Queer as Folk: Season 4, Episode 4

Escalating Violence (9 May 2004)

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Justin finds Cody becoming too violent; Brian hires Ted at his new agency; Mel struggles with an important case; Hunter's social worker arrives unannounced.



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Now Michael and Ben are officially filing for foster care over Hunter, the kid's foul language and shameless attitude, even parading in his undershorts at any hour, worry Mikey, who even tries his hand, corrected by Ben, at flower arranging when reading a social worker may turn up at any time for a surprise visit. Alas his own ma Deb's excessive, bossy mothering all the time, compensating uncle Vic's moving out precisely to enjoy some privacy with his lover, builds up additional stress constantly, till it erupts in an embarrassing shouting match while the social worker is let in by Hunter in Y-fronts; fortunately she recognizes a row in a loving family from experience. Emmett finds living with the lesbian couple hasn't nearly enough pros to compensate for the lack of privacy which drives him and his pick-ups to the nastier places in town, even trying Hunter's whore-experienced advise. Mel was confident to get Jennette and Anna custody, but then a gay-bashing judge is assigned to the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Brian: Listen to me! Are you listening?
Ted: I'm listening.
Brian: You may be a pathetic drug addict who's lost everything; your dignity, your livelihood, your lover, your good name, the respect and trust of everyone you know...
Ted: No one gives a pep talk like you, Brian!
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Written by Bert Kalmar, Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby
Performed by Marilyn Monroe
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Full of energy and amazing scenes
9 January 2008 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

Episode 404 "What are you, scared?" "Yeah, I'm incapacitated with fear!" ~Justin and Brian

This season just keeps getting darker and darker, and I totally love it. Although… I really don't want Cody to be the next Ethan. That was SO two seasons ago, and I really don't want all that drama between Justin and Brian to happen all over again. He better have learned his lesson the first time around! While Cody does make for an interesting character, I feel very strongly that all he's doing is corrupting Justin. At first I was proud that Justin was standing up for what he thought was right, but things are already just completely out of control. Debbie is such a sad character now with practically no one to turn to! It's kind of depressing! I loved how the whole accounting thing reemerged for Ted, and I really hope that things work out for him the way that they should. The scene with Michael and Debbie fighting and then the social worker coming in was really funny. I loved the ending of the episode, although it does promise a dark path ahead, especially for Justin. My favorite scene so far this season and one of my favorites on the show ever is the scene where Justin and Brian are in bed together and they start fighting. That scene just had such high energy and great acting that it worked perfectly and the end result was incredibly amazing.

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