Episode Recap: "Home Front"
Brothers and Sisters jumps into its second season, it's nice to see that the neurotic and argumentative Walkers are still just that. The little quirks that made us love them last year are all back in full force. They talk over one another, pick at each other, hold mini-grudges against each other, get drunk together and they worry about each other. Tonight it was the worrying that was at the crux of the show.
Justin, still on active duty in Iraq, has not been in touch for 21 days. Is he okay? Is he injured . . . or worse? Starting the show off with Nora recording a video message to her son was an effective way of catching us up with the family and keeping Justin's off-screen character as much a part of the show as the rest of the family. One of my favorite moments was just after Nora signed off and her game face immediately reverted back to the mask of concern that we know she's been wearing since that tearful airport good-bye in last season's finale. There's no wondering in my book why
Sally Field won the Emmy.
The whole family is concerned about their baby brother, but life goes on. It's Kitty's birthday and she has come home from campaigning with the senator to
not celebrate. Of course, this means there's going to be a party thrown by none other than Rebecca, the interloper in the family as far as Kitty's concerned. That's no surprise, however, since Kitty is constantly surly. For some reason, Kitty feels it's her prerogative to be flat-out rude to Rebecca. Granted, the girl
is living in Kitty's room. Can someone explain that? The Walker manse is expansive and we know, since Kitty slept on its hard mattress, that they have a guest room.
And Rebecca has a mother! Sure, they had a spat about Rebecca's "tryst" with Joe, but I find it hard to believe that the strong-willed Holly would just let that situation continue for three months.
It could be that Holly is biding her time, since she has more or less absconded with Tommy. Tit for tat. I doubt it though, since she and Nora are building their own friendship. Awkward as it may be to find your husband's mistress one step and a giant flower arrangement ahead of you when visiting your dead husband's grave, it was a nice moment to see them both get their backs up as they suspected an approaching busty brunette of being yet another woman in William's life.
The question, as Tommy so appropriately raised, is this: "Are we over hating Holly yet?" It certainly seems like the writers want us to lose some of that distaste that she engendered last season, but I'm just not sure that we've seen the last of Holly's vindictive side yet. Who knows? If Holly becomes the woman scorned again now that Saul is trying not to make eyes at Milo, Holly may just bare her fangs once more. Before you hit "submit" on your comment . . . I know that these two have put their burgeoning relationship to bed, but still, I'm sure Holly would like Saul to pine for her just a mite bit longer before moving on.
Speaking of pining, we have Tommy's wife, who has been mourning the loss of their baby son, William. She doesn't want to be around her rambunctious in-laws. Understandable. But when word comes that Justin's unit was hit by a roadside bomb, she puts aside her grief to be there for the family. That's great. Maybe next week I'll remember her name.
So yes, after endless worrying about Justin's lack of communication and arguing with Kitty over not asking the senator to use his connections to get news about her son, the senator broke with his ethics and pulled some strings. He informed the family that Justin was fine and was returning from a mission and would be in touch soon. Two minutes later just enough time for every Walker to grab a goblet of wine and start dancing to '70s music he gets a call informing him that Justin's unit had since been bombed and there were casualties.
Is the not-knowing easier than the knowing? It seems so. Nora, having promised to be brave for Justin, busied herself with fixing his room it's that or die herself of worry. Oddly enough, this family, which always comes together in times of despair, dispersed rather quickly to handle the news in their own way. Kitty stayed home to be with Nora. Sarah turned to her estranged husband Joe, whose earlier advances confused the issue of their separation. Kevin, still smarting from a barb from his man-of-the-cloth boyfriend about not having faith in their relationship, tried his hand at prayer. Tommy and his wife went home and Rebecca, speaking for us all, expressed the truth of the matter in her own video email. Justin is the heart of the family. We all miss him and we all hope he's O.K.
That said, it wasn't all serious. Here are some notable moments that lightened the mood:
- Nora and Kitty, the future
First Fiancée, had a tiff while shopping for wedding dresses, which was recorded by a passer-by (who to my eyes resembled
Ashton Kutcher) and uploaded to YouTube.
- Kevin, doing his best to involve himself in Jason's life at church and trying to hide the fact that he was taking a classic Walker phone call mid-service.
- Kevin denying he was narcissistic to Jason while throwing a fit over Jason's new work assignment.
-A drunk Kevin blaming his relationship woes on Kitty for having made him watch
The Thorn Birds years ago.
- (I wasn't too crazy about) Nora flipping out at the Mexican restaurant. We get it. She's a little stressed.
- The Walkers leaping into dance mode like characters from the
Peanuts once the music starts.
Now that we've had our reunion with the Walkers, you tell me: Do you want Joe and Sarah back together as much as I do? Has Nora and Holly's "friendship" progressed too quickly? And can somebody please tell me what Tommy's wife's name is?
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Episode Recap Home FrontAs Brothers and Sisters jumps into its second season its nice to see that the neurotic and argumentative Walkers are still just that The little quirks that made us love them last year are all back in full force They talk over one another pick at each other hold mini-grudges against each other get drunk together and they worry about each other Tonight it was the worrying that was at the crux of the show Justin still on active duty in Iraq has not been in touch for 21 days Is he okay Is he injured or worse Starting the show off with Nora recording a video message to her son was an effective way of catching us up with the family and keeping Justins off-screen character as much a part of the show as the rest of the family One of my favorite moments was just after Nora signed off and her game face immediately reverted back to the mask of concern that we know shes been wearing since that tearful airport good-bye in last seasons finale T