drunk.

What you need to know: Even in Spain, we can’t get away from lesbians sleeping with men and trying to get pregnant, apparently. At least on this show, there’s a pretty good chance the women will end up back together.

Show/Episode: All My Children — ABC, drama

What happened: Kendall gave Reese the evil eye and the “you better not hurt my sister” speech, Reese assured her she wouldn’t, while still seeming over-interested in Kendall’s husband Zach. Bianca snapped out of her generally clueless state to call Reese on her lame attempt to get out having sex, asking Reese, “Why are you trying to create a problem when there isn’t one?” Which, coincidentally, is the same question I’d like to ask the AMC writers.

What you need to know: If you miss an episode of the show, just bang your head against the wall a few times, and you’ll be all caught up.

Show/Episode: Guiding Light — CBS, drama

What happened: The town’s mayor went on TV to denounce Natalia and Olivia’s living arrangement (implying they’re a lesbian couple), prompting Olivia to storm in to her office with a speech about how wonderful Natalia is. Then Olivia unleashed on two women whispering about them in a local restaurant, and got into an argument with Natalia about whether it matters that people think they’re a couple even though they’re not. That night, Olivia turned down a date with a man because “I’m living with someone” while Natalia accepted a weekend away with a guy who’s in love with her. The “l” word — “lesbian” — is finally being spoken on the show, along with frequent use of the writers’ other favorite “l” word: “lover.” But the conversation is still just around about how people think Olivia and Natalia are in a romantic relationship, not about whether they actually should be in a romantic relationship.

What you need to know: The production quality on this show might not be great, but the potential lesbian storyline is developing pretty well.

Show/Episode: Grey’s Anatomy — ABC, drama

What happened: In the last five minutes of the episode, relative newcomer Dr. Arizona Robbins followed a discouraged Callie into the bathroom at the bar, introduced herself by giving a speech about how everyone thinks so highly of Callie at Seattle Grace, and how there will be people lining up for Callie when she’s ready. Then Arizona proceeded to cut to the front of that line by unexpectedly kissing Callie, and leaving her smiling in the dim light of the dingy bathroom.

What you need to know: Callie and Arizona seem to have good chemistry (the few minutes we’ve seen them together). But Arizona bears such a physical resemblance to Erica Hahn at certain angles/distance that I can’t help thinking when I’m watching these scenes that ABC just decided to swap out the older blond lesbian with a younger, more conventionally attractive one.

Here’s how the writer of the episode described these events on the Grey‘s Writer’s blog:

Callie, who’s looking down the barrel of her failed relationships learns that even when he chooses to be OK by herself, it’s just lonely. And at the moment she feels it hit rock bottom… Enter Arizona “actions-speak-louder-than-words-especially-in-the-ladies-room” Robbins. I love characters who sneak up on us. What I think I love most about Arizona is that she is genuinely, positively interested in people, in the most selfless way. We knew this right away, when she made Alex squirm on the plane a few weeks back, with all the questions about his girlfriend. So it seems perfectly natural that she would just stop in the loo to cheerlead a colleague. Then….surprise! Romance! And she turns Callie’s whole set of expectations upside down.  Which I’m all for. I want Callie to be happy. I can’t wait to see where this goes.

And by “I can’t wait to see where this goes,” I’m thinking he means “I can’t wait to see how ABC is going to ruin this relationship, too!” Not that I’m cynical.

That wraps up this week’s rundown of lesbian/bi women on TV. I’m sure there are some shows airing in other countries with lesbian storyline developments this week that I missed, but I tried to cover most of the major ones. If any of our international readers want to send me short updates (in English) on Thursdays via emails to the [email protected] account, please do!

— by Sarah Warn