Queer as Folk

Season 4 Episode 3

Starting a Whole New Life

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 02, 2004 on Showtime
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Starting a Whole New Life
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Now out of rehab, Ted and Blake discuss what Ted will do with his life now. When Ted confesses that he'd always dreamed of being an opera singer, Blake offers encouragement, motivating Ted to get a job as a singing waiter at an Italian restaurant. Michael, in an attempt to reconnect with Ted and show his support, gets the gang together for a surprise visit to the restaurant. Upset with the fact that everyone has been offering support for Ted and not him, Emmett refuses to go. As he's about to sing, Ted spots the gang at the restaurant and freezes. He becomes angry and upset that they came to see him unannounced and uninvited.

Jennifer shows Brian a few upscale spaces for his new company, Kinnetik, but Brian wants a space that reflects his abstract way of thinking. When she shows him a former bathhouse space, Brian agrees that's it's perfect for Kinnetik's new headquarters.

Vic and Rodney aren't finding much time to be alone, due in part to Debbie. They decide to get a place together and Vic tells a supportive and happy Debbie that he's going to move out.

Cody initiates Justin into the Pink Posse. As they patrol Liberty Avenue, two obnoxious men in shout insults and obscenities at a gay couple from their car. When the car stops for a red light, a brawl begins as the Posse descends on the car, and the posse does not back down. Brian grows concerned with the Posse's motives when he discovers a bruise on Justin's back. He warns Justin about his involvement with Cody and the Pink Posse, and the trouble that lies ahead.

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  • Justin's New Hair

    9.5
    When Brian sees Justin's haircut -> cutest, sexiest scene ever. I like the friendship dynamic in this episode between Ted, Emmett, and their acquaintances, and I'm curious to see what happens with Justin and Brian. Another great episode that establishes new plot lines and characters.
  • i miss Justin's hair.

    10
    even though i miss justin's previous hair. d one in season 3. it was so admirable. he looked his best in dat season. well after some episodes he doez look gud. i have to admit he does look hella cute in season 4 and 5. nd his acting too has improved a lot. my fav scene is wen justin shows up wit his new haircut and brian iz all into him following him nd staring at him wit his naughty gaze. nd wen he says to justin 'hey easy Timberlake' lol . he did look like justin timberlake. I really loved d episode. brian cares for him so much. datz just so beautiful to watch,moreless
  • Ted tries to avoid his old friends and continues to see Blake. Blake encourages him to search for a job he loves. Emmett is still angry at Ted. Cody sucks Justin in and takes things too far with his vigilante group. Vick and Rodney move out of Debbie's.moreless

    10
    Ted feels ashamed and is trying to forget the things he did during his addiction. He thinks he's going to accomplish this by avoiding his old friends. Mel and Linze make him cookies and Mike brings them over to try to get together with Ted, but he again avoids Mike along with several other times. Blake encourages Ted to get a job that he loves. Ted said he always wanted to sing opera. He auditions and gets a job as a singing waiter at Rigalletto's. His friends go to cheer him on and he snaps on Mike and says to leave him alone. Blake later explains that Ted just needs some time and then he will start to come around. Meanwhile, Emmett is still angry at Ted. They see each other on the street and both take off pretty quickly. Emmett grows angry with Mike and everyone else for still trying to be friends with Ted and not caring how he feels himself. Brian confronts Emmett and tells him if he forces Mike to choose between he and Ted, Emmett will lose Mike. Emmett then decides to make up with him. Jenn helps Brian find a new office building for his agency. She shows him an old bath house which he loves, and its looking like he's going to take it. Also, Cody is getting everyone's adrenaline going with his vigilante group The Pink Posse. They all get their hair cut really short like skin heads sort of. They go on patrols almost looking for fights. When two guys harass a gay couple, Cody runs up to their car and makes them get out. This sparks a fight and the group strips the two guys and they take off. I thought Cody took things too far. Brian tries to warn Justin. Brian likes his haircut, but Jen doesn't and neither do i. After the fight, Justin runs home for sex because he is turned on. A few days later Brian sees a bruise on Justin and asks what it's from. Justin said the fight. Brian again tries to warn Justin. Justin blows off Babylon to go on patrol with Cody. Cody says when word gets out that they are fighting back and they don't get picked on so much, they'll have to go looking for bashers, which is exactly what he does. He attempts to "flush out" some bashers by getting Justin to make out with him. I wonder if Cody has something else in mind with his interest for Justin later on. A man says something and Cody confronts him aggressively. He eggs the argument on until it gets heated and they shove each other. He grabs the guy so that he can't hit them, and this makes the man says that he hopes they all get aids and die. This made Justin angry because that's what Chris said to him. Justin says "someone once said that to me" and blatantly punches the man in the face. This was absolutely going too far, and hope Justin doesn't get sucked into it too much further because they can wind up getting arrested. This is turning into a gang. When they go looking for trouble just so they can beat someone up because they are high off the power, they are turning into bashers themselves. They're doing it for the right cause, but they're going about it wrong. I hope Brian can snap some sense into Justin soon. On the other hand Vic and Rodney are getting annoyed because they have no privacy from Deb. This sparks Vic and Rodney to get their own place. Vic doesn't want to tell Deb because he doesn't want to break her heart, but he tells her anyway and she supports him. They are going to miss each other very much because they are so close, but they think that things are better this way. They each kept a teddy bear that Deb got him when he was sick, so that way they can always have each other with them. I thought that was pretty cute. This was another great episode and i can't wait to see what happens next. I hope Justin comes to his senses.moreless
  • Justin and the Pink Posse take control as the gay avengers of Liberty Avenue.

    9.3
    Justin and the rest of the Pink Posse beat up two guys shouting hate slogans from their car. The violence level of the Posse continues to escalate, while Brian expresses his concern for Justin's involvement in the group. Despite his warnings of danger that could lie ahead in the future, he remains a member as the Posse goes full speed ahead. Brian looks for the perfect space for his new agency. He's immediately interested after Jennifer shows him a former bath house space. Justin comes up with the company name: Kinnetic, which they hope will be a big success. Season 4 is getting a slower start than some of the other seasons, but I still love it.moreless
  • The odd couples. Jennifer and Brian, Justin and the Pink Posse.

    7.8
    Leave it to Brian to find a former sex club to start his new business in. I mean not only is it the oddest choice but is seriously reflects his character, his actions, and fits his business perfectly. He runs his career like he runs his life. No apologies, no regrets. I really appreciate that we get to see Jennifer of all people helping him purchase this fabulous new office, considering at one time in their lives she would have seen him as a type of child molester. Justin's initiation into the Pink Posse, while providing us with an excellent new hair cut (though I preferred his longer locks), is some what on the less pleasant side. While I do side with Justin completely on defending Liberty Avenue against hate crimes, hateful speech, and the all around hate that seems to have come onto the avenue it is clear this Pink Posse is an extreme group. In this episode they don't do anything terrible at all, but as I said extreme. Justin gets the injury to prove it and it don't look like just a paper cut. And in true form, spotting a fox in the hen house, Brian points on the dangerous path ahead. He may not always show the best of character but he sure as heck is shrewed when it comes to detecting the character of others.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

Mitch Morris

Mitch Morris

Cody Bell

Guest Star

Daniel Christopher Chen

Daniel Christopher Chen

Ken

Guest Star

Drew Nelson

Drew Nelson

Robbie

Guest Star

Makyla Smith

Makyla Smith

Daphne Chanders

Recurring Role

Dean Armstrong

Dean Armstrong

Blake Wyzecki

Recurring Role

Harris Allan

Harris Allan

James "Hunter" Montgomery

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Emmett: I've been working out religously.
      Brian: Is that why you were on your knees in the sauna room?

    • Brian: I miss the old orgy room.
      Jennifer: You could make it a conference room.
      Brian: It's perfect - for screwing the competition.

    • Brian: Yeah well, that's the thing about being a superhero. The average person thinks it's all about stopping two planets from colliding or saving the universe from being swallowed by a black hole. But most days, it's just your average run-of-the-mill good deeds.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Brian: Don't start mistaking me for Eleanor Roosevelt.

      Eleanor Roosevelt was the former First Lady of the United States. She used her position to pursue all sorts of political agendas, like civil rights and women's suffrage.

    • Brian: This pasta is so limp it needs Viagra sauce.

      Viagra (or Sildenafil citrate) is a drug created to treat male erectile dysfunction (impotence).

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