Queer as Folk

Season 1 Episode 21

Running to Stand Still

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jun 17, 2001 on Showtime
9.1
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Running to Stand Still
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As Brian considers going to the Big Apple because he's chosen to be the 'Ad Person Of the Year', David goes to Portland. Vic has to appear in court and Blake gets a job.

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  • Setting Us Up for the Finale

    9.5
    What an exciting episode right before the season finale! The actors who played Uncle Vic and Debbie are wonderful and their moments made my heart break but in the best way. There's a ton of foreshadowing in terms of Michael's future with David, Justin and Brian's relationship, and Ted and Blake's trust in one another... cannot wait!
  • Brian announces that he's been offered a job in New York and plans to move there, which upsets his friends and Justin. Vic pleads not guilty to the indecent exposure charge. David asks Mike to move with him to be with Hank.moreless

    10
    This episode starts out with the Atlas awards, which is an award for outstanding work in the ad campaign field. Brian of course wins this award and messes with the guy that gave it to him. This guy offers him a job in NY that pays way more than he is getting in Pittsburgh. He announces that he plans to move to NY and Justin is upset of course. He cries but i think Brian doesn't really want to leave. Mike tries to talk to Justin to comfort him but i think part of it was to try to convince himself as well. I don't know who's going to miss Brian more, Justin or Mike. Brian finds out that he didn't get the job but continues to let everyone think he's still leaving. Everyone tries to do everything they can to try to get Brian to stay. In the meantime he tells Mike to get out of Pittsburgh and move with David, who flew out to try to straighten things out with his son who is rebelling because of his mother's new divorce. While David was away he and Mike had phone sex, which i pretty much knew was going to happen. David wants to go back and wants Mike to go with him, even says he can put the house up for lease for a year. Mike isn't sure what to do because he doesn't want to leave everyone behind, but at the end of the episode he tells David he wants to go, and Brian overhears it. Vic decides to fight for his name and plead not guilty after Emmett tells him a very sad but inspiring story, which turned out to not be true anyway heehee. The police report was fabricated and Mel brought into court previous incidences that this cop was involved in, so the case gets thrown out. Also, Mel offers Blake a temporary job but i'm not sure if he knows it's only temporary. Ted takes him to get a suit for the interview and they get down and dirty in the dressing room. The lady that was helping that saw their shadow and knew what was going on, and she thought it was funny. That made me laugh. Then she tells them to take all the time they need and laughs and walks away. Later after Blake gets the job, they want to celebrate by taking a shower. Ted picks up Blake's clothes and finds a vile of something in his pocket but doesn't know what it is. Great episode. I have a few questions though. Does Justin not talk to Daphne at all anymore? They kind of left us hanging on that, and we still don't know what is going on with Justin's parent's divorce.moreless
  • Get ready for the finale.

    10
    This episode really foreshadows what the season finale has in store. With Brian possibly moving to NYC for his dream job, I feel Justin's pain that he doesn't know what he'll do without Brian. Michael is very distressed about Brian's news as well, but it seems as if he might be moving as well with David to Portland, Oregon. Though Brian has tough comeptition. A 26 year-old is running for the same position, and later on, he's the one that eventually fills the spot. But Brian doesn't tell anyone that he got turned down, probably because he feels that he failed. On the other hand, vic has to go to court for his indecent exposure accusations. If he pleads guity, then he'll be registered as a sexual predator, something that Emmett convinces him not to do. There's a lot of foreshadowing in the episode that will lead us up to the finale of season one. So it's deffinately a must-see episode.moreless
  • Upsetting... setting us up for the season finale.

    10
    This episode actually made me sad believe it or not. Yeah, I really hope that Brian does not go threw with going to NYC. I want him and Justin to get together. Maybe they will end the next episode right before he makes his true decision and they wont tell us what it is until next season?
  • Upsetting... setting us up for the season finale.

    10
    This episode actually made me sad believe it or not. Yeah, I really hope that Brian does not go threw with going to NYC. I want him and Justin to get together. Maybe they will end the next episode right before he makes his true decision and they wont tell us what it is until next season?
Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Deborah 'Debbie' Jane Grassi Novotny

Michelle Clunie

Michelle Clunie

Melanie 'Mel' Marcus

Peter Paige

Peter Paige

Emmett "Em" Honeycutt

Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Dr. David Cameron (Season 1-2)

Scott Lowell

Scott Lowell

Theodore 'Ted' Schmidt

Gale Harold

Gale Harold

Brian Kinney

Katherine Trowell

Katherine Trowell

Judge Elridge

Guest Star

Sarah McDonald

Sarah McDonald

Sales Clerk

Guest Star

Grant Nickalls

Grant Nickalls

Adam Lyons

Guest Star

Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore

Cynthia

Recurring Role

Jack Wetherall

Jack Wetherall

Vic Grassi

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In episode 2 of this season, when the whole group is at the bar, Brian admits to being 29, but in this episode he says that he is 27. This isn't really a goof - he is trying to decrease his actually age to appear more youthful and desirable to his new "friend" and possible career advancer.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Brian: When I walk out that door I don't plan on ever looking back and I expect you to do the same.

    • Justin: Don't go. You can't go. What are you gonna do without me?
      Brian: I don't know, I guess I'll survive.
      Justin: I doubt it. What about me?
      Brian: I'm sure you'll get along just fine on your own.
      Justin: No, I won't.
      Brian: Yea, you will. You're gonna do what you should have done a long time ago. You're gonna meet some Twinkie your own age.

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