After what felt like the summer of celebs for Philly in 2019 (hello “Queer Eye” cast, Jason Segel, Sally Field, Andre 3000 and Idris Elba), the much-anticipated fifth season of the hit Netflix makeover show premiered Friday.
This season features a whole lot of sweeping city views, shots of favorite neighborhood joints, and oh yeah — a handful of tech community members smattered throughout.
We spotted Geeting, the engagement director for Philadelphia 3.0, about 44 minutes into the first episode, “Preaching out Loud,” sitting in the pews of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Atonement with his son, Frank.
Me and baby Frank got a little cameo on one of the Queer Eye episodes pic.twitter.com/2KzChL6B75
— Jon Geeting (@jongeeting) June 5, 2020
The episode centers around Pastor Noah, the head pastor at the Fishtown church for the last five years. During the episode, he talks about growing up in a christian household, and now leading the church as an openly gay man.
Geeting told Technical.ly in an email that Pastor Noah had invited his block’s Google Group to the “unveiling” ceremony, which was a service at the church. He didn’t get to see the Fab Five in person, but the reason you’re seeing a bunch of fans in the crowd during the episode? Geeting said filming was on a 106-degree day last year.
(And yeah, that’s Pastor Noah out protesting in Fishtown last week.)
UPDATE: Fishtown protestors, who happen to be church leaders are asking why police officers here why they will not kneel with them. Officers are asking protestors why won’t they stand with them against police brutality. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/RyE5b7zj5h
— Kimberly Davis CBS3 (@KimberlyDavisTV) June 3, 2020
Throughout the season, we see a handful of heartwarming transformations that happen all across the city (and the Jersey Shore and Wyomissing … :eyeroll:). Peep some iconic Philly spots like the Elfreth’s Alley and the Art Museum, and some shoutouts to some local nonprofits, like Mighty Writers.
In the last episode, the Fab Five visit 44-year-old Nate, owner of Body Rocks gym and West Philly resident. The crew transform his gym and living spaces, his wardrobe and his hair, and at a reopening party for his gym, we spotted Mustafa, the CEO of ROAR for Good and Donovan, executive director at ImpactPHL.
Who’s a fan of Queer Eye? Peep episode 9, titled “Body Rock or Bust”, of the latest season for a surprise.
— Yasmine Mustafa (@myasmine) June 5, 2020
If you haven’t binged the season yet or are planning a rewatch, take a look at this drinking game created by Billy Penn. And brace yourself for maybe the only good thing to happen in 2020 (??) — Tan France attempts a Philly accent.