Queer as Folk

Season 4 Episode 4

Escalating Violence

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 09, 2004 on Showtime
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Brian achieves success, as the headquarters for Kinnetik are finally set up and ready to go. However, Brian runs into a dilemma when he receives news that the funds for a client's ad in Heat Magazine have yet to obtained; Brian worries about getting the payment in by the deadline and enlists the last minute help of Ted, who solves this problem with ease and total efficiency. Thinking he could use this kind of help at the agency, Brian offers Ted a position; Ted, just beginning his new life, feels he is not ready and declines.

Also,in an effort to "beef up" the Pink Posse and get the Posse prepared to take on "trouble before it starts", Cody persuades Justin and the rest of the Pink Posse to train in a boxing ring. Justin, however, has his doubts as does the rest of the Posse, who walk out in an effort to keep themselves out of trouble and from getting themselves hurt; Cody decides to take Justin to hear a preacher speak about the sins of homosexuality at a nearby church, to help subside his doubts about the Pink Posse's supposed motivation. They later leave Liberty Avenue in search of gay-bashers and homophobes in the straight neighborhoods, and, in an effort to stir up the trouble he is looking for, Cody kisses Justin outside a straight dance club, leading to harsh words and a fight where Cody ends up putting a gun to a man's head to make him apologize for calling them "faggots".

Meanwhile, Melanie feels confident that she will win her current case and get Jeanette and Anna custody of their son. Melanie believes she can overturn the previous verdict, especially since the judge who's hearing the case has a reputation of being gay friendly. This judge however, is replaced with a more conservative one, and another attorney, because of this, offers to take over the case, stating he is more equipped to handle it. Melanie is furious at the suggestion that a straight male replace her, and has no intention of surrendering the case.

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  • Pink Posse of Two

    9.5
    Loved yet hated this episode because of the dark direction Justin's storyline is taking. I enjoyed the family dynamic with Ben, Michael, Hunter, and Deb while I'm curious to see which path Ted takes in the future. Overall a solid episode, season four isn't shaping up to be too bad.
  • Brian has a financial problem before the deadline of one of his accounts. Mel works on a case to try to help a lesbian couple get custody of one of the women's child. Mike and Ben must meet with a social worker before becoming foster parents for Hunter.moreless

    10
    After Vic moving out, Deb is a little lost with what to do with herself, so she tries to keep herself busy. However, she's doing this by helping all the boys out with things like laundry and housework. Mike tells Vic that she is over at his place all the time and that he is going to tell her she can't spend all her time there. While this is going on Mike and Ben are filling out paperwork to become foster parents for Hunter. Mike gets nervous when he finds out that a social worker may drop in at any time to experience the environment. The moment she decides to pop in is when Mike, Deb and Ben are all in the middle of a huge argument after Mike tells her she can't keep coming over there all the time and should maybe find some friends to do things with. Mike is nervous that this fight might effect Ben and his chances of being Hunter's foster parents, so he pleads with the social worker to give them a chance. She says that she understands, and that what she saw was love, because people who fight love each other, as opposed to people who don't love each other that don't fight at all. Things are looking good for Ben and Mike. In the meantime Brian's old bath house is looking good, and i wonder where he got the money for all of that work to be done. When he finds out that his accountant didn't transfer money that was supposed to be moved before the deadline which was tonight, he can't get it moved before Monday morning. Afraid he might lose his big account, he asks Ted to help. Since Brian's accountant is Ted's old boss, Ted finally winds up getting into the system and fixing Brian's problem. Brian offers him a job which he turns down at first. However, later on when he fixes a check at the establishment he works at, an old woman tells him he should've been an accountant. He tells Brian he changed his mind and Brian says he can start Monday morning as his accountant. On the other hand Emmett is having an issue with where he can bring his dates to sleep with because Mel and Linze don't want him to bring them to their place. When he can't find anywhere else and he's in the middle of a bad rain storm, he brings home a guy anyway. Everything is fine until the man howls during sex and wakes the girls up. Linze confronted Emmett who said he had no idea he'd brought home the wolf man haha. They talk about him getting his own place, but he's never lived by himself before really. Perhaps now he'll start. Mel is working on a case with a lesbian couple, and one of them wants to get her son back from her ex husband. When Mel finds out that their gay friendly judge has been changed to an old fashioned one, her partner Larry wants to take over the case because the judge will identify more with him. Frustrated because she's spent so much time on this case, Mel says no way. Also, Cody takes Justin to a boxing ring to teach him to fight. Other members of the posse think he's going to far and they voice this and leave. They don't think it's right to go looking for fights. Justin challenges Brian later on to a fight to see who gets to be on top tonight. Brian gives him a good run for his money, though it doesn't really go very far. Cody takes Justin to a library to pick books out that he should read and gets angry when he finds out Justin talks to Brian about the posse. Justin tells Cody that Brian thinks its crazy, so Cody takes him to a sermon preaching about how being gay is a sin. Cody contradicts the priest and tells him off and they leave. Later, they go on patrol and now it's outside of a straight club. Now they're just instigating. They start making out next to a straight couple who make a few comments, so Cody and Justin follow them to their car. They get in a fight and the guy pulls a knife. I thought that was pretty bad until Cody pulled a gun, put it to the guy's head, and told him to apologize and politely excuse themselves. When Justin says something to Cody, Cody shows him it wasn't loaded. The gun turned Justin on and the two wind up being intimate. I know Brian and Justin aren't completely faithful to each other, but something about this seemed wrong to me. What's going to happen if they pull the gun next time and someone pulls out a real one? I hope nobody winds up getting seriously hurt or killed. I can't wait to see what's going to happen next.moreless
  • The Pink Posse goes to a whole new level.

    9.6
    Cody decides that it's not enough to sit around and wait for trouble, he thinks that they should go out and find it themselves. After taking Justin to a church and listening to him preach about how homosexuality is immoral, they stage a makeout session in hopes to stir up trouble. After being shouted at, Cody points a gun at the man's head and tells him to appoligize. Justin is shocked at the direction that Cody wants to take the posse in. But by the end scene of the episode, he's already liking it.



    Brian needs financial help with his business and turns to Ted for it. He offers him a job at the new agency, in which he declines, feeling that it is too early to make that step. Good episode, revealing some unseen traits of Justin. Where will the Pink Posse go next?moreless
  • Brian, Ted, and Justin

    7.4
    Ya know, when Brian Kinney wants to be he can be a good friend. Though he came to Ted for help just for self service purposes he ended up offering him a job, while giving him some great compliments. I wish we could see more of this good side in him, though it wouldn't be truthful to his character. I did especially love their scene in the newly formed Kinnetic, thank you Sunshine for the brilliant name, dripping with sexual innuendo. Brilliant work, perfect dialogue.



    However, Cody's little lessons in boxing getting very intense very quickly. The rest of the, all be it small, intense Pink Posse seem to see that Cody is trouble from moment one and yet Sunshine is so blinded by things that have happened in his past and indecision when it comes to concepts of morality and "an eye for an eye" that he doesn't quite see the truth behind Cody's actions. It is shame though that Cody is driven to such hateful lengths by people such as this preacher he takes Justin to visit. We see how much straight people hate gay people sometimes in this show but we also see how their hate can manifest into a another kind of hate, the kind that lives in Cody. I do not by any means agree with his actions but see someone driven to that kind of behavior is so very sad, when you dish out hate that is what you recieve in kind sometimes. When he pulls out the gun you know this boy will lead Justin down a very dangerous and very deadly path.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

Mitch Morris

Mitch Morris

Cody Bell

Guest Star

Dominick Abrams

Dominick Abrams

Russ

Guest Star

Daniel Christopher Chen

Daniel Christopher Chen

Ken

Guest Star

Jack Wetherall

Jack Wetherall

Vic Grassi

Recurring Role

Harris Allan

Harris Allan

James "Hunter" Montgomery

Recurring Role

Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore

Cynthia

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    • Hunter: You guys don't have to whisper, I have 20/20 hearing.

    • Michael: Hey, any dildo we might have is hidden away where no one can find it.
      Hunter: I'll bet.

    • Brian: Listen to me. Are you listening?
      Ted: I'm listening.
      Brian: You may be a pathetic drug addict who's lost everything - your dignity, your livelihood, your lover, your good name, the respect and trust of everyone you know…
      Ted: No one gives a pep talk like you, Bri.
      Brian: But there's one thing you haven't lost. You're still an accountant. That's who you are. Not even the lowest form of degradation can take that away from you.

    • Ted: Why do I feel like I've been here before?
      Brian: Drop to your knees and imagine a cock in your mouth, it'll come to you.

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