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2006, TV Show

Brothers & Sisters Episode: "Spring Broken"

Season 3, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: Kevin and Justin take Tommy on a much-needed mental-health vacation to clear his head about his monumental legal problems; Kitty goes to Nora's with her newborn son to get to know Ryan (Luke Grimes).
Original Air Date: Mar 15, 2009
Guest Cast Leslie Karpman: Hanna Corey Mendell Parker: Adam
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Season 3, Episode 19
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Aired: 3/15/2009
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Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap: "Missing" Season 3, Episode 19

"It's all about family." While we've come to expect that sentiment from watching the wacky Walkers for three seasons, it was somewhat shocking to hear those words come from the mouth of none other than Holly. But in this episode, it was indeed all about family: Nora & Co. banded together to help an AWOL Tommy through his legal messes, Holly decided to focus on the "bigger picture" of Rebecca and David, and Ryan proved he was only playing nice with the Walkers to get more intel about how and why his mother died. Add in a lot of talk about burping, cancer patients and downright lying, and you have a pretty awesome hour of television. On with the recap!

Any episode that starts with a Walker family meeting shows lots of promise. While Nora believes Justin and Kevin have gathered their siblings to donate a big check to Nora's cancer center — which she's finally opening — they have to deliver much worse news: Tommy has disappeared, having taken off during their trip to Mexico. The boys take the blame for being stupid and irresponsible, but they all agree to keep this quiet from Holly and the prosecution. Nora, however, heads out to read the letter Tommy wrote Julia and to plead with her to tell Tommy to come home should he call. Unfortunately, Julia would rather Tommy stay out of her life. Strike one. But Nora remains undeterred, noting that she refuses to "pretend there's nothing we can do."

Meanwhile at the McCallister household, Robert takes the news of Tommy's vanishing act really hard. But only because it might hurt his campaign for governor. When Robert goes so far as to suggest it's a good thing Kitty may never see her brother again, Kitty storms off to the park. Enter attractive single father who has tons of handy tips for burping gassy babies. Turns out Mr. Burpcloth first met little Evan when he was at the park with Nora, but he feels like he knows enough about Kitty — her old TV show and new book — to strike up a conversation. As dazzling as baby-vomit conversation can be, Kitty is none too thrilled to be pulled away from it when Robert calls to make nice. He apologizes, and even decides to make a speech at Nora's opening, filling in for a last-minute cancellation from whatever Idol knockoff they watch in Walkerland.

Justin visits Rebecca, only to find Ryan — who is seeking Rebecca's help in stringing together evidence in his "William Walker is connected to my mother's suicide" conspiracy theory — sitting at her breakfast table. Justin is obviously jealous, but he keeps it in check long enough to convince Rebecca that they should give it another go. While she firmly believes they will never be able to leave family out of their relationship, she agrees to "hang out" more. Of course, she can't come to Nora's opening because... why exactly? Oh, because Tommy will be there. Except that he won't. But Justin fails to bring Rebecca up to speed, suggesting more one-on-one hanging-out instead. She agrees, as long as Justin is nice to Ryan at the opening.

After being inspired by her newly hired director who fought to save her daughter from cancer, Nora convinces Saul they need to do something radical to save Tommy. In this case, she wants to convince the Ojai board members to drop the charges against Tommy. That's a mighty tall order. On the other side of this battle, however, Holly is in full swing, trying to stop the board from hiring Tommy's replacement. She's so involved, in fact, that she turns down David's dinner plans. When he calls her out on not looking at the "big picture" — which she had wrongly perceived as saving Ojai, not making a Holly-David-Rebecca family unit work — she gives into sharing a $50 pizza.

Nora's opening draws a big crowd, a large number of which are members of the press. Robert can't resist doing a little stumping, and despite Kitty's pleading to take it easy, he insists he's fine. When Kitty learns that Robert's altruism was really a planned photo op/press opportunity all along, she takes her problems to... Mr. Burpcloth!? Having lost his wife to cancer, Nora extended the invite, and the two resume their talks about baby Evan's grouchy insides. That is, until Robert's campaigning leaves him lightheaded and under the care of a nearby pediatrician who suggests he make his way to the hospital. Robert's OK, but once home, he begs Kitty to have "the fight," and she calls him out for his backhanded approach to getting in front of the press, despite the good it might have done in exposing Nora's center. When Robert admits he doesn't know what Kitty wants from him anymore, the answer is simple: "I don't want anything," Kitty says.

Things seem to go wrong for other Walkers at the opening as well. Nora and Saul butter up the board members, but to no avail. Sarah — who has just moved into her new Greenatopia offices — leaves Tommy a tearful message urging him to come home, but his voice mailbox is full. Justin, trying to make nice conversation with Ryan, mentions that he and Rebecca might be getting back together. But when Ryan realizes that Rebecca isn't at the opening because she doesn't know about Tommy, Justin is no longer Mr. Nice Guy. He tells Ryan to stay away from his family and Rebecca, capping it off by telling him he doesn't belong. Though Ryan gets in a few licks (particularly the comeback about living off Nora being Justin's job), his real revenge is to tell Rebecca about Tommy and that Justin is lying to her. So, their getting back together is dead in the water before it even started.

But things don't stay too bad for long for the Walkers. Sarah, in her own last-ditch effort to save Tommy, calls the board members to sway them. While she does succeed where Nora and Saul failed — one member says he'll think about it — she also scores big by being named Tommy's replacement. Nora's hope in all things radical lives to fight another day. Sarah leads her first board meeting, and Tommy's charges come up, but the board has second thoughts. Thinks look grim until Holly speaks up: "How would it look if we destroyed the founder's son?" she asks. She says she's voting with Sarah and removing herself as a witness from the prosecution. On that note, the board votes to drop the charges based on restitution already made, and Sarah is dumbfounded. Holly admits that she has to work with Sarah now, and that she is willing to put Ojai first. She's thinking about the bigger picture — which perhaps now does mean her family, since she basically just saved her own skin... and her job.

Justin and Kevin commiserate about Tommy, acknowledging that everyone deserves a fresh start. Sadly, Kevin seems wholly unsure if Tommy will ever come back. Sarah breaks the news to her partners that she is taking her job back at Ojai for the same reasons she knows they will still succeed at Greenatopia: Ojai is her company, the way Greenatopia is theirs. Kitty spends her afternoon at the park with Mr. Burpcloth, and they finally get away from talking about gas long enough for this new possible love interest to actually take root. And Nora — admitting that Julia can be as mad at Tommy as she wants — begs her to tell Tommy it's safe to come home now, to which she agrees.

Everything's better right? Well, Rebecca does give in to helping Ryan sort through William's files at Ojai, looking for anything that might put him in Reno around the same time that Ryan's mother died. Sure enough, William stayed in a hotel in Reno the night before Ryan's mother had her accident, and now Johnny Depp Jr. is convinced that he has been right all along. William Walker, he believes, (indirectly) killed his mother. That man may need an extra closet for all his skeletons.

Finally, the best line of the night — for the second week running — goes to Scotty. When Kitty notes all the press at Nora's opening, Scotty dryly notes, "Well they're not here to rave about my canapés." It's a shame we don't get to see more of him week to week.

So, what did you think of the episode? Were you surprised Holly helped get Tommy out of legal hot water? What do you think of Kitty's new friend? Were you glad that Nora finally opened that center of hers? How big of a tattle-tale is Ryan? Share your thoughts below and check back in April (what's with the long hiatus, ABC? Gotta make more lying promos?) for more.

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"It's all about family." While we've come to expect that sentiment from watching the wacky Walkers for three seasons, it was somewhat shocking to hear those words come from the mouth of none other than Holly. But in this episode, it was indeed all about family: Nora & Co. banded together to help an AWOL Tommy through his legal messes, Holly decided to focus on the "bigger picture" of Rebecca and David, and Ryan proved he was only playing nice with the Walkers to get more intel about how and why his mother died. Add in a lot of talk about burping, cancer patients and downright lying, and you have a pretty awesome hour of television. On with the recap!

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