Queer as Folk

Season 5 Episode 2

Back in Business

2
Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 22, 2005 on Showtime
8.7
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Times are changing on Liberty Avenue. Justin returns and Brian re-opens Babylon. Michael makes a major decision regarding his daughter while Emmett gets a new job. Ted becomes the center of attention and makes some changes to his appearance.

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  • The Drama, the Drama

    10
    I loved the escalating conflict between the main characters in this episode - the drama feels real and while some characters may step over certain lines you cannot help but empathize with each of them. Brian and Justin get back on board and I'm apprehensive to see what happens next, though we'll see soon. Season 5 has proven perfect thus far and I'm sad (more like, depressed to the max) to see that the show will end soon. :'(moreless
  • Brian continues to re-open Babylon. Justin returns from California. Ted makes some changes to his looks. The situation with Mike, Mel and Linze grows more tense. Emmett gets a new business proposition.moreless

    10
    Brian continues with his crusade to re-open Babylon now that he owns it. However, when he opens the door only about twelve gays show up. He is highly disappointed, especially since he lost about eight thousand dollars for that night. He goes to the new hot spot Poppers and finds Emmett there while he's checking out his competition. Brian has to find a way to bring the business back to Babylon. Mike and Ben are moving into their new house. Mike tries to talk to Mel and Linze about their separation and the hardships on the kids. This turns into a heated conversation where Mel says she and Linze are still the parents, not Mike, that he is just the biological father. Mike gets a lawyer to try to sue for joint custody. This is Mike's whiney, over reacting self again. He thinks just because he and Ben are this married couple that lives in a new place for the domesticated gay family, he knows how to better take care of a kid because the environment is stable. However, Deb tells him differently and let's Mel know it too, but also tells Mel the only side she's on is the Jenny Rebecca's. Linze goes to Brian to explain what's going on and reveals her fear of being pushed out as a parent since she's not J.R.'s biological parent, and asks Brian to talk to Mike. He does, and he makes some good points, but Mike thinks he knows what he's doing and that it's right for his daughter. Mel goes to see Mike to try to work it out, but when she says maybe Mike can wait until J.R. is four or five to take her, he goes off again and says no. Mel then brings Deb into it and says Deb sides with her. The whole thing has turned into a big heated mess. In the meantime fearing his aging, Ted makes some changes to his appearance so he doesn't seem so old. He is attempting a diet and dies his hair blond, and also starts dressing younger. Personally i thought he looked ridiculous, and i think he realized it eventually too. After Emmett tries to cheer him up with some words of wisdom about looking inside yourself for beauty basically, Ted calls a cosmetic surgeon. How far will Ted go to change his appearance? Emmett does a brilliant wedding for a big whig on the six o clock news and in turn gets a business proposition to be channel five's Queer Guy." Justin returns home and tells everyone he hated California because it was boring and eventually everyone seemed the same. However he has mind blowing sex with Brian which he gets to admit it, and tells Brian that he lied to everyone and that he really did love California. Brian had said he thought Justin was never coming back. Brian also thinks coming back to Pittsburgh to only Brian and Justin's old regular life that it must be a let down. However, Justin says that Pittsburgh had one thing Hollywood didn't, which obviously meant Brian. It was great to see these two back again. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.moreless
  • Babylon isn't the place to go anymore.

    9.3
    Despite countless advertising strategies, Brian just can't seem to win back the crowd to Babylon. Justin finally comes home after months and him and Brian get reaquainted with one another. Justin decides, that if the offer is still open, that he'll move in with Brian. He is so ecstatic to see Justin as he arrives, and even he couldn't hide that. Now that Mel and Linds are split, Michael thinks that he and Ben would be better off raising JR, since they are together. He also implies that Mel isn't fit to be a mother, now that she single and on her own. This is the beginning of a raging war between the three parties, over the custody of their newborn dauhgter.moreless
  • Justin returns home to a very happy Brian.

    9.8
    Brian's pessimism can be really debilitating. He thinks he'll never see Justin again, and though he is clearly devastated that he can't be with him, he does all that is humanly possible to distract him from his pain. But he doesn't fool anyone. It's obvious how happy he is when Justin walks back into his life. I tear up when Brian says, "I thought you were never coming back." How long was Justin gone, by the way? I'm thinking is was probably 2 or 3 months. But I love how Brian and Justin continue from where they left off, as if they were never apart. Despite my previous comment, I believe Brian will never give up hope on Justin. Justin may go to Hollywood or New York, but he'll always come back to Brian, and Brian will always love him and let him back in. That's why I also believe that Brian emptied his drawer before he knew Justin was coming back to him. My guess is that he emptied it right after Justin left, because he still had hope that Justin would someday come back. Brian doesn't have faith in a lot of things, but he undoubtedly has faith in his love for Justin, and in Justin's love for him.moreless
  • Michael vs. Mel, Brian and Justin.

    7.9
    Justin comes back! That goodness, for a moment it seems as though Sunshine would never be seen again at least in the Pitts (though we knew better). He and Justin have another great little reaquainting. Very hot, sweet, and important. After some sexual antics, a little goofing around, and a nice little talk Brian and Justin decide to live together again!



    Michael and Melanie don't find such good footing. I kind of gotta side with Melanie on this one, even though I love them both. I understand Michael's anger at Melanie's sort of trying to force him out and I understand his apprehension of letting his daughter be raised in a single parent home, I mean he expected a happy two parent home, but he goes way over board. Expressing concern, good. Wanting to be with his daughter, good. Even wanting to be more in her life now that Mel isn't with Linds anymore and they are fighting is fine but just because they aren't together doesn't mean a darn thing. They can make this work, though it will be complicated. Ben and Michael almost seem all to eager to try and take JR away from Mel and Linds, and Mel ain't so pleased with that. The boys go way over board with their actions. I mean there are their friends and it's like they have zero faith in them as parents. It's one thing if Michael wanted to have joint custody for the simple sake of wanting the custody of his daughter, that's an whole other deal, but it's like he is trying to yank the little girl right away from her mom's. He is being very unfair here.



    I can see why Brian confronts him the way he does, after all he is very protective of Linds at times, and he is always good at seeing when actions will cause trouble unwarranted or other.moreless
Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Deborah 'Debbie' Jane Grassi Novotny

Robert Gant

Robert Gant

Professor Benjamin 'Ben' Novotny-Bruckner (Season 2-5)

Michelle Clunie

Michelle Clunie

Melanie 'Mel' Marcus

Peter Paige

Peter Paige

Emmett "Em" Honeycutt

Scott Lowell

Scott Lowell

Theodore 'Ted' Schmidt

Gale Harold

Gale Harold

Brian Kinney

Adam Harrington

Adam Harrington

Connor James

Guest Star

Bob Desrosiers

Bob Desrosiers

Joseph

Guest Star

Damon D'Oliveira

Damon D'Oliveira

Alfonso

Guest Star

Mike Shara

Mike Shara

Brett Keller

Recurring Role

Kegan Hoover

Kegan Hoover

Gus

Recurring Role

Logan Hoover

Logan Hoover

Gus

Recurring Role

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