GLC Awards. Tannis and Phillip are on the dais being boring. At Lindsay and Melanie's table, Debbie comments on how stuffy it is in the room. Melanie wants to know where the hell Brian is. Tannis stops her droning to introduce Howard Bellwether. Phillip goes on thusly: "A man who has challenged us to account for our behavior. Who has demanded that we ask nothing less of ourselves than decency and dignity." Howard Bellwether walks up to the platform amid applause and cheers. At their table, Debbie mouths the word "asshole" at Vic. Bellwether starts, "How can we complain of being stereotyped, of being marginalized, when there are members of our community that, through their irresponsible behavior, perpetuate such treatment. We are own worst enemy." The camera fades out and in as Bellwether drones on in a like manner. "Raise up our moral standards" blah. "Change the misconception that gay life is all about sex" yada. Debbie's nodding off. So's Emmett. Bellwether gets a standing ovation when he finishes. Melanie and Lindsay reluctantly rise and join in the applause. So does Ted, to Emmett's shock. Ted says, "I still believe in what he says. Even if I don't believe in him." Yup. Run, Jesse, run. Tannis and Phillip unenthusiastically introduce Brian. Mel and L.'s table cheer, cheer, cheer. But where's Brian? Melanie grouses that she can't believe he didn't show up to accept the award. Vic adds, "If only to tell them where to stick it." Debbie adds, "and how high." But Lindsay gets it: "I think he got his message across. Loud and clear."
At the ComiCon, Mike gushes over an Iron Man comic, because Marvel Comics are cool. Mike's taken aback at the price, though. Suddenly, Brian comes up from behind him and snatches it out of Mike's hands, telling him to get it anyway. Mike's like, aren't you supposed to be getting an award for being a hero? Brian replies, "If you want a hero, buy a comic book." Mike wants to know why he isn't at the dinner. Brian says they have a date. An announcement comes over the intercom that the convention is closing in fifteen minutes. Mike tells Brian that he really didn't have to come. Mike understands that things are different now: "We've moved on, and that's okay. No demands, no expectations, no regrets." Brian's mantra. Brian rolls his eyes, and says, well, as long as he's here, they might as well have fun. Mike pouts some more. Brian nods over to big cardboard cut-out of Captain Astro and his sidekick Galaxy Lad, and says that they should get a picture. Mike pouts that it's just for kids. Brian's like, c'mon, you know you want to. Mike's like, "No, it's stupid!" Brian replies, "It wasn't stupid when we were locked up in your room, reading Captain Astro and Galaxy Lad and wishing we were invincible like them. And pretending that no earthly force could separate us, like them. And swearing that we'd always be there for each other, like them." Mike's surprised that Brian remembers, and bursts into a blinding smile. Brian drags him over to the cutout, and sticks his head where Captain Astro's is supposed to be. Of course. Mike is Galaxy Lad. Happy, Happy, Brian and Mike. Wonder how long that will last?