In the third-season finale, many of the Walkers find themselves having trouble communicating. Nora struggles against the language barrier to track down Tommy in Mexico, Kitty and Robert can't agree on the terms of the separation Kitty proposed, and Justin and Rebecca can't quite get on the same page about their engagement/marriage. Plus, Kevin has to work through his beef with Tommy, Saul has to make a difficult decision about Ryan and Holly struggles with Rebecca's impulsiveness. So how did this up-and-down season wrap up? Let's find out.
"Dónde está mi...uh, him?" Nora asks of some hombres at a Montevista cantina once she blows into Mexico. Soon enough, her picture of Tommy leads her to some sort of silence-loving, cell-phone-banning, yoga-doing commune that "Tomás" now calls home. Cue a Nora overreaction and a trademark Brothers & Sisters multi-sibling phone call. Nora says she thinks Tommy is in a cult, and everyone comes running -- everyone except Kevin, that is. He's tired of cleaning up Tommy's messes and wants nothing more than to celebrate his anniversary with Scotty in Laguna. But it's Scotty (again criminally underused) who convinces Kevin to join the caravan South of the Border to keep Nora from creating an "international incident" by "going down the river into the heart of darkness."
Before she leaves, Sarah tells Holly that she is rethinking their strategy to work around the by-laws and cut Ryan loose. Instead, she wants to offer him an eyebrow-raising severance package, but Holly is having none of it. "This company has always been about more than the bottom line," Sarah says, "and he's my father's son." Holly says Sarah sounds just like Tommy, but she sticks to her guns, ultimately getting Holly to agree. However, the quick trip to Mexico forces Sarah to ask Saul to be her messenger. Saul protests against getting involved, but he gives in when Sarah says she's trying to rebuild the company and the family and that one has never worked without the other.
Kevin does his best to mediate Kitty and Robert's separation, but both Kitty and Robert's strong wills are in full force. Kitty insists that after some time apart, she and Robert will find each other (and their love) again. Robert disagrees, but Kitty suggests it's only because he wants to "keep up appearances" for his run for governor. Couples therapy is tossed out as a possibility but just as quickly dismissed, and Kitty is angry that Robert hasn't made any concession. (Robert is happy to point out that his coolness about "diaper man" was a pretty big concession, however.) The session ends with no real growth, but Kevin tells Kitty he will remain Switzerland in the situation and help them get everything smoothed out.
Justin and Rebecca decide to tell Holly and David of their engagement, and Holly's reaction was a little less that what was desired. (But is anyone surprised?) "Are you pregnant?" Holly asks, belittling the announcement and accusing Rebecca of being impulsive. Rebecca is angry that Holly is trying to ruin the moment, and, as she leaves, Rebecca accuses Holly of only being against the engagement because Justin is a Walker. Holly later explains that Rebecca has made her share of mistakes with her gung-ho approach to life, including following her social-studies teacher from L.A. to Chicago and living off credit cards when she was 16. Holly just doesn't want that to happen again, and David says -- even though Rebecca seems genuinely happy from where he's sitting -- that they will deal with whatever comes along together.
Just as the Walker clan arrives in Montevista, Nora finds out that Tommy isn't a cult member, but rather a volunteer who has organized a team to repair the pipes that make the fountain in the center of town work. With that in mind, Nora worries about how he will react when he sees them, but Kevin still seems furious with Tommy, despite Nora's pleas to show no judgment. Just as Tommy shows up, however, the "gong of silence" is rung, ruining the reunion and forcing everyone to eat in silence.
How do you beat those classic Walker phone calls? Turn the trademark family dinner into a game of charades. When Nora notices Justin's watch, Rebecca does her best pantomime to inform the family that Justin got into med school. After a few minutes (and some wrong guesses that include love and bongo-playing), Nora realizes it and breaks the cone of silence, getting "Tomás" and the whole family booted from the mess hall. In the meantime, Kevin sneaks in a call to Robert. (Why? Because how else would he and Kitty wrap up their issues before the season ends?)
Nora, Kitty and Sarah all try to put Tommy at ease by forgiving his mistakes, and of course, Kitty's comments are pointed equally at Robert. When he makes that assumption, however, Kitty is quick to snap that just because he flew down in his chopper, the visit was about Tommy. "This is about us," Robert says, letting the entire family in on the separation. He then asks Kevin why he asked him to come down, and Kitty quickly pounces, saying because he thought he was going to get exactly what he wanted. To the contrary, Robert gives Kitty her separation because he's "done chasing her." But for the record, he wasn't against the separation for political reasons, but because he fears they will never get back together if she leaves. "So much for being Switzerland," Kitty snarks at Kevin.
Kevin also takes his side in the Tommy debate when he has enough of Nora begging for Tommy's forgiveness for hitting him and not being there. "He betrayed every single one of us and then ran down here to hide," Kevin says, telling Tommy that he has no need for him back home. And while the girls try to convince Tommy otherwise, he agrees with Kevin and asks for them to let him take responsibility for his actions.
Meanwhile, in happy Mexico, Justin and Rebecca find a church, and impulsive Rebecca says they should find a priest and get married right then and there. When Justin cracks a joke, Rebecca thinks he's not serious about marrying her, but Justin explains that he wants them to have a special day with their families. "Oh, really? You wouldn't even tell them we were engaged," Rebecca counters. So, in short order, Justin proposes in front of all the Walkers, and she says yes... again.
While talking with Sarah, Kitty miraculously discovers that her marriage with Robert doesn't have to be over if she decides to fight for it. (I mean, come on, there were only 15 minutes left in the episode. It had to be some kind of miracle.) Cue the slow-mo music. (Fun fact: Rob Lowe has been at the center of three slow-mo packages this season!) Kitty runs for Robert as he boards his helicopter. She does a silent scream for him, but he can't hear. So he takes off and leaves Kitty devastated in her own foolishness. Also: Tommy cries on Nora's shoulder, but I couldn't tell how emotional he really was because Balthazar Getty's eyebrows weren't showing.
Back at Ojai, Saul takes the severance package to Ryan, and although he is impressed by the healthy sum of money, he can't help but note the similarity to how William tried to buy his way out of the relationship with Ryan's mother. Saul tells him to think about his future rather than the past, but when Ryan asks Saul if he would sign it, things get tricky. Saul returns the package unsigned to Holly, noting that he refused to let Ryan sign it. Saul asks Holly for a job at Ojai so he can keep an eye on Ryan. "He deserves better than this," Saul says.
Turns out, William Walker never made it to Reno because Sarah went into labor with Cooper. So, Saul was again the courier with money -- a large enough sum to buy William's freedom from the relationship. He tells Holly the story of how William's mistress was humiliated and screamed at him like a crazy woman. Saul has always resented the part he played and that he has to look out for Ryan as payback. Holly argues that it's not her place to fix his mistakes, but Saul insists, even agreeing when Holly says, "Saul, you'll owe me." How does she always do it?
The Walkers help Tommy finish his fountain project and Tommy thanks Kevin for seeing him for what he really is. Tommy says he's called Julia, and even though she won't take his calls, that he is going to be a father to Elizabeth. "I'm trying to change, but it's not easy," Tommy says, and Kevin is glad to hear it. Kevin promises that the change is all he wants for Tommy, and Kevin understands that Tommy just wants Kevin to notice the change the same way he noticed everything else. Kevin promises that he will, and these two volatile brothers seem to be somewhat happy for now.
As the Walker clan boards the bus, Sarah leaves behind a photo of the family that she brought for Tommy. As they all sing a Camp Lackawanna-inspired verse of "Kumbaya," the fountain Tommy was working to repair starts to flow again as the bus drives out of sight. And as Tommy retrieves the picture Sarah left for him, we're left with the hope that Tommy has also repaired himself and will be able to flow (as a recurring guest star) next season.
What did you think of the finale? Despite the neatly tied-up ending for many of the stories, what will have you waiting all summer for the show's return? Do you think Holly will get the best of Saul? Is it too late for Kitty, now that Robert has perhaps made up his mind? Share your thoughts below, and we'll see you next season!