They spend enough time on it for us to fully realize that he's naked, wearing a crown and a velvet-and-ermine cape, and holding an orb over the family jewels, and then a little more time for us to wonder why, and then a little more time for us to wonder why this scene is taking so long and go to the fridge and grab a cider and sit back down again. The last shot finally shows him on a poster, announcing the "King of Babylon" contest. We will never see that young man live again. Cut to the poster on the front door of the Liberty Diner, as two patrons enter. In the background, Debbie moves toward another poster in the back -- past The Boys sitting at the counter -- and slaps a big "Tonight" sticker on it. Debbie says that she can't believe it's been a whole year, already, and Justin asks, a year since what? Because, even though he works at the diner every day, and there's, like, at least two posters in the place, and they've probably been up there a few days, it hasn't occurred to him to ask until now, or to realize what she's talking about, despite the fact that she walks right past him with the "Tonight" sticker, and he was looking right at her when she put it on the poster. Emmett explains. Mike, in a non-clever, non-subtle take-off on Miss America, snorts that everyone looks forward to the contest, and a week later no one remembers the winner. Ted remembers last year's winner, though, down to the size of his dick. Surprise! Blake, next to him, wryly asks whether he should be jealous. Ted grins and gives him a sweet kiss. Mike (Hello, Demon!) and Emmett (Hello, GayNoMore!) exchange a skeptical look, because they're really suited to judge. Brian sneers, "Who cares about a bunch of steroid gym bunnies dancing around in their shorts, anyway?" Debbie grins that she'd think he would, since he had sex with all of last year's contestants. Probably didn't even have to convince them that he was a judge first, either. The Boys laugh at Brian's expense. Justin shakes his head and wonders who would do that type of thing. Mike asks, "Who wouldn't fuck Brian?" Shut up, Michael. Justin's already had sex with Brian, like, a gazillion times, unlike you, so that's probably not what he's talking about, huh? Justin clarifies that he meant stripping in front of all of those people. No one said anything about stripping. How does Justin know that the King of Babylon contest has to do with stripping if he apparently didn't even know there was a King of Babylon contest? Oh, wait, he probably made an educated guess. Ted says that the prize is $1000 and a trip to the Bahamas, so, like, a lot of guys would. Out of nowhere, Emmett snorts, "Especially if they're on drugs -- please, they'll do anything." Huh? Where did that come from? Ted glares at Emmett, because, you know, Blake used to be a junkie, and wow, a total non sequitur is such a subtle way for dialogue to create tension, not. Emmett smiles tightly at Blake and apologizes.
Queer as Folk U.S.
Episode Report CardCamper: B- | 962 USERS: B-
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Queer as Folk U.S.