Deep Soap: ‘Days of Our Lives’ Airs Gay Sex Scene with Little Fanfare

by | November 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM | Days of Our Lives, Deep Soap, General Hospital, The Colbert Report

Days of Our Lives Airs Gay Sex Scene, World Does Not End

It’s a measure of how quickly daytime, and television, and American society have changed that Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny’s (Freddie Smith) gay sex scene on “Days of Our Lives” attracted relatively little attention. It wasn’t even the biggest news in soaps this week. The return of Faison and the reveal that Duke was alive were bigger. Remember all of the headlines when “As the World Turns” favorites Luke and Noah, had sex?  Major news outlets covered it. Remember how disappointingly chaste and timid the sex scene was, like everyone involved with the show was so afraid that the same viewers who had followed their romance for years (seriously, that was how long it took them get physical) would be appalled to watch them in an actual romantic scene?

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Though it took eons for Will to come out of the closet and for he and Sonny to admit that they were attracted to each other, they have only been dating for a few months. While that is a long time for two actual college aged gay guys to wait before hooking up, by soap relationship standards it is short. Sonny even told Will that they were moving at a snail’s pace compared to other guys that he has dated.

The sex scene itself was every bit the equivalent of other DOOL sex scenes. I was pleasantly surprised both because DOOL is the most socially conservative soap, with a strong Catholic core, and because DOOL typically puts so little effort into directing its scenes. Will and Sonny were passionate and romantic. All of the standard tropes of a soap love scene were there: the removal of clothes, the passionate kissing. Afterwards, there was a natural intimacy between the two of them, as Will played with Sonny’s hair while they basked in the afterglow. If you missed it, or watch to watch it again, I embedded the whole episode above.

I hate that the complication in Will and Sonny’s relationship is going to be that Will got his ex-girlfriend Gabi (Carmila Banus) pregnant via an impulsive one -night stand, because I am tired of seeing young soap characters get saddled with kids. I am also tired of seeing every gay character on television have a baby. It’s become a cliché, and almost seems like a way to neuter or lessen a character’s gayness. This has been a problem on daytime ever since “All My Children’s” Bianca got pregnant. But I can’t deny that intercutting between Will and Sonny having sex and Gabi learning that she was pregnant was great soap. I still think it would have been more interesting if the conflict between Will and Sonny was that Will was a bad boy who  worked for E.J. and was willing to break the rules while Sonny was a straight arrow, but the new writers have decided that Will and Sonny are both saints. Congratulations, Will and Sonny. You are now like every other couple on DOOL. Your storyline revolves around an unplanned pregnancy.  It really does get better.

“General Hospital” Brings Back (My) Love (For) The Afternoon

This week of “General Hospital” has been one giant, steaming bowl of payoff years in the making. As many fans suspected, the character we thought was Duke (Ian Buchanan) was actually super-villain Faison (Anders Hove) in disguise. This is great news not only because we get one of the show’s creepiest, most fun bad guys back, but because it means that Duke is not responsible for Jason’s death among other misdeeds. What’s hilarious is that Faison is impersonating Duke via a mask. It requires quite the suspension of disbelief, but its worth it to see the prosthetic Duke mask sitting on tables and counters throughout Faisons’s scenes as Faison. I think I’ve already found my 2013 Halloween costume.

The scenes between Faison and Robin, and Faison and the real Duke have been at once chilling and camp classics. Faison’s plan to fake Robin’s death with the intention of returning her to Port Charles at a later date in order to make Robin’s mother, Anna, fall in love with him is at once ridiculous and completely in keeping with the character’s obsessive love for Anna. In a twisted way, it’s sort of romantic. Even better, Anna’s other love, Robert, returned to the show Thursday with the intention of proving that Duke is not really Duke. It’s just so much fun, and I say this as someone who wasn’t watching for the original triangle.

Then there were the scenes I have been waiting fifteen years to see, as the resurrected A.J. (Sean Kanan) told his son Michael (Chad Duell)  how Sonny (Maurice Benard)  and Carly (Laura Wright) forced him to give up his parental rights. He brought up all of the terrible things that were done to him, including Sonny hanging him from a meat hook until he signed away his parental rights. Those scenes were appalling not because Sonny, the mobster, ruthlessly attacked his enemy to get what he wanted, but because the show was written so that viewers were supposed to side with Sonny, not A.J. A significant portion of us never did. Michael found himself sympathizing with his biological father. (By the way, it’s terrific how much Duell and Kanan look like father and son.) Every single thing that Sonny and Carly did, from Carly making A.J. believe he fell off the wagon to Sonny locking him in a room with a bottle of vodka and threatening to pour it down his throat was mentioned. It was glorious. It was also evenhanded, as Sonny and Carly also brought up all of the legitimately terrible things that A.J. did over the years.

If someone told me a year ago that watching GH would be the highlight of my day, I wouldn’t believe them. The show is a Thanksgiving miracle. I can’t wait until this afternoon’s episode.

Susan Lucci on ‘The Colbert Report’


Every “All My Children” fan needs to watch Thursday’s episode of “The Colbert Report.” It features none other than Susan Lucci in a hilarious parody of the Petraeus scandal, “General’s Hospital.” I have long suspected that Colbert is a closet soap fan, and this very silly take on the crazy real-life version of ‘Scandal” does nothing to disprove it. It should come as no surprise to anyone who watched her host “Saturday Night Live” back in the day that Lucci holds her own with Colbert in front of a live studio audience. Not only did this segment make me laugh, it reminded me of how much I miss Erica Kane and “All My Children.”