I came up with this story idea during one of our first story sessions of the year. Many times on this show, I'll pitch something that seems a little out there - even to me. This was one of those stories. I don't want to go into too much detail, but it was never pitched as a joke to see Lombardi discomfitted. Hey, we're moronic at times, but that's going too far. The truth of the story is - we've sort of bailed on the original pitch and now we're neither fish nor fowl. The original pitch had Probie much more invested in the relationship with the guy. When the crew found out about what was going on, they joked and slowly accepted it, but something else happened - they all started to chip away at him, questioning him, breaking his resolve about his choice. Soon he'd be so uncertain about what he was doing, he'd go to the guy with the intent of breaking things off. The guy - in love with Mike - would respond violently - and I can't say much more. It was very dark and much more interesting than what we've got now. Honestly, we disagreed about the story among ourselves - and now we're stuck with a much more shallow story that's played, sadly, more for laughs.
To be perfectly honest, in my opinion, the story you described doesn't sound that much more interesting, or perhaps I'm biased because I've seen those movies about the crazy/violent gay who is obsessed with the straight person and gets violent about it (the worst being that thing with Elizabeth Ashley...I think it was called Windows). I'm actually quite relieved that you didn't do this story, to be honest.
I did wonder why you said that you felt the show had an unhealthy obsession with homosexuality, because it seems to me, this story (and the story you described as originally wanting to do) would be part of that obsession, wouldn't it? And (if you don't mind another question) have you ever considered just making one of the characters gay, and telling a story from their point of view? All of the gay-related stories have been about how a straight person sees homosexuality.
I realize that there are a lot of screwed up gays, and that NY firefighters are generally not going to be very supportive of gays, but if the show is going to have these types of stories, then I'd like to see some kind of a break from gay-bashings, the stuff with Probie's rape in season 1, and now this stuff with Probie and his roommate. The stuff with Chief's son was better (that was more about the Chief and his homophobia then about the son, but that's understandable I guess, as Chief is a main character and the son was not), but I've always wondered if that's going to end in Chief rejecting his son or with the son and his partner having a bad end to their relationship. I can see why you would think the show has had too many gay-related stories. I just hope that the next time the show does this, they can do something different from what has been presented in the past 3 seasons, just for variety's sake.
Edited by EHParson, Jun 21, 2006 @ 6:33 PM.