For the first three seasons of the show, Vic lives with Debbie in her house. However, as the camera tracks around them dancing, the destroyed club begins to transform to a restored Babylon, complete with people dancing and laser and strobe lights. After several more encounters, Ben allows Hunter to spend the night, and later gives him some money and his phone number. He is often very defensive of his best friend, Brian, and admits to having some feelings for him. Ashamed, Hunter begins to make a more sincere effort to adapt to his new home by respecting curfew and enrolling in school. It turns out to be a panicking Drew, who was being threatened with being by a.
Stockwell fires Brian when he finds out that he is gay one of his officers recognized him during a bust at the bar Woody's , but later re-hires him when he begins slipping in the polls once more. Young, wild and coming out with a vengeance, he crowbars his way into their world and once he arrives, nothing is ever the same again. She grows angry with Justin after he fails to return her feelings after they sleep together and is disappointed when Cody and Justin will not let her help with the Pink Posse as she is straight. When Hunter does tell Ben and Michael the truth, the two are initially surprised but express their support nonetheless. By the last season, she finally accepts Brian and tells him that she would be proud to have him as a son-in-law. Brian has accused Michael of being a conformist and bases this on Michael having a partner, a house, and an adopted son. Later on, Lindsay is the first to realize that the three-way custody battle between herself, Mel, and Michael is ruining Jenny Rebecca's life, and recuses herself from it for the sake of her daughter.
David by everyone Occupation Spouse Lori ex-wife Significant other ex-boyfriend Children Hank Cameron son, with Lori Dr. Later, Daphne becomes romantically interested in Justin, causing some tension between them. Although Mel is welcome at family events, both she and Lindsay are expected to bring male dates if people outside the family will be in attendance such as Lindsay's sister's wedding Gus' parentage has been a source of contention between Lindsay, Melanie and Brian. She is invited to Justin's first art exhibit where she sees some erotic art pieces by Justin. During this period of instability in the relationship, Melanie has a one-night stand with a woman she meets at a friend's baby shower. Hunter later overhears a conversation between Ben and Michael where they sadly admit that Hunter might be a lost cause and that they should let him go if he's unhappy with them.
The character of Debbie Novotny is parodied in the teenage film , where the mother of one of the central characters Nico, a flamboyant teenage boy adopts Debbie's 'out there' style of clothing after Nico comes out to her. She lists Brian's loft for sale, several times. During the second season, after discovering a dead male prostitute in the garbage bin behind the diner where she works, Debbie attempts to find out his name, actually beating the police force in discovering it. Meanwhile, Vic appears in 's dreams, especially after Brian learns he has. Carl further makes it up to Debbie by learning some lessons from two of the lesbians on the force.
Seemingly grateful for the care that Michael and Ben have shown her son, she relays her intent to bring him home and start over. Although at first glance Emmett seems to be a gay stereotype, even a , throughout the five seasons his character becomes quite dynamic and complex. Melanie is also close friends with , an accountant that manages Lindsay and Melanie's financial portfolio. She is seen briefly in the fifth season talking to Justin while they are babysitting Michael's daughter Jenny Rebecca and in the final episode is mentioned as helping him find a place to stay in New York. His actual father was Danny Devore, played by who became a drag queen entertainer named Divina Devore. When she sees holding Justin in a suggestive way and kissing him, she realizes that he is the naked, sleeping man in one of Justin's drawings and that he has been sleeping with her son.
Lindsay is also the biological mother of Gus, a son by way of from donor and longtime friend , and the adoptive mother of Jenny Rebecca, Melanie's natural child by way of artificial insemination from donor and mutual friend. His earliest attempt, with a younger man named Blake, ends with Ted in a coma from an overdose of. During the vigil for the Babylon victims, Ben displays uncharacteristic rage when he brutally beats up a counter-protester who began mocking Michael's near death. Michael was originally going to leave with him, but briefly stays behind after learning of the assault on. In a desperate attempt to get through to Ben, Michael threatens to infect himself with Ben's used needle in order to get him to stop taking steroids. However, Daphne reminds Justin that he once experienced the same feelings toward as she is now feeling.
Blake does not reappear in the series until Season Three, when Ted hits rock-bottom and ends up at the same rehabilitation center he checked Blake into two years prior. Later, Ben and Michael travel to , Ontario, Canada for the start of the Liberty Ride. David meets after he injures his back working at the Q Mart. As our lady of Disco, the divine Miss has always sung to us: We will survive. While Brian initially gives up his parental rights over Gus, he later tries to become a more prominent father figure in Gus' life, much to the chagrin of Melanie. David is the Michael is referred to, and later, when he sees Michael back at the Q Mart, asks him out, and the two begin to date, and eventually Michael moves in with David. However, unlike Michael's ex-boyfriend, David Cameron, Ben does not openly resent Michael's and Brian's close and somewhat co-dependent friendship and he calmly acknowledges that when two people enter a relationship, they each bring his own history.
Michael is initially less patient with Hunter's presence in their home, but the couple grow to accept Hunter as a member of the family. Melanie eventually relents and lets Michael share parental rights. He recovers amongst great difficulty, as he was close to the bomb, which killed secondary lesbian character, Dusty, who was only a few feet away from him , and the series ends with him and Brian dancing in the burned out infrastructure of the building. Carl first appears in season two as an investigating police officer when finds the body of a young gay hustler in a dumpster behind the Liberty Diner. Despite his academic background and somewhat esoteric philosophies, Ben integrates well with Michael's circle of friends.
When Hunter ends up in the hospital he puts Ben down as his family member to contact. David decides to move back to , to be with his son, and invites Michael to come with him. He moves to at the end of the first season with David, only to return after they break up. Despite being supportive of Justin's homosexuality, she occasionally shows frustration at the, at time, exclusive homosexual community. Ben and Michael later begin providing shelter to a teenage prostitute, Hunter Montgomery, after encountering him soliciting outside their apartment. Ben's increasingly erratic behavior begins taking a toll on his relationship with Michael. She also plays an important role in the campaign against , the anti-gay police chief running for mayor of Pittsburgh.
Amid pressure to withdraw from school, Hunter is able to take a stand against the accusations leveled against him by the parents at the meeting and resolves to stay in his high school. In his last scene, Hunter is working at the diner when Ben and Michael call him over and tell him he passed all his subjects. She helps Ted and Emmett find a house so that they can live together. During the final season, Blake and Ted reunite, and end up as a couple. Melanie's negative feelings about Brian are only exacerbated as he repeatedly injects himself into decisions about Gus' upbringing and reneges on his promise to sign his parental rights over to Melanie. Towards the end of the third season, Rita, Hunter's mother, appears.