Noah's Arc

Season 2 Episode 6

Under Pressure

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 13, 2006 on LOGO
8.9
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Under Pressure
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Quincy puts Noah's writing career on the spot and impacts their friendship. Eddie and Chance deal with the repercussions of the situation between Vonda and Clayton. Ricky mobilizes the troops to put a stop to Guy's scheme against Alex.

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  • Noah is on the spot but help arrives. Ricky comes through for Alex and the fellas finally get the goods on Guy. Chance and Eddie suffer a set-back. A tragedy occurs.moreless

    10
    The best episode to date. This one is so full of surprises that it literally keeps you jumping. I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it but it really is a good one. You'll want to watch this one at least twice if not more. There are twists where you least expect them and lots of laughter and some tears. This episode delivers and it more than makes up for the slow start of the first two. This is also one that will make first time viewers definitely want to come back for more. Under Pressure rises to the occassion.moreless
  • Noah waffles about maintaining his artistic integrity or towing the corporate line; Alex and the gang plot to expose Guy and Eddie is fired because of Chance's interference with the wife of Eddie's boss; Noah is gay bashed.moreless

    7.0
    Hmm, this episode left me scratching my head. I'm not sure I enjoyed it as much as the others. First off, the resolution of Guy the Pyscho story fell flat and was undramatic at best. It starts when Ricky realizes Guy's a psycho too, after Guy threatens him, which seemed a little too obvious and weak. Why would Guy want to expose himself to yet another person when he had everyone believing that Alex was the crazy one. Then the gang trick Guy with a fake love note supposedly written by Trey. So Guy dresses down to his skivvies to seduce Trey, who realizes in 2 seconds that Guy's a stalker and forgives Alex. Huh? Blink and you missed it was more like it. After building up this dramatic tension for weeks, all I can say is that the conclusion was a let down. If Guy was such a psychotic schemer, how could he fall for such an obvious plan that would make even Lucy Ricardo shaking her head?



    Another plot line focusing on the firing of Eddie wasn't really that interesting. Yes, he seemed to blame Chance in a way for his firing, as Chance was somewhat involved in Vonda's decision to leave her husband. But even though Chance was complaining that the mortgage wouldn't be paid, I really didn't feel anything sympathy toward Eddie, who seemed like a jerk. Plus, where was Victoria Rowell? Her name appeared in the opening credits, but she wasn't in the episode. Maybe if we had seen some of the after effects of Chance's meddling, it would have had more dramatic effect.



    On another note, Noah's artistic dilemma wasn't that really interesting either. After his new man, Quincy, forced his hand, Noah is caught between a rock and a hard place on whether to tell the truth about his rewrite of his screenplay and, thus, get fired and never work in Hollywood again OR be the noble, yet poor and unemployed, out and proud black gay man. So what does Noah do instead? He runs to Wade, who, in turn rescues him by having Baby Gat come in and save Noah's hide at the last second. Well it seemed that Noah was about to do the right thing, but in the end, he didn't have to. What a shame! But what was even more shameful was the out of nowhere gay bashing of Noah. I guess in reality that's how most gay bashings happen - out of nowhere. But this plot line just dropped out of the sky without any set up, which in turn lost its dramatic punch. It seemed like a rip off of the gay bashing of Justin on QAF, which was built up over a season's worth of tension between Justin and his gay basher. But I guess with a half hour show like Noah's Arc and fewer episodes, plots have to move quicker. It just seems like viewers got the short shrift on this one.moreless
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

Brandy's Assistant

Guest Star

Darrin Maharaj

Darrin Maharaj

Reporter

Guest Star

Jason Steed

Jason Steed

Baby Gat

Guest Star

Gregory Keith

Gregory Keith

Trey

Recurring Role

Benjamin Patterson

Benjamin Patterson

Guy

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Chance: Not more of this nonsense. My husband has just been fired for giving shelter to his lesbian wife, we are in the middle of a fiscal and emotional meltdown, we have a mortgage we can't pay, and here you are? Alex, you are certifiable. And Ricky, you are plainly part of his folie a deux.
      Alex: Folie a what?

    • Noah: So, I've been invited to go on the Darnell Damone Show, to talk about 'Fine Art.' Quincy wants me to stand up as this proud Nubian Fag Warrior, and defy the straight world. Brandy wants me to Uncle Tom about how much I love making the script heterosexual. Of course, none of this would be an issue if Baby Gat would just play the character gay.

    • Wade: This is classic you, Noah. You want to have your cake and eat it too.
      Noah: No, I...
      Wade: You want to be the good guy and make everybody happy, while you just do what you want anyway. (sighs) Why are you here, man? What advice do you think I can possibly give you?
      Noah: I don't know. I guess I just thought...
      Wade: Why don't you sleep with someone else? That usually solves your problems. (Dre enters room)
      Noah: Thanks for the advice, Wade. (Noah gets up to leave) Hi, Dre. (turns back to Wade) I guess you're right. I can't have my cake and eat it too. It's time to take it on the chin.

    • Noah: Ricky? What's going on?
      Alex: Eddie got fired for helping a dyke... (Chance hits Alex)
      Chance: Lesbian...

    • Baby Gat: (to the talk show host) My peeps been telling me, "Don't play a gay role," you get me? But what I'm saying is, they're wrong. 'Cause like they used to say, "Gay don't pay." But that ain't true no more. Now, it's like, you want to prove you got nuts as an actor, so you play a gay part. And trust me here, I've got nuts to spout.

    • Trey: You got 10 minutes to pack and get the hell outta here.
      Guy: But Trey...
      Trey: 9 minutes 45 seconds, you lucky I don't throw you outta here in your little, "Get a girl drawers."

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      "Heavy" by Bo Johnson
      "Blonde on Blonde" by Nada Surf
      "Do the Buildings and Cops Make You Smile" by Bedroom Walls

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