Queer as Folk

Season 5 Episode 13

We Will Survive!

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 07, 2005 on Showtime
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We Will Survive!

Will Brian and Justin finally live happily ever after? Has Ted found the right guy, or does Mr. Right lie closer to home? How will Lindsay and Melanie say goodbye to all their friends before starting a new life? What will Ben and Michael's decision be regarding Hunter? Find out in Queer as Folk's series finale, because it'll be surprising as the show has always been.


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  • Drooom

    I whatch this series on 2013 , and yes it's so great, but i hate brian carahter! My favorite carachter is Ben, He's really great! good acts and great dancer! hahaha

  • Julia

    It was great why did it end like that it was to good
  • Didn't quite end the way I expected it to, but I was pretty satisified.

    Brian and Justin- I knew the wedding wasn't going to happen. I just couldn't imagine those two in a huge country mansion spending the rest of their lives together, happily ever after. It's not them. Although I was ecstatic Brian FINALLY told Justin he loves him after 5 years and proposes to him, a part of me knew it was going to fall apart. I love those two together so so much, but Brian sacrificing everything he believes in and Justin sacrificing his art career just didn't feel right. I'd like to assume that those two will find their way back together, just like they always do, and like the producer said, this isn't a ''goodbye'' for them, but a ''see you later.''

    Melanie and Lindsey- They were being cowards. They fought for gay rights the whole series and now they are running away because they're scared. As usual, it was all about them and they didn't care if their children get to see their fathers only a few times a year. Michael giving up just like that after a long custody battle made no sense. I absolutely LOVED Brian's scenes with Gus, they were so adorable. I never cared for Mel and Linz during the series, and I didn't then either.

    Ted- I'm so glad he found Blake at the end, I think they belong together. I'm thrilled Ted finally got his happy ending after all he's been through. He deserves to be happy and to feel good about himself.

    Emmett- I liked him and Drew together, but I understood why he let him go. Emmett is my favorite character in the entire show and he turned into such a wonderful man. I'm glad he turns out to be happy though, as he has always enjoyed being single.

    Deb- I'm glad she and Horvath got their happy ending. She deserves it after everything she has done for Michael and his friends.

    Michael/Ben/Hunter- I'm soo glad they adopted Hunter. I absolutely adore Hunter, even though he is a smart mouth. Michael and Ben were really the only stable couple on the show, and I have always adored them.

    I'm disappointed the show's over. It was so powerful, and I'm really going to miss it, but I was pretty happy with the way it ended.moreless
  • At first i was dissapointed but now I think that they made good end - something unexpecdet - like all 5 seasons were.

    I had huge hopes for this episode. I could imagine Brian and Justin finally saying ‘I DO’. I wondered how the wedding will be like…. But I was also skeptical about the fact that Brian was denying everything he truly believed in his past 34 years. He became heterosexual imitator that he always hated so much. So they made a hybrid between Brian’s old believes and the new Brian, the loving, the romantic, the one that is not the ‘boss in the house anymore’.

    I find the first scene Brian and Justin buying their wedding clothes so sweet and cute that I couldn’t wait wedding to begin.

    I was also very sorry for Ted because he realized that he lost the love of his life one more time. And I find it so great that Emmet let ‘his baby‘have some fun before settling down. And then the idea that Ted and Emmet will have their own ski-weekend celebration. But I think that the reunion between Blake and Ted is kind of stupid and the authors just wanted to give us (viewers) hope that we’ll see happy end of the season 5.

    I felt so sorry for Linz and Brian that they are not going to live ‘together’ anymore. She moved far away and she was Brian’s best friend. They were together since college. And moving to Canada! I find the idea so stupid. Their children will be raised without their fathers so that Mel would feel herself better and Linz (still) so happy that they are back together did not want to say no to her. I find it so touching when Brian says goodbye to his ‘sunny boy’… first he realizes how much he loves him and he could be a wonderful father, then regrets that he missed all his growing up, but knows that it’s the best that the child stays with Linz.

    And now the end……. WHY CAN’T THEY BE TOGETHER? I know that what they did was more than anyone could do for the beloved person. They set themselves free. They know how much they love each other and just because of that they want for each other to be happy. And when Brian said to Justin that he finally became best homosexual possible, I taught I will start crying. Justin just got it! Brian was right all the time. You do not need vows and rings to prove how much you love your partner, you must do it with all your moves, acts…

    It was so sad because they both knew that that might be their last fuck, kiss, words. But as Brian said: ‘It doesn’t matter if we see next weekend again, or next month or never. It’s only time.’

    And the actual end - Great. I hoped until the last second that Justin will show up. Because it was happy end for all the characters just Brian was left alone. I think that when it showed Mike and Ben together and Ted and Blake and Emmet and his new stud they should show Justin too. Yes it ended like it begun in first episode….. Babylon, music, Mike talking, no Justin,… but at that time they were all single and after 5 years they all deserved someone to love.

    I find Brian dancing alone so great… he is a good dancer and dressed do sexy. It’s a part to watch again and again and again.

    I am so sorry that the Queer as Folk ended. It was by far the best show on the TV (on my opinion). I loved it because it was so fresh, never boring and sensational. I will miss it so much… it made the begin of the week better – I couldn’t wait to see the new episode and then endless discussions about it with friends…

    I know that they will not change their mind and make another season but they could make Queer as Folk the movie!

    So now we just have to wait for QAF CD in 23th August and DVD selection, to watch the best parts a few more times.

    I will miss all the characters from QAF. So long!

  • Just... wow. I was a bit worried at first but I'm extremely happy with how it ended.

    I'm not much for review writing, but I feel that this episode deserves something.

    I had a feeling that Brian would convince Justin to move, but I didn't know he would do it like that. Brian is never someone that would want to "cuddle", and Brian would never be happy with himself if he kept Justin from being someone greater than he already was.

    I knew they wouldn't get married. I wished and I hoped that they would, but there was just always some doubt in my mind about it. And, sadly, I was right.

    At least Brian didn't go along with the second ad that he made. Brian isn't Brian without something edgy,exciting and/or unexpected.

    Ted and Tad was disappointing, but Tad never seemed good enough for Ted. And Ted found a new old love, or so I hope.

    For a little while I thought that Emmett and Ted would get back together.

    Skipping to the end...


    Michael taking Brian back to Babylon.

    It seemed to be the perfect ending to a perfect series that I loved very much. Them dancing to that song, everything fading away to show the rest of them dancing, and Brian all alone with those sexy green lights all around him.

    Just... wow.

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

Ben Bass

Ben Bass


Guest Star

Matt Baram

Matt Baram


Guest Star

Greg Campbell

Greg Campbell

Kenny / Kiki

Guest Star

Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller

Jennifer Taylor

Recurring Role

Makyla Smith

Makyla Smith

Daphne Chanders

Recurring Role

Dean Armstrong

Dean Armstrong

Blake Wyzecki

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Emmitt: So, uh, what do you say we go back to my room and, um, reminisce about old times.
      Calvin: Not that much to reminisce about.
      Emmitt: I know.

    • Brian: When's your flight?
      Justin: Ten... I think I finally found a place to stay. Daphne has a friend in the East Village... Finding a workspace is gonna be difficult. Apparently everything costs a fortune.
      Brian: Well, you'll manage. You always do.
      Justin: I'll be back, and you'll come there. We're gonna see each other all the time.
      Brian: You don't know that; neither do I. Whether we see each other next weekend or next month, never again, it doesn't matter. It's only time.
      Justin: You didn't return them?
      Brian: I didn't return them.
      Justin: We don't need rings or vows to prove that we love each other. We already know that.
      Brian: You did it.
      Justin: Did what?
      Brian: Became the best homosexual you could possibly be.

    • Brian: Holy shit...
      Justin: What?
      Brian: You look...
      Justin: Good? Bad? Laughable?
      Brian: Beautiful.
      Justin: I do?
      Brian: It's not a question. It's a declaration. So try and be more emphatic when the minister asks you if you wanna go through with this.
      Justin: I do.

    • Michael: So the thumpa-thumpa continues. It always will, no matter what happens, no matter who's president. As our Lady of Disco, the divine Miss Gloria Gaynor, has always sung to us, "We will survive."

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode ran longer than other episodes at almost 90 minutes while a regular episode ran at approximately 55 minutes.

    • Music:
      Dandy Warhols - Sleep
      Spiritual South - Green Gold
      Thick Dick - Wetter
      Debby Holiday - Half a Mile Away (Scotty K's Vocal Club Mix)
      Sunday's Best - The Californian
      Mr. Scruff - Jazz Potato
      Simone Denny - Cliche (Paul Graces Big Room Mix)
      Doves - Ambition
      Heather Small - Proud 2005 (Peter Presta QAF Finale Mix)

    • This episode features appearances by almost every major recurring character in the series: Cynthia, Jennifer, Horvath, Hunter, Daphne, Blake, and, of course, Gus. The only major exception is (for obvious reasons) Uncle Vic, who surprisingly isn't even referenced to in the series finale.

    • The song played at the very end of this episode is a remixed version of "Proud" by Heather Small. The regular version of this song plays during the series's two-part pilot episode when Michael and Brian are on the roof of the hospital together.