Queer as Folk

Season 3 Episode 5

There's Nothing Noble About Being Poor

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 06, 2003 on Showtime
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Debbie tries hard to sign up new gay voters on Liberty Avenue to defeat anti-gay Police Chief Stockwell, who's running for mayor. Brian wins the chief's campaign as an advertising account, telling the candidate that he needs to find an issue to make the second-place contender "pop" in the minds of the voters. Stockwell agrees to introduce Brian to some of his rich and powerful friends if the chief triumphs. After some teenage Babylon patrons die from bad drugs, Stockwell tells Brian he's found his issue.

Ethan loses the Heifetz competition, but a talent agent offers to represent him—if he leaves Justin and his gay identity behind. Ethan refuses at first, but Brian tells him that there's nothing noble about being poor and suggests Ethan find a way to make the situation work.

Ted and Emmett cannot agree on a house to purchase. Ted likes a new, modern house, while Emmett falls in love with a charming older house that needs many repairs. They argue back and forth until a frustrated Emmett tells Ted to make the decision. Ted surprises Emmett by buying the fixer-upper.

After suffering much anxiety and guilt over his failure to produce sperm to father Melanie and Lindsay's second child, Michael finally succeeds. Meanwhile, steroids are making Ben extremely short-tempered, and Michael finally catches him injecting steroids.

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Who was the Episode MVP ?

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

Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller

Jennifer Taylor

Jack Wetherall

Jack Wetherall

Vic Grassi (2000-2004)

Ginger Ruriko Busch

Ginger Ruriko Busch

Lin Liu

Guest Star

Marc DeOliveira

Marc DeOliveira

republican aid

Guest Star

David Gianopoulos

David Gianopoulos

police chief Stockwell

Guest Star

Fab Filippo

Fab Filippo

Ethan Gold

Recurring Role

Carlo Rota

Carlo Rota

Gardner Vance

Recurring Role

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