Last season, Sarah and Saul lost control of Ojai, Justin fell for his (believed) half sister only to find that she actually didn't share any blood relation, Kitty couldn't get pregnant and Robert's bid for the White House fell short and Kevin and Scotty got married. Oh, and of course there's that little issue of the
real illegitimate child of William Walker running around somewhere. Where would we pick up with each of these issues? Let's find out.
Hi, guys! My name is Adam Bryant, and I will be recapping each episode of
Brothers & Sisters this season. I look forward to hearing all of your thoughts as well. So enough, chit chat - let's get down to business.
The episode starts with a narration from Sarah, reading from the recommendation letter she "wrote" for Kitty and Robert to the adoption agency. In it, she paints a perfect picture of the crazy Walker clan, which to anyone who's seen more than two seconds of the show knows couldn't bee further from the truth. (Don't get me wrong, I love these characters. But Kitty was right to sense a little bit of "laying it on thick.) As it turns out, Nora was the author of the letter because Sarah has been so tied up with the merger and her secret investigation of the mysterious Walker lovechild. Of course that hyperbole belonged to Nora!
The merger is definitely causing its share of headaches, none greater than Holly, who ascended to the title of CEO just before it was revealed she had no connection to William Walker beyond the bed they shared. Even so, the dotted line was signed, and she (and apparently her new crony Tommy) were on a mission to cut costs across the board to lessen the strain of the $20 million loan it took to save the company. What does that mean exactly? Tommy decided to cut Kevin loose, since his law firm's billable hours were sucking up a Ojai's cash flow.
The timing, however, couldn't have been worse for Kevin, who after just being named the top associate in the firm (thanks mostly to his Ojai account), was given the keys to senior partner's beach house as a "token of appreciation." According to Kevin, it was also the first sign of becoming a future partner and definitely just cause for he and new hubby Scotty to celebrate in the mansion that sleeps 12. Unfortunately, Kitty overheard Kevin's convo with Nora and Sarah about Ryan (who they know have a phone number for, thanks to Kevin's investigating), and to cover their tracks, Kevin had to invite the whole gang up to the beach house. (Would it be
Brothers & Sisters without a massive Walker gathering? I think not!)
Appearing at this gathering as a secret couple were Justin and Rebecca. However, their secret wasn't really safe, once Paige and Cooper saw the two love birds kissing in a non-family way. Those kids are no idiots, though, they used the knowledge to black mail Justin into doing just about anything, including getting them the soda Sarah had refused, watching Hannah Montana and taking the fall for the broken vases and the "whale that was worth more than Kevin's car." Yes, that's right, despite Kevin's attempts to keep his family outside with their pomegranate drinks and rowdy kids, a few of his boss' prized belongings were quickly reduced to pieces of prized belongings.
How could you top all that? A good old-fashioned Walker showdown, that's what. In the blink of an eye, all the family's secrets come pouring out. Kitty (who trapped Sarah into admitting she didn't write the recommendation letter) spills the beans to the whole family about the letter and that there is another Walker child. Justin takes the opportunity to tell everyone he and Rebecca are dating (much to Becca's chagrin) and admits he didn't break the whale, while Sarah makes matters even worse by telling Kevin that Tommy was about to cut him loose. And just like that, Kevin's future career is shattered into as many pieces as the whale and his weekend for 12 shrinks back closer to its originally intended number. (You know what they say about people who throw stones in glass houses)
Time for damage control. Tommy does his best to tell Kevin it's business, not personal, but Kevin demands that Tommy stop defending his decision by what their father would have wanted. "Did it ever occur to you that dad wanted me to be a part of this business?" he asks. Kevin has to "break" the bad news to his boss about the beach house and the loss of Ojai, and refuses to take Tommy's calls. Rebecca is upset with Justin because he didn't consider how things would work out for her if the relationship ended sourly. "I don't think there's enough room at the table for ex-girlfriends and ex-sisters," she says. Justin, however, suggests they forget everything and start over, removing the pressure of what happens if it ends, because "maybe it won't end." (At least somebody is happy, here. Though it still kind of freaks me out to see these two kissing.)
Elsewhere Nora, who had already had a verbal smackdown with Holly over the idea of firing Kevin, returned for a little vengeance. ("Don't worry, I parked in the visitor's parking lot," she said.) Though Holly has definitely been reveling in her newfound CEO glory, Nora, in a more coldhearted move than I'm used to seeing from her, tells Holly about Williams
other lover and the child that it bore. "I don't believe you," Holly said. "Yes you do," a defiant Nora said on the way out. (Go Nora!)
Sarah tries to apologize to Kitty, but Robert stops her at the door, telling Sarah that Kitty isn't furious but hurt and suggests Sarah talk to her later. When Sarah returns, she brings with her a letter that she actually wrote, but she has missed the deadline. Kitty tells Sarah that their problems are bigger than a letter. The problem is trust. (She also told Robert earlier her anger with how Sarah believes Kitty's life has come easy). Even so, Kitty reads the letter which says that Sarah looks up to Kitty. It's simple, understated, and now shows us the "real" Walker family, which for the most part, has put the problems aside and picked up the pieces that were shattered at the beautiful glass beach house.
I don't know about you, but I'm glad to have this crazy, dysfunctional bunch back on TV. What did you think of tonight's episode? Will Tommy stand up to Holly and keep Kevin on the payroll? Will Sarah be able to work her way back in with Kitty (and the rest of the family, for that matter)? What do you think of the Justin-Rebecca pairing now that you've had a summer to think on it? Were you cheering for Nora when she told Holly off? Share all your thoughts and comments below and check back next week for more!
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Last season Sarah and Saul lost control of Ojai Justin fell for his believed half sister only to find that she actually didnt share any blood relation Kitty couldnt get pregnant and Roberts bid for the White House fell short and Kevin and Scotty got married Oh and of course theres that little issue of the real illegitimate child of William Walker running around somewhere Where would we pick up with each of these issues Lets find out Hi guys My name is Adam Bryant and I will be recapping each episode of Brothers Sisters this season I look forward to hearing all of your thoughts as well So enough chit chat lets get down to businessThe episode starts with a narration from Sarah reading from the recommendation letter she wrote for Kitty and Robert to the adoption agency In it she paints a perfect picture of the crazy Walker clan which to anyone whos seen more than two seconds of the show knows couldnt bee further from the truth Dont get me