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2006, TV Show

Brothers & Sisters Episode: "Taking Sides"

Season 3, Episode 18
Episode Synopsis: Robert's gubernatorial quest continues in the wake of a recent medical issue and the birth of his adopted son; Saul and Sarah do their best to keep Tommy's legal problems from Nora; Ryan wastes little time getting involved in the Walkers' business.
Original Air Date: Mar 8, 2009
Guest Cast Sarah Lilly: D.A. Max Burkholder: Jack McCallister Justine Dorsey: Sophie McCallister Traber Burns: Judge Arthur Gray Paul Keeley: James Friedman Marin Hinkle: Courtney McCallister
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Aired: 3/8/2009
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Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap: "Spring Broken" Season 3, Episode 18

Ah, the joys of bonding. While the Walker boys bro out with the Spring Break crew in Baja, Kitty turns to Nora and Sarah for comfort (and sleep). But while Ryan and Rebecca grow a little closer when Ryan reveals a dark secret, Kitty and Robert seem to grow further and further apart. Read on for details on how it all worked out.

At Sarah's "hotel for criminals," Justin and Tommy are driving their generous older sister crazy by tying up her phone lines and swearing in front of the children. So, Sarah persuades Kevin to take the two black sheep away for the weekend for a little relief. She sweetens the deal by informing Kevin of a possible plea deal for Tommy, which Kevin thinks in the long run is the best idea for Tommy. Now with a motive for the weekend getaway, Kevin goes to Justin for help in picking a locale. Justin, up to his ears in admission essays, isn't big on the idea, until his suggestion (Baja) is the only one that comes close to grabbing Tommy's interest. So it's settled, a weekend of surfing, lobster and... boobs.
That's right — the "quiet" little rendezvous spot William used to take the boys has now been developed into Spring Break central, complete with every college party cliché known to man. Still believing the trip is actually to mend Justin's broken heart over Rebecca, Tommy sets out to find Justin some young ladies with which to rebound. The (appointment) sex-starved Kevin, however gets most of the attention — both from the girls and the "hottie shot guy" — and in his own frustration, Justin lets it slip that Tommy's plea deal is the real reason for the trip. Kevin urges Tommy to consider taking the "slap on the wrist" rather than draining his finances and facing the full force of all his charges by going to trial. Tommy is angry that the family always "goes to the mat" for Justin when he screws up, but no one will fight for him. With that said, Tommy decides the weekend is over, and heads back to the room to pack.

After talking to Rebecca and learning that Ryan is visiting, Justin becomes angry and jealous. That jealously leads him to take a moonlit walk on the beach with one of the girls Tommy pushed on Justin. You know, the one who just so happens to be a med student... and also happens to have a boyfriend. When they kiss, the aforementioned boyfriend and his posse chase Justin all the way back to his room, where he locks himself in with quarreling Tommy and Kevin. The quarreling continues until Tommy decides to "fix" the situation — both in Baja and his life back at home — like a big brother should. Unfortunately for Tommy, the slap on the wrist equivalent in Baja is getting "[his] ass kicked." The boys laugh it off around the fire, and Tommy — who says he envies the spring breakers and the friend of his who took off for Costa Rica after graduation —encourages Justin to not let the legal mess ruin what he was with Rebecca. Tommy also vows to stop following in the (bad) footsteps of his father and to take the plea deal, even if it means jail time. But when the morning comes, all that's left of Tommy is a note and an envelope for Julia. Costa Rica must have been too good to resist.

Meanwhile, Kitty looks like a zombie after basically tending to newborn Evan for three weeks while Robert is on the mend. All she wants is a shower and a decent night's sleep, but Robert's recovery is standing in her way. Robert's physical therapist makes things worse when he recommends that Kitty try to convince Robert to consider antidepressants or psychotherapy to curb the anxiety and depression that recovering can cause. Naturally, Robert's stubbornness and fear of the medical records becoming public record end that conversation before it even starts.

So, Kitty ends up at Nora's house, and even though Nora is "dialing back" her motherly involvement in her kids' lives, she senses that something is not right with Kitty. Even so, Kitty meets Ryan for the first time, and talks her way through lunch before falling asleep in the kitchen while waiting on the coffee to brew. Ryan wakes her, and somehow or another, the two begin arguing politics. A Green party supporter, Ryan — who is a poli sci whiz, apparently — makes the case for parenting and family being nothing more than social constructs. Kitty counters with the fact that a mother's love just is, which gets Ryan all spooked. He bolts, and Kitty wonders what she did wrong.

While trying to figure out her mistake with Ryan, Kitty also confesses to Nora and Sarah that she and Robert are in trouble, mostly because she is raising the baby while he is doing nothing but being depressed. "I'm lonely," she says, while also mentioning the need for a dip in the tub and a nap. Nora grants both those wishes, and vows to stop "dialing back" her mothering. Sarah takes a different approach, driving up to see Robert and warn him about Kitty's "being distant." Sarah tells Robert that when Kitty stops fighting and arguing, it's because she's lost the passion and given up. While Robert scolds Sarah for making assumptions about the marriage, he gets a first-hand demonstration when he tells Kitty that he read the material she printed him about the drugs. He tries to bait Kitty into an argument when he says he's still going to do things his way, but instead, she shrugs it off. Ruh roh.

So where did Ryan rush to when bolting from Nora's? Rebecca's apartment of course. After visiting her while she was wallowing over Justin — and confirming that he wasn't looking for more than friendship and guidance on the path to becoming a Walker — Ryan confesses to Rebecca that he was upset by Kitty's talk about a mother's love because he has never fully accepted the story of how his mother died. Though it was written off as a car crash, he questions the lack of skid marks, among other things. In truth, he thinks his mom killed herself, possibly because of a broken heart courtesy of William Walker. Oh, and the next day Ryan and Rebecca make lunch plans. Just friends. Riiiiight.

So, where do you think Tommy went, and how (if at all) will the family get him back? Do you think Kitty and Robert will overcome this rough patch? What secrets will Ryan uncover on his path to sleep with Rebecca find out if William had something to do with his mother's death? Share your thoughts on the episode and check back next week for more!

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Ah, the joys of bonding. While the Walker boys bro out with the Spring Break crew in Baja, Kitty turns to Nora and Sarah for comfort (and sleep). But while Ryan and Rebecca grow a little closer when Ryan reveals a dark secret, Kitty and Robert seem to grow further and further apart. Read on for details on how it all worked out. read more

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Premise: The ongoing saga of a well-to-do but down-to-earth California clan of diverse personalities, from a liberal gay lawyer to a conservative talk-show host, and how their lives change after the death of a patriarch reveals that the family business is in trouble.



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