Queer as Folk

Season 4 Episode 14

Liberty Ride

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 18, 2004 on Showtime
8.5
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Liberty Ride
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Michael and Ben have some problems with the immigration, which also influence Debbie. While Ted and Emmett reconnect in the woods, what is it with Lindsay and Melanie back in Pittsburgh? Brian tests his spirit and courage during the ride. Justin faces a choice which will test his relationship with Brian.

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  • A Light Episode

    9.0
    Not sure why but for a season finale this one disappointed me a bit - maybe just because of its unusually lighthearted nature. Only a few plot lines get resolved but for the most part it prepares us for season five. Let's hope that won't be too much of a rocky ride!
  • the canadian/usa border guards Officer Butz

    10
    does anyone know Officer Butz real name its the border officer, from season Season 4 Episode 14... please email me thank you robin phelps44 Hotmail com add all together it wouldn't let me put all together
  • piece of cake!

    10
    d season endings r always incredible. m soo glad brian and justin r together 'for real' now. i love d fact dat brian loves justin so much. he sees him during his ride, cheering him. and den wen all hope was over for him nd he gave up he saw justin nd decided to move on nd reach to him. datz soo cool dat justin inspires him so much, that justin has become such a big part of his life. and den at d end he asks him to move in wit him. dat was just so adorable. nd justin, he looked so happy and he still cudn believe brian asked him that, even though he was waiting for it like forever. nd d way brian says 'and as for the times when you're not around, I wouldn't particularly mind if you thats so brian kinney style of sayin i want u by my side all d fuckkin time. i loved d ending. great season.moreless
  • The U.S. Border gives Ben and Mike hard time. Brain suffers an injury while trying to impress a man. Ted and Emmett get lost. Justin gets a proposition to stay and work with the movie. Mel goes into labor.moreless

    10
    While returning back to the U.S. on the Liberty Ride, the U.S. Border gives Ben and Mike some grief about the U.S. not recognizing their marriage. This makes Deb angry so she runs her mouth as usual, and gets a warning from to officer. Brian tries to make their wedding a nice one, so he gets a wedding cake and bottle of expensive champagne, and makes sure they get a reception anyway, even if it is in the middle of nowhere. When they return home, Mike asks Ben if they are really married because it is not recognized in the United States. Stubborn Brian decides to try to impress a guy on the ride by riding with no hands, which leads him to fall off his bike and break his collar bone. When he's told he can't continue, he decides to do it anyway and ride one handed. He keeps hallucinating and seeing himself and Justin. When the ride is over, everyone gets worried because Mike and Brian still haven't come back four hours later. However, they show up in the snow and Brian says he can't finish. But, he sees Justin and winds up crossing the finish line. Ted is celebrating his six months of sobriety birthday and wants to go to a meeting. Taking Emmett's suggestion to veer from the path to visit one, they miss the meeting and end up lost. Emmett then encourages Ted to have a meeting just between them, which they do. They wind up finding their way back to the highway and meeting up with the rest of the ride, so not much was lost except a decent night of sleep. While in Hollywood, Brett propositions Justing to stay for six to eight months to work on the movie. Justin sleeps with one of Brett's friends who "isn't gay and takes Brett up on his offer. However, at the end of the episode Brian asks Justin to move back in with him, and this time because he actually wants him there, and the invite came from Brian with no coercion. I wonder if this will change Justin's mind about returning to Hollywood. Mel and Linze are still deciding to break up, but Mel goes into labor. When they arrive at the hospital, she tells Linze not to leave, to stay and help her through this. I thought she was talking about the relationship, not just the labor. When the baby is born, Linze still announces plans that she is leaving. Mel doesn't really want her to go. I wish these two would stay together, it is really sad. Especially since they just had another baby to add to the family. Mike is a husband and a father, Deb is a grandmother. However, Deb tells Carl that as long as her son and any other gay or lesbian in the U.S. cannot get married, then neither will she. Instead, she asks how Carl feels about living together in sin, which i found funny. I think Carl is going to take her up on that. This was a great season finale, and of course i can't wait to start season five.moreless
  • Hillarious and unexpected.

    9.8
    This season wraps up with many unexpected twists and turns: Brian getting cancer, Michael and Justin's comic book turns into a Hollywood movie, Linds cheats on Mel for a man, Ted gets help, Emmett turns a hot football player gay and Michael and Ben get hitched. Brian orders a cake and books an Amish band, to celebrate Michael and Ben's marriage. There he sets his sights on a fellow bike rider. He sees him again while riding alongside Michael. He attempts to ride no-handed in order to impress theh guy. Instead, he veers off the road and into a ditch, breaking his clavicle. He's warned not to continue the ride, but does anyway, with one hand behind his back - in front of his back. Though it takes him nearly 5 hours after everyone else finishes, he proves to everyone that he could do anything. Emmett promises to support Ted, so he finds a 12 step meeting, "more like a 2 step", on the way. After misreading the map, they end up lost in teh middle of teh woods. Desperate, Ted and Emmett decide to have their own 12 meeting. The next morning they continue on the same path, which leads them to a highway where all the other riders are. Michael and Ben have trouble getting back into the country due to their marriage, they have to fill out two seperate forms. After Michael and Brian cross the finish line, Ben tells him of the news: he's a dad. Mel and Linds put their relationship issues aside for the birth of Jenny Rebecca. They still hide from the others that they are about to split. Brian asks Justin to move in with him. He wants to reevaluate priorities in his life, and make Justin a bigger one. A great ending to a great season. A light and comedic episode which makes it one of my favorites.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

Adam Harrington

Adam Harrington

Connor James

Guest Star

Brad Austin

Brad Austin

Blair

Guest Star

Ian Matthews

Ian Matthews

Jake

Guest Star

Jack Wetherall

Jack Wetherall

Vic Grassi

Recurring Role

Harris Allan

Harris Allan

James "Hunter" Montgomery

Recurring Role

Peter MacNeill

Peter MacNeill

Detective Carl Horvath

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Brian: I want you to move back in.
      Justin: Huh?
      Brian: I said I 'd like it if you and I were to live together.
      Justin: Are you proposing?
      Brian: Of course not. With the sudden and unexpected plethora of gay marriages, I'd hate to add to the glut. All this running back and forth between here and Daphne's is time-consuming, and inconvenient. I mean, just last week you forgot your socks and had to borrow a pair of mine. And as for the times when you're not around, I wouldn't particularly mind if you were.
      Justin: I've been waiting for you to ask me that since the first night you brought me here.
      Brian: Well, then what do you say? Should I make room in my drawers for your drawers?

    • Brian: I'll be all right. I heard it from the best authority. So, did you f*** Tom Cruise?
      Justin: Everybody knows he's not gay.
      Brian: Adrian Brody?
      Justin: Nice, but alas..
      Brian: Tobey Maguire?
      Justin: Please.

    • Officer Butz: Did you bring any fruit into the country?
      Debbie: 250 of them - on bicycles.

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