Let’s be realistic here, it’s been over a week since season 2 of Queer Eye was released so you’ve probably already finished it.

To tide you over until the next season, the fab 5 travelled to small Australian town Yass to film a one-off special. The episode sees the boys give classic Aussie bloke George’s life a makeover, and tackle the dangers of toxic masculinity in Australia.

They also somehow find time to makeover the local pub, because the gays can do anything.

Like almost every episode of the show, it’s heartwarming to watch the group transform someone’s life. However this episode feels close to home for many Aussies as we see George dealing with his discomfort over physical connection and opening up to others.

George Queer Eye

The fab 5 seem thrown by the way George has isolated himself from the people in his life. He lives a very solitary existence focussing on his work over everything else. It’s common for episodes of Queer Eye to touch on intense issues such as homophobia and broken relationships, however this is different.

Stoicism and independency are typical traits of your average Aussie bloke, and it’s a massive problem. Isolation from the people around you and an unwillingness to show emotion and share physical contact are damaging to a person’s mental health.

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The fab 5 give George a quick makeover but also manage to get him to open up. At the end of the episode he shows his family that he cares and loves them. George takes the fab 5’s advice on board and is willing to make a commitment to his family.

The most heartwarming moment comes when George’s son sees his transformation and they hug during a heart to heart conversation. (That was the part where I melted into a puddle of emotions.)

You can watch the full Queer Eye Yass transformation on YouTube right now:

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