A Lifetime of Happiness: Movies, TV, and Video Games

Trick (1999)

June 08, 2022 Steve Bennet-Martin, Stephen Martin-Bennet Season 1 Episode 123
A Lifetime of Happiness: Movies, TV, and Video Games
Trick (1999)
Show Notes Transcript

The Steves continue Pride Month with a discussion on the 1999 cult-classic, Trick, along with what's making them happy in pop culture today!

What's Making Us Happy?

  • How I Met Your Father (Hulu)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)

Movie discussion:

  • Names and numbers behind the scenes
  • Our experiences with the quest for privacy
  • Lifelong friends- the good, the bad, and the awkward
  • When a one night stand becomes more
  • Roommate experiences and sharing space
  • Have you ever got cum in your eye? Does it burn?

E-mail us at happylifepod@gmail.com or engage with us on all the socials @happylifepod

Until next time, Stay Happy!

Ending- Any music or audio clips were borrowed from the original source material.

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Stephen:

And then

Steve:

hello, returning happys and new listeners. This is Steve Bennet-Martin,

Stephen:

and this is Stephen Martin-Bennet and welcome to a lifetime of happiness

Steve:

podcast, where we take you on our journey through some of the movies, TV shows, and other bits of pop culture that are helping to keep us. We'll hopefully bring a smile to your face along the way.

Stephen:

And today we're continuing pride month with trick a story about two guys trying to make it in the big city. And one of my favorite gay classics trying to make it.

Steve:

Yeah. But before we get into all that, what's been making you happy. My

Stephen:

love. So it's TV and thanks to Hulu. They are doing kind of a. Reboot continuation type of thing of one of my favorites sitcoms, how I met your mother, but this time it is how I met your father. And it stars that Disney girl, Hillary Duff, that's her. Yes. And it's actually quite good.

Steve:

It is quite good. I'm glad that there's going to be a season two. We just finished season one and it definitely has those types of vibe as well from how I met your mother while certainly. Being like newer and younger and a fresh take on it all like just reboot characters.

Stephen:

Right. And there are definitely some Easter eggs, some legacy characters and you know, boats, boats, boats.

Steve:

Yes. That was your favorite

Stephen:

part. Now what about you, Darlene? What's been making you happy. Well, I

Steve:

have moved on in my Nintendo switch gaming onto the fire emblem series. I just be the third one. Of four possible endings and fire emblem, three houses, which now I have just under 200 hours

Stephen:

in. Oh, so you've just been playing it here and there,

Steve:

here and there a little bit over the years. But yeah, I'm getting ready because they're making a new dynasty warriors kind of riff of it coming out in three weeks. So very exciting. Play that. Yes. It's making me happy.

Stephen:

Now this movie. What does IMDV tell us it's the

Steve:

misadventures of two young gay men trying to find a place to be alone one night in Manhattan.

Stephen:

It's not a bad summary. I give it a B it's another one of those movies that if you actually tried to hit all the things that are in it, it would spoil some of the surprise. So it's better with this one to be a little vague, even though. This vagueness probably wouldn't get anybody to watch it. Yes.

Steve:

Well, it was part of your gay cinema initiation weekend, wasn't it? Yes.

Stephen:

It was part of that weekend of the flu in college where Dominic Castucci will let me borrow several game movies from his collection and this was one of them and I watched it twice that weekend and it's just. Been with me over the years. I absolutely love it. And there's a part later on in the movie where Tori spelling gives this amazing rambling monologue that I used for auditions. So, and it worked excellent. What about you Harley? Darlene? Why do you like the movie? Well,

Steve:

unlike us, how somehow I missed broken hearts club. When that came out, I did find this at my local blockbuster video. And I did rent it. So it was one of the first like quote unquote gay movies that I remember watching when I was young. And if only I knew how much time I would spend trying to find some privacy when I was in my teens, it was good preparation for me.

Stephen:

Blockbuster. This is where the days now. Trick itself was released on January 27th, 1999. By fine line features with a budget of a whopping $450,000. And it had a surprisingly good box office of 2.0 900. That's honestly rather good. I'm impressed. Yes.

Steve:

The film was directed and co-produced by Jim fall who went on to direct the Lizzie McGuire movie and is set to direct the SQL to this movie trick

Stephen:

to the movie was written by Jason Schaffer, who was also a writer on queer as folk from 99 to 2001.

Steve:

Yes. And the movie stars, Christian cannibal has Gabriel and John Paul Pathak as Mark Morgan.

Stephen:

With support from Tori spelling is Catherine Brad buyers, rich Laurie Begley as Judy and Ms. Coco, Peru as herself.

Steve:

Yes. Christian went on to star and reefer madness as Jimmy Harper, which I remember almost was fun. Yes.

Stephen:

And John Paul went on to play Phil and six feet under. And if your things, yeah. And if you're wondering Campbell Christian camp. Any relation to nev Campbell? Why? Yes it is. It's her younger

Steve:

brother. Oh yeah. I think you told me that once or twice.

Stephen:

Yeah. And because of their connection, whenever he was filming reefer madness, they needed a trained dancer and she had just come off this movie where she trained for like six months is a professional day. To film the movie. And so they brought her right in as a little cameo and dancing did the tango. And it's a cute little scene, but yup.

Steve:

Nice. Well, in the movie, it starts off with Gabe walking into his apartment in the morning after sleeping outside in the hallway. So his roommate can be alone with a girl that day at work. He gets a call from his BFF, Catherine, who is obsessed with her role in an adaptation. Sala

Stephen:

may yup. Set in a women's prison. Now what's really interesting about this scene and if you kind of think of it as you know, he's working in an office job in his twenties, he has no desire to work an office job. And so she calls him at work to run lines with her and it's just like, When I worked in staffing, I knew those people. I knew those people trying to get those jobs. And you have to imagine that in New York city, people that are trying to make it on the stage are doing those nine to five type of jobs. And the employers I've I've had to, especially nowadays, whenever people are trying to fulfill or fill any position, they can. Yes, you can run lines from 1130 to 1230. I don't care. As long as you get the other work done.

Steve:

Yeah. And I mean, Gabriel also wants to be successful. He wants to be the next great Broadway musical writer.

Stephen:

Yep. And so he participates in a regular Broadway songwriters workshop and his BFF, Catherine. It helps with the vocals and tax. And he's introducing a new song that he wrote for his musical. And the song is called interview, which I may or may not know one or two or all the words to which I sang out loud as we were watching this again. And we find out that Gabe is also having some trouble finding a rhyme for the second verse.

Steve:

Yeah. And I mean, one thing that you know, Catherine is very over the top, I'm sure that Tori spelling maybe could sing better. I don't know Catherine did, or maybe it was her doing her best, but either way, it's one of those where it just, you know, she's doing her best to bless her

Stephen:

little heart. Yeah. And I love the song too. It's really cool. And to you, LA it's shelled time. You brought the house down with the dance, Sam, the dumb Diddy.

Steve:

I know it's very sweet. It's just funny because when I heard the movie description and then they're like, and if you had a song named enter you, I thought it would be sexy,

Stephen:

but it'd be a little sexier. It's about you entering my life. I

Steve:

know it's funny to be different from my expectations. Yeah.

Stephen:

His friend Perry is one of the mentors in the world. And Perry asked Gabriel if he believes in love at first sight, because the way the song and the scene came off, didn't feel authentic. And, you know, Perry's has the song captured the feeling after a great first kiss and it's sexy and it's dangerous. And that, you know, anything is possible. And Perry says that Gabriel Rayleigh needs to find the truth in his songs, and he needs to believe in what he's writing and tells him, you know, you need to go out and grab life by the

Steve:

balls. Yeah, and I mean, I don't know anything about acting, but I'm sure that that adds up.

Stephen:

Right. Okay. 100%. It's hard to be believable if you don't believe what's on the page, you kind of need life experiences or perspective. I'm not saying someone needs to be a serial killer if they want to portray one, but you wouldn't take the role and show up on set without having watched a documentary.

Steve:

True now, Gabriel, on a mission at a local gay bar to live his life and grab life by the balls. Get skittish around the first guy who hits on him, who invites him back home to hook up with him and his boyfriend. And then he makes eye contact with mark a go-go dancer.

Stephen:

Do you think the eyes he made it mark where love at first sight or was mark doing his job? Trying to get. I think

Steve:

that mark was doing his job, trying to get tips. And I think that Gabriel was like had, I don't think it was love at first sight, but it was like lust at first sight.

Stephen:

Absolutely lust at first sight, 100%.

Steve:

And funny enough, yes. The two meet again in the subway the same night and Gabriel can't keep his eyes off. Mark, who is a steep yes. Quote.

Stephen:

And after a bit, mark opens his eyes and notices Gabe looking at. And when Gabe exits the train at a start stop, mark follows him off the train. And then there's this really cringey, awkward back and forth. And they decided to go back to Gabriel's place to have some fun Gabriel's roommate rich will be back in two hours, but as mark says, there's a lot we can do in two hours. Yes, that's

Steve:

certainly all I would need.

Stephen:

Oh. But unfortunately there are three hearted in their first attempt by Catherine because she's there printing her acting resume. It's only 150 copies, but it's on a dot matrix printer, which anyone that lived through the eighties and nineties knows, takes about three minutes per page that says. Horrible. Yeah. And then we get to enjoy that awkward moment where a best friend is meeting a new friend and then Catherine breaks the silence because she likes to make everything all about her. And then, you know, she talks about her play and then their history of she and Gabriel dating in high school. Before he finally came out and they turned into best friends, mark is kind of just. Whatever, but then the talk of Gabriel's play and him playing the piano, he actually shows a real interest. And so Gabe starts playing the piano and Tori start singing again, but Trixie, the dog starts barking and interrupting, which Remy, of course, whenever a dog barks, on-screen Remy runs up to our TV to tell them, Hey, good boys and girls don't bark, which but mark had heard Gabriel lightly saying. Okay. As he was playing. And so he tries to get Gabriel to sing by himself. Yes.

Steve:

And with that, I certainly was able to relate my Catherine, I would say so to speak, like the girl who saw too much growing up by being my best friend was Laura. And, you know, we definitely had those moments where it was like, Lord. Me and a guy that I was friends with at the time and just had the, having those awkward interactions. It's, you know, here and there. And

Stephen:

yeah, I had Leslie in college that I met, she was my best friend that was there that you know, we don't use the term fag hag. We prefer flame day. I'll take it, which sounds a little bit classier, and that was less for me, for sure. 100%. And you know, those are those friendships that last a lifetime.

Steve:

Yes. And a brief aside Perry calls and invites Gabriel to hear him perform at a cabaret bar later that night, this

Stephen:

will come into play

Steve:

later. Katherine leaves and they are about to get physical, but Gabriel pulls back and begins to play the piano to relax because

Stephen:

he was having stage fright.

Steve:

Yes. Mark begins to help him relax and they begin to undress. While Gabriel plays, he gets worked up and shares that he's always wanted someone to go down on him while he plays the piano.

Stephen:

And it's an interesting scene. There's a lot of really good chemistry between the two leads and you get that here. Unfortunately like many fantasies, the reality doesn't always live up to the fantasy. And this one with them being intimate while Gabriel plays, the piano was not as hot or as smooth as it was in his head because mark hits his head on underneath the keyboard and excuse me. And of course. Rich walks in justice. They're starting to get started. Of course.

Steve:

And yeah, it reminded me. I know that, you know, we all have those fantasies that when you try and do it in real life, it doesn't work out the same way that you thought. Did you have one that comes to mind? I know that like always growing up, I'd be like being a video gamer. I was like, oh yeah, I want to have that happen to me while I'm playing video games. But then like, You try it. And you're like, I can't focus on the game or the situation I want to do one or the other actually, as fun as I thought it would be. It's rather distracting from one or the other, but you know, you can't do both well at the same time, I don't think. And

Stephen:

funny enough, mine was the whole video game thing too. So as we said, Gabe and mark get interrupted by rich who returns home with his girlfriend. Who is not the girl from the beginning of the movie that he was with, Judy's been in France for six months. But rich and Judy and Gabe and mark have similar, but unfortunately conflicting plans for the apartment. Yeah. Rich's

Steve:

officially like should do spec jerk. Isn't he? 100%. Okay. Just making sure I read that, right?

Stephen:

Yeah. Like we are not supposed to like rich in any of this. We emitted. Are to feel bad for Judy?

Steve:

Yes. Well, I do, and I feel bad for Gabriel as well. I know that you know, most of my roommate interactions are a lot more positive than it seems their interactions tend

Stephen:

to be. I love richest, like just to have more come back tomorrow. And Gabriel says you can't ask a one night stand to come back tomorrow and they decided to settle it with a coin toss. Which Gabe loses. Did you ever have, like, did you share one room like that with a roommate that you had situations like that?

Steve:

No, we only had like whenever I had roommates, we always swell in college, like in the dorms we did. I remember my freshman year. I ruined. And I just had like the basic, like sock on the door, even though like everyone knew what that meant. We also like got to the point where I locked out. I was in the age of texting. So you can communicate a lot quicker with people on the go. So most of the time I was able to text him saying, you know, I need the place for so many hours or he needed the place for so many hours. But it also, I feel like we both respect each other enough where it was never like overnight, like, you know, We're in college. It doesn't take us that long to finish where we're there to do. And then we can just go to sleep. And like, there were times where like, he'd have his girlfriend in his bed with him and I'd go back in and go to sleep. And like, it didn't bother me that there was someone else in their room because I had already gone out and left them for their hour with which probably was like five minutes. And then half

Stephen:

an hour of cuddling, which at the beginning of the movie, richest, like why did you stay outside in the hallway all night? Because after they were done having sex. Gabe was supposed to just come back in and he goes, no, I fell asleep in the hallway. Yeah. So they have the same situation that once we're done with the act, we're just going to be asleep. You can come in and go to sleep. Now, once they're kicked out of the apartment so that rich and Judy can do their thing, they're out on the street corner, trying to figure out where to go. And mark says they can't go back to his place in Brooklyn because he rents a room from an old lady who doesn't let him bring guys. And I

Steve:

saw right through that right away. And I was like, you mean, mom?

Stephen:

Oh, see, I didn't think mom. I was thinking like, cause at that point I was like, oh, he has a boyfriend. This is what I was thinking. Oh, okay. And Gabe goes through this ramble of about his lack of experience, both sexually and romantically. And mark totally tunes out as Gabe goes on about his ex and this other, like very stereotypical nineties bleach blonde guy walks by makes eyes at mark. Mark makes eyes that the other guy Gabriel notices real quick and says, oh, you know, we can go, I haven't been placed. We can go. And Mark's like, okay. And what's nice about that is, you know, It could have been easier for mark to just follow the blonde guy, but he actually wants to be with Gabriel. Like at this point, if something, if this fell through, he would find other plans, but he's willing to see it through. It seems like. Yes,

Steve:

I agree. I mean, the only time he gets really tuned out is when Gabriel was like talking to his ex and who hasn't tuned out when you went on a date with. All they did was talk about their ex oh

Stephen:

yeah.

Steve:

That's, we've all experienced that at least once. And we're like, yes, that's

Stephen:

painful. Yeah. I actually used the whole rescue call from Brady one time because of that.

Steve:

Yes. Now they,

Stephen:

Perry is at a piano bar, singing Como te gusta meet pinko, which again, I know the words too, and I love how it started. I told my friend, the writer, how happy I would be if he'd write an opening number, especially for me. But when the song was finished, it came as quite a shock. He handed me a number entitled. How do you like my, I told him you can't do that in public. I said, even I wouldn't dare. So we made a few small changes. Now I can sing it. coma to gusta me, paying. And it goes on from

Steve:

there. And that's how do you like my penis? Yup. Okay.

Stephen:

And at the end he says, and thanks to my favorite piano man, Mr. Lester Sinclair. And so Dominic that, let me borrow this. He and Senna for used to have these great house parties, especially the super sleek and sexy slumber Samba, where you had to come and PJ's, but not like. What you would wear to bed. You had to like find fun pajamas and it was a great party and this was played a lot. And after that song was played, like the entire group of people. So you have 20 gays and their flame Dames outgoing and thanks to my favorite piano man, Mr. Lester Sinclair. And so it's, it's good memories.

Steve:

Yes. And at the piano bar, Perry is intrigued to meet and talk with. When the subject of hustling comes up, mark quickly shoots that down. He wants to make sure that Gabriel knows that's not what this is, that it's not a hustle that he doesn't hustle other people do. And he's like no judgment for those that do. He's like, I just don't want you to know that I don't write.

Stephen:

And, you know, and they handled that really well, especially because this was 23 years ago where sex work was. Looked on as kindly as it is today. And this was still handled rather delicately. Yes. And they're talking and Perry tells Gabriel that he needs to get rid of the buildup in the song and just give the people what they want. Chorus, chorus, chorus, and Gabe defends that the buildup matters to the payoff. And I think that's a fun, subtle metaphor. What about this movie? Because, you know, Perry's like, just get to it. And Gabriel's like, but the buildup matters. And that's what we're seeing is the buildup matters. I like that.

Steve:

And as the buildup continues, Perry escorts, Gabriel and mark has. He tells them that he and his boyfriend had broken up. He's trying to move on, but he's having a hard time focusing on anything else, even in this conversation. Yeah. Just then they run into Perry's ex-boyfriend oh, no. Perry grabs mark and kisses and pretending they're together. Marco's all in making Perry, ASX jealous, and it all works out as they admit their feelings for each other and their desire to work.

Stephen:

And this is great news for Perry. Yes,

Steve:

but it also means that Gabriel and mark can no longer go back there to

Stephen:

fool around. And in a shocking twist, mark is absolutely fine with it mean he's the one who instigated and he says that it's actually more important for Perry and his boyfriend to work on all out. And again, we're seeing a different side of mark here that we've had hints of before, and you're really starting to think, oh, this is a good guy. And what I love is that he grabs Gabriel's hand and they walk off down the street, hand in hand together, because that is a level of intimacy that you wouldn't expect from a one night stand.

Steve:

Yeah, I agree. I would say at this point, the line starts to blur between what they set out to do and what they're finding themselves doing.

Stephen:

Yeah. Like it's no longer, just a one night stand. I would say this is a very long first date. Yeah. Yes.

Steve:

They then decide to hit up a gay club for some dancing and everyone there knows mark and he knows them intimately. They dance together and Gabriel loosens up as the song goes on, even taking his shirt off. Yeah. And I would say I don't have this experience of like dancing crazy wild with my shirt off and a throng of people to you.

Stephen:

Not with my shirt off. That was never my. Thing. Yeah. But dancing in a sweaty throng of people like this. Absolutely. That was the doc and Cincinnati was the big dance club downtown. Nice. So shortly thereafter, one of Mark's friends, Dino shows up he's wasted, probably high and. Gabriel feels uncomfortable and heads to the bathroom. And while he's gone, Dino tries to hit on mark. But mark shuts that down pretty quickly. Yes

Steve:

he does. And in the bathroom, there's one of your favorite scenes or inter

Stephen:

yeah, a drag queen that we saw earlier on the dance floor, Ms. Coco, Peru corners, Gabriel, and she questions. Gabriel is marquee boyfriend adjust a trick.

Steve:

I don't know what we are.

Stephen:

Oh, I've heard that one before. You know, I'm not one to gossip. It's not my nature now. Truth, truth. That's my nature.

Steve:

She goes on to bad mouth mark to Gabriel telling him of the time they hooked up, which sounds very much like how Gabriel and mark met subway, pretending to be asleep with some extra spice.

Stephen:

And he looked down at his crotch back up at me and he says, it's big, it's beautiful. And you're gonna love it. And I said, well, All right. Can

Steve:

you blame her?

Stephen:

She then tells about how mark they hooked up. Mark climax. Next thing I know he comes in my eye and he's out the door gone. Have you ever gotten in your eye, Gabriel? It,

Steve:

yes. And when I first saw this as an adult, I was like, wait, I thought this story involves someone that we know.

Stephen:

So. For anybody that's listened to the podcast knows about my best friend, Ronnie and Ronnie is known for some interesting stories. And whether all of them are true is like big fish. Yeah. Because there was a long time, but Ronnie was telling us jokes and it wasn't until my junior year of college that I realized they were all lines from the TV show app. In this, we were trying to go see cruel intentions at the movie theater and we were going to go to the seven o'clock showing. So we called Ronnie at six 30 and he's like, I need some extra time. And this is before the time of ordering the tickets in advance, you just didn't do it. You just went to the theater and showed up. And so then we're like, fine, we'll go to the eight o'clock show and we call it. I need more time and little longer. We'll go to the nine o'clock show. And so he shows up at eight 30 and his eye is all red. And we're like, what have you been doing? And we get this story of a surfer and we're like a surfer at WVU and he's from Kansas. And. A surfer from Kansas at WVU. And he's like, well, have you ever gotten come in here? And so take it for what you will, whether it's a true story or made up. I don't know, but it, this scene always makes me think of Ronnie and the surfer from Kansas. Now also Coco said that the phone number that mark had given him. Turned out to be the number for the Brooklyn botanical gardens. So we're getting a lot of stuff peppered throughout here that we're made to think. Well, okay. We have this story of that. He also told Coco that he rents a room from an old lady, and we know that he gives out fake phone numbers. We know that he pretends to be asleep on the subway. So. All these things and it's starting to really mess with Gabriel's head.

Steve:

Yes. And as he's exiting the bathroom, he doesn't help that he sees Dino kiss mark, and he gets the wrong idea and leaves the club without saying anything before he gets the chance to see mark pushing Dino away.

Stephen:

Yeah. And mark sees Gabriel leave and goes after him. And then there's a gym bunny that stops him and pulls him in. And mark goes, sorry. I'm with someone. And. We're definitely seeing that there's more to both of them. What they're feeling that just hooking up from how Gabriel was hurt to how mark didn't want other guys and Gabriel's inexperience and marks jadedness, maybe are keeping them from saying what's going on.

Steve:

Yes. And I mean, that continues when mark follows Gabriel back to his enriches. Gave his heart and tries to just send them home. But mark says he can't leave because he thinks he left his keys

Stephen:

inside. They go in to look for the gate keys and try to talk things out. And Judy, who wants to be a sex there. Mediates

Steve:

while topless. Yes. Mark takes responsibility and asserts that he didn't deed hook up with Ms. Coco. It was actually the latter who tried to take advantage of him by secretly videotaping their encounter without Mark's consent, which is wrong. It had Ms. Coco,

Stephen:

Gabriel's insecurities get the best of him. And when mark tries to hint at. Being something more to tonight and something more between them Gabriel still hurt and unsure what to think of. All of it, shuts it down. Do you agree that there's more between them at this point?

Steve:

Yes. I don't know what it is necessarily. There are times where, like I bought buy it more from mark. I'm trying to figure out what mark seasoned Gabriel at times, because Gabriel at this point seems to be pushed at doing most of the pushing away while mark seems.

Stephen:

Well, and I think that Gabriel, at this point, like mark sees that Gabriel isn't one that would want to play games. Like he wears his heart on his sleeve. So he's not going to try to pretend to be something that he's not. And I think this is refreshing for mark because. In New York city during that time period. And then at that age, I doubt there's a lot of guys that are just their authentic self. Yes. And as we were saying, mark, isn't wanting to put his feelings out there. He's hurt. So he leaves without his keys, Gabriel slumps back on the bed, his mind going a million miles a minute, just then Judy finds Mark's keys.

Steve:

Yes. Gabriel chases. After mark with them down into the side. He tosses them back. And mark walks down the subway stairs out of sight. Just when it seems that Mark's gone forever. Gabriel says you hungry and mark reappears. Yes. He and Gabriel make a connection after all. And

Stephen:

now they're going to finally have some alone time together to talk, unfortunately, because everything ties in together, they run into Katherine and some of her theater, friends post show at the diamond.

Steve:

Yes. There, Katherine monopolizes the conversation with a monologue that you use in Cincinnati quite successfully, from what I understand, would you like to, to monologue at us my

Stephen:

last and I'll try to make it as fast as possible without rushing. So it's a story about shit. Oh my God. I have to tell you this about this really artsy party, this French Canadian girl in my acting class through like everyone there, they wrote like poems or novellas or something. So this one college guy, he was Asian. He gets up in this little leather portfolio with a satin ribbon to tie it shot. And he's going to read his poetry. But before he starts reading, he starts to tell us about his fascinations with the human body. And he says, what fascinates in the most is what comes out of the human body. Evidently he's tasted everything that comes out of the body except shit. And he says, we'll probably taste that one day too. And then he reads a poem about shit. So I'm thinking, okay, this guy really likes shit. Right? And then he keeps reading and he reads 17 poems. All about shit 17. I'm not. And I was so relieved when he got tired of reading and then this ethnic woman stands up and she was like native American or Filipino. I can never really tell the difference. She didn't have a poem to read. So she tells us about a problem. She's having a sex problem. And she says that there's some force that's making her screw around all the time. All these guys are after. I mean, she's not what I would call sexy. Not that I'm into women that way, but I can tell when a woman sexy, I mean, she's not what I would call a skank or anything. She's just not what I would call sexy. That's all. So anyway, this is really funny. I drink too much homemade rose hip ice tea, and I really had to be right in the middle of her story. Right. So I get up, I go to the bath. But the bathroom door's locked. So I'm kind of standing there looking at the wallpaper, lul it's coming, give me a headache. And then all of a sudden, the toilet flushes the door opens and the shit guy walks out and he's smiling. And not one of those polite acknowledgement, smiles, but he's like smiling. Like he's happy about something. And all of a sudden I didn't have to pee anymore. Bravo and I love that so much. And she does it as this stream of consciousness. And it's so good.

Steve:

Yes. Gabriel then blows up at her and Catherine humiliated, melts down in a speech about not wanting to be a lesbian with Tori spelling, giving the performance of her career before she leaves in a Huff,

Stephen:

Gabe chases after and apologizes. And they smooth things over and Catherine or friends are going to depart and she's like, why can't you be straight? You

Steve:

don't like any straight men. I don't

Stephen:

know any straight. Yes.

Steve:

I knew girls like that college for sure.

Stephen:

And the diner, the place to go. When you can't go home and you were done at the bars and clubs, did you guys have a place like that in college or after college? Yeah,

Steve:

the Comac diner we would go to after going out or whenever we were just stunned doing whatever we were doing, but we didn't want to go home

Stephen:

yet. So we used to go to Eton park in Morgantown. And because after midnight they would sometimes have the breakfast buffet going. Yeah. And so it was a good time. And you had your club kids, your older bears, and you're barely out of makeup, drag Queens all at this one big table and having the best time. Excellent. Now, did you ever have someone in your life like Catherine who wanted to be the center of attention and make it all about.

Steve:

Yes, but I shall re let them remain anonymous.

Stephen:

Well, I've lost touch with this person so I can go ahead and say, so we had this friend named Leanne and Leanne was a one oper. Yes. You know, no matter what you said, they had a story that was better or worse. Of course, for them. I remember when the day my grandmother died. Leanne shows up to the apartment and she says, Hey, what are you guys up to? And I said, well, I just found out my grandmother died. Well, you're never going to believe what happened to me. And I'm like, seriously, hers was a speeding ticket on the way over. And at that point I was like, you know what? I think I may be done. Yeah.

Steve:

Mark and Gabriel, then bond more in the bathroom, finally alone. And they almost. Mark admits that the old lady he lives with his mother mark says, I think it's good. How this turned out. And

Stephen:

Gabe says, what about the sex to

Steve:

which mark replies? What kind of girl do you think I am?

Stephen:

And it's really cute that our interactions together right now. I love it. And the new morning dawns outside they're walking hand in hand and they're talking about anything and everything. And mark gives Gabriel his phone number and they have that amazing first kiss finally. And it's been like 12 hours. Yeah. And mark heads home Gabriel immediately runs to a phone. Now for those of you listening, there used to be public phones right there on the street that you would put money in and you could call people. Why would you do

Steve:

that? If you had

Stephen:

your cell phone there, wasn't such a thing. Yeah. Oh no. I know. And, but the good thing is mark gave him his actual phone number. Okay,

Steve:

excellent. The movie ends with Gabriel seeing enter you allowed with a smile on it. And now has a rhyme for the second first. Yeah.

Stephen:

Yay. So what do you think happens to them after?

Steve:

I think that they date for a while and it doesn't work out because there's a sequel where they're going to reunite.

Stephen:

Right. I don't think it works out either. Can I tell you my thoughts for the sequel? Sure. Okay. So Gabriel is still living. In Manhattan. He actually has written a musical and it's about that night. And he's still friends with Catherine and she's surprisingly enough become a successful enough Broadway actress on the west coast. We've got mark who has pursued. Turns out a career in modeling and it led to him working like as a modeling agent and his best friend is Judy, who is now a successful sex therapist for the Hollywood elite. And mark ends up coming with Judy back to New York to see the opening of the play and mark and Gabriel reconnect. Via one of the apps like Scruff or

Steve:

Grindr. Ah, that'd be so nice

Stephen:

because I think those are the four characters I'd like to see again. Yes, I agree. Do you have any thoughts on the sequel?

Steve:

You did a better job than I would.

Stephen:

What are your final thoughts on the movie and how it has aged after 23 years?

Steve:

It's still captures that moment in time that I think like, even though the technology changes the way that we meet people. There is that age where everyone kind of goes through where you're either living with roommates or living with families still, but you're also trying to like be young and active and independent and you're unable to, and I think that's just something that's very relatable for a certain age. Like I can't relate to it now. Like I think that it would be harder to explain why, like to men, like if they do the sequel, like two men in their forties or fifties, Just rent a hotel room for the 80 bucks and call it a night. Right.

Stephen:

Well, and that's, I don't think it's going to be about that. Or maybe it'll be about, they're so busy that they can't find this time, or it's not even about that. It's just about them reconnecting. Yeah.

Steve:

But I like your idea. And I also love our listeners.

Stephen:

I love our listeners too. And we would love to hear what our listeners think about this episode. Other of their favorite things or the podcast in general, if they wanted to get in touch with us, how could they do

Steve:

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Stephen:

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Steve:

And until next time everyone

Stephen:

stay happy.