'Brothers & Sisters' season premiere: Who's your fave duo?

Patriciawettig_lAt long last, last night marked the return of the Walker clan, in all their gossiping, secret-hiding, wine-drinking glory. I’ll admit it: I went in for a second glass of Shiraz at the midway marker, and I didn’t regret it, either. Heck, I needed something to mellow me out while watching an hour’s worth of intense inter-Walker tension. Anyhow, to recap the Brothers & Sisters season premiere, I present my list of the evening’s top 8 duos (ranked from most compelling to least). Enjoy! And feel free to re-order in the comments section below!

1) Holly (Patricia Wettig, pictured) and Nora (Sally Field): Anyone who doubts B&S is all about its female characters obviously didn’t stick around for the final confrontation between these hellaciously hot women of a certain age. Holly really did seem to have the advantage throughout the hour — convincing one of Nora’s sons to fire another one was a doozy — but I loved how Nora got the upper hand with just three words (“Yes you do”) when Holly said she didn’t believe William had had a second mistress. You know Nora must’ve floated all the way to guest parking after dropping that bombshell.

2) Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) and Kitty (Calista Flockhart): I didn’t love love love the wall of ice that cropped up between the normally tight sisters, but then again, Sarah’s self-absorption rang true, as did Kitty’s devastated response to the fact that her sister couldn’t find time over the course of a month to write a letter of recommendation to her adoption agency. The only part I didn’t buy was that Nora, who’s shown a flare and passion for writing in seasons past, would’ve cooked up such a cockamamie missive in the first place. Wouldn’t it have been better for Kitty to catch Sarah’s lie in a more subtle fashion, compounding the subsequent emotional bruising? (Side note: Was I the only one outraged by ABC’s post-Housewives promo declaring that B&S is a show that stars Field, Flockhart, and Lowe, but not Emmy-nominated Griffiths? What the hell?)


3) Kevin (Matthew Rhys) and Scotty (Luke Macfarlane): Thank you, ABC,for refusing to shy away from the tried-and-true (and realistic) (andadorable) newlyweds-getting-frisk-ay story arc just because saidnewlyweds both happen to be boys.

4) The whale and the objets d’art*: You knew Moby Dick was a goner fromfirst sight. This, however, made his destruction no less hilar.

5) Justin (DaveAnnable) and Rebecca (Emily VanCamp): So what if Annable doesn’t openhis mouth all the way while speaking? So what if VanCamp’s characterapparently has nothing to do but wander around Casa Walker. Thechemistry is hot. WHO IS GOING TO ARGUE WITH THE CHEMISTRY?

6) Kitty and That Chiseled Guy: You think when Rob Lowe signedon for this show he ever thought he’d be relegated to couch-filling/standing sternly in doorways? Yeah, me neither.

7) Paige (Kerris Dorsey) and Cooper (Maxwell Perry Cotton): As far aschild actors go, these two are okay, but I really included them becauseI wanted to type the name “Maxwell Perry Cotton,” a name that evokesthoughts of the highest-thread-count sheets that money can buy.

8)Tommy (Balthazar Getty) and That Blonde Lady: Zzzzzzzz.

Finally, re. utter lack of Uncle Saul (Ron Rifkin): Booooo! And re.introduction of ever-fine Mitch Pileggi as Kevin’s boss: Woooot!

What’d you think of the season premiere, PopWatchers? Your fellowreaders have a right to know!

* Second use of fancy French term on PopWatch today must result inautomatic ridicule on message boards by no fewer than three PopWatchreaders

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  • K

    That “Yes you do” at the end gave me chills. Sally Field rocks!

  • ryanlafferty

    It’s too bad the show got bumped to mini-recap status on Pop Watch. No offense, but I really enjoyed the full-fledged write-ups last season, and Lord knows there’s enough drama on this show to fill up a few pages. Can we lobby to bring it back?

  • Raven_Moon

    I love “Brothers & Sisters.” I’m glad it’s back. I liked the “Yes you do” moment, too. As for my favorite couple it’s definitely Kevin and Scotty.

  • Laura K.

    My favorite line of the night was actually probably Justin’s “Oh crap” after Paige and Cooper caught him kissing Rebecca. It was just so perfectly timed and reminded me of everything I love about the show. I actually enjoyed the Kitty/Robert relationship–I’ve never really liked him for her, but when he stood in that doorway and refused to broker peace between Sarah and Kitty, I was proud of him.

  • Kristi

    Oh i’m sad this got bumped off TV watch wwaahhh
    ok now that i got that over with, loved the ep! No complaints here!

  • Alicia

    Yeah, I know this is TMI, but I totally had a sex dream about Mitch Pileggi thanks to that episode of B&S. Skinner FTW!

  • 2Cents

    Thank you for this. I love this show in a way that is unholy and could not wait to see if my obsession was catching.

  • Snarf

    Kevin and Scotty are my fave couple although I love it when Nora takes on Holly.
    As for the Sarah/Kitty thing, it felt off…
    Finally Justin and Rebecca great chemistry – still an ick factor though (shudder)

  • Whatever

    EW’s priorities are whacked. The Hills gets a recap, but B&S (not to mention other worthy shows) get relegated to a next day BTW on Popwatch. Traveling fast into “US Magazine” territory.

  • Jimmy

    I think Rob Lowe is happy to be working considering the mess his personal life is in these days, but yeah after the West Wing this is kind of step backwards for him. Part of the reason for this is the cast is way too large. They could dump Tommy and wife whose name I can’t remember because she’s hardly ever around. His storyline seems forced and tacked on. Personally, I think they screwed by not leaving Rebecca a Walker just because van Camp and Annable have good chemistry; she really serves no purpose other than being Justin’s girlfriend. Hell, Justin serves no real purpose either.
    Regardless, this series is a major guilty pleasure for me. For the most part the cast is fantastic as a group and they have great chemistry.

  • JDub

    I too enjoyed last years full recaps of B&S, whoever the woman was, she should totally get her job back…no offense Mr. Slezak, you did a brilliant job. My favorite lines were Justin’s “Oh crap” after scolding the kids for saying it AND of course, Nora’s “Yes You Do” as you explained in your recap. Such a simple line, but the way she delivered it really sent chills up my spine. One more thing, I would love to see Uncle Saul develop a relationship this season…he deserves to be happy.

  • katie g

    I love love love ew.com, and spend an hour after work ravaging all the tidbits can get…
    but I have to admit that I’m saddened by the loss of so many of the TV watches I loved – Entourage, B&S, ANTM …
    Can we, your devoted public, at least get an explanation WHY these recaps have left us without a word or goodbye?

  • Kai

    Why did Justin take blame for the kids breaking the whale? Being a kid is the best excuse ever!


    Could we please get a regular TV watch for this show. I can’t believe you decided not to have one this season. Fix it now.

  • John

    Yeah, I agree-I’m desperate for a regular TV watch for this show. The fact that Betty and Brothers are both without them makes me cry. If Pushing Daisies is also cut, I will peeved.

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