On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, it’s the return of Jo and Chase in Easy season three. Anne and Ann 1800s hook up on Gentleman Jack, and Maia makes an appearance on The Good Fight.
- The Good Fight – Season 3 Episode 9 “The One Where the Sun Comes Out” [Streaming]
We are 9 episodes into season three of The Good Fight — the last one before the finale — and this episode contained the queerest content of the entire season.
Maia looking cute in a winter hat.
Maia holding a dildo (for completely not sex-related reasons).
And this scene with Maia and Marissa.
The seconds-long pause in that scene felt like 10 years. I had so many thoughts running through my head. I’m glad nothing happened. I really like Marissa and Maia’s friendship, which Maia stuck a knife in by the end of the episode anyway.
I love The Good Fight; it is one of my favorite shows of all time, but I am not super into this season. I know you’re supposed to not like Roland Blum, but I can’t stand him. And the little time Maia has spent on the show has been working with him. Yuck.
There is only one episode left and we still don’t know who Maia was making out within the season three trailer they released before the show started up again. If that scene is not included in this week’s finale episode, I’m going to feel queerbaited.
I have zero evidence to support this, but I have a foreboding feeling Rose Leslie may be leaving the show. Maybe it’s Queer Fan Anxiety Syndrome talking, but she didn’t show up for the Paleyfest panel, she’s not in any of the promotional materials, and she’s been absent from multiple episodes this season.
I really hope I am wrong and she’ll be back with a bigger role next season; however, as a queer fan with trust issues, I am not feeling confident.
- Gentleman Jack – Season 1 Episode 3 “Oh Is That What You Call It?” [Live]
We’re 3 episodes into Gentleman Jack, and Anne Lister has made her moves on heiress Ann Walker. At first Anne’s affection seems like a financial and political move to help her keep her estate afloat, but now she does seem to have real feelings for her.
I gotta be honest, I find Anne’s aggressiveness to be creepy, and she is not 100% on board with telling the truth.
She’s done this MANY times before.
This episode goes from first kiss (and first other things) to a proposal.
I’m trying to think of a 1800s England UHaul joke.
Ann is into it, but she wants to wait 6 months to make sure it’s the right move. That sounds smart to me!
I’m fascinated by the real Anne Lister and her 27 300-word long diaries chronicling 27 years of her life. She wrote the gay parts in code which was cracked in the 80s. A lot of the plot comes right from her diaries, and the HBO website has an episode guide with an excerpt from her diaries for each show.
Another cool thing is they filmed the show at the actual Shibden Hall where Anne lived. I am digging learning some of the queer history we didn’t get growing up. Queer folks have always been around throughout history living on their own terms.
- Easy – Season 3 Episode 3 “Spontaneous Combustion” [Streaming]
Easy dropping last Friday was bittersweet. I couldn’t wait to see Jo and Chase in Easy season three, but since Netflix has a problem keeping shows past 3 seasons, I knew this episode would be their last.
I am not going to recap the episode in detail, because I don’t want to spoil folks before they get a chance to watch it. But I am going to write up a little guide for everyone who hasn’t watched the show.
Easy is a show where each episode focuses on a different set of characters in Chicago. The episodes are not interconnected, and you don’t need to see them all; however, they do continue season to season creating a little 3-episode arc for each set spanning over multiple years.
One of the stories is about Jo and Chase, a cute young lesbian couple. In season one they meet, season two they’re living together, and season three their relationship is at a crossroads. The thing I love so much about their episodes is that it’s the queer content we deserve! Their story feels very authentic like they’re people you know in real life. Also, the queer sex on their episodes is just as explicit as the opposite sex scenes in the rest of the series.
Here is a guide to watching the Jo and Chase episodes:
Season 1 Episode 2 “Vegan Cinderella” – Jo and Chase meet at a show and hit it off immediately. Chase tries turning vegan after she and Jo start dating
Season 2 Episode 7 “Lady Cha Cha” – Chase gets into burlesque and challenges Jo’s double standards about art, sex and feminism.
Season 3 Episode 3 “Spontaneous Combustion” – Jo and Chase’s lease comes up, and with it, some serious relationship issues.
If you watch the 3 episodes together, it makes a perfect queer show. But still, I’m aggravated we get this quality queer content in the form of crumbs. I wish they could have their own spinoff series.
Goodbye, Jo and Chase, y’all are endgame in my mind.
- Charmed – Season 1 Episode 21 “Red Rain” [Live]
There wasn’t a ton of Mel/Niko/Greta drama in this episode, but we did get this encounter between Mel and Greta at the hospital.
What will happen in next week’s season one finale episode? Place your Mel and Niko bets now.
This week The Good Fight, Supergirl and Charmed all have their season finales. Let’s hope they include some decent queer content!