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Edina finally catches up with her long lost son!

Author: William ( from Lancaster, Pennsylvania
10 April 2007

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"Gay" is also known as "Absolutely Fabulous In New York," and was release under the latter title on region 1 DVD. The characters have had a few changes since the fourth season ended, and Edina now likes to wear thong underwear. Patsy's vision seems to be failing her, and she now wears glasses at times. She also works at a new concept fashion store named Jeremy's. Saffron has put extra locks on her bedroom door, and she's even installed a door alarm! Mrs. M. has a nifty mobility scooter, and there's been a lift installed so she can easily get to the downstairs kitchen. Bubble is still Edina's servant, but Edina has decided to use electric shock to keep Bubble in line. Edina, Patsy, Bubble, Catriona, and Fleur have just returned from London's Fashion Week, and they're still abuzz with excitement. The most cringing joke in the history of "Absolutely Fabulous" happens while they're all together, but I won't get into that here. Everyone leaves and Edina still feels chatty. However, Saffy is trying to write in her observations diary, and doesn't feel like conversation. Edina announces her son, Serge, would chat with her if he were there. Bo and Marshall come for a visit, and talk about their new television ministry. They're still following the road of spirituality, and this time they are Christians. We get to see a couple glimpses of their show, "The Epiphany," which they host with a girl named Lola (another character for Jane Horrocks!) Edina asks Marshall where Serge is, and gets a mix of answers from Marshall and Saffy. Edina then realizes all the far away places and excuses have been lies. Through a slip-up Edina learns her son is living in New York City, and she learns he is gay. This revelation brings Edina much joy. Saffy and Marshall won't give any further information on Serge's whereabouts, and Bo is disgruntled over Serge's homosexuality. To everyone's amazement, Marshall exclaims everyone has homosexual feelings. Edina and Patsy break into Saffy's room later that night, and get their first lead to finding Serge on a business card. Edina is very excited because she and Patsy are leaving for New York City's Fashion Week, and now she'll have a chance to find her long lost son. The day has arrived, and Edina and Patsy are once again in New York City. They go to the runway fashions shows, the cocktail gatherings, and search for bling. Bo has arranged for Marhsall to have a date with a big daddy-bear, but she worries he will give in to the temptation of his feelings. Saffy tries to ease Bo's mind by reading her "Cupboard Memoirs." Poor Bubble can't seem to function without Edina around. Edina gets another lead on Serge's whereabouts when they stop at the drop-in center for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered population. They meet a counselor (Whoopi Goldberg), and pose as though they're interested in a same-sex marriage so they can get info on Serge. Luckily, the counselor takes Edina outside so they can talk in private. Patsy then has an opportunity to ransack the counselor's personal files. Patsy is later caught with the files, and the counselor won't give any information unless they submit themselves to a non-legal, same-sex union. The two exchange vows and they're handed a paper, which will lead them to Edina's son. The directions lead them to a bookstore. Edina copes with itchy eyes until she is finally standing face to face with Serge (Josh Hamilton.) They have an emotional reunion, and Edina meets Serge's partner, Martin (Danny Burstein.) Serge still has some unpleasant issues concerning his mother and Patsy, but Edina uses her overbearing corpulence to drag him to a few fashion shows. Martin comes along willingly. The boys get a fashion make-over, and they all go to a couple of nightclubs. Debbie Harry happens to be performing at one of these clubs, and she sings "This Wheel's On Fire" as we see a collage of Eddy, Patsy, Serge, and Martin enjoying Fashion Week. The final stop is a country-western bar, where dancing girls dance on top of a bar ablaze with flaming spirits. Patsy claims she can be a fire dancer, and she gets onto the bar to perform. The night ends with a boom as Patsy and everyone around gets scorched! At the end of the show Edina mentions she has adopted Martin as her new son, and she says he is coming to live with them (so far this hasn't happened.) The Blondie song, "(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear," can be heard as Edina makes her way through the bookstore while searching for Serge. U.K. television personality Graham Norton makes a cameo. Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright and fashion designer Jared Gold also have cameos.

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