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2006, TV Show

Brothers & Sisters Episode: "Julia"

Season 3, Episode 22
Episode Synopsis: Growing tired of waiting for Tommy's return, Julia takes a hard look at her future; Holly and Sarah arrive at a détente in their relationship; Robert finally learns Kitty's secret.
Original Air Date: Apr 26, 2009
Guest Cast Matt Letscher: Alec Tyler
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Season 3, Episode 22
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Aired: 4/26/2009
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Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap: "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" Season 3, Episode 22

In the penultimate Season 3 episode, Brothers & Sisters took just a second to let everyone catch their breath, refocus and think (or not, in some cases) before they act. But that's not to say the episode was boring. Kitty — with the aid of some William Walker flashbacks — comes to a decision about her rocky marriage with Robert, Nora is hell-bent on finding Tommy, no matter what anyone in the family says, and Ryan's "secret" gets out, causing a huge "Walker meltdown," as Robert puts it. Plus, Sarah deals with the news that Joe is getting remarried, Kevin battles with taking sides in the Kitty-Robert struggle, and Justin has maybe the best week of his life ever. All the details lie ahead!

Despite the fact that Sarah's ex-husband, Joe (he does exist, at least off-screen), is getting remarried to his first wife and honeymooning for a month in Europe, Sarah is putting on a brave face and hosting Ojai's "unity party," which solidifies the most recent transition within the company. But Nora won't be there, as she finds it tacky to celebrate while Tommy is still among the missing. No bother, Sarah's biggest problem is Holly trying to rope Sarah into a song-and-dance number featuring the two of them at the party. The goal: "make complete asses of ourselves," Holly says. Sarah seems supremely disinterested, leading Holly to pry and eventually learn about Joe's remarriage. Holly seems to suggest with genuine concern — gasp! — that Sarah try online dating. "I think you're trying to find another way to make an ass of me," Sarah says drily, before ultimately caving to Holly's musical-number idea.

Meanwhile, Ryan tries to talk to Rebecca, who has been uncomfortable around him since he cooked her dinner and spilled his guts about voting on the Ojai board with Holly. Ryan notices the tension (and blames his chicken), but ultimately convinces Rebecca that they — as the "next generation of Ojai" — should attend the party together, as long as "just friends" Justin is OK with it.

Justin, however, has something else on his mind: med school. He calls Rebecca to his place to have her open the letter since she was the first person he told about becoming a doctor and wanted to share the moment with her. He's found a program that will let him get his undergraduate degree while starting med school as well, and feels good about his chances of getting in, since he "wouldn't have called if [the envelope] was a skinny one." Heh. So of course he gets in, and he also got Rebecca in the sack. But after the "congratulations sex," the mood goes south when Rebecca tells Justin about her "date" with Ryan. She has to then explain about Ryan's "William Walker killed my mom" conspiracy theory to justify her feeling sorry for him.

Also feeling sorry is Kitty, who shows tremendous will power, ignoring Alec's persistent phone calls, presumably in an effort to make things right after her near-affair. She even plays nice with Robert on his first day back at the office, giving him a picture of Evan for his desk and throwing him a surprise party. (It's a shame that Robert thought that early-morning phone call was to Alec rather than surprise-party conspirator Kevin. If so, perhaps he wouldn't have gone to the park and given the "putz with a diaper bag" a piece of his mind, threatening him by saying "I'm a very powerful man.") Despite Kitty's thoughtfulness, Robert dodges her to catch up on the three months of work he's missed, which clues Kevin in to the fact that something's wrong.

When Robert confirms Kevin's suspicions, he plays the middle very well. He offers Robert booze and strippers ("I don't know what you straight guys need," he says) and offers Kitty — who confirms that she never slept with Alec — a brotherly shoulder to cry on. But at least Kevin is honest with Robert, who understands the position Kevin is in and the need he will ultimately feel to take sides. But Robert also reveals how much he really does care about Kitty and the Walkers...even to the point of missing the meltdowns.

Speak of the devil! Nora shows up at Robert's office, hoping for his help in tracking down Tommy. (That is, of course, after Saul caught her trying to hire a private detective.) Nora can't eat or sleep because she's worried about Tommy, and she just needs peace of mind that he is OK, wherever he is. Robert obliges Nora, but is he doing it for her, or to perhaps gain favor with Kitty? In any case, Nora's newfound hope puts her in the party spirit, and she heads to Ojai. Then the fireworks start.

Justin finds out that Ryan (awkwardly) kissed Rebecca before their date, and Justin calls Ryan out for just finding another way to screw with the Walker family. Their debate gets heated and loud enough for Sarah to hear that Holly came to Ryan with her plan to gain votes on the board. Unfortunately, it's time for the musical number, which Sarah sabotages. Sarah and Holly go at it backstage, but thanks to their microphones, everyone hears the fight, even the details about Holly and William's affair and the "competition" for Ryan's support at Ojai. Sarah calls Holly a sociopath but Holly hits a little lower: "You're unhappy," she says.

Even though Ryan was outed as a schemer in the whole situation, he somehow turns himself into the victim, warning everyone to leave him alone. He heads back to Rebecca's to pack, but Justin eventually spills the beans about how Ryan believes William was involved in his mother's death. Luckily for Kitty, she's been thinking about her dad a lot lately! She happens to recall her father being repeatedly called while he visited her in New York. It turns out that his "business" with a lady named Connie would take place in Reno. Kitty tells Ryan that he is right about William and his way of cutting people out of his life once they changed the terms of their relationship with him.

More importantly, Kitty's night o' flashbacks remind her that she doesn't want to be like her father. She visits the park — sans Evan — to break it off with Alec. "I don't even know what to say, except I'm married," Kitty says. That pretty much says it all. She tells Robert that it's over for good, but that she thinks they need some time apart to work their way back to happiness. Robert is none to pleased with the idea of separation, and he doesn't give Kitty an answer... for now.

He does, however, give Nora a call. He's found Tommy. He's in Mexico. And soon enough, so is Nora. What, she probably just wanted a margarita, right? (Also, how could anyone be stupid enough to believe that Nora was not going to instantly run after Tommy?)

Sarah is still down in the dumps about Joe, but mostly about the fact that Holly saw through her façade to her true loneliness. She's angry that she was a pit stop on Joe's way back to his soulmate, and she wonders if she'll ever find hers. Scotty (who is delivering gold every time he's on screen) puts a smile on her face, and assures her she can find the man for her. (The best ones live in their cars, Scotty says with a wink.) It must have done the trick — behind the expense reports on Sarah's computer screen at work is an online dating profile.

Justin and Rebecca lie in bed — presumably after more congratulations were in order — talking about their dreams. In Justin's, he sees himself as a doctor, Rebecca as a photographer, and the two of them walking their dog Buster on the beach. All of which soon turns into a proposal. "That' the dream I want. You make everything feel possible," Justin says. Rebecca says Justin makes her feel the same and accepts. My, how far we've come from their creepy first kiss a year ago.

Random thoughts:
• Dear B&S producers: Your "convenient" William Walker flashbacks are stupid. This episode they were just as contrived as they were a year ago when you decided to make Rebecca a non-Walker and introduce Ryan. Please, just let the man stay dead. Tom Skerritt deserves better.

• It's interesting that both Robert and Kitty almost told Nora about their marital problems, but stopped short when each realized that she didn't know what they meant. You know it's going to come out sooner or later though.

• ABC's promo department got creative again tonight. I was expecting to see Kitty and Alec have their own "congratulations sex," but that was just some random dude from one of Kitty's flashbacks. Not as offensive as the shocking death that wasn't, but you're on notice, ABC.

• Loved Justin's impromptu singing of the jingle that apparently made Joe wealthy enough for his European vacation. Maybe he has a career in commercials if med school doesn't work out.

• So Ryan's still on the loading dock? He really needs to go now. Kthxbai!

So what did you think of the episode? Are you looking forward to the Walker family caravan to Mexico in next week's finale? What do you expect from the finale? Share all your thoughts below and check back next week for more!

 

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In the penultimate Season 3 episode, Brothers & Sisters took just a second to let everyone catch their breath, refocus and think (or not, in some cases) before they act. But that's not to say the episode was boring. Kitty — with the aid of some William Walker flashbacks — comes to a decision about her rocky marriage with Robert, Nora is hell-bent on finding Tommy, no matter what anyone in the family says, and Ryan's "secret" gets out, causing a huge "Walker meltdown," as Robert puts it. Plus, Sarah deals with the news that Joe is getting remarried, Kevin battles with taking sides in the Kitty-Robert struggle, and Justin has maybe the best week of his life ever. All the details lie ahead!

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