Boob(s on Your) Tube: Sexytime Hijinks on The Good Wife and Doc’s Ex-Girlfriend on Jane the Virgin

Welcome to week two of Homosexual TV Moments We Didn’t Recap and You Didn’t See Due to Your DVR Being 97 Percent Full Because Your Girlfriend Won’t Delete the Last Season of Grey’s Anatomy Even Though You Can Stream it Now For Free. Unfortunately, that isn’t an SEO-friendly column title. Neither is Riese’s suggestion of Boob(s on Your) Tube, but we’re going with it. You can thank her in the comments.

And so here they are. (This week’s boobs.) (The ones you maybe missed.) (On your tube.)

The Good Wife

Sundays on CBS at 9:00 p.m.


I’d love to Slytherin to your Chamber of Secrets.

Hallelujah, the heavens declare the glory of Kalinda Sharma! (Again, finally!) On this week’s The Good Wife, Kalinda swaggers her bad ass right over to FBI HQ, a place that is home to many secrets and law enforcement officers, but most importantly is the place of employee of one Ms. Lana Delaney. Kalinda sleeps with her ex-girlfriend for information, which is a total Kalinda move: brandishing her sexual prowess like a lightsaber to gain insider information. And it seems like that’s her only game. She even shuts down Lana’s post-coital story about coming out to her mom.

But that’s like season two Kalinda stuff. The best part about Kalinda’s arc in “Shiny Objects” is we find out Lana actually went snooping around in Kalinda’s stuff, which is an enormous turn-on to Kalinda, because she is so into the idea that someone is as good at playing the game as she is. It actually causes her to open up to Lana in ways she hasn’t done before. Sadly, “You’re as cunning and duplicitous as me!” isn’t exactly the vulnerable sweet-nothings Lana wanted Kalinda to whisper in her ear. So, they’re back off. For now. (But they were sexy, sexy, sexy for a hot second.)

On the double plus side, Kalinda might also be off with Cary. Seems like he thought they were exclusive.


Wednesdays on the CW at 9:00 p.m.


The odds are in none of y’all’s favor.

When I first heard the rumor that Arrow was going to kill off Sara “Canary” Lance, I was pretty livid. (I’m still pretty livid. How many female characters, especially queer ones, have to die to propel dudebros’ stories forward before we stuff this trope in the refrigerator once and for all?) (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. offed two lesbian/bi DC characters in a three-episode span for Kate Kane’s sake!) I calmed down a little bit when I heard we’d be getting a several episode arc with Sara’s ex-girlfriend, super assassin Nyssa al Ghul.

This week, I waited. And waited. And waited, waited, waited. This episode features everyone stomping around and talked about how they have failed Canary. Finally, in the closing seconds of the episode, Nyssa shows up, bow and arrow drawn, demanding to know what the actual hell happened to Sara.

It took long enough, but I’m glad to finally see someone whose outrage matches my own! A little bird — sorry, too soon — told me we’d be getting some Sara/Nyssa flashbacks. That better be true.

The Walking Dead

Sundays on AMC at 10:00 p.m.



Good news! According to my sources who are not terrified of guts and blood, lesbian zombie fighter Tara has lived through another week of the apocalypse! She is traveling around with two people, Maggie and Glenn, both of whom are good guys, I think, and my source (my girlfriend, okay?) says Tara has a lesbi-crush on Maggie. Again, no you may not have a photo due to my weak stomach, but I did find you another picture of what Shutterstock is calling a “zombie kitten,” so you’re welcome.

Survivor’s Remorse

Saturdays on Starz at 9:00 p.m.


You’d have this smug look on your face too if your boobs kept saving the day.

In my mini-cap of last week’s Survivor’s Remorse, I called M-Chuck, the black lesbian character, “aggressively gay.” Several commenters pointed out that using the word “aggressive” was crappy because it plays into a damaging racial stereotype. I apologized in the comments, but I want to reiterate here that I’m committed to getting stuff right, and I got that wrong, and I really am sorry. I will be more vigilant about my language going forward.

This week, Cam’s family convinces him to visit a kid in a coma for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Cam is reluctant to go because he doesn’t want to seem opportunistic, but M-Chuck convinces him that there’s nothing wrong with benefitting from doing something legitimately good for people. If he can help a grieving family and land a contract with Nike at the same time, there’s no shame in that. She goes with Cam to the hospital, mostly to make a play for nurses, and after she hits up her brother for some money to take one of the hot ladies out for coffee, he puts her on the payroll as his PR person so she can earn the cash to keep up with her Shane McCutcheon lifestyle.

Cam needs M-Chuck’s PR help right away, actually, because the kid he visits in the hospital wakes up from his coma and starts demanding things. Like strippers, for example. He pretends to be into learning to play ball but uses it as an excuse to get Cam alone and ask for strippers. M-Chuck works it out by letting him peep on her in the shower — and then the kid dies at the dinner table. Hashtag dramedy?

Top Chef: Boston

Wednesdays on Bravo at 10:00 p.m.


Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. I shake it off, I shake it off.

Lesbian contestant Melissa King gets a lot more screen time in this season’s second episode, due in large part to being on a team with some screw-ups. During the Quickfire Challenge, she makes fritto misto with pollock, mushrooms and razor clams. Padma calls it “a tempura platter,” which frankly sounds fucking delicious. Padma is a firecracker this season. I wish James would show her his full-blown upper arm tattoo of Patrick Swayze. I’d like to get her read on that.

During the Elimination Challenge, Melissa teams up with Joy and Ron, and they get along better than any reality team in the history of the world — unfortunately all their amiability makes for some dumb decisions. Serving their veal dish almost completely raw, for example. Sadly, Joy gets the axe (cleaver?) because of it

I say “sadly” because there is a wanker to beat the band this season. His name is Aaron and his deal is molecular gastronomy and he is a giant, giant dick. This week, it took him two hours to make some jelly that the judges hated so much. I was rooting for him to go home in tears. Alas. But hey, sweet Melissa lives to see another day!

Bad Judge

Thursdays on NBC at 9:00 p.m.

A couple of folks tweeted me to say there were lesbians on Kate Walsh’s Bad Judge this week. I asked around and here is what I found out from Brittani:

A random lesbian hit on Kate Walsh because she had an SUV. It was like ten seconds of the show. Also that show is terrible — but they seem really proud for coming up with the name Tedward, which I get.

Now you know.

Jane the Virgin

Mondays on The CW at 9:00 p.m.


One of the advantages of being an OBGYN is you can go from G to XXX in a nanosecond, apparently.

Jane the Virgin is my favorite new thing happening on TV this season. In last week’s TV round-up, turkish said the show feels an awful lot like Ugly Betty, which also played brilliantly on telenova themes and somehow managed to turn a weird, uncomfortable concept into a feminist home run, and I completely agree.

This week, Dr. Luisa, the OBGYN who accidentally impregnated Jane, finds herself alone in her office with a bottle of vodka. Not a good idea for anyone, really, but especially not a recovering alcoholic. Into this danger zone wanders Luisa’s ex-lover, Rose, who offers her some comforting words, a shoulder to cry on, and also sexual intercourse. Yes, they do it. No, they do not do it on-screen. A very weird choice, actually. We just hear the sounds and see a title card with an “XXX” on it.

But that is not as weird as this: Luisa attends a party at the end of the episode at her brother’s hotel. He is pissed at her because he put his name on the line to help her open her practice and if she gets hit with a lawsuit (and she’s definitely going to get hit with a lawsuit), his hotel could be used as collateral in the settlement. He tries to kick her out of the party, but their dad tells him to stop being a jerk. Family is family. And guess who else is family? Oh, it’s Rose. Ex-love Rose of the “XXX” title card. She is married to Luisa’s dad. Rose is Luisa’s stepmom.

Turns out telenovelas are my jam, man.

Team TV Coverage You May Have Missed

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20 stupidly easy things the Pretty Little Liars could do to stay alive
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Transparent 105 recap
Now with a handy illustrated feelings chart to help you process!

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  1. “cunning and duplicitous” is almost an anagram for something I’d be down to partake in with Kalinda Sharma. XD

  2. Marry Me has a lesbian character. She mentioned in passing how she just got a message from boobr/boober, lesbian version of tinder and grindr.

    • I recommend it. It is both an homage to and send up of telenovelas. It is sweet, funny, campy, mysterious and charming.

  3. I really need Madam Secretary to get itself a queer female character, ASAP. I kind of like, it but not enough that I LOVE it, because I just can’t stop comparing it to The West Wing, which I LOOOOOVE. But I feel like having a queer female character would help give it a one-up on TWW, which just had one awesome scene where CJ won’t deny being a lesbian, and Rona and Cindy kissing for a second in season 7, because that just wasn’t enough.

    I was kind of desperately hoping that Bebe Neuwrith would be queer, because that would be AWESOME. But instead that had to go with the grossly overdone “she’s in love with her dead former (male) boss” thing, which, c’mon, BOOOORING.

    • I’ve got bad news for you. They’ve said that there is a VERY real chance that “Madame Secretary” is going to get the axe.

  4. Ok, I’m convinced, this weekend I’ll catch up with Jane the Virgin.

    I really missed seeing Kalinda with another girl (and also Lana is my favourite ex) butttt as much as my eyes enjoy that, I feel like it’s always the exact same thing. I don’t know, I just would like to see something different for her character for once.

    You changed the name! Yes! Glad you rethought about that. (for the SEO problem, you could add like “gay tv” at the beginning? I don’t know, I don’t really know how that works, I’ll leave you to it)

  5. I’m not sure Walking-Dead-Tara is crushing on Maggie, I think she’s just guilty about her part in Hershel’s death. I read somewhere that Tara is going to get another love-interest this season, so fingers crossed she arrives soon.

  6. I have a small crush on Melissa King even though she’s only been on screen for like 5 seconds.

    Checked out the pilot for “Jane the Virgin” – does it get better? I wasn’t feeling it. :\
    Did make me miss my abuelita, tho.

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