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Brothers & Sisters Episode: "S3X"

Season 3, Episode 21
Episode Synopsis: Holly's contemplation of dropping the charges keeps the Walkers' hope alive that Tommy will come home; Kevin and Scotty mull an interesting suggestion from Chad (Jason Lewis); Kitty has doubts about her marriage's survival; Sarah prepares for yet another professional opportunity.
Original Air Date: Apr 19, 2009
Guest Cast Matt Letscher: Alec Tyler Nigel Havers: Roger Grant Cristian de la Fuente: Cal Jason Lewis: Chad Berry
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Season 3, Episode 21
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Aired: 4/19/2009
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Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap: "Julia" Season 3, Episode 21

Everyone's got something to hide in this episode of Brothers & Sisters, but before the hour winds up, most everybody's secrets are out of the bag, for better or for worse. Kitty continues her "emotional affair" with "hot park guy" Alec, but her puppy love ends up hurting her, physically and emotionally. In Tommy's absence, Julia faces foreclosure on her house, but is too afraid to tell Kevin and Nora why she can't accept their help. And weasel-y Ryan weasels his way into a job and weasel-y Holly's good graces by becoming her mole (thought I was going to say weasel didn't you?) on the Ojai board, but only tells Rebecca. All that, plus (two!) stuffed ponies, some airbag burns and even some tears lie ahead in this week's recap.

Ah, the recession. Makes for lovely TV drama, doesn't it? Since Tommy always handled the books — and by handling I mean funneled money into his elaborate embezzlement/take over Ojai scheme — Julia learns in his absence that her house is being foreclosed upon by the bank. Never fear, Kevin the PR man/lawyer is here. (And, of course, throw in a little bit of Nora's overeager support.) Kevin vows to work things out with the bank, but Julia must get a job, even though everywhere she has looked isn't hiring teachers. Nora says she will put in a word for her to be the new tutor at the cancer center, and Kevin takes out a loan to stop the foreclosure, much to Scotty's chagrin. Scotty (rightly) assumes that this is yet another part of Kevin's desire to stay connected with his daughter Elizabeth, since he can't physically be her dad. (See the second stuffed pony and beaming smile he generally gets around Elizabeth as evidence.)

Kevin presents Julia the check, and she is flattered but balks when Nora says the job at the center is hers. Julia asks for a night to think it over, but as Kevin and Nora let themselves out, they see plane tickets to Phoenix and instantly assume Julia has taken her parents up on an offer to move back home with them. When Nora blurts out this theory, Julia proves its falsehood, only to drop another bombshell: She's moving to Seattle where a friend got her a job. Nora and Kevin protest, but all of their arguments revolve around little Elizabeth. "You Walkers are so supportive until things don't go your way," Julia says. "It's clear that it's only Elizabeth you want to keep."

Nora takes solace in Saul, who tells Nora to be the bigger person and send Julia off in style. With a family dinner, of course. Kevin comes clean to Scotty how angry he is with Tommy for running off and leaving Elizabeth, leaving Kevin to cover for him instead. Worse, he is bound by the contract Tommy drew up to never tell Elizabeth. Luckily, after Nora's dinner, Julia vows to tell Elizabeth the truth, since Kevin "gave her life twice." Julia thanks the rest of the family for their support and toasts them and hard choices before saying her goodbyes. (Tear. She hasn't had much to do lately, and with Balthazar Getty's screen time reduced, it was only a matter of time until Julia went bye-bye. Still, sad.)

Meanwhile, Ryan is on the job hunt, but don't even think of offering him a job at Ojai Foods. Well, at least before making it clear that he can screw with the family of the man who he believes killed his mother. When Holly tires of Sarah constantly getting her way with the board because it's a "family business," Holly uses family to her advantage. She tells Ryan about the shares and voting rights on the board that William wrote into the bylaws for his children. All he has to do is take a job (even on the loading dock!) and pretend to know nothing about it when interviewing with Sarah. Which he does quite perfectly in slimy fashion.

But Holly's plan doesn't stop there. She throws a (fake) fit that Sarah is trying to further stack the board vote in her favor, ultimately making a case for Rebecca to have the same rights as Ryan. Sarah agrees, and unwittingly grants two more chairs on Holly's team in the board room. Rebecca finds Ryan's sudden change of heart suspect, and calls him on it, only to learn that he "can't wait to see Sarah have a coronary" when he votes with Holly. Rebecca then runs to Justin to see if he can fix this Ojai mess any better than he did the last time she made a shocking discovery. Stay tuned...

Kitty finds herself more and more swept away by Alec, especially as he draws her a sand diagram of the house he hopes to buy. (Sorry, only two recession-themed plots a week, kids!) Alec even likens the prospect of house hunting to dating, saying he isn't sure if he's "found the one." Kitty suggests he show her the place, but before they can steal away, Robert calls to remind her she's married. Guilt sets in, and Kitty cancels, but promises to see the house tomorrow and eat noodles. It's a date, er, plan. Kitty tells Sarah about the problem, detailing how great Alec is in light of Robert's flaws. Her heart races in Alec's presence and he makes her feel funny, pretty and connected. Kitty says she can't stay home and deny the problems she and Robert have, to which Sarah responds: "Don't pretend, just stop going to that damn park."

Kitty takes her advice, and only goes to the house instead. She spends minutes spewing on about the porch swing, obviously painting herself into the "perfect" house and life with Alec. All those fantasies (literally) come crashing down when, after Alec buys the house, Kitty runs headfirst into another car. No one is seriously injured, other than a few airbag burns. Kitty tells Robert she will get home on her own, and sends Alec to find a cab, as to lower the risk of Robert finding out about them since Robert assumed she was alone. At home, Robert bandages Kitty's wounds, and Kitty perhaps has a change of heart, vowing to treat Robert to sushi after a nap. But she wakes to find that Robert has taken Evan to the park, and her heart begins to race for another reason. (What, is Alec always at the park?)

Turns out he is, and when his son, Ben, says hello to Evan, Robert notices the boy's father...and his patched up airbag wounds. The look Robert shoots Kitty when he returns home says it all. But he continues on anyway: "You could have died in that car with some man I've never heard of," he says. He concedes that things have been difficult, but questions why he's even trying in this case. Kitty says she's sorry, but when Robert asks Kitty if she loves Alec, the silence is deafening.

So what do you do when you need to clear your mind? Go to the "other man's" new house and sit on his porch swing, of course. Kitty and Alec say some meaningless things before ultimately kissing. (Hate to say it in the adulterous circumstances, but they make a much better couple.) "What do we do now?" Alec asks. "I don't know," Kitty says. Well at least she gave him an answer!

Finally, Saul gets the good brother award tonight. In just about every scene, Nora spat out some line about making things perfect for Tommy when he got back. But she seemed to fail on every account. He didn't have a home, a wife or a child. So, she takes to setting up a room in her own house, despite Saul's complaints. But when Nora lays it on the line ("He's my son, I can't give up hope") Saul is right there with the next clothes hanger.

What did you guys think of the episode? Can Holly and Ryan pull off this double cross? Will Kevin be able to deal with his Tommy issues, even though he says he can never forgive him? What is the next step for Kitty and Robert (besides a trip to Alec's bedroom for Kitty)? Share your thoughts below and check back next week for more.

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Everyone's got something to hide in this episode of Brothers & Sisters, but before the hour winds up, most everybody's secrets are out of the bag, for better or for worse. Kitty continues her "emotional affair" with "hot park guy" Alec, but her puppy love ends up hurting her, physically and emotionally. In Tommy's absence, Julia faces foreclosure on her house, but is too afraid to tell Kevin and Nora why she can't accept their help. And weasel-y Ryan weasels his way into a job and weasel-y Holly's good graces by becoming her mole (thought I was going to say weasel didn't you?) on the Ojai board, but only tells Rebecca. All that, plus (two!) stuffed ponies, some airbag burns and even some tears lie ahead in this week's recap.

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