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2006, TV Show

Brothers & Sisters Episode: "Unfinished Business"

Season 3, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Sarah's risky business move comes with a healthy dose of humility; Nora needs her family's help with her charity venture; Tommy is floored by Holly's decision to give Rebecca an important job at the winery without his approval; and Kitty and Robert's adoption process faces a formidable hurdle.
Original Air Date: Nov 30, 2008
Guest Cast Will McCormack: Ethan Travis Eric Christian Olsen: Kyle DeWitt Jesse Henecke: Chris Ward Maura Soden: Dr. Barbara Riley Steven Weber: Graham Finch Sonja Sohn: Trish Evans
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Season 3, Episode 9
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Length: 42:34
Aired: 11/30/2008
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Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap: "Unfinished Business" Season 3, Episode 9

What a relief it was to get through an episode this season without a dinner-table meltdown. But that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty of drama. Just as the house Nora bought was crumbling down around her (and the Walkers she recruited for do-it-yourself demolition), the characters were each caught in their own unique messes. Rebecca was given a job she didn't deserve at Walker Landing (thanks to her CEO mom), Robert couldn't decide if he trusted the second-guessing birth mother more than trying surrogacy, Sarah was trying to get enough money to launch Greenatopia (and pay Kyle and Ethan's rent) without selling out her partners and, of course, Nora was trying to keep collapsing ceilings from falling on her head. How did it all work out? Let's find out!

Nora lures Kevin, Scotty, Saul and Justin into "touring" the house for her new center, all as part of a ploy to get them to help her knock down a few walls. (Hey, who needs to spend $60,000 when you've got family?) Despite the warnings (water damage, crumbling) and whining (Kevin didn't want to spend his day off in the "Roach Motel"), Nora presses on in hopes of achieving her Ojai, her life's dream, and a new family destiny. 'Nuff said, and the work begins.

Meanwhile, Sarah is cleaning her kitchen-turned-conference-room in preparation for Greenatopia's first (and only) meeting with a potential investor. Ethan and Kyle are running around nervously, reminding me more of Sarah's kids rather than business partners. Sarah is stunned, however, to learn that the investor she is meeting with is Graham Finch, last season's love interest. Oh yeah, and the guy who nearly killed Ojai. Even so, he's back with $1 million to burn, but he's really just after Sarah. After he makes her the offer (at dinner, no less) he also offers himself to her again by way of a kiss. Although she accepts that kiss, she's a little more hesitant about the deal. Despite loving the salary and benefits it would bring her, she is worried that Kyle and Ethan won't want to give up running the company for a token title and big payday. Even so, she pitches the idea to them, but the response is as she feared. So she takes out her frustration on one of Nora's walls in the new house. Isn't that "constructive"?

Over at Walker Landing, Rebecca sits in on a pitch meeting with Holly, and when she makes suggestions of how to make the campaign appeal to younger women like herself, Holly offers her a full-time job. Tommy is out of town, but Holly assures Rebecca all will be well. The first sign that might not be true comes when she delivers pizzas to the demolition zone to awkward stares and silences and Justin questioning her qualifications. Holly assures Rebecca (who has moved into Saul's office and made up with Justin) that Rebecca did get the job because she is Holly's daughter, but also because she believes she can do the work. Tommy is none too happy about the decision when he returns, arguing that his dad gave Sarah and him jobs, but always in the warehouse, where they worked from the ground up. Holly then quickly reminds Tommy that this is no longer his "family business."

Robert spends some time making his case to Kitty about considering surrogacy instead of putting themselves through the uncertainty of the adoption process again. But just as the idea kicks around in her mind, Trish, the birth mother who rejected Kitty and her questions, calls and asks to meet up. She apologizes for freaking out before, and says she is thankful that Kitty forced her to think about the bigger picture. Now that she has, she is still certain that she doesn't want a baby, and she wants Robert and Kitty to take it, if they are willing to trust her again. But Robert remains unsure, wondering if having a child that is legally and biologically their own down the line is more important than having a child in three months.

Soon, all these messes converge on Nora's house, the biggest mess of all. As the men try to pull up carpet and Sarah continues taking out her partners/Graham frustration with a sledgehammer, Nora strikes a blow that causes the ceiling to nearly crash down on her. Cue a Nora meltdown, but this time, she is angry at herself for believing she could fix the place on her own. But Kitty convinces Nora that her "colossal mistake" is just a mess that will lead to great things. She highlights a few examples (Kevin working for Robert, Justin overcoming his addiction) and tells Nora she cannot give up, else the rest of them have no hope to make good things out of their messes. Sadly, Nora isn't convinced, probably because more of the ceiling continues to fall as Kitty really hits her stride. But the whiners find unearth a nice tile wall underneath some sheetrock that restores Nora's hope, and she decides her mistake might lead to great things yet.

Similarly, the other Walkers messes work themselves out. Robert (after a little advice from Kevin) joins Kitty at Trish's bedside to watch the ultrasound of their new baby. Sarah, despite a few more kisses (and probably some nookie) from Graham, turns down his company's offer for her belief in Kyle and Ethan. (They share a beer-and-pizza toast to poverty!) Justin and Rebecca (as noted before) make up, with Justin admitting that she will do great and he likes seeing her in a career (even if she needs an Advertising for Dummies book.)

But things aren't as rosy for Holly, as Tommy argues that he had to fire his brother so Holly could give an executive position to her daughter. Holly tells Tommy to take his complaints about Rebecca up with the board, but he storms out of her office, suggesting that won't be necessary. At his breaking point perhaps, Tommy calls in Saul to make good on his promise to help take Holly down. Convinced that Holly wants to seize control of the company and refusing to give up the "family" connection, Tommy decides to fight. And Saul vows his support. Ding, ding, ding. Round 1!

What did you think of the episode? Are you excited to see Tommy and Saul bring the war to Holly? Were you as thrilled as me to not have a Walker war? Do you think the baby will work out for Kitty and Robert this time? Will the struggle for power at Walker Landing strain Justin and Rebecca's relationship? Do you think we've seen the last of Graham finch? Share your thoughts below and check back next week for more!

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What a relief it was to get through an episode this season without a dinner-table meltdown. But that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty of drama. Just as the house Nora bought was crumbling down around her (and the Walkers she recruited for do-it-yourself demolition), the characters were each caught in their own unique messes. Rebecca was given a job she didn't deserve at Walker Landing (thanks to her CEO mom), Robert couldn't decide if he trusted the second-guessing birth mother more than trying surrogacy, Sarah was trying to get enough money to launch Greenatopia (and pay Kyle and Ethan's rent) without selling out her partners and, of course, Nora was trying to keep collapsing ceilings from falling on her head. How did it all work out? Let's find out!read more

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