The recital. Blissful word-free minutes. Mel's got fishmouth going as she watches the guy play. He's young, with dark greasy hair. There's a black, tiny pussy of hair under his lower lip. I like how they film it so we never actually see the actor mime playing the violin. Justin loves this new boy. Loves him. Loves him so much he has to pull a pencil out of his chest pocket (Ow! That's going to be how he dies someday, jamming that thing into his chest) and starts drawing the boy on his program. Remind me that I can use the "Fiddler on the Roofie" joke later if Justin and this boy start making out at a party. I love that the musician has to wear a black turtleneck with his goatee. I guess he left his beret at home so he wasn't completely the Capio guy. He plays the violin. Justin sketches. Fiddling. Drawing. Music. Pencil. Bow. Paper. Close-up. Closer. Closer still. There is no such thing as too close. Justin's nose hair watches Fiddler's eyebrow. We see the inner workings of a pencil, the inside of the violin. We are a knuckle, a fingertip, the pool of saliva on the tip of Justin's tongue. Yay! Wordless scene! Best scene ever!
"I found it!" Vic beams as he runs down the stairs. Quick! What did you first think Vic found? Check the poll to the right! He's found a kimono he wore to a Winter Drag Ball in '89. He's giving it to Michael for Emmett's party. Oh, wait, wasn't that supposed to be Michael's party? I guess not anymore. Pickle who? Who cares! Anyway, I might as well share the tiny amount of backstory they've given Vic this week. At that Ball, he went as Cho Cho San, and Debbie went as Pinkerton. There you go. Michael and Vic briefly discuss how stunning Emmett will look in it. Suddenly, Michael chastises Vic: "Just don't be late." Like Vic's always the last one to show up. It's because he's always the last one invited. Vic tells Michael not to be so nervous. Michael says he just wants everything to come off as planned. "It'll be the social event of the season," Vic says, not exaggerating in the slightest. Cue Debbie, to repeat the last thing she heard and add a cuss word to it. Then she finds out it's Ben's surprise party so she can act silently angry. Michael reluctantly invites his mother to the party. She declines, saying she's going to the movies with her friend Rosie. She sends her regards to Ben. She stammers, stumbles, and stutters constantly so we know she's lying. You can't even tell she's acting! She just got upstaged by the Cap'n Crunch box in the background on the counter because I started thinking, "I can't believe they didn't change it to 'Cap'n Ass Crunch' or 'Gay Crunch'." We watch Michael slowly leave so that Vic can remark that Debbie hasn't seen Rosie since the '80s. Gasp! You don't say! Debbie throws a sheet at Vic (because he's a ghost of a character!) and orders him to help her fold. We watch them fold for a while. Vic lectures Debbie on not giving Michael an easier time about Ben. Debbie's touchy. How many times do we have to see this scene? I can't believe these ridiculous lines. Vic: "You gotta admit. Ben's been a positive influence on him." Why the fuck would he ever say that? And why key the word "positive" until I can see the words on the screen? Debbie: "Positive! Exactly!" You must admit, Ben's really come to Michael's AIDS. I mean, how much they love each other? It's like, sick. I'd die to have a relationship like they have. When we worked at the jail together, he really helped me out. At the end of the day we have to make sure that all of the inmates are locked up, and they're arranged in hallways by letters of the alphabet. Well, the other day while I was adding up all of the inmates in halls Q, R and S, he just came right over and helped me with my T-cell count.