Queer as Folk

Season 5 Episode 5

Excluding and Abstemiousness

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jun 12, 2005 on Showtime
8.7
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Excluding and Abstemiousness
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Brian has some news for Justin and all of his previous partners. Carl has a rival for Debbie's affection and Hunter makes a drastic decision that could change everything.

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  • No More Angst I Can't Handle It

    10
    I loved Lindsay in this episode and the settling of the JR conflict for the most part. I felt such pain for Hunter and Justin and Brian though - I see bad things in the future but I hope this angst will be worth it! Still enjoying this show immensely.
  • Brian just can't compromise.

    9.3
    I love that Brian has values and principles, and that he sticks to them. But there is a time when he needs to give just a little. You know that he wants to be with Justin very much, but he would rather jeoparodize his relationship than bend the principles. After getting syphilis, Brian tosses it off as if it's nothing. Justin's irritation with his promiscuity, continues to build, and we don't know how much longer he can take it. After 48 hours, the syphilis clears up, so Brian races home to celebrate it with Justin. But when he gets there, he sees a less than enthusiastic Sunshine, that would rather work on Rage, than go to bed with him.



    Wake up, Brian!! Wake up!!moreless
  • Even after Brian gets another less then pleasant wake up call he still can not realize the truth of his life style.

    8.0
    I swear can nothing derail Kinney off his path of sex, drugs, and just plain risky behavior. Not even an STD seems to bother him in the least. He just reacts so casually and I know that it's not like he contracts one of the more dangerous STD's but he is just so nonchalant about the whole thing it's unsettling. I can only imagine that Justin, even though he is a well educated gay man, was freaked out by the possibility of contracting something and as Brian said it's not like he is an angel. He's had his share of escepades as well and yet he see's the reality and truth behind their choice and their actions. And's he like 10 years younger then Brian! Let us marvel at the maturity.moreless
  • Pretty much all of my reviews starting now and up until the 10th episode will be classified as 'painful to watch' or 'tearjerker.'

    8.3
    It has begun. It's sad and inevitable, but it breaks my heart nevertheless. Justin begins to feel unhappy with his and Brian's relationship, and Brian does nothing to soothe him. Enter syphilis. Brian's reaction to contracting the disease is unbelievable, though the scene at Babylon when the word spread was hilarious, if not entirely pathetic. I guess it's a compliment to Justin that he's the first person who Brian wants to celebrate the end of his enforced celibacy with, but that's not much comfort. Brian's refusal to accept anyone who is monogamous and happy is immature and absurd. Brian is definitely my favorite character, but he can be such an ass sometimes. He must know that he's ruining his relationship with Justin and Michael--the two people in his life he cares most about--and yet he just can't help himself. It makes me want to scream. I've noticed a pattern in Justin, in just how much he can take of Brian's promiscuity before he begins to feel hurt and perhaps betrayed. He can deal with it for about two years. The first time, before Ethan, lasted about two years beginning from the time Justin first met Brian. And the second time, after they're reunited in the third season, also lasts about two years. After two years, Justin begins to feel the differences between what he and Brian define as a healthy/happy relationship. Justin loves Brian, and Brian obviously loves Brian. But until one or the other is willing to change his position on relationships, it won't work out.moreless
Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Deborah 'Debbie' Jane Grassi Novotny

Robert Gant

Robert Gant

Professor Benjamin 'Ben' Bruckner

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

Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell

Loretta Pye

Guest Star

Araxi Arslanian

Araxi Arslanian

Ted's lesbian 'protector'

Guest Star

Ashley Evelyn Bell

Ashley Evelyn Bell

Julia

Guest Star

Makyla Smith

Makyla Smith

Daphne Chanders

Recurring Role

Harris Allan

Harris Allan

James "Hunter" Montgomery

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