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Episode 1: Saying Goodbye
 First Aired: 7 Aug 2005
This 30-minute episode aired right before the finale and it talked about the ground breaking shows' impact on people. It also interviewed all the cast members on the show.


Episode 2: The Making Of Rage Gay Crusader

Episode 3: Behind The Cameras - Directors

Episode 4: Behind The Cameras - With Cast & Crew

Episode 5: Hot Summer Days

Episode 6: Season 3 Wrap Party Reel

Episode 7: Enter Babylon

Episode 8: Some Lovin' Music Video

Episode 9: Cyndi Lauper "Shine" Music Video

Episode 10: Rosie O'Donnell Photo Montage

Episode 11: Season 5 Wrap Reel

Episode 12: Patrick Antosh Fashion Extra

Episode 13: A Special Message From The Trevor Project & Queer As Folk

Episode 14: The Final Season

Episode 15: Photo Gallery

Episode 16: Reunion
 First Aired: 20 Nov 2007
2007 QAF reunion lunch.


Episode 17: Season 2 Wrap Party Reel


Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: Premiere
 First Aired: 3 Dec 2000
After a night out at the club Babylon with Michael, Emmett and Ted; Brian picks up a cute guy named Justin for a night of fun, but afterwards coldly rebuffs Justin's attempts to see him again. Michael also gets lucky taking home a hunk only to be happily interrupted for a trip to the hospital after Brian learns that Lindsay and Melanie have had a baby boy, Gus.

Season 1, Episode 2: Queer, There and Everywhere
 First Aired: 3 Dec 2000
Michael stays in the closet at work, which causes some problems with an interested co-worker while at the same time he struggles with feelings of jealousy over Brian's relationship with Justin.

Season 1, Episode 3: No Bris, No Shirt, No Service
 First Aired: 10 Dec 2000
Lindsay and Melanie have a bris for their new baby Gus, which Brian decides to miss until Michael convinces him otherwise. Brian decides to crash the party and put his parental foot down. Justin seeking to regain the attention of Brian decides to make himself noticed at Babylon. Meanwhile, Brian's involvement as the father of Gus causes some relationship strain between Lindsay and Melanie. Michael attempting to continue his straight act, runs into a co-worker in front of the gay bars. Also, Ted finally gets lucky with a guy who he's been denying the advances of all night, but ends up with devastating results.

Season 1, Episode 4: Ted's Not Dead
 First Aired: 17 Dec 2000
While Ted lies in a drug-induced coma, Brian learns he's named the executor of his friend's living will; Justin decides to take chance on a situation where he could seduce (in terms jerk) a fellow classmate; Justin's mother suspects the truth about her son's sexuality after finding some drawings of naked men in his sketch book; Michael and Emmett try to remove incriminating evidence (porn, 33 dildos... don't ask) from Ted's apartment but discover Ted's longtime crush on Michael.

Season 1, Episode 5: Now Approaching... the Line
 First Aired: 7 Jan 2001
Michael fends off the romantic interest of a female coworker who doesn't know he's gay and instead dates a handsome chiropractor, while Brian is propositioned by a potentially lucrative client of his firm. Meanwhile, Justin struggles to repair his fractured relationship with his mother Jennifer.

Season 1, Episode 6: The Art of Desperation
 First Aired: 21 Jan 2001
Michael's new chiropractor boyfriend gets into a tug of war with Brian over Michael, as Ted recovers from his O.D. by dating Roger, a stable but overweight chorus director. Also, Justin meets Lindsay, who is impressed with his artwork.

Season 1, Episode 7: Smells Like Codependence
 First Aired: 28 Jan 2001
Debbie meets Dr. David; Michael and Dr. David spend a weekend in the country; Justin's father learns the truth and decides to send Justin away to school; Brian's emotional hold on Michael and dislike for Dr. David intensifies.

Season 1, Episode 8: Babylon Boomerang
 First Aired: 4 Feb 2001
Justin's father attacks Brian outside Babylon; Michael gets a promotion at work; Justin moves in with Brian.

Season 1, Episode 9: Daddy Dearest (Sonny Boy)
 First Aired: 11 Feb 2001
A disastrous dinner party convinces Michael he and David have nothing in common. He tries to break up with David, who surprises Michael by asking him to move in with him. A trip to the emergency room reminds Melanie that she has no legal rights where Gus is concerned. Brian agrees to her and Lindsay's request that he relinquish his parental rights to Gus, much to Justin's dismay. After spending an unpleasant evening with his own alcoholic and abusive father, Brian changes his mind at the last minute. Emmett becomes addicted to cyber-sex.

Season 1, Episode 10: Queens of the Road
 First Aired: 18 Feb 2001
Brian throws Justin out after the loft is burglarized because Justin forgot to set the alarm. David pressures Michael to move in with him. Justin steals Brian's credit card and runs away to New York City, but Brian and the guys follow him and retrieve him with no difficulty beyond a flat tire en route. Debbie is upset that Michael is still contemplating David's offer, while Emmett knows Michael is concerned that Brian won't approve. Debbie lets Justin move into Michael's old room. After consulting Ted about her financial situation, Melanie offers Lindsay the chance to take a year off from work to be a stay-at-home mom for Gus, but the two are still beginning to drift apart. David breaks up with Michael when he tells him he's not ready to move in.

Season 1, Episode 11: Surprise!
 First Aired: 25 Feb 2001
Debbie is upset that Michael has ended things with David and takes her fury out on Brian, demanding that he give Michael a chance to grow up and have his own life. Brian throws Michael an elaborate surprise 30th birthday party, and then outs him to an unsuspecting Stacy. Michael is hurt and bewildered by Brian's actions, while everyone else is generally disgusted. Ted gets tested when he discovers that one of his encounters is HIV positive. He's negative, but Emmett (who got tested for moral support) is unable to get his results until Monday. Emmett spends the weekend convinced he's positive and makes a pact with God that he'll give up sex with men if the test results are negative. Debbie realizes that Brian's "betrayal" was the push she wanted him to give Michael, and for that she is grateful. Michael asks David if the offer to move in is still open. Emmett finally gets the good news that he is negative.

Season 1, Episode 12: Move It or Lose It
 First Aired: 4 Mar 2001
Michael is still not speaking to Brian. Tracy is more upset that Michael has been lying to her than she is about his being gay, but they work things out. Michael and David enjoy their new found domestic bliss, though not without a few bumps. A miserable Brian begins spending his free time with Ted, his son and their mothers. Ted is delighted because he's getting Brian's numerous rejects, but his constant presence is driving Melanie crazy. Determined to give up men forever, Emmett joins a "conversion therapy" group. Lindsay and Melanie continue to fight about Brian, finances and their future. Realizing how much Michael and Brian care about each other, Justin engineers sort-of a reconciliation between them.

Season 1, Episode 13: Very Stupid People
 First Aired: 11 Mar 2001
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.

Season 1, Episode 14: A Change of Heart
 First Aired: 18 Mar 2001
Ryder asks Brian to stay home until the harassment suit with Kip is resolved, leaving Brian feeling like he's considered guilty until proven innocent. At "See the Light" Emmett meets Heather, a similarly struggling lesbian. Melanie agrees to defend Brian in the harassment suit. David doesn't want Michael to get involved in Brian's problems. Ted and Melanie are stunned when they run into Emmett and Heather, who are on a date. Michael lies to David that he needs to stay with a sick Debbie in order to get out of dinner so he can go to Brian's and cheer him up, not realizing that David will check up on her to make sure she's alright. David then finds Michael and Brian at Woody's, where they are drunk and playing guitars as they relive high school memories. Justin seduces Kip, and then them tells him he's 17 and that his father will come after him with the police unless he does something for Justin. David and Michael argue about the lying and Brian's importance in Michael's life.

Season 1, Episode 15: The Ties That Bind
 First Aired: 1 Apr 2001
Lindsay reluctantly leaves Gus with Brian while she goes out of town for a conference. David's 12-year-old son Hank comes for a visit that David has planned down to the very minute. Jack tells Brian he has cancer and only has a few more months. Hank tells Michael he didn't want to visit, that he's only here because his mother made him. Debbie advises Brian to be honest with his father before he dies. Brian leaves Gus with Justin so he can go to the Leather Ball at Babylon, a move that will earn him angry castigations from both Melanie and Lindsay. Ted discovers that a former business school classmate is an award-winning "Leather Daddy" whose house includes a dungeon-themed playroom. Ted refuses Dale's proposal to be his "slave." Michael thinks Hank hates visiting his father because he's gay, but it's really because of David's itineraries and over-planning. The two end up bonding over a mutual love for comic books.

Season 1, Episode 16: French Fried
 First Aired: 8 Apr 2001
Michael is growing tired of David's paying for everything. It reaches a breaking point when he learns that David is not cashing the checks for his share of the monthly expenses. When his homeroom teacher ignores the bullying and name-calling that Chris and his friends are directing at Justin and another student they think is gay, he curses out the teacher and draws a suspension. Melanie goes to the house to try reconciling with Lindsay, only to find a strange Frenchman living there who won't even let her in to see Gus. Debbie counsels Justin on dealing with homophobia at school. David agrees they will only do things both he and Michael can afford, even if that means canceling the surprise trip to Paris he'd planned for them. Both Melanie and Brian want an explanation from Lindsay, who tells them that Guillaume is a friend and colleague who has moved in to help with expenses and to help take care of Gus.

Season 1, Episode 17: Solution
 First Aired: 15 Apr 2001
Michael returns from Paris as if he's joined a higher income bracket with all the things David has bought him: new car, expensive clothes, and no time for Brian and the others. The harassment at school continues for Justin, but his request for a gay-straight student alliance is still denied. Lindsay continues ahead with her plan to marry Guillaume despite Brian's warning she's marrying the wrong person. Guillaume counters Brian's threat to call Immigration by reminding him that Lindsay could go to jail over their green-card marriage, then pushes Brian's buttons by suggesting that he might adopt Gus to make their arrangement look more convincing.

Season 1, Episode 18: Surprise Kill
 First Aired: 22 Apr 2001
Brian discovers David at the baths; Justin finds out his parents are getting a divorce; Ted reconnects with Blake; a hunk from Babylon hits on Michael.

Season 1, Episode 19: Good Grief!
 First Aired: 29 Apr 2001
From The Showtime Media Site:\nIn the throes of a hot session Brian gets upsetting news; Daphne asks Justin to be her first time; Ted wants Blake, despite his crystal meth addiction.

Season 1, Episode 20: The King of Babylon
 First Aired: 10 Jun 2001
The annual contest, King of Babylon is up. The gang goes to Babylon, and Justin tells Brian we should go home to have sex. Brian responds, by if he can't find anyone, He'll be his back up. Justin gets fed up of Brian not wanting him. By this time, Brian has already found a guy, and is about to leave, when Justin name is called to be the next contestant. Justin turns the table, and does his stripper dance, that makes ever guy (including Brian's date) want him. Justin is crowned king, and Brian gets a bit jealous when Justin takes Brian's date and have a quick fuck downstairs.

Season 1, Episode 21: Running to Stand Still
 First Aired: 17 Jun 2001
Brian is chosen 'Ad person of the Year' and encouraged to take his talent to the Big Apple; Vic appears in court to plead his case; Blake gets a job; David's ex-wife's divorce takes him to Portland.

Season 1, Episode 22: Full Circle
 First Aired: 24 Jun 2001
From the Showtime Media Site:\nBrian turns 30; Michael and David prepare for their move to Portland; Ted faces the truth about Blake; Justin and Daphne attend their prom where a big surprise awaits; On his way to the airport, Michael receives a call from Brian.


Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: Home Is Where the Ass Is
 First Aired: 6 Jan 2002
After a month of rehab in the hospital Justin is given to his mother to take home. Brian visits Justin every night in the hospital but will not let the nurse tell Justin he was there. Lindsay, Melanie, Ted and Emmett go to Lindsay's sister's wedding and while giving the toast Lindsay ask Melanie to marry her. Justin goes in search of Brian and finds him at Woody's with Michael. Justin and Brian go back to his place where Brian talks about what happened to Justin on that night. Justin tells Brian it was not his fault and the two embrace. Justin then returns to home to a angry mother. The next day Daphne, Brian, and Justin are outside throwing a ball to help Justin get use of his hand when Justin's mom shows up and tells Justin she wants to talk to Brian alone. She then tells Brian to return her son back to him and to never see Justin again. Brian hands her the tennis ball and gets in his jeep and pulls away.

Season 2, Episode 2: All Better Now
 First Aired: 13 Jan 2002
The boys are stuck. Ted's stuck in a career he no longer wants. Michael's stuck with the prospect of returning to his dead-end career at the Big Q. Emmett's decided he's stuck with an ass that needs surgical enhancement. Justin's stuck in the worst situation of all. Since the attack, he has nightmares about Chris Hobbs, and he recoils from physical contact.\nJennifer is having trouble not only reaching, but even touching her son. Deb hints that Brian may be best suited to the job, but Jennifer refuses. When Justin throws a violent tantrum at home after Brian won't see him, Jennifer asks Brian to do whatever it takes to reach him. Seeking advice from a former trick (also a psychiatrist), Brian is told that Justin must relive the experience in order to process it and move on. But, Brian's best efforts to recreate the fateful prom night for Justin are ineffectual.\nAnother day at the office means another day for Ted to surf cumquik.com. It's his last day, after Mr. Wertshafter catches him.

Season 2, Episode 3: Hypocrisy: Don't Do It
 First Aired: 20 Jan 2002
Ted's favorite author is in town, while Michael tries to reconnect with Brian.

Season 2, Episode 4: Pride
 First Aired: 27 Jan 2002
Brian, Michael, Justin, Emmett, Ted, Lindsay, Melanie, and Debbie overcome obstacles to show their PRIDE.

Season 2, Episode 5: ...Wherever That Dream May Lead You
 First Aired: 3 Feb 2002
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.\nMeanwhile, 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.

Season 2, Episode 6: Mixed Blessings
 First Aired: 10 Feb 2002
Ben Bruckner, a customer at Michael's comic book store, teaches a gay studies course at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University. Invited by Ben to give a lecture on homoeroticism in superhero comics, Michael doubts his own intellectual abilities and fails to appear. Later, Ben reassures Michael, who, speaking from his heart, charms the students. Attracted to each other, Ben and Michael kiss as a prelude to sex, but Ben stops to warn Michael that he is HIV positive.\nMeanwhile, Ted and Emmett enlist well-endowed porn star Zack O'Tool to appear live on Ted's failing, pornographic Web site, but he cancels at the last minute. Desperate, Ted persuades Emmett to perform in Zack's place, and, surprisingly, Emmett's appearance generates big revenue for Ted. Lindsay expresses disgust for pornography, but she becomes sexually aroused by Melanie's photos, taken during college, in an old men's magazine. Justin moves out of Brian's condo, but Brian asks him to return. The two negotiate certain ground rules.

Season 2, Episode 7: The Leper (Hath the Babe Not Eyes?)
 First Aired: 17 Feb 2002
Debbie abandons her usual liberal rhetoric when she learns that Michael's new boyfriend, Ben, has HIV. She tells Michael to stop dating Ben, and her harsh attitude causes a rift between Debbie and Uncle Vic (recurring guest star JACK WETHERALL). Michael continues his relationship with Ben despite the pleas of his mother and friends. But when the moment arrives for Ben and Michael to consummate their relationship, Michael has a change of heart after seeing the multitude of prescription bottles in Ben's medicine cabinet.\nMeanwhile, Lindsay's parents, the Petersons, refuse to contribute financially to Lindsay and Melanie's wedding because it's "not real." Invited to brunch by Lindsay and Melanie, the Petersons cancel at the last minute. Brian transforms the depressing brunch into a swinging party by spiking the punch with the drug Ecstasy, and Lindsay finally decides she does not need her parents' acceptance of her lifestyle. Emmett and Ted quarrel about who is responsible for the success

Season 2, Episode 8: Love for Sale
 First Aired: 3 Mar 2002
Justin's Mother tries to talk to Justin into going to a party, with people his own age. He brushes her off at first, but decides to go to the party. He gets bored, and cruises people. But when a girl cruises him, he hides. He finds a guy who he know is gay and they later go upstairs, and start to have sex. The guy then starts to develop a crush on Justin (sound familiar?) and with his evil Brian Kinney ways, Justin gives the guy an intimate kiss.\nMichael tries to find his perfect match, by trying those online match makers.

Season 2, Episode 9: Accentuate the Positive
 First Aired: 10 Mar 2002
Michael fights to get Ben back into his life - he has to prove he can handle the HIV-positive situation. Brian is introduced to his mother's minister - but they've already met (not in church). Ted has a really hard time dealing with some performance enhancing drugs.

Season 2, Episode 10: Priorities, Please! (Beat the Time)
 First Aired: 17 Mar 2002
Michael is distraught over the comic book death of his hero (Captain Astro) and sets out on a holy quest (petition) to bring him back to life. Debbie is shocked to discover the body of a boy Justin's age in a dumpster behind the diner. She is even more shocked however when she sees how little regard the others are all paying the situation. Michael soon begins to realize how shallow they are all being and begins to mourn the death of the nameless boy.\nEmmet wants George to come out and meet his friends, and see Babylon after he learns that George had only been into a gay bar once thirty years ago in San Francisco. He convinces him to join him, and the two have a lovely time. When Emmet wants George to come the next night however he confides he is tired. The two decide to go to the opera (Emmet's first) and the first in years for George. After coming out he put himself into voluntary exile and refused to go, even though it was one of his favorite things to do. During intermission George's ex-wife shows up and the two exchange words before Emmet, fed up with her insinuations puts her in her place.\nMelanie is not amused with Lindsay's extravagant ideas for their wedding, not wanting to be a wet blanket she must balance her feelings for Lindsay and the wedding, with her feelings of responsibility to the bottom line. Lindsay's mother calls her and explains that she will not allow her late grandmother's dress to be worn by a lesbian, saying that her grandmother never would have allowed it. Lindsay, furious with this, enters her parents house when they are out and tries to steal the dress for herself. Rather than locating the dress however she finds a small satchel of letters from a woman Lindsay had never heard about. As she and Melanie begin to read them they realize that her grandmother was gay, and during the war had an affair with another woman.\nJustin is now starting to develop a fascination with the murder, saying he and Brian are being too irresponsible, and that it could have just as easily have been them killed. Brian engages Justin in a very disturbing bit of role playing when he begins to choke him momentarily to illustrate a point. Later, at the bar Justin catches up with Brian as he's leaving with another trick, of whom he doesn't even know the name of. Justin expresses his concern, but Brian, in his typical manner blows him off.

Season 2, Episode 11: The Wedding
 First Aired: 31 Mar 2002
It's days before Lindsay and Melanie's wedding. At a pre-wedding celebration, their friend Leda offers them a tarot reading from Marilyn. Marilyn warns them that they cannot get married on their wedding day because astrological reasons will cause certain disasters to occur. Unwilling to listen to Marilyn, Lindsay and Melanie continue with their wedding plans. However, everything goes wrong: wedding cake is delayed, Lindsay's wedding dress is ruined by the drycleaners, the wedding rings are missing, and the hall that they rented has shut down for salmonella poisoning. Lindsay also has a few panic attacks, and later concludes that these disasters were happening because the world was trying to tell them that they should not get married because they are gay.\nBrian, who won at free trip to the white party in Miami, decided he would rather skip the wedding and go get laid. But when things go wrong for the two brides, he gathers up everyone to save the wedding.

Season 2, Episode 12: One Degree of Brian Kinney
 First Aired: 7 Apr 2002
Still upset about finding the body in the dumpster, and outraged by the aparent lack of progress Debbie sets out to do some detective work on her own. Her quest eventually pays off and she is able to notify the police of her findings. Meanwhile, Michael is distraught to learn that Ben has slept with Brian two years back.

Season 2, Episode 13: It's Because I'm Gay, Right?
 First Aired: 14 Apr 2002
Michael wonders what his connection is to a celebrated Drag Queen who shares a past with Debbie; Justin decides to become a go-go dancer to pay his tuition.

Season 2, Episode 14: The Dangers of Sex and Drugs
 First Aired: 28 Apr 2002
Justin is rolling in money, but his schoolwork suffers; Carl asks Debbie out; George asks Emmett to accompany him on a world tour.

Season 2, Episode 15: Rage Against This Machine
 First Aired: 5 May 2002
Brian is jealous when Michael and Justin decide to start a comic book; Leda offers to renovate Mel and Lindsay's attic; Emmett is barred from George's funeral.

Season 2, Episode 16: You Say It's Your Birthday! I Couldn't Care Less!
 First Aired: 12 May 2002
For his birthday, Melanie and Lindsay take Justin to a violin recital, where he meets a sexy new guy.

Season 2, Episode 17: You Can Leda Girl to Pussy
 First Aired: 26 May 2002
Brian tries to impress his new boss; Emmett inherits a large gift from George.

Season 2, Episode 18: Sick, Sick, Sick
 First Aired: 2 Jun 2002
Michael faces a nightmare after Ben is taken to hospital; Justin thinks Brian isn't as romantic as Ethan; Emmett receives a tempting offer to not reveal his relationship with George.

Season 2, Episode 19: Bowling for Equality
 First Aired: 9 Jun 2002
Michael debates whether to tell Brian about Justin's unfaithfulness; Melanie and Lindsay decide that they've had enough of Leda.

Season 2, Episode 20: Out With a Whimper
 First Aired: 16 Jun 2002
Justin must decide who he should be with, Brian or Ethan; Ben tells Michael he is going away for six months; Ted reveals his true feelings to Emmett.


Season 3

Season 3, Episode 1: Mad Dog Kinney
 First Aired: 2 Mar 2003
After Justin leaves Babylon with Ethan everyone is stunned to see that Justin is with someone else other than Brian. Michael springs it on them that Justin and Brian are broken up and Justin is seeing Ethan now. Then the club shuts down and everyone goes home together including Ted and Emmett. The next dat at the diner Melanie and Lindsay ask Ted and Emmett the gory details of their sexcapades last night and they lie and say it was a blast. The truth is both Ted and Emmett aren't ready to have sex yet but they keep this from the others. Justin wakes up happily in Ethan's arms and then goes to work at the Diner. Ethan is worried that Justin might still have feelings for Brian but Justin reassures Ethan that they're finished. When Justin goes to Brian's l;oft to get his things he has memories of all the sex he and Brian had together but then he moves on. When he goes to the Diner Michael confronts him and tells him that he's a traitor for cheating on Brian and to leave Pittsburg and neve

Season 3, Episode 2: House Full of Children
 First Aired: 9 Mar 2003
Without Brian, Justin has no way of paying his college tuition and faces dropping out of school. Justin's mother recommends he ask his father for the money, but his dad refuses. After imploring a financial aid officer to defer tuition until after he graduates, Justin learns that it has already been paid. Ethan thinks Justin's dad changed his mind, but Justin knows the truth. He stops by the loft to thank Brian, who again urges him to work with Michael on the comic book. Meanwhile, Brian interrupts a quiet evening at home for Ben and Michael, who end up accompanying him to Babylon. Brian's continuing need for Michael's companionship since Justin left puts a strain on Michael's relationship with Ben, who suggests that he find his own apartment. Ted and Emmett's first sexual experience proves extremely satisfying for both. But Emmett's sexual rendezvous with a flight attendant, with whom he had made a date prior to becoming involved with Ted, severely tests Ted and Emmett's newfound romance. Meanwhile, Melanie and Lindsay argue about having a second child. Lindsay does not want to be pregnant again and tells Melanie to bear the child herself, if she wants it so desperately. Melanie confides her fears about motherhood to Debbie, who offers reassurance.

Season 3, Episode 3: Doctors of Dickology
 First Aired: 16 Mar 2003
Brian tells Lindsay that he will help with the Gay and Lesbian Center's "Carnivale" fund-raiser—for 20 percent of the take. After the center's board members learn that Brian has lined up corporate sponsors to match the proceeds up to $100,000, they agree to his price. For $500, Brian hires Justin to create a poster, and Ethan expresses concern about Brian's motive to Justin. Brian's "Carnivale," an exotic, erotic assortment of outrageous sideshow performances and games, scandalizes Melanie and Lindsay, as well as the rest of the board, but is a huge financial success. Brian buys a Corvette with his earnings. Meanwhile, Debbie joins the boys' gym, much to Michael's consternation, and starts to diet in order to make herself desirable to her beau, Detective Carl Horvath. She confides to Ted and Emmett that, being out of practice, she fears she will disappoint him in bed. To guarantee Horvath's satisfaction, Ted and Emmett proceed to teach her how to perform oral sex. Debbie succeeds so well that Horvath makes an offhand comment about how much practice she must have had in the past to be so accomplished, making Debbie feel like a whore. She angrily tells him to leave. Ted and Emmett try to repair the damage by telling Horvath the truth. He is so touched that Debbie has made such an effort to please him that he goes to Debbie to apologize—but not before getting some pointers on pleasing a woman from two lesbian cops. Her endometriosis cured with a simple outpatient procedure, Melanie can now bear a child. She and Lindsay ask Brian to donate sperm again so that Gus and their second child will be related by blood. After first refusing, Brian later relents, but Melanie changes her mind about having Brian father her child. Ben's ex-lover Paul, who infected him with HIV, dies in an AIDS hospice. A panicked Ben becomes obsessed with his gym workouts, finally turning to steroids to pack on muscle as a hedge against the potential wasting effects of the disease.

Season 3, Episode 4: Brat-Sitting
 First Aired: 30 Mar 2003
While reluctantly taking care of his obnoxious nephew John as a favor to his sister, Brian finds the boy stealing money from his wallet. Not only is John unrepentant, he berates Brian with a barrage of antigay slurs. Brian takes John to the bathroom, sticks the boy's head in the toilet and flushes. Infuriated, John vows revenge. He accuses Brian of molesting him, and the police take Brian to the station for questioning. Justin tracks down John at an arcade and notices that he's wearing Brian's trademark seashell bracelet. Detective Horvath, Debbie, and Justin go to see Brian's sister to confront her son about the bracelet. John finally admits the truth, and the charges against Brian are dropped. Justin returns the bracelet to Brian and tenderly ties it around Brian's wrist. Melanie and Lindsay ask Michael to be the father of their second child, and he agrees. But when they ask him to sign a document whereby he surrenders all parental rights, Michael refuses. Later, Melanie tears up the document, and Michael, Melanie, and Lindsay begin planning for the baby's conception together. Meanwhile, obsessively neat Ted asks messy Emmett to move in with him, and disaster results. They decide to look for a house so that they will have plenty of space to be themselves. And Ben boosts his workouts ... and his steroid use.

Season 3, Episode 5: There's Nothing Noble About Being Poor
 First Aired: 6 Apr 2003
Debbie tries hard to sign up new gay voters on Liberty Avenue to defeat antigay 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.

Season 3, Episode 6: One Ring to Rule Them All
 First Aired: 30 Mar 2003
Michael sees Ben injecting steroids again and finally confronts him. Citing his HIV-positive status, Ben defends his drug use, telling Michael that, as an HIV-negative man, he simply cannot understand the constant anxiety about remaining healthy. Brian witnesses Ben purchasing drugs at the gym and tells him that he's harming not only himself but also his relationship with Michael. Ben slams Brian against a row of lockers, leaving Brian with a nasty gash. In choosing the décor for their new house, Ted and Emmett weigh the pros and cons of remaining true to their gay selves versus fitting in with their straight suburban neighbors. Ted and Emmett attend a "welcome to the neighborhood" dinner hosted by the couple next door, but during the event, Ted is arrested for employing an underage person at his pornographic Web site. Ted's arrest is part of Police Chief Jim Stockwell's crackdown on gay businesses that pander to prurient interests. The chief, a candidate for mayor, vows to clean up Liberty Avenue and make it family-friendly. Brian creates a sexy television commercial for Stockwell's mayoral campaign, boosting the chief's rating in the polls. Justin brings Daphne to the apartment he shares with Ethan, who is being interviewed there by a journalist. Ethan introduces Justin as his cousin and Daphne as Justin's girlfriend. After an awkward moment, Justin and Daphne leave. Daphne tells Justin that, despite his problems with Brian, he never denied his relationship with Justin. When Ethan substitutes for an ill soloist with the Harrisburg Symphony, Justin secretly attends the concert. After the performance, Justin is about to surprise Ethan with his presence when he spies Ethan talking to and leaving with a pretty young man.

Season 3, Episode 7: Stop Hurting Us
 First Aired: 6 Apr 2003
With Melanie at his side, Ted faces court on charges of employing a minor in his adult web site business. The bail is set at 100.000 $. Ethan recaps his previous night's success with Justin who is jealous of Ethan's admirer(s). Debbie pisses-in on Vic's new poz boyfriend Rodney. Thanks to Ted's demise, chief Stockwell is scoring points with his voters and Brian is to help him "purify" Liberty Avenue. Michael is vividly contemplating the whole "I'm sick, you are not – thus, you don't understand" situation with Ben which only escalates with Ben's steroid-induced rage and the upcoming memorial service for his ex. Ted is out on bail but is sure to stand a though trial. Desperate, he decides to ask Brian to pull some of his Stockwellian strings bur fails to enlist his support. Michael and Brian try to work on the 2nd edition of rage. Emmet shows up at Brian's office and begs Brian to help Ted. Vic invites Rodney over for dinner, introducing him to Debbie and Michael. Rodney shares his view on poz-neg relationships. Brian and Stockwell share a game of racquetball and later, in the steam room, Brian persuades him not to pursue the Schmidt trial. Justin and Ethan share a romantic moment only to be interrupted by a visit from Ethan's new admirer. Fed up with Ben's behavior, Michael confronts him in an interesting manner. Ethan admits his unfaithfulness to Justin and after a short "Relationships 101" discussion Justin takes off Ethan's ring and leaves him. Melanie informs Ted that the prosecution decided to go easy on him so he will have to shut down his web site in exchange for his freedom. After a night spent on the couch, Ben tells Michael that he will stop using steroids and invites him to the memorial service. Melanie gets pregnant. Ted and Emmet have to give up the house due to Ted's court fees. While cruising Babylon's backroom, Brian sees Justin betting busy with a guy and they share glances. Curtains.

Season 3, Episode 8: Hunt(er) for Love
 First Aired: 13 Apr 2003
Police Chief Stockwell's cleanup of Liberty Avenue forces young street hustlers to find a new hangout, and they congregate in Ben and Michael's neighborhood. When the rowdy teens keep Ben and Michael awake at night, Ben asks them to disperse. One of them offers to have unsafe sex with Ben for a price. The next morning, Ben and Michael find the same boy asleep in their hallway and take him to breakfast at the diner. Later, the teenager is beaten up in front of Ben and Michael's apartment building, and Ben brings the youth inside to stay overnight, much to Michael's dismay. When the kid leaves the next day, Ben gives him $100, but wants to do more to help him.\n\nJustin becomes Daphne's roommate. Daphne attributes Justin's depression to his recent breakup with Ethan and is surprised when Justin tells her he made a horrible mistake leaving Brian. At Daphne's suggestion, Justin schemes to get back into Brian's life by showing up wherever Brian is. Justin applies for an internship at Vanguard, the advertising agency where Brian works. Reluctant at first, Brian finally approves Justin's internship, but later fires him when he interferes during a presentation to a client. Justin asks for a second chance, and he and Brian make love in Brian's office.\n\nLindsay takes a job at an art gallery and hires Emmett as a party planner for the opening of an exhibition of Impressionist paintings. The event is a success, but mother-to-be Melanie and the unemployed Ted, previously the successful careerists in their respective relationships, experience a strange role reversal as they watch their mates triumph in their new occupations.

Season 3, Episode 9: Big Fucking Mouth
 First Aired: 11 May 2003
At Woody's bar, Debbie emcees a charity strip contest during which one of the contestants goes too far and exposes himself to the crowd. A plainclothes policeman in the audience orders the patrons to leave, and the bar is closed. Debbie organizes a protest and publicly condemns Stockwell as a homophobe, putting her beau, Detective Horvath, in an awkward situation. Stockwell maintains that illegal activity at Woody's caused its closing and mentions Brian as proof that he is not a homophobe.\n\nMichael arranges a job interview for Ted with Tracy, now the manager of the Q Mart. Overqualified for the position of assistant bookkeeper, Ted is stunned and angry when the regional manager hires another "more qualified" applicant. Later, bartending for party planner boyfriend Emmett, Ted experiences further humiliation after overhearing Garth Racine refer to him as "nobody." Out shopping for wine for a get-together with all their friends at his and Emmett's apartment, Ted returns extremely drunk and ruins the evening when he inadvertently shoves Emmett in the kitchen.\n\nMelanie wants to work on the appeal of a woman who lost child custody rights to her abusive, drunken spouse due to her lesbianism. Knowing a career-making, landmark decision will be rendered in the case, Melanie tries to renege on an earlier promise to Lindsay to lighten her workload in preparation for motherhood.

Season 3, Episode 10: Uncle Ben
 First Aired: 18 May 2003
Stockwell's crackdown on Liberty Avenue's sex-related businesses continues with the closing of all bathhouses and the back room at Babylon. Justin responds by defacing Stockwell campaign posters, painting a Hitler moustache on the mayoral candidate's face and adding the slogan "Heil to the Chief." As Justin prepares his own poster with Stockwell sporting a clown nose and labeled "Laughing Stock," Brian tells him to stop, but Justin refuses. Later Brian capitulates and helps Justin paste the posters up on Liberty Avenue.\n\nBen receives a call from Allegheny General Hospital regarding Hunter, the teenage hustler whom Ben previously tried to help and who has named Ben as his legal guardian on the hospital's admissions form. Hunter had been admitted for a kidney infection, but tests reveal that he also has HIV. Having ordered Ben to avoid further involvement with the youth, Michael softens his hard-line stance with the revelation of Hunter's HIV status.\n\nExhausted from work, Melanie collapses and is taken to the hospital by Michael, who has been keeping a watchful eye on her wherever she goes. Although Melanie is fine, the incident scares her into making her pregnancy her highest priority. And Ted takes a dangerous detour on his way to a weekend getaway at a country inn and instead rents a room at the sleazy Paradise Motel, where he snorts cocaine and participates in an orgy.

Season 3, Episode 11: Poster May Lead to the Truth
 First Aired: 25 May 2003
While the gang becomes continually frustrated with Stockwell's enforcements of anti-drug and public sex laws on Liberty Avenue, Ben and Micheal are becoming more concerned than ever with the behavior of Hunter, the hussler who, thanks to his HIV positive status, Ben now feels partially responsible for. Meanwhile, Emmett's attempts to cheer Ted up have been failing rather miserably...especially one night when Ted doesn't come home.....

Season 3, Episode 12: Drugs, Sex and Lies
 First Aired: 8 Jun 2003
Michael tries to adapt to the fact they have a third person living with them and he and Ben are arguing whether or not they should give him a key to the apartment.\nMeanwhile Emmet is worried sick about Ted. Mel and Lindsay visit him and tell him that every penny of Gus' money has re-appeared in his account, not knowing that Emmet was the one that replaced it. He tells Mel and Lindsay that Ted disappeared two days ago.\nWhile reading RAGE in Michael's store, Hunter's tells him that a hero like Rage would never exist. That very moment Brian walks in telling he is throwing a party.\nTed comes home and Emmet confronts him with the fact that he abandoned him for a white party and that he stole money from a baby. Ted says he changed and it's all in the past, but Emmet does not believe and trust him.\nHunter tells Debbie that he knew dumpster-boy and saw him leave with a cop on the night he got killed. Debbie tells this to the police but they say the case is closed by Stockwell.

Season 3, Episode 13: Tweaked-Out, Fucked-Out Crystal Queen
 First Aired: 15 Jun 2003
While Justin and Brian try to figure out a better way to get hard evidence from dumpster-boy's killer, Hunter presents them with a condom filled with sperm.\nEmmet and Ted drift further apart when Ted wants to keep using drugs when having sex.\nBrian brings the hard evidence to the police, but Horvach tells it's still not enough. Justin gets word he has to apologize to the board for his actions during his internship. Brian tells him he should apologize, but Justin doesn't really want to.\nAfter a big fight about Hunter going after the killer, he overhears Ben saying to Michael that he wants to give up trying to help him, since he obviously doesn't listen.\nThe next day, hunter changes his behaviour and makes an appointment with a new school.They then find out Hunter's birthday was only a week ago and throw him a surprise party. During that party Emmet walks in, upset, telling Michael that Ted kicked him out. Mel and Lindsay offer him to stay with them.

Season 3, Episode 14: The Election
 First Aired: 22 Jun 2003
Queer as Folk's Third Season Finale starts with only a few more days untill a new mayor is selected and Brian realizes that he must do something to stop Stockwell. A thing Justin also sets in motion by saying there should be a real rage, who could change everyone's mind about Stockwell.\nIn the meantime Melanie almost passes her first trimester, which makes her nervous because her mother miscarried in her 11th week and Emmet gets a visit from Ted.\nMichael and Ben get a visit from Hunter's mother. When they tell Hunter he tries to run away again, but is stopped by Ben. He then tells them the truth and why his mother wants him back. When Hunter's mom comes to get her son and they refuse to give him up she goes to the authorities, which results in Michael and Hunter running away from the police.\nAlso, Ted gets a serious wake-up call when he sees himself getting fucked by several men on TV, without recalling any of it, and submits himself into a drug clinic.


Season 4

Season 4, Episode 1: Just a Little Help
 First Aired: 18 Apr 2004
This heartwarming season opener picks up more or less where the previous season left off. Having lost his job, and a pile of money keeping Stockwell away from the mayoral position, Brian finds himself falling on hard times financially, though he refuses to admit it. Though he is offered his old job back, Brian passes because of a contractural obligation that would force him not to work for a competitor. When Brian tries to start his own agency (lovingly named ""Kinnetic"" by Justin,) all his clients turn him down, forcing him to accept donations from a fund raising put together by his friends.\nTed, still not able to put his life back together, leaves rehab, despite being ""clean"". A visit from Em provokes nothing but further fights between the two, partially revolving around Ted's now-rather-close-relationship to Blake. The audience is left unsure if they will ever reconcile.\nWhen Micheal and Hunter finally return from their road trip, Ben and Micheal struggle to win custody of Hunter fro

Season 4, Episode 2: Stand Up for Ourselves
 First Aired: 25 Apr 2004
Brian struggles to obtain a new list of clientelle, but discovers he can win back one of the accounts his old firm has by re-inventing their ad campaign.\nJustin struggles to deal with the gay-bashing of his friend, and decides to join the group of gay rebels, ""The Pink Posse"", in order to protect the citizens of libery avenue from gay bashing.\nTed leaves rehab, but doesn't manage to leave Blake behind, when Blake willingly hands over his phone number, urging Ted to ""call anytime"". Blake comes over to help Ted throw out his ""triggers""- things that might cause Ted to have painful memories or things that might tempt him to use again. Blake offers to crash at Ted's place for the night to make sure Ted will be okay, and he sleeps on the couch, leaving the lingering tension between them at a standstill.\nEmmett and Michael join the ""fairies"", a strange sort of gay wilderness retreat. Emmett struggles at first, finding himself unable to ""believe in the fairy magic"" until he talks things over w

Season 4, Episode 3: Starting a Whole New Life
 First Aired: 2 May 2004
Now out of rehab, Ted and Blake discuss what Ted will do with his life now. When Ted confesses that he'd always dreamed of being an opera singer, Blake offers encourgement, motivating Ted to get a job as a singing waiter at an Italian restaurant. Michael, in an attempt to reconnect with Ted and show his support, gets the gang together for a surprise visit to the restaurant. Upset with the fact that everyone has been offering support for Ted and not him, Emmett refuses to go. As he's about to sing, Ted spots the gang at the restaurant and freezes. He becomes angry and upset that they came to see him unannounced and uninvited.\nJennifer shows Brian a few upscale spaces for his new company, Kinnetik, but Brian wants a space that reflects his abstract way of thinking. When she shows him a former bathhouse space, Brian agrees that's it's perfect for Kinnetik's new headquarters.\nVic and Rodney aren't finding much time to be alone, due in part to Debbie. They decide to get a place together an

Season 4, Episode 4: Escalating Violence
 First Aired: 9 May 2004
Brian achieves success, as the headquarters for Kinnetik are finally set up and ready to go. However, Brian runs into a dilemma when he recieves news that the funds for a client's ad in Heat Magazine have yet to obtained; Brian worries about getting the payment in by the deadline and enlists the last minute help of Ted, who solves this problem with ease and total efficiency. Thinking he could use this kind of help at the agency, Brian offers Ted a position; Ted, just beginning his new life, feels he is not ready and declines.\nAlso,in an effort to ""beef up"" the Pink Posse and get the Posse prepared to take on ""trouble before it starts"", Cody pursuades Justin and the rest of the Pink Posse to train in a boxing ring. Justin, however, has his doubts as does the rest of the Posse, who walk out in an effort to keep themselves out of trouble and from getting themselves hurt; Cody decides to take Justin to hear a preacher speak about the sins of homosexuality at a nearby church, to help subsid

Season 4, Episode 5: How Far You Can Go
 First Aired: 16 May 2004
Cody decides to take Justin to a firing range; while they are there, Justin tells Cody the story of Chris Hobbs and the incident surrounding Brian, himself and the assault. Cody shocks and surprises him by bringing him to the construction site where Chris Hobbs works so that Justin has the chance to confront him about what he did. Justin, however, feels unprepared, and backs down. Convinced that Justin has to confrot Chris Hobbs for what he put him through, they go to his house, where Justin demands an apology. Seeing no reason to apologize and holding no remorse, Chris refuses, until Cody hands Justin a gun, which he uses to force Chris Hobbs to his knees to make him apologize; he does, yet Cody tells Justin that it is not enough and urges him to do more than simply make him apologize. Justin says that an apology is all he needed and, realizing Cody has gone too far, hands him the gun, and leaves.\nMelanie, meanwhile ,is shocked and offended when her clients agree to let her partner, L

Season 4, Episode 6: Death In the Family
 First Aired: 23 May 2004
Michael and Justin receive a letter from a famous action film director by the name of Brett Keller, who is interested in turning ""Rage"" into a live-action feature film! Michael and Hunter are thrilled, but Ben is less than enthusiastic, stating that he's not interested in Brett Keller's ""world of mindless entertainment"". Justin and Michael, however, decide they'll consider Keller's offer, but Justin has second thoughts when Ben tells him that once Keller owns the rights to ""Rage"", he could do whatever he pleases,including making Rage a straight character.\nWhen Brian and Justin each think that a new guy they spot in Babylon is checking them out, they make a bet to see which one he's interested in. If Justin wins, Brian will take him on a trip to Ibiza. And if Brian wins, Justin will go back to school. Within a few days, Brian is winning the bet but receives shocking news when the guy, a doctor, tells Brian he has a lump on his testicle.\nLindsay discovers that artist Sam Auerbach is in t

Season 4, Episode 7: Preponderance of Death
 First Aired: 30 May 2004
Brian is diagnosed with testicular cancer. The prognosis, however, is good; once the afflicted testicle is removed he'll have a 99% chance of survival. Brian is also warned that if he opts not to have surgery, the cancer will spread. Brian decides to keep the news to himself and begins to push everybody away-including Justin.\nKnowing Ted needs to focus on himself right now, Blake decides not to continue a physical relationship with him. Feeling dejected, Ted visits Babylon where his old crystal buddies tempt him. He discreetly purchases a vial from Dr. C, but rushes out of the club when he spots Emmett and Justin at the bar.\nMichael and Ben catch Hunter smoking a joint. Later, he gets into a fight with a fellow student at school. They begin to understand Hunter's self-destructive behavior after he indicates that Vic's death has confirmed his own mortality. Ben helps him understand that HIV is not a death sentence-he's going to be around for a long time.\nIt's the day of Vic's funeral, a

Season 4, Episode 8: Two Kinds of Lies
 First Aired: 6 Jun 2004
Brian returns from the hospital but leads everyone to believe he'd been in Ibiza. Justin discovers the truth when he overhears a message for Brian from the hospital's oncology department. He asks Michael if he knows anything about it, but Michael is just as shocked as Justin. Knowing that if Brian wanted anyone to know he would've told them, they decide to keep Brian's secret to themselves. Michael, however, later admits to Brian that he knows about his testicular cancer and that Justin is the one who told him.\nMichael and Justin meet with Brett Keller, a Hollywood producer who wants to make Rage into a feature film. Michael and Justin are pleased to learn that Brett has no intention of compromising Rage's sexuality. Later at Babylon, Ben meets Brett, who he tells he's not a fan of the ""mindless entertainment"" Brett produces. Michael is furious at Ben for insulting Brett. When Ben tells Michael he thinks Brett is a sell-out, Michael accuses him of being jealous.\nIn another attempt to m

Season 4, Episode 9: Have Some Balls
 First Aired: 13 Jun 2004
Justin is furious with Michael for breaking their agreement and telling Brian that they know he's sick. Brian has thrown Justin out and doesn't want to see him again; Justin is at first fine with this decision, but when Justin finds out that it's because Brian doesn't want him to see him sick, Justin goes to the loft to take care of him. Justin plans to stand by Brian and their commitment.\nMichael receives two checks for ten thousand dollars each for he and Justin; Brett Keller has officially optioned to make Rage a feature film. At the same time, a rejection letter arrives for Ben from a publisher who seemed interested in his latest book. In an attempt to lift his spirits, Michael buys Ben a new computer but Ben refuses Michael's consolation prize.\nEmmett caters pro football player Drew Boyd's engagement party. When the macho athlete calls Emmett a flamer behind his back, Emmett confronts him. The following day, however, when Emmett arrives to pick up his check, he finds hunky Drew al

Season 4, Episode 10: The Snake In Paradise
 First Aired: 20 Jun 2004
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.\nMichael 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 bens 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.\nAt Kinnetik, Brian and Ted h

Season 4, Episode 11: Gay or Straight? That's the Question
 First Aired: 27 Jun 2004
The Center has hired top fund-raiser, Jeffrey Pendergrass, to help them raise money for the 2004 Liberty Ride. The proceeds will benefit Liberty House Hospice, which is currently in danger of shutting down. After seeing money being spent frivolously at the lavish kick-off party, Brian grows skeptical of Pendergass' motives. Realizing Pendergass seems to be the only one benefiting from the proceeds, Brian does some investigative work. When Brian reveals to Pendergass that he's discovered his questionable history with other fund-raising organizations, the top fund-raiser leaves town-claiming the money raised thus far in Pittsburgh will cover his expenses--barely, leaving nothing for the hospice.\nHunter has repeatedly missed his curfew leading Michael and Ben to wonder if he's hustling again. When they confront him, he tells them he's been studying with a friend. They continue to press him, and he finally admits the truth that he's been seeing someone. Michael and Ben are thrilled and tel

Season 4, Episode 12: Irritation and Separation
 First Aired: 4 Jul 2004
Brian's oncologist gives him a clean bill of health but insists that he take it easy. However, in an attempt to repair the devastation of the fund-raiser Jeffrey Pendergrass left in his wake, Brian decides to obtain Remson Pharmaceuticals' sponsorship (in the amount of $100,000) to participate in the Liberty Ride. Against his concerned friends' wishes, Brian starts to train for the Ride but quickly becomes exhausted and has trouble keeping up with the others in his spin class.\nEmmett makes an attempt to forget Drew, which is no simple task now that images of him as the Brown Athletics underwear model are plastered all over town. It seems to be just as hard for Drew to forget Emmett, as his game has been off and he has trouble sleeping (among other things), and keeping Emmett off of his mind. He finds Emmett at Debbie's and tells him he misses him. Later at the motel, Emmett asks Drew when he plans on telling Sierra about them; Drew doesn't think anyone has to know. Emmett finds he is i

Season 4, Episode 13: Proposal of Two Kinds
 First Aired: 11 Jul 2004
Michael, Ben, Hunter, Ted, and Justin are preparing for the Liberty Ride. Justin is surprised to find Brian has been secretly training in order to go with them. Justin supports him and is very proud and excited that they'll be riding together. However, Justin is ultimately the one who will have to bow out when Brett Keller requests that he fly to Hollywood to help him pitch Rage to the execs of the studio.\nWhile in spin class, Ted overhears a couple of guys excitedly talking about how last year's Ride included plenty of ""sex and drugs"". Worried he won't be able to stay sober without the support of the 12-step meetings he's become dependent on, Ted decides he won't be going on the Ride. When Emmett hears of this, he quickly decides to join the Ride to support Ted.\nMelanie, bed-ridden and still angry & disappointed with Lindsay, has become comfortable ordering her around. Lindsay, on the other hand, feels as though she's been being treated like hired help. When she confides her situation

Season 4, Episode 14: Liberty Ride
 First Aired: 18 Jul 2004
The Liberty Ride continues on to the US border. Michael and Ben have filled out a joint immigration form—just as all married couples do—however, US immigration won't recognize their Canadian marriage. Michael and Ben had expected this but attempted to cross the border as a married couple to prove a point. Debbie, on the other hand,is outraged. When Horvath asks Debbie about their wedding plans, she explains that she loves him, but she won't get married in a country where her son can't.\nTed's 12-step birthday falls during the Ride, and he's begun to feel the anxiety he'd expected after being away from his support system in Pittsburgh. Emmett finds a local meeting that they can attend, while still being able to rejoin the ride. However, Ted's anxiety is only fueled when they get lost in the woods. Emmett calms him by setting up an impromptu meeting—Emmett will be his audience. Reluctantly, Ted speaks. He thanks his good friends for standing by him.\nBack in Pittsburgh, Lindsay and Melanie


Season 5

Season 5, Episode 1: Move and Leave
 First Aired: 22 May 2005
The Gang is back!! Michael plans a party that doesn't go quite as planned. Justin makes a decision that will effect his future with Brian and Brian makes a sound investment in a new business venture with Ted's encouragement.

Season 5, Episode 2: Back In Business
 First Aired: 22 May 2005
Times are changing on Liberty Avenue. Justin returns and Brian re-opens Babylon. Michael makes a major decision regarding his daughter while Emmett gets a new job. Ted becomes the center of attention and makes some changes to his appearance.

Season 5, Episode 3: Fags Are No Different Than People
 First Aired: 29 May 2005
Brian and Michael's relationship is showing signs of strain as Michael embraces his new life with Ben and their family. Debbie decides to retire from the diner and a newcomer takes over.

Season 5, Episode 4: Hard Decisions
 First Aired: 5 Jun 2005
Brian's beliefs regarding marriage haven't changed. Debbie has difficulty adjusting to retirement and Ted decides to make some drastic changes in his life.

Season 5, Episode 5: Excluding and Abstemiousness
 First Aired: 12 Jun 2005
Brian has some news for Justin and ALL of his previous partners. Carl has a rival for Debbie's affections and Hunter makes a decision that will not only change his life, but Ben and Michael's as well.

Season 5, Episode 6: Bored Out of Ya Fucking Mind
 First Aired: 19 Jun 2005
Brian has a rival. Emmett faces a career challenge while Ted has the oppotunity to exact some revenge. Ben and Michael try to help Hunter and Debbie's retirement appears to be shortlived.

Season 5, Episode 7: Hope Against Hope
 First Aired: 26 Jun 2005
Justin decides to leave the loft which creates a rift between Michael and Brian. Ted struggles to exact his plan of revenge while Lindsey and Gus move back to her parents.

Season 5, Episode 8: Honest to Yourself
 First Aired: 3 Jul 2005
Ben grieves the loss of Hunter. Melanie and Lindsey attempt an in-house seperation. Emmett finds himself the centre of some unwanted attention and Justin has a brush with the law...and his father.

Season 5, Episode 9: Anything In Common
 First Aired: 10 Jul 2005
Brian and Michael are still not talking. Lindsey and Melanie's seperation contiunes. Ted continues his search to find Mr. Right and Drew Boyd finally comes out.

Season 5, Episode 10: I Love You
 First Aired: 17 Jul 2005
Cyndi Lauper guest stars as Babylon plays hosts to an event that will shatter many lives...especially Ben's.

Season 5, Episode 11: Fuckin' Revenge
 First Aired: 24 Jul 2005
Brian re-evaulates his priorities in the aftermath of the bombing. Michael contiunes on the long and painful road to recovery with Ben at his side and a vigil for the victims ends in chaos.

Season 5, Episode 12: Mr. Right (Never Broke a Promise)
 First Aired: 31 Jul 2005
Brian and Justin celebrate with the biggest choice of their lives. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Melanie make the final decision about their future, while Emmett makes his decision about his relationship with Drew. Ted apears to have found happiness at last.

Season 5, Episode 13: We Will Survive!
 First Aired: 7 Aug 2005
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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