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How B/J's relationship parallels B/M's in 507 [Jun. 22nd, 2005|06:42 am]
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This is my first try writing an essay, just so you know ^_^

I just got done watching the previews on www.sho.com for episode 507, and noticed something that might be interesting. About how Justin and Brian's current relationship parallels Brian and Michael's friendship a while back. [Since I have yet to see the episode, there are no spoilers past that scene. It's best if you watch the clip on Showtime before reading this so you know what I'm talking about :D]



Okay, so the scene starts off with Brian and Michael arguing. Brian blames Michael for "infecting" Justin and making him leave. Michael calls Brian pathetic. Blah blah blah. The thing that I noticed, is that when Brian goes, "Before you and your husband tied the noose around your necks, he was perfectly happy," he's pointing to himself. I might be reading this wrong, and everyone might see this a different way, but I don't think Brian is talking about Justin at all. This whole conversation is going back to late season one/early season two Michael.

Michael used to be literally attached to brian's side at all times. Waiting for Brian. I think Brian thought that Michael was happy like that, but he learns that, Michael was "never perfectly happy," as Michael yells about Justin in 507. Michael, like Justin was "Waiting years for [Brian] to say 'I love you. You're the only one'. Brian goes ballistic, yelling, "That's not who I am!" To which Michael shoots back, "Don't we all know!"

By the look on Michael's face, he's ready to lose it. Michael has been waiting for more than sixteen years for Brian to say those words to him, but Brian could never say them. So he moved on, marrying Ben and making a home. Same as Justin is trying to do now. Justin wants the same thing Michael wanted from Brian, but like Michael, he could never get it, so he left. Just like Michael did.

Now, Brian still insists that Michael somehow convinced Justin that Brian + Justin + marriage = no fucking way = run. So Michael lets Brian have it. "He didn't leave because I infected him. He left because of you. Who wouldn't!?"

Justin would. And he did. Just like Michael has. I love Gale's acting during this scene, because you can tell by the face that he makes that this statement hit him pretty hard. This whole conversation [IMO, mind you. Don't go all insane on me.] is a complete parallel of when Michael moved on and "broke up" with Brian, you could say.

Just something I noticed and thought I would share. I could be completely wrong about it, and you might have thought of it a different way. No big deal we all have our opinions. Maybe you can write an essay explaining why I totally missed the mark and am completely crazy =]

It's short, but sweet. Tell me what you think. ^_^

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From: feedmyobsession
2005-06-23 07:13 pm (UTC)
I actually never thought of that conversation as a paralell - and I must say you make some interesting points. You're not crazy! ;)

I really love that scene; finally something worthwhile happens in QAF again! It's been a while. I also love it for the fact that it's so well done and well written. Gale and Hal, and especially Gale, are really impressing me with their acting.

I'm looking forward to seeing that scene in the context of the entire episode. And I hope poor Justin comes to his senses and leaves ASAP. Because I care about him, no matter what my icon might make people think.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts! :)
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