Justin enters the loft and tries to make it seem like he chose Brian, and not that Ethan threw him out on his ass. He slowly walks up to the bed where Brian is. He starts taking off his clothes. Brian watches. Justin walks closer to the bed. They stare at each other. Justin takes off his clothes. Brian lifts the sheet. Justin crawls into the bed and spoons with Brian, facing away. Neither says a word, since there's nothing left for them to say to each other.
Sweaty Michael and Ben have just finished some kind of sex act, or so the sweat on their chests and foreheads would like us to think. Ben is lying down while Michael is sitting in the most unflattering position of all time. He looks like a little man-woman hunched over the foot of the bed like a gargoyle. Ben forces himself to call Michael "baby." Michael says that Tibet is far away. He asks if doctors are there. Ben says that he's been checking it out, and Tibet's pretty modern now. He says he's not going to live his life in fear. Michael reminds Ben that six months is a long time. Ben asks if Michael doesn't want him to go. Michael says he knows the trip is important to Ben. Ben says he's not going to go unless Michael's okay with it. He kisses Michael's arm. Michael looks around and then says, "No. No, this is not about what I want. This is about what you need. So, go. With my blessing and approval." Oh, whew! The tension on that was so long and drawn-out! I was almost concerned there for a second that we were going to have something to talk about for the next eight months.
Ted sings opera and waters his plants. For like, a while. The script on this episode must be about twenty-five pages long. There's a knock on the door. Ted very pointedly goes and looks out the peephole. I'll consider that my own shout-out, since Ted's the only one with a real door. Not a real lock on the door, though. Em hopes that he didn't show up too early. Ted says he was just giving the plants a little H2O and some blah blah blah. Em says he wanted to talk right away. Ted asks if he can get Em some breakfast. Em declines, and asks to sit down. They sit. Em: "I was up all night, uh, thinking about what you said." Ted interrupts to say that this is the best idea that's ever happened, since they have so much in common and since Ted's run out of other people who might be interested, and that nobody even comes near him anymore now that he's totally creeped out, and since all of the other friends are together now, what with Monica and Chandler married. He also says "simpatico," which would make me run from the room. Em: "Teddy, I, uh, I am truly touched. Uh, you might even say overwhelmed by your, by your feelings. And uh, so, so flattered. But you see, I, I, huh, I don't know how to say this. Um." Ted finally saves Em and says he understands. They should just stay friends. Em nods. Ted slaps Em on the thigh and says they have so much in common they can even read each other's minds. "It was just a thought," Ted says. "A suggestion." He runs out of the room crying, asking Em to let himself out.