Now, for you newbies out there, I will attempt to answer a few questions for you…
Is this a good show?
Can I pick up the DVD set and not be lost?
How strong is the "sexual content" in this show?
"Queer as Folk: The Complete Second Season" features 20 episodes, each with a running time of approximately less than an hour. Below are episode summaries. Be forewarned again, there are some potential spoilers in their descriptions.
Episode 2 - Justin's having nightmares about Chris Hobbs, and rejects the physical contact of his mother. Ted gets busted at work for surfing a gay website. Michael returns to his old job. Emmett wants to buy himself a new butt, and Lindsay throws Gus a birthday party, which jars Justin's memory of the night he was attacked.
Episode 3 - Brian is chosen to receive an award for saving Justin's life, until a gay newspaper labels Brian as a promiscuous pedophile. At his new job, Emmett is seduced by a "monogamous" couple, and Michael is stood up by Brian.
Episode 4 - Michael agrees to march with PFLAG, and Lindsay and Melanie march with the Dykes on Bikes contingent in a gay parade. Ted has pity sex, and Emmett's drag queen friend dies.
Episode 6 - Michael is asked to give a lecture on homoeroticism in superhero comics, and develops an attraction to Ben. Unfortunately, Ben has a secret. Ted's website is having trouble getting off the ground, so he enlists a porn star to appear on his site. He no shows, and Emmett takes his place. Justin moves out of Brian's condo
Episode 7 - Michael's new boyfriend is HIV positive, which worries those around him. Lindsay's parents refuse to help pay for her wedding. Brian turns a dull party upside down when he spikes the punch, and Emmett and Ted argue over who is truly responsible for the success of the website.
Episode 8 - Michael places an ad with a dating service with the "help" of his friends. Justin breaks his relationship rule with Brian by kissing a freshman at a Frat Party. Emmett is a bona fide star, and has lots of fans (one of them even sends him a gold bracelet).
Episode 10 - Debbie discovers a dead body of a boy in the dumpster behind the diner, and Justin is fascinated. Emmett and George go to the Babylon, and later, the opera. Lindsay's ideas for the wedding do not amuse Melanie.
Episode 11 - A Tarot reading warns Lindsay and Melanie not to get married on their wedding day, and as a result, everything goes wrong. Things turn around when Brian helps to plan things out.
Episode 12 - Michael is jealous over the fact that Ben and Brian have slept together. Debbie finds out the identity of the dead boy she found in the dumpster behind the diner.
Episode 14 - Justin continues to dance, even though it's taking a toll on him. George and Emmett attempt to join the mile-high club, only for it to end in disaster. Michael has issues with Debbie, as she is dating the detective who is working the dumpster case.
Episode 15 - Michael and Justin create a new comic super hero while high on drugs, which leads to Brian's unfounded jealousy. Ted and Emmett have been informed that they will receive the "Crystal Dick" award.
Episode 16 - It's Ben and Justin's birthday, and unfortunately, Brian has some bad news about his health. Brian ignores Justin's birthday. Ted takes a grief-stricken Emmett to a gay church, and winds up meeting a school teacher who is weirded out by what Ted does for a living.
Episode 18 - Ben is hospitalized after a sudden collapse. Justin's romance with Ethan continues to flourish. Emmett is offered $1 million by Melanie to admit that he has never had any relationship with George. Melanie and Lindsay try to spicen up their waning sex life.
Episode 19 - It's bowling night, and it's cops vs. queers. Michael catches Justin and Ethan kissing, and informs Brian. Ted's love for pornography has subsided. Gus' crying helps Lindsay and Melanie ward off a second ménage-a-trois with Leda.
Episode 20 - Michael and Justin's comic is being released, and Michael reveals the truth, that he informed Brian of his relationship with Ethan. Ted reveals a little secret to Emmett. Ben wants to go to Tibet to study with monks, but is talked out of it by Debbie.
"Folks on the Road" (a 15 minute featurette of the actors promoting the show)."A Day in the Life of QAF" (their favorite sets and costumes, and the challenges). "What is it?" (explaining the Babylon dance club). "Wrap" (funny outtakes). "The Unexpurgated" (fixing an attic). "Rage" (the gay crusader comic book, and how it was made).
"2002 Queer as Folk" (Gay Pride Parades). "The Folks" (character bios, as well as interviews with the cast). "Animated Photo Gallery". "TV Spots & Trailers." "Season 3 Sneak Preview". "Queer Duck" (an animated cartoon about a queer duck). There's also some other stuff, but nothing really noteworthy. The only thing missing from this DVD set are audio commentaries! C'mon Showtime, why give all these extras and offer up zero commentaries?