The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 November 2006

Not that kind of girl

Stirring new storyline, or desperate grab for viewers? You make the call:

ABC’s All My Children this week will introduce a transgender character who is beginning to make the transition from a man into a woman.

The character, a flamboyant rock star known as Zarf, kisses the lesbian character Bianca and much drama ensues. The storyline begins with Thursday’s episode of the daytime drama.

The only transitioning character I can remember seeing on series television was Cindy McCauliff, played by Lisa Edelstein early in the fourth season of Ally McBeal. She was far enough along in transition to refuse to take a corporate physical, got fired for it, and is suing the employer. In the midst of things, she and attorney Mark Albert (James LeGros) wind up dating — he's not working on her case, so he doesn't know, and no one is in a rush to tell him — and the unveiling, as it were, is not pretty:

Richard: You know, these things happen, Mark.

Mark: What do you mean, "these things happen"? My girlfriend has a penis! These things don't "happen."

Odd that I should remember this. Or maybe not so odd; Edelstein, as I recall, was kinda hot. And the writers botched this badly: early in the first episode of the arc, Cindy admits to being a "man," which I can't believe any self-respecting M2F would say out loud.

I suspect AMC will handle this, so to speak, with no greater sensitivity. Not that I'm a big fan of sensitivity or anything.

Posted at 7:00 PM to Almost Yogurt


"L. A. Law" did something similar in the first season. It may even have been the pilot.

It was hilarious.

Posted by: unimpressed at 7:46 PM on 26 November 2006

"Zarf"?????

I know that soap opera writers have rocks for brains, but of what density is the mineral substance of their craniums?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 8:13 PM on 26 November 2006

Close to that of depleted uranium, I am given to understand.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:24 PM on 26 November 2006

I once had the opportunity to tell my boss "Don't think of it as losing a son, think of it as gaining a daughter." He was not amused.

Posted by: triticale at 8:38 PM on 26 November 2006

The real question is: does Zarf end up with amnesia at some point?

Posted by: Veronica at 11:46 PM on 26 November 2006

Not that anyone is really interested or is going to watch but remember that local affiliate KOCO shows "AMC" a day behind so the episode in question will not air until Friday Dec. 1st.

The reason is because ABC airs "AMC" at Noon CST and of course KOCO wants to have news at that time so they tape delay it to 11am the next day.

Tulsa affiliate KTUL OTOH shows it at Noon as broadcasted.

Posted by: ms7168 at 5:41 AM on 27 November 2006

The real question is: does Zarf end up with amnesia at some point?

And will it be before or after we see Zarf die before our eyes, only to return after the actor's movie career fails to take off?

Posted by: McGehee at 7:34 AM on 27 November 2006

I think it would be easier on all of us just to go rent Tootsie.

Disclosure: I own a copy of same, on the late, lamented laserdisc.)

Posted by: CGHill at 7:28 AM on 28 November 2006