This week on The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, Black Lightning is the best thing ever, Lena Waithe makes a guestbian appearance on This is Us, and I introduce a new feature: The Stef & Lena Passion Index.
- The Chi – Season 1 Episode 3 “Ghosts” [Catch up]
On this episode of The Chi we briefly meet Keisha and Kevin’s other mom Karen.
I love women in uniform. The scene is cute but short. I hope we get to see more of them this season. I would love for there to be lesbian moms on TV that actually like each other.
- Supergirl – Season 3 Episode 11 “Fort Rozz” [Live]
While Supergirl is off with her girl gang in space, Alex is left behind with a broken leg to babysit Ruby. During an enthralling game of Trivial Pursuit, Alex gets a text.
Of course I paused the TV so I could read the text.
Here it is, folks. -T pic.twitter.com/MN8PG4xZ6r
— LezWatchTV 📺🏳️🌈 (@lezwatchtv) January 23, 2018
I’m trying not to dissect this text too much, but I saddened by both the misuse of “your” and the “xo” at the end.
At this point I am just not into Supergirl. I used to look forward to Mondays, but now Alex has so little screen time and what she does have is taken up with babysitting Ruby and taking care of Kara. I miss Alex with her new gun, kicking ass with her detective girlfriend. I’ll keep watching, of course, but my TV excitement is now taken up by Black Lightning.
- Black Lighting – Season 1 Episode 2 “Lawanda: The Book of Hope” [Live]
On this episode of Black Lightning we meet Anissa’s girlfriend, Chenoa, and it seems there’s trouble in paradise. Processing in bed (like lesbians do), Chenoa makes it clear that she wants more from Anissa than just bang-hangs.
There is so much I love about this scene. We are getting right to the gay. No slow-burn of a coming out/couple arc or a timid walk up to a sex scene. Right from the start they are in bed, post sex and acting like a real couple. On other shows, the women are almost fully-clothed and doing…I don’t even know what (i.e. “leg stuff” on Pretty Little Liars), but not what real couples do. I don’t need there to be big sex scenes on network TV shows, but I do want the queer couples to be treated equally to the straight ones. This so rarely happens, and I am thankful Black Lighting is setting this precedent right from the start.
Back at Casa Black Lightning, Jefferson and Lynn are accounting for their daughters’ whereabouts.
Anissa’s parents are obviously not into her since they can’t even remember her name. I think they are setting us up to not get too attached to Cheena…I mean Chenoa. I don’t think she’ll be around much longer.
Again, this scene is great. Anissa’s parents are talking about her girlfriend, and it’s no big deal. We won’t have to sit through episodes waiting for her parents to accept her, because we are already there. We so rarely get to enjoy an out queer main character with story lines that don’t revolve around coming out. She is the lesbian superhero main character of our dreams.
- The Fosters – Season 5 Episode 12 “#IWasMadeinAmerica” [Live]
On this episode of the Fosters it’s Stef’s birthday, and she’s still buggin’. Jenna, the only fun adult queer character on this show, throws a birthday party for Stef and meets her next-door neighbor/high school crush, Tess.
At the end of the party Jenna and Tess are still hanging out, and Stef yells at Jenna for being inappropriate with her. It seems maybe Stef is a little jealous?? I wish someone on this show would be inappropriate and breathe some life into the queer adult story lines.
Meanwhile, on Callie inserts herself into everyone’s problems, Callie tells Ximena her story made it to Huffpo, and Ximena gives her a too-long kiss.
No, just please no.
Also, to measure the white-hot heat that is Stef and Lena’s relationship, I decided to introduce a new feature to my Fosters recaps: The Stef & Lena Passion Index.
On this episode we had…
I’m giving it 2 out of 5 sad sponges.
- This is Us – Season 2 Episode 13 “That’ll Be the Day” [Live]
Yay, Lena Waithe made a random appearance on This is Us as a animal shelter staff person helping Kate pick out a dog.
I love that she said “wife.”
- Grown-ish – Season 1 Episode 5 “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)” [Live]
Nomi disappointingly broke up with Big Dave because she couldn’t deal with the fact that he’s bisexual. Later she goes back and explains to him why.
I don’t know about you, but I have grown impatient with Nomi’s hypocritical biphobia. I’m glad Big Dave called her out on it, but I want more. I know this is a nuanced subject, and Grown-ish is doing a great job addressing it, but I’m ready for some After School Special-level justice now.
- One Day at a Time – Season 2 Episode 5 “Locked Down” [Binge Watch]
My wife and I binge-watched all of One Day at a Time season 2. It was cute seeing Elena have her first queer kiss on this episode.
- Cable Girls – Season 1 Episode 3 “Lies” [Binge Watch]
I’ve also been binge-watching Las Chicas Del Cable (AKA Cable Girls on Netflix) and enjoying it immensely. It’s like Bomb Girls, but in Spain at a Telephone company. It’s perfect balance of soap opera without being too ridiculous. At least I’m feeling that way now in season one, things can always take a turn.
In this episode Sara, a manager at the Cable company, starts to get close to Carlota, one of the operators, and her boyfriend Miguel. Carlota and Miguel seem to have an open-minded relationship and Carlota tells Sara she sees chemistry between her and Miguel and she’s ok with that.
Sara then makes her feelings clear.
Ooooh, 1920s queer drama. Sign me up!
- Jane the
VirginBud-Nipper – Season 4 Episode 8 “Chapter Seventy-Two” [Live]
Jane’s back from mid-season break and her kid Mateo, who just started kindergarten at a fancy school, made friends with kid with two moms.
Jane and Rafael are passing Ro & Xo’s address off as their own to get Mateo into this school. This is a move parents pull in Philly, too. The new friend wants to come over for a play date, and Jane and Raf try to pass Ro & Xo’s home as their own. The moms catch on and swear to keep it a secret. My wife thinks they are lying too because they vehemently insisted their kid go to Mateo’s house in the first place. We’ll see!
Wow, that was a lot of queer last week! Tune in to see what happens this week.