'Brothers & Sisters' recap: A gay ol' time

Brothersandsisters_l1Last night’s B&S was an enjoyable hour of Walker insanity, mainly because quippy Kevin was back and Nora hit the bottle. The episode revolved around Kitty’s baby shower, which raised multiple issues. Issue #1: Should gay men be invited to showers just because they’re gay? Answer: No. They should be invited because they’ll be there focused and ready for fun and keep the guests entertained with witty banter like, "I am not gonna stand here and be interrogated by The View." Saul was offended that he, Scotty, and Kevin were invited and the straight men in the family were not. He didn’t come out of the closet to be a stereotype, he said. Scotty said there’s no one way to be gay. Kevin responsed, "Well, he’s managed to be the most dull, joyless version I’ve ever seen." Kevin is so much funnier when Robert’s not around. Kevin determined that Saul really was just scared of introducing his boyfriend, Henry (John Glover), to the family. To which I say, then don’t bring the boyfriend. Problem solved. (Saul did bring him and he survived his first Crazy Nora encounter. Congratulations!)

Issue #2: Can/should a woman start a new career when she’s expecting a baby? I feel for Kitty. She’s a woman who focused on her career for most of her life, and then the moment she decides to start a family, her dream job falls into her lap four weeks before her adoption due date. But here’s my question: Why does it have to be all or nothing? Wouldn’t this new broadcast journalism department Wexley University wanted her to be the dean of also need professors? Why can’t she just teach? After fighting with Nora and Sarah about how to work a stroller (that went on a little too long), Kitty realized her life was about to change enough and turned down the job. Robert was upset because now, it’s clear that Kitty is willing to make sacrifices for their family that he isn’t. She finally figured out that he’s running for governor, and it looks like next week, he’ll have to decide what comes first: Kitty or his ambition. (Though this series is guilty of making previews look way more dramatic than the show actually will be, so who knows.) Kitty knew Robert was a driven man when she meant him. I’m not faulting him for that. I just want him to consult Kitty before he makes his decision, like she did when she phoned him while cowering in Nora’s house before her shower.

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Issue #3: Is Nora a fuddy duddy? This recurring theme is getting a bit tired. She’s a grandmother. She’s allowed to be traditional. Whether that’s in terms of annoying baby shower games or not wanting to be the third party in Roger’s sexless open marriage. (P.S. I don’t think you have to be a grandmother to not want to be a part of that, right?) Nora was actually upset because she didn’t want to give up Roger and their afternoon delight. But after an awkward conversation with Holly about "Little Miss Pasadena" being in a "three-way thing," she knew she wouldn’t be happy. She wasn’t, as Roger said, denying herself certain pleasures out of stubborness — she needs to know that she alone is enough for a man just once her life. When Nora sat down and started talking about the designs with Roger, I thought thought about how far she’s come since Isaac (Danny Glover). Go Nora.

As for the other storylines getting goosed last night, a phone call from Chelsea interrupted Rebecca and Justin having sex. Then later, Rebecca interrupted Chelsea trying to guilt Justin into staying her sponsor and kissing him. It was weird that we didn’t get to see the resolution of that immediately,  but that’s because the writers wanted to let Rebecca throw the fact that she believed Justin when he said he didn’t respond to Chelsea back in his face when he wouldn’t entertain the thought that Tommy might’ve done something shady with the vineyard deal. After the board passed the acquisition, the other vineyard owner let it slip to Rebecca that Tommy called him two months ago — when Rebecca had only been led to believe that she gave Tommy the idea one month ago. She went on Tommy’s computer and confirmed that he was looking at the vineyard before her brilliant idea. Now, why wouldn’t she have gone to her mother. Or, you know, right to Tommy? She could’ve just told him what that guy had said. What did she expect Justin to do? What is she expecting her dad David (Ken Olin) to do now that she’s visiting him?

So, what did you think of last night’s episode? Are you ready to go through the Meet the Walkers routine again with Ryan Lafferty (Luke Grimes) next week? (I say, bring it. We just have to accept that the show will always need to bring in outsiders for the Walkers to fight infront of.) Do we think Saul might actually get some screentime now that we’ve met Henry? (I hope.) And what do you want to see happen between Robert and Kitty? (I’d like her — or Nora — to kick him.)

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  • I Got Soul

    A great episode!! I loved when Nora told Sarah about sleeping with Roger. It was even funnier when she found out he was married and told Sarah that she googled him! lol Glad to see Ken Olin back – looks like he’s dropped a few pounds. Looking forward to the Ryan introduction – its about time! Lastly, shame on Robert for not telling Kitty he was at least entertaining the possibility of running for governor.

  • Elizabeth

    It seemed like there were a lot of half-baked scenarios thrown in last night that could’ve easily been resolved by the end of the show but weren’t. In any event, there was a whole lot that I wasn’t buying (Wexley is just starting a broadcast journalism progam?) and then they throw Rebecca in at her dad’s in the last 5 minutes? Hot mess of a show and a bit over the top.

  • HockeyGurL

    omg I forget it was on I watched the grammys instead they sucked oh well

  • caliban821

    I liked Nora going to Holly for advice. Yes they took their obligatory digs at each other and it was awkward but Nora knew Holly was the only person who could help her. I know a lot of people hate Holly but it was clear she empathized and sympathized and gave Nora the input she needed.

  • Anonymous

    Thank God they are finally introducing Ryan. I am so sick of Kitty’s nerousis I have actually taken to changing channel when she is on tv and Rebecca can stay where ever the hell her dad is. Holly’s gloating was completely uncalled for, I wanted to smack her. She has always been bitter and angry and now she’s being smug. Nora is not the other woman material and I for one am glad she made the decision she did and no that is not old-fashion, it’s common sense. The babyshower scenes were great except for Kitty’s it’s all about me attitude. I realize the shower was for her but she needs a serious reality check.
    I like Scotty more and more every time I see him. He is apparently the sensible one in the marriage and is good for Kevin. John Glover, need I say more, wonderful!

  • fan of B&S first season

    Bring back the first season when everything was fresh and new. How many sibilings will they bring out of the wood work. Get rid of Tommy. He is the least interesting of the Walkers. Make Rebecca a sister again it worked better. Justin and Rebecca have no chemistry since they broke up in real life. To many siblings from Papa Walker. When did he have time for the 5 orignal kids. How much was Nora in denail that he haad affairs with half of california?

  • Laura K.

    A couple of things rang false to me in this episode. For example, when Sarah and Nora were in the kitchen and Nora was about to go off the deep end, Sarah took the glass of wine from Nora’s hand and DUMPED IT OUT. Now, when would it EVER be in character for a Walker to dump out perfectly good wine? I also didn’t think the scene between Holly and Nora felt right. It lacked the usual snap.

  • LuluQ

    Two improbable things: Why didn’t Kitty just tell her interviewer that she was adopting? The university might have had a solution (even on-site day care!). Second, Rebecca going to her dad, not her mom with Tommy’s news. However, Nora opting out of the three-way was admirable.

  • StaleCake

    We call Ryan “Baby Twilight Hair”.

  • Buffy Freak

    Nora wouldn’t go to Holly for advice on anything like that. No way she gives Holly the chance to judge her. And as a gay man I thought it was ridiculous and a tad insulting to think that they would include the gay men at the baby shower. I mean, why? Because they are just like women? Ugh!

  • enzoiscool20

    Boy did you blow this one – first of all as a woman, I would move to California just to vote for someone who looked like Rob Lowe. This guy has NEVER been phony and Kitty should know that he wasn’t going to satisfied just because he wouldn’t be a patsy vice-president. He married her because she shared in his ambition and now she wants to be a mommy. I’ve been married to a cop for 25 years and to expect him to be anything but that would be unfair and totally impossible – we’re talking about a guy who takes his gun to the mall. – Get real writers – people like Robert are who they are.

  • Starving PhD

    I know it’s ridiculous to expect realism from B&S, but unless Wexley University is peddling its degrees via email spam, there is no way Kitty gets offered that position. Invited to teach a seminar maybe or even as visiting faculty, but establish an entire program? No way.

  • annoyed

    I am looking forward to the episode when Justin and Rebecca get married and Justin insists that all his lesbian friends come to the bachelor party at the topless bar (because, you know, lesbians love topless women)while “the gays” help Rebecca with her “Girls Night Out” and help pick out the flowers for the ceremony.
    Could this show be any more inconsistent in its portrayal of gay characters? One week they are practically cutting-edge with the balanced portrayal of gays on network TV. The next they revert to tired and untrue stereotypes…

  • enzoiscool20

    My brother came out about 20 years ago and told me that he and his significant other would NEVER march in a Gay Pride parade and hate all the sterotypes. That speech that Saul gave sounded exactly like my brother so anyone who says that wasn’t realistic doesn’t know any real gay people. My brother would be about Kevin’s age and won’t watch the show because of Kevin. As far as coming to a baby shower – I’m a woman and I hate baby showers and games and would be happy to give up my place to some gay guy. That whole situation made for great comic relief but seriously, all guys would either be invited or ignored – gay or straight.

  • Zakry

    Is this site full of frustrated wanna-be writers or something? The episode was fine, I was entertained as I always am by the excellent caliber of the acting and the story is one I want to follow and know what happens next.
    I can’t believe the things people complain about around here.

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