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''Looking'' is an HBO series created by Michael Lannan that premiered on HBO on January 19, 2014. The story centers on three gay men in San Francisco, CA. There's Patrick (Creator/JonathanGroff), a game designer with a considerable amount of insecurity issues and also a high level of social awkwardness, his best friend Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), the queerest of the group, modern, hip and artsy and Dom (Murray Bartlett), a Don Juan who's turning 40 and is struggling to succeed in life, which basically means to him to open a Peri-Peri Chicken restaurant.

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''Looking'' is an HBO series created by Michael Lannan that premiered on HBO on January 19, 2014. The story centers on three gay men in San Francisco, CA. There's Patrick (Creator/JonathanGroff), a game designer with a considerable amount of insecurity issues and also a high level of social awkwardness, his best friend Agustín Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), the queerest of the group, modern, hip and artsy and Dom (Murray Bartlett), a Don Juan who's turning 40 and is struggling to succeed in life, which basically means to him to open a Peri-Peri Chicken restaurant.



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* AffectionateNickname: Agustín and Dom call Patrick "Paddy", while Richie often calls him "Pato". [[note]]This has seemingly no relation to the Spanish word "pato", which means "duck" and is also used as a slang term for "gay". It is a common nickname for the name Patricio, which is the Spanish equivalent of the name Patrick.[[/note]]

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* AffectionateNickname: Agustín Agustín and Dom call Patrick "Paddy", while Richie often calls him "Pato". [[note]]This has seemingly no relation to the Spanish word "pato", which means "duck" and is also used as a slang term for "gay". It is a common nickname for the name Patricio, which is the Spanish equivalent of the name Patrick.[[/note]]



** In "Looking for Results", a high Agustín questions Richie on whether he misses Patrick. When Patrick, who is right there, asks what Agustín was talking about, Richie says it was "nothing, just drunk talk".
---> '''Agustín:''' ''Ay, mi querido Richie. ¿Cómo lo hace?'' [[note]]Oh, my dear Richie. How do you do it?[[/note]]
---> '''Richie:''' ''¿Cómo hace qué?'' [[note]]How do I do what?[[/note]]
---> '''Agustín:''' ''Nuestro angelito favorito. ¿Extrañas a tu angelito?'' [[note]]Our favorite little angel. Do you miss your little angel?[[/note]]
---> '''Richie:''' ''Cállate,'' bro. [[note]]Shut up, bro.[[/note]]

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** In "Looking for Results", a high Agustín Agustín questions Richie on whether he misses Patrick. When Patrick, who is right there, asks what Agustín Agustín was talking about, Richie says it was "nothing, just drunk talk".
---> '''Agustín:''' '''Agustín:''' ''Ay, mi querido Richie. ¿Cómo ¿Cómo lo hace?'' [[note]]Oh, my dear Richie. How do you do it?[[/note]]
---> '''Richie:''' ''¿Cómo ''¿Cómo hace qué?'' qué?'' [[note]]How do I do what?[[/note]]
---> '''Agustín:''' '''Agustín:''' ''Nuestro angelito favorito. ¿Extrañas ¿Extrañas a tu angelito?'' [[note]]Our favorite little angel. Do you miss your little angel?[[/note]]
---> '''Richie:''' ''Cállate,'' ''Cállate,'' bro. [[note]]Shut up, bro.[[/note]]



---> '''Ceci:''' ''Pérame,'' is this the ''pinche puto desgraciado'' Patrick that broke your heart? ''That'' Patrick? [[note]]Wait, is this the fucking asshole Patrick that broke your heart? ''That'' Patrick?[[/note]]

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---> '''Ceci:''' ''Pérame,'' ''Pérame,'' is this the ''pinche puto desgraciado'' Patrick that broke your heart? ''That'' Patrick? [[note]]Wait, is this the fucking asshole Patrick that broke your heart? ''That'' Patrick?[[/note]]



---> '''Ceci:''' Todavia andas con ese güey? Después de todo lo que te hizo? [[note]]You're still with this dude? After everything he did to you?[[/note]]
---> '''Richie:''' Ey, calmadita. No ando con él. [[note]]Hey, calm down. I'm not with him.[[/note]]

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---> '''Ceci:''' Todavia andas con ese güey? Después güey? Después de todo lo que te hizo? [[note]]You're still with this dude? After everything he did to you?[[/note]]
---> '''Richie:''' Ey, calmadita. No ando con él.él. [[note]]Hey, calm down. I'm not with him.[[/note]]



* InternalReveal: In "Looking for the Promised Land", Patrick confesses [[spoiler: his affair with Kevin]] to Agustín and Dom, who proceed to tell Doris, Eddie, Lynn, and even a homeless guy on the street. Patrick later tells Richie in "Looking Down the Road".

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* InternalReveal: In "Looking for the Promised Land", Patrick confesses [[spoiler: his affair with Kevin]] to Agustín Agustín and Dom, who proceed to tell Doris, Eddie, Lynn, and even a homeless guy on the street. Patrick later tells Richie in "Looking Down the Road".



* NoNameGiven: Doris's last name is never mentioned, while Agustín and Dom's weren't revealed until the final episodes of season 2.

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* NoNameGiven: Doris's last name is never mentioned, while Agustín Agustín and Dom's weren't revealed until the final episodes of season 2.



* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Lauren Weedman, Creator/RussellTovey, and Raúl Castillo were all upgraded from recurring guest stars to regular cast members for season 2.

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* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Lauren Weedman, Creator/RussellTovey, and Raúl Raúl Castillo were all upgraded from recurring guest stars to regular cast members for season 2.



* RightBehindMe: In "Looking in the Mirror", Agustín acuses Patrick of "slumming" by dating Richie. Cue Richie, who has just sneakingly entered the scene:

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* RightBehindMe: In "Looking in the Mirror", Agustín Agustín acuses Patrick of "slumming" by dating Richie. Cue Richie, who has just sneakingly entered the scene:



* RightThroughTheWall: In "Looking for Now", Patrick tries to avoid hearing Agustín and Frank's sexy times in the next room by covering his head with a pillow. In "Looking for the Promised Land", his annoyance at Agustín's indiscretion is a lot more vocal:

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* RightThroughTheWall: In "Looking for Now", Patrick tries to avoid hearing Agustín Agustín and Frank's sexy times in the next room by covering his head with a pillow. In "Looking for the Promised Land", his annoyance at Agustín's Agustín's indiscretion is a lot more vocal:



** ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' and its theme song "Thank You for Being a Friend" are referenced several times. In "Looking for Uncut", Patrick recites the lyrics to the song while saying goodbye to Agustín, which prompts Dom to call him Rose. In "Looking Glass", Patrick and Agustín mention having "''Golden Girls'' marathon Saturdays" when they lived together. At the end of the episode, Patrick goes home to find Agustín passed out in his bed with an episode of the series playing on his laptop, which he then proceeds to watch. "Thank You for Being a Friend" plays over the episode's credits. In "Looking for Gordon Freeman", Agustín mentions the boys dressed as "The Golden Ghouls" on the previous Halloween.

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** ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' and its theme song "Thank You for Being a Friend" are referenced several times. In "Looking for Uncut", Patrick recites the lyrics to the song while saying goodbye to Agustín, Agustín, which prompts Dom to call him Rose. In "Looking Glass", Patrick and Agustín Agustín mention having "''Golden Girls'' marathon Saturdays" when they lived together. At the end of the episode, Patrick goes home to find Agustín Agustín passed out in his bed with an episode of the series playing on his laptop, which he then proceeds to watch. "Thank You for Being a Friend" plays over the episode's credits. In "Looking for Gordon Freeman", Agustín Agustín mentions the boys dressed as "The Golden Ghouls" on the previous Halloween.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Agustín's name is more often than not spelled Augustin or even Augustine, by both fans of the show and the media.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Agustín's Agustín's name is more often than not spelled Augustin or even Augustine, by both fans of the show and the media.



* {{Tuckerization}}: All three main actors (Creator/JonathanGroff, Frankie J. Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett) seem to have characters named after them in the show: Kevin's boyfriend is named Jon, Agustín's boyfriend is named Frank, and Patrick's last name is Murray.

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* {{Tuckerization}}: All three main actors (Creator/JonathanGroff, Frankie J. Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett) seem to have characters named after them in the show: Kevin's boyfriend is named Jon, Agustín's Agustín's boyfriend is named Frank, and Patrick's last name is Murray.



* WithFriendsLikeThese: Patrick and Agustín seem to be somewhere between this and VitriolicBestBuds, with most of their conversations consisting of sarcastically calling each other out, both fairly and unfairly. So far Agustín has had more vitriol than the Patrick, though it's not completely uneven.

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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Patrick and Agustín Agustín seem to be somewhere between this and VitriolicBestBuds, with most of their conversations consisting of sarcastically calling each other out, both fairly and unfairly. So far Agustín Agustín has had more vitriol than the Patrick, though it's not completely uneven.


* {{Workaholic}}: Dom in TheMovie.
* YourCheatingHeart: Agustín seems to be heading this way with CJ, but instead [[spoiler: pays CJ to have sex with his boyfriend under the pretense of an art project. The fallout destroys their relationship]]. Also, [[spoiler: Patrick and Kevin, both of whom have boyfriends at the time, kiss each other in "Looking for a Plus-One" and then have sex in "Looking Glass"]].

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* {{Workaholic}}: Dom in TheMovie.
* YourCheatingHeart: Agustín seems to be heading this way with CJ, but instead [[spoiler: pays CJ to have sex with his boyfriend under the pretense of an art project. The fallout destroys their relationship]]. Also, [[spoiler: Patrick and Kevin, both of whom have boyfriends at the time, kiss each other in "Looking for a Plus-One" and then have sex in "Looking Glass"]].
TheMovie.


* BettyAndVeronica: Patrick's love triangle with Richie and Kevin is such a prime example of this trope that Franchise/ArchieComics artist Dan Parent [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/28/kevin-keller-looking_n_5226253.html drew the trio]] ''as'' Archie, Betty and Veronica.

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* BettyAndVeronica: Patrick's love triangle with Richie and Kevin is such a prime example of this trope that Franchise/ArchieComics ComicBook/ArchieComics artist Dan Parent [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/28/kevin-keller-looking_n_5226253.html drew the trio]] ''as'' Archie, Betty and Veronica.


* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted. Dom, who turns 40 partway through the series and at the beginning chased after younger guys, spends most of the first season falling for Lynn, a 50-something florist.


** ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' and its theme song "Thank You for Being a Friend" are referenced several times. In "Looking for Uncut", Patrick recites the lyrics to the song while saying goodbye to Agustín, which prompts Dom to call him Rose. In "Looking Glass", Patrick and Agustín mention having "''Golden Girls'' marathon Saturdays" when they lived together. At the end of the episode, Patrick goes home to find Agustín passed out in his bed with an episode of the series playing on his laptop, which he then proceeds to watch. "Thank You for Being a Friend" plays over the credits.

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** ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' and its theme song "Thank You for Being a Friend" are referenced several times. In "Looking for Uncut", Patrick recites the lyrics to the song while saying goodbye to Agustín, which prompts Dom to call him Rose. In "Looking Glass", Patrick and Agustín mention having "''Golden Girls'' marathon Saturdays" when they lived together. At the end of the episode, Patrick goes home to find Agustín passed out in his bed with an episode of the series playing on his laptop, which he then proceeds to watch. "Thank You for Being a Friend" plays over the credits.episode's credits. In "Looking for Gordon Freeman", Agustín mentions the boys dressed as "The Golden Ghouls" on the previous Halloween.


* BigBeautifulMan: Malik, who the main boys all seem interested in before finding out he's straight and has his eyes on Doris.
--> '''Doris:''' I don't want to oversell this guy, okay, but he's everything.



* Workaholic: Dom in TheMovie.

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* Workaholic: {{Workaholic}}: Dom in TheMovie.


* InternalReveal: In "Looking for the Promised Land", Patrick confesses [[spoiler: his affair with Kevin]] to Agustín and Dom, who proceed to tell Doris, Eddie, Lynn, and even a homeless guy on the street. Patrick later tells Richie in "Looking Down the Road".
* InVinoVeritas: During the Halloween party in "Looking for Gordon Freeman", Patrick decides to give a speech while having a drunken meltdown, which leads to him not only [[spoiler: offending and publicly embarrassing pretty much every other character]], but also getting a serious case of LooseLips and nearly telling everyone about [[spoiler: his affair with Kevin]].



* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Lauren Weedman, Russell Tovey, and Raúl Castillo were all upgraded from recurring guest stars to regular cast members for season 2.

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* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Lauren Weedman, Russell Tovey, Creator/RussellTovey, and Raúl Castillo were all upgraded from recurring guest stars to regular cast members for season 2.



* TitleTheAdaptation: After the series was cancelled, HBO released a wrap-up film aptly titled ''Looking: The Movie''.

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* TitleTheAdaptation: After the series was cancelled, HBO released a wrap-up film aptly titled ''Looking: The Movie''.TheMovie''.


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* Workaholic: Dom in TheMovie.


* CastFullOfGay: Except for Doris, all of the main characters are gay. Not to mention Jonathan Groff (Patrick), Murray Bartlett (Dom), Creator/RussellTovey (Kevin) and Daniel Franzese (Eddie) are all openly gay in real life, as are many of the show's guest stars.

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* CastFullOfGay: Except for Doris, all of the main characters are gay. Not to mention Jonathan Groff Creator/JonathanGroff (Patrick), Murray Bartlett (Dom), Creator/RussellTovey (Kevin) and Daniel Franzese (Eddie) are all openly gay in real life, as are many of the show's guest stars.



* NoNameGiven: Doris's last name is never mentioned, while Agustín and Dom's weren't revealed until the final episodes of season 2.



* ShoutOut: ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' and its theme song "Thank You for Being a Friend" are referenced several times:
** In "Looking for Uncut", Patrick recites the lyrics to "Thank You for Being a Friend" while saying goodbye to Agustín, which prompts Dom to call him "Rose".
---> '''Dom:''' Get in the car, Rose.
** In "Looking Glass", Patrick and Agustín mention having "''Golden Girls'' marathon Saturdays" when they lived together. At the end of the episode, Patrick goes home to find Agustín passed out in his bed with an episode of ''The Golden Girls'' playing on his laptop, which he proceeds to watch himself. "Thank You for Being a Friend" plays over the credits.

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* ShoutOut: ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' and its theme song "Thank You for Being a Friend" are referenced several times:
** In "Looking for Uncut", Patrick recites the lyrics to "Thank You for Being a Friend" while saying goodbye to Agustín, which prompts Dom to call him "Rose".
---> '''Dom:''' Get in the car, Rose.
** In "Looking Glass", Patrick and Agustín mention having "''Golden Girls'' marathon Saturdays" when they lived together. At the end of the episode, Patrick goes home to
OffScreenBreakup: We don't find Agustín passed out in his bed with an episode of ''The Golden Girls'' playing on his laptop, which he proceeds to watch himself. "Thank You for Being a Friend" plays over about [[spoiler: Kevin & Jon's and Richie & Brady's]] breakups until after the credits.deed is done.



* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Lauren Weedman, Russell Tovey, and Raúl Castillo were all upgraded from recurring guest stars to regular cast members for season 2.



** Creator/JonathanGroff has said Patrick and Kevin's [[spoiler: disagreement (and eventual break-up) over the idea of being in an open relationship]] in "Looking for Home" was based on a real-life relationship of his.

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** Creator/JonathanGroff has said Patrick and Kevin's [[spoiler: disagreement (and eventual break-up) breakup) over the idea of being in an open relationship]] in "Looking for Home" was based on a real-life relationship of his.



* ShoutOut:
** ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' and its theme song "Thank You for Being a Friend" are referenced several times. In "Looking for Uncut", Patrick recites the lyrics to the song while saying goodbye to Agustín, which prompts Dom to call him Rose. In "Looking Glass", Patrick and Agustín mention having "''Golden Girls'' marathon Saturdays" when they lived together. At the end of the episode, Patrick goes home to find Agustín passed out in his bed with an episode of the series playing on his laptop, which he then proceeds to watch. "Thank You for Being a Friend" plays over the credits.
** It can be seen on Doris's scrubs that the hospital she works for is called Barbary Medical Center, which is an homage to ''Literature/TalesOfTheCity'' and its 28 Barbary Lane setting. The book turned miniseries also gets a mention in "Looking Down the Road", when Patrick says knowing Eddie is "like having your own personal Mrs. Madrigal".



* {{Tuckerization}}: All three main actors (Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett) seem to have characters named after them in the show: Kevin's boyfriend is named Jon, Agustín's boyfriend is named Frank, and Patrick's last name is Murray.

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* TitleTheAdaptation: After the series was cancelled, HBO released a wrap-up film aptly titled ''Looking: The Movie''.
* {{Tuckerization}}: All three main actors (Jonathan Groff, (Creator/JonathanGroff, Frankie J. Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett) seem to have characters named after them in the show: Kevin's boyfriend is named Jon, Agustín's boyfriend is named Frank, and Patrick's last name is Murray.


After two seasons, ''Looking'' was canceled by HBO due to low ratings. As consolation, a [[MadeForTVMovie special one-off film]] will be produced by HBO to [[WrapitUp wrap-up loose plot threads and provide closure]].

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After two seasons, ''Looking'' was canceled by HBO due to low ratings. As consolation, a [[MadeForTVMovie special one-off film]] will be was produced by HBO to [[WrapitUp wrap-up loose plot threads and provide closure]].


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* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Creator/JonathanGroff has said Patrick and Kevin's [[spoiler: disagreement (and eventual break-up) over the idea of being in an open relationship]] in "Looking for Home" was based on a real-life relationship of his.
** Creator/ScottBakula's casting in ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'' limited Lynn's screen time significantly in season 2. The only reason Lynn was back at all was because Bakula loved the show so much he flew from New Orleans to San Francisco on his days off just so he could be in it for a few more episodes.


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* {{Tuckerization}}: All three main actors (Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett) seem to have characters named after them in the show: Kevin's boyfriend is named Jon, Agustín's boyfriend is named Frank, and Patrick's last name is Murray.


* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Christine Estabrook, who plays the realtor who [[spoiler: walks in on Patrick and Kevin talking dirty]] in "Looking for Sanctuary", played Jonathan Groff's mother in the original cast of ''Theatre/SpringAwakening''.


''Looking'' is an HBO series created by Michael Lannan that premiered on HBO on January 19, 2014. The story centers on three gay men in San Francisco, CA. There's Patrick (Creator/JonathanGroff), a game designer with a considerable amount of insecurity issues and also a high level of social awkwardness, his best friend Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), the queerest of the group, modern, hip and artsy and Dom (Murray Bartlett), a Don Juan who's turning 40 and is struggling to suceed in life, which basically means to him to open a Peri-Peri Chicken restaurant.

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''Looking'' is an HBO series created by Michael Lannan that premiered on HBO on January 19, 2014. The story centers on three gay men in San Francisco, CA. There's Patrick (Creator/JonathanGroff), a game designer with a considerable amount of insecurity issues and also a high level of social awkwardness, his best friend Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), the queerest of the group, modern, hip and artsy and Dom (Murray Bartlett), a Don Juan who's turning 40 and is struggling to suceed succeed in life, which basically means to him to open a Peri-Peri Chicken restaurant.






!! Looking For Tropes:

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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Christine Estabrook, who plays the realtor who [[spoiler: walks in on Patrick and Kevin talking dirty]] in "Looking for Sanctuary", played Jonathan Groff's mother in the original cast of ''Theatre/SpringAwakening''.

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* RedHerring: In "Looking for the Promised Land", someone who looks suspiciously like [[spoiler: Richie (and who just happens to be wearing the same cap Richie is known to wear) is shown from behind while he approaches Patrick at the party in the woods. It's soon revealed that it wasn't really him, but the encounter with the look-a-like immediately prompts Patrick to make a booty call to someone the viewers can only assume is the real Richie. Except it was really Kevin]].


* FullNameBasis: Kevin likes to call Patrick by his full name, even [[spoiler: in romantic situations.]]

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* FullNameBasis: Kevin likes to call Patrick by his full name, even [[spoiler: in romantic situations.]]situations]].



** In "Looking for Results", a high Agustín questions Richie on whether he misses Patrick. When Patrick, who is right there, asks what Agustín was talking about, Richie says it was "nothing, just drunk talk."

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** In "Looking for Results", a high Agustín questions Richie on whether he misses Patrick. When Patrick, who is right there, asks what Agustín was talking about, Richie says it was "nothing, just drunk talk."talk".



* KissingUnderTheInfluence: [[spoiler: Kevin, while drunk, kissed Patrick in "Looking for a Plus One".]] Double subverted when [[spoiler: he stops himself to say "I was going to kiss you", before actually kissing him.]]

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* KissingUnderTheInfluence: [[spoiler: Kevin, while drunk, kissed kisses Patrick in "Looking for a Plus One".]] Plus-One"]]. Double subverted when [[spoiler: he stops himself to say "I was going to kiss you", before actually kissing him.]]him]].



* PlatonicLifePartners: Dom and Doris are this [[spoiler: until they decide to set some boundaries to their relationship at the end of season 2.]]

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* PlatonicLifePartners: Dom and Doris are this [[spoiler: until they decide to set some boundaries to their relationship at the end of season 2.]]2]].



* SleepingWithTheBoss: [[spoiler: Kevin is Patrick's boss. They eventually have sex in their office in 'Looking Glass'.]]

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* SleepingWithTheBoss: [[spoiler: Patrick has sex with his boss Kevin is Patrick's boss. They eventually have sex in their office in 'Looking Glass'.]]"Looking Glass"]].



* YourCheatingHeart: Agustín seems to be heading this way with CJ, but instead [[spoiler: pays CJ to have sex with his boyfriend under the pretense of an art project. The fallout destroys their relationship]]. Also, [[spoiler: Patrick and Kevin (both of whom have boyfriends at the time) kiss each other while both dating someone else in "Looking For A Plus One", and have sex it in the Season 1 finale "Looking Glass"]].

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* YourCheatingHeart: Agustín seems to be heading this way with CJ, but instead [[spoiler: pays CJ to have sex with his boyfriend under the pretense of an art project. The fallout destroys their relationship]]. Also, [[spoiler: Patrick and Kevin (both Kevin, both of whom have boyfriends at the time) time, kiss each other while both dating someone else in "Looking For A Plus One", for a Plus-One" and then have sex it in the Season 1 finale "Looking Glass"]].

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* ArcSymbol: The ''escapulario'' Richie gives Patrick in "Looking in the Mirror" makes two meaningful comebacks later in the show, when Patrick reaches for it inside his shirt [[spoiler: after cheating on Richie with Kevin]] in "Looking Glass" and when he takes it out of his "valuables" moving box [[spoiler: the day he moves in with Kevin]] in "Looking for Home".

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