Queer as Folk

Season 1 Episode 13

Very Stupid People

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 11, 2001 on Showtime
8.9
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Brian gets involved briefly with Kip, a younger co-worker who's been with the company only a few months. Melanie flirts with one of the guests at a baby shower she and Lindsay are hosting for another lesbian couple. When Ted and Michael discover Emmett is throwing out his porn collection and toys, he tells them about the "See the Light" group he's joined. After another fight with Lindsay, Melanie ends up at a bar with Marianne, then back at her place. When Ted and Michael discover that Emmett's favorite porn star is in town, they offer him $1,000 to seduce Emmett and "save" him from the group they believe is brainwashing him. Brian refuses Kip's request that he recommend him for a promotion on the grounds that he doesn't have enough experience, then reminds him not to expect special favors just because they're both gay. Melanie confesses to Lindsay that she cheated on her and moves out. Emmett tells Michael and Ted that he resisted the temptation that was Zack O'Tool, and that he must distance himself from them if he wants to continue seeing the "true light." Ryder informs Brian that Kip is suing him and the company for sexual harassment.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The Plot Thickens

    9.0
    Oh snap, things turned from ugly to super ugly in this episode - Mel and Lindsay's relationship falls apart, Brian might have made one mistake too many, and Emmett is being brainwashed. A sad episode but one that motivates me to watch the next; can't wait to see what happens!
  • Mel and Linze's relationship reaches shaky ground. Brian interacts with a new guy at work who is looking for more than a good time. Mike and Ted try to help Emmett see his true self instead of what his new group has brainwashed him to think.moreless

    10
    So, Mel is unhappy with the way things have been going with her relationship with Linze. They are having a role model party for pregnant lesbian couples and everyone looks up to them. Mel meets an enticing woman there named Mariam an they hit it off. Mel starts smoking with her. Later one when Mel and Linze have another fight, Mel says she's going out to have a smoke...Which happens to be at a lesbian bar with Mariam. They talk, flirt big time and are having a real good time. Mel winds up going to Mariam's house...and sleeps with her. When she gets home Linze is awake and has no idea what's going on When Mel says where she's been. Later at the hospital when their friends have a baby, Linze, Mel and Mariam all wind up in the same room which is awkward for Mel and Mariam, but they are the only two who know. Mel tells Linze in the hallway that something happened, she cheated. At the end of the episode we see Mel packing and Linze says she doesn't have to go. Mel thinks it is best to leave anyway and Linze doesn't know who the other woman is. This was really sad to watch. Linze doesn't have a job now so i wonder what she's going to do for money. I'm sure if she asked for it Brian would make sure she was financially set though. Meanwhile, Ted and Mike go to a play to see the legendary porn star Zack O'Toole, who happens to be Emmett's favorite. After they walked in on Emmett de-homosexualizing his place they make a desperate attempt to save him from his newfound brainwashing group, and they pay Zack a thousand dollars to go to Emmett's place and show him a good time. I had thought Emmett had gave in and boy he has some really great friends that love him. However, when the boys confront Emmett about it he informs them that he resisted, and that he needs to get away from his friends. This is not going well for Emmett. Also, Brian meets a new guy at work that asked to work with him and they wind up having a good time in Brian's office after this guy, Kipp, makes a move on Brian. When it becomes apparent that Kipp wants a job promotion Brian says he's not ready for it yet and to give it some time. Kipp later sees Brian at Babylon and they have it out. I remember thinking to myself "I see a sexual harassment suit in the near future for revenge." Boy i sure called that one. At the end we find out Kipp filed a lawsuit against Brian and the company for sexual harassment, as Kipp told his lawyer that Brian agreed to give him a promotion for sexual favors, and that when Kipp complied Brian recanted. Things are not looking good for Brian in the near future. We didn't see a whole lot of Justin in this episode. We also haven't seen Justin's parents in a while, and David wasn't in this one either. Looking forward to the next episode.moreless
  • Wow... a lot happens in this episode

    10
    Brian works with Kip, a newbie at the agency. Shortly after, the two begin having sexual relations with each other... big surprise. Michael and Brian are already back on speaking terms with each other, thank god. Melanie and Lindsay continue to argue about Brian, the baby, and financial issues. While at the baby shower, Melanie meets a woman, and later in the episode cheats on Lindsay with her. After confronting Lindsay about her affair, she moves out, leaving Lindsay and Gus. Kip tries to bribe Brian into giving him a promotion, but when Brian refuses to do so, Kip takes extra measures. At the end of the episode, we hear Ryder tell Brian that Kip is sueing Brian and the company for charges of sexual harrassment. The show is regaining some much-needed excitment after the past couple of down episodes, bring a lot of the action back in.moreless
  • Better than the last two, but still not this shows best.

    9.3
    Thank god they gave me a more exciting episode than the last two. The one thing I must say (and don't yell at me) is that all the problems in this show seemed to be worked out by the easiest solutions. It's almost like the writers just overlook it so they don't have to bother with wasting time to fix the conflicts. Good episode, give me something better!
  • Triple trouble.

    7.0
    Brian faces a sexual harrassment suit at work and boy his face is all kinds of shocked when he recieves this news, boy oh boy should this teach him a lesson about who he sleeps with.



    Emmett begins to distance himself from the gang on continues to associate with this rediculous See the light group, I can not begin to say how disturbing these people are. They back the gay rights movement decades and to think that the fabulous Emmett Honeycutt would be a part of it is so beyond words.



    Poor Lindsey, as much problems as she and Mel were having, I don't think anyone ever deserves to be cheated on. It hurts so much and you can really see it in her face when Mel tells her. Shame on Mel, too. Problems, problems, problems I know but I don't think that sleeping with another woman was really nescesary and it defenitely wasn't any kind of solution.moreless
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

Hal Sparks

Hal Sparks

Michael Charles Novotny

Randy Harrison

Randy Harrison

Justin Taylor

Ophira Eisenberg

Ophira Eisenberg

Zoe

Guest Star

Scott Clarke

Scott Clarke

Second Toady (Bob)

Guest Star

Ian Busher

Ian Busher

First Toady (Brad)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Brian has sex with Kip more than once, breaking his rule again. The first time was with Justin.

    • [The scene where Brian nails Kip in his office.] Right after the shot of a letter opener falling and landing point first in the floor, it shows Kip... and right by his arm -- still on the desk -- is the same letter opener.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Michael: You fucked him in your office!
      Brian: He was the best thing to come across my desk in a long time.
      Michael: You're unbelievable.
      Brian: That's what he said.

    • Brian: You hooked Emmett up with Zack O'Tool?
      Michael: I wish I could be been there to see his face. He open that door and saw him...
      Ted: ... standing there.
      Justin: Zack O'Tool have supposed to have a twelve-inch dick.
      Michael: How do you know who Zack O'Tool is?
      Justin: Everyone knows who the 'Manrammer' is.
      Michael: Even schoolboys?
      Ted: That's part of the curriculum. 'Gay Porn Stars 101.'

    • Zack: Well, there's only one way to break this deadlock.
      (Audience holds its collective breath, Zack rips off his shirt, and then rips off his pants. Shot from behind, his dick falls, like, halfway to the floor. The other eleven jurors rip off their clothes, too, and the crowd bursts into applause)
      Michael: This must be how they reached a verdict in the O.J. trial.

    • Brian: Don't tell me no one's ever had a Big O at the Big Q.
      Michael: I wouldn't know.
      Brian: Well, I would and first hand. And I mean first hand experiences.
      Michael: Are you sayin...?
      Brian: Remember last Christmas when I came to pick you up and you sending me up for Santa's workshop?
      Michael: Not Santa! Don't tell me you fucked Santa?
      Brian: Not even I would do that. (pause) I'm not into fat. It was his elf.
      Michael: You didn't!
      Brian: What he lacked in feet, he made up for in inches.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music: "Careful" by Wild Strawberries; "Funky Noise" by Quincy Freak; "Watch Them Come" by Roy Davis Jr.; "Vibe" by The Step Kings; "Beautiful Way" by Beck; "La Guitaristic House Organisation" by Rinocerose; "Track 10" by Greek Buck; "Keep Reaching" by Halo

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Michael: They haven't offered you any kool-aid yet have they?

      This is a reference to the mass group suicide of the People's Temple Cult. In November, 1978, cult leader Jim Jones ordered his followers to drink grape kool-aid mixed with potassium cyanide after U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan of California and a team of reporters visited their South America compound to investigate reports of abuse. 913 members died.

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