The Sentencing Hearing of Chris Hobbes. Chris, all cleaned up and spit-shined, and, uh, blonder for some reason, stands as the judge speaks. Mike, Debbie, Melanie, Lindsay, and Vic sit in the front row. This speech is a kicker: "The fact that Christopher Hobbes pled guilty on assault charges for his vicious attack on Justin Taylor in no way mitigates the seriousness of this crime, or the tragic effects on both these young men's lives. Both were honor students at St. James Academy; both were planning to attend college. Now one young man is recovering from serious brain injuries, and the other is facing a prison sentence. I ask myself, how could this have happened?" On cue, Debbie snarls, "Chris Hobbes is a homophobic animal!" To Michael, sitting next to her, she adds, "He should be put away." Mike nods in agreement, trying to shut her up. The judge continues, "I can only imagine how profoundly disturbing it must have been for a young man of Chris Hobbes's fine, moral upbringing to be approached sexually by a male student, then to see him flaunt his lifestyle by bringing his male lover to the prom and engaging in what has been described as a highly provocative dance." Okay. Let me get this straight. How is it that he knows about Chris's and Justin's tryst, but doesn't know that it was consensual? And didn't know that Chris had been harassing Justin all year? I realize that this is a sentencing hearing and not a trial, but witnesses still give testimony. Justin didn't send in a statement? Brian didn't testify? Or Daphne? Hel-loooo? Anyway. Brian walks in the courtroom and sits in the row behind his friends. The judge further intones, "Given the fact that he was drinking -- which he should not have been -- I could understand how Chris Hobbes might lose control of his better judgement. Still, this does not excuse his actions." Might lose control of his better judgement by finding a baseball bat somewhere, running down to the parking garage, and bashing Justin's head in? I mean, he had to find a baseball bat, then figure out where Justin was going. And how's Chris's leg, by the way? The judge says that he has struggled over a decision...but now he needs to take a recess. The gang's all, where the hell is he going? Melanie explains the origin of his nickname, "Regular Roy." Every day at 12:15, no matter what, the judge hops over to the bathroom across the hall, goes into the stall closest to the window, and takes a dump while smoking a cigarette. T&E think she's kidding. We get to see that she's not. Judge Roy returns, and finishes up. He accepts Hobbes's guilty plea and adds, "Because of your age, because you have no previous offenses, and because you were unduly provoked, you are hereby given a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to serve five hundred hours of community service." And that's that. O.J....I'm sorry, Hobbes smirks and shakes his lawyer's hand. Debbie protests, "No, that's not right. Wait a minute. Wait a minute!" Brian leaves the courtroom in shock.
Queer as Folk U.S.
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Queer as Folk U.S.