Brothers (1984)

Season 1 Episode 2

You Brought a New Kind of Love To Me

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Aug 16, 1984 on Showtime
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You Brought a New Kind of Love To Me
Joe's football buddies arrive in town and pay a visit to his apartment. When they find Donald, who had spent the night, they suspect Joe is gay. One of Joe's buddies has a bigger surprise: he, too, is gay and has a crush on Joe.

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  • The second episode of Brothers features Joe's football buddies showing up, finding the flamboyantly gay Donald in Joe's apartment, and suspecting the worst about Joe. One of the best episodes of Brothers, featuring fabulous physical comedy.moreless

    Donald spends the night in Joe and Cliff's guest bedroom. He told Cliff he'd lost his keys, but in reality he threw them at Julio Iglesias at a concert. Joe and Cliff leave for work, leaving Donald in the apartment. While in the shower Joe's old football buddies come in and find Donald. They automatically assume that Joe is gay.

    This is the scenario that sets off one of the funniest episodes of Brothers, not only of the first season but of the entire series. Joe is still obviously uncomfortable around Donald. When Donald offers Joe some coffee Joe readily accepts it until Donald says, "It's the only known aphrodisiac," at which time Joe hastily pushes the coffee away and says, "I've been meaning to cut down." Joe is also still trying to come to grips with his brother's jump out of the closet on his wedding day. "This gay stuff," he tells Donald, "it's Greek to me."

    While the dialogue is quite good, the highlight of this episode is the physical comedy. Philip Charles MacKenzie played the effeminate Donald to a T throughout the series. His prounce out of the shower while singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" to find Joe's three buddies in a football stance, ready to tackle, is magnificant. Even 20 years after it first aired, it is STILL funny.

    The best moment, however, is reserved for Robert Walden's Joe Waters character. In the typical sitcom series of events, Joe's football buddies think Joe is gay, and one of the players reveals he is gay and "really loves" Joe. Horrified, Joe goes to Donald for advice. Donald concludes that Joe's football friend obviously likes "butch" men, so his advice to Joe is to "flounce". "I'm going to walk around the table like the president of the Bette Midler fan club," Donald tells Joe, "and then I want to see YOU do it." After Joe swishes around the table in poor (but riotous) imitation of Donald, he asks, "You really want me to do that?" "No," Donald replies, "I just wanted to SEE it." This moment is so funny that even MacKenzie and Walden are obviously laughing while waiting for the audience reaction to die down.

    The gay football player (Bubba, played by James Avery) would return in the second season -- dying of AIDS. In this episode, however, it was strictly laughs, and those laughs were plentiful.moreless

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