Queer as Folk: Season 2, Episode 12

One Degree of Brian Kinney (7 Apr. 2002)

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Debbie takes matters in her own hands to discover the identity of a John Doe; Michael is upset to learn that Ben and Brian once slept together years ago.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Wetherall ...
Alistair Reynolds
David Ericson ...
Rainer the Trainer


Michael has trouble dealing with the news that his new boyfriend Ben once slept with his best friend Brian. Debbie needs to do something about the dead boy found behind her diner. She impresses Detective Horvath with her sleuthing. Ted gets a shot at being accepted by the elite A-Gays of Pittsburgh. Written by Anonymous

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Not the best, but still entertaining
29 December 2007 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

"I know your secret identity!" ~Brian

While I did think that episode 212 of Queer as Folk was sexy, entertaining, and revealing in some small ways, it really lacked overall what makes for an amazing episode. There was nothing really explosive going on here, and there weren't really any big Brian/Justin scenes. There was a lot of drama between Michael and Ben, and I have to say that I liked that a lot. The whole subplot with Ted and higher society, however, was kind of bland and I quickly lost interest in it. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Debbie pursue something that she was so passionate about. This episode's best scene was the well-written and well-acted scene between Brian and Michael in the comic book store. The rising sexual tensions between the two of them finally reach their peak, but once again are not acted upon. Both Hal Sparks and Gale Harold did an incredible job making that scene work so much better than it probably appeared on paper, right down to the look in their eyes and Michael's reluctance at first to kissing Brian. This once again wasn't my favorite episode or anything, but if this is the worst that the series has to offer, then I'm still relatively impressed. It has managed to remain a completely solid offering throughout season two, so it really doesn't come as a surprise that every single episode won't be downright show-stopping.

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