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written & directed by Patrick Hurley
eps. 10-12 directed by Casey Kringlen

Something strange is happening to gay men in Hollywood.

12 Episodes / SECOND PLACE PLAYOFFS WINNER
Original Run: 7 eps, 10/14/17 - 12/3/17
Playoffs Run: 5 eps, 4/7/18, 4/21/18 - 5/12/18

Episode One (10/14/17)

Summary: In West Hollywood, Andrew, Will and Burton are concerned about their friend Matt - ever since he's been dating that new guy Jerry, he's not bitchy anymore. Instead of insults, he seems... happy. Disturbingly so. And Jerry is even more blandly-yet-strangely pleasant. Could there be something turning gays into Stepford gays?

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Episode Two (10/21/17)

Summary: Andrew corners the strangely robotic Jerry, whose happy facade keeps breaking as he suggests murderous options... but he quickly buries those outburst in order to begin to smooth-talk and possibly even seduce Andrew. Matt is even more robotic than before; he tries to warn his friends of something dire, but his new programming keeps winning out. Later, when Matt and Jerry are reunited, they affirm their plan to eliminate humanity. Meanwhile. Burton's boyfriend Don has arrived... DON DON DON! #dramaticmusic

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Episode Three (10/28/17)

Summary: Matt, scarcely able to control his body or mouth, begs for help... but lonely Will just thinks Matt is coming on to him. Suddenly, Matt downloads an upgrade... and is seemingly back to his old bitchy self, much to the relief of his friends. Matt seduces Will... and Will soon becomes a Stepford gay just like Jerry.

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Episode Four (11/4/17)

Summary: Andrew's friend Trevor arrives and is incredulous at the recent goings-on. Andrew is far too into Jerry's come-ons, which places him in danger of being turned into a robot like his friends before him.

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Episode Five (11/11/17)

Summary: Matt and Will freak out Thaddeus and Brent by coming on to them too strong. There is a system failure, and all the Stepford Gays return to normal, wondering what's happened. This includes Jerry, who no longer knows any of them. Cocksy Brown, Burton's drag persona appears - but how can that be? Burton just left moments ago. It turns out this is not Burton, but the REAL Cocksy Brown... and she's the mastermind behind all the strange goings on - not Jerry. Phase I: Endless Summer is now complete; it's time for Phase II: Donna Summer.

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Episode Six (11/18/17)

Summary: Brent knows that the plot to turn gays into robots is being led by somebody known only as "The Innovator," but he can't get Andrew and Burton, who are too busy being bitchy, to listen to him. After yet another glitch, Brent suddenly knows who The Innovator is... it's Andrew!

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Episode Seven (12/2/17)

Summary: Burton meets Jeffrey, his ex-boyfriend Don's wealthy new boyfriend. Burton isn't pleased to meet him, and it's possible that Jeffrey may be The Innovator. Jeffrey says he has something important to show him, and leads him into a secret passage in his home...

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Episode Eight (4/7/18) - Playoffs Round 1!

Summary: Andrew and Trevor get into an epic bitchy fight while people pulled out of the audience look on. Burton arrives with a bit of news, but you'll have to wait until next episode to hear it.

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Episode Nine (4/21/18) - Playoffs Round 2!

Summary: The cast promise that we'll get back to the plot next week if they're voted through, and instead take a break to play the bitchy game show "Gay Jerk Off," in which the contestants are bitchy jerks to one another, while audience members are called to the stage to not help in any way.

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Episode Ten (4/28/18) - Playoffs Round 3!

Summary: The plot once again does not advance... until it suddenly does when Andrew is suddenly and unexpectedly able to switch off all the gay robot zombies. CLIFFHANGER!

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Episode Eleven (5/5/18) - Playoffs Round 4!

Summary: BACK TO THE PLOT FOR REALSIES THIS TIME. We learn that Trevor and the wealthy Jeffrey (who we last met in Episode 7) are behind the plot to turn young gay men into gay robot zombies (or "garabombies"). Older gay men become invisible to younger gay men, so they're taking over the young ones in order to regain their youth and desirability. Andrew is already one of them, and Trevor has his sights set on converting Burton. But Burton - after some convincing - decides to help go to war against this evil plot...

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Episode Twelve (5/12/18) - Playoffs Round 5!

Summary: After a quick trip through some sci-fi tropes to trick the audience into thinking this is a plot-driven story, Andrew and Burton face off... but Trevor freezes Andrew. Trevor explains to Burton and the garabombies his frustrations with the current generation of young gay men, who he thinks are behaving like stereotypes - being superficially bitchy to one another and finding no value in anyone over 30 who they're not attracted to. He points out that many of the civil rights leaders who earned them their privilege to walk down the street openly holding hands were over 30; the queens at Stonewall were 60 and 70! Trevor then gives Burton the code phrase to unfreeze Andrew, a phrase no gay man would ever say: "vaginal penetration." Andrew awakens... and Burton reveals that though he goes to great lengths to look young, he's actually 31. This ultimately leads to a musical number in which they agree that focusing on sex isn't the only way for gay men to relate, and that it's okay for them as gay men to just be friends. They set off to stop the malfunctioning Jerry from going to the closet where he, at the behest of Jeffrey, is going to push a button that will destroy all the garabombies. But why does Jeffrey want this? It transpires that Jeffrey is not gay; he's straight, and he wants to turn all gay men straight. But his plan didn't work; the chips he implanted in the garabombies was thwarted by the men's innate gayness, which is why the garabombies have been malfunctioning. Jeffrey gives the order for Jerry to press the button - but, now knowing the truth, Jerry is finally able to overcome the programming in his chip and joins the other gay men - and Trevor, who is now helping Burton and the garabombies - in taking Jeffrey down. With Jeffrey overthrown and the danger past, the garabombies are free to be themselves once more - and everyone learns a lesson from Trevor about valuing people as people and not just as sexual conquests.

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Cast

Grant Hodges Andrew (Eps. 1-6 & 8-12)
Jason Caceres Will (Eps. 1-5 & 7-12)
Davis J. Anderson Jerry (Eps. 1-2, 4-5 & 10-12)
Aaron Jung Burton (Eps. 1-8 & 10-12)
Gregory Louis Pietrowski Matt (Eps. 1-5)
Patrick Hurley Trevor (Eps. 5 & 7-12)
Christopher Wilson-Smith Thaddeus (Eps. 4-8 & 10-12)
David Tran Brent (Eps. 4-8 & 10-12)
Sacha Elie "Burton" (Ep. 4)
Cocksy Brown (Ep. 5)
Casey Kringlen Jeffrey (Eps. 7 & 11-12)
MC (Eps. 8-9)
Navaris Darson Unknown Garabombie Soldier (Ep. 12)