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2006, TV Show

Brothers & Sisters Episode: "You Get What You Need"

Season 3, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: The revelation that Holly has been searching for Ryan hits a sour note with Rebecca and the Walkers. Meanwhile, Kevin has his first social excursion with Scotty's conservative parents. Directed by Chad Lowe, whose older brother, Rob, plays Sen. McCallister.
Original Air Date: Oct 26, 2008
Guest Cast Tom Kopache: Berkeley Goldschmidt Maia Danziger: Dierdre Holder Michael O'Keefe: Wally Wandell Jayne Brook: Bertha Wandell Mitch Pileggi: Browne Carter Ned Vaughn: Michael Gladstein Andy Hoff: Aaron Ziven
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Season 3, Episode 5
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Length: 42:10
Aired: 10/26/2008
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Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap: "You Get What You Need" Season 3, Episode 5

In this episode, Nora wanted money from investors, but found herself in need of a little self-confidence. Likewise, Saul wanted to not be bored, but was in need of a goal, Sarah wanted a new job, but was in need a better salary (and a nanny!) and Kevin wanted to make partner and impress Scotty's family, but was in need of a hug. As the name of the episode says But as the Rolling Stones remind us (and as the name of the episode implies), you can't always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need. Would that be true for the Walkers? Let's find out.

The show opens with Rebecca confiding in Justin that she found a file regarding Ryan Lafferty on her mom's desk. The two commiserate about how deceitful Holly is, before Rebecca creates a master plan to test her mother's commitment to their new "no lies" policy. When Rebecca puts her plan into action, Holly shockingly confesses to everything with very little prompting, suggesting that it was her desire to "feel like I was in control" that drove her to seek out the information, even though she'd decided against using it. Rebecca and Holly then crack open a bottle of Walker Landing's finest and delve into a little girl talk about Justin and Rebecca's (as yet non-existent) sex life and how Justin is finally opening up to her. All in all, the two enjoy their evening together.

When Rebecca reports back how happy her evening with Holly was, the two have a mini-squabble as Justin immediately bashes Holly as the mother who can't be trusted. He asks Rebecca why all of a sudden she finds Holly to be so honest, when only hours before, she was setting up a trap for her. When Rebecca kicks Justin out, Justin calls out Rebecca's insecurities: "I'm not going to leave you," he says. Apparently those are the magic words, because almost instantly, clothes start flying and the two are well on their way taking their relationship to the next step.

Meanwhile, Nora seeks advice from both Saul and Sarah on how to prepare herself for her business proposal to potential grant-providers. Saul helps create a few fancy pie charts while Sarah is a little less helpful, as she's trying to manage her wild children and find time to interview for new jobs (despite being well below her pay grade). However, when Nora makes her first pitch, she crashes and burns, mostly because she doesn't have any business experience on paper. However, she lucks into a "pity meeting" with the company's big shot because he was a friend of William's before he died. Sarah then comes through, urging her mom to get a little confidence and stop "letting people intimidate [her]." Taking her advice to talk to potetntia business partners like  she does to Wallace the butcher, Nora cuts through the crap of golf talk, and tells the man who holds her grant money just how qualified she is to be in business because of her work as a single mother. As luck would have it, she got the grant.

Nora's housewife and mother skills also taught Sarah to "stay open to the moments" her children will show her in life. After consideration of what that means, Sarah, despite being desperate to get back to work, turns down the lesser-paying job, because it is just an OK opportunity. She decides, that if she is to take time away from her kids again, that the job had better be great. And that decision is rewarded when she watches her son's tender care of a caterpillar and his innocence in asking, "Can we watch until it turns into a butterfly?" (If only she would go back to Ojai, as Tommy had suggested.) Speaking of Tommy, he also sets to work on re-recruiting Saul as the CFO. Saul resists and Tommy defends Holly some more, to a point. When he does begin to list her faults (cryptically similar to the way he told Sarah last week that "Holly won't be there forever") Saul reminds Tommy that if getting rid of Holly ever becomes a goal Tommy wants to pursue, that he will help him try to achieve it. Hmmm.

Finally, as Kevin readies for the biggest day of his career (being made partner), Scotty's parents - yes the ones who didn't attend the commitment ceremony - are coming from Arizona for a visit. Because of the cocktail hour that will announce Kevin's presumed partnership conflicts with Scotty's dinner reservation, plans are changed. Even worse, when Kevin brings Scotty's dad a blended scotch (he drinks bourbon) and forgets to get Scotty's mom an autographed picture of Kitty (she is a fan of hers from her days in radio) Kevin is already off to a bad start and scrambles to make amends. He does so by recruiting Kitty and Robert to join them for dinner.

Unfortunately for Kevin, he learns at the cocktail party that he was passed over for partner, and arrives to dinner being toasted. Too afraid to speak up, he spends most of the night listening to Scotty's parents fawn over the McCallisters. But when Scotty's mom makes one too many references to their table being indoors instead of on the patio like the original reservation, Kevin looses it, and calls her on her passive aggression. Then as a way of perhaps getting their approval and sticking it to them all at once, Kevin tells everyone that he turned the offer of partner to stop being a "frivolous lawyer" and is going to work for Robert (news to him, despite Kitty's earlier pleas for him to join up). Kevin continues his assault, noting "someone has to reach across the aisle or nothing gets done." Scotty's mom has had enough and leaves dinner to head to a hotel...which Kevin forgot to book (oops!)

When Kevin explains everything to Scotty, he again is perhaps the most forgiving human being in the world. (First he overlooked Kevin pretending to be straight, and now his "not showing an ounce of restraint"? He's a keeper.) Kevin vows to make it up to them, and by episode's end, he brings a bottle of bourbon as peace offering. However, Scotty's dad leaves it with Kevin so that they can compare notes on their next visit, repeating Kevin's line about reaching across the aisle. And in that spirit of politics, Kevin is then quickly whipped into shape, being handed Robert's next Senate vote to read and advise his new boss on.

Justin and Rebecca, in a post-sex conversation, decide  that their fighting is silly, and is not even being caused by their relationship. The solution, let their mom's fight their own battles in order to give their relationship a shot at lasting. And that's just what they do, setting up a Nora-Holly showdown. While it's less nasty than Nora's last tongue-lashing, the two do go back at each other with some barbs, before Holly ultimately threatens that if Nora messes with her, maybe she will change her mind and find Ryan Lafferty after all.

What did you guys think of the episode? I assumed Kevin would end up working for Robert, but it was sad to see his hard work overlooked when he wasn't made partner. And for all of you who have gotten used to seeing Rebecca and Justin together, did tonight's sex scene change your views at all? Is Saul crafting a Walker family re-takeover? Will Sarah become more of a stay-at-home mom, or is she too built for business? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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In this episode, Nora wanted money from investors, but found herself in need of a little self-confidence. Likewise, Saul wanted to not be bored, but was in need of a goal, Sarah wanted a new job, but was in need a better salary (and a nanny!) and Kevin wanted to make partner and impress Scotty's family, but was in need of a hug. As the name of the episode says But as the Rolling Stones remind us (and as the name of the episode implies), you can't always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need. Would that be true for the Walkers? Let's find out.

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