'Brothers & Sisters': Hello, Rob Lowe!

93414__rob_lIn case you hadn’t noticed, PopWatch is a wee bit obsessed with Brothers & Sisters. But how can we ignore last night’s episode, with the introduction of Rob Lowe’s Senator Squarejaw? The answer is, we cannot, will not ignore it.

So where do we start? Do we start with A) the somewhat implausible plotline that Squarejaw, a dude with presidential aspirations and a messy recent divorce, would romantically pursue talk-show host Kitty (Calista Flockhart) after her on-air admission that she tried to persuade him to help her soldier brother avoid redeployment to Iraq in exchange for failing to ask him during a taped interview if he’d slept with his child’s nanny? (Whew!) Or do we B) cut to the heart of the matter and discuss whether Lowe and Flockhart exhibited palpable chemistry? I say "A," because on Brothers & Sisters, it’s not really about plausibility. (Otherwise, we’d believe the world’s best forensic accountant wouldn’t have tried the first initials of all of Tom Skerrit’s kids — legit or not — as his secret account password.)

So, anyway, chemistry…yes, it’s there! Lowe even made it sound sexy (sort of) when Squarejaw offered Kitty a position…as his nanny. (!) The only negative for me is that, with Squarejaw around, Kitty’s on-again off-again flirtation with Josh Hopkins’ Warren is probably getting back-burnered. Then again, keeping in mind that even Kitty’s mother thinks her daughter "conducts her personal life like a contestant on a French game show," perhaps our gal will find room in her heart — or at least her boudoir — for both.

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In non-Lowe related matters, the roadtrip? Awesome. EspeciallyBrenda/Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) going on a bender at that military barand ending up feeling "like Nick Nolte’s mug shot" the next morning,and Kevin’s totally predictable but nonetheless adorable dalliance withHot Soldier Guy. My burning question of the week, though: Who shouldthe producers get to play unseen half-sister Rebecca? I’m throwing myinconsequential vote to Tina Holmes (Six Feet Under‘s ferret-faced Quaker Maggie), if only because she and Griffiths do that tension thing so well. How ’bout you, PopWatchers?


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  • GOB

    I vote for Alicia Witt in the role of Rebecca.

  • Freddy

    You can’t get any plausibility wit an episode writed by Cindy Sheehan or Michael Moore. That or the producers of this fiasca never met a conservative.

  • mgn

    Emily Van Camp.

  • Gretchen Weiners

    Totally obesessed with this show. If Kitty worked for the Senetor would she have to move? Doubt that would happen, but they can at least have a torrid affair. The road trip scenes were the absolute best. The chemistry between the actors as actual brothers and sisters is just amazing. Didn’t know Sally would turn out to be such a meddler! Can’t wait for next week!

  • Dave

    I love this show! Every week my friend Mariam comes over to watch it (and Housewives) and my roommates cannot understand why we like it. I tell them to back off, this is my guilty pleasure and it totally rocks!
    And Freddy, learn how to type before critiquing the show (written by Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore…ooookay)

  • Jimmy

    I’m right there with you. I’ve been addicted to this less than perfect series since it began. I’m just a softy for an over-the-top family drama.
    Let me second Emily Van Camp as long-lost Rebecca. Her acting style would be the perfect fit with the rest of the cast.
    I thought the writers made an intersting choice with Kitty’s backpedaling on the Iraq war. Granted, many moderate Conservatives are saying the same thing, but I still think it’s an interesting choice considering they’ve been painting Kitty as a bit-to-the-right Republican.
    The major gripe I’ve had with the show is how they are developing yougest brother, Justin. He’s been all over the place and then suddenly, out of the blue, decides that going to Iraq was the right decision! He couldn’t come to that before he overdosed? I actually think this show would be better if Justin went off to Iraq and was killed.
    Kudos to Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, and Rachel Griffiths — they really shined in this episode.

  • Vance

    At this point with all the rumors abound, how can they NOT cast the most excellent of choices: Emily Van Camp? Anybody else will just be a disappointment (and no offence to that Olin daughter but then that would just be plain nepotism (apparently producer Ken Olin and wife Patricia Wettig’s daughter is up in the running to play: Patricia wettig’s daughter… boo)).
    The more Everwood, the merrier!

  • GayJay

    Okay, as far as the forensic accountant goes… he didn’t know that Rebecca was a sibling until last week, if even. I don’t recall Brenda/Sarah ever informing him of this.

  • junior

    So what if it’s implausible or that every episode ends happily, I too LOVE “B&S!” When Nora/Sally broke down in the kitchen, yeah I was on the verge too. Calista has never been better (loved her closing the door while talking to Rob Lowe). Loved how Tommy wasn’t just the dumb, sterile jock for once and decided that the only bank for miles might be where his father bought the desert. Loved Sarah getting drunk (I also love how she is all too willing to up and leave her children at the drop of a hat. Also, isn’t her son the cutest child on TV). Rob Lowe wasn’t even as big of a distraction as I thought he would be. Unfortunately, they’re still putting that thing on top of Sally’s head during the flashbacks but hopefully with the two-part ep over, that will end. (Can’t wait for the next ep’s continuation of the Sarah/Holly smackdown!)

  • Mary

    Rob Lowe was kidding when he asked Calista Flockhart to be his nanny! Love the show, love the characters!

  • kinglouieXVIII

    As much as I like HEROES and UGLY BETTY, I have to admit that B&S has been consistently good since episode one. I really enjoy the dynamic between all of the actors. I truly believe that they are a family (who cares if they look nothing alike).
    As for Rob Lowe joining the cast, I don’t like it. I find him very square and bland. I hate to keep bringing this up every single time when it comes to this show but could it hurt to add some color to the cast. Sheesh.
    I heard that the Rebecca character will be introduced shortly after the new year. Now that she bit the dust on LOST, how about the adorable Maggie Grace?

  • Melanie

    I’m jumping on the Emily Van Camp bandwagon!

  • Daniel

    He offered her a job on his communications staff, not as his nanny!

  • nathan

    If Rob needs a real life nanny, he could always ask his brother Chad, he could use the work.

  • dma69

    “Who should the producers get to play unseen half-sister Rebecca? I’m throwing my inconsequential vote to Tina Holmes (Six Feet Under’s ferret-faced Quaker Maggie), if only because she and Griffiths do that tension thing so well.”
    Sounds delicious. Who could forget the infamous quote ”What is this, some kind of Quaker thing? You f— someone’s husband to death and then you bring them a quiche?” Brilliant! Simply brilliant.

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