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Queer as Folk

Season 1 Episode 14

A Change of Heart

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 18, 2001 on Showtime
9.2
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Ryder asks Brian to stay home until the harassment suit with Kip is resolved, leaving Brian feeling like he's considered guilty until proven innocent. At "See the Light" Emmett meets Heather, a similarly struggling lesbian. Melanie agrees to defend Brian in the harassment suit. David doesn't want Michael to get involved in Brian's problems. Ted and Melanie are stunned when they run into Emmett and Heather, who are on a date. Michael lies to David that he needs to stay with a sick Debbie in order to get out of dinner so he can go to Brian's and cheer him up, not realizing that David will check up on her to make sure she's alright. David then finds Michael and Brian at Woody's, where they are drunk and playing guitars as they relive high school memories. Justin seduces Kip, and then them tells him he's 17 and that his father will come after him with the police unless he does something for Justin. David and Michael argue about the lying and Brian's importance in Michael's life. Brian tells David that he'll lose Michael if he forbids him to see Brian, and David realizes he's right. Desperate for a success story to share with their group, Emmett and Heather have sex, though it's awkward and miserable and made possible only because they were both imaging their ideal same-sex fantasy partners. Melanie and Brian learn the harassment suit has been dropped but are given no explanation. Ted and Michael confront Emmett again, this time at the "See the Light" meeting. Ted's impassioned plea that God loves them just the way they are hit home with both Heather and Emmett. They show up at Babylon later, done with the group for good. Justin doesn't tell Brian he blackmailed Kip into dropping the suit.

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  • Resolution at last!

    9.5
    Loved how this episode wrapped up a bunch of loose ends regarding Brian's sex scandal and Emmett's issues with seeing the light. I appreciated how the writers framed Justin's intervention with a certain someone and the slowly simmering relationship between Michael and David. Looking forward to more!
  • Brian struggles to figure out what to do about the lawsuit. Mel and Linze run into each other. Emmett takes drastic measures to "see the light." Michael lies to David about where he is going. Justin tries to save the day.moreless

    10
    The episode starts out with Brian's boss telling him he should go home until the situation with Kip is resolved. He also says there is going to be an investigation, Brian will have to talk to a department rep, and to get a lawyer. Brian asks Mel of all people to represent him. She says she doesn't care if he gets his butt handed to him, but i think this is the first time we really see that Mel maybe does care for Brian a little bit. She works with him to try to prove that Brian didn't need to take advantage of a man at work, since he has no problem finding sexual partners elsewhere. Mike lies to David and says his mother is sick and that he is spending the night with her so he can spend time with Brian because he is worried that Brian might lose everything. He brings a ton of junk food to Brian's, they eat it all, share memories and are kind of close. They then go out to an open mic night and play guitar and sing together, and share a kiss...that David sees after he found out from Deb that she wasn't sick and he shows up at Woody's where Brian and Mike are. Brian shows up to David's office and tells him to lay off Mike and stop forbidding him to see Brian, because that's how he's going to lose Mike. I thought it was funny when Brian put is cigarette out in David's coffee. Mike and Brian later apologize and feeling threatened again and heeding Brian's warning, David gives Mike a little slack. Meanwhile, Brian thinks of ways that he can save money. Linze brings Gus over to Brian's where she sees Mel, who misses the baby and obviously misses Linze. Linze clearly misses Mel also. Brian gives Linze money to find a babysitter so she can go back to work. On the other hand, Justin saves the day and Brian's butt when he advances on Kip and engages in sexual activity with him, then tells him he's only seventeen and that he won't tell, but he needed a favor. I remember thinking "way to go Sunshine you smart little sh**!" Anything for the man he loves i suppose. I think Brian knows that it was Justin who helped him out and i loved that scene at Babylon, especially when Brian asked what Justin wants for his eighteenth birthday, which is tomorrow. Meanwhile, Emmett wants a success story so he goes on a date with a former lesbian named Heather who he met at his "see the light" meetings. They try to kiss and i thought this scene was very funny. They try to fantasize which helps, but only because they were thinking of someone of the same sex instead of what they were actually supposed to be thinking of. They actually sleep together and i was shocked. Later, Ted and Mike show up to the meeting and Ted lays it on Emmett about God loving everybody. Heather heard this as well and both of them later show up at Babylon gay as ever. Emmett winds up dancing with Ted while Heather takes Mel out to dance on the floor. I also am starting to like Vic more and more. I loved this episode and thought it was really nice to see. I wonder how long Mel and Linze will be split up. Will Mike and David make it? Will Brian ever sleep with Mike? Will Ted ever stop being so miserable and annoying? Will Justin be happy? I can't wait to keep watching and find out.moreless
  • Unexpected...

    10
    In the aftermath of scantilous relationship with Kip, Brian is house-bound. Justin resolves things by catching Kip at a bar, luring him away, and having sex with him. This unexpected move saves Brian's ass and Kip is done away with. While I don't completely agree with the method, I thought that it showed that Justin learned something in his time with Brian. Also, I thought the sex scene was very well done. However I wish to illustrate that Justin slept with Kip because he loved Brian. And that act demonstrated it flawlessly and completely. Way to go Sunshine and way to go writers. I almost, ALMOST, didn't believe it.moreless
  • Sunshine's a hero!

    10
    Justin picks up Kip in the back ally behind Babylon. Only when he brings him home, does he tell Kip that he's only seventeen, and threatens to tell his father unless Kip does him a favor and drops the charges. Continuing on his path to become straight, Emmett meets Heather, a lesbian who is also struggling to "see the light". After hearing the succsess stories of the others in the group, they want to have one of their own to share. In an attempt to have sex, they realize that it's going to be a lot harder than they think. The only thing that will work for them is visualizing their ideal same-sex partner, trying to get turned on. Michael decides to lie to David about where he's going because David wants Michael to not get involved in the sexual harrassment issues. Only Michael gets caught in his own lie when David comes to check up on him. Brian convinces David that he will lose if he tries to keep Michael away from him, and David realizes that Brian's right, so he backs off. Ted tells Emmett theat God loves him for who he is, and after his passionate plea, Heather and Emmett quit the group and are proud to be gay again.



    Brilliantly written, brilliantly acted. This is such a meaninful episode. Loved every minute of it.moreless
  • Conclusion to the Brian Kinney harassment suit. If Brian only knew how much he is indebted to Justin.

    9.1
    In a way, I'm glad Justin didn't reveal to Brian that he was the one who influenced Kip to drop the suit. If he had done so, Brian might have felt a sense of obligation towards Justin, to feel the need to thank him. If this had happened, perhaps their relationship wouldn't have progressed in the same way that it eventually does. Brian is not one who likes to depend on others for help. If he knew Justin was the one who saved him from a potentially disastrous situation this early in their relationship, it's possible that Brian might develop some feelings of animosity towards Justin. Brian hasn't grown to care for and love Justin enough to be able to handle the fact that he need others to help take care of him. Besides, I also like thinking that Brian comes to love Justin simply because he feels an affinity with him, and not because he feels the need to repay him.



    I love that Brian gives Justin what he wants for his birthday.moreless
Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Deborah 'Debbie' Jane Grassi Novotny

Michelle Clunie

Michelle Clunie

Melanie 'Mel' Marcus

Peter Paige

Peter Paige

Emmett "Em" Honeycutt

Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Dr. David Cameron

Scott Lowell

Scott Lowell

Theodore 'Ted' Schmidt

Gale Harold

Gale Harold

Brian Kinney

Natalia Harvalik

Natalia Harvalik

Nymph

Guest Star

Alexander Pervakov

Alexander Pervakov

Studmuffin

Guest Star

Carolyn Bennett

Carolyn Bennett

Marsha

Guest Star

Jack Wetherall

Jack Wetherall

Vic Grassi

Recurring Role

Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore

Cynthia

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (10)

    • Brian: You're losing your shirt.
      Justin: You almost lost yours.
      Brian: I still have no idea why he droped the suit.
      Justin: It's a mystery.
      Brian: I guess I just have to be more careful who I f***.
      Justin: Lucky for you I turn eighteen tomorrow.
      Brian: What do you want for your birthday?

    • Michael: If you want to torture someone go to the S&M bar across the street.

    • Emmett: Well, I don't think God appreciates it as much as you do.
      Ted: I think he appreciates it even more. Because He created you in His image. Or at least that's what I was always taught. And since God is love, and God doesn't make mistakes, then you must be exactly the way He wants you to be. The way He intended you to be. And that goes for every person, every planet, every mountain, every grain of sand, every song, every tear, and every faggot. We're all His, Emmett. And He loves us all.

    • Justin: (to Linds) It's my grandmother's recipe. He's totally hung. Brian: For once, he's not talking about my cock.

    • Brian: Jesus, it smells like a dirty jockstrap.
      Mel: Well, in that case, you should like it.

    • Brian: Do you know what I remember most about high school?
      Michael: The time in Biology class when you beat off into a test tube for your science project?

    • Ted: I'm a homo.
      Mel: And I'm a lesbo!
      Heather: Oh. I thought, from the hug, that you were normal.
      Mel: We are. What the hell has gotten into you?!
      Ted: He's seen the light.
      Mel: Where are they shining it, up your ass?!

    • Mel: How many tricks do you have in a months?
      Brian
      : Twenty? Thirty?
      Mel: Jesus, what a life.
      Brian: What does the number of guys I do have to do with it?
      Mel: Well, for once the fact that you screw anything that moves is your finest quality and your best defense. You didn't have to abuse your position at work in order to get laid.
      Brian: The Fuck Defense?

    • Mel: What about a nice stiff dick?
      Ted: Now you're starting to sound like him. I remember how he always used to say, 'It's just not sex...
      Emmett: Without something up your butt.

    • (on the dance floor, Brian and Justin get down. Brian picks Justin's shirt up off the ground and hands it to him.)
      Brian: You're losing your shirt.
      Justin: You almost lost yours.
      Brian
      : Yeah, I still have no idea why he dropped the suit.
      Justin: It's a mystery.
      Brian: I guess I'll have to be more careful who I fuck.
      Justin
      : Lucky for you, I turn eighteen tomorrow.
      Brian
      : What do you want for your birthday?

  • NOTES (2)

    • While there are lots of flashes of nudity on the series, Peter Paige (Emmett) is the first male cast member to do a full frontal nude shot.

    • Music: "The Hustle" by Van McCoy; "Just Because You Love Me" by Gale Harold and Hal Sparks; "Viva L'Amour" by Tess; "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love For You" by Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack; "Future" by Halo Varga; "A Fifth Of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy; "Do Ya Feel The Love" by Love Inc.; "Shake Me" by Mint Royale

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Melanie: ...ask the Wizard for a brain.

      Another reference to the book "The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, best known for the 1939 musical starring Judy Garland.

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