'Brothers & Sisters': No more drama!

Julia_l[This item contains spoilers about last night’s episode. You have been warned.] Okay, so that headline is misleading. I love the drama on Brothers & Sisters — well, at least when it’s built around Nora and Holly engaging in a food-fight catfight, or Kevin bedding a closeted Hollywood hunk, or even Sarah dealing with the meltdown of her marriage to the dude with the strange mouth. But last night’s episode, which focused on the death of one of Tommy and Julia’s newborn twins, was so unrelentingly bleak it seemed completely at odds with what B&S is all about: Escapist melodrama that never forgets there’s laughter even in life’s worst moments. Seriously, I don’t think I chuckled once during the entire hour. Which means that next week’s season finale had better bring back Margot Kidder’s loopy Emily Craft, and send milquetoast Tommy and Julia back to the background. (Perhaps the duo could be sent to the Milford Academy!)

Stranger still, though, scads of small but important details seemed completely off last night. Why was the box for Kitty’s engagement ring so massive? And where did the Senator manage to hide it? (Was there an unseen fanny pack in the mix?) Why did the Senator drag Junkie Brother to the V.A. hospital for a refresher course on the importance of wartime medics when J.B. had already made peace in recent weeks with the reality of his redeployment? Also, what kind of hospital would let Julia (Sara Jane Morris, pictured) stroll through its scenic, park-like courtyard less than 24 hours after a difficult, premature delivery? Finally, did anyone else notice something peculiar about the casting of Julia and Tommy’s surviving twin, Elizabeth? I realize it’s probably hard to snag a preemie for a primetime TV shoot, but couldn’t they have found one who was white? And not made of plastic?


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  • aymzer

    Michael, I know the fake looked just that, fake, but I kinda think it is more creepy when you see really young babies in hospitals on TV shows. Who offers their newborn up as a prop on a TV show?

  • aymzer

    I’m pretty sure my post didn’t make any sense!

  • Elizabeth

    You know what I’ve been wondering? What happen to Joe’s son who didn’t like Sarah. He disappeared!

  • Lene

    I actually liked yesterday’s show – hated the food fight, it was too hysterical and fake – and was surprised that both twins didn’t miraculously survive, as they would have on any other show. Nice bit of realism and courage to look at pain. That said, I think Sara Jane Morris’ acting was excellent and Tommy was more wooden than a fencepost. Can we please get rid of him? But based on this episode, maybe keep Julia and give her something exciting to do rather than leave her tethered to a man who’s had his entire personality botoxed.

  • ryan’s mom

    “I actually liked yesterday’s show – hated the food fight, it was too hysterical and fake – and was surprised that both twins didn’t miraculously survive, as they would have on any other show. Nice bit of realism and courage to look at pain.” I agree with all of that. Slezak please quit trying to exert your taste level on the rest of us. EW needs to have room for all opinions editorially as well as on message boards. I love this show and hope some new shiny object will capture your attention before you cause this fine show to be canceled along with all the others you don’t like. Not every show is supposed to be the equivalent of a drag show ( your AI preferences ) or have the comedy equivalent of Dumb And Dumber. Look at the kitty, Slezak.

  • to ryan’s mom

    Someone needs to simmer down, sister! If you follow PopWatch at all, you’d know our beloved Slezak loves him some B&S, and was just commenting on it being a bit out of character last night! If you don’t want to read his opinions, then skip his posts.

  • Anonymous

    God. Please let them go the Milford Academy where children are seen and not heard. They can hang with Buster.

  • Give Julia more air time

    Julia needs more airtime. The actress is great and last night she was amazing, espcially when you compare her to tommy. I would love to see her in the show more often. Overall, the show was very emotional, and they continued to show that no matter what is going on in their individual lives, in the end they are always there for family. The phone theme, was again used to connect them all together. Instead of drama gossip, it was the death of their brother’s child.

  • Give Julia more air time

    Julia needs more airtime. The actress is great and last night she was amazing, espcially when you compare her to tommy. I would love to see her in the show more often. Overall, the show was very emotional, and they continued to show that no matter what is going on in their individual lives, in the end they are always there for family. The phone theme, was again used to connect them all together. Instead of drama gossip, it was the death of their brother’s child.

  • Me

    I totally agree that B&S functions way better as a screwball comedy about an often-inebriated family than a stoic drama– it’s the main reason the show was so average at the beginning. And my pick for “Favorite Exciting Brothers & Sisters Character Who Suddenly Disappeared” was the Senator’s hot gay brother! Can we have him back as a consolation for the loss of The Absolut Hunk?

  • lala1215

    last night’s show was too much of a debbie downer- I really thought both kids would survive. What happened to Balthazar Getty? I thought he was a good actor but he’s not cutting it on this show- Julia was much more better showing emotions than he did. He should ask Sally Field for some tips! She rocks on this show- Go Team Nora!

  • Tina

    I think episodes like this provide balance for the rest of the episodes. The show can’t be all zany drama and hijinks because that gets dull and repetitive after a while. Real drama like this allows the family to come together for a real crisis.
    BTW, cut Tommy some slack. Some men are raised to be stoic when it comes to situations like that. Its the “real men don’t show emotions” thing that frustrates so many. But it works for him because it sets him apart from the rest of the outgoing family. That, in addition to leaving the family business make Tommy the outsider that middle children often feel like

  • Robert

    I thought the ep was remarkably touching. I like that the show demonstrates the ups and downs of real life while keeping to the extremes of melodrama and comedy.
    BTW–I love it when Kevin gets all lawyerly. He’s delicious!

  • McGee

    Say what you will about Balthazar Getty, I almost lost it when he said “Daddy’s here.” (That said, it was Kitty/Kevin’s reactions that finally set me off). I totally thought this was the season finale; I’m not sure if I can handle another week. I don’t even like Tommy that much, and if cried over his kid, I really don’t know what’s going to happen to me when Justin ships out.
    As for Sr. Slezak–I didn’t find the review that negative, but even if it was, I’m willing to accept whatever will get us B&S commentary (like, I don’t know, a TV Watch?)

  • Eliza

    I think the box was so big because it was from cartier, if I know my jewelry. Also, I think the baby was so dark because it was premature, which makes babies kind of red & wrinkly looking. Just sayin’.

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