'Brothers & Sisters' recap: Luc dances his way into the Walker clan

brothers-sisters_l[1]I know the Walker clan is close, but I am glad they didn’t take up Luc’s suggestion to go skinnydipping together. “I love how really, really French you are,” Sarah said to her Renaissance man. Kevin was the voice of reason: “And sadly, we are really, really American.” Cue Justin: “And related.”

Luc was the main attraction of tonight’s show, “Last Tango in Pasadena,” as he and Sarah finally got out of bed. Sarah shocked Nora by moving Luc into her mom’s house so Sarah could spend some quality time with her kids, just back from Europe with their dad. (Gosh, Paige is growing up fast. Like her mom, I was digging the new haircut.)

Kitty was instantly charmed by Luc — who said despite her illness that she looked “radiant, like the sun,” inspiring a huge smile. At least Kitty was generous sharing the love for Luc, she texted everyone to invite them poolside to watch this “Adonis” swim laps. Perfect abs, perfect trunks and even perfect strokes. He cooked a huge meal and helped Justin pick up a few moves for his wedding dance. (How much did you love Kevin’s shock at discovering that pair in a dip — “I lost feeling in my extremities,” he said, deadpan.)

Luc danced the tango with Rebecca — we know Gilles Marini is a Dancing With the Stars alum (check out his tango on that show here) but the surprise was how well Emily VanCamp held her own. Somehow, Luc charmed and flirted with everyone but also managed not to seem too creepy or fake, and definitely smitten with Sarah. Nora, however, was still resistent to his charms. “He’s handsome in an obvious sort of way, but that’s no reason to act like a bunch of teenagers,” she admonished everyone else.

Poor Nora was having a rough time with Sarah (initially mad at her for telling Sarah’s kids about Kitty’s disease) and sick with worry about Kitty. She certainly didn’t need a new houseguest — who she nicknamed Pepe Le Pew. Or did she? Mr. Perfect found Nora near her breaking point by the pool and cheered her up with a waltz. Sometimes with all her family tensions, it’s nice to see someone unrelated giving Nora a boost. And Luc was soon calling her “Nor.” Awww.

In the hands of lesser actors and writers, this whole Luc storyline could have felt completely cliched, but with the B&S gang it felt like a bit of welcome fun. (Although, like Justin said, it bordered on objectification — lingering close-up shots of Luc’s abs weren’t an accident. Not that I’m protesting too much.)

Meanwhile, Scotty and Kevin were getting in a tussle about surrogate plans. Their friend Michelle volunteered to be their surrogate, which Scotty thought was a great plan, but Kevin worried she was a “little flaky.” It brought up simmering tension about who was in charge of their relationship — perfectly coming to a head when Luc asked them who would lead in their tango. Eventually they worked it out and decided Michelle’s surrogacy was a great idea.

Holly was getting Rebecca amped up for her Hawaii dream wedding, but there may be big waves ahead for that event (now can we have a dream wedding at Nora’s please?!). Holly found out that she had lost all of her money, yes ALL, because of a dodgy investment company. You had to feel sorry for the woman, especially with Ojai still in a financial mess after Tommy’s mistakes.

Kitty was in strong spirits, especially at the prospect of a night out with Robert at a Reagan Library event (loved the sequined grey sweater dress she wore). Only he had a rooftop dinner for two surprise planned instead. How romantic! Except for Kitty it was all a reminder about her illness. And she gave Robert a speech about how she just wants to be treated normally. He understood, and thanks to some genius timing, his fireworks then lit up the sky. I loved it when those fireworks lit up Kitty’s face as the couple shared a laugh together and headed home for a more normal activity, to watch Evan sleep.

Everything wrapped up with apologies between Nora and Sarah, Kitty reassuring her niece and nephew, and the whole gang piling into Kitty’s bed for brunch. (Where was Luc, practicing his foxtrot somewhere?) Everyone seemed happy — until we got the teaser that Tommy is back with his boatload of drama next week.

What did you think of this episode? Did you love Luc or were you calling him Pepe Le Pew too? Think he and Sarah could have a long-term future? Excited or dreading Tommy’s return?

Photo Credit: Ron Tom/ABC

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  • Rita

    Wendy: Emily VanCamp is a trained ballet dancer who has been dancing since she was a little girl.. I wasn’t surprised by her moves though she’s very good. Also whatever Holly got she deserved it!! i cant stand her!!!!!!!!!!! All in all great ep!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hannah

    I believe it was Justin who mentioned the objectification, not Scotty.

    • Ben

      And Justin who said “and we’re related…” this recap has factual errors… editors, do your job.

      • Matt

        You should see the basic grammar and spelling errors in the other recaps! Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives – it’s like the editors had the day off today.

    • nitpicky

      either the recapper fixed the errors – or you people can’t read – the paragraph reads “cue Justin – and related”

  • Lisa

    I did not feel sorry for Holly at all – she got what she deserved!! Loved that this week’s show brought the humor back & loved the fireworks. I am actually looking forward to Tommy coming back – he is a Walker and all the Walkers together is always good. They never should have kicked him off anyway.

    • crispy

      I’ve been looking forward to Holly getting her comeuppance… but this felt abrupt and forced. I liked it much better when Walker siblings were conspiring against her and it was building to a climax.

    • mkeo

      was he kicked off the show? i am kind of confused about that could someone help me out?
      i felt they gave away too much in next week’s commercial i wish tommy had been a surprise- and the whole fireworks thing was way to cheesy

  • Dana

    Its sad, even the better episodes of this show don’t do justice to its talent. Whenever I watch, I can’t help but think about how good all the cast members were in OTHER things.

  • Elizabeth

    I hope Luc’s initial exposure to the Walkers is the only fawning we’ll have to endure. It was cute for about 5 minutes, but then it got to be overkill, even with some clever one-liners from the family.
    I enjoyed the episode and not that pumped for Tommy’s return next week, but I’ll manage.

  • Diane

    I hope Gilles becomes a regular! I loved that the producers clearly love him as much as I do. Fantastique! As for Holly, maybe losing all of her money might make her leave for something else and we can get rid of this horrible character once and for all.

    • Teresa

      I completely agree.

    • Sherrie

      I 100% agree! I would watch this show in passing, but when I found out Giles was going to be on it, my daughter and I watched every minute.
      I hate to admit that every time they did a close up of him getting out of the pool, I was reminded of that split second shower scene in Sex and the City the Movie. All I can say is Giles is GIFTED…in more ways than one!

      • Carol

        I totally agree!!! I had just finished watching Sex & the City (again) and seeing Gilles on this episode just made my night! Hope he stays around for a long time.

    • All BS

      please more Gilles! Where can I write to get him to stay on

      fingers crossed

      • J

        This is my favorite episode this season!! Here’s hoping that this is Holly’s exit from the show now that Rebecca is becoming an official Walker! More Luc, please – Sarah needs a happy romance!

  • Barbara H

    I love that there is spice in Sara’s life and who but Gilles can fill her lonely life. I hope his character remains for some time. As far as Holly – yes her character is mean and sinical, and she is being humbled now, but we all love to “hate”. As far as Tommy returning, well we shall see, I wasn’t overly excited, but who knows? I love the program and the writers are doing a fantastic job with all the characters.

  • Teresa

    I can’t stand Holly and glad she got what’s coming to her. Unfortunately, we are going to have to endure another Olin when Michelle becomes the surrogate. Are they taking over the damn show? Gilles was HOT. I loved how he interacted with everyone and the pool scene – there were no words to describe how delicious he looked. I loved how Kitty texted everyone and their reactions – especially Justin’s. Priceless. I love this show and actually don’t mind Tommy coming back.

  • Laura K.

    Surprised you didn’t mention the reason for the fireworks–Kitty’s guided meditation was about fireworks attacking her cancer cells. So it was Robert’s way of showing that he was listening and supporting her, rather than just a random fireworks display (as sweet as that could be).

  • crispy

    The Luc storyline is fun. But every time Sarah’s little towheads showed up, it brought this episode to a screeching halt. No one watches this show for children’s drama.

    • AD

      I agree; I didn’t miss them at all. Perhaps they could go to Europe again.

  • Marcia

    Gilles made an appearance at the Womens Show in Toronto on Saturday. He told the audience his original contract with B&S was for 5 eps, and it’s been extended – de didn’t say for how long.

    • lola

      Marcia, you just made my day!!!!!!

  • wopes

    I loved watching the Walkers get on a frenzy over Luc. It was silly but entertaining anyway. I DON’T want Tommy back ugh and if Julia comes with too is gonna be a snoozer. I love that actress but I hate her character in B&S.

  • Thebigone

    This program is terrible, and if you get any “sweeter” I’m going to throw up!!

    • Linda

      Totally disagree, but you’re entitled to you opinion. Here’s a suggestion – stop watching!

  • anon

    i loved this episode. it was hilarious and wonderful. i guess sarah never explained to kitty that the story she told about luc with another woman wasnt true?

    • nunya

      kitty figured that one out right away because it was from Nora’s favorite movie.

      • Karen

        But after Kitty figured that out, Sarah gave her the impression that the entire story was made up. I wanted to see Kitty’s reaction when she found out Sarah really did meet a man in France.

  • Jim

    Did anyone notice that Michelle is the new character Roxy from The Hills? Find it very weird.

    Loved this episode though! Kitty was just so charming throughout. And yes Kevin dropping the flowers and Nora’s quick response “Kevin get a grip” was just brilliant.

    • pop

      i dont watch the hills, but knowing that bothers me.

    • Rita

      Roxy from the hills is roxy olin patricia wettig and ken olin who are David and holly who run the show.. She’s been a recurring character for a while

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