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2006, TV Show

Brothers & Sisters Episode: "Bakersfield"

Season 3, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Skeptical of Holly's intentions, Nora goes on a mission to find out more about William's illegitimate son; Kitty and Robert take the next step in the adoption process.
Original Air Date: Nov 2, 2008
Guest Cast Holly Maples: Moderator Eric Christian Olsen: Kyle DeWitt David Andrews: George Lafferty Will McCormack: Ethan Tavis
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Season 3, Episode 6
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Length: 41:08
Aired: 11/2/2008
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Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap: "Bakersfield" Season 3, Episode 6

In this episode, many of the Walkers (or Walkers-in-law) were keeping secrets that, of course, were eventually aired, for better or worse. Nora tried to keep the truth from Kitty as she drug her along on a mission to find the Lafferty family, Robert lied to Kitty about his "surprise trip to Washington," Rebecca tried to surprise Justin by getting Kevin and Tommy to come support his one year anniversary of sobriety and Sarah's potential employers lied about the status of their new company. Plus, Nora got one step closer to revealing the secret evils of William Walker to yet another unsuspecting family. Which of these lies caused trouble and which worked themselves out? Let's see!

The episode begins with Robert informing Kitty that he is being called to Washington for an emergency meeting to deal with a problem in the Middle East. What she later learns, after she volunteers to join her mother on her "errands" to keep her mind of the pending adoption, is that Robert is actually heading to the Middle East. While Kitty mulls over the possibility that Robert is simply setting the stage for another presidential run in 2012, Nora (after fessing up that the errand involves finding Ryan Lafferty's father to tell him the truth about his wife and son) takes to attacking Robert, whom she automatically lumps in with her deceased husband as a lying scumbag. "Family will always place a distant second to Robert's ambition," Nora says, prompting Kitty to fire back, "I'm not you, and Robert is most certainly not Dad."

After Nora fails miserably to tell George Lafferty the worst news he could possibly hear (which he refused to hear much of at all) Nora yells to the Earth on the road back from Bakersfield how much she hates William Walker...and how he "never loved anyone but himself and his stupid penis." All better? Seemingly, as she then tries to correct the wrongs she did to Kitty. Realizing that she had no right to interfere in Kitty's (And George Lafferty's) marriage because she didn't even understand her own, she apologizes, especially when Kitty admits that she wonders if Robert would choose her over his ambition in a pinch. Nora says she doesn't doubt Robert's love for Kitty, and that they would figure it out when the baby comes. Luckily enough, Kitty finally gets the call that she and Robert have been chosen by a birth mother, and they could have a baby in 3 months! Robert is equally excited, and all appears to be well.

Meanwhile, Justin invites Rebecca to his AA meeting to receive his one-year chip, again letting her into this painful part of his life. When he lets it slip that he owed his recovery to Kevin and Tommy (who now won't even speak to each other), Rebecca goes on a mission to bring them together for Justin's sake. She gets them to the meeting, but they are unable to stop their squabbling, even breaking into an impromptu wrestling match that causes them to be late...and to make quite an entrance during Justin's speech. Back home, celebrating both Justin's sobriety and Kitty's baby news, Justin stages an intervention for Kevin and Tommy, similar to the one they did for him a year ago. Though they both seemed uneager to stop hating each other, Justin suggests they "fake it until they make it," which they both agree to do. Rebecca, profusely sorry for inviting Kevin and Tommy, apologizes to Justin and then offers him a key to apartment, so he can be there whenever he wants. (Because we know they just aren't having enough sex!)

Sarah, while making muffins and packing lunchboxes, is weighing the pros and cons of a new job opportunity with an Internet startup. She is excited about the possibility of still working in food, but this position allows her to work from home. (Wasn't it heartbreaking when Paige asked, "You promise?"). Tommy pumps her up (sorta) to go in for the interview, and she is struck by the two men she meets, who are much younger than her. They have planned a startup company that both deals in organic food, but also assists consumers in ensuring that the delivery of said food is also environmentally friendly. Sarah likes the idea (and the fact that vendors and consumers are already showing interest), but just as she thinks they are about to offer the job, they thank and her give the old, "We'll be in touch."

When Paige suggests Sarah do some "extra credit," Sarah works out a proposal to impress the youngsters. When she delivers it, she realizes these guys are running this whole operation out of their apartment and is furious that they have lied to her about the operation. However, Kyle comes to Sarah's house to plead with her because she is "perfect." She lets him have it for lying, but he admits loving her social networking proposal and wins her over by admitting that they only lied out of fear of not being taken seriously. He says they have dumped every penny of theirs into the company because they know it will work, and when he promises her she will see a paycheck and that she sets her own schedule, she accepts, and presumably sets up office in her own home. (As we reported, one of these youngsters, presumably Kyle, might become a — gasp! — new love interest for Sarah. Look out!)

And finally, Nora was greeted at the door by George Lafferty, who decides Nora is not a sadist and wouldn't have driven all the way to Bakersfield to tell him something that weren't true. Nora invites him in, and lets him know that the affair happened around 22 years ago. George, who has been up all night tossing over in his mind what else there could possibly be for Nora to tell him finally hits the nail on the head. "It's about my son, isn't it?" he asks. George, you have no idea.

Even more so than usual this show has relied a lot on a "create loads of conflict, then fix it" method of storytelling this season. With the exception of Kevin and Tommy, everyone has come away smiling most times. I can't help but wonder if more of them aren't just "faking it until they make it." After all, Nora urges Kitty "not to wait around for happiness... be happy right this second." I sincerely hope that all the Walkers are not just looking for instant happiness, but are making the choices that will pay off with happiness in the future as well.

Next week: Perhaps some of that very happiness will be dashed. Kitty and Robert's birth mother is black and Kevin suspects Robert is having an affair. Everyone bring your umbrellas, a storm is moving in!

What did you think of this episode? Are you happy for Sarah for getting back to work on her terms? Do you think this new company will work out? Was Nora too harsh with Kitty? What do you make of Robert's lies and how do you think that will play out with the tease we saw from next week? Share your thoughts in the comments below and check back next week for more!

 

 

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In this episode, many of the Walkers (or Walkers-in-law) were keeping secrets that, of course, were eventually aired, for better or worse. Nora tried to keep the truth from Kitty as she drug her along on a mission to find the Lafferty family, Robert lied to Kitty about his "surprise trip to Washington," Rebecca tried to surprise Justin by getting Kevin and Tommy to come support his one year anniversary of sobriety and Sarah's potential employers lied about the status of their new company. Plus, Nora got one step closer to revealing the secret evils of William Walker to yet another unsuspecting family. Which of these lies caused trouble and which worked themselves out? Let's see!

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