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2006, TV Show

Brothers & Sisters Episode: "Book Burning"

Season 3, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Kitty shocks Robert and the rest of her family by publishing a revealing memoir about her husband's ill-fated White House run and the ups and downs of the Walkers. Meanwhile, Justin tries an unconventional approach in his relationship with Rebecca.
Original Air Date: Oct 5, 2008
Guest Cast Karl T. Wright: Alan Simms Marty Ryan: Mike Cathy Ladman: Carla Hanson
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Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap: "Book Burning" Season 3, Episode 2

How do you follow up last week's colossal Walker throwdown? By having an even bigger throwdown in front of the social worker who is evaluating a family dinner to see if the crazy clan seems like a good environment for a future adopted child, naturally! All that and more is ahead in this recap, including Justin and Rebecca's awkward sex life, more on the newest illegitimate Walker child and, of course, Holly being evil as always.The episode opened with Justin and Rebecca getting hot and heavy on the couch, but when Holly calls her estranged daughter for the fourth time, Justin decides to bolt. His decision, however, is motivated out of his own anxiety about nearing the "bow-chicka-wow-wow" time with Rebecca, and he turns to Sarah for advice. He makes it clear that he needs no brotherly sex tips, since his bedroom has been a "revolving door since puberty," but that what he seeks is relationship advice. It's obvious he cares about Rebecca more than most of his flings, so Sarah advises he simply takes it slow.Meanwhile, Kitty is baby-proofing every corner of the house in preparation for the social worker's visit. Robert informs her that someone on his staff is shopping a "tell-all" book about the campaign, and asks her to get to the bottom of it. She, in turn, reminds him that everyone in the family is coming to dinner, leaving Robert to hope that it's not "another scene like at the beach." Which, of course, means it will definitely be like another scene at the beach. One other problem: That book that Kitty is supposed to be sniffing out? She wrote it.Before we get into the firestorm that Kitty's book caused, Holly brings Saul coffee and a doughnut, part peace offering for firing Kevin, part bribe to get info on William's other mistress and bastard child. Saul is tight-lipped, and much like Nora last week, sticks it to Holly. He plays on Holly's weakness, reminding her that "now [she] knows how Nora felt" when she realized there was another woman. We haven't seen much of Saul this season, but yay for him!While Kitty is helping Nora plan the menu for the social worker dinner (as Nora reminds us, Kitty can't even make toast), she tells Kevin that she is the "accidental" author of the book Robert is concerned about. However, she claims it contains no depravity or smut, much to Kevin's chagrin. Kitty however, is quick to point out that it is not dull. And we learn quickly when Kitty inadvertently leaves her bag behind just how non-dull it is. The book uses Kitty's family to paint a picture of the archetypal voters in the country as a means of exploring the electorate voting for today's leaders. But all the Walkers see is kitty defaming them. Kevin is an "argumentative and unreasonable contrarian," Nora is the "embodiment of a '50s housewife," Justin is "impulsive, immature, disaffected and easy to sway" and the list goes on for the other siblings. Nora starts a tirade against Kitty for "whoring this family for her own professional gain," but Sarah manages to convince everyone to behave during dinner for the sake of Kitty's adoption. (Yeah, sure.)Meanwhile, Rebecca books a hotel room for her and Justin so they can stay in Santa Barbara and surf the morning after Kitty's dinner. Freaking out, Justin again calls Sarah (who is inundated with work thanks to Holly) to pick her brain. When he begins talking candles and massage oils, Tommy, who is in Sarah's office, finally lays it on the line. "You're acting like a girl," he says. "Cut the melodrama and get busy." Fair enough, but this family shares way too much with each other. Elsewhere, Holly finally manages to get Rebecca to stop by the office, where she informs her that she is giving her that $2 million trust that was set aside for her a couple years early. Holly maintains she is doing it simply to give Rebecca the life she wants, but Rebecca feels as though she's trying to buy her daughter's love back. Tough day to be Holly.Kitty, moments before the social worker arrives, informs Robert that she was the author of the book, but makes sure he understands it doesn’t reveal campaign secrets. Rather, she tells him that it focuses mostly on her family, and that Kevin is upset by it. "We're all in the same boat, then: mad at you and pretending we're not," Robert replies. However, when it becomes apparent that the entire family is mad at Kitty (which all comes spilling out when Nora dumps water on the social worker to keep her from eating the way too hot cayenne pepper-flavored "Chicken Paprika") Robert comes to her defense. Though Nora shrugs aside any context that Kitty uses as defense, Robert puts an end to the attack by saying Kitty is simply "up front and opinionated, just like the rest" of the bunch. He even likens them all to "spoiled and self-centered politicians" who spew their feelings with "disregard for anybody else." (Sounds like he's the one spewing. How long has that been brewing, I wonder?) Needless to say, that pretty much ends the dinner.So Justin and Rebecca head to their hotel room, and Justin is as twitchy as he was last season when he was going through withdrawals. When he confesses he's not ready to have sex, Rebecca confirms that she is also freaked out by the proposition at this point, which settles the issue. They want the moment to just be about them, and after all, there's nothing wrong with making out and heavy petting. But Rebecca also drops the $2 million bombshell on Justin, but reveals that she doesn't want to take the "dirty money" that her mom spent "20 years as a mistress" to get. "If I take this money, I'm just as bad as she is," Rebecca says. Ultimately, she returns the documents to Nora, signing the trust over to her since she doesn't feel like the money belongs to her. But Nora simply says she will hold onto the trust in case Rebecca changes her mind. I really like their relationship, no matter what else is going on.Kitty makes apologies to both Nora and Robert for writing the book and keeping it a secret, respectively. Nora confesses that she was most upset because she never felt valued by Kitty when William was alive, but since the adoption came up, she was able to give advice. The book, in short, made her feel like Kitty "saw her as the person who made her lunches." But when Kitty pointed out the dedication, Nora changed her tune, and after reading the book, was impressed and proud. The same was true for Robert, who read the book twice, and loved how "smart and relevant" it was. However, he said if she published it, she would have to resign from his staff, since he couldn't have people on his staff writing books about him. That might not be such a huge issue since they got passed the screening process for adoption. Can anyone say stay-at-home mom?And after Nora continued to announce that she wanted nothing to do with Ryan Lafferty, even suggesting she never wanted to meet him, Holly was still on her mission for answers. The episode ends with her playing the flirt that no doubt lured in William to get an associate of hers to use his public record knowledge to track down a" friend of her daughter" who would help her work out some "mental health issues." The friend: Ryan Lafferty. Sneaky, sneaky witch.So what did you think of the episode? How did this week's shouting match compare to last week's? Do you think Holly has more intentions than just answering her own burning questions about William's other lover? And what could cause all the drama teased in the previews for next week's show? Share your thoughts and check back next week for more!Use our Online Video Guide to watch full episodes of Brothers & Sisters. show less
How do you follow up last week's colossal Walker throwdown? By having an even bigger throwdown in front of the social worker who is evaluating a family dinner to see if the crazy clan seems like a good environment for a future adopted child, naturally! All that and more is ahead in this recap, including Justin and Rebecca's awkward sex life, more on the newest illegitimate Walker child and, of course, Holly being evil as always.

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