Queer as Folk

Season 4 Episode 2

Stand Up for Ourselves

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 25, 2004 on Showtime
8.2
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Brian struggles to obtain a new list of clientele, but discovers he can win back one of the accounts his old firm has by re-inventing their ad campaign.

Justin struggles to deal with the gay-bashing of his friend, and decides to join the group of gay rebels, "The Pink Posse", in order to protect the citizens of Liberty Avenue from gay bashing.

Ted leaves rehab, but doesn't manage to leave Blake behind, when Blake willingly hands over his phone number, urging Ted to "call anytime". Blake comes over to help Ted throw out his "triggers"- things that might cause Ted to have painful memories or things that might tempt him to use again. Blake offers to crash at Ted's place for the night to make sure Ted will be okay, and he sleeps on the couch, leaving the lingering tension between them at a standstill.

Emmett and Michael join the "fairies", a strange sort of gay wilderness retreat. Emmett struggles at first, finding himself unable to "believe in the fairy magic" until he talks things over with an elderly fairy man- who he finds out later died two years ago. When he and Michael return, Emmett dances joyfully at Babylon, apparently on the road to mending his broken heart.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Laying the Foundation

    9.0
    An unusual episode, especially in terms of Emmett and Michael's storyline, but a good one. Justin joins an activist group and Brian gets a new account through Kinnect - looking forward to seeing how season 4 will progress and what is in store for these characters. Hopefully Ted won't rely too much on Blake...
  • Brian must come up with something big to bring himself back up to where he was in his career. A new face at the center gives gays and lesbians hope to fight back. Emmett and Michael discover their inner fairies. Ted gets out of rehab for good.moreless

    10
    The suspense between Ted and Blake continues to intensify when we find ourselves again asking, what the hell is going on with these two. Blake is sending mixed messages by giving Ted his number but then meeting him for coffee and trying to make amends with "the first guy that ever gave him hope." When Ted is freaked out about staying in his place alone where all the triggers are, Blake helps him get rid of them. He then says he can stay the night on the sofa. I thought for a minute that Ted might just being trying to get him to stay because he wants him back, but perhaps it's a little of both. Blake acts like he wants something too, but when Ted hugged him earlier when getting discharged from rehab, Blake acted like he was uncomfortable. Maybe i'm misreading it and Blake just missed Ted as well. Emmett talks Mike into going to some fairy gathering group in the woods somewhere, where they must come up with their own fairy names and be around nature and all of that. They encounter all kinds of things that they think are silly, like naked men walking around and playing volleyball. They look hilariously ridiculous in their outfits. However, when a fellow fairy named Perriwinkle gives Emmett a mushroom, we find out that they were the magical kind. I found that amusing. Emmett meets an old man named Harry who was putting rocks in a circle. After a heartfelt conversation with this man Emmett finally comes up with his fairy name, and his spark lights back up instead of diminishing out completely. When meeting with the rest of the fairies around the campfire, Emmett asks where Harry is, after someone brings him up since he was the founder. Perriwinkle says Harry has been dead for two years. Also after countless bad job offers, Brian continues to try to get his own clients. When he finds out from his old assistant Cynthia (who wants to go with him) that his former partner is trying to pitch Brian's ideas anyway, Brian knows knows he has to come up with a way to steal them back. Justin tells him to come up with an even newer, better idea. When his partner is pitching his first idea, Brian crashes the pitch with his own newer idea which is raw and honest. It looks like the man is going to say no to the new ad, but it turns out he accepted. Brian is going to start Kinnetics! Darren survived his attack. However, when the suspects were caught, he informs Justin that he's not going to identify them. Justin says he needs to do something or they will get off. Darren then asks Justin what HE did when his attacker got off scott free. Justin is then angry with himself for being a coward, and pours this anger into some drawings of Rage. Ben and Mel hold a meeting at the center to discuss what they can do to help with the safety of each other to help prevent these attacks in the future. When they can only come up with the same old ideas, a new voice offers hope when he says they need to fight back for themselves and suggests a "vigilante group". He is smart, he made some good points, and he is confident. He is a very good motivational speaker. Justin sees him later at Woody's and the kid blows him off at first, until Justin acts like he knows what he's talking about as well as this kid, so the boy introduces himself as Cody. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of him as they are organizing a group. Looking forward to the next episode.moreless
  • This was a kind of weird episode, but none-the-less, still very good.

    8.9
    Michael and Emmett go to some fairy camp, where they're supposed to discover fairy magic. After being a non-beliver for most of the trip, right before they leave, Emmett talks to a fairy that died years ago. After returning to Pittsburg, he finds himself a new person, who is back on the road to recovery. Justin wants Darren to fight against his attackers. When he refuses, Justin gets angry that he too didn't get back at Chris Hobbes after the bashing. After hearing Cody, a member of the gay avengers group: The Pink Posse, Justin decides to join and stand up for victims on Liberty Ave. Strange episode but good as always.moreless
  • Reliving past injuries

    6.9
    While Brian struggles to open his own business, trying to bring over clients from his former employer Vanguard, Justin struggles with a recent gay bashing on Liberty Ave. After the young man who was bashed refuses to identify his attackers Sunshine takes it rather hard. He begins to digress things that he had once put behind him about his own bashing and does not deal with it well at all. Even after Brian advises him and tries to help him he turns to someone else, a group of people to be specific. The Pink Posee.moreless
Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Deborah 'Debbie' Jane Grassi Novotny

Robert Gant

Robert Gant

Professor Benjamin 'Ben' Novotny-Bruckner (Season 2-5)

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

Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly

Darren (a.k.a. Shanda Leer)

Guest Star

Mitch Morris

Mitch Morris

Cody Bell

Guest Star

Don Ritchie

Don Ritchie

Lawrence Remson

Guest Star

Dean Armstrong

Dean Armstrong

Blake Wyzecki

Recurring Role

Harris Allan

Harris Allan

James "Hunter" Montgomery

Recurring Role

Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore

Cynthia

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