Monday, July 31, 2017

What Kind of a Man

Sisters cast members Julianne Phillips, Patricia Kalember,
Sela Ward and Swoosie Kurtz 
The wonderful portrayal of the transgender son in Golden Girls caused me to remember another instance of transgender activity in a 90's TV drama. 

“Sisters”  was an American drama series which aired on NBC for six seasons from May 11, 1991 to May 4, 1996. The series was created by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who were also the executive producers and showrunners. The show debuted on May 11, 1991 for a seven-episode test run and was subsequently renewed for the 1991 fall schedule. Source Wikipedia.  

The four sisters were Alexandra "Alex" Reed Halsey Barker (Swoosie Kurtz), Theodora "Teddy" Reed Margolis Falconer Sorenson (Sela Ward), Georgiana "Georgie" Reed Whitsig (Patricia Kalember) and Francesca "Frankie" Reed Margolis (Julianne Phillips).  All beautiful and smart. Many of the story lines centered around "sister interactions" and were very engaging.  

David Dukes

In the story line that got my attention, Dr. Wade Halsey (David Dukes) was Alex's first season husband and the father of their daughter Reed. The character Wade was a successful plastic surgeon who resented that Alex needed everything in her life to be perfect, including him. In this first season episode, Alex suspected Wade was cheating on her. She discovered lingerie receipts and hotel room charges on their credit card, but when she confronted him, she discovered he was actually someone who cross dressed.

To me what was most memorable was his response when discovered by his wife. Remember the buildup in the episode was she fully expected him to be cheating. He was discover in a hotel, wearing his female items. His response is classic:

Upon finding him in the hotel room lounging in female clothes, she stated “I thought you were having an affair.”

His comment, “What kind of a man do you think I am?” 

Busted! - What a classic and beautiful come back. My unceremonious "coming out" was not that different. We all have a story - Tells us about your discovery and the outcome.

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