Disney Channel’s groundbreaking kids’ show Andi Mack finally came to an end last night — but not without giving its young audience one final step in a queer direction.
The show has previously been praised for the thoughtful and realistic way it handled the coming out journey of Cyrus Goodman, one of the best friends of the titular character.
Cyrus first came out to his friend Buffy, by tearfully admitting he had a crush on Andi’s boyfriend, Jonah. It wasn’t until the following season that he said the words “I’m gay,” casually revealing the truth to his former crush in the midst of his grandmother’s shiva.
But in the final episode of the beloved tween show, it was suggested that Cyrus might be about to embark on his first teen romance.
Cyrus sits with a friend, TJ, who shares something nobody knows about him — his real name. After TJ’s revelation of his “secret,” he asks Cyrus if there’s anything else he would like to know, hesitantly reaching for his hand.
“Is there anything else you want to tell me?” Cyrus asks.
“Yeah. Is there anything you want to tell me?”
“Yes,” TJ says.
The two finally hold hands and smile, and that’s both the first and the last we get from the Disney Channel’s first real queer relationship between two main characters.
It’s an appropriately gentle moment for a show that’s handled its gay character and his storylines in such a relatable human manner. And while fans are sad this is the last moment of Cyrus and TJ, and all the characters of Andi Mack, it was certainly an important one.