Gays Gone Wild

So… this happened today:

I didn’t hate this nearly as much as I thought I would. I actually didn’t hate it at all. I was worried this would vindicate all the people crowing about how they’re obviously going to make Will straight now and there’s no future for The Gay Story and blah blah. But it totally didn’t play that way. Will had a terrible confrontation with T, he freaked out after Sonny kissed him, he got chewed out by his dad for something unrelated (and he kept trying to make it about his sexuality when Lucas insisted it had nothing to do with that), and then when he and Gabi were caught in a vulnerable moment together, he went for it. Chandler Massey kept the smirk at bay and gave a nice little “I guess I’m gonna do this now…” hesitant look. He didn’t look disgusted, just like it was something that he felt he had to make himself do. I bought it.

But let’s not give short shrift to his argument with Lucas.

Lucas said a lot of things that he has needed to say for a long time. It was ridiculous of Will to aid and abet a fugitive — and the fact that his mother thought it was a good idea doesn’t justify it. Will weaseled his way out of going to mourn with Jennifer and Abigail (his family) because he’s so wrapped up in his own crap.

The other side of this that worked well was the confrontation between Sonny and T. In his usual, “I have nothing better to do” fashion, T was glowering while he watched Sonny and Brian together. When T got in Sonny’s face about it, Sonny stepped right up and ordered him out of the coffeehouse. And then Sonny questioned why this “gay thing” is so damn upsetting to T.

Both actors, as well as the directing, were great. T is such a nasty little shit, but he was also on Sonny like… well, like Kayla on a newly widowed Carver. I honestly thought they might kiss for a second there. Then Sonny insinuated that there might be more to T’s homophobia than he’s admitting — he never had to state it outright, just imply it — and Freddie Smith let this little smirk cross his face. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to show that he was getting some satisfaction out of the accusation, and I bought it as enough to push T over the edge and have him deck Sonny.

I’m going to remain optimistic that this is all going to add up to something — like, you know, an actual story. From where I stand, there’s nothing about this that says the show is backing off the gay storyline, and if my suspicions are correct (and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what they are), this Gabi angle is a means of prolonging the long-term Will/Sonny storyline.

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4 Comments on “Gays Gone Wild”

  1. Stevie Says:

    I can’t help but think that Will is going to get Gabi pregnant and then re-realize that he’s gay…

    I feel bad for Lucas, whether it’s Sami or Will that he’s trying to straighten out, they always have a way of changing the subject and throwing it right back at him. I’m not saying that Lucas is perfect, but it really isn’t fair for Will to try and make him out to be a homophobe as an answer to any criticism. If Will were out & level-headed and responsible (like Sonny is) then I don’t think Lucas would be as concerned. What will be interesting to see, though, is that if Will continues to go through this charade with Gabi, and pretends to be straight, will Lucas be able to get through to him? Will can’t play the “misunderstood gay son” card if he’s parading himself as straight.

    Another reason to feel bad for Lucas: Rafe seems to be getting cozy with Sami again. I was starting to like the emerging friendship, or at least camaraderie between those two guys, that they’d been burned by both Sami & EJ before and were working together to try to do what they thought was “best” for the kids (even they tended to be a bit self-righteous about it.)

    • mykleraus Says:

      I think Will is going to realize how wrong it was to sleep with Gabi pretty immediately. But of course, then it’ll be too late. (What are the odds she tries to pass it off as Chad’s kid?)

      Will was been such a little shit of late. Lucas was 100% correct in everything he said to him. And Will was determined to have it be about his sexuality when it had zero to do with that. It had to do with his poor choices and his selfishness.

      I’m also pissed that MarDar rushed Sami and Lucas back together so quickly. There was no story, no build. You could have had Lucas return to have Sami’s back as a friend and be a father to Will, and they’d slowly rediscover their attraction, but one or both of them would fight it for various reasons (Lucas being engaged, remembering how badly it ended before, etc.). And yes, I liked how Lucas and Rafe had become sort of friendly. Maybe they will do this with more subtlety than we expect (but I doubt it).

  2. Alana Says:

    Yes yes and yes!! I loved the Lucas Will convo and that Lucas wasn’t scared to call Will out despite Will’s attempt to relate it to his sexuality. The series of events was also a good reminder that Will is supposed to be like a 19 or so year old kid, so struggling, making wrong choices, acting impulsively, etc would be pretty realistic. And OMG I didn’t even think about Gabi being prego. Of course she will.

    • mykleraus Says:

      Yes, I actually think the writing is pretty solid — if obnoxious — for a kid his age. He’s a pain in the ass, but it’s fitting and consistent.


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