Brothers & Sisters #111: "Family Day"
Justin opened up to his family; Holly blackmailed her way into Ojai; Kevin was outraged by his sister's career choices; Gabriel was being more of a Walker than one would imagine and Nora failed to make a good slimcado pitch last night on ABC's all-new "Brothers and Sisters".
Did you notice how fast-paced and dynamic last night's episode was? We have all known this show has been outstanding for quite a while, but having seen "Family Day" I just wish ABC would do the inevitable and renew the show for a second season already. Isn't it obvious this gem is a keeper?
Holly has shown a lot of confidence lately. You would think she might want to grab the money and keep away from the Walker family. And yet she forces her way into Ojai where she is not very welcome.
I believe her parting words with Nora revealed the true motivations of a woman with a desperate yet futile desire to be a part of the family of the man she loved all her life.
After all, even Nora acknowledged the project Holly prepared with meticulous care and genuine wish to be taken seriously was a good project.
And if the family learns to accept her, perhaps she won't spoil her future pitches by bringing up the memory of William Walker in such an untactful manner.
Who ever said this show was depressing? Not a single sitcom has made me laugh as much as I did watching last night's episode.
I almost lost it when, during Nora's visit, Justin suddenly became tense and upset about the whole family telling him stuff about one another.
And how about Nora's line: "Why does he always have to follow her? It's not fair", about Justin always following the trashy girl who hated her family. Precious.
I was getting concerned Kitty was being too much of a compassionate Republican. The drama needs her to struggle with the dilemma that the clash between feelings of love for her own brother and her conservative background might pose.
We learned, however, Kitty does believe marriage is fundamentally a religious institution and that is exactly what set her brother Kevin, a proud and impassioned gay man, off. Hopefully, such dilemmas will be addressed in the future as well.
I am not sure Nora's idea to bring puppies into the office didn't come off a tad over-the-top on the writers' part. And perhaps the otherwise hilarious family therapy session may have had some forced humor in it, but this remarkable cast is what makes this powerful drama with a loving family at its heart work every time and that is why I cannot have enough it.
Jason Lewis joins the show next week as Kevin's romantic interest and there's a little surprise awaiting Kitty and the senator.