They were quick to point out that liking things society typically thinks of as “girly” doesn’t necessarily mean you’re gay — and that the number one thing that makes someone gay is feeling attracted to the same sex.
Liz turned red at the thought of asking Aiden that at just eight years old, but Brad quickly pointed out he knew at that age. Lucas countered that he didn’t know. He just felt different, dated girls, tried to fit in, and eventually had to come to terms with who he was.
These were very real moments that didn’t come across as a PSA at all, which can often happen when soaps tackle topics such as these.
And then finally, we got some real soapy goodness from former mobster Julian Jerome (William deVry) who got chewed out by his sister for giving up the best thing that’s ever happened to him — Kim, the one woman who keeps him grounded.
Alexis had already chewed Julian out for the same thing, but Ava (Maura West) just has that special way about her and it finally sunk in. (Plus, maybe he thought — “Wait, did I just have Carly Corinthos’ 15-year-old clone dictate my love life?”)
So, in typical soap opera style, he arrived at her door, told her the truth about what happened New Year’s Eve, declared his love to a shocked and mostly-silent Kim, and left.
We half expected the soap cliche of Drew (Billy Miller) emerging from the bedroom, but that never happened and that’s what made this scene all the better.
Do this more often GH. You kept us riveted at every moment and that’s what we want soaps to always do.
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