Howard announced that the show had pulled off a prank it'd been planning for almost a year; Artie took George aside yesterday and "came out" to him. As Howard told the story, George began to understand that the incident was a prank and started shouting "Oh my god!" and "Oh no! I feel so abused!" Howard laughed that Artie was blown away by George's sensitive, supportive, and overwhelmingly "loving" reaction. George said he believed Artie because gay people come in "all sizes and shapes."
Artie speculated that his performance was the best acting that he's ever done, and George agreed, saying he still found it hard to believe that Artie was acting. Artie added that he felt so "dirty" when George took the "confession" seriously and shared his own experiences and gave him a hug. George again insisted that Artie's performance was too believable, so Artie retorted that George should be more suspicious the next time someone comes out to him in Sal and Richard's studio.
Howard then played the clip of Artie coming out of the closet, and when Howard paused the clip in the middle, George told the crew that he had such an easy time believing Artie because of his obesity and alcoholism. In the clip, Artie confessed that he had a "Brokeback Mountain"-like moment with a fellow comedian on the road, in which they each had oral and anal sex with the other. Artie also told George that he cried in the other man's arms after they made "sweet love."
Later on in the clip, Artie revealed that he masturbated to gay porn and wanted to go out on a date with a guy (that was "coincidentally" named Brad, like George's partner). George insisted he had detected a lot of truth behind Artie's confession, as if there was a "demon" inside him. Robin laughed that she felt bad for George, since he probably spent last night thinking of all the Broadway shows he could take Artie to, and George admitted that he felt "shattered" and hoped that Artie would make it up to him by being an outspoken supporter of equality. Fred claimed that, while he thought Artie was a good actor, he wasn't that good...implying there was more than just a grain of truth to Artie's story of his first gay experience.