Queer as Folk

Season 2 Episode 10

Priorities, Please! (Beat the Time)

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 17, 2002 on Showtime
9.2
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Priorities, Please! (Beat the Time)
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Michael is distraught over the comic book death of his hero (Captain Astro) and sets out on a holy quest (petition) to bring him back to life. Debbie is shocked to discover the body of a boy Justin's age in a dumpster behind the diner. She is even more shocked however when she sees how little regard the others are all paying the situation. Michael soon begins to realize how shallow they are all being and begins to mourn the death of the nameless boy.

Emmet wants George to come out and meet his friends, and see Babylon after he learns that George had only been into a gay bar once thirty years ago in San Francisco. He convinces him to join him, and the two have a lovely time. When Emmet wants George to come the next night however he confides he is tired. The two decide to go to the opera (Emmet's first) and the first in years for George. After coming out he put himself into voluntary exile and refused to go, even though it was one of his favorite things to do. During intermission George's ex-wife shows up and the two exchange words before Emmet, fed up with her insinuations puts her in her place.

Melanie is not amused with Lindsay's extravagant ideas for their wedding, not wanting to be a wet blanket she must balance her feelings for Lindsay and the wedding, with her feelings of responsibility to the bottom line. Lindsay's mother calls her and explains that she will not allow her late grandmother's dress to be worn by a lesbian, saying that her grandmother never would have allowed it. Lindsay, furious with this, enters her parents house when they are out and tries to steal the dress for herself. Rather than locating the dress however she finds a small satchel of letters from a woman Lindsay had never heard about. As she and Melanie begin to read them they realize that her grandmother was gay, and during the war had an affair with another woman.

Justin is now starting to develop a fascination with the murder, saying he and Brian are being too irresponsible, and that it could have just as easily have been them killed. Brian engages Justin in a very disturbing bit of role playing when he begins to choke him momentarily to illustrate a point. Later, at the bar Justin catches up with Brian as he's leaving with another trick, of whom he doesn't even know the name of. Justin expresses his concern, but Brian, in his typical manner blows him off.

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  • Captain Astro Dies

    9.0
    This episode packed a punch in terms of humor, though I wanted a bit more in regard to character development. Michael is growing on me greatly which is good, but I'm interested to see where Brian and Justin's relationship heads to and what will happen when Mel and Lindsay's wedding occurs. A great episode overall.
  • Mel and Linze have an argument, then discover a shocking secret. Michael finds out Captain Astro has been discontinued. Deb finds a dead body in one of her dumpsters that gets people thinking. Emmett continues to see George.moreless

    10
    So Mikey is reading an issue of Captain Astro when he finds out that Astro actually dies! Apparently they killed him off because there was too much thinking that he was gay Astro contracted an uncurable, unknown virus, how ironic. Mikey spends the rest of the episode mourning the loss of his childhood hero, which Brian tells him is ok. However, when Deb finds the dead body of a guy in her dumpster she is shocked. Mike sends around a petition which Deb thought was to get recognition of this kid for being gay since the detective investigating his death is a homophobe. Deb hears the boys (mostly Brian) making jokes about the dead boy and she's not trilled. She's even more disappointed when she finds out her son's petition is for Astro, and she accuses him of caring more about a comic character than an actual human life. This sparks he and Ben to have their own little candle light vigil at the end of the episode, (which was almost as extravagant as Brian's eulogy for Astro) so this guy can be remembered for a bit by a few. Even though Justin danced with him once, no one knew his name. This makes Justin think about all the guys he and Brian take home and go home with without knowing anything about them. Brian shows Justin what could have happened the night Justin went home with HIM, and told Justin that it was the danger that excited Justin because he went anyway. At the end of the episode we find out that Justin is worried about Brian leaving with this strange man. Brian says he'll be ok and walks off with this guy, almost like he's an untouchable, but he isn't. I haven't seen anything bad happen to him yet thank god, but Brian is not immortal either. Emmett continues to see George and finally gets him to go out to the Opera since he's avoided it for years, because his wife pretty much runs the doors. When she shows up to almost harass George, Emmett steps in and puts her in her place, in a rather blunt and graphic way. I thought George would be angry about this but we find out that he actually thought it was funny. We also find that Emmett and George are being intimate. In the meantime Linze and Mel have an argument over how much they should be spending per plate for the wedding and all that stuff. They wind up acting like snippy childish little school girls to each other, until Linze's mom informs her that she can no longer wear her Grandmother's wedding dress to the wedding. Mel and Linze sneak over to the house to find it and it is gone, but they find all of these letters written to Linze's gram Faye, from a woman named Vira. We find out that Vira and Faye were in love, Faye was a lesbian. The letters were from the 1940's, and eventually Vira went back to her husband when he came home from war because back then they had no choice. Vira wrote one more letter like fifty years later to Faye to let her know that she never forgot Faye and that she always still and forever would, be Vira's true love. However, that letter was never opened before Mel and Linze opened it, because Faye didn't get it until two years after she had died. It was a sad story. She never got to know that Vira still loved her all those years. Anyway, this makes Mel rethink things and the girls decide to go all out for their wedding. Great episode!moreless
  • Captain Astro's dead?

    10
    Who will fill the void now that Captain Astro's dead, the only gay superhero? Michael is devestated by his death and claims that it's a hate crime. Speaking of hate crimes, Debbie finds a young, gay teen dead in a dumpster behind the diner. But the cops seem to have no interest in solving the crime, so Debbie takes on the role of playing detective herself. Justin wonders if the same thing could have happened to him after leaving with Brian, who was a total stranger at the time. Brian reinacts what might have happened if he were a murderer, but laughs it off knowing that Justin is only overreacting. So when Brian leaves with a trick he meets at Babylon, Justin warns him not too, but since when is Brian ever scared of anyone?moreless
  • Captain Astro

    7.0
    After the death of his beloved hero, Captain Astro. We get a real look at just how meaningful death can be, even if you don't the person. And though Michael starts out mourning his comic book friend he ends up mourning the life of an unknown murder victim, found behind the diner. Looking through Michael's eyes we see how shallow and vapid the world that he walks in really is and how perfect he and Ben are together, another man who see's how easily life can be swept out from under you in a moments time.



    However, Brian doesn't quite see things this way. Finding thrill in the thought of strangers and danger. While momentarily seductive to Justin he falls more on Michael's side of the fence when it comes to this issue.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

Paul Aldous

Paul Aldous

Trick of the Night

Guest Star

Patricia Gage

Patricia Gage

Virginia Hammond

Guest Star

Kirk Dunn

Kirk Dunn

Cop

Guest Star

Nancy Anne Sakovich

Nancy Anne Sakovich

Leda

Recurring Role

Peter MacNeill

Peter MacNeill

Detective Carl Horvath

Recurring Role

Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray

George Schickel

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode, Michael's comic book hero, Captain Astro, dies of a virus for which there is no cure (an obvious analogy to AIDS).

    • Reading her late grandmother's old love letters, Lindsay discovers her Granny Faye was a lesbian, whose lover left her after the war ended to return to her husband. Unfortunately, Granny Faye died two years before receiving her lover Vera's last letter, which said that Vera had always loved Faye.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Brian: That was your youth, Mikey. Captain Astro was your hero. So you mourn all you fucking want.

    • Brian: Did you see what he was wearing?
      Emmett: Leather pants, tank top...
      Brian: Yeah, my theory is whoever killed him was making a fashion statement.

    • Brian: Have a boy.
      Michael: In case you've forgotten, I'm seeing someone.
      Justin: What's that have to do with it?
      Michael: (to Brian) You've trained him well.

    • Brian: You came here not knowing what was gonna happen. That was part of the thrill. It's what made you hard. You're hard now just thinking about it; the danger, the excitement.

    • Brian: The first time you came here, you didn't know anything about me. I could've done anything to you. Justin: I was pretty sure you were going to fuck me.

    • Leda: Girls...Girls... We may be dykes, but remember; we are still ladies.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Death of Captain Astro

      While there have been many famous superhero deaths in comic books, this one is very similar to the death of the Marvel Comics hero Captain Marvel. He died of an incureable cancer in 'Marvel Graphic Novel #1: The Death of Captain Marvel' (1982).

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