On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, I cover the Burden of Truth season one finale; Hen is trapped in a hole on 9-1-1; and Shameless sucks at lesbianism.
- 9-1-1 – Season 2 Episode 3 “Help is Not Coming” [Live]
It’s the third episode into season two, and we’re still dealing with the giant earthquake. At the end of the last episode Hen fell down into a hole at the bottom of the wrecked hotel — lesbian in the hole! In this episode, Hen tries to save another firefighter, a kid and a dog she finds down there, while her colleges try to find and rescue her.
At one point Hen is thinking this may be the end, and she records a voice memo.
I was feeling pretty confident Hen would be okay, and indeed, she, the kid and the dog were rescued. The firefighter not so much.
The episode ended with a slow motion montage set to Bowie’s Heros of everyone being reunited with their loved ones including Hen, Ren and Denny. And, surprise! She brought home the dog.
Does this now put the cheating plot to a rest, and Hen and Ren can move on with their relationship? We’ll see.
- The Deuce – Season 2 Episode 4 “What Big Ideas” [Catch-up]
There hasn’t been a ton of Irene on The Deuce, but she does seem to be sweet on one of the dancers at Show Land named Shay who happens to be an addict.
After Shay passes out during a shift, Irene takes her to the hospital and pays for her to be in rehab for 28 days.
Melissa, however, knows what’s up.
This can’t go anywhere good, but I do want more Irene!
Melissa is one of The Deuce‘s queer characters from season one, but does anyone else recognize her from one of our other favorite shows?
- The Deuce – Season 2 Episode 5 “All You’ll Be Eating Is Cannibals” [Live]
I’ve got two Deuces for you today (ha ha).
28 days have passed and Irene picks Shay up from rehab, but when she drives her to Rodney’s to take her home, she realizes she can’t go back there. She tells her she’ll be back on drugs “in ten minutes” if she goes back to that apartment. Irene tells Shay she wants her to stay with her instead. Rut ro.
When Irene brings her to her apartment (which I imagine costs a million+ now), the thing we all knew was coming happens and she kisses her.
Oh, no, Irene. You should have listened to the advice Cece gave Taryn on Grey’s. This is a bad idea.
Irene asks her if it’s okay, and she answers, “It’s fine.”
Irene then tells her she will take care of her, and she should find a different job.
Later at Show Land, Rodney comes around looking for Shay.
First, let’s take a moment to appreciate Roberta Colindrez in that jacket.
You know Rodney’s going to find out she’s staying at Irene’s eventually, and I am scared for them both!
- Burden of Truth – Season 1 Episode 10 “Cause in Fact” [Live]
It’s the Burden of Truth season one finale and time to find out what happens to Molly and the other poisoned girls.
Molly and Luna go a few rounds of, “You need to go to Montreal, it’s your dream,” and “No, I want to be with you.” When the evil steel mill proposes a settlement offer, Molly’s ready to take it, but Joanna, Billy and the other girls think it’s too small. They proceed with the trial.
With that decision made, it’s now time for Molly and Luna to go another round!
Eventually, Joanna and Billy win a big-ass settlement for the girls. Now Molly can go with Luna to Montreal and be her sugar momma.
But first, they go on a road trip! They decide to go to the west coast to see the Pacific ocean.
And they drive off out of town and out of season one.
What do you think will be the plot of season two? Will Molly, Luna and the rest of the folks from Millwood still be in it, or will it only follow Joanna’s story to Winnipeg?
- Grey’s Anatomy – Season 14 Episode 3 “Gut Feeling ” [Live]
Not a lot of queer stuff happened on Grey’s last week, but I feel like if there are two queer characters in a scene together, I should report on it.
Meredith hired Cece, the wise older lesbian, to be her matchmaker, and while she’s being attended to, she asks Grey a bunch of questions. Meredith is all Meredith about it — not wanting to answer her questions and needing to move along to her next patient.
After Grey leaves, Cece turns to Taryn.
Does this mean Cece is going to match-make for Taryn too? That would be fun to watch.
- Shameless – Season 9 Episode 5 “Black-Haired Ginger” [Live]
Omg this show. SMH.
Shameless just doesn’t get lesbians right.
Since Alex dumped her on last episode, Debbie wants to win her back. She and Alex go to Patsy’s where instead of Debbie trying to convince Alex to get back together with her, Alex spills a lifetime of relationship grievances starting with her girlfriend from second grade.
After several hours of this, Debbie is done.
Hard eyeroll. Ha ha, yes yes, it’s a, “lesbians love to process joke,” but this show does not organically do gay jokes well. For the record, I hate talking about my feelings. Just sayin’.
Debbie gets up, grabs Franny and leaves without paying.
I really don’t know what point they are trying to make with this story line. About three times so far on this episode (and a bazillion times this season), people have either told Debbie she’s not gay, or Debbie has complained about people not believing she’s gay. I thought it was going to a “there’s no right way to be gay, and by the way you can be attracted to both men and women” place, but it seems to be doubling down on lesbian stereotypes instead.
Debbie comes home and makes this declaration.
Ah, okay, I guess “lesbianism sucks” is the point they’re trying to make. Ugh.
In Debbie’s next scene, she’s knocking on someone’s door.
Oh, look, it’s Fiona’s lesbian tenants, Nessa and Mel! I didn’t think we were going to see them ever again. Nessa bleached her hair, and I’m not feelin’ it.
Their reaction to Debbie’s question matches mine to this whole plot.
At this point I’m thinking, “Thank goodness, these two grown up lesbians are going to fix this train wreck with some decent advice,” but I forgot what show I was watching.
Debbie starts rambling on to Nessa about Alex, and she’s like, “Who’s Alex?” Debbie tells her she’s her ex-girlfriend and she accused her of “not being good at lesbianism.” Nessa says, “I don’t even know what that means.”
Good one, Nessa, but then Mel does this.
What the actual…there are so many things wrong about this scene. The first being, no one does this!
I guess that’s a positive message, but we sure took a twisted road to get here.
Finally, Nessa says the only sane statement on this episode so far, and she didn’t have to kiss anyone.
Wow. Shameless, you outdid yourself this episode. Where the F is this going to go now? I almost don’t want to know.