Queer as Folk

Season 2 Episode 5

...Wherever That Dream May Lead You

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 03, 2002 on Showtime
9.2
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Still afflicted with tremors in his right hand as a result of his assault, Justin struggles in his art classes and soon drops out of college. Despite Brian's attempt to rekindle Justin's interest in drawing, a depressed, angry Justin turns to alcohol and sex to soothe his pain. Finally, Lindsay takes Justin to an art gallery where the paintings on exhibition have been created by a wheelchair-bound woman with limited use of her hands.

Meanwhile, Emmett, Michael and Brian intervene to help Ted, whose addiction to pornography has left him housebound for days. Brian arranges a job interview at his advertising agency for Ted. The company hires Ted, but he quits almost immediately to start his own porno Web site. Michael also quits his job and sells a rare first-edition comic book to raise money to buy his own business—a comic book store.

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  • Follow Your Dreams

    10
    This episode means so much to me, as someone who tries to follow his passion. Michael, Ted, and Justin are each faced with challenges but grow as a result - all from the help from one special character, who proves to be anything but selfish. Great episode and the music at the beginning and the end served as the cherry on top.
  • Justin is getting more frustrated with his hand and is taking it out on everyone, even Brian who tries to help him out. Ted sinks into a depression that Emmett deems in need of an intervention. Mike continues to get hassled at work and gets some bad news.moreless

    10
    Let me begin by saying i really like the beginning and end of the episode with the drag kings singing Elvis songs, i thought that was a really cool touch. So, Brian sees how much Justin is struggling with his hand and how upset it keeps making him. After the dean of Justin's school tells him he should consider whether he can handle the requirements of the school's program because of his hand, Justin announces that he quit and isn't going back because he can't draw. Brian discovers some new technology at work that was being used to design ads, and he takes it home for Justin to try. Justin refuses to use this, at least until the end of the episode. After Linze takes him to an art gallery to meet an artist in a wheel chair that still paints very successfully, she tells him it's not the end of the world unless he wants it to be. She then tells him to pick out a painting because she wants to give him one. This got him thinking. I also liked the scene when he was rude to Deb. I thought for sure she'd go off on him, but she gave him some mother-like advice...then warned him that if he ever spoke to her that way again she'd rip him a new butt hole so big he could fit a cannon up there! That was hilarious. However, at the end of the episode we see Justin watching Brian, and he decides to use the new software to draw Brian again, so he gave it a try. Good job sunshine. Also, Emmett hasn't heard from Ted in a while so he goes over to Ted's place, to make sure Ted hasn't killed himself. He walks in on Ted "releasing some stress" and finds out Ted hasn't left his apartment/bed for four days. Emmett calls the boys in for an intervention, and Brian calls in a favor and hooks Ted up with a job. Though Brian acts like he doesn't know Ted at work, i think that's just his joking jerk way, because he did take the time to get Ted the interview anyway. As they all meet up later at Babylon, (after a conversation with Mel and the video store earlier), Ted announces that he is quitting his job and starting his own porn website. Meanwhile, Mike continues to put up with the endless crap at work from Andrew. That is until he finds out that the comic store he's been going to since he was ten is closing. Mike decides to stand up to Andrew, and on his way out he kisses Andrew on the lips and says exactly what he said to him when he kissed him at pride! That was amazing. I wouldn't have let him put me in the clown suite the first day let alone the second. Just Mike's luck that Mel and Linze would walk in and see him like that. Another great episode as usual, i'm looking forward to the next one.moreless
  • "You gotta follow that dream."

    9.7
    Feeling lost after seeing how everyone else if gliding through life, Michael decides to sell his issue 1 of Captain Astro, that Brian gave him on his 30th birthday. If he can get enough money for it, he wants to follow his dream of having his own comic book store. And since Buddy, the guy who owns the current comic book store is leaving, Michael wants to buy it out. Justin is fed up with his gimp hand that's keeping him from drawing. Brian tries to come to the rescue though by buying him an electronic pen, so he can draw on the computer easily. But that doesn't satisfy what Justin wants to do, and becomes enraged about his limitations now due to his handicap. I feel horrible for Justin in this episode because I know how frustrated he is that he's feeling held back. But I also feel for Brian, because he's really trying to help Justin and overcome the issues after being bashed. Meanwhile, Brian helps Michael get $10,000 for the comic book on eBay, so he's now able to buy out the store. Ted gets bored with the job that Brian got him, so he decides to follow his dream of starting his own porno website. This episode has a kind of mix of serious issues along with its comical moments. It teaches every character in the show that its never too late to follow your dream.moreless
  • Brian helps the two people he cares most about in the world follow their dreams.

    9.1
    Brian truly is the master. And this episode proved that he's anything but a selfish being. In fact, he does everything in his power to help those he cares about and loves. Take Justin. Brian sees him suffering from not being able to draw, and you can see that it hurts Brian just as much, feeling helpless for not knowing how to fix him. I love the scene where Michael's complaining about not having a dream, and whining that "Justin's going to art school" and that he "was practically dead a few months ago." When Michael says this, a pained look comes across Brian's face. Brian is still coping with what happened to Justin, and he wants to do everything to help Justin recover. He's his Sunshine, after all. Brian immediately thinks of Justin when he sees the computer at work. Ah yes, Justin's always on the brain. And so Brian buys him the computer, and though Justin takes a while to use it, it was Brian who provided him with the means of making his art. Even better, Brian was the first piece of art work Justin produced on his computer. Brian is Justin's inspiration, and vice versa.



    Brian also helps Michael achieve his dream. If it weren't for Brian and his master skills as an ad exec, Michael would never have been able to buy the comic store.moreless
  • Justin draws again

    8.0
    Though we have seen Justin deal with most of the aspects of his bashing we had yet to really see him deal with how it would affect his art. In this episode we really get to see how he suffers through the thought that he may not be able to draw again and how much that really scares and screws with him. Drugs, sex, anger, and pretty much every anger management tactic that can be mustered up Sunshine takes a shot of. But with a little help from Brian he finds a new way of being an artist, with a little help from Lindsey.moreless
Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless

Deborah 'Debbie' Jane Grassi Novotny

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

Johnathan Jeyarajah

Johnathan Jeyarajah

Babylon Performance Artist

Guest Star

Carman Melville

Carman Melville

Customer

Guest Star

Andrew Pifko

Andrew Pifko

Quentin

Guest Star

Lindsey Connell

Lindsey Connell

Tracy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Melanie: I think you provide an extremely important service.
      Ted: Preparing your taxes? Yeah, great. When's the last time it made you cum?
      Melanie: 1998. I got a big refund.

    • Adrienne: It ain't the end of the world, kid. Unless you want it to be.

    • Justin: Sounds hard.
      Adrienne: What's easy besides complaining?

    • Debbie: All you can do at a time like this is just hang on until the scenery changes.

    • Brian: Yea, who says I'll be in the mood?
      Justin: You're always in the mood. It's kind of amazing when you think of it. I mean, at your age.

    • Brian: Dreaming is for people who like sleeping. I'd rather be awake - and fucking!

    • Michael: I'm auctioning something on eBay.
      Brian: Your mother? Don't start the bidding too high!

    • Emmett: Thank God you're here.
      Michael: Where have you been? You didn't come home last night.
      Debbie: Somebody got lucky.
      Emmett: Good for him. I spent the night at Ted's. You guys, he is in deep shit trouble. We need to have an intervention.
      Debbie: Booze?
      Brian: Crystal?
      Emmett: ...whipping the Willie.
      Brian: Schmuck. He couldn't even get a decent addiction.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Gale Harold (Brian) does a full frontal nude shot in this episode, but is in a darkened room to make it less noticeable.

    • When Justin returns to Brian's loft, he grabs a bottle of water from the refrigerator, pours it on his head, and then shakes his head back and forth. Brian does the same thing during the pilot episode when he first brings Justin to his loft. Both times a slow motion effect is used.

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