Who do you trust? That was the question on many of Brothers & Sisters' characters in this episode. Kevin was having trouble trusting new boss Robert (and vice versa), Kitty put doubts in the mind of her potential birth mother, Rebecca was unsure if she trusted Justin enough to say the old, "L word," Sarah didn't know how much faith she could put in her new business associates and Nora tried make George Lafferty see that he could trust in her family if he decided to tell Ryan the truth. Of course, there were other characters who couldn't be trusted at all. Who were they? Let's find out.
The episode was bookended again by Justin and Rebecca. (Yawn. First it was creepy and now it's just getting boring.) Justin, using his new key to Rebecca's place, finds his lady in the shower, and decides to stay and watch. Rebecca catches him (after being scared of course) and in her freak-out, Justin tells Rebecca he loves her? The response: "Thank you." (Anyone remember Season 4 of Friends?) As the two later get ready for Tommy and Julia's "magical" anniversary party, Rebecca learns that Justin's unhappy, but tells him she just wants to have her moment. At the party, Rebecca visits a fortune teller who suggests that Justin isn't the "great love" she's been waiting for, prompting her to tell Justin she loves him to prove the soothsayer wrong. "This is your moment?" asks an angry Justin as he gives Rebecca her keys back. She later explains her hesitations, because she's never been in love. "There is no right moment, because it's every moment," she says. And of course they kiss to celebrate their immense happiness.
Meanwhile, Kevin's new job isn't being such a walk in the park. In addition to getting slapped on the wrist for suggesting Robert renew his statement on Proposition 8, Kevin is also charged with fixing a situation involving a snooping reporter and an alleged affair between Robert and California's governor (thankfully not Arnold Schwarzenegger on this show!) Robert is dodgy about the details, leading Kevin to believe there is truth to the facts (and pictures) the reporter has, even to the point that Kevin almost forgets to deny the charges. The reporter gives Kevin 24 hours to get to the bottom of the story.
Elsewhere, Robert and Kitty meet their (surprise) Korean-African-American birth mother, who (surprise!) isn't some struggling kid but a second-year resident and would-be neurosurgeon. Kitty (not surprisingly) is freaked out by how nonchalantly the woman is willing to give away her child — "my career is my baby," she claims — and Kitty (not surprisingly) pushes the issue until the birth mother changes her mind, infuriating Robert. Kitty claims she "knew" the woman would eventually have changed her mind anyway and didn't want to get her heart broken. "If you're not ready to get your heart broken, then you're not ready to be a parent," Robert says, leaving Kitty to fix her mess.
Kitty tells Kevin she realizes that she should have simply trusted the birth mother, which he takes to heart in dealing with his own situation. (He also takes cues from anniversary party parlor magician Ethan — yes, Sarah's business partner Ethan — and uses a little sleight of hand, giving the reporter the "answer" he was looking for. Kevin manages to use Robert's Prop. 8 statement as a legitimate excuse for the meeting and keeps the scandal out of the paper. But after pressuring a (again) furious Robert, Kevin does learn that an affair was going on: the Governor was the one committing adultery and turned to Robert for advice. Robert admits that he has always trusted Kevin and begs for the same in return. (And when Kevin realizes the reporter ran nothing and that the info he gave the paper earned Robert points with an opinion columnist, he could be on his way to achieving just that. Kitty, on the other hand, isn't quite so lucky. She tries to right all the wrongs she did the day before with the birth mother, but even so, is unsuccessful. Sadly, she got her broken heart after all.
Finally, Nora invites George Lafferty to the anniversary party after he comes to her looking for help. Though he initially wanted to forget the whole thing, he began wondering if Ryan deserved to know. Nora suggested that meeting her kids might be the perfect way to find out, so she took "Elton" to the party. The Walker clan quickly knew something was up, but the cover was blown when Kitty (who met George before with Nora) showed up and spilled the beans. The family is mostly upset with Nora for betraying their trust, but there isn't nearly the usual meltdown. Trouble brews, however, when Holly crosses paths with George and gives him her take on the Walkers. "Nora isn't the most reliable narrator," she says. Whatever she said behind closed doors apparently made a difference, as George quickly bolted from the party, vowing to forget everything that had happened since they first met. "Our families are what they are," he said.
A few other thoughts:
• Holly also dug her claws into Sarah when she learned that she was working with the magician and his friend at their Internet startup. Sarah seemed to be having second thoughts and trust issues throughout the episode, but when the boys pulled together to streamline the site and make all the improvements she wanted, all was forgiven.
• The fortune teller wasn't great at her job, at least not with this crazy bunch. She told Saul he would settle down with a nice lady, freaked out Rebecca and couldn't even begin to sway Nora, who had her own vision of the future mapped out. (Though the cards seemed to be right, thanks to Holly). The only one with a good report was Kyle, who was confident their business would make "boatloads of money."
• My favorite line of the night was Justin's when Nora was introducing he and Tommy to "Elton." After fawning over Tommy and his accomplishments, Nora says, "And this is Justin." "That about sums it up," Justin says. Ha!
So what did you think of the episode? I was glad to have some solid drama tonight that didn't revolve around a Walker-style meltdown. Yes there was a big secret and a bit of frustration, but no World War III for now. What do you think Kitty will do now that she's seemingly lost her baby again? Do you think Nora is developing feelings for George? And what do you think Holly said that spooked him? Share your thoughts below and check back next week for more!
Who do you trust? That was the question on many of Brothers & Sisters' characters in this episode. Kevin was having trouble trusting new boss Robert (and vice versa), Kitty put doubts in the mind of her potential birth mother, Rebecca was unsure if she trusted Justin enough to say the old, "L word," Sarah didn't know how much faith she could put in her new business associates and Nora tried make George Lafferty see that he could trust in her family if he decided to tell Ryan the truth. Of course, there were other characters who couldn't be trusted at all. Who were they? Let's find out.<