Queer as Folk

Season 4 Episode 10

The Snake in Paradise

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jun 20, 2004 on Showtime
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Brian and Justin are wrapped up in the heat of their passion when Brian has a flashback of his surgery. Needless to say, it changes the mood and Brian's passion is easily cooled. Brian finds his frustration and confusion growing after the incident, especially when his mother, Joan, pays him a visit after Debbie tells her about his illness. Her visit with Brian escalates into a heated argument, but his fury somehow gets Brian back into the groove he was looking to find.

Michael and Ben plan an evening with Hunter at the mall, but when a former student of Ben's by the name of Anthony, who is also an aspiring writer and admirer of Ben's work, invites him to attend a lecture by a respected author, Ben cancels the plans with his family. Anthony attempts to get intimate with Ben, but Ben lets him know he has the wrong idea. Anthony explains he's always admired Ben and wanted to be like him. That's why he wants Ben to give him "the gift" - to make him HIV positive.

At Kinnetik, Brian and Ted hear that Brown Athletics is committing a large sum of money for a sports figure to model their new underwear line. Ted commits to finding them one and begins his research immediately. When Emmett finds Ted flipping through a sports magazine at the diner, he nonchalantly suggests that Ted pitch the idea to football pro Drew Boyd, an idea that gets Ted easily excited, however he finds disappointment in the fact that the athlete is "straight". Behind closed doors, Emmett talks to Drew and ultimately convinces him to be the new Brown Athletics underwear model.

Conflicted over her feelings for Sam Auerbach, Lindsay tries to resolve her feelings by ignoring him, in spite of the fact that he's still in her thoughts as she and Melanie make love. In another effort to avoid him, she decides not to attend the opening of the show. Melanie tries to convince her to go but she relents, finally arriving at the gallery as the last guests are leaving. She's surprised to find Sam still there. Alone in the gallery, he pulls her close and passionately kisses her.

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  • Oh, the Emotions

    10
    For some reason season four is getting me really emotional - all of the story lines in this episode amazed me except one of them. Brian and Justin try to help Brian get it back up, Ben and Michael fall further apart, Drew and Emmett have an interesting relationship, and Lindsay encounters difficulties with Sam. Looking forward to seeing what happens next for all of them!
  • mostly good but one storyline irks me.

    7.5
    I really like the Drew/Emmett storyline. It just rings true to me. After four years of seeing self-assured gays who are out and proud we finally see someone who isn't sure of himself but rather in outright denial. He and Emm had great chemistry too and he has an incredible body.



    Another interesting storyline is the young man who asks Ben to infect him with the HIV virus. This was the first I ever heard of "bug chasing" which is a real phenomena. It gives us a little insight to why anyone would really want such a condition.



    One thing that bothered me though was Lindsay and Sam. Not because she slept with a man. As Kinsey discovered in the 1950s, people are not 100% gay or straight which I think should be addressed on television more often. What bothers me is she continually rejected him and he kept coming on to her, this seems to say that sexually harassing someone will eventually make them sleep with you. "No" means "no", not "maybe," "keep trying" or "eventually".moreless
  • Mike and Justin take measures to help Brian with his sexual performance problem. Linze crosses the line with Sam. Ben almost goes too far with Anthony. Debbie finds out that Brian has cancer. Emmett convinces Drew to pose for an underwear ad.moreless

    10
    Brian is having a difficult time forgetting his surgery and is having visions and dreams about it, which is affecting his ability to "rise to the occasion." In an attempt to help him, Mike and Justin go to a Chinese herbalist couple that Ben goes to. Justin makes a tea that is supposed to help sexual performance. After Brian tells Debbie about his cancer, she runs into Brian's mother in church, who tells her what's going on with Brian. Joan shows up at Kinnetic and at first i thought Brian was being kind of harsh to her. However, when she tells him that god gave him cancer because he is a sinner for being gay and that it's not too late to change, Brian tells her off. This seems to be the cure for his recent problem, and he goes to Babylon in a hurry to show Justin. Emmett continues to see the football star Drew, who insists that he is not gay Emmett convinces him to do an underwear ad for Brian, which will pay him a million dollars. Emmett thinks that when Drew gets more successful he will forget all about Emmett. By the way i thought Emmett's dream of Drew was absolutely hilarious. These two seem to be connecting with something more than just sex. Speaking of which, I cannot believe Linze this episode. We've been noticing that she is getting strange feelings toward Sam, attracted to him even. Why that is could be just because he is a great artist, and he is pompous. When Mel can't understand why Linze doesn't want to go to her own show, Linze goes to the gallery when the show is over so she can close up. Sam is there, they exchange words resulting in Linze telling him to leave. However, he kisses her, she kisses back, and i was like wtf? But what happened after that, when the two had wild sex, i couldn't believe it. Apparently it's Linze's turn to cheat now, though i hope Mel doesn't think she should give her a free pass if she finds out. What is going on with you Linze? There was cheating going on all over the place this episode, because Ben blows off a night out with Hunter and Mike so he can attend a lecture with Anthony. They go back to Anthony's place for wine, and he puts the moves on Ben. It seemed to me that Ben was going to let him even though he said he had a partner and that it would be a mistake if the only reason Anthony liked him was to sleep with him. However, when Anthony reveals that he wants Ben to make him positive, i was beside myself. Ben couldn't believe it either and he left. He runs into Anthony the next day, who announces that he attended a conversion party. Seriously, a conversion party? That is the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard. Apparently he had unprotected sex with a dozen or so guys. I can't believe anyone would want to be positive. He will find out in a couple weeks. Ben writes a story about it which Mike reads. He and Ben share a moment listening to the REO Speedwagon cd that Hunter bought them, and Mike says his favorite part of the story was when the guy decided not to sleep with the other man, and went home to his partner. He knew. Mike isn't as stupid as he sometimes acts. Ted seems to be gaining some confidence lately, and Brian makes a crack about it. He also seems to be getting more cocky as well. I wonder what is going on there. This was a great episode. I have a feeling we're going to see some drama in the next few episodes after Mel finds out what happened between Linze and Sam. Linze has a guilty conscience, i don't think she'll keep it a secret. Will she continue to see Sam? Will Drew's wife walk in on him and Emmett one of these days?moreless
  • Brian tells off his mother once and for all.

    9.7
    Brian finds difficulty with his sex drive after the surgery, which causes embarrassment. Justin tells Michael about theh situation, as they team up together and go to China Town, for a secret potion. He convinces Brian to drink it, but nothing seems to happen. The next day, Brian gets a visit from his mother, Joan. They get in a heated argument over Brian changing his sexuality, which results in her storming out of the office while Brian screaming at her. The heated debate gave him exactly what he was looking for, as he rushes to Babylon to share the good news with Justin.



    On the other hand, Lindsay denies all feelings that she has for Sam, but he's still in the back of her mind. Scared of the outcome, she decides not to attend the art show, and instead shows up afterward. To her surprise, no one's there except Sam. She pleas her case that she is a lesbian, but he sees right through her, and they end in a steamy situation. A lot of excitement in the episode, with lots of action. Not an episode to be missed.moreless
  • Brian and Justin start working their way back to how they were before their little bump in the road.

    9.7
    I love this episode and think it plays a part in the future of Brian and Justin's relationship. And also in Brian's with his mother. I love how Justin looks for a way to help Brian with his problem. I was a little surprised though that Brian wasn't upset because Justin told someone about their problem. And the scene between Brian and Debbie had me in tears both times I watched it. He couldn't tell the 2 people he loves most in the world about his condition, but he had no problems telling her. I love how she always gets him to realize his feelings even though he may never voice them. We can always tell she's gotten to him. And I was also surprised he wasn't upset with Debbie for telling his mom about his condition. He seems to like to keep things like that private. He has grown so much over the course of the series. There are times I could do without Melanie and Lyndsey and this was one of them. I don't know. The whole storyline with Sam just bugs me.



    I did love the end though with Michael and Ben. That was too sweet.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

Todd Hofley

Todd Hofley

Anthony

Guest Star

Lynne Deragon

Lynne Deragon

Joan Kinney

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Susanna Hamnett

Susanna Hamnett

Betty

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Harris Allan

Harris Allan

James "Hunter" Montgomery

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Matt Battaglia

Matt Battaglia

Drew Boyd

Recurring Role

Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas

Sam Auerbach

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    • Justin: Here, drink this.

      Brian: It smells like Yak shit.

      Justin: Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if that was in there too. It's a magic potion from a Chinese herbalist.

      Brian: Will that make me small?

      Justin: I am hoping that it will make you large. Very, very large.

    • Michael: If he's out hustling again I will rip his fucking balls off, as my mother would affectionately say.

    • Brian: Yea, well, maybe you can also stop me from thinking about what's no longer there, and in it's place is this piece of plastic. Or from picturing them sucking a bloody disease ridden ball out of me. or from feeling so sh*tty from having them burn me to a crisp with their ray gun that all I wanna do is dig a hole and crawl in, only I'm too busy vomiting. Who knows? Maybe then I might even be able to get it up.
      Justin: There's got to be something.
      Brian: Whatever it is, it's not a cup of Lipton's.

    • Justin: So, that happy time tea actually worked?
      Brian: Unlikely.
      Justin: Whence the woody?
      Brian: Let's just say that God gave me a second chance. I don't wanna blow it, but, you feel free to.

    • Justin: I sense a 'rise' in your demeanor, what happened?
      Brian: My mother made me realize I got a second chance, and I don't wanna blow it. But you feel free to.

    • (At the diner...) Ted: Drew Boyd? Pity he's straight: what team is he on? Basketball? Football? Rugby? Volleyball? Emmett: Honey, balls are balls. Ted: Except that there's a kind you don't want to throw or kick.

    • Joan: It's not too late. You can still change. I know you can.
      Brian: I can?
      Joan: Well, it won't be easy. You'll have to fight temptation. Be strong. Harden yourself.
      Brian: I wanna be hard, Mom. You have no idea how much I want to be hard. Oh, Lord, make me hard so that I can fuck every hot guy I see! That's why God gave me a second chance, Mom, so that I can use the one ball I have left.
      Joan: Shame! Shame on you!
      Brian: If I have to spend an eternity of eternities burning in hell, it's better than spending one good day in heaven with you.

    • Drew: Name one fag every kid wants to grow up to be.
      Emmett: Harvey Fierstein?

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