->''"''Series/MelrosePlace'' is coming back this fall, and it has resorted to TV's tried-and-true marketing tactic - The Homo Promo".''
-->--'''''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0ql0mDwV74 That's Gay: Lady Kisses]]'''''

The gossip columns go crazy. Interviews with the glamorous starlets are scheduled, and they say things like, [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday "well, I love men]], [[FauxYay but women have such soft lips and are such great kissers... there's really nothing like it!"]]

Commercials announce that your favorite good, wholesome man-loving female character is about to take a walk on the wild side. The ad spots will inevitably show the two ladies facing each other, lips pursed, faces nearing, only to cut away before the [[GirlOnGirlIsHot good stuff]] happens.

Well, it must be {{Sweeps}}.

This is an AlwaysFemale variation on TonightSomeoneKisses where a straight or BiTheWay female character kisses another woman (usually a tertiary character or one-episode guest star). The long-term implications are generally negligible and the female regular characters [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians remain straight]]. The non-regular's remaining screentime in the series will generally be measured in minutes rather than hours or seasons. This is all assuming, of course, that [[NeverTrustATrailer the whole thing isn't taken entirely out of context]], and the footage taken from an AccidentalKiss, FakeoutMakeout or, worse, ImagineSpot.

Often classified as {{fanservice}}, this is mostly just a RatingsStunt, calculated to get more viewers while creating a manageable amount of blowback from the MoralGuardians, who, while generally disapproving of lesbianism, have a sufficient DoubleStandard concerning depictions of male and female homosexuality that they generally save their outrage for, you know, ''serious'' dangers to society, like ''{{Dogma}}'' or ''BrokebackMountain''...

There's one other explanation for the lack of outrage over the most recent Sweeps Saphistry, and that's that people are ''losing interest'' in women making out in prime time. Since the mid-2000's, the lesbian sweeps kiss seems to be getting increasingly diminishing returns in the ratings. The [=LGBT=] community is no longer desperate for whatever non-negative representation they can get, and critics are no longer impressed by a showrunner's "bravery" by including it. Further, when you can see far more [[{{Twincest}} bizarre]] things on Website/YouTube (to say nothing of [[TheInternetIsForPorn other corners]] [[ShockSite of the Web]]), and far more extreme or daring things on non-network television, the SweepsWeekLesbianKiss is clearly in danger of becoming a DiscreditedTrope.

See LesYay, FauxYay.

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!!Examples:

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* Don't act like you weren't interested in ''Film/JennifersBody'' after both seeing her get intimate with another female and say, "I go both ways."

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* ''Series/LALaw'': New BiTheWay lawyer C.J. Lamb kissed series regular Abby Perkins in the parking lot in one {{Sweeps}} episode; they rarely referenced it again and C.J.'s actress, Amanda Donohoe, left the cast the next season.
* ''Series/PicketFences'': The sheriff's teenage daughter kissed her friend at a sleepover. The network was so [[GayPanic panicked]] by it that they [[HideYourLesbians darkened the room]] to prevent it from being seen, though it was visible in the news and other outlets. The daughter decided that she was straight.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Jadzia Dax, who is a host-symbiote character, kissed and got romantically involved with another woman of her species in one episode. Though the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe has implied acceptance to gay people, the relationship was inappropriate because their relationship was based on a relationship had by a previous (male) Dax host with the other woman, [[{{Anvilicious}} which is disallowed]]. The other woman was never seen again. Notably, that episode at least tried to tackle a social issue - they did it again in the seventh season and it was gratuitous even in context, purely there to show the MirrorUniverse is DarkerAndEdgier.
* ''Series/PartyOfFive'': Neve Campbell's character, Julia, kisses another woman (played by Olivia D'Abo). D'Abo's character appears just one more time in the series.
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' made sure that ''everyone'' knew about their {{Sweeps Week Lesbian Kiss}}es between Ally and her co-workers. Unusual in that nobody gets PutOnABus or [[HideYourLesbians removed from the show without comment]].
* ''Series/TheOC'' had a kiss and bisexual relationship between Marissa Cooper and a short-lived female character named Alex. Alex got PutOnABus in about four episodes after the kiss (after a brief relationship with a male character). Marissa, of course, went directly back to boys and did not pass Go or collect $200. While the kiss did happen during sweeps, the rest of the trope only applies because of ExecutiveMeddling. Marissa and Alex's story was supposed to play out over the rest of the season and once they broke up, Marissa was supposed to continue on being bisexual. Fox said no to both.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Curiously, it had its "lesbian" kiss a couple weeks ''before'' {{Sweeps}} when a female villain with a GreenRocks-powered kiss that causes face-melting hallucinations needs to do something about a witness (Lana, of course). She, ahem, uses her power on Lana, an act that seems to disgust both of them. One could speculate that the reason this episode didn't make it to {{Sweeps}} was that it simply wasn't very good FanService.
** The "Lana joins a sorority of [[LesbianVampire lesbian vampires]]" episode, on the other hand...
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' mostly averted this trope; the lesbian relationship between Ivanova and Talia Winters had no on-screen kiss and was completely understandable based on their characters. After the relationship was revealed, however, Talia was PutOnABus [[spoiler: and later suffered a BusCrash due to disagreements with her real life actress; there's a left over ChekhovsGun saying she will come back]].
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' did a textbook example recently. In what is perhaps a sign that this trope is starting to become [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]], both lesbian and mainstream reviewers responded with a yawn and a "Seriously? In 2009?" Viewers, apparently, weren't impressed, either.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** WinonaRyder showed up as an old friend with a crush on Rachel. Winona kissed Rachel, then promptly disappeared from the series forever, her purpose fulfilled... or perhaps not, since the episode didn't even win its timeslot (wich may be explained that it was because both were really lame kisses).
** That kiss was immediately followed by [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Phoebe]] kissing Rachel "just to see what all the fuss is about."
* In the season finale of Creator/CourteneyCox's struggling FX series ''Dirt'', Cox's character shared a liplock with a rival played by Jennifer Aniston in a last ditch attempt for ratings. Aniston's character was never seen again. The kiss caused a minor stir among entertainment publications, but unfortunately for ''Dirt'', the angle was less "OMG Rachel and Monica kissed!!!" and more "Wow, Courtney Cox's show is desperate for viewers," thus proving again why this trope is becoming [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]].
* Similar to ''Dirt,'' ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' had a notorious example between Gretchen and Claire Bennet in its final season. Since Claire's bisexuality was never touched upon in previous seasons, however, this scene not only had UnfortunateImplications, but also was seen by even the loyalest of fans [[JumpingTheShark as a cheap ratings stunt,]] which effectively doomed the show. Slight subversion, though, in that it was (reportedly) HaydenPanettiere's idea.
** Not only was it was Hayden's idea, but Claire and Gretchen were supposed to kiss again in the episode "Pass/Fail." Apparently the writers/producers didn't want to be accused of another "ratings stunt" by the same people who assumed the earlier kiss was such a stunt (which likely had little to do with the show's demise anyway). But according to [[WordOfGod]], Claire and Gretchen's relationship would have continued the following season. So perhaps it wasn't a stunt after all...
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'''s (in)famous kiss with Nancy's girlfriend at a lesbian bar. While said girlfriend only appeared one more time (albeit at a gay wedding complete with male kissing), openly-bi Nancy remained on the show for the rest of the series.
* Surprisingly, the normally quite un-desperate ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' featured an instance, although it was played more as a bizarre example of Paris's ironclad determination not to lose out on anything college might have to offer. Downplayed as it was well out of sweeps, and outside of an overheated ''New York Post'' [[http://web.archive.org/web/20040615022933/http://www.homunculus.com/articles/weilliza/weilnypost040407.html article]] with many errors about the show (calling Michel 'gay' and Paris 'butch'), it was completely downplayed by the network (said promos mentioned in the article were more HilarityEnsues than anything else).
* Beautifully averted by ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', where Willow and Tara's first kiss was neither gratuitous nor shown in the previews. (First on-screen kiss: the characters had been a couple for almost a year at that point.) Not only that but it appeared on a WhamEpisode that was about something extremely, disturbingly different.
* The previews of one ''Series/{{House}}'' episode showed a ''very'' steamy make-out scene between Thirteen and another girl. Ironically, [[NeverTrustATrailer most of that footage wasn't even shown in the episode.]]
* ''Series/GossipGirl'':
** One episode did a gender flipped version where Chuck kissed a guy.
** Two seasons later they did another one where ''Nate'' kissed a guy.
* ''Series/HomeAndAway'' did this one as AnArc in 2009, although, being a soap, they really don't care about ratings.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** The show managed to doubly subvert this in its second season - the hype in the lead-up to the last episode of February sweeps mostly focused on a ''straight'' kiss between a girl and a gay guy. Also, it's interesting to note that the very next episode ''after sweeps'' was the one where Santana gives her AnguishedDeclarationOfLove to Brittany, and it didn't show them doing anything as obscene as they'd done in other episodes.
** It's also worth noting that in the same season, Kurt and Blaine's first kiss (something that the show had been leading up to for a while) was not hinted at in the slightest in any of the promos for the episode, making this an inversion.
** A Sweeps Week Lesbian Hookup (since the characters were never shown to actually kiss, but we do see them both pre- and post-coital) occurred in "I Do" between Santana (an out lesbian) and [[spoiler: Quinn]], now a guest star. Though to be fair to the show, the episode also had Finn and Rachel and Kurt and Blaine, two very popular broken up couples, hook up as well in what was clearly a fan tease, so the show wasn't just using the lesbian hook up for ratings.
* ''Series/BostonPublic'' had a sweeps week episode in which Sheila, a PsychoLesbian student stalks Kimberly, a teacher. The preview showed Sheila telling Kimberly "I love you." Both characters are PutOnABus after this episode.
* Spoofed by DavidLetterman on the Late Show.
-->"Know what Paul (Shaffer) and I are doing for our season finale? A lesbian kiss."
* ''Series/CharliesAngels'' (the 2011 remake) tried to generate some publicity by having Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor kiss. It didn't work and the series was cancelled after only eight episodes, without airing the episode in question. They actually ended up cutting the lesbian kiss scene out of the eighth episode, perhaps as a reaction to the cancellation. When it aired on UK television, the scene was notably absent.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Salma Hayek's guest character, Elisa Padriera, plants a big one on Liz Lemon to bid her farewell, after which, Liz seems intrigued by the gesture.
* ''Series/BladeTheSeries'': From the beginning, the promos for the series played up the sexual tension that was present throughout the series between Krista and Chase, until finally, Chase kisses Krista much later on, when most viewers had lost interest.
* ''Series/CougarTown'': Promos for an episode featured Jules adopting a mannerism possessed by her mother, by greeting and bidding farewell to close friends (specifically female friends) with a kiss on the lips. TBS went to town with those promos.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'':
** Paige and Alex's kiss initially seemed like a textbook example of this trope: it was midway through the season and guest-starred JayAndSilentBob in the conclusion of a plot arc involving a movie shot at the school. Alex and Paige (who had a decent amount of BelligerentSexualTension) had ''finally'' become friends, got drunk at the wrap party, and went back to Alex's horrible home for a late night kiss in the dark. Unusually for this trope, the kiss led to a several-season-long relationship between the two, and led to arguably the greatest amount of CharacterDevelopment for both characters.
** The series repeated this trope several seasons later with Fiona and Holly J, and while the advertising played it up as a more overt version of this trope, the kiss itself naturally fell into the much larger arc of Fiona coming to terms with her homosexuality. Her later-season kiss with Imogen barely even made a ripple in the advertising because there was nothing to really exploit.
* The ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' episode "Heir to the Demon" features a lesbian kiss between Sara and Nyssa.
** This kiss actually got the show a lot of praise, as it is the first serious comic book adaptation (from DC or Marvel) to feature an openly gay or bi character.
* A kiss between Pamela and Emma on the mid-season finale of TNT's ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' was thought to be this by those on social media. It scored 1.4 million adults between ages 25 and 49, a demographic the network targets.
* Averted with ''LiveActionTelevison/TheBigBangTheory'' in an episode where Amy casually (and drunkenly) gives Penny and affectionate peck on the lips during a night out. It's portrayed more as a friendly kiss than anything resembling ShockValue.

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* During Eric Bischoff's tenure in the WWE, one of his trademarks was to promise the fans "HLA" (short for "Hot Lesbian Action"), wherein two stunningly attractive but otherwise heterosexual female wrestlers would engage in kissing each other in the ring. This began as a one-off ratings stunt in 2002, where two actresses with little actual wrestling training were invited into the ring to "entertain" Bischoff by kissing each other, but the whole act was used to continue the push of Bischoff's tag team Three Minute Warning (a pair of vicious Samoan wrestlers who ran into the ring at random to beat up anyone who was unfortunate to be in their path).
** Despite the outcome of the initial in-ring skit, "HLA" would occasionally be used to draw male audiences to the show until Bischoff's departure. Whenever an "HLA" act was planned for the show, Bischoff would during his in-ring promo announce, one letter at a time, that such was going to happen sometime during the show; color commentator JerryLawler would always play up the "HLA" match by getting unusually (even for him) excited in anticipation of the act.

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* Technically the Foxxy Love/Princess Clara kiss from the ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' pilot was a few days ''before'' sweeps, but it served the same purpose for the new series. The show is in all ways a GenreSavvy parody, though. Though neither cartoon participant left the show, they barely referenced the kiss after Clara has a [[MissConception pregnancy scare stemming from the kiss]]. The characters move on completely after the first season. However, it was all over the advertising for the show for a while afterwards.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''[=/=]''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' used a nearly textbook version of this (though it was series regulars Lois and Bonnie who kissed) when promoting an episode that leads to the spin-off of with promos that talked up the kiss and then cut away to reaction shots.

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