I think it’s a good thing he decided to be honest, and it’s also good that he didn’t want to be a hypocrite to his children; but it’s still a shame he didn’t open up due to his own conscience, independently of playing the Family Card.
The “S’all abaht Fambly, innit?” line should be left to the staler episodes of EastEnders. People in the US seem unable to rise above it, though.
I just LOVE the LENGTH of Ricky’s . . . fingers!
If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
– Mark Twain
I don’t think he’s ‘playing the family card’. I think he’s simply saying that for the first time in his life he feels a responsibility to someone other than himself. He realises that it isn’t approprioate to deal with his sexuality in the way he has been doing up until recently. He knows that lies impact on the people he loves and who depend on him and realises that living a lie harms them and his ability to care for them.
‘Playing the family card’ sounds like a description of a politician caught red handed with a gay lover who then parades his wife and kids on TV and says it was all just an ‘error of judgenment’ and he’s really a loving husband and father!
I can see what you mean Nick (#4), but I still think it’s a pity he couldn’t develop his conscience independently.
On the other hand, it signals a very welcome shift from attitudes of the past (which still apply in many countries in the world) that it’s your duty to lie to your family in such circumstances, to “protect” them.