Queer as Folk

Season 2 Episode 14

The Dangers of Sex and Drugs

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 28, 2002 on Showtime
9.4
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Justin's making so much money with his job as a dancer that he could care less about his schoolwork. George offers to take Emmett on a world tour. While having sex with Emmett in the bathroom on an airplane, George dies of a heart attack. Carl returns to the diner to ask Debbie out on a date.

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  • Oh no, Justin!

    9.5
    Justin falls prey to his boss's demands but eventually this adds a layer of complexity to his and Brian's relationship. I also loved how Deb started to date the police officer, and I appreciated how Michael communicated with her regarding how they both deserve respect. Great episode.
  • Emmett decides he wants to travel around the world with George and says goodbye to his friends. Justin samples what exactly dancing at the bar means. Debbie gets asked out and Mike doesn't like it very much.moreless

    9.5
    Wow, i didn't realize Emmett and George were still so serious and i was beginning to wonder if his friends still knew as well. George decides to take Emmett around the world to places he's never seen before, so Emmett says goodbye to everyone at a farewell party. When talking to Mike, Emmett seems like he doesn't really want to go, since this could take a long time. While on the plane, Emmett and George decide they want to join the mile high club. However this little adventure proves to be a little too much for George, as he suffers a heart attack and dies! I was like "oh no, don't tell me he had a heart attack..." and then i remember thinking "of course!". I laughed a bit though it really wasn't funny, but of course something like that would happen to Emmett. The stewart was nice to Emmett after finding all of this out, but we find out that he recognized Emmett as Fetch; was this the only reason the man was nice to him? I guess Emmett will be coming back home. Also, Justin's job isn't turning out to be quite what he expected. Brian knows what's going on and confronts Justin about some of it, implying that Justin is for sale. The boys don't like the idea of Justin dancing and they confront Brian about it, who acts like it doesn't bother him. However, we see that it does because he ups the stakes and tells Justin that he will loan him the money. Justin rejects and winds up having to go to this after hours party for his scum bag bus Sap, where boys are getting drugged up and basically used as a piece of meat for a pack of wolves. Justin gets messed up too and i can't understand why he keeps doing coke when he knows he's messed up. Sap tries to take advantage of the situation and Justin says no. When Sap seems like he's going to do what he wants anyway Justin kicks him in the face. He later informs Brian that he has quit his job and accepting the loan. Brian asks what changed his mind and he said a man has to know when to accept help, which is what Brian had told him. This situation brought Brian and Justin to a new position in the bedroom. By the way it was interesting to see this because i have thought to myself many times if Brian is always just the "pitcher" and never the "catcher." He seemed like he was wondering what the hell Justin was doing, but gave in, so it must not have bothered him. Brian trusts Justin anyway. In the meantime, Debbie gets asked out on a date by the detective she has been talking to. She shoots him down and he leaves the diner. When Deb later told Vic he had some pretty funny things to say to her, ultimately making her give in and call him up to accept the date after all. Mel and Linze help do Deb all up and she can't believe she actually looks good! That was a funny scene. The date seemed to go well and Mike, like the little baby that he is decides he doesn't like it. He later acts like a jerk to a police officer that pulls him over for speeding and gets he, Ted and Brian in the slammer for the night. When Deb's date saves the day and gets them all out with no record, he has words with Mike. Mike expresses his feelings so the detective explains, which brings the two to some understanding. Later, Mike apologizes to Deb who says its going to take time for her to forgive him. I couldn't believe she slapped him earlier either, but he deserved it so good for her. He says she's free to date who she wants, but then so is he. Deb decides to stop treating Ben the way she does, such as serving him last, and she and Mike now have an understanding of their own.moreless
  • Brian saves the day again

    10
    Justin gets him self into trouble at a party that the boss invited him to. They were trying to force Justin into having sex, though he said many times that he didn't want to. He ends up punching the boss and making his nose bleed. Needless to say, he' snow out of a job again and no way to pay for college. Eventually, he accepts Brian's offer to help out. Brian loves him so much . What would they ever do without each other. Brian helps out Justin finacially, and in a lot of other ways, while Justin helps Brian morally, offering him advice that he can really use. They are very co-dependent on each other. Brian even lets Justin be on top for the first time in the show's history. And how many times has Brian ever been a bottom? It would take someone very special for him to let them take over the position, even if it's just one time.moreless
  • Justin finally comes to his senses thanks to Brian. He quits his job as a go-go boy and allows Brian to help him with his tuition. Let's face it, Justin would be screwed without Brian.moreless

    9.8
    It is obvious that Brian is really bothered with the fact that Justin is a go-go boy for several reasons: One, Justin blows off school because he's too tired/tweaked to go. Two, he uses sex to get ahead (something Brian never has done and definitely doesn't condone). Brian almost does do it (in season 1 with a client), but he comes to his senses before anything happens. Three, other men are pawing at him, which does indeed show that Brian gets jealous. Four, Brian gets completely drunk with Ted, who he never hangs out with alone unless he's starved for company. And Brian doesn't even seem interested in getting any trick action. He just gets completely hammered. But he plays therapist to both Ted and Michael. And his prognoses about both of them are completely right! I never realized this, but Brian would make a good therapist, were it not for his harsh way of dealing with people. Ted is an incredibly funny drunk--he should do it more often.



    But thankfully, Justin forgets his hindering pride and lets Brian help him. This episode is very revealing of Brian's character because it shows his moral code (believe it or not, he does have one) and it shows how much he cares for Justin. I love the ending! The only person Brian would ever let top him is Justin. I bet that Brian has only been the bottom a few times in his life, and that was probably at the age of 14 or 15. Brian revels in his authority, both sexually and in the business world. By letting Justin take over, even if it was only one time, shows how much he trusts and respects Justin.moreless
  • Justin finally comes to his senses thanks to Brian. He quits his job as a go-go boy and allows Brian to help him with his tuition. Let's face it, Justin would be screwed without Brian.moreless

    9.3
    It is obvious that Brian is really bothered with the fact that Justin is a go-go boy for several reasons: One, Justin blows off school because he's too tired/tweaked to go. Two, he uses sex to get ahead (something Brian never has done and definitely doesn't condone). Three, other men are pawing at him, which does indeed show that Brian gets jealous.

    But thankfully, Justin forgets his hindering pride and lets Brian help him. This episode is very revealing of Brian's character because it shows his moral code (believe it or not, he does have one) and it shows how much he cares for Justin. I love the ending! The only person Brian would ever let top him is Justin. I bet that Brian has only been the bottom a few times in his life, and that was probably at the age of 14 or 15. Brian revels in his authority, both sexually and in the business world. By letting Justin take over, even if it was only one time, shows how much he trusts and respects Justin.moreless
Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Deborah 'Debbie' Jane Grassi Novotny

Robert Gant

Robert Gant

Professor Benjamin 'Ben' Bruckner

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

Barry Lavender

Barry Lavender

Wacko

Guest Star

Shawn Lawrence

Shawn Lawrence

Doctor

Guest Star

Shane Daly

Shane Daly

Police Officer

Guest Star

Jack Wetherall

Jack Wetherall

Vic Grassi

Recurring Role

Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray

George Schickel

Recurring Role

Peter MacNeill

Peter MacNeill

Detective Carl Horvath

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (12)

    • Michael: High school senior to go-go boy in less than a year. That's got to be a record.
      Ted: Another success story from Father Kinney's home for runaway boys.

    • Michael: We're being pulled over. Fuck!
      Ted: (to Brian) Do you have anything on you?
      Brian: Yeah, 16 pounds of cocaine and 24 ounces of heroin.
      Ted: This is no time to be funny!
      Brian: Who's being funny?

    • Michael: You deserve a fabulous life, Em. As fabulous as you.

    • Ted: I wanna go to Berlin, Amsterdam, Prague...
      Ben: Great art, great history.
      Ted: Great men.

    • Ted: If I were Brian, I'd go crazy seeing all those guys pawing my boyfriend. (Brian enters)
      Brian: You know, it must be true what they say about deafening music damaging your eardrums. I could swear I heard you say if you were me.

    • Justin: You once told me you wanted to make me the best homosexual it was possible for me to be. Doesn't that include being a man?
      Brian: Sometimes a man knows when to accept help.

    • George: Don't be such a sissy.
      Emmett: Any other impossible requests?

    • Cop: You were doing 60 in a 35-mile zone.
      Michael
      : Wow, what do you know? Math. Give the officer a jelly doughnut.

    • Michael: She hit me. My mother **** hit me!
      Ted: She's always hitting you.
      Brian: That's how she shows her affection.
      Michael: I mean for real.
      Brian: Well, what did Mikey do?
      Michael: I told her she was pathetic for dating that **** cop.
      Ted: You know, if she keeps this up, we're going to have to take her honorary queer button away.
      Michael: Where are her values? Her principles?
      Brian: You know how it is when you want cock they're the first things to go.

    • Debbie: Yeah, well, you can't dictate to your kids about how to live their life or whom to love. And the more you do, the worse it gets.
      Carl
      : Sounds like we're talking from personal experience here.
      Debbie: My son's seeing somebody who's HIV-positive.
      Carl: Holy shit!
      Debbie: That's what I said. But try talking to him and he'll bite your head off.

    • Michael: Ben's still working on his book, so I figured I'd come down here... have dinner with you and mom... try a little diplomacy.
      Vic
      : Well, if you mean about you and him, forget it. She's dug her high heels in and she's not budging.
      Michael: It's still worth a try.
      Vic: Not tonight. She's got a date.
      Michael: With a man?
      Vic: Of course with a man. Why should she be any different from us?

    • Ted: Michael's got Ben. You've got Justin. Even Emmett has George, for Christ's sake. How come everybody's got someone except me?
      Brian
      : The reason you don't have a boyfriend is because you don't want one.
      Ted
      : I don't?
      Brian
      : If you had one, it would challenge the well-established opinion you have of yourself as a worthless sack of shit that nobody wants. Therefore, you go after guys you know will reject you, then you stand around here and bitch like a high school girl, when in fact you've gotten exactly what you wanted; namely, nothing.
      Ted
      : Well, thank you, Dr. Kinney. You've saved me years of therapy not to mention several thousand dollars.

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