Queer as Folk

Season 4 Episode 12

Irritation and Separation

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 04, 2004 on Showtime
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Brian's oncologist gives him a clean bill of health but insists that he take it easy. However, in an attempt to repair the devastation of the fund-raiser Jeffrey Pendergrass left in his wake, Brian decides to obtain Remson Pharmaceuticals' sponsorship (in the amount of $100,000) to participate in the Liberty Ride. Against his concerned friends' wishes, Brian starts to train for the Ride but quickly becomes exhausted and has trouble keeping up with the others in his spin class.

Emmett makes an attempt to forget Drew, which is no simple task now that images of him as the Brown Athletics underwear model are plastered all over town. It seems to be just as hard for Drew to forget Emmett, as his game has been off and he has trouble sleeping (among other things), and keeping Emmett off of his mind. He finds Emmett at Debbie's and tells him he misses him. Later at the motel, Emmett asks Drew when he plans on telling Sierra about them; Drew doesn't think anyone has to know. Emmett finds he is in the position where he may be asked to live a lie to keep their relationship in tact.

Things are quickly heating up between Hunter and his new girlfriend, Callie, especially in the fact that their relationship has become sexual. During a moment of heat, Callie asks Hunter whether or not he has a condom. Hunter makes the decision to reveal to Callie that he's HIV positive and finds her sympathetic to his situation. However, Callie's parents are outraged when they discover the news in Callie's journal, and they angrily confront Michael and Ben, believing they should have told them. Michael and Ben stand by Hunter, as they believe he acted responsibly. Callie's parents forbid her to see Hunter ever again.

Melanie, still angry over Lindsay's affair with Sam Auerbach can't find a way to forgive her. She tries to be civilized at home in hope of maintaining a sense of order, but when Lindsay misreads Melanie's attempt at communication as forgiveness, Melanie does her best to set her straight. Melanie lets Lindsay know that she feels like she will never be enough for her. When the tension between them causes Melanie to double over in pain, she's immediately rushed to the hospital

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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

Meredith Henderson

Meredith Henderson

Callie Leeson

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Jacqueline Pillon

Jacqueline Pillon

Amber Morgan-Leeson

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Rae Ellen Bodie

Rae Ellen Bodie

Dusty

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Harris Allan

Harris Allan

James "Hunter" Montgomery

Recurring Role

Matt Battaglia

Matt Battaglia

Drew Boyd

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Maggie Huculak

Maggie Huculak

Tannis

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