Ramir (Stephen Lobo) and Kate (Erin Karpluk)Godiva's
is a Canadian comedy-drama series
that ran for two seasons (2005-2006). The title
comes from the fictional Vancouver
restaurant where the show is set.
This series provides examples of:
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: Played straight with Cordell, who Really Gets Around, but averted with Cordell's boyfriend, who wants a monogamous relationship.
- Arranged Marriage: Ramir almost goes through with one to please his parents, but ultimately walks out of the ceremony, causing his father to disown him.
- Asexuality: Martin barely shows any interest in women or sex, leading him to identify as asexual and form a platonic relationship with an asexual woman named Jane. However, it turns out that he just has low testosterone levels, and after starting hormone therapy he develops a libido. This causes his relationship with Jane to fail miserably.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Ramir and Kate.
- Ensemble Cast: There are ten main characters, and all of them get their own story arcs and lots of screen time. However, Kate and Ramir are a little bit more prominent due to their leadership roles.
- Everybody Has Lots of Sex
- Fauxlosophic Narration: The beginning and end of each episode featured either Kate or Ramir intoning something only vaguely related to the plot. Sometimes food-themed, as with Ramir's thoughts on the particular qualities of saffron.
- Food Porn
- Five-Token Band: a fairly benign example, though, and understandable - white Kate (etc. - TJ, Leah...), Indians Ramir and Rajni, Hispanic Simone
- Friends with Benefits: How Ramir sees his relationship with Jenna.
- Hookers and Blow: The original head chef of Godiva's dies of a cocaine overdose in the first episode.
- Incompatible Orientation: Ramir's parents want him to marry Rajni, their friends' daughter. Ramir isn't interested, but when he meets her and finds her to be beautiful and smart, he starts to warm to the idea. He then finds out she is a lesbian. Interestingly, Rajni suggests that they get married anyway for their parents' sake — after all, they can just date whoever they want on the side. Ramir agrees, but later leaves her at the altar.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Rajni.
- Runaway Groom: Ramir.
- Service Sector Stereotypes: Simone exemplifies the world-weary, snarky bartender stereotype. Cordell is a flamboyant gay waiter, while the chef, Ramir, is suitably hot-headed.
- Tropaholics Anonymous: Martin joins an asexuality support group.
- Wedding Day: Ramir and Rajni's lavish Indian wedding.
- Welcome Episode: The first episode is this for Kate.