Queer as Folk

Season 1 Episode 17

Solution (How TLFKAM Got Her Name Back)

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 15, 2001 on Showtime
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Solution (How TLFKAM Got Her Name Back)
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Michael returns from Paris as if he's joined a higher income bracket with all the things David has bought him: new car, expensive clothes, and no time for Brian and the others. The harassment at school continues for Justin, but his request for a gay-straight student alliance is still denied. Lindsay continues ahead with her plan to marry Guillaume despite Brian's warning she's marrying the wrong person. Guillaume counters Brian's threat to call Immigration by reminding him that Lindsay could go to jail over their green-card marriage, then pushes Brian's buttons by suggesting that he might adopt Gus to make their arrangement look more convincing. Debbie and the others discover that Michael and David are hosting a black-tie political fund-raiser for State Senator Diane Baxter, but Michael makes it clear they are not invited. Brian, Justin, Emmett, Ted, Debbie and Vic crash the party anyway, with Ted dressed as a biker, Emmett dressed as Jackie Kennedy and everyone else dressed for Babylon. They turn the conservative fund-raiser into a party, Debbie and Diane bond, and everyone is having a great time. Except for Michael, who is horrified and embarrassed by his mother and friends for "ruining" the evening. He demands they leave, in turn making Debbie ashamed of him. Brian stops the wedding by agreeing to sign his parental rights to Gus over to Melanie, on the condition that she and Lindsay reconcile. They make up and Guillaume is sent packing. Justin and Daphne win with the help of Debbie, some protesters, and the media attention Diane brings. Debbie forgives Michael when he comes by the house and apologizes to everyone for his behavior at the party.

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  • One of my least favorite episodes...

    6.0
    While I absolutely love QAF, I have to say that this is probably one of my least favorite episodes. Don't get me wrong, I love how strong and determined Justin is in his fight for tolerance and equality, and I also love how Brian tries to get Lindsay to understand that her green-card marriage to Guillame is not what her heart is really telling her to do. My big problem here is that Brian should have never had to give up his rights to Gus in order for the merry munchers to get back together. It was really unfair to him in my opinion especially since later on in the series, Michael wasn't pressured to give his rights to JR up in fact Lindsay was the one who fought for him to keep his rights. It just angers me how Gus was used as a playing card in this whole situation.moreless
  • One of my favorites

    10
    I cannot believe this episode! It was perfect in every way - the subtle yet strong development of Michael's disgust with his own friends, Justin and Brian's oh so sweet and perfect relationship, and Melanie and Lindsay's bond. Everything worked in unison and this episode is one of my favorites of the entire series in terms of how all the plot elements came together. But, let me just say, Justin and Brian are the perfect, perfect, perfect couple. That is all.moreless
  • Brian resolves the conflict between Melanie and Lindsay with Justin's help.

    9.5
    Once again, Justin proves how important he is to Brian by helping him to see how to fix the situation between Melanie and Lindsay, though Justin may not realize how big of a part he's played. Justin tells Brian that he is "killing him with kindness" because it has "proven to be a highly effective technique for achieving one's goals." Brian takes this advice and uses it to bring Melanie and Lindsay back together. In an act of selfless generosity, Brian relinquishes his parental rights because he knows Mel and Lindz love each other, and they both love Gus. Thanks to Justin, Brian was able to see this. And though Brian may appear to be annoyed with all of Justin's nagging, he doesn't pull away from him. At the end, you can see that Brian considers Justin's statement of "Not as long as I have you to protect me" as if he's deciding whether or not Justin's saying this is a positive or negative thing. And we see that Brian is not bothered by it, but instead he draws Justin closer to him. What a great moment! That is, the verification that Brian likes having Justin around and he likes being there to protect him.



    I also love the opening scene when Brian and Justin are making out during the Paris slideshow--"We're Frenching." They're too adorable. Ted's also a big laugh with his snoring--I love his sarcasm.moreless
  • Frenching

    8.4
    I really adored the opening of this episode, it's moments like this that set the tone for how sweet and adorable Justin and Brian could be. For Justin it comes naturally and Brian can't help it when Sunshine's around. Unavoidable.



    I really admire Justin's convictions to after his locker was vandalized, these brutal displays of intolerence always get to me. And what's important is to stand up, not strike back. There's is a difference and I really think that Justin captured that this season, not just this episode. "Speaking out, demanding to be heard wether people want to hear it or not."moreless
  • Michael and David are back from their trip with some newfound attitude on Mike's part. Linze's guest is becoming a little too cocky for everyone's liking. Justin's mother is informed about what's going on at the school. The senator comes to town.moreless

    10
    Mike and David are back from Paris. The beginning of the episode is funny when Mike is showing his slide show if pictures and everyone is bored out of their minds. I don't like this newfound cocky, pompous attitude he has come back with, and apparently neither do his friends and family. David buys him a new car and he's acting like he is the hottest thing since sliced bread, even forgetting his old friends. When the senator comes to town and is to attend a dinner party being thrown by David and Mike, Mike doesn't tell his friends. They later find out by reading it in the paper and are upset that they didn't get invited, so they show up all drag and gayed out. Justin and the boys turn it into a party which seems to be going well, until Mike treats them like they are unwanted and tells Deb he thinks they should all leave. She tells him she is ashamed of him and later throws a dinner of her own with the boys for the senator. Meanwhile, Justin's mother was told by he and Deb about the club he tried to start and all the harassment he's been getting. She goes to school with him to talk to the principle who is just as bad as the rest of them, hiding behind the fact that it is a private school. Knowing what's coming in the future for Justin i would have pulled him out of that school as starters. Private schools are sometimes worse than public ones. Anyway, they all decided to utilize they're first amendment rights of freedom of free speech and assemble a protest outside of St. James. The principle comes out and tells them he is calling the police since they are trespassing on private property, until the senator shows up and informs the media of what the school has been doing with their homophobia. The principle agrees to let the idea of the club go in front of the school board. Mike makes up with his mother. On the other hand "Pier" our little French man and Linze are setting a wedding date. Brian runs into him in the store with Gus and he is still cocky as ever until Brian threatens that someone could report him, to which the man replies Linze could be in trouble too. In an attempt to fix everything at once, getting him out of the picture and getting the ladies back together, since we know they want to be anyway, Brian signs over his parental rights so Mel can adopt Gus. Mel and Linze get back together and i suppose our little French buddy will be going back to his country. I am happy to see Mel and Linze back together again. Brian has a bigger heart than he likes to let on. Great episode!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

Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller

Jennifer Taylor

Jack Wetherall

Jack Wetherall

Vic Grassi (2000-2004)

Stephen Sparks

Stephen Sparks

Snot

Guest Star

Kevin Naddaf

Kevin Naddaf

Stiff

Guest Star

Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor

Cute Waiter

Guest Star

Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller

Jennifer Taylor

Recurring Role

Makyla Smith

Makyla Smith

Daphne

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • David: (after he and Michael showed the gang a slide show of their trip to Paris) Well, I hope everyone wasn't too bored.
      Debbie: No!
      Ted: Oh, are you kidding? I haven't been that entertained since Gandhi.
      Debbie: Oh, looked the trip of a lifetime.
      Brian: It sure felt that long.

    • Brian: So it all worked out, happy ever after.
      Justin: Thanks to the Senator.
      Brian: Don't kid yourself. The Senator's using you for money and votes. She'll move on to her next cause, the next fund-raiser. Then where will you be?
      Justin: She said it's a small victory.
      Brian: Well, don't think that you've won. That it's over. Because the minute you do that, you're dead.
      Justin: Not as long as I've got you to protect me.

    • Justin: I love this picture.
      Brian: Yeah? Dada and sonny boy. Alright, so I'm a sh*tty father. Are we surprised? I'm upholding a fine family tradition.
      Justin: You're not a sh*tty father. You love Gus.
      Brian: I didn't think I would. It's strange.
      Justin: Knowing that there's someone else you care about besides yourself?

    • Brian: What if my aunt had balls? She'd be my uncle.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music: "Lizzie's Balloon" by 45 Dip; "Trip Chick" by Mtrax; "Max's Mambo" by Phil Dwire; "Red Scarf" by Jean Paul Catoul; "Feel Cool" by Top Cat; "I Say a Little Prayer" by Michelle Clunie; "Party People" by Alex Gopher; "Touch Me" by Rui DeSilva; "Cu Cu Rru Cu Cu Paloma" by Luigi Sabatini; "Ciao For Now" by Luigi Sabatini; "Rendez-Vous" by Basement Jaxx

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