I would post this in queerasfolkfans, but that community sucks ass nowadays, and not in the sexy way.
I hoped Brian would tell Justin that he loved him eventually, but I knew it would take something tragic for him to get it out of his mouth. I was pleased with the way they wrote it, because if Brian had said it because he was lonely or realized suddenly that he'd been mistaken to let Justin leave, I would have been pissed. It would have been incredibly out of character, what with Brian's pride.
I thought the most powerful moment was when he ran into the burning building and shrieked Justin's name over and over. He's normally so collected, it was a beautiful contrast. Gale Harold gave a great performance.
And the "I love you"...
I normally don't care about that sort of thing. It's superficial if you need to hear those words to actually know someone cares for you, but here...I knew how against that sort of thing Brian was as well, and how much strength it took, even in that worried moment, for him to say it. It was so genuine. At the time, I put my hands over my mouth and bounced, and then began pacing around the room, which I do when excited or worked up in any way (I did it all though the Half-Blood Prince!).
So: one of the greatest episodes, indeed! Now it's just Mikey I'm worried about. I have no inkling of what they plan to do. Michael's such a good person. And I couldn't stand to see Ben lose both Hunter and Michael. Pull through, Mikey!
Also, now that I think of it --- what the motherfucking huh? Did I miss something in the Half-Blood Prince or...
Did she not tell us what happened to Dumbledore's hand? Did I skip over something on accident? Or was it a symbolic something-or-other that went over my little head?