Season 5 of the hit Netflix show Queer Eye dropped earlier this summer and the Fab Five has yet again delivered heart-warming and hilarious wisdom. The lifestyle show took the world by storm in 2018 and continues to educate and boost the confidence of its many viewers. Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Bobby Berk shine a light into our often dark world, giving regular Americans (and some Japanese citizens) a chance to turn their lives around.
Queer Eye Season 5 was no different from the previous 4 seasons. I laughed, I cried- no seriously, the amount of ugly crying we did this season was ridiculous. And we have a feeling we weren’t the only ones. So without further ado, here are the 10 moments in Queer Eye season 5 that made us cry.
10. The Environmentalist’s New Style
In episode five, “The Anxious Activist”, Abby is an environmental activist. At just 18 years old, Abby seems to have the whole world on her shoulders- literally. Luckily, she’s smart, determined, and outspoken about her beliefs. But on the other hand, Abby doesn’t give herself the same care that she gives to our planet. In a touching moment with Tan, Abby tries on new, funky clothes that break down her anxious activist exterior and reveals the happy young girl underneath. Whoever said shopping can’t be tear-jerking definitely hasn’t seen this show!
9. The DJ and His Dad
DJ Ryan is torn in episode six between his passion for music and his family’s expectations of him. Although the Fab Five clean up his uncontrollable beard and style his home, the most important work they do is on Ryan’s state of mind. Led by Karamo, Ryan and his father have a heart-to-heart where Dad reveals that his only wish is for Ryan to be happy, whether that’s DJ-ing or helping with the family business. This weight off Ryan’s shoulders definitely made us shed a few tears.
8. Dr. Yi’s Special Secret
In her episode, Dr. Lilly Yi needs help making a dive into her new career as a pediatrician. The boys give Lilly a more professional look and help her work through the unhappiness of not spending as much time with her 3-year-old daughter in the past. At the tail end of episode nine, Lilly reveals some exciting news. Spoiler alert! She’s pregnant with her second child! Watching that made us want to be in the warm group hug between Lilly and the Fab Five.
7. Pastor Noah’s Acceptance
Pastor Noah Hepler struggles with plenty at the start of his episode. First and foremost, there were his unsafe living conditions and bare church space. But besides the physical obstacles, the Fab Five finds that Noah is a late-bloomer of sorts, trying to discover himself as a gay man after many years of being hidden. So, in a surprise meeting with two other LGBTQ+ pastors, Karamo helps Noah see the support he has not only from the gay community but also from the religious. When Noah was gifted a special stole from one of the pastors, who told Noah how accepted he was, the tears began to flow for sure.
6. The Father of the Bride’s Brand New Smile
In preparation for his daughter’s wedding, Kevin Abernathy invites the Queer Eye Guys to take over his life for a week. While Kevin struggles with this big step in his daughter’s life, we found that his most breath-taking transformation was physical. Along with his hair and clothes, Kevin got a chance to get his smile back when Jonathan took him to the dentist to get his missing teeth replaced. The light in Kevin’s eye when he saw himself in the mirror was so moving, of course, it had us sniffling into our Kleenex.
5. The Groomer’s New Wheels
In episode two, Rahanna Gray’s greatest passion is her dog grooming business. There’s no doubt that she has worked hard at it too. Unfortunately though, Rahanna experienced many setbacks such as her vehicle breaking down and a loss of clients due to her lack of mobility. Along with boosting Rahanna’s confidence and giving her some helpful business tips, the boys gave her the most vital part of her business back. A new van! Rahanna’s surprise was an immediate joy to watch and had us crying along with her.
4. Trainer Nate’s Dreadlocks
As the final hero of season five, Nate McIntyre wowed with his cool 90’s-themed gym and love for music. Along with not caring for himself as well as he should and isolating himself from his loving girlfriend, Nate suffered a serious hit to his self-esteem through his hair. When he started losing it, he never wanted to show anyone. However, the Fab Five gave Nate a new perspective by teaching him to move into a new chapter in his life without the dreadlocks of his youth. The transformation was huge and so heartfelt to watch!
3. The Fishmonger’s Heart-to-Heart With His Daughter
Marcos Tiacopilco displayed amazing growth in his episode with the Fab Five. While helping the Mexican fishmonger make his dream restaurant a reality, the boys also aided the Tiacopilco’s in reconnecting with their eldest daughter, who was estranged from the family. In a touching moment between Marcos and his daughter, the two sorted out their differences, explaining that their love for each other comes above the cultural expectations between them. Not only was it exciting to see this family come together again, but it made us sob like babies at how beautiful the moment was.
2. The Writer and His Foster Mother Reunited
As an advocate for children’s literacy, Tyreek Wanamaker had plenty on his plate when the Queer Eye Guys entered his life. While Tyreek loved helping his community and showing off his style, he still struggled with some personal issues from his childhood. Namely, he felt hurt by his abrupt leave from his foster mother, Ruth, who he hadn’t reconnected with since he was a child. With the help of Karamo, Tyreek invited Ruth to his home and discussed the reasons why he had to leave her home. The love between the two was clear and it felt perfect that they had finally come back into each other’s lives. We felt just as proud of Tyreek as Ruth did and we just had to shed some parental tears for him!
1. Mother Jennifer’s Heart
Jennifer Sweeney was what some might call a super mom. Along with cleaning the house and cooking dinner, Jennifer worked to provide for her family and seemed to never give herself a break to just breathe. As Antoni helped Jennifer rediscover her Polish roots and Bobby perked up her patio area, Karamo connected with Jennifer about her husband’s diagnosis with ALS. On a walk with Karamo, Jennifer broke down and admitted how sad and scared she was for her husband. Luckily, her story turned out happily and we were incredibly happy for Jennifer, that moment was one we will remember crying about for a long time.
Although Queer Eye makes us cry, we wouldn’t want it any other way. Let’s cross our fingers and wish for another delightful season 6 with our favorite style experts. Let us know who your favorite hero/heroine was this season! And don’t forget to check out our review of the full season: ‘Queer Eye’ Season 5 is Absolutely Fabulous and Inspires Empathy – Review!