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Serena Southerlyn was a lesbian?

Re: Serena Southerlyn was a lesbian?
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2012, 09:32:06 AM »
As is standard practice for Law and Order, very little of anyone's personal life is ever directly revealed. In general, all things of a personal nature are brought about either in some sort of cross-dialogue or by passing visuals only. Example, during one episode Jack McCoy is shown carrying his motorcycle helmet (the meaning is somewhat inferred, etc); I think in another episode he's seen briefly leaving a pub, arm-in-arm with a woman, clearly on a date, but gets picked up by Fontana and Green when it's discovered there's a hit out on him, and the direction instantly changes, etc. etc.   Serena is never shown on a date with a man, she never ever mentions a boyfriend or a male love interest, she is never hit on by anyone ever except a plastic surgeon (who really isn't hitting on her, just her $$$) ... Add to this the fact she has a palpable and at times barbarous relationship with Aurthur Branch, usually cropping up snidely regarding any legal handling of any social policy that's left-leaning and isn't getting more of a liberal consideration.  So, I was not at all surprised by her sexual orientation, I was, however, surprised at how it came out into the open so abruptly at the time of her termination.  Personally, of all the female ADA's on this series (Mr. Robinette was the only male of the slew ever), I found Southerly to be the least sexually attractive, and the weakest actress, overall. 

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Re: Serena Southerlyn was a lesbian?
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2012, 04:37:30 AM »
someone little too much spare time?

Re: Serena Southerlyn was a lesbian?
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2012, 05:01:02 AM »
I thought Serena posed that question in an effort to get protected status so that she could sue the city for wrongful discharge.

Re: Serena Southerlyn was a lesbian?
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2012, 07:31:12 PM »
Too much time indeed.

Re: Serena Southerlyn was a lesbian?
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2012, 11:45:29 AM »
Maybe those of you who watch L&O can answer this for me.

D.A. Arthur Branch: [to Serena] "You're fired."
ADA Serena Southerlyn: [pauses, shocked] "Is this because I'm a lesbian?"
D.A. Arthur Branch: "No, no... of course not."

Did she ever do or say anything that would suggest she was a lesbian?

Doesn't seem to be in the script but behind the scenes Branch knew she had a huge K.D. Lang collection.  The monotone delivery of lines was so boring the writers had to give her a twist to peak continued interest in the show.  After all, isn't it all about ratings?