Queer as Folk

Season 4 Episode 7

Preponderance of Death

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 30, 2004 on Showtime
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Brian is diagnosed with testicular cancer. The prognosis, however, is good; once the afflicted testicle is removed he'll have a 99% chance of survival. Brian is also warned that if he opts not to have surgery, the cancer will spread. Brian decides to keep the news to himself and begins to push everybody away-including Justin.

Knowing Ted needs to focus on himself right now, Blake decides not to continue a physical relationship with him. Feeling dejected, Ted visits Babylon where his old crystal buddies tempt him. He discreetly purchases a vial from Dr. C, but rushes out of the club when he spots Emmett and Justin at the bar.

Michael and Ben catch Hunter smoking a joint. Later, he gets into a fight with a fellow student at school. They begin to understand Hunter's self-destructive behavior after he indicates that Vic's death has confirmed his own mortality. Ben helps him understand that HIV is not a death sentence-he's going to be around for a long time.

It's the day of Vic's funeral, and much to everyone's surprise Debbie is handling her emotions well. She later discovers a letter Vic wrote to her when he first became ill. It was right before Christmas, and Vic made her promise that even if he were gone, they'd still have the best holiday ever. In an attempt to make up for the awful things she said to Vic before he died, she throws a Christmas party in his honor. But her plan for forgiveness is shattered when she accidentally breaks the angel that topped their tree.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Someone Stop These Feelings

    10
    This show gets more and more emotional as the characters' fates are worsened and their struggles solidify. Every character interaction had meaning and as much as I hate to see these characters so sad, it's necessary for them to grow. Perfect show is perfect.
  • strEssful

    10
    i dnt know how brian does dat. keepin everyone unaware of d fact he got cancer. nd trying to push everyone away. wen he tells justin he is goin to ibiza nd he yells at him 'we r not fuckkin married' dammmn. it was d first time he yelled like dat nd too at justin. i wud hav completely broken down. but then he knew he shudn hav done it and he comez shakin his head from d back nd tells him it was not him. at least dat made it a bit better. justin wudn blame himself for brian's behaviour. he so wants to tell justin but he cant. he fights himself not to tell. and d last scene he counting backward shitt dat was soo scary. not a good season for brian.moreless
  • Hunter struggles with experiencing his first AIDS related death. Deb continues to deal with Vic's death the way she wants. Blake ends it with Ted while Emmett forgives him. Brian learns some very upsetting news.moreless

    10
    Brian learns that he has testicular cancer and in order for a test to be done, he must have surgery that requires removing one of his testicles, which will be replaced with a prosthetic one. If he doesn't have the surgery, the cancer will eventually spread and kill him. With all the talk of Vic and death surrounding him, Brian struggles to keep his condition a secret, and i wondered when he was going to blurt it out. However, that would be unlike Brian, who keeps it to himself. Justin starts to think Brian is mad at him because regardless of his numerous efforts to sleep with Brian, Brian turns him down. Once it seemed to be painful for Brian, but he told Justin it was because Justin's hand was cold, and that he was tired. Brian never turns down a chance to jump in bed. Brian later tells his secretary that he's going on a flight tonight to take a vacation. Justin confronts him about why he can't go with him, and Brian yells at him. Justin says he understands and takes off, and Brian smashes a lamp. I knew Brian wouldn't tell anyone about his cancer, but the end of this episode shocked me when i saw that Brian was not going on a trip away, but was actually going to have the surgery. I wonder if he will ever tell anyone, since Justin apparently won't know the difference of Brian's prosthetic testicle according to the doctor. It also bothers Brian when Linze brings Gus over, and he starts to think he might not be around to see his kid grow up and do all the things Linze is mentioning. Poor Brian, this really is sad. I did think that the Brian way would have been him not saying anything to anyone, and dying young in a blaze of glory, but apparently he wants to stick around. On the other hand Hunter is having some issues dealing with experiencing someone dying of the disease he has. He gets in a fight at school and Ben tell him if there would have been blood, they would have had to tell everyone he is positive. Mike goes off on him a couple times for the way he's acting, only Ben talks to him and helps him understand. Mike is also under a great deal of stress, dealing with Vic's death and watching his mother lose it a bit. Mike was talking to Brian later about all the death and i thought Mike would be the one that got Brian to spill the beans. He said something about always having Brian around and you could see on Brian's face how much that hurt. Rodney had given Deb some of Vic's things. Among them was a letter Vic wrote two years ago when they thought he was going to die, that had his last request to have a party, Christmas style. Deb thinks if she can make it all perfect then it will make up for the way she spoke to him before he died. They usually fought over who got to put the angel on top and Vic always won because she let him, but she did it this year. When it falls off and breaks, Deb loses it. I think this will be when the shock starts to wear off and she moves to the next phase. Things are going badly for Ted once again as well since he never has any luck, and Blake says he doesn't think they should see each other any more. Ted is upset and gets some crystal. While looking at it in his place, Emmett stops by and says he read Ted's letter. This is where Ted finds out Blake gave Emmett back the letter. Ted goes to see Blake and tells him what he did, and when he dumps the drugs out it starts snowing. This was a sad episode.moreless
  • Brian's going to Ibiza... or so he says.

    10
    Brian gets diagnosed for testicular, but if he gets surgery now, he will have a 99% chance of survival. In true Kinney fashion, he decides to disclose this shocking news, and instead tell everyone he's going to Ibiza, when he's really going to John Hopkins Hospital. Justin is confused by why Brian is just taking off with such short notice. But Brian doesn't want anyone to know what's going on, and pushes Justin away. I'm glad though that Justin told Brian "I love you", before he left. In case there was any doubt in whether or not to get the surgery, maybe that gave him the little extra push.moreless
  • I wonder if Brian ever seriously considered not having the surgery. He seemed to be struggling with the decision. Perhaps Sunshine's "I love you" sealed the deal?

    9.4
    With all the talk of Brian's youth and beauty, I wouldn't have been surprised if the series finale ended with Brian's death, going out in the blaze of glory. I guess it would've been appropriate if not entirely depressing. So I couldn't help but think that Brian may have been planning to go to Ibiza all along. That explains why he was pushing everyone away in this episode, to try to make it easier on himself when he goes. Brian figures if he makes the people around him love him less, it will be easier to let them all go. I maintain that Brian was still debating about whether to get the surgery up until Justin said "I love you and I'll be here when you get back." You could see it in his face. Miracle of miracles, Brian can't let go of two people in his life. Though he's attached to very few people, his hold on Justin and Michael is strong. And his love for them is what makes him decide to get the surgery in the end. It's a funny thought, but I think that Brian will outlive everyone. That'd be ironic, the man obsessed with youth and beauty dies, at the age of 94, from natural causes.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

Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly

Darren/Shanda Leer

Guest Star

Ryan McDermott

Ryan McDermott

Roman

Guest Star

Mehron Paul

Mehron Paul

Derek

Guest Star

Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller

Jennifer Taylor

Recurring Role

Dean Armstrong

Dean Armstrong

Blake Wyzecki

Recurring Role

Harris Allan

Harris Allan

James "Hunter" Montgomery

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Hunter: I don't do the Santa ride, especially when it's not even fucking Christmas.
      Michael: It's important to her, to respect Vic's wishes.
      Hunter: So what's she going to do when I croak? Throw an Easter egg hunt?

    • Justin: Where are you going?
      Brian: Ibiza. I'm leaving tonight.
      Justin: Without me?
      Brian: You're going back to school, remember? It would be highly irresponsible for you to just pull you out.
      Justin: Fuck school. Fuck the bet. Fuck you. I mean, we're supposed to go together.
      Brian: We're not fucking married! And I don't need to get your permission if I want to go somewhere.

    • Michael: Where are you going?
      Emmett: Christmas shopping, only 310 days left.

    • Brian: Well, that's the point of being your own boss, isn't it? Make your own hours, come and go as you please, not answer to anyone -
      Justin: Almost anyone.
      Brian: The ball and chain.

    • Justin: You're right. You're absolutely right. We have no obligation to tell each other anything. Look, if I did something or said something to piss you off, I didn't mean to.
      Brian: It's not you.
      Justin: What is it? What? It's Okay - you go do whatever you have to do for whatever reason you have to do it. I just want you to know I love you. And I'll be here when you get back.

    • Ben: Michael, we can't tell him not to use drugs if we do it ourselves.
      Michael: Of course we can. That's what parenting is all about.

    • Lindsay: You know, in your own weird, subversive way, you're not a bad father.
      Brian: Well, I prefer to see myself as the anti-dad.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Brian: Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't.

      This was the advertising slogan for Hershey's Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars.

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