2. "To Gay or Not Too Gay," Season 1, Episode 4
It's a toss-up between these last two picks. "To Gay or Not Too Gay" was the episode that showed us what this reboot really could do to our ducts. The gang is ostensibly tasked with helping AJ out of his oversized button-downs and into some more flattering clothes, but they also make their mission something far more meaningful. They're going to encourage AJ -- who regrets not coming out to his dad while he was alive -- to tell his stepmother Haide that he's gay. As AJ and Haide sit on his bed, he reads her a letter he wrote to his father. He gets to those two words, "I'm gay," and he pauses. She smiles. When he's all done, AJ breaks down. They embrace. It's devastating.
1. "God Bless Gay," Season 2, Episode 1
"To Gay or Not Too Gay" featured a burst of heart-wrenching content, but "God Bless Gay," the Season 2 premiere, is a sustained tearful experience. It's something of a double job for the Fab Five. Their main target is the devoutly selfless Mama Tammye Hicks from Gay, Georgia. (Yes, "Gay, Georgia.") She's a leader, volunteer, and teacher, who requests that they redo the community center at her church instead of her own house. Her story is inherently moving: She's a cancer survivor along with her sister, but they lost their mother to the same disease. Our hosts, however, aren't just focused on her. Tammye's son Myles has recently moved back home. He's gay and out to his mom, but still concerned about how he'll be received in the tiny town's religious environment. What unfolds are dual mother-and-child makeovers, and an exploration of what true support looks like. Tammye's warmth is effusive and generous, and during the climactic homecoming service she speaks about a God that's loving of all people. Simply put, it's beautiful, cathartic, and, yes, cry-inducing.