Langford on Soaps: Chris Gets and Then Loses a Boyfriend On “Neighbors”

Plus, Joshca’s feelings for Deniz grow on All That Matters, Wyatt and Jeffery bond on The Haves and the Have Nots, the return of Aussie drama Winners and Losers and Will tries to rescue a kidnapped child on River City.

Langford’s Picks and Pans

All That Matters (Germany)

I’m glad to watch this show again, just so I can get my fill of the character Ben, or rather the totally hot actor who plays him. Ben is a jerk, always has been and I hate that he’s treated Bea so badly after he cheated on her with Katja. I was glad that Bea finally got clued into what Ben did by seeing that picture of his tryst. Speaking of that picture, or rather the person who planted it, I could do without the excessive smarm of Can’s character. It really takes away from what could be a fun, charming, doofus of a guy and turns him into an unlikeable pig.

So here comes the inevitable ‘romance’ between Joscha and Melanie. Darn it. Joscha is determined to hide that he’s gay and Melanie is interested. Seems like a doomed relationship is bound to happen. Let’s just hope it doesn’t drag out too long. In fact, I’d like to skip over this coming out nonsense and get to what happens after. No such luck though.

It was great to have Deniz refer to Roman as his one great love and that they’d still be together if Roman hadn’t died. Of course, we’ll have to forget that Roman had broken up with Deniz and was sleeping with someone else not too long before Roman’s demise, shall we? But it was funny how Joscha looked at Deniz totally different after learning Deniz was bisexual, like checking him out in the shower. And like rushing into joining that broken-down soccer club, he’ll get involved with Melanie to run from those feelings, I bet. I just wonder if Deniz will ever return Joscha’s feelings or will he just help him out the closet. Not sure about that. We’ll see.

Have and The Have Nots (U.S.)

I’ll just have to accept that this show has a serious problem with pacing they are not going to fix. They’ll just drop a story for an episode or two and fill it with pretty much dead air so they don’t have to move forward with anything. For example, last week, David seemingly ordered Candace’s demise. In fact, I thought he told his henchman to take care of it ‘today’. But David wasn’t even in this week’s show, nor was there any mention made or suspense drawn from this major plot point. Instead the show spent most of the hour showing Wyatt, Jeffery and Amanda trying to lure Candace out of the bathroom while she giggled at them. Ugh.

I can’t believe anybody bought Candace’s story, especially Wyatt. He said he had checked her out, so wouldn’t he know her story was bogus? They didn’t need for Jeffery and Wyatt to stumble across Candace’s escort website to figure her out. BTW, could Wyatt really be surfing for porn at the facility? Wouldn’t they have internet access monitored?

But back to Candace, I am curious that Amanda did say she’d heard Candace crying herself to sleep at times over her alleged past. What was that about since we know she lied about it? Was she crying about something, but not what she told Amanda and the guys? Maybe over her nearly being beaten and killed or the baby she’s not raising? Hmmm….

I did think it was funny how Veronica tried to get Kathryn to tell her what everybody knows about Jeffery—that he’s gay, but Kathryn refused to be the one to break the very obvious information to her. But I guess Veronica isn’t the only one with her head in the sand. Jeffery can’t deal with the truth either and it’s clear his friends know but won’t say anything as well. Candace’s way of handling the situation with Jeffery wasn’t exactly subtle (but that’s something Candace is not), but I did like Candace telling Jeffery that you only get one life and he needs to live it for himself. He didn’t want to hear it, but she’s right.

And it seems to me that they are headed for something between Wyatt and Jeffery. Jeffery is clearly in love with Wyatt, but I’m not sure if it’ll be a real romance or something Wyatt uses to his own advantage. But I think they’re going somewhere.

It was interesting to find out that Celine and Jim had an affair to the point that he was in love with her and wanted her to leave her husband. However, I don’t quite buy it, and I can’t imagine where it’s going. But to be honest, let’s hope nowhere. Celine is a character that the less I see of the better.

Shortland Street (New Zealand)

So I’m counting down the number of episodes Seth has left on this show. This week is the show’s final week before the season finale next week so I’d say 3 or 4 at the most. I think he’ll be dispatched in the finale, if not before then. His time is almost up, I think. Interesting that his master plan was to always get control of the hospitals, sell them and reap the profits and retire with Henry, especially since he’s always treated Henry like an afterthought. But with Rachel now having the proof against Seth, his plan is doomed.

However, I can’t believe Seth would leave all that information on a flash drive and then ‘hide’ it in his unlocked office where anyone could walk in. He’s a smart guy, too smart to come up with such a devious plan and leave the evidence out so openly. After all, he’s made a point of not having anything that could be traced back to him, so I don’t buy he’d be so sloppy. Of course, he wouldn’t have been found out otherwise, so I guess that only reason for that plot contrivance.

I admit that Seth’s scheming has been fun to watch and the actor is clearly having fun playing the bitchy villain. I loved the line where Harper told Seth he can’t blackmail her forever and Seth replied ‘Then I better make the most of it’. But with Seth’s downfall right about the corner, I can only wonder if he’ll drag Henry down with him. Then again, after Seth is caught and probably jailed for insider trading, there won’t be much use for Henry, I guess. Two less gays in the canon.

Good Times, Bad Times (The Netherlands)

I really liked this show’s season finale. It was set up very well, with plenty of suspects with different motives for wanting to kill someone. And I liked that the show ended with us not knowing who the victim was so we’ll have plenty of story to play out next season. Already there’s clearly going to be conflict because Menno will no doubt be heading the investigation and Lucas already has information that could prove important because of that damning phone call made by Ludo. I have no idea who the victim could be, but I hope it’s Wiet, who’s the most annoying, pointless character on the show.

I wonder though if it will be the wrong victim in that someone will die, but we’ll later find out that they weren’t the intended target, but they grabbed the wrong parachute or they were switched or something and the real target is out there and so is the person who wants them dead. I think that would be a neat twist.

But please show, PLEASE, stop having Lucas just barge into Menno’s office unannounced with silly presents and cakes and pies. Lucas still has no consideration for Menno’s job or position. Menno is a grown man and his putting up with such nonsense is not cute or funny, but diminishes his character by having him indulge Lucas. I had more respect for him when he’d get pissed and kick Lucas out of his office. I guess more annoying is that we’re not seeing a whit of growth or maturity in Lucas’ character and I thought we might finally get that in his relationship with Menno. I guess this show is never going to let this ‘Peter Pan’ grow up.

Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

I’m tired of Will’s self-doubt and not believing in Sonny and what they have. Not only is it boring, but we’ve been here before and I didn’t like it the first time. Besides, we know how it will play out, Sonny will end up, as usual, doing all the work in the relationship to convince Will to believe in them, rather than have Will do any self-reflection on why he continues to mistrust what he has. I think that Sonny will propose, leading to a wedding/civil union. Cue the fan squeeing. I, however, will be busy throwing things at my TV.

I really wish the show would write this plot and these characters with more layers. Why not give Saint Sonny flaws? Why not have him doubt his choices and wonder about all the things he’s given up? Maybe he could worry about being so consumed with Will and the baby that he fears losing himself, but eventually he realizes he’s exactly where he wants to be, sacrifices and all. It does happen and it wouldn’t make Sonny a bad person. That would be real and make Sonny a more realistic, multi-dimensional character. I know he makes the fangirls swoon over his ’perfection’, but for me, he’s dull. And a Kiriakis should never be dull.

But as I’ve said before, the show won’t give these gay guys any serious flaws and character issues, even to the point making them not very compelling characters. To whit, if Will and Sonny were straight, Brent would be an ex of Sonny’s out to get him back and lure him back to his old life. It’s old school soap, the kind of stuff Days tells in its sleep. They still do…. for the straight characters.

It was nice to see all that male skin at the park. But it’s a reminder of how rarely the show has shirtless men when they used to do it every episode, even when it made no sense. I continue to love J.J. causing trouble for Jen and Daniel. As long as he hates Daniel, I’ll love him. I also loved that talk between Adrienne and JJ about Jack, which was so real and warm and well acted. But it only made me miss Jack, a character I loved dearly. I will never forgive Days for killing him off (again). Oh and T making that comment about Gabi going after gay men ignores that Gabi didn’t know Will was gay when she slept with him. It’s not like she’s chasing after gay dudes or something.

So the only evidence at Sami’s hearing is her own testimony? Nothing else was presented? I don’t know anything about grand juries, but that doesn’t seem like regular legal procedure. I mean why would the decision to go forward be totally based on the word of someone who has every reason to lie? Even without the video, there’s enough for a grand jury to indict I would think. Speaking of which I can’t believe that Adrienne hasn’t seen the video yet or that smart Sonny forgot he sent a copy to his mother. I mean, wasn’t he even asked by E.J. if anyone else had it and Sonny said no? I must say though that I’m tired of Sonny’s attitude towards his mother’s doubts about Sami, especially since he’s seen the video and knows Sami isn’t exactly ’innocent’. Sonny is only on Sami’s side because she’s Will’s mom, not out of any real feeling for Sami.

Funny how Chad is worried he’s like Stefano when he didn’t know the old man was his dad until a few years ago. Oh and the Abby/Chad/Cam triangle is still boring.

It was sad to see Nick and Gabi break up and end their marriage. I do hope they work things out and get back together. I still wonder why the show is putting the whole thing on the backburner though, along with Nick’s plans with Vargas. I would like to see Nick working through his issues about his rape. That could be great television and I’m sure Blake Berris could handle the material. BTW, that line Kate made to Nick about Vargas being his rapist seemed low even for her.

Finally, I think that Greg Vaughn is doing a terrific job as Eric deals with the aftermath of being sexually assaulted by Kristen. And if we could get some more shower scenes I’d love it. But when I saw that shower set all I could think was that was the same shower Will and Sonny were in awhile back. You don’t want to know where my mind went after that. Heh.

I wonder when we’ll find out that Kristen is pregnant as a result of her sexytimes with Eric. You know that’s coming. Like Gabi sleeping with Will, there’s no point to the plot arc if a pregnancy didn’t result from it. And a priest expecting a baby is explosive drama to be sure, especially since Kristen is supposedly barren and it would tie Kristen to Marlena and John forever. I think though that Kristen will reunite with Brady and at first try and pass it off as his. After all, it’s not like Days hasn’t played that same beat several times in the past few years, right?

Hollyoaks (U.K.)

I’ve been complaining for weeks about Hollyoaks and their lack of plot logic and continuity, but this past week they finally did something that made sense. For once, I wish they hadn’t. It makes complete sense that Doug wouldn’t be over Ste. After all Doug was totally in love with Ste and they were married (I nearly fell over when the show finally addressed that fact that Ste and Doug were still spouses) and because Ste is still a daily part of his life, Doug never had a chance to get over him. I mean, did anyone really believe that Doug was over Ste when he popped up back in town shortly after they split in the airport? I think Doug wanted to be over Ste, he needed to be, he just wasn’t. I didn’t like Doug hurting John Paul like that, and I wish the show had given them a shot at working out, but it wasn’t meant to be.

And unlike a lot folks, I don’t think that Doug is a user or a manipulator or a jerk. It’s so funny that people still hate Doug for the ‘crime’ of coming between Ste and Brendan, when it was Brendan’s abuse keeping them apart. Doug finally faced that he was still in love with Ste and he couldn’t pretend anymore, even though he knew Ste didn’t want him. He didn’t use John Paul or manipulate him, but had genuine feelings for him. And he was honest with JP and told him the truth and didn’t play games. That’s different from Ste, who actually did use and manipulate Doug all during their time together (something he still has never copped to) and he’s still using and manipulating Doug’s emotions in order to get Doug away from John Paul because he’s feeling lonely. He doesn’t even want Doug, he just wants Doug to be there for him when needs him. Yet, Doug is the bad guy? Hmm…..

I’m loving the twisted story of Paul being stalked and taunted by someone who knows he killed Lynsey and his misguided belief that it’s Myra behind it. Joseph Thompson is great as the bad guy and his scenes dealing with Myra is fun stuff. I just hope he realizes that Myra isn’t stalking him (let’s face it, Myra is not bright enough to pull this off) before his plan to kill her is implemented. And I loved Paul’s crazy plan to fake Jacqui’s death, though I really don’t buy that Trevor would fall for it. Oh well. I’m not sure how I feel about Trevor. He comes off as the show’s new Warren Fox. I loved Warren and Trevor is going to have to go far to fill those shoes. And you know, I’m still puzzled as to why Ste let Trevor beat him up. I know we were supposed to believe Ste was ‘heroic’, but to me it was just stupid. Not getting that at all.

It’s pretty obvious that Phoebe is going to get her heart broken. Vincent and George care about each other and are falling in love, even though it makes no sense whatsoever. I just hope they don’t let it drag too long before they tell the truth.

Neighbours (Australia)

Well, if I didn’t know it before, and I think I did, Neighbours has confirmed to me that they’ll never give Chris a fully fleshed out romantic life like they do every other character. That includes the young teens on the show, who get more action than Chris does. The show is running a storyline where they are discussing the kids using protection during sex, something Chris needn’t worry about apparently. But it isn’t just the sex issue or that the show avoids gay intimacy of any kind, they’re not even telling a story that includes all the beats. With Chris and Aidan, as much as they didn’t see any serious action (except for a couple of kisses), at least we saw some of their love story play out on screen. With Chris and Hudson, we’re not getting anything at all.

For example, Chris met Hudson off screen. And when we did see them for their first date, they spent the entire time moving forward the straight folks’ stories. Chris later told his friends that he and Hudson had a nice time and would keep dating (and they had other off-screen dates), but it would have been nice if we had of seen some of it so we can actually care about and invest in this relationship. But since the entire coupling only serves to help other story-lines, Chris new ‘romance’ is merely a plot point. I can’t even get into things like chemistry and what not because the show isn’t giving us enough time together with Chris and Hudson as a couple for me to judge. Besides, there are so many things about them even dating that doesn’t make sense.

The show just had this big story arc about Josh and Amber where Don didn’t want Josh and Amber dating. Don felt that dating was a distraction for his swimmers and it ultimately broke Josh and Amber up. So why isn’t it an issue for Chris and Hudson? Furthermore, given how strict Don is with his athletes, he’s okay with having an openly gay swimmer on his team? Then again, there are world famous openly gay swimmers, such as Matthew Mitchum, who is Australian, so perhaps the show not making an issue of it is simply a reflection of that.

It’s also nice that they cast a person of color as Chris’ boyfriend and neither that or his sexuality isn’t factor in the storyline. But despite all that, the characters are still treated like second class citizens and their story is merely a backdrop for the bigger story-lines involving the straight characters and their relationships. I think the show should start with fixing that before patting themselves on the back in regards to having gay characters on their show.

Scoops and Spoilers

EastEnders — Danny Pennant is back in town and Michael is jealous of the time he’s spending with Janine. When Roxy tells Michael about his affair with Syed last year, Michael is quick to tell Janine that Danny is gay. Still, Janine hires Danny to do some work for her based on his past business successes he’s told her about. Jealous of Danny’s presence, Michael digs up more dirt and finds out that Danny is currently unemployed. Danny admits this to Janine, saying he only lied so she’d give him a chance. Pleased about the work he’s done for her, Janine decides to keep Danny around, infuriating Michael.

Neighbours — Chris finds out that Hudson is taking performance enhancing drugs, being forced to do so by Don. He insists Hudson stop, but Hudson is fearful that Don will drop him from the swim team if he does, even though Hudson’s health is suffering. Later, when a suspicious Josh asks about what is going on, Chris tells Josh Hudson’s secret. Josh tries to use the information to blackmail Don into letting him out of his contract, but Don refuses, reminding Josh who has the upper hand. When Hudson finds out what Chris has done, he breaks up with him and tells him to butt out of his life.

Hollyoaks — John Paul is devastated by his breakup with Doug, but not for long. Drama teacher Danny Lomax shows up in town and there is an instant attraction. But John Paul worries that Danny may not be gay. He gets his answer when he and Danny kiss, but later Danny makes a secret phone call and tells the person on the line that he loves them. Uh oh! Meanwhile as part of his plot to kill Myra, Paul asks Trevor to do the job, but Trevor wants $100,000 for the hit. Paul agrees to sell drugs in the club to come up with the money and uses Ste as his dealer. In other news, Ste’s estranged mother Pauline shows up in town and Tony sees her at the hospital. Seems she has cancer and her diagnosis is terminal.

And Also This Week

Rafe comes out of his coma….

Days of Our Lives After Sonny spends the night partying with Brent, Will worries even more if Sonny regrets the life choices he’s made. Meanwhile, Rafe comes out of his coma…

Holby City — Malick is back from his suspension… and is in trouble already…

Winners and Losers — Will a tragic death change Rhys’ plans to move to Africa?

All That Matters Joshca struggles with his feelings for Deniz…

River City Will investigates the kidnapping of a child…

Seth and Henry will soon have nothing to celebrate…..

Shortland Street — Seth’s plans blow up in his face…

People of the Valley — As Gethin is haunted by memories, Iolo looks for a way to help him….

Have and The Have Nots — Wyatt and Jeffrey wonder what to do with the dirt they have on Candace….


Yay! Conor and Justin return finally!

And finally, remember 6Degrees, the Belfast based drama about a group of college students? After a long hiatus, the show is finally returning for its second season this September, including hot gay couple Conor and Justin. When we last saw them, Conor was still hiding his sexuality, but had agreed to spend Christmas in London with his Justin. What will the new season bring? The producers promise lots of drama for the twosome. I know I can’t wait for the return of this show. We’ll have more news on it as the show’s premiere date gets closer.

That’s it for another edition of Langford on Soaps. See you next time!