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Brothers & Sisters Episode: "Breaking the News"

Season 4, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Robert wonders how news of his heart attack will be treated should it be leaked to the press; Kevin and Scotty begin to discuss the prospect of becoming parents; Kitty worries how her secret will affect her family and her marriage. Cowritten by Cliff Olin and directed by his father, executive producer Ken Olin.
Original Air Date: Oct 4, 2009
Guest Cast Denis O'Hare: Travis March Amy Aquino: Dr. Joan Avadon Peter Gerety: Dennis York Michele Green: Gov. Eve Kern
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Season 4, Episode 2
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Length: 42:55
Aired: 10/4/2009
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Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap: "Breaking the News" Season 4, Episode 2

In this episode of Brothers & Sisters, Kitty learns the severity of her illness, but has trouble telling Robert when he becomes caught up in his own health-related crisis. Kevin and Scotty have a heart-to-heart about whether Kevin's hectic work schedule will prevent them from adopting a baby, and Rebecca and Ryan engage in a little friendly competition at Ojai. Plus: A mysterious man with a connection to William Walker's past pops up with what appears to be evil intentions. Who is helping the newcomer? Let's find out.

The episode opens with a nervous Kitty calling her doctor to see if her test results have come back, but she strikes out again. Robert comes in from a run and Kitty appears on the verge of telling Robert about her tests, but at that moment he drops his own bombshell: Governor Kern has proof that Robert had a heart attack and is planning to bury his campaign with it. Robert takes a cheap shot at Kitty, suggesting that seeing his campaign go down in flames would make her happy. And with that, he's off to meet with Kevin, who has his own stockpile of dirt on Kern.

When Robert tells the governor that they have photos and hotel receipts from her adulterous jaunt to Mexico, the two candidates agree to keep their information out of the press to avoid "mutually enabled destruction." But their treaty lasts no time, and soon Robert's face is all over the news. Kevin begs Robert to fire back, but he says he doesn't want to be a part of "the politics that people hate." He fears a battle like this will tear the party down and lead a democrat to the governor's mansion. But when Robert suggests it was probably Kern's campaign manager who did it behind her back, Kevin takes similar action, leaking the photos to a reporter.

Meanwhile, Kitty asks Nora to accompany her to the doctor's office to get her test results. The news is bad: Kitty has non-Hodgkins' lymphoma. Kitty goes into a daze as the doctor stresses that the disease is treatable. First, they need to do a CT scan and bone marrow biopsy to see if the cancer has spread. Kitty lets her brave front down with Nora ("I love my hair; what if it grows back curly?"), and Nora agrees to take care of Evan for a few days to let Robert and Kitty talk through everything. However, when Robert gets home, he is squarely focused on his own problems, and even scolds Kitty for not calling him during his difficult day. "For someone who wants this marriage to work, you sure have a funny way of showing it," he says coldly.

Kevin, who has been secretly trying to get Scotty around kids to warm his heart to the adoption process, suggests that they come over to Nora's to help out with "irresistible" Evan. It's no time before Kevin's deceit is revealed, but he can't stick around to take the lecture because he has to get a talking to from Robert instead. Kevin, a terrible liar, tries to deny that he leaked Kern's affair, but Robert is having none of it. The two spar back and forth about whether Robert was secretly telling Kevin to leak the info, but Kitty finally steps in and sends Kevin home. Robert is angry with Kitty, but she stops him in his tracks when she finally comes out with her news. "I have cancer," she says, but then goes back into lockdown mode, refusing to talk about it.

Over at Ojai, Holly and Saul are dealing with the decline in the luxury wine market and the fact that Ojai is hemorrhaging money. They have an excess of grapes they can't afford to age, and Saul has assigned Ryan to come up with a strategy. When Rebecca finds herself with little to do, Holly puts her on the task as well, setting up a little friendly competition. Ryan (with a new haircut, but same boring everything else) suggests they sell the grapes to other wineries, positing that the company will break even. Holly shreds the idea, while Saul supports it.

Rebecca, however, suggests launching a second, much less expensive Ojai brand. ("Screwcap!?" Saul says hilariously.) Her plan, while risky, will eventually bring profit, and both Holly and Saul agree to green-light Rebecca's idea once she does the financial research. Holly calls Rebecca in to her office when she can't find the company's master copy of the financials, and even though Rebecca swears she put it back in Holly's desk, it is missing. Rebecca finally finds it at the bottom of a pile on Holly's desk, but it's not until we see Ryan meeting with a mysterious businessman (The Wire and Homicide's Peter Gerety) that it all clicks. The man has some sort of connection to William Walker, and it doesn't look like they were chummy. Ryan has made a copy of Ojai's financials for the man, and also offers up the company's plans for the new label. Ryan naively asks what the guy wants with the information, to which he answers simply, "You have your reasons, I have mine."

Nora notes how great Scotty is at getting Evan to sleep and asks him for a status report on the adoption plans. Scotty says he fears that Kevin is too much of a workaholic, and they won't have time to raise the baby. When Nora suggests Scotty tell Kevin how he feels, Kevin says he won't be an absentee father because he grew up with one and knows the pain. Scotty, however, isn't willing to give up his work to be a stay-at-home dad, and asks Kevin to promise he will quit his job if things get crazy. Kevin says he can't promise that, but he promises to prove that he can adjust his lifestyle to be the kind of parent he needs to be.

Back at the McCallister household, Kitty is finally ready to talk to Robert. He vows to see any doctor at any location in order to help Kitty beat this disease, but he wonders why she didn't tell him sooner. She said she was afraid both of the fact that he wouldn't be supportive, and also the idea that he might only stay in their rocky marriage because of the cancer. Robert says he's there because he loves her, and she breaks down, saying she hopes it's true. It seems this disease might finally begin to repair the damage done to this marriage, as Robert leaves the office early to be by Kitty's side (with a banana nut muffin!) during the biopsy.

While on TV to address the lies about his heart attack, Robert's words provide the moral of the story: It's always best to let the truth out. Robert knows he should have told the truth as soon as the heart attack. Kevin realizes he shouldn't have tried to bait Scotty into wanting kids. And in Kitty's case, she simply needed to open up and face the truth. As Robert says, "When you do talk, when you face what's happening, as horrible as it is, it brings you close to the people you love. And that's a good thing, no matter how it happens."

But no matter how much good comes from opening up, there is also some pain. Nora, after apologizing for being short with Saul earlier in the episode, confesses that Kitty is sick. Although she just recently decided to let go and accept that her kids are fine, Nora now feels the pressure of not having all the answers. "It should be me. I'm old, she's young and she has baby. I don't want her to have to do this," Nora sobs.

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In this episode of Brothers & Sisters, Kitty learns the severity of her illness, but has trouble telling Robert when he becomes caught up in his own health-related crisis. Kevin and Scotty have a heart-to-heart about whether Kevin's hectic work schedule will prevent them from adopting a baby, and Rebecca and Ryan engage in a little friendly competition at Ojai. Plus: A mysterious man with a connection to William Walker's past pops up with what appears to be evil intentions. Who is helping the newcomer? Let's find out.

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