Queer as Folk

Season 4 Episode 5

How Far You Can Go

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 16, 2004 on Showtime
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Cody decides to take Justin to a firing range; while they are there, Justin tells Cody the story of Chris Hobbs and the incident surrounding Brian, himself and the assault. Cody shocks and surprises him by bringing him to the construction site where Chris Hobbs works so that Justin has the chance to confront him about what he did. Justin, however, feels unprepared, and backs down. Convinced that Justin has to confront Chris Hobbs for what he put him through, they go to his house, where Justin demands an apology. Seeing no reason to apologize and holding no remorse, Chris refuses, until Cody hands Justin a gun, which he uses to force Chris Hobbs to his knees to make him apologize; he does, yet Cody tells Justin that it is not enough and urges him to do more than simply make him apologize. Justin says that an apology is all he needed and, realizing Cody has gone too far, hands him the gun, and leaves.

Melanie, meanwhile ,is shocked and offended when her clients agree to let her partner, Larry Jacobs, try their case. They feel they have to keep their son's best interests in mind, and if they have a better chance of winning the custody case with Larry, they must select him as their attorney. Brian and Lindsay attempt to help Melanie understand the women's perspective, and try to console her. Melanie, however, feels overwhelmed with betrayal; it takes hearing words of wisdom from Ted to make her understand that she must learn to accept the things she cannot change, and eventually offers her support to Larry and to Jeannette and Anna.

Ted eventually makes the decision to accept Brian's offer of a job at Kinnetik. As part of his program, he makes his first task to write a letter of amends to Brian and the gang, and begins delivering letters to everyone but Emmet. He is at a loss for words, and does not think the letter would make any difference.

Emmett, however, goes for a change of pace and moves into a place of his own; a completely furnished apartment where he can have all the privacy and fun he wants. While Emmet adjusts to making this move, Debbie is going through adjustments of her own, with an empty house ever since Vic and Rodney made the decision to live together. In an effort to perk up her spirits, she decides to surprise them and takes them housewarming presents, only to discover a party going on that she received no invitation to.

Ben finally gives Michael a copy of his manuscript for him to read and critique. Michael finds it boring and becomes unsettled trying to find a way to break the news; he decides to take the easy way out, and simply tells him that he loved it. Ben however, thanks in part to Hunter, ends up finding out Michael's true opinion.

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  • This Show Goes Far

    10
    Contrary to what other people have stated, I loved everything about this episode - I won't spoil much, but the writers were smart in letting certain characters make the choices they did. Overall a sensational episode with enough closure to be ultimately satisfying.
  • Cody continues to poison Justin's mind and cover it up by saying it's for the cause. Brian tries to talk sense into him. Deb is dealing with being lonely, as Emmett is doing the same. Ted makes amends to all his friends while Mel's partner takes the case.moreless

    10
    Cody now takes Justin to the firing range where he then tells Justin before he pulls the trigger, to think of a person who deserves it, a person he hates. Justin obviously thinks of Chris. This is obviously not right. When vengance comes into play you cross the line from standing up for yourself and making a statement, to premeditating revenge, which is fueled by nothing but anger and hate. Brian finds the gun and has it out with Justin who still won't listen. Daphne tells him he hates guns and even signed a petition in high school. Cody talks Justin into going after Chris, but when they get the chance Justin freezes. Cody eggs Justin on to find him again while Daphne goes to Brian for help. Good move Daphne. Cody and Justin go to Chris's house where Justin makes Chris apologize for everything, and makes him put the barrel of the gun in his mouth while on his knees. Chris is scared and almost in tears. I wondered if the gun was loaded as Cody kept telling Justin to pull the trigger. Justin doesn't because he still had enough wit, and he got most of the revenge he was looking for, and walked away satisfied. Cody freaks out, calling Justin all kinds of names and is clearly angry. This kid has obviously got some serious issues. Debbie is lonely and decides to go house shopping with Emmett, who has got his own place now that freakishly resembles Brian's loft. Deb's feelings are hurt when she brings a housewarming gift to Vic and Rodney to discover they are having a housewarming party and she wasn't the first one told, like Vic promised. What hurts her feelings more is that she wasn't even invited. She and Emmett find solace in each other though when they hang out later that night watching movies and eating ice cream. Ted is handing out notes to all his friends to make amends for when he was using as part of the program. Mostly everyone forgives him but he hasn't made amends to Emmett yet. He seems to be adjusting back into the accounting well since he is busy at work at Brian's company. Mel is working on a case that involves a lesbian couple who wants to win custody for the child. The couple decides to meet with Larry behind Mel's back and she is very angry and upset. When she won't leave her room, Linze calls Brian over to talk sense into her in his blunt Brian way, which he does. She is angry at Linze and later snaps at her, saying Linze betrayed her by siding with Larry and the couple. However, after thinking about what Linze says she decides Linze was right and forgives her, and decides to assist Larry and the couple in the case. Ben is looking for Mike's opinion on the book he wrote. Mike lies and says he hasn't finished it yet, and tells Brian that he did but thought it was boring. Mike then lies and tells Ben he loved it, but after Ben pries further Mike says how he really felt. Ben then makes what i thought to be a low blow by saying Mike was more Justice league than Ivy league as far as literary thinking goes. However, Ben finds out that his publisher said almost exactly what Mike did about the book, so Ben thinks twice. This was a great episode and leaves you hanging on for more as usual. I'm looking forward to the next installment in this brilliant, well written season.moreless
  • Sunshine seeks revenge.

    9.4
    I thought that the whole Pink Posse storyline was a little off, but I did like the fact that Justin finally got to get back at Chris Hobbs. I understand why Justin wanted to do have closure for the bashing, I probably would have to. I'm also glad that he stood up for himself, though I did think that going around starting stuff was unnecissary. The scene where Justin loads the gun and comes around the side of the house is very well done. We've never seen or expected this from Jussy. Thank god that he stopped where he did, and walked away with Chris' appology. I'm glad that the Pink Posse is over though, and Justin can go on with his normal life again.moreless
  • Thank God the whole Pink Posse thing is over and Cody is history.

    6.5
    I can understand how Justin needed some form of closure for the harm caused by Chris Hobbs, and all I can say is that I'm glad it's over. It was really frustrating to watch Justin shut Brian out, and everyone else (his mother and Daphne) who told him the Pink Posse was a bad idea. You could really see how much Brian was affected by it. He was so scared for Justin, what with the gun scene and his talk with Daphne. It was obvious that he didn't believe what he told her, that at least Justin would be standing up for himself. You could see it in his face--he'd rather Justin leave it alone and be safe. After all, Brian's always been there to protect Justin. He even sat alone at Babylon to think for crap's sake! Luckily, Justin settled his issues. After that, he realized that it wasn't his job to protect the streets. Cody's insane, looking for trouble where there's no trouble to begin with. I'm just glad Justin finally figured out what Brian had been telling him all along. That's right, Sunshine. Go back home to Brian where you belong. And I think it's adorable that Brian has Justin's phone number on speed dial at his office.moreless
  • Pink Posse

    7.4
    I was apprehensive about the Pink Posse from moment one, not to mention I really disliked this Cody person from minute one. I knew he would lead Justin, our Sunshine, down a dangerous and quite frankly frightening path. He was so itense and intent on hurting straight people and avenging his childhood he just let his anger seep out in these uncontrollable portions. Thank goodness Justin, being the brave little darling he has always been, was able to break free from him. He has experience getting out from under manipulative men, yet another of the many many ways Brian has helped him without realizing it. The end scene, between Justin and Chris Hobbes (his gay basher from season 1), really felt like a form of closure for Justin. It felt as though his entire affiliation with the Pink Posse was almost a tool to get to this moment, though he couldn't have predicted that it would come up. He has always been a great defender of his community and more open at his young age then some of the older charcters on the show but his affiliation with the Pink Posse felt like an oppurtunity for him to let go of some things that can't be let go after such a horrid experience, things that can only come when you least expect it. Harbored feelings of resentment, hate, grips with one self. All these things seem to just lift off his shoulders when he not only had the oppurtunity to place Chris Hobbes in the same situation he put him in but when he made the choice to walk away. Not to choose hate, they way straight people chose to hate him and his community.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

Mitch Morris

Mitch Morris

Cody Bell

Guest Star

Craig Eldridge

Craig Eldridge

Larry Jacobs

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Shary Guthrie

Shary Guthrie

Jennette Arlen

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Harris Allan

Harris Allan

James "Hunter" Montgomery

Recurring Role

Jack Wetherall

Jack Wetherall

Vic Grassi

Recurring Role

Makyla Smith

Makyla Smith

Daphne Chanders

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Just before Deb walks in on Vic's dinner party, Debbie is stepping up to Vic and Rodney's front door and she is holding an umbrella. She puts the umbrella down and rings the doorbell. As she is doing this you can hear a voice in the background faintly calling, "Sharon, put the umbrella down."

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Michael: I told Ben a lie. A big fat lie.

      Brian: Okay. Who did you fuck?

      Michael: No one.

      Brian: Oh, then make it quick.

      Michael: I finished his book three days ago. But I told him that I am still reading it.

      Brian: That's it? That's the big fat...? No. A big fat lie is, "I won't cum in your mouth."

      Emmett: Just don't cum on the sofa.

      Michael: He wants me to be honest, to tell him what I really think.

      Brian: And what do you really think?

      Michael: It was kinda boring.

      Brian: Kinda like him? He's your partner, Mikey. You gotta sit him down, take his hand and tell him, "Honey, it's a steaming piece of horse shit."

      Michael: Could you say that to Justin?

      Brian: Yeah. Fortunately, the lad's a genius.

      Michael: You are so helpful.

      Brian: And you are pathetic. If you can't be honest, then what kind of relationship do you have?

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