Oh, Lip Service 6 (aka the finale of series 1). Where do I begin?
I guess I’ll start with this: SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS
Ahem. And now let me quote myself on Twitter:
I’ll attempt to clarify by expressing my many and varied emotions.
Cat. You trollop, you ridiculously confused thing! How COULD you?
Yeah, I know how you could. You and Frankie made it very clear: that was about your past, and how much you mean to each other, and all kinds of other stuff we probably won’t ever understand.
But still. Have you seen Sam?! She’s especially cute when you’ve just asked her to move in with you.
The suspense was almost intolerable. Thank god for Tess, who provided the usual comic relief — she’s got six expressions more than all them Barrymores put together — and also a really lovely bit of romance of her own. Sparky sparky.
And then there’s Frankie. I’m so conflicted. My girlfriend kept shouting things like, “Throw yourself out the window!” and “You’re on a roof! Jump!” and I don’t really disagree with her. But the whole thing about Frankie’s uncle (he’s my uncle! he’s my father! my uncle! my father!) and her mom — who was obviously very pleased to see her — well, that’s hard to resist. Maybe, by finding out who she really is, she’ll finally grow up? Hmmm.
And then — AND THEN — there’s Sam. Hellllloooo again, Sam’s sinewy back.
Sam showed some frailty in the finale: she is so very much in love with Cat, she can’t quite function. She’s almost clingy, and she aimed below the belt when she confronted Frankie, which doesn’t really seem like her. And she looked so pained — it hurts me — when Cat trotted off to meet Frankie again, instead of getting ready to meet Sam’s friends.
Dammit. How COULD you, Cat?!
I really, really hope series 2 will explain it all, or that it will at least give us more of this maddening, satisfying drama. It’s very delicious.
One slightly more serious thought before I stop (or try to stop) thinking about Lip Service for a while: in my last post on the subject, I noted that the characters on the show are too busy being gay to talk about being gay. I think that might be the natural result of social and legal validation: in the UK, gay people are people. They can carry on doing people-y things without feeling like second-class citizens. When you’re able to form a legal union, have full access to the courts, and can even consider (as I hope Cat’s considering) filing a harassment complaint against your homophobic boss, you feel like you matter. You see yourself as equal. Normal. Real.
And that allows you to stop navel-gazing and get on with things. And get it ON!
Or at least that’s how it seems to me. And I hope we’ll see more of all that in a series 2. OH GOOD LORD, PLEASE GIVE US A SERIES 2!!
(Or just give the hot cop her own series. <Cat’s accent>That would be totally, totally fine.</Cat’s accent>)