Queer as Folk

Season 2 Episode 4

Pride

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 27, 2002 on Showtime
9.4
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Brian, Michael, Justin, Emmett, Ted, Lindsay, Melanie, and Debbie overcome obstacles to show their pride.

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  • Gay pride!

    10
    This episode makes me ashamed I haven't gone to a pride festival yet! All of the characters have their initial struggles but they overcome them reasonably and beautifully. This was altogether a happy episode, and while I'm sad the happiness most likely won't always continue, it was great to see every character satisfied and at their strongest.
  • PRIDE!

    7.8
    I really love this episode, centering around the massive Pittsburgh pride parade. Ted gets an amazing shot to his ego but defenitely over comes it nicely. Emmett gets a big glass of depression when Godiva, a long time friend and teacher, passes on. His acceptance of this loss is really slow and gradual, the kind that never really comes fully but more becomes a part of you. Michael deals with his fears of being out and proud but manages to supply us with some of the greatest moments of the episode, namely it takes more courage to wear a dress for an hour then to wear a suit for your entire life. Brian, of all people, tries to help Justin experience the wonders and joy of pride while continually helping him to move on from his bashing. Justin, however, continues to over come the most so far this season (dealing with his bashing). When he comes to face to face with his attacker, Chris Hobbes, at the hospus he gets quite shaken. Worrying that all he has to be proud of is getting bashed and not being killed his prescene at pride really does show us how strong he is, with Brian with him.moreless
  • Pride is in town and has gotten everyone's spirits at a high. Mel's ex comes to town and wants her to ride in the parade with her. Ted gets lucky. Brian gets a job to promote a drink.moreless

    10
    So this gay pride parade will be Justin's first, along with Michael's! Deb wants Mike to march with her since he never would before because he was afraid people at work would find out. She sort of guilts him into saying he'll go but then he changes his mind. Godiva, the world's greatest drag queen is supposed to be pushed in her wheel chair by Emmett, but she winds up passing away from AIDS before the parade. Emmett is depressed but he and Ted talk Mike into going in drag as Godiva so he can still march with Deb, and no one will know him. He does this and he also kisses his jerk manager Andrew, who doesn't know that it's Mike in drag. That was awesome and hilarious! Boy i love paybacks. Mel's ex Lita breezes into town long enough to stir up emotions with Linze. Lita wants Mel to ride her motorcycle next to Lita in the dykes on bikes for the parade, but Mel is supposed to march for the marriage initiative. Mel decides to ride anyway and after some advice from Lita, Linze hands Gus to Brian long enough for her to be able to ride on the back of Mel's bike with her. Justin runs into Chris at the hospice...Chris says he hopes Justin would die of AIDS. Justin tells Brian and says he's not going to pride, but Brian gets him to anyway and he marches with his mom. Jenn says she's proud of him and he tells her the same. Later Justin goes to leave the bar and Brian to his wicked ways for pride. Brian passes up this chance (wow) and goes after Justin. He asks Justin to dance and says "i promise you won't forget this one." Wasn't that sweet of Brian? It certainly seems like Brian is in love with Justin. Brian gets an offer to promote a drink and there is a fifty thousand dollar bonus in it for him, the only problem is that the man is a homophobe and does basically everything he can against gays. Brian makes the guy an offer her pretty much can't refuse AND gets his digs in to make the man do something that supports the cause for pride. Way to go Brian, ten steps ahead as usual. Ted gets hit on by some very attractive man and gets lucky with him. When the guy blows him off he finds out the man was only sleeping with him as a pity date. Brian gives Ted a tip of what to say to guys when he wants to get lucky. Ted is trying to tell himself out loud to say this and catches a man's attention in the process. At first the guy seemed offended, but Ted wound up talking to him for a while so it must have went ok. This was a really good episode. However, every time we see or hear of Chris it's to rub in our faces how he got away with bashing Justin when he should be in prison. Isn't anything ever going to happen to this kid?moreless
  • PRIDE!! Yay!!

    9.2
    There isn't as much story to this episode, but it's just plain fun. It's the annual Gay Pride Parade, and everyone's in the spirit until Emmett gets word that his favorite drag queen died of AIDS. With her gone, someone must fill the spot, and what better person to do it than Michael, who was embarassed to march with Debbie. With Michael dressed in drag, no one will recognize him, not even his co-workers. He even gets up the nerve to kiss Andrew! Mel and Linds ride Mel's motorcycle down Liberty Ave. , while Justin marches with his mom. Brian at the end of the episode turns down an offer because he'd rather be with Justin. This is a really fun, light-hearted episode. It takes a break from the more serious story lines, which I think is good for a change.moreless
Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Deborah 'Debbie' Jane Grassi Novotny

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

Hal Sparks

Hal Sparks

Michael Charles Novotny

Alexander Chapman

Alexander Chapman

Emmett's Dance Partner

Guest Star

Jason Lambert

Jason Lambert

Ted's Pride Guy

Guest Star

Troy Mundle

Troy Mundle

Speedo

Guest Star

Lee Rumohr

Lee Rumohr

Troy

Recurring Role

Nancy Anne Sakovich

Nancy Anne Sakovich

Leda

Recurring Role

Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore

Cynthia

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Brian: Hey, stud. You wanna dance?
      Justin: Shut up.
      Brian: I promise you won't forget this one.

    • Justin: I told you I didn't want to come here.
      Brian: Well you're here, and you're queer so enjoy it.
      Justin: It's just a big freak show.
      Brian: Oh, did you think you were gonna find pride in the parade?
      Justin: Then what the f*** are we doing here?
      Brian: We're just making sure Chris Hobbs doesn't win. Now you should go march with your mommy.

    • Justin: I saw him, Chris Hobbs.
      Brian: Another dream?
      Justin: He was at the hospice.
      Brian: What the f*** was he doing there?
      Justin: There's where they assigned his community service.
      Brian: Well did he do anything?
      Justin: He said I hope I get aids and die.
      Brian: Forget it. Get some sleep. You have a big day tomorrow.
      Justin: I'm not going.
      Brian: And miss your first pride?
      Justin: What am I suppose to be proud of, that I got bashed and didn't die?

    • Brian: Word of advice, next time you have nuts in your mouth, suck, don't chew.

    • Ted: C-O-C-K-A-T-W-O. Cockatwo.

      Michael: Isn't cockatwo spelled with a "t-o-o" instead of a "t-w-o"?

      Ted: Not if you're having more than one.

    • Brian: I'll be glad when Pride's over and we can all go back to being ashamed.
      Justin
      : You're just a little grumpy because you looked after Gus all day and no one hit on you.
      Brian: Plenty of people hit on me. Unfortunately, they all happened to be lesbians who wanted my sperm.

  • NOTES (1)

    • If the Pool Boy model looks familiar, it's because he appeared in Episode 9 of Season 1. He played "surferdude," the imaginary hot guy Emmett's alter-ego (pitts9x6) chatted with for a little while before being interrupted by "usemyhole27."

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Ted: We can rebuild him, we have the technology.

      The quote "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, we have the technology" is from the 1974-1978 television series The Six Million Dollar Man starring Lee Majors. The quote is also used in the opening title sequence.

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