Queer as Folk

Season 3 Episode 8

Hunt(er) For Love

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 27, 2003 on Showtime
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Police Chief Stockwell's cleanup of Liberty Avenue forces young street hustlers to find a new hangout, and they congregate in Ben and Michael's neighborhood. When the rowdy teens keep Ben and Michael awake at night, Ben asks them to disperse. One of them offers to have unsafe sex with Ben for a price. The next morning, Ben and Michael find the same boy asleep in their hallway and take him to breakfast at the diner. Later, the teenager is beaten up in front of Ben and Michael's apartment building, and Ben brings the youth inside to stay overnight, much to Michael's dismay. When the kid leaves the next day, Ben gives him $100, but wants to do more to help him.

Justin becomes Daphne's roommate. Daphne attributes Justin's depression to his recent breakup with Ethan and is surprised when Justin tells her he made a horrible mistake leaving Brian. At Daphne's suggestion, Justin schemes to get back into Brian's life by showing up wherever Brian is. Justin applies for an internship at Vanguard, the advertising agency where Brian works. Reluctant at first, Brian finally approves Justin's internship, but later fires him when he interferes during a presentation to a client. Justin asks for a second chance, and he and Brian make love in Brian's office.

Lindsay takes a job at an art gallery and hires Emmett as a party planner for the opening of an exhibition of Impressionist paintings. The event is a success, but mother-to-be Melanie and the unemployed Ted, previously the successful careerists in their respective relationships, experience a strange role reversal as they watch their mates triumph in their new occupations.

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  • Made My Heart Soar

    10
    The writers did a great job of interspersing snippets of the other characters' lives amongst the Brian/Justin moments, which were absolutely stunning. Every piece of dialogue was significant and meaningful, every look full of love or longing or angst, every little moment fell into place perfectly. This has to be one of my, if not my favorite episode of the series so far. Perfection.
  • I Loved It

    10
    Even though I'm only on season 3 episode 3 I love it. Justin is so hot and i have been watching this every since it's been on HBO when i was a teen.
  • awesome episode!

    10
    well brian nd justin r back together. and everything was really cool the way justin made his way back to brian. it iz really an awesom episode. d last scene dammn dey both were so hungry and desperate for each other. nd it was hawt. it was like it has been like forever dat dey were apart. ohh and the song in d background was just perfect. so soft and suited d scene. m glad everythng iz sorted out and cool now. btw i hav to admit justin lookz great in season 3 nd 4 nd 5 too. nd randy has improved himself sooo much as an actor. he iz doin just as awsm as Gale. well Gale was amazin from d start itself. but now Randy iz doin d job pretty amazingly too.moreless
  • Totally the best episode of the season, probably of the whole show.

    10
    The way Justin got Brian back was amazing. What I can't understand no matter how many times I watch the season is whether Brian has it all planned or is clueless about it. What I mean is, did he engineer his renewed relationship with Justin, or did he leave it to his partner to make the decision and do all the work?
  • Ted throws his back out. Ben pleads with Michael to help a young hustler. Linze prepares to throw a party to sell some paintings. Justin tries to win Brian back.

    10
    So Emmett talks Ted into going back to the gym after he's been laying low for a couple weeks. While there, he throws his back out. Emmett gets him to take pain medication for it. In the meantime Linze asks Emmett to help plan a party for her job, because he needs the cash. This makes Mel and Ted feel like just the wives on the side, though i think Mel doesn't mind it as much as Ted does. I wonder if Ted is going to become addicted to the pain medication now, that would be cliche. On the other hand Ben and Mike are having trouble sleeping at night because since Stockwell has been trying to clean up the city and Liberty Ave., all the hustlers have been forced to go elsewhere. Ben goes out to talk to them and one kid propositions him to sleep with him without a condom for two hundred dollars. Ben wants to help this kid. He later sees the boy being beat up and he intervenes and takes the boy in to sleep, eat and shower. Mike pleads with Ben to come to his senses, but before the young boy leaves Ben gives him their telephone number and a hundred dollars. Since i've seen a later episode i was led to believe that this was Ben's son, but he's never mentioned a son and the kid said his father was dead and his mother was in prison. Perhaps i was mistaken. They had tried to talk him into going to the youth center and getting back into school, but that didn't seem like something the boy was interested in. Also, we see Justin who has been living at Daphne's place is depressed and bored. I thought he was thinking about Ethen because he said he was having dreams about "him", but we find out he's been dreaming about Brian and misses him! Justin regrets leaving and thinks he made a huge mistake. Daphne tells him to show up everywhere that Brian is, and he does. Justin applies for an internship at Brian's job. He also shows up at Babylon and buys Brian a drink, then pretty much asks him to dance. Brian says no. He does however give in and let Justin work there, but when Justin undercuts him in front of a client in an innocent way, Brian fires him. Justin tells Brian off about how he never should have let Justin leave and everything. Brian then tells Justin how it is, and that he was stupid for even falling for Ethen in the first place. Brian tells Justin that he should learn to stand up for himself. Justin kisses him. Later Justin comes back and says that Brian should give him a second chance because now he knows what to expect, and everything else. It looked like he was talking about his job, but he was also talking about their relationship. Brian gives in and the two share an intimate scene! Are Brian and Justin back together? YAY! I can't wait to see the next episode!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

Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller

Jennifer Taylor

Jack Wetherall

Jack Wetherall

Vic Grassi (2000-2004)

Matt Austin

Matt Austin

Hustler #1

Guest Star

Damir Andrei

Damir Andrei

Sidney Bloom

Guest Star

Jason Beharriell

Jason Beharriell

Jane Avril

Guest Star

Makyla Smith

Makyla Smith

Daphne Chanders

Recurring Role

Carlo Rota

Carlo Rota

Gardner Vance

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The original scene where Justin will kiss Brian: Justin is supposed to push Brian to the wall near the door and kiss him. But they changed it because when Randy(Justin) pushed Gale(Brian) to the wall, the wall cracked.

    • Brian (in the gym) and Michael (on the tape) both were called/said (respectivly) they were 29, even though BOTH had their supposedly DeathDay when they turned 30 prior.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Justin: Oh, I love this song. Do you like this song?
      Brian: It fills the void.
      Justin: I haven't danced in forever.
      Brian: Knock yourself out.
      (Justin looks at Brian, then looks away.)
      Justin: No rush. I've got all night.
      Brian: Don't you have to be at work in the morning?
      Justin: So do you.
      Brian: Yeah, the only difference is, I don't have to impress my boss so he doesn't fire my ass. (walking away from Justin and the bar.) Thanks for the drink.

    • Justin: Brian.
      Brian: The ubiquitous Justin Taylor.
      Justin: Fancy meeting you here.
      Brian: Fancy that.

    • Emmett: I feel like the town slut on prom night! Again!

    • Justin: I don't do boyfriends.
      Brian: Since when?
      Justin: Since we broke up.
      Brian: What happened to the love that was going to last for an eternity?
      Justin: Eternities aren't as long as they used to be.

    • Brian: Orange is the new blue? What the f*** was that? Justin: She asked me. Brian: Well, who told you to answer? Justin: I was just trying to be helpful. Brian: By undercutting me in front of the client? Your job was to put up the boards, which you could barely do, and keep your mouth shut. Justin: I'm sorry, it won't happen again. Brian: You're damn right it won't. You're through. Justin: Are you firing me? Brian: You wanted the job experience right? Lesson one: You f*** up, you're gone. Justin: But you got the account. Brian: And she got my balls, thanks to you. Justin: Brian. (pauses) Mr. Kinney. I would appreciate it if you'd give a second chance. Brian: I never should have given you the first one. Now, pack up your sh*t and go home. Justin: I guess I should have expected this. After all, you never wanted me here to begin with. Didn't wanna have to see my face everyday when you came into work. Although I guess a part of me was kinda hoping that eventually you wouldn't mind it. Maybe you'd even get used to it. I guess I was wrong to think that…hmm… f*** it! Never mind. Brian: What? When your little romance with Paganini junior was over you could come running back? Justin: Yeah, something like that. Brian: (laughs) Sorry. Justin: I know. It's stupid. Brian: Almost as stupid as falling for his bullsh*t in the first place. But, you're young, inexperienced. Justin: What? And you're so smart? If you had any f***ing brains at all you never would have let me leave. You would have told me I was making the biggest mistake of my life; that I would live to regret it. That what you gave me was worth a thousand...a million times more than anything he had to offer. You would have told me that you loved me. That you would go on loving me even after I was gone. Brian: Is that what you were waiting to hear? Justin: Yes. But as usual, you never said it. So, it's just as well that I go. (Justin starts to leave but Brian grabs Justin's arm) Brian: That is so like you! You don't hear what you want, so you leave. Try standing up for yourself, for a change. Have some balls! (Justin kisses Brian)

    • Brian: So, how's it going, Taylor?
      Justin: Good. Everyone's incredibly nice. And I've already learned more than I would in an entire semester of school.
      Brian: That's great.
      Justin: Which says a lot about you, actually.
      Brian: About me?
      Justin: Yeah, they say the tone of the work place is established from the top. So it's a great compliment to you that you have such a dedicated and hard working staff.
      Brian: Maybe I was a little hard on you. Now, get back to work.
      Justin: Yes, Mr. Kinney.

    • Justin: I was going to tell you.
      Brian: When?
      Justin: After I got the job.
      Brian: Ah..you don't have the job until I sign off and I don't sign off until I ask the potential candidate a few questions such as: what the f*** are you doing here?
      Justin: As part of our degree candidacy we're required to get 3 credits of practical experience in our chosen field. So, I wrote a letter to the head of your art department saying I wanted to intern, submitted my transcripts, samples of my work and here I am.
      Brian: Here you aren't. There are other agencies where I don't work.
      Justin: That has nothing to do with it. Vengard is the best. Working here would look great on my resume. I'll make important contacts. I'll learn things that I wouldn't learn in classroom.
      Brian: Learn them someplace else.
      Justin: That's not fair. I was accepted here solely on my merit. It had nothing to do with you. I thought you'd be pleased.
      Brian: To see your face everyday?
      Justin: I had no idea that our former relationship was still a problem for you .
      Brian: Who said it was a problem? And who said that we were ever in a relationship?
      Justin: Well, then, I can see no reason that you would object to my completing my education. That you're paying for.
      Brian: Well... just... don't expect any special treatment.
      Justin: I never have.

    • Justin: I gave it some thought and decided you should take me back.
      Brian: Oh?
      Justin: Even though I've made a few mistakes, I think you'd be making an even bigger one not giving me a second chance.
      Brian: I see.
      Justin: Cause now I understand what it is you want of me. And I know what I can expect from you.
      Brian: You also understand you'll be required to work long, hard hours -- sometimes deep into the night?
      Justin: It would be a pleasure to work under you...Sir.
      Brian: And you're never to play violin music in my presence again.
      Justin: I promise.
      Brian: Good. Well then, you can start immediately.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music in the Episode
      "Lover's Spit" by Broken Social Scene
      "Loretta Young Silks" by Sneaker Pimps
      "Mr. Lonely" by Deborah Cox
      "Never (Tiesto Mix)" by Roc Project Featuring Tina Arena

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