Queer as Folk

Season 1 Episode 8

Babylon Boomerang

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 04, 2001 on Showtime
9.3
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Babylon Boomerang
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Justin's father attacks Brian outside Babylon; Michael gets a promotion at work; Justin moves in with Brian.

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  • Brian and Justin are the OTP

    10
    Okay, I loved Deb's character development, Micheal's issues with his self-denial, but this episode was 1200000% perfect because of Justin and Brian. The two of them are just... I cannot. I cannot. They are perfect, pulchritudinous, and all the best adjectives in the world together. I cannot wait (emphasis on all of that) for the next episode.
  • The ramifications of Justin's lifestyle are in full swing, as is his father when he attacks Brian outside of Babylon. Debbie collapses at work. Mike puts in for a job promotion.moreless

    10
    There were so many things i enjoyed about this episode. I love Deb and her way with words. I never knew she wore a wig though. Vic feels that it's his fault that Deb is so exhausted and starts looking for his own place to live. When Deb finds out she threatens to punch him out like when they were kids. I found that funny. I also thought it was hilarious watching Vic try to keep Deb from going out the door. So, Craig attacks Brian outside of Babylon and almost breaks Brian's ribs. Justin pulls Craig off Brian and hits him. When Craig gives Justin an ultimatum to come home with him now or never come home again, Justin chooses to never go home. Justin's mother showed up at Brian's work with a bunch of Justin's things (which i thought was funny), and tells him off a bit. Brian announces that Justin is not moving in with him, and he and Justin have a fight. Justin leaves when Brian brings over another guy...who was giving Justin tips on the food he was making! I thought that was awkward, and i felt Brian was being very mean about the way he was trying to get Justin out of his life. Brian brings Justin back home but when he hears the rules and harsh words that Craig has for Justin to have to follow to live there, Brian rethinks it and has Justin come back with him. I now see that Brian does care about Justin, and maybe they're even going to try to make things work. Also, i loved Brian's impulsiveness at the car dealership when the man tells him a lot of f*gs drive the vehicle he wants. I couldn't believe he drove it right through the show room window! I find it hard to believe he didn't get arrested over that. I liked Brian showing up at school at the perfect moment to rescue Justin. Almost a little too perfect, but it was nice to see anyway. Justin sure is getting harassed a lot. Isn't there anyone in that school that accepts him other than Daphne? It was cute to see Justin on Mel and Linze's couch with a teddy bear! Poor Mel was trying to get some until she saw Justin there. So, Mike throws his hat in the race for a promotion and once again has to play straight in order to maybe get it, even though David told him to tell the truth. Mike gets the promotion so now will he ever tell the truth? He needs this promotion because he wants to help out his mom with some money. He is also leading Rebecca on. Boy he's got himself in a nice mess and the longer he waits, the harder it's going to be to clean up. I really like this episode, everything flowed together nicely.moreless
  • Brian finally opens up.

    9.7
    With Justin and his dad's relationship on the rocks, Brian offers him to stay at his place in the meantime. Although when Brian brings home another one of his tricks, Justin's jealousy overruns him. Then at Babylon, ujustin's dad shows up, beating up Brian for having sexual relations with his 17 year-old son. Justin continuesto appoligize for his father's behavior but it doesn't pay off until the end of the episode. Meanwhile, Michael attends a promotional party, with his "date", Tracy. David gets upset at the fact that he thinks Michael is trying to hide their relationship from the others and that he is stringing tracy along. At the end of the episode, Justin makes dinner for the two of them, and for once, we can finally see Brian opening up and caring about someone else other than himself. Great episode with lots of character development.moreless
  • A great episode for Brian and Justin!

    9.6
    This is the first time (that is, since the very first night they met), that Brian openly paraded his non-relationship 'relationship' with Justin in front of his friends. Before this episode, Brian has always kept his subsequent encounters with Justin a secret, or at least he made no effort to let Michael, Ted or Emmett become aware that he is seeing Justin more than once. But at the beginning of the episode, there they were, Brian and Justin together for everyone to see. And then Justin's dad had to ruin it. I've never seen such a monster and a coward. But thank goodness, his actions only brought Brian and Justin closer together, despite some bumps in the road. Though I have to say that I really like the scene with Hotlanta. He's definitely the most interesting and entertaining one-night-only trick Brian has ever had in the series.



    And then Brian once again proves himself capable of caring for another by defending Justin and his sexuality against his homophobic father and allowing Justin to live with him. I love their exchange in the last scene. It seems that a lot of what develops between them is done through smiles and silent looks. And Brian can't help feeling something for Justin in spite of himself.moreless
  • Finally they move in together!

    10
    Will this start the long relationship we all know is coming for Justin and Brian? Guessing so. When this episode was over it left me with the best feeling and I didn't want it to be over so soon! Hurry and give me more!



    P.S. I hate Justin's dad a lot.
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

John Furey

John Furey

Craig Taylor

Guest Star

Kevin Dennis

Kevin Dennis

Awful Friend

Guest Star

Shawn Korson

Shawn Korson

Awful Boy

Guest Star

Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller

Jennifer Taylor

Recurring Role

Lindsay Connell

Lindsay Connell

Tracy

Recurring Role

Jack Wetherall

Jack Wetherall

Vic Grassi

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Michael: Another fuck mobile?
      (Emmett teasingly walks over to Justin, wraps his arms around him, and kisses his neck.)
      Emmett: Please. At his age, he needs all the help he can get to attract those hot, young, things.
      (Brian takes Emmett's arms off of Justin, and slightly pulls Justin to him, by the shirt.)

    • Brian: It's not lying if they make you lie; if the only truth they can accept is their own.

    • Debbie: Maybe so. But as far as your parents can assume, you're still their sweet, innocent, little boy. They're not ready to think of you sucking cock and taking it up the ass.

    • Justin: So my dad was kicking him and beating him. So I got on his back and pulled him off and I was kicking and punching.
      Ted: And don't forget how you single-handedly fought off those attack dogs.

    • Vic: AMC is having a Joan Crawford festival all week.
      Debbie: Nobody's that gay.

    • (The group is discussing Brian's accident.)
      Michael: I don't want anymore weirdos ramming into you.
      Emmett: Never heard him complain about that before.

    • Brian: So in other words. For Justin to live here with you, he has to deny who he is… what he thinks… and how he feels. Well, that's not love. That's hate. Justin, you coming?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music: "Anything" by Chin; "Don't Tell Me" by Madonna; "For One More Day" by Tyler Yarema; "Turn It Round" by Marc Ferrari; "Hustle Espanol" by Full Intention; "Teardrops" by Carey Bell; "Certainly" by Luigi Sabatini; "Just The Beat" by Master Source; "Superhero" by Sky; "He's All I Want" by Angel Moon

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