Fleabag’s lead character came out as bisexual in the latest episode of the series.
Airing last night (18 March), episode three saw the title character (played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge) as she helps her sister Claire at a work event, where she meets businesswoman Belinda (Kristen Scott Thomas).
While having a drink, Belinda asks Fleabag if she’s a lesbian, to which she responds: “Not strictly.” She then plants a kiss on Belinda, but is rejected because she’s not Belinda’s “type”.
Shortly after the episode aired, fans praised the series for exploring the lead character’s sexuality and providing some much-needed bisexual representation on television.
“That one scene in Fleabag episode three with Kristen Scott Thomas in the bar is everything my bisexual ass needed,” wrote one user on Twitter, while another said they were “overjoyed” at the bisexual representation.
Check out the best responses from Twitter below.
fleabag is canonically bisexual pass it on
— conn (sea queen) (@carrymeoutt) March 19, 2019
that one scene in fleabag episode three with kristen scott thomas in the bar is everything my bisexual ass needed
— conn (sea queen) (@carrymeoutt) March 18, 2019
Fleabag episode three was everything my bisexual ass needed 💯
— Emma 👻 (@standtallx) March 18, 2019
friendship ended with fleabag
the bisexual is my new serie favorita pic.twitter.com/N81tNlFXAn
— Chancla García (@PipacsosMezo) March 18, 2019
fleabag just came out as a canon bisexual
— abby (@danstvns) March 18, 2019
Fleabag has introduced a bisexual story line and I'm in TEARS. Overjoyed at some bi representation
— ☀️the sunshine lady☀️ (@bethany_roses) March 18, 2019
phoebe waller bridge really is out there giving us gays our rights between killing eve and that fleabag kiss
— lilah ♡ (@lyrasjordan) March 19, 2019
Fleabag said gay rights pic.twitter.com/ivijSakaeA
— sarah (@vox7ux) March 19, 2019
— LadyLover (@MultiGayShipper) March 19, 2019
did phoebe waller-bridge really write kristin scott thomas into fleabag, make her a gay businesswoman and then kiss her in a bar? am I seeing this with my own eyes? I need to lie down and I’m already lying down
— elly 💌 (@quietbatpeople) March 18, 2019
I too will one day write an award winning sitcom where I have to kiss kristen scott thomas
also I think fleabag just broke their own fourth-wall breaking???
— Elizabeth Lovatt (@ElizabethLovatt) March 18, 2019
— sim | black lives matter! (@walkerslister) March 18, 2019
That kiss between Phoebe Walker-Bridge and Kristen Scott Thomas 🔥🔥🔥 #Fleabag
— Shimaa 🍊 (@ShimaHW93) March 18, 2019
Since Fleabag premiered in 2016, it has received universal acclaim from critics, and has been nominated for several awards. Waller-Bridge received the BAFTA for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme back in 2017.
Waller-Bridge has also received praise for her work on the BBC America drama, Killing Eve, which stars Sandra Oh as a desk-bound MI5 officer who becomes obsessed with tracking down a ruthless assassin, played by Jodie Comer.
For her work on the series, Waller-Bridge received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. It will return for its second season later this year.
Fleabag airs Mondays on BBC One. You can catch up on the first and second seasons on BBC iPlayer.