Queer as Folk: Season 4, Episode 5

How Far You Can Go (16 May 2004)

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Debbie feels left out of Vic's new life; Ben asks Michael for an honest opinion of his new book; Cody challenges Justin to confront his violent side.



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Cody, who grew up in a violent neighborhood and was multiply abused as a kid by gay-bashers including his dad, takes his suburban Posse mate Justin, who wasn't even allowed a toy gun, to gun practice. Brian worries when he finds out Cody gave his previously pacifist boyfriend a gun. Cody traces Justin's own one-time abuser Christian Hobbs; they face him... Ted's next re-socializing step is to offer everyone written apologies. Emmet has found a place and moves, but comes to realize he craves company, like Deb in her empty nest. Michael lies about Ben's new book to spare author and boyfriend's feelings, but soon must admit it was boring and confusing; his honesty is met with patronizing a less literate 'comics reader', yet confirmed by the publisher. Mel can't handle it when her lesbian clients couple fires her because her male partner stands a better chance with the prejudiced judge. Written by KGF Vissers

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Nice Reflection on Season One
9 January 2008 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

Episode 405 "It's a GREAT read, especially if you're having trouble sleeping." ~Michael

The final few minutes of this episode are among some of the best in the entire series. Ever since season one, this was the episode that I've been waiting for. Justin finally confronts his fears and Chris Hobbs head-on. He finally stands up to Hobbs and his horrible mean-spirited taunting. Cody is seriously disturbed, and the end of this episode was just proof of it. He wanted things to get out of control, he wanted to provoke violence, he wanted everything to be his way. Daphne obviously still cares about Justin just as much as she did in season one, and it was really great to see her so much in this episode. That may have been why this episode was perfect—it reflected on seasons past, especially season one, and told a very intriguing story. Amazing doesn't even begin to cover how this episode made me feel. It was moving, and I seriously felt for Justin nearly every step of the way. I also liked seeing Brian care so much. It is quite apparent throughout the episode that the whole ordeal with Justin is really getting to him. The whole subplot with Ben's book was mildly interesting, but the best scenes in this episode all seemed to involve Justin, from the high-powered beginning at the shooting range to the explosive finale between himself and Chris Hobbs. This episode really felt to me like a season finale, and it was certainly effective enough. It was definitely one of the best episodes of Queer as Folk that I've ever seen, and it had such perfect moments. Another amazing scene in this episode was the one where Emmett stopped over at Debbie's house and the two of them just talked and ate ice cream. The dialogue and acting in that scene was so true to life and incredibly heartwarming. It's just great to know that after all of this time, Queer as Folk has still not lost its touch and continues to churn out absolutely incredible episodes by the dozen.

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