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Brothers & Sisters Episode: "A Father Dreams"

Season 3, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Elizabeth's illness raises the tension between Tommy and Kevin to a new level; Saul surprises Nora with a face from the past; and Justin makes plans to move out of the family homestead.
Original Air Date: Jan 4, 2009
Guest Cast Gayla Johnson: Janet Nigel Havers: Roger Grant
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Season 3, Episode 11
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Length: 41:44
Aired: 1/4/2009
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Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap: "A Father Dreams" Season 3, Episode 11

When we last saw the Walkers, they were celebrating Thanksgiving in the hospital cafeteria after Kevin gave a piece of his liver to save his <strike>niece</strike>daughter's life. (Read the full recap here.) This episode picks right up with Kevin recovering under the watchful (and overbearing) eye of Nora, who won't let Scotty help in the way he likes. Meanwhile, Justin gets dissed by a first grader, Nora gets an unwanted blast from the past, Robert and Kitty rekindle a part of their relationship they've been missing and Tommy and Kevin squabble over possible daddy issues created by Elizabeth's surgery (and the ensuing dreams Kevin now can't stop). And, of course, there was some Walker arguing. The holidays are over, so let's get to it.

Many of Kevin's scenes in this episode were taking part in a series of dreams Kevin was having related to his recent ordeal with Elizabeth, particularly learning that he is he biological father. The dreams range from Nora serving liver (!) to Kevin and Julia making out to Scotty in a World War II soldier's uniform. Ultimately, however, Kevin interprets the dreams to mean that for the first time, he believes he actually could be a parent, as in his final dream he consoles an older Elizabeth and makes her stop crying. As scary as his dreams are, he wakes to a real nightmare — Nora and Scotty arguing endlessly over how to treat their patient. Ultimately, Kevin uses Justin to bust him out of the house, choosing to recover at a five-star resort instead. (Great, funny sequence, from Justin's trumpet to his awkwardness with Scotty and Nora. I was chuckling through it all.)

Justin has his own problems to deal with. While attending nephew Cooper's first-grade class as (Justin thought) a distinguished guest for show and tell, Justin is embarrassed when Cooper calls him out for still living at home and playing video games all day. Ouch. But Sarah leads the natural Walker response: gather the family for an intervention, although this time for Justin's lack of drive. Tommy tells Justin he has to get out of Nora's "quicksand" house, and "let life suck a little bit" to get going. Sarah later learns, however, that Justin wants all the things they have suggested, but fears leaving his "safe zone" because he overdosed the last time he was on his own. Even so, Sarah helps him pick out a place (or a "dump" as Justin put it) and Nora is ultimately proud that Justin wants to move on. I'm sure the thoughtful gratitude Justin showered Nora with made it an easier pill to swallow.

While much of this episode seems to focus on Nora as the overbearing mother, a blast from Nora's past helps her realize more positive character traits. Saul recommends architect Roger Grant to help Nora work on the house she bought for her charity, but she refuses based on an encounter the two shared years ago when Roger worked on a project for Ojai. Roger accuses her of having a "womb-y" house, and Nora fears that he still views her as the insecure woman who flirted with him 30 years ago to make her inattentive husband jealous. Saul ultimately makes her realize that he's offering to do this job (even for free) because he respects her and wants to impress her now. With a little bit of self-confidence (and some wine, naturally) Nora feels all better about herself, and confident enough to ask Saul about his boyfriend. (Saul didn't seem upset as he first suggested to Justin he would be, but that could be coming.) I did get a laugh out of Nora assuming Saul had the hots for Roger, and thus why he was choosing him for the project. Guess moms don't always know everything!

With Kevin in recovery, Robert needs some help at the office. Cue Kitty, who decides to pitch in a few days before heading off on her book's promo train. Once there, Kitty challenges Robert on his positions, creating a back and forth rapport the two never realized they missed so much. The so-dubbed "brain sex", aside from leading to actual "office sex" made Robert consider bringing Kitty back in full-time. For work reasons, of course. And the brain sex. But only three days in Kitty realizes she can't prep her witty anecdotes for The View and Robert for his senate votes and care for the coming baby) all in one day's work. So, the two resume their old ways. I liked this Kitty and Robert angle tonight, much better than anything I've seen from them in while.

With Nora having made up with Scotty about not letting him "undress his husband," Kevin and Scotty talk about the dreams that drove Kevin to run away from the house. Kevin tells Scotty he always thought he wouldn't be a good dad, but now he's not so sure. This whole exploration is compounded by the fact that Tommy (who just recently patched things up with Kevin) wants him to sign a document that says Kevin will not tell Elizabeth that he is her real father. Scotty thinks Kevin will make a wonderful parent and even hopes for a day when they are ready for kids. Accepting that as his parenting future, Kevin agrees to simply be Elizabeth's "crazy uncle," and his first order of business: suggesting lesbianism!

What did you think of the episode? I found it a refreshing way to slide back into these characters' lives after the winter hiatus, and definitely didn't miss Holly and Rebecca. Did Kevin and Justin's breakout have you chuckling? What did you think about the "brain sex"? What will Nora do now that all her kids have moved out (again)? Share your thoughts below and check back next week* for more.

*Because of my part in TVGuide.com's coverage of the Golden Globe Awards next week, the episode recap may be posted later than usual.

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When we last saw the Walkers, they were celebrating Thanksgiving in the hospital cafeteria after Kevin gave a piece of his liver to save his <strike>niece</strike>daughter's life. (Read the full recap here.) This episode picks right up with Kevin recovering under the watchful (and overbearing) eye of Nora, who won't let Scotty help in the way he likes. Meanwhile, Justin gets dissed by a first grader, Nora gets an unwanted blast from the past, Robert and Kitty rekindle a part of their relationship they've been missing and Tommy and Kevin squabble over possible daddy issues created by Elizabeth's surgery (and the ensuing dreams Kevin now can't stop). And, of course, there was some Walker arguing. The holidays are over, so let's get to it.

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