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2006, TV Show

Brothers & Sisters Episode: "Missing"

Season 3, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: Nora turns to an unlikely ally to contact Tommy amid his swirling legal problems; Justin is suspicious of Ryan's interest in Rebecca.
Original Air Date: Mar 22, 2009
Guest Cast Will McCormack: Ethan Travis Beth Kennedy: Dr. Flackett Joe O'Connor: Harvey Childs Matt Letscher: Alec Tyler Eric Christian Olsen: Kyle DeWitt Megan Follows: Maggie Stephens
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Season 3, Episode 20
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Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap: "S3X" Season 3, Episode 20

This episode of Brothers & Sisters definitely lived up to its name. Coming off a monthlong break, the show picked up right where it left off and threw in some raunch for good measure. Sarah was on the prowl, ultimately "crunching some numbers" with a steamy Ojai accountant; Nora was once again wooed by her British architect beau, Roger; and Kevin and Scotty were nearly persuaded into a threesome by one of Kevin's exes. Robert wants to move his recovery into the bedroom, but Kitty has a headache — and maybe an intellectual affair. Let's kiss and tell, shall we?

Before we get down to all the bow-chicka-wow-wow, let's address something serious: Tommy calls Julia, and tells her he is coming home. Naturally, this news brightens Nora's world, but it sends the rest of the Walkers into panic, as they all urge Nora not to "pounce." She is dismayed by her children's lack of faith in her, and all she needs to prove them wrong is several bags of fertilizer. Yep, she's gonna garden 'til her boy comes home.

Nora's gardening gets cut short when Roger the architect with the open marriage drops by in the middle of a midnight "man in the moon" marigolds-planting session. Nora tries to blow him off, but then he drops the D-word, followed by the L-word. As much as Nora is thrilled by the divorce and that crazy little thing called love, she tells Roger her life is as messy as her mud-streaked gardening clothes until she gets Tommy back home and settled. That doesn't keep her from dreaming though. The two chat about selling her home and splitting their time between Paris, London and a beach house, where all they do is read and drink. As beautiful as it all sounds, a phone call from Julia reminds Nora that her fantasy will have to wait. When he hears that Nora thinks she might be feeling the L-word too, Roger confirms that he is willing to bide his time. Too bad that Julia's call was only to tell Nora that Tommy wasn't coming home after all, that he needed to find himself.

Meanwhile, Kevin and Sarah have sex on the brain. When shopping for Sarah's first-day-back-at-Ojai dress, Kevin runs into Chad, his bisexual ex who played it much more straight when they were dating. He lays a big one on Kevin, who reveals that he is married. No bother, Chad invites Kevin and Scotty out for drinks. Kevin is worried what Scotty might think, but it turns out he is a big fan of Chad's work as an actor. So they hit the bar, where small talk becomes a glorified sales pitch for spontaneity. Put another way: a threesome. The boys end up not going through with it, but it does get them all hot and bothered for each other... until Sarah shows up to (again) interrupt sexytime.

Sarah, of course, is there to boast about her own storage room romp with Cal (guest star Cristian de la Fuente), an accountant/minor-league baseball player/volunteer firefighter. (I have to say, the sequence of a cougar-ish Sarah walking to her new office while sizing up all the men at "Ojai Dudes" was awesome.)

Unfortunately for Sarah, she learns Cal was just a temp who was getting his jollies on his last day on the job. Things go downhill for Kevin as well, when Sarah tells Scotty Kevin was the most promiscuous one in the family. They fuss and fight about who wanted the threesome more (and Scotty, again with the good lines, gives the Walkers hell for having no boundaries), but ultimately, Chad calls to accept responsibility for putting them all in an awkward place. Kevin and Scotty resolve to be monogamous, domestic and married... just like lesbians. Ha!

Robert is more than a little trigger-happy, begging Kitty for some afternoon delight four days before the doctors said it was safe. Even a signed affidavit from Robert's cardiologist isn't enough to sway Kitty, who has become increasingly fond of Alec, the charming single dad at the park. (He even knows that she loves vanilla bean frozen yogurt with chocolate chips!) Noticing that Kitty is increasingly distant and hungry for lunch rather than sex, Robert urges her to talk to him. "I just don't have anything to say right now," Kitty says.

But she does spill her guts to Alec, noting that she and Robert aren't connecting now, or even before his heart attack. She keeps coming back to his priorities, and how the things she used to love about Robert (his confidence and ambition) she now finds disappointing. Alec, perhaps not such a slimeball, asks Kitty why she is telling him this instead of Robert. "How do I tell someone I'm thinking about..." Her silence speaks volumes.

But Kitty and Robert's marriage troubles at least do Justin some good. When Justin picks up a med-school recommendation from Robert, the would-be-governor hints that there is trouble in paradise, and that he wishes he could go back and notice the moment he lost Kitty. A light bulb goes off in Justin's head, and he decides to take ownership of his mistakes, and apologize to Rebecca for choosing his family over her. He even takes her to the site of their first kiss to do so. But just when it looks like those crazy kids might work it out, along comes Ryan.

After shamelessly flirting with and praising Rebecca at a dinner at Holly's house, David becomes suspicious. Rebecca and David share a tender moment, as he actually puts on his daddy hat, while Ryan charms the pants off Holly. Holly lets it slip that hydrangeas are Rebecca's favorite flower, and when Rebecca comes home sad about Justin, what should greet her but a vase full of white hydrangeas. "Guess I got lucky," the sleazeball says when Rebecca tells him they're her favorites.

Overall, this really sharply written episode continues a streak of the last several that has won me over after a rocky first half of the season. There was lots of fun, lots of sad Nora faces, and the real human drama at which the show excels. If only we could get rid of that greasy Ryan...

Kevin wins best-line-of-the-night honors for two gems. First, he called Sarah a "gay Justin" for her "Ojai Dudes" comment, but the best was his description of his and Scotty's marriage: "It's like an episode of Leave It to Beaver, without the..." Again, his silence speaks volumes.

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This episode of Brothers & Sisters definitely lived up to its name. Coming off a monthlong break, the show picked up right where it left off and threw in some raunch for good measure. Sarah was on the prowl, ultimately "crunching some numbers" with a steamy Ojai accountant; Nora was once again wooed by her British architect beau, Roger; and Kevin and Scotty were nearly persuaded into a threesome by one of Kevin's exes. Robert wants to move his recovery into the bedroom, but Kitty has a headache — and maybe an intellectual affair. Let's kiss and tell, shall we?

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