Queer as Folk

Season 1 Episode 7

Smells Like Codependence

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 28, 2001 on Showtime
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Smells Like Codependence
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Debbie meets Dr. David; Michael and Dr. David spend a weekend in the country; Justin's father learns the truth and decides to send Justin away to school; Brian's emotional hold on Michael and dislike for Dr. David intensifies.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • David and Justin For the Win!

    10
    Holy snap, David's last scene with Brian blew my mind. Justin's conversation with his father won me over too. Both seriously winning characters - and the conflict is escalating nicely. Love this show.
  • Justin's mother tells his father the truth about their son's sexuality. David invites Mike for a getaway in the country. Brian gets in an accident. Justin gets in a fight at school with Chris.moreless

    10
    The episode starts out with Justin getting a nipple pierced for what we believe to be a way to impress Brian. Brian acts like he's not impressed because everybody has something pierced these days. Justin's mother tells Justin's father Craig that thier son is gay and that he is having sex with men. Craig freaks out and forbids Justin to see Brian but Justin says he'll see him if he wants to. Chris, the boy at school that had an intimate encounter with Justin humiliates him in the locker room about being gay until Justin speaks up. This causes a fight. Justin punches Chris and gets hit back. When other boys pull the two apart Justin spits blood on Chris. Craig threatens to send Justin away to school. Justin tells his father that no matter what he does, he will still be Craig's gay son. Emmett warns Mike to watch out for signs that his boyfriend might have plans to someday get married. David does two of these things. I loved the scene in Mike's old room when David asks him to go away for the weekend and Debbie yells from downstairs "say yes you little a**hole or i'll disown you." i thought that was hilarious! I love Debbie. Anyway, they go on the trip until they find out that Brian was in a car accident with who he thinks was a guy that he slept with that confronted him outside of Babylon. When Justin tells Brian and all his friends that it was his father, Brian blows it off like he doesn't care. Mike tells David that he has to go back to the city, but when they show up they see Brian dancing around like there's a big party going on. David decides to fight for Mike and tells Brian at Babylon how Mike has felt for him for years and how he's been waiting for the one thing he can't have. Then he basically tells Brian to back off. This was a great episode. I'm a little nervous because i know what's coming up in the future as far as something bad happening to Justin, and i wish that it wouldn't.moreless
  • Great episode, new character was introduced.

    10
    I liked this episode a lot and how they added that little twist! (Not going to say). I love the relationship that Justin and his Father have (acting wise) and Justin did a really fine job at acting pissed. Hopefully, his parent's will approve of Justin's life and wont send him away. As to the Micheal and David part, absolutely loved it and it gave me this tingly feeling inside when it was done.moreless
  • I hate Justin's father

    7.8
    Justin's father is some piece of work, to attack Brian the way he did. I mean he destroyed his own car in the process but he managed to Brian into a pretty decent car accident, once again showing how Michael will drop everything in his life and relationships to come running to Brian's aid. It's such a shame seeing how whipped Michael can be when it comes to him, though I do appreciate his loyalty.moreless
  • Justin steals the show in this episode.

    10
    I love Justin's storyline in this episode that's between him and his dad. First off, Michael finally introduces David to Debbie. Debbie and Vic both approved very much of him. Then there is my favorite part where Jennifer tells Craig that she knows Justin's gay. Craig is in total denial of it, but then she further convinces him by explaining that he's with someone. Not just a boy, but a man. Then it cuts to the scene where Craig goes up to Justin's room, but meanwhile, Justin's over at Brian's having sex. Craig finds a picture of Brian and Justin and goes out on a hunt for Brian. Later we see an anonymous car crash into the back of Brian's jeep. We don't know who it is until it cuts to Justin's garage the next morning showing Craig's wrecked car. Michael finds out about Brian's car crash, and ends a trip to the country with David, short. I really enjoyed this episode. I thought it was well-written and overall really good.moreless
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

Scott Lowell

Scott Lowell

Theodore 'Ted' Schmidt

Gale Harold

Gale Harold

Brian Kinney

Andrew Kenneth Martin

Andrew Kenneth Martin

Cruiser

Guest Star

John Furey

John Furey

Craig Taylor

Guest Star

Michael McLachlan

Michael McLachlan

Mason

Guest Star

Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller

Jennifer Taylor

Recurring Role

Alec McClure

Alec McClure

Christian Hobbs

Recurring Role

Makyla Smith

Makyla Smith

Daphne Chanders

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Justin gets into the locker room fight with Chris Hobbs, Justin spits blood at him. Afterwards you can briefly see a red dot on the screen from a stray bit of blood landing on the camera lense.

    • Michael's favorite movie when he was 9 was the 1955 animated Disney film Lady and the Tramp.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Talking about Brian getting in an accident
      Justin: Oh my god. It was my dad. I know it. When I saw his car, it was totally smashed!
      Melanie: Now why would your father want to do something like that?
      Justin: Because my mom told him everything. She wants to have you arrested and send me away.
      Brian: Don't be a drama princess.

    • Craig: (to Jennifer) We're sending him away to school. (to Justin) It's time you learn some discipline, how to be a man.
      Justin: I know all about discipline. And you should see me take it like a man.
      (Craig slaps him on the face.)
      Jennifer: Craig!
      Justin: It's all right Mom it didn't hurt. (to his father) If you wanna hit me, go right ahead. Only I'm not gonna cry like some little faggot. And if you wanna send me away to school that's all right too. Because I bet more butt-fucking goes on in boarding school than in the backroom of Babylon. But whatever you do, it's not gonna matter. Cause I'll still be your queer son.

    • Michael: Remember when my mom took me to Atlantic City, I got sick on all that saltwater taffy?
      Emmett: Listen to him. He's got cold feet already.
      Michael: I'm not getting cold feet! I just... don't know what to do for the whole weekend.
      Emmett: Well, let's see. First you arrive...
      Ted: Then you ****
      Emmett: Then you unpack...
      Ted: Then you ****
      Emmett: Then you go berry picking.
      Ted: Then you ****
      Michael: I mean after you ****
      Emmett: You talk. You get to know each other.
      Michael: What if I run out of things to say? What if I... say some stupid remark and he says, 'Why am I up here with this jerk?' And what if...
      Emmett: Hey! Hey! Would you please stop worrying?
      Michael: I just want him to like me.
      Ted: He already does. (pausing) He more than likes you.
      Emmett: So you go, and you have a fabulous time. And... Bring us back some berries.
      (Emmett puts his hand on Ted's shoulder. Michael smiles, and then Emmett starts groping Ted.)
      Ted: That's... not my berries.

    • Emmett: Alright, have we got everything?
      Michael: Ah... 5 pairs of jeans, 7 shirts, 4 sweaters, and 10 tees.
      Ted: How long you're going for?
      Michael: The weekend.
      Ted: Alright. (walks over to Michael, taking things out from the bag) One change of undies, a pack of condoms, a tube of lube. There, you're all set.

    • Michael: (talking on the phone) It's my neck again. I can barely move it.
      Emmett: (referring to Michael's clothes) Do you want the periwinkle, or the apricot?
      Michael: (whispering) Shhh!
      Emmett: (also whispering) I think the apricot goes better with your eyes.
      Michael: (gets back to the phone, pretending to be in agony) Ah... yeah, I... I think it'll be better in a couple of days. Oh, don't worry. I definitely plan on seeing my chiropractor. Thanks. Thanks. Bye.
      Ted: You know what grows when you lie.
      Emmett: Too bad it's your nose.
      Michael: I'm entitled to a couple of personal days.
      Ted: Michael, you're entitled to a personal life!

    • (There're knocking sounds on Brian's door. He opens it, and sees Michael standing there, smiling.)
      Brian: You got laid.
      Michael: I did not.
      Brian: Yes, you did. I can always tell. I thought you and Dave were having dinner at Deb's.
      Michael: Dinner's over.
      Brian: What? Did she scare him off?
      Michael: Actually she and Vic were in their best behavior.
      Brian: That's even scary. Listen, you can't stay, I've got someone coming over in approximate seven and a half inches, so see you tomorrow at Studs and Suds?

    • Brian: (talking on the phone) 6-4, quarter of Tremont. Should take you... 10 minutes? One for every inch!

    • (David and Michael are making out in Michael's old room.)
      David: I got a solution. How would you like to go away with me for the weekend?
      Michael: Huh?
      David: I got a cabin up in the woods.
      Michael: Will we get to see anything besides the bedroom ceiling?
      David: (laughing) We're nirvana. What do you say?
      (Michael looks into David's eyes blankly, doesn't know what to say.)
      Debbie: (shouting) Say yes you little asshole or I'll disown you!
      (David laughs again.)
      Michael: Like I said, it's a very small house.

    • Debbie: It's like Lady and the Tramp.
      David: Lady and the Tramp?
      Debbie: It's Michael's favorite movie.
      Michael: When I was nine!
      Debbie: You see lady and tramp go on this date to an Italian restaurant, and then the waiter...
      Vic: Tony.
      Debbie: What else would his name be? (laughs) ...brings over this big bowl of spaghetti and meat balls. And... ehm, and they put their heads in the bowl... They're... they're dogs.
      (David laughs.)
      Debbie: And they come out with this one single strand of spaghetti. And then they chew, and they chew...
      Vic: ...and get closer, and closer...
      Debbie: ...until finally their lips meet.
      Michael: (to David) It is in my estimation, the greatest screen kiss ever.

    • (David is having dinner at Michael's place)
      David: Hmmm... I'm stuffed. Thanks.
      Debbie: Oh come on, with that body, you're can afford to carve a load.
      Vic: Hey, you must work out all the time.
      David: Well, when I can.
      Debbie: Feel those biceps. (reaching over to touch David's arm) Can never resist a hard body. (laughing) Like mother like son.
      Vic: Like uncle.
      Michael: Would you two please leave him alone. Next you'll be asking what kind of car he drives and how much he makes.
      (David laughs. Debbie and Vic look at him, staring with anticipation.)
      David: I drive a Jag and I'm comfortable.
      Vic: Michael, if you don't marry this man immediately, I will!

    • Justin: You said you wouldn't tell! You promised!
      Jennifer: Justin, I had no choice. I had to tell Daddy.
      Justin: You lied to me. You said you wouldn't.
      Jennifer: It was for your own good. When I saw you with this... Brian...
      Justin: You keep calling him 'this Brian', like that's his name. It's just Brian.
      Jennifer: (pausing) When I saw you with... Brian, his arms around you, kissing you, I couldn't believe it! Not for the reason you think. It's not right for a man
      his age to be touching you! To be having sex with you. And, even though you may think you... love him, I'm sure he doesn't love you.
      Justin: It's not true.
      Craig: He's an adult! It's illegal for an adult to have sex with a minor.
      Jennifer: Honey, it's not your fault, we don't blame you. We understand this man... enticed you...
      Justin: He didn't entice me; I wanted him!
      Craig: Justin... God! You're... you're too young to know what you want..
      Jennifer: Craig, please, you promised you'd stay calm.
      Craig: I... I am calm. And what about AIDS?
      Justin: We wore a condom. I put it onto him myself.
      Craig: Oh! God! I'm calling the police.
      Jennifer: You're not calling anybody, there's no use for everybody to know.
      Craig: Wait, you want this monster, this... child molester to go free?
      Justin: He didn't molest me and I'm not a child. (looking at Jennifer) I love him... more than anything else in my life. It's all I want - it's to be with him.
      Craig: I... don't ever want to hear you say that again, and you are not to see him.
      Justin: I'm going to see him. I don't care what you say.
      Craig: I don't think so.
      (Justin just walks away from his parents.)
      Craig: No you're not Justin. Hey Justin!

    • (David approaches Michael with a bouquet of flowers.)
      Michael: Hi.
      (David kisses Michael on the lips.)
      Michael: (looking at the flowers) These are great. My mom will love these.
      David: (laughs) Those are in the car; those are for you.
      Emmett: (comes over to get the flowers, whispering) The second sign: flowers. (to David) I'll just put these in some water.
      David: (puzzled) Everything alright?
      Brian: He's allergic to boyfriends bringing bouquets.

    • Michael: What're you doing here?
      Brian: I'm hungry, let's go get something to eat.
      Michael: I'm going to my mom's, remember?
      Brian: Oh, right, ding-ding with doc. I forgot.
      Michael: He's gonna be here any minute, so you better go.
      Brian: (opens a box) What's this?
      Michael: Choco Éclairs from the Big Q bakery. I bought them for dess...
      (Brian puts the whole bun into his mouth, in one single mouthful.)
      Emmett: Wow, it takes years of practice, develop technique like that.
      Michael: (comes over to Brian, taking over the box) Look, I know you don't like him...
      Brian: Who said I don't like him? And why do you give a fuck what I think?
      Emmett: I've been saying that for years.
      Brian: What matters is what you think. If you like him, that's all's important. (looking at Emmett) Even though he is... quite a bit older than you, and lives in a world you know nothing about.
      Emmett: Shut-up!
      Michael: Are you saying he's too good for me?
      Brian: Nobody's too good for you Mikey, you're better than anyone.
      Michael: Because he happens to think I'm hot. You know, some people do!
      Brian: Haven't I always told you that? (kisses Michael on the lips)

    • (Someone's knocking on the door.)
      Emmett: Woo... That must be prince charming.
      (Emmett runs to the door, opens it, and finds Brian standing there.)
      Emmett: Make that the wicked witch.

    • Brian: (to Michael) Don't forget about this Friday.
      Justin: What's this Friday?
      Brian: You're too young to know.
      Justin: Tell me!
      Ted: It's just some hidden ritual called 'Studs and Suds'.
      Justin: Studs and Suds? What's that?
      (Brian looks over to Michael, and Michael shakes his head.)
      Emmett: Well, (clears throat) first they flood the dance floor of Babylon with soap suds...
      Ted: ...then everyone strips down to their underdies...
      Emmett: ...or less, and dances. Chi-chi-chi... (bumps Ted with his butt)
      Justin: Sounds awesome!
      Ted: It's disgusting!
      Emmett: See you there?
      Ted: Can't wait!

    • Justin: Guess what did I got today.
      Brian: A new bell for your bicycle?
      Justin: A nipple ring... (showing Brian the ring)
      Brian: Every piece of trash has something stuck through their ear, and their nose, or their belly button, their cock. What makes you think I'm even remotely interested that you have a ring through your tit?

    • Emmett: I say he walks like a boyfriend...
      Ted: ...and talks like a boyfriend...
      Emmett and Ted: Then he must be a boyfriend!
      Brian: Would you two please shut the fuck up? I think it's great that Mikey's got a steady.
      Michael: He's not a steady! We went out twice!
      Ted: Around here, that's a long-term relationship.
      Emmett: Next thing you know, you'll be exchanging rings...
      Ted: Hmmm... And then there'll be one of those commitment ceremonies; where like, all 200 of the guests have slept with one, or not the both of them.
      Emmett: Just, ehm, promise me you won't wear matching white suits.
      Michael: There is no way that is ever going to happen.
      Emmett: Well, then I suggest you, watch out for the warning signs.
      Michael: What warning signs?
      Ted: Like when he brings you flowers...
      Emmett: ...or, or invites you away for a romantic weekend to the country.
      Ted: Not that you'll see much beside the bedroom ceiling.
      (Emmett laughs)
      Brian: Your shot, Mikey.
      Emmett: Oh, or the most tell-tell sign of all: when he meets your mother, and ah... she invites him over for dinner.
      (Michael hits the cue ball right off the pool table.)

    • Jennifer: Craig? Are you going to say anything?
      Craig: Justin's not gay. Those new drawings you found there, probably just an assignment for art class. And the underwear, I'm sure he just bought it for himself.
      Jennifer: It's not his size.
      Craig: Still that's no reason to suspect that he's...
      Jennifer: He told me himself.
      Craig: So what? That doesn't mean anything. A lot of kids say that. They're confused, they're scared...
      Jennifer: He's not confused, he's not scared; he knows. The same way we've always known.
      Craig: No, no, I've not always known.
      Jennifer: At least suspected.
      Craig: No, you suspected. He's not gay! He's...
      Jennifer: What? Sensitive? Different? Artistic?

    • Michael: Ma, this is David. I... I thought tonight was your night off.
      Debbie: I, ah... Loraine got food poisoning. (pointing to the plate) I thought it was the shish kebab.
      (David immediately drops the shish kebab that he was about to eat, terrified.)
      Debbie: (laughing) Just kidding!

    • Michael: I'm so sorry, I promised I would not mention his name for 10 minutes.
      David: I can settle for 5.
      (Michael smiles.)
      David: And if you going to stop smiling like that.
      Michael: (smiles) What?
      David: Like that. It makes me wanna come across the table and eat you like a dessert.
      Michael: Would you like some whip cream with that sir?

    • Michael: (voice-over) Everybody's always wishing they had a boyfriend. We all picture how he'd look, how he'd sound, how nice it'd be to have someone to share your life, your dreams, you dental floss...
      David: (referring to the trick who's cruising) Little disconcerting when you're trying to eat.
      Michael: (voice-over) ...so how come so few of us have one? That's because we're lying. Most of us couldn't commit to our house plan, how are we supposed to commit to having a boyfriend?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Justin's dad finds out he is gay in this episode.

    • Music: "Punk Police" by H-Block; "Class War" by Jersey; "Gemini" by Steve Yanko; "I Rock" by Novy; "Little Soul" by H2so4; "Party People" by Alex Gopher; "Lost Dawg" by Mick Maher; "Sexy" by Bettina; "Summerfire" by B*U; "Dancing Queen" by Abbacadabra; "Start Rockin" by AntiLoop; "Liquid Space" by Luna Chique

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